AN animation company headed up by Abbeydorney man John Rice has won a coveted BAFTA award.

Dublin-based Jam Media, which was founded by Mr Rice in 2002, was presented with the Children's BAFTA Drama Award in London on Sunday night for its hit CBBC series, Roy. It was the third time of asking for the north Kerry cartoonist, whose popular show has been twice nominated for a BAFTA.

Speaking to The Kerryman this week, a very hoarse Mr Rice said he was just about getting over the celebrations.

"It's literally a case of third time lucky for Roy. I've had my eye on that one for a while," joked Mr Rice, who was joined at Sunday' night's award ceremony by his proud mum, Treasa. "We are absolutely thrilled and this is a magnificent accolade to have as Jam Media prepares to expand internationally."

Last month, the BBC recomissioned Roy for a third and fourth series, representing an investment of €8.8 million that would lead to the creation of up to 60 production and post production jobs at the company's Dublin base. The deal came just a month after two more of the awardwinning company's creations debuted on BBC children's channel, CBeebies. BAFTA winning Roy - one of the most watched children's series in the UK with an audience of seven million viewers - is filmed as a fly-on-the-wall series that follows an 11-year-old cartoon boy in the real world. Roy lives in Dublin with his real family, plays with his real friends and is like any other real boy his age - except he is a cartoon character.

Sunday night's BAFTA award topped off an incredible year for Mr Rice, whose company was named European Producer of the Year at the prestigious Cartoon Tribute Awards in France earlier this year

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