Once again Raymond Briggs is prominent in the Christmas TV schedules. The Snowman gets its traditional annual screening on Channel 4 along with the sequel The Snowman and Snowdog, and Raymond’s Father Christmas and The Bear get another screening too. This year Ethel and Ernest is added to that illustrious list when it receives its broadcast premiere on Wednesday 28th December at 7:30 pm on BBC One.
Raymond is also on the radio this Christmas. The Profile programme on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Eve at 7pm is all about Raymond’s work and the new Ethel and Ernest film.
“On Profile this week we explore the life and career of one of the world’s best loved children’s illustrators. Over the last half century – much to his horror – Raymond Briggs has become a part of Christmas. Two books about a grumpy Father Christmas have become bestsellers. The film adaptation of his 1978 picture book ‘The Snowman’ has been shown on TV every Christmas for the past three decades. And now, this Christmas, the BBC is screening ‘Ethel And Ernest’ – a new film of Briggs’ 1998 book about his parents. Mark Coles talks to Raymond Briggs’ family and friends to find out what his books are really about.” – BBC Radio 4, Profile
Producer: Smita Patel
Researcher Sarah Shebbeare
Editor: Richard Knight.
The Sunday Times has a large feature on Raymond in today’s paper.