Ethel and Ernest development work…

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Here is one of Loraine Mashall’s colour backgrounds that has been produced as part of the continuing Ethel and Ernest development work.

Loraine won an Emmy for her work on TVC’s production of Willows in Winter.

She has also been involved with all the Raymond Briggs’ productions that TVC did, and was art director on their animated production of Raymond’s Father Christmas book.

Background example_Ethel and Ernest development work_2012

Background example_Ethel and Ernest development work_2012

Jon Snow meets Raymond Briggs

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The main anchor of Ch4 News, Jon Snow, meets Raymond Briggs at his Sussex home.

“Far from grumpy, he’s one of the sweetest men I have had the pleasure to meet and one of the most gifted.” – John Snow, Dec 2012


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The Times Saturday Review (Dec 15th 2012) carries a lengthy article with Raymond Briggs. It is mostly about the making of a sequel to The Snowman called The Snowman and the Snowdog. This is a 24 minute TV special produced by Lupus Films that gets its first broadcast on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve 2012.

During the course of  The Times interview, Raymond mentions the Ethel and Ernest film. Here is an extract:-

…Now it looks as if Lupus Films, the company behind The Snowman and the Snowdog, will be bringing out a film of Ethel and Ernest, with Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn as the voices of Briggs’s parents. It’s currently in pre-production, and although it’s at a very early stage, Briggs says he is intensely interested in it – “It’s my Mum and Dad of course. And it’s one of my best selling books, and the book I like the most of what I’ve done. So I’m absolutely thrilled to bits that it might be possible. I will move heaven and earth to help get that done. Whatever I can do. I’ll do it.”

The desk where Raymond Briggs draws his books.

The desk where Raymond Briggs draws his books.


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British broadcaster Channel 4 are celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2012. To mark the occasion they commissioned a sequel to Raymond Briggs’  THE SNOWMAN, which was first broadcast  in 1982, their first year of operation.

The sequel is called THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG and heads a retrospective of Raymond Briggs’ animated films on the channel over the Christmas and New Year period.  Directed by Hilary Audus it was made during 2012 by Lupus Films Ltd (producers Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding). The sequel also features on the front cover of the UK’s longest established listings magazine The Radio Times (which first appeared in 1923).

The first broadcast of ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ will be on Christmas Eve – Monday 24th Dec at 20:00
(with repeats on Christmas Day at 13:55 and Sunday 30th Dec at 17:35)

A documentary on how the film was made, called ‘How the Snowman Came Back to Life’ will be shown on Sunday 30th Dec at 18:05

Some of the other Raymond Briggs films being broadcast by Channel 4 over this period include:

The Snowman – Sunday 23rd Dec at 18:25, The Bear – Sunday 23rd at 07:50, Father Christmas – Tuesday 25th at 06:55

Radio Times Christmas Cover 2012