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Irish animation company wins BAFTA for children's show

The children’s show, Roy, tells the story of a cartoon boy who was born into the real world.

IRISH ANIMATION STUDIO JAM Media was presented with a BAFTA Drama Award at the awards ceremony in London on Sunday night for their long-standing CBBC series ‘Roy’.

Dublin based Boulder Media also won a children’s BAFTA’s for best animation and best script for the ‘Amazing World of Gumball’.

Commenting on the win CEO, John Rice said, “This is the third time we have been nominated so we are obviously thrilled that we have won a BAFTA.”

“The competition was stiff and this award, coming just after the re-commission of a double series of Roy by CBBC, proves that the series and the character of Roy really seems to resonate with viewers in the UK, Ireland and beyond.”

Shot as a fly on the wall documentary, cartoon character Roy lives in the real world. The series lets kids gain access into Roy’s unique life and see that despite his obvious physical differences, inside, he is just the same as they are. They see too how being “different” gets Roy tormented and makers of the show say it magnifies every child’s desire to fit in and be accepted.


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When announcing the re-commission last month, CBBC Controller, Cheryl Taylor commented: “Roy has a really distinctive visual style and an engaging tone which explores some of the more tricky elements of growing up with rare charm and humour.”

2012 has been a good year for JAM Media as earlier this year, the company also won the Cartoon Forum Producer of the Year Award.

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