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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Irish children's show Roy up for two Baftas

Irish cartoon Roy has received two nominations for the annual Bafta Children's Awards, which honour the very best in children's media.

Roy, produced by Irish animation company Jam Media, has been nominated in two categories - in the Drama category and the Writer category for Declan de Barra.

John Rice, CEO of Jam Media and executive producer on the series, was ecstatic to hear of the nominations.

"It's great, it's a real testament to the series itself. We've been nominated about five times now and won a few years ago," he said.

"It's just great that the ratings for Roy in the UK and all over the world are fantastic."

"To get a nomination like this is icing on the cake really," he added.

Roy previously won the Children's BAFTA for Best Drama in 2012.

"It meant an awful lot to Jam, the company, in terms of what we were able to do with it," says John.

"Having a little BAFTA emblem at the end of your email is a big stamp of approval, company partners look at that."

Roy is a fly-on-the-wall mockumentary for kids, starring Simon Delaney and Scott Graham.

The series follows cartoon character Roy as he grows up in Ballyfermot in Dublin, with children who aren't in animated form.

Jam Media are currently developing a pre-school version of Roy called Little Roy and hope to produce it next year.

Like Roy, the new show, will also have a mix of animation and live action.

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