Hey Duggee top dog at Bafta Children's awards

The cast of Hey Duggee

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Duggee with other members of The Squirrel Club

CBeebies series Hey Duggee was the top dog at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards, winning three prizes including best pre-school animation.

The cartoon favourite also saw Grant Orchard recognised for his direction, while a third award went to its digital companion app The Counting Badge.

CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher was named best presenter at the awards, held on Sunday at the Roundhouse in London.

Sir Tom Courtenay won the performer award for Grandpa’s Great Escape.

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Justin Fletcher, aka Mr Tumble, was on hand to collect his award

David Walliams, who wrote the book on which the BBC film was based, collected the prize on Sir Tom’s behalf.

“It was the most incredible thing working with an actor who I have loved since I was a teenager,” said Williams of the absent 81-year-old.

“I actually had to pinch myself how brilliant he was in this,” he went on, adding that Sir Tom would be “super pleased” to receive the accolade.

The film aired on BBC One last Christmas.

Walliams also paid tribute to young actor Kit Connor, who played the grandson of Courtenay’s character in the film.

It was a good night for CBeebies, which also won the best channel award as well as the pre-school live action prize for Get Well Soon hospital.

The programme is presented by Dr Ranj Singh, who appeared in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

CBBC serial Katy won two awards, for Tom Bidwell’s writing and Chloe Lea’s performance in the title role.

A full list of winners can be found on the Bafta website.

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