Raymond Briggs Guardian interview December 2014

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Raymond Briggs talks to the Guardian about his book Father Christmas (first published in 1973).


“I set it in my parents’ house in Wimbledon Park, London, and I’d have Father Christmas washing at the sink, like my father used to do. My dad appears in the book, too. In one scene, he meets Father Christmas and says: “Still at it, mate?” I suppose I saw parallels between Father Christmas’s job and my father’s job as a milkman.”

Raymond Briggs films are on again over Christmas 2014. The times are as follows:

Father Christmas – Ch 4 8:20 am Christmas Day

The Snowman* – Ch 4 7:30pm Tuesday 23rd December (repeated Christmas Day at 12:45pm) and on E4 at 5:OOpm

The Snowman and the Snowdog – Ch 4 7:55pm Wednesday 24th December (repeated Christmas Day at 1:20pm)

(*The Snowman was first broadcast in 1982 and has been shown on Ch 4 every year since then, except one).


A special connection…

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Peter Dodd, animation director on Ethel and Ernest, has a very particular connection to this project. His father, like Ernest, also worked as a Co-op milkman. Peter is working on model sheets of the main characters at the moment. This drawing, that he did when he was a boy, is of his father doing his milk round.

Drawing by a young Peter Dodd of his father who worked as a C-op milkman

Getting ready…

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As the Ethel and Ernest animated feature gears up to start,  pre-production testing continues.

Here Raymond Briggs is seen viewing a line test of some animation with producer Camilla Deakin of Lupus Films.

Photo taken on May 14th 2014.

Raymond Briggs viewing a test of Ethel and Ernest with producer Camilla Deacon_May 14th 2014

British Film Institute Vision Awards 2013

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Twenty UK film production companies were recently granted awards by the BFI. 170 companies applied in total, and Lupus Films was one of four animation companies selected.


Lupus Films (animation)
Ruth Fielding, Camilla Deakin
Credits include: The Snowman and the Snowdog Channel 4. Upcoming: Raymond Brigg’s Ethel & Ernest (feature).
Lupus intends to apply their first-class artistry to recognisable and well-loved properties (such as Raymond Briggs), to spearhead a revival of 2D animation in the UK and establish themselves as a formidable, and uniquely, British animation film company.

John Coates memorial reel

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A compilation of scenes from John Coates’ life are now available on Youtube.

John and his company TVC were the driving force behind getting the Ethel and Ernest film started. The project was very dear to his heart and he invested

a large amount of his time and money into its pre-production development.

This reel was screened at the party after John Coates’ memorial held in London on November 22nd 2012.

It features clips from most of the classic films made by John’s TVC animation studio, and includes photos and footage of the studio collected together by his work colleagues and friends.

John Coates celebrating 40 years of the TVC studio

John Coates celebrating 40 years of the TVC studio


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


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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



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