Actor and presenter Bernard Cribbins was honoured with the annual J M Barrie Award this week for “a lifetime of unforgettable work for children on stage, film, television and record”.
As well as his role as Wilfred Mott in Doctor Who between 2007 and 2010, Cribbins has featured in iconic BBC Children’s programmes for four decades, including Jackanory, The Wombles and most recently Old Jack’s Boat on CBeebies.
Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies commented: “It is brilliant to see children’s arts being recognised in this way. The art, fiction and images we see as a child stay with us for the rest of our lives.”
Joe Godwin, Director of BBC Children’s added: “I’m so pleased that the BBC and ACA have joined forces to give this wonderful award to a real hero of children’s film and television. Bernard has been a big part of so many of our childhoods, and now as the star of Old Jack’s Boat, he’s a huge star for a new generation.”
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