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'Shaun The Sheep' Returns To The Big Screen


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Last July, 'Shaun the Sheep' was voted the best BBC children's TV character of all time, beating such popular nominees as 'Postman Pat' and 'Bob the Builder'. After launching in March 2007, Shaun's TV show has had four series with 130 episodes, broadcast in 180 countries around the world and winning multiple Baftas and Emmys.

'Shaun The Sheep' was released on 6th February 2015
'Shaun The Sheep' was released on 6th February 2015

Actually, Shaun was born much earlier, playing a key role in the Oscar-winning 'Wallace & Gromit' short 'A Close Shave' in 1995 and instantly sparking a legion of fans. When he started making the TV series, producer Gareth Owens targeted the show to viewers aged 4 to 7. Although he admits that, "in reality, the age range is 4 to 87!"

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Gromit Auction Raises 2.3 Million For Children's Hospital Charity


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Organisers of Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal left shocked after more than £2.3 million was raised for charity following the Gromit auction in Bristol.

The 81 sculptures were designed by a variety of companies and proved so popular with the public as they were put on display at Beacon House, Bristol last month for a huge exhibition called 'The Greatest Dog Show On Earth', that many of the statues went for thousands.

One titled Gromit Lightyear was a 'Toy Story' take on the Nick Park character and went for an incredible £65,000.

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Wallace And Gromit Sculptures Raise Millions For Children's Hospital


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Wallace And Gromit creator Nick Park has helped raise $3.4 million (£2.3 million) for a children's hospital in England following the auction of dozens of huge sculptures of the beloved Plasticine pet pooch.

Eighty-one different versions of animated dog Gromit, made famous from Park's hit movies including The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, went on display across Bristol, England over the summer.

The Gromit Unleashed collection attracted huge crowds to the city, and on Thursday night (03Oct13), fans of the dog raced to buy up the sculptures as they went under the hammer.

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Christmas Television Recap - Watch The Best British Programmes And Films Again!


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2012 was another brilliant year when it came to Christmas on the box. As well as some seminal family movies, both old and new, December's festive comedy, sci-fi and drama TV brought us much cheer throughout the holiday season making the couch our favourite place in the world in the run up to Christmas and New Year. Here are our highlights still available to watch on BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Channel 5 online. 

Doctor Who Xmas Special

Doctor Who: The Snowmen

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Wallace And Gromit Humour Lost In Translation


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The creator of Wallace And Gromit has opened up about the Plasticine pair's failed Hollywood bid, insisting a language barrier killed the movie deal.

Animator Nick Park and Aardman Animations, the firm behind Wallace and Gromit, had signed a contract with executives at DreamWorks production company to release five films starring the 'claymation' characters.

But the agreement fell apart in 2007 after three films - and Park blames American studio bosses for failing to understand his British humour.

He tells Britain's Radio Times, "There is a language barrier that often happens with humour. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit was going to be called The Great Vegetable Plot but market research didn't like it.

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Elbow Conquer Ivors


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Elbow were the big winners at the Ivor Novello Awards in London today (21.05.09).

The group - who won two Brit Awards earlier this year and the Nationwide Mercury Prize in 2008 - scooped Best Contemporary Song for 'Grounds For Divorce' and Best Song Musically and Lyrically for 'One Day Like This'.

Frontman Guy Garvey insisted the band was planning to celebrate in style, saying: "I've had seven glasses of champagne already and I'm going to keep going. I'm going to get a T-shirt with ‘Ivor Novello Winner' printed on it and insist that's how my friends and family refer to me from now on."

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At The Jameson Empire Awards After Party At Embassy Night Club.

Helena Bonham Carter, Wallace And Gromit and Embassy Night Club - Helena Bonham Carter signs a Wallace and Gromit film poster for a fan. London, England - at the Jameson Empire Awards After Party at Embassy Night Club. Sunday 29th March 2009

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Helena Bonham Carter and Embassy Night Club
Helena Bonham Carter, Embassy Night Club and Embassy Club
Helena Bonham Carter and Embassy Night Club
Helena Bonham Carter, Embassy Night Club and Embassy Club
Helena Bonham Carter, Embassy Night Club and Embassy Club

Wallace And Gromit Creator's Award Accident


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The creator of BAFTA-award winning animation Wallace And Gromit is having to send his trophy away to be repaired - he broke the gong as soon as he was presented with it on Sunday (08Feb09) night.


