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Aardman favourites help children learn English

Aardman have teamed up with the British Council to create educational films for children Credit: Aardman Animations

Bristol-based Aardman animation's well-loved characters Shaun the Sheep and Timmy are to help children across the globe learn English.

The British Council has teamed up with the animators to create stories and films for children under six-years-old. They'll start being used in Singapore and Chile later this year.

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Miliband: 'I look like Wallace' but image isn't important

Labour leader Ed Miliband has admitted to a likeness with "Wallace" from the popular "Wallace and Gromit" films, made by Bristol's Aardman Animations.

But he says politics rather than his image is what is important to him.

Separated at birth? Wallace and Ed Miliband Credit: PA

In a wide-ranging speech to the Royal Institute of British Architects he said:

I am not from central casting. You can find people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace.

– Ed Miliband MP, Labour leader

Shaun the Sheep is the nation's favourite children's TV character

Shaun the Sheep is the nation's favourite children's TV character Credit: Aardman

Bristol animation Shaun the Sheep has topped a poll of the nation's favourite children's TV cartoon characters.

Created by Aardman Animations, who also made Wallace and Gromit, Shaun beat Postman Pat and Sooty & Sweep in the Radio Times survey. They came second and third respectively.

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11 thousand watch return of Morph

15 new episodes have been funded by fans from across the world. Credit: ITV News West Country

More than 11 thousand people have logged on to watch the first episode from the brand new series of Morph less than 24 hours since it appeared online.

Morph was one of Aardman Animations very first successes and he's being brought up to date with his very own YouTube channel. 15 new episodes have been funded by the £110,000 raised by fans from across the world.

Watch the 1 minute episode here.

Gromits' success buys scanner to help thousands

He was the must-see sensation of last summer and today we found out just how much our fascination with Aardman Animation's Gromit was worth £3.8 million.

That's the huge total the Grand Appeal has been able to hand over to Bristol Children's Hospital which treats patients from all over the South West.

Richard Payne reports:-

Child cancer patient raises £2,800 for hospital appeal

Jessica Abrahams and her parents, Melissa and Martin. Credit: ITV News West Country

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal has raised £3.8m towards the expansion of Bristol Children's Hospital - exceeding its initial target by £300,000.

Three year old Jessica Abrahams, an oncology patient at the hospital, visited the new Children’s Cancer Unit today to view new facilities funded by the appeal.

During her treatment last summer, Jessica and her family visited all 80 giant Gromits in Bristol on a sponsored hunt. It raised £2,800 for the charity.

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