Author Raymond Briggs is remembered in a special documentary about his timeless picture book The Snowman.
The Snowman: The Film That Changed Christmas marks the 40th anniversary since Channel 4 first aired the film adaptation of the book and explores how the short film became so deeply entrenched in the heart of the nation during the festive season.
The program includes interviews with composer Howard Blake, Hilary Audus and Joanna Harrison from the female-led animation team and then Channel 4 Editor-in-Chief Paul Madden.
On the show, Ms Audus recalls a visit by the late Sussex author to see some of the animation for the film version of his book.
She said: “Raymond came in to see our work, we knew he had a dry sense of humor and could be quite acidic.
“He came in, looked around and said, ‘These are great, I wish I could have made them.’
“It was wonderful. He was so sweet, so humble.”
The program also corrects common misconceptions about the snowman, such as that Aled Jones is the angelic choirboy singing the movie’s theme, “Walking In The Air.”
A boy named Peter Auty was the actual singer but was never credited due to a last minute rush to get the film released.
However, Aled Jones did not sing the song until three years after the film first aired on television, as part of a Snowman ad campaign for Toys R Us.
Originally published in 1978, The Snowman was created and illustrated as a wordless picture book by Raymond Briggs, following the story of a boy who builds a snowman in his garden on a winter’s day, only for his creation and the couple to embark on one magical adventure.
In the film adaptation, the couple is seen flying over Sussex landmarks including the South Downs and the Royal Pavilion. and the palace pier.
Raymond Briggs, who has lived in Sussex since 1961, died in August aged 88.
The Snowman: The Film That Changed Christmas airs December 17 at 5pm on Channel 4.
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