Sean the Sheep is children's BBC favourite
Shaun the Sheep has topped a poll of favourite children's characters over the last 70 years - beating a host of older creations such as Sooty and Sweep and The Wombles.
The Aardman creation, which made its debut in the 1995 Wallace and Gromit film A Close Shave, triumphed in a poll of the best BBC children's characters though the decades.
The shortlist featured shows such as The Magic Roundabout, Paddington, Willo The Wisp, Teletubbies and In The Night Garden, from the 1950s to the current decade.
Shaun - who was given his own animated TV series in 2007 - knocked Postman Pat into second place.
The Greendale-based series was originally made in the 1980s, but new episodes, featuring the scrapes of the postman and his cat Jess, are still being produced.
Sooty and Sweep, the puppets who made their small-screen debut in the 1950s in The Sooty Show, came third.
The shortlist, of the top 50 BBC children's TV characters, was compiled by Radio Times and the BFI and sparked 41,000 votes.
Shaun the Sheep creator Richard Starzak said: "I'm chuffed, flattered and delighted, on behalf of everyone who has worked on Shaun the Sheep, for this honour. Many BBC animated characters were a big and important part of my childhood. It's amazing to think that Shaun will be part of so many people's happy memories."