Raymond Briggs article in the Telegraph


A day before Raymond’s 83rd birthday the Telegraph has run an article reporting on the amazing response the film release and TV broadcast has had.

The article by India Sturgis is in today’s edition of the paper (Tues 17th January).  Here is a small extract:


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Raymond Briggs with the type of old fashioned Co-operative Society milk bottle that his father used to deliver in the 1930s.


Ethel and Ernest in ‘Best of Fest’ selection at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Ethel and Ernest received a third screening at the Palm Springs International Film Festival when it was voted on by audience members as one of their favourite films of the festival. It was chosen out of 192 films from 72 countries that were screened at the festival,

“Thank you so much for letting us share ETHEL & ERNEST with our audience. Happy to announce that it is one of our highest scoring films so far and we’d like to play it on Best of Fest day, January 16th, when we have repeats of our most liked films.” – Lili Rodriguez | Program Manager, Palm Springs International Film Festival 


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Producer Camilla Deakin and director Roger Mainwood answering questions from the audience after the US premiere of Ethel and Ernest. Mary Pickford Cinema, Palm Springs, January 9th 2017.

Ethel and Ernest’s US premiere at Palm Springs International Film Festival 2017

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Ethel and Ernest received a warm welcome from the audience at last night’s US premiere. It was held at the Mary Pickford cinema, which felt very appropriate as Mary Pickford was a huge film star during the silent movie era when the Ethel and Ernest story begins.  The cinema is alongside the Buddy Rogers Drive (Buddy Rogers being Mary Pickford’s third husband).

The Desert Sun reports on the screening:




Producer Camilla Deakin and director Roger Mainwood introduce the film at its North American premiere



Queues for Ethel and Ernest tickets outside the Mary Pickford theatre in Palm Springs. In the foreground is a statue of actor and trombonist Buddy Rogers.

Ethel and Ernest DVD available from today

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The DVD includes a ‘Making Of’ documentary (33 mins)


Film critic Mark Kermode’s tweet when the DVD was released


Financial Times DVD review

4 million watch Ethel and Ernest broadcast premiere on BBC One


The BBC is thrilled with the reaction to the Ethel and Ernest premiere broadcast. The overnight viewing figures of 4 million are expected to increase greatly on catch up viewing and by iplayer.

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Reaction to the BBC premier

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The reaction from the public to the broadcast of Ethel and Ernest on BBC One last night has been amazing ! Messages left on twitter have been overwhelmingly positive with many praising the BBC for their boldness in showing an animated drama at peak time on the main channel. For a couple of hours Ethel and Ernest was trending at number one on Twitter in the UK !


A tweet from comedian and actor Josie Lawrence


A tweet from broadcaster Gaby Roslin


A tweet from television presenter and journalist Lorraine Kelly

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A tweet from Sunday Times columnist and author India Knight

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Some of the comments sent in to the Radio Times website

What’s on the telly this evening ?!


Ethel and Ernest gets its premiere broadcast tonight (28th December 2016 BBC One 7:30pm)


A scene from the film. Ethel and Ernest get their first TV set.




The ‘i’ paper


The Guardian

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The Times


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