Nick Park, the brains behind the beloved plasticine pair, stepped up to collect the Short Animation award for Wallace & Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf And Death at the ceremony in London at the weekend.


But as soon as he left the stage the award broke - and Park found himself laughing about the blunder with actor Christian Slater.


He says, "As soon as I got it off the stage I dropped it and it broke. I was talking to Christian Slater at the time and we had a bit of a joke that they don't make awards like they used to. It's got to go back for repairs."

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Slumdog Millionaire Sweeps Baftas With Seven Awards

By on 09 February 2009

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Slumdog Millionaire has swept the board at the BAFTA film awards with seven prizes, including best film.

Danny Boyle was named best director for the Mumbai-set film - a Golden Globe winner four times over - which also claimed the adapted screenplay, cinematography, editing music and sound awards.

Kate Winslet was named best actress for The Reader - having also been nominated in the same category for Revolutionary Road - while Mickey Rourke claimed a further best actor award for his role in The Wrestler.

"It's such a pleasure to be back here, out of The Darkness," Rourke said after accepting his prize, which continues his career renaissance.

The late Heath Ledger was named best supporting actor for his turn as The Joker in The Dark Knight with Penelope Cruz winning the best supporting actress prize for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Other winners included Monty Python member Terry Gilliam - who was made a Bafta fellow - and Adulthood director Noel Clarke, who claimed the Orange Rising Star award.

The winners of the 2009 Orange British Academy Film Awards were:

Film — Slumdog Millionaire

British Film — Man on Wire

Actor — Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Actress — Kate Winslet, The Reader

Supporting Actor — Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Supporting Actress — Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona

Director — Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

First-time Director — Steve McQueen, Hunger

Rising Star — Noel Clarke

Original Screenplay — Martin McDonagh, In Bruges

Adapted Screenplay — Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Film Not in the English Language — I've Loved You So Long

Music — AR Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

Cinematography — Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

Editing — Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire

Production Design — The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Costume Design — The Duchess

Sound — "Slumdog Millionaire"

Visual Effects — The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Makeup and Hair — The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Animated Feature — WALL-E

Short Animation — Wallace And Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death

Short Film — September

Academy Fellowship — Terry Gilliam

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Kung Fu Panda Cleans Up At Animation Awards

By on 02 February 2009

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Dreamworks cartoon Kung Fu Panda has dominated the 36th Annie awards, which acknowledge achievement in animation.

The martial arts comedy was named best animated feature - beating the favourite WALL-E - and claimed 14 other awards, including best direction and character design.

Dustin Hoffman, who voices kung fu expert Shifu in the film, was named best voice actor while the animation also claimed prizes in the TV production/short-form categories.

Kung Fu Panda's haul of 15 awards beat the Annies' record of nine, set by Ratatouille last year.

There was cause for British celebration at the Los Angeles ceremony with Aardman Animation's latest Wallace And Gromit adventure, A Matter of Loaf and Death, named best short animation.

Nick Park, the creator of the claymation duo, was given a lifetime achievement award, as were Disney/Pixar's John Lasseter and Beavis and Butthead writer Mike Judge.

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Wallace And Gromit 'Most Watched On Christmas Day'

By on 26 December 2008

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Overnight figures suggest the new episode of Wallace And Gromit screened on BBC1 was the most-watched programme on Christmas Day.

A Matter Of Loaf and Death had a peak audience figure of 15.88 million people, a total share of more than 58 per cent of the viewing public.

In its screening slot between 20:30 and 21:00, the programme averaged a 53.3 per cent audience share with viewing numbers of 14.25 million.

The figures made good reading for the BBC, who also scored highly with its Doctor Who Christmas special episode The Next Doctor, which pulled in more than 50 per cent of viewers between 18:00 and 19:00 with 11.71 million.

An Eastenders double bill, with half-hour episodes screened either side of Wallace and Gromit at 20:00 and 21:00, brought in 9.89 million (40.6 per cent) and 11.47 million (44.9 per cent) viewers, respectively.

These figures meant the BBC's flagship soap outperformed its ITV1 rival Coronation Street, which was the commerical channel's top programme of the day with 7.36 million viewers (30 per cent) over the hour between 19:00 and 20:00.

And in a further coup for the corporation, the controversial Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special, which has been beset by voting problems, outperformed Coronation Street in the same hour, achieving 35 per cent of the audience (8.57 million).

The Queen's Speech at 15:00, ITV1's Dancing on Ice Christmas Special at 20:00 and BBC documentary Blackadder Rides Again all also performed well, according to the initial estimates.

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