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Two UCA alumni nominated for a BAFTA at Children's Awards

Two of our alumni were nominated for a BAFTA at the 20th British Academy Children’s Awards ceremony, which was held on Sunday 22 November at the Roundhouse, London.

Peppa Pig, written by UCA Farnham Animation alumnus Mark Baker and aired on Channel 5, received two BAFTA nominations this year – its ninth nomination in the Preschool: Animation category and its fourth in the Writer category.

Mark has been animating colourful characters such as Peppa Pig since he graduated from UCA in 1982. He’s been nominated for several awards in the past, including three Oscars, and has worked on a number of BAFTA-winning animations such as Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, and The Hill Farm.

Speaking of his time with us, Mark said: “When I was at UCA Farnham, it was one of the very few places in the UK that had a dedicated Animation course. I had not the slightest doubt that being a Farnham Animation student was the best thing to be in the world.”

Speaking of the inspiration for Peppa Pig, Mark said: “We ended up making Peppa a pig because of the grunting sounds pigs make and the fact that pigs like muddy puddles which, it seems, all small children like.”

Hey Duggee, the children’s TV series directed by fellow UCA Animation alumnus Grant Orchard and aired on the BBC TV channel CBeebies, received its first ever nomination this year, in the Preschool: Animation BAFTA category. Grant has had previous success with his animated short film, A Morning Stroll, which won a BAFTA in 2012 and was nominated for an Oscar in the same year.

Grant Orchard (Hey Duggee) with Sue Goffe - fellow Producer of A Morning Stroll - at the Oscars, 2012

“I love films and I also like designing things,” said Grant. “I have worked on a new cartoon series where every character looks different using a different animation technique.”

Our BA (Hons) Animation degree at UCA Farnham is one of the best-known and most highly regarded courses of its kind. Many graduates have gone on to become some of the most renowned animators, directors and producers in the industry, with their work seen and loved by millions. You can find out more about our Animation course here.