Tuesday 23 January 2018

City artist's delight as Roy the cartoon boy is in the running for a Bafta gong

Makers of the Irish cartoon Roy have expressed their delight over the announcement of two prestigious award nominations.

The Dublin-based animation studio JAM Media have revealed that they are "delighted" over the news that the series has secured two Bafta Children's Awards nominations.

"We're absolutely thrilled to be nominated," JAM Media CEO and executive producer of the cartoon, John Rice, said.


"I received the news at home in Kerry in the morning," he told the Herald. "If it had been any later in the day I would have gone for a pint."

Up for a prize in the Drama and Writer categories, the multi-award-winning series has already proven itself a winner with both audiences and critics. Earlier in the year, it received a lot of Oscar attention.

"The series was put forward by the BBC and picked up a nomination in both categories," Rice said.

Now recommissioned by the BBC and Nickelodeon, the series is a mix of animation and live action, which focuses on Roy, the only cartoon boy in the world.

"Without being too preachy, it deals with celebrating being unique. Roy questions if should he be himself or adjust to fit in and be like everyone else.

"Ultimately, he chooses to be himself," Rice said.

Roy has been sold to 15 territories, with another 10 currently in negotiations.

"We are developing the format for the US primetime and have been very pleased with the conversations we are having with the networks," Rice added.

The series features Scott Graham as the voice of the main character and actors Simon Delaney and Cathy Belton also star.

Roy will go into production of the second series in January headed by the JAM Media universal team, based in Ballyfermot.


In the Drama category at the Baftas, Roy will face competition from Gamelab London/BSL Zone's The Boy From Before, BBC Wales/CBBC's The Sarah Jane Adventures and CBBC's Tracy Beaker Returns, directed by Irish director, Neasa Hardiman.

In the Writer group Roy scribe, Paul Smith is joined by Neville Astley, Mark Baker, Phil Hall for Peppa Pig, Phil Ford for The Sarah Jane Adventure and the writing team behind the Horrible Histories series.

The Bafta awards ceremony takes place on November 28.


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