Peppa Pig leads winners at Bafta Children's Awards


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Peppa Pig, Horrible Histories and a trio of teenage actors and games designers were among the winners of the British Academy Children's Awards.

The awards, by Bafta, recognised the very best in children's film, television, games and online media over the past year.

A host of stars presented awards during the ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane, London, including Eddie Izzard, Alesha Dixon, Olympic gold medallists Heather Stanning and Alex Gregory and singers Jedward.

Justin Fletcher picked up the third Bafta of his career to become the most awarded children's presenter yet, for his role in presenting Something Special.

Peppa Pig picked up the pre-school animation award, and the ever-popular Horrible Histories won for the third consecutive year the Bafta for comedy.

The Amazing World of Gumball enjoyed a double win last night, overcoming stiff competition in the animation and writer categories to take home the two awards.

The Hunger Games, the box-office smash adapted from the best-selling novels, was named best feature film.

Fourteen-year-old rapper and actor Khalil Madovi was named best performer for his role as Josh Carter in 4 O'Clock Club, while the young stars of Friday Download were honoured in the entertainment category.

And two other teenagers beat hundreds of other youngsters around the country to pick up Baftas for computer game design.

Charlie Hutton-Pattemore, 15, from Taunton in Somerset took home the game concept award for his game Vacuum Panic, while 13-year-old Christopher Purdy from Horsham in West Sussex won the game-making award for his game Smiley Dodgems.

In recognition of four decades of contribution to the industry, a special award was presented to Brian Cosgrove, co-founder of Cosgrove Hall and best known for creating DangerMouse, The BFG, Wind In The Willows, Jamie And The Magic Torch and Count Duckula.

Receiving his award from Sir David Jason, Mr Cosgrove said: "After 40 years of making children's programmes, it is an honour and a privilege to be receiving this Special Award from Bafta.

"Hopefully, via the programmes we made, we brought pleasure to many generations of viewers."