Calon's Hana's Helpline scoops top award

Pre-school animation wins Best Children's category at 2009 Broadcast Awards.
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Calon TV's pre-school children's animation Hana's Helpline has picked up a gong in the Best Children's category at the 2009 Broadcast Awards, beating off competition from five other programmes.

This was the first time Welsh firm Calon has won an award at the London event, which is organised by trade magazine Broadcast in order to recognise and reward excellence in programme-making.

The panel of judges - which included executives and controllers from the UK's leading terrestrial TV channels and independent programme makers - said that Hana's Helpline was 'charming, funny, the sort of programme you would happily watch with your children'.

The stop-motion animation, featuring hand-sewn fabric puppets and cartoon style cardboard sets, is one of the flagship shows of Welsh-language channel S4C's new pre-school service CYW, where it is translated as Holi Hana.

The second series of the English language version was screened on Five's Milkshake block last autumn.

"I'm delighted for both myself, the team at Calon TV and S4C," said Robin Lyons, Calon's MD. "In these difficult times, it shows how high quality programming can be achieved when broadcasters in the UK, in this case S4C, Five and MG Alba in Scotland, work together."

Calon TV has now gone into production with Igam Ogam, another stop-motion animation based on the adventures of a curious cave girl and her pre-historic friends.


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