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