To mark World Book Day Raymond Briggs appears on BBC Newsnight

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Today, March 2nd, is World Book Day and to mark the occasion Raymond Briggs reflects on some of his most famous creations, The Snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman, and Ethel and Ernest. There is also a rare glimpse of the book he has been working on for a number of years called ‘Time For Lights Out’.

The Book Trust present Raymond Briggs with their Lifetime Achievement Award

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Raymond Briggs receives the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 2017.

The speaker is Nicolette Jones author of ‘Raymond Briggs Blooming Books’. The award is presented by author and illustrator Chris Ridell, who was taught by Raymond Briggs at Brighton School of Art. In the audience, sat next to Raymond Briggs, is author and illustrator Shirley Hughes who received the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

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Raymond Briggs with Shirley Hughes (Alfie, Dogger) at the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 2017. Shirley Hughes was awarded it in 2015, Judith Kerr (The Tiger Who Came To Tea) in 2016 and Raymond Briggs in 2017.

Raymond Briggs receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Today Raymond Briggs receives the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 2017. The ceremony taking place at The Southbank Centre in London is in its third year. Previous awards were given to Shirley Hughes in 2015 and Judith Kerr in 2016.

The Judging Panel were: Critic and broadcaster Nicolette Jones, writer and illustrator Chris Ridell, human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti, illustrator Cressida Cowell, poet John Agard, and Chief Executive of the Book Trust Diana Gerald.

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Raymond Briggs working at his home in Sussex _ (photo Roger Mainwood)

About The Book Trust :

“The BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a children’s writer or illustrator whose body of work, in the opinion of the panel of judges, merits recognition for a lifetime’s achievement in children’s literature. It is a separate recognition to the Children’s Laureate in that it is purely celebratory and is not attached to any wider purpose of promoting children’s literature. BookTrust intends it to be awarded to a person who is not likely to become Children’s Laureate in the future.”


More interviews with the cast and crew recorded at the premiere

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More interviews from the Ethel and Ernest premiere that was held at The Curzon Mayfair on October 15th 2016 as part of the 60th BFI London Film Festival.

Red Carpet News TV talks to Raymond Briggs, Director Roger Mainwood, Composer Carl Davis, Pam Ferris, Producer Camilla Deakin, and Jim Broadbent, at the BFI London Film Festival 2016.

And another interview, courtesy of Red Carpet News, filmed at a BFI London Film Festival press event held at the Mayfair Hotel.

For more from the premiere see these earlier postings:



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 reading one of his diary entries from 1947. Photo Roger Mainwood, April 2016.


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

The Radio Times on the making of Ethel and Ernest

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“Raymond Briggs sits at his desk, pencil in hand, brushes in pots and cup of tea at his side. A fresh sheet of paper is ready on an angled desk, and the author and illustrator begins to sketch his parents, Ethel and Ernest Briggs.

This is how Ethel & Ernest, the film adaptation of Briggs’s graphic novel, begins. On paper. By hand. But immediately the action begins, and we’re in London, 1928, with illustrated houses stretching out as far as the eye can see, horse carts clattering along the cobbled streets and a young Ernest hopping on his bike to work.

Moving pictures. It’s such an old idea that we forget how magical it is to watch someone’s drawing skip off the page and come to life. But that’s what Ethel & Ernest is. Magic.”

Read the full article by James Gill and Michael Hodges here


A tweet from Lupus Films on the first day of production at the studio after the lengthy pre-production phase. From left to right Art Director Robin Shaw, Director Roger Mainwood, Animation Director Peter Dodd


Wallpaper artwork for use in the film created by Assistant Art Director Mat Williams

Raymond Briggs on TV and Radio this Christmas

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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.

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Articles in the Sunday Times_18th December 2016

The Telegraph make ‘Ethel and Ernest’ – their film choice of the week

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The Telegraph Christmas TV listings which make Ethel and Ernest their Film Of The Week.

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The Times make it their Critics’ Choice

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The Observer make it their Pick Of The Day for Wednesday 28th December 2016


The Glasgow Sunday Herald 

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The Daily Mail


More interviews from the Ethel and Ernest premiere, and a great review !

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Cassidy Little from Forces TV reports from the premiere of Ethel and Ernest held on October 15th at the Curzon Mayfair. Click on the link below for the broadcast

This week on the Little Film Show: Illustrator and storyteller Raymond Briggs, of the Snowman fame, has his graphic novel Ethel and Ernest put on the big screen, after a painstaking 10 years in the making.



Below, Tara Jennett from XTV gives a report on films that attracted her attention at the London Film Festival. The section on Ethel and Ernest starts at the 3 min 42 second mark.

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