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Sunday, October 18, 1998 Published at 18:54 GMT 19:54 UK


Children crown best TV shows

The Baftas have also embraced new media

A panel of 21 children from around the country has announced the results of the Bafta Children's Television Award at Thorpe Park.

Among the winners was Blue Peter, the longest-running children's television show which has just sacked presenter Richard Bacon.

It was a special award winner in recognition of its "outstanding contribution to children's television".

[ image: Winner: Blue Peter]
Winner: Blue Peter
The academy said it "should not only recognise an individual this year, but also one of the longest-running children's television programmes, especially a programme which is celebrating its 40th year".

Also honoured was Tony Hart, for his successful art programme Take Hart on BBC.

Pop duo Ant and Dec won the best entertainment category for Ant and Dec Unzipped.

The winner of the best drama section was the comedy series Coping With Relatives, while the entertainment programme The Scoop won best factual category.

Teletubbies accolade

Children's favourite Teletubbies won the best pre-school category and the best schools' factual award went to the drama documentary History File: Nazi Germany.

The best animation went to Kipper and best film went to Fairytale: A True Story.

The Bafta children's vote went to the Disney production Smart Guy and the underwater tale of The Ocean Girl won the best international award.

The prestigious award of best schools' drama was presented to Scene: United, a hard-hitting drama looking at the effects of sectarian violence on young people in Northern Ireland.

The Children's Awards were set up in 1996 but this is the first time that young people have selected the winner.

The first British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards were made 50 years ago in 1947 and were for achievement in film. In 1958 Bafta launched the film and television awards.

This year they will embrace new media with the Bafta Interactive Entertainment Awards later this month. Among the nominations is BBC News Online.

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