Sequel to 'The Snowman' to be broadcast this Christmas

A sequel to Christmas TV favourite 'The Snowman' is to be screened this Christmas.

The £2m (€1.55m), 24-minute programme, 'The Snowman And The Snowdog', is being screened on Channel 4.

The creator of 'The Snowman', Raymond Briggs, 78, told the Radio Times that he endorsed the follow-up, partly because it was hand-drawn, saying: “It would have been cashing in to do it before. Now it won’t do any harm, and it’s not vulgar and American.

“I’ve never touched a computer, or anything like that. CGI makes everything too perfect, but they’re sticking to the old ways. I’m a notorious grumbler, but I found nothing to grumble about.”

Briggs admitted he does not read many children’s books and is “not a fan of Christmas”, despite the animated version of his famous book featuring a visit to Father Christmas at the North Pole.

“You can’t keep up with the damned things,” he said of children’s books.

“I’ve never read Enid Blyton. I went once to Roald Dahl’s birthday party so must have read something of his. He was fairly curmudgeonly.”

He told the magazine: “Huge amounts of money have been generated by The Snowman. I’m not interested. I read it’s sold three million copies, but publishers bandy about numbers that aren’t usually true.

“I don’t spend anything. I don’t like going abroad – the Gatwick airport hell-hole. I buy clothes from charity shops, although I draw the line at trousers.”

The sequel’s co-producer Camilla Deakin said most of the film was hand-drawn because “computer-generated imaging can be too perfect”, but she added that computers were used at the end “to finesse the pictures, adding digital snow and lighting effects”.

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