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Charlton Kings writer wins Bafta for Amazing World of Gumball

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

  • The Amazing World of Gumball

  • AWARDS: Jon Foster, left, and James Lamont, with presenter Anthony Horowitz, at last year's British Academy Children's Awards

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COMEDY writer Jon Foster has big plans for the future after winning a Children's Bafta award for the second year running.

The 31-year-old, from Charlton Kings, was again named joint best children's writer for his work on The Amazing World of Gumball at the awards ceremony at London's Hilton Hotel.

The offbeat Cartoon Network comedy, which has won critical acclaim in the UK and the America, was also named best animation for the second year running.

A quirky sitcom, the show follows the misadventures of 12-year old Gumball and has a colourful cast of characters, including a cheerleading peanut and a banana.

Jon, a former pupil at Dean Close School, said: "It was a big surprise to win again, but it's testament to how hard the team have worked on the show.

"There are three of us who write the show – James Lamont, Ben Bocquelet and me – and we're all surprised and delighted.

"It's good to have won two Baftas because I now have bookends."

Jon, who now lives in London, hopes the award will be the second of many in a long career as a successful TV and film comedy writer.

He and James are currently working on a pilot for an E4 sitcom, which will be filmed in spring next year, as well as a film script.

Jon said: "The show is called Wizard Sleeves. It's about a group of young friends who live in a strange town in the West Country.

"We have just completed our first film script and are waiting to see if it will be green lit.

"There's also going to be a third series of Gumball and we will be writing that."

Jon has also written sketches for the BBC's The Armstrong and Miller Show and said growing up in Gloucestershire helped shape him as a comedian.

"When you grow up in a country area you have to be more imaginative with your sense of fun," he said.

"We had a lot of time to kill, so we made our own fun by thinking of funny things."

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