Harry Potter leads children's Bafta nominations

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LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) Harry Potter will do battle with an upper-class sewer rat, dancing penguins and the dreaded Dark Master in this year's children's Baftas.

''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'' today received three nominations in the junior version of the annual film and television awards.

The fifth film based on J K Rowling's novels is in the running for three prizes: best film, video game and the Bafta Kids' Vote, the only award chosen by the public.

In the film category, the boy wizard is up against the animated rodents of ''Flushed Away''; ''Happy Feet'', about a tap-dancing penguin called Mumble and ''Bridge to Terabithia'', a fantasy adventure featuring a baddie called the Dark Master.

The BBC's long-running series ''Byker Grove'' was nominated for best drama prize at the British Academy Children's Awards.

The show, set in a Newcastle youth club, ran between 1989 and 2006 and helped launched the careers.

REUTERS SG PM1546

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