Lion and Citrus TV scooped three gongs last night at the Children’s Baftas for their CBBC show Horrible Histories.

The series, which guides CBBC viewers through the more gruesome aspects of eras of history with the aid of a talking rat has covered periods such as the tale of Inca civilisation, the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, Tudor England and World War Two. Horrible Histories won best comedy, best writing and its star Jim Howick won best performer.

Aardman Animation also won two awards with Timmy Time taking the best preschool animation gong and Shaun The Sheep best animation.

As is traditional at the kids Baftas, it was a big night for the BBC, which won heavily with CBeebies scooping channel of the year. Its live action series ZingZillas won best interactive show, while CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher won best presenter for Something Special, best drama for Tracy Beaker Returns, best entertainment for Relic: Guardians of the Museum and best factual programme for Newsround Special, Living With Alcohol.

Kindle Entertainment won best production company, from a shortlist which featured Lion, Handle and Spout and The Foundation.

Up won best feature film, beating competition from Fantastic Mr Fox, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and Toy Story 3.

There was a special award for 77-year-old children’s television presenter Brian Cant, who hosted Play School for 21 years from May 1964.

Bafta Chief Executive Amanda Berry said: "Brian Cant’s work has touched generations of young people, their parents and grandparents, and his influence on the producers and presenters of the 21st century is arguably second to none."

Cant collected the award from former Blue Peter presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Matt Baker.

For a full list of award winners and nominees go to: www.bafta.org/awards/childrens

Staff Reporter