Shaun the Sheep tops poll of favourite children’s characters

Winner: Shaun the sheep

Winner: Shaun the sheep

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Shaun the Sheep, created by Preston’s Nick Park, has topped a poll of the nation’s favourite BBC children’s characters, beating off a host of older creations from the past 70 years.

The Aardman creation, who was given his own animated series in 2007, knocked Postman Pat into second place with Sooty and Sweep from The Sooty Show coming in third.

The shortlist compiled by the Radio Times and the BFI, sparked 41,000 votes.