The classic children’s story The Snowman returns to TV screens this morning as families across the country celebrate the festive season.
The Channel 4 film, which has aired every Christmas since 1982, follows the story of a little boy who embarks on a magical adventure with a snowman he made in his garden.
The Bafta Award-winning animated short is based on the picture book of the same name by author Raymond Briggs, who died earlier this year.
Keen-eyed viewers will recognize that the boy’s home appears to be somewhere in the South Downs, near the homes of Raymond Briggs and the film’s composer, Howard Blake.
During a scene in which the boy and snowman fly through the air, the pair can be seen flying over field after field in the national park before flying past a snow-covered Royal Pavilion and Palace Pier.
In the film’s original introduction, Raymond Briggs walked through a field and described his inspiration for the picture book.
He said: “I remember that winter because it brought the heaviest snow I’ve ever seen. Snow had fallen all night and in the morning I awoke to a room full of light and silence, the whole world seemed to be held in a dreamlike stillness.
“It was a magical day and that day I shot The Snowman.”
A sequel to the film, The Snowman And The Snowdog, was released in 2012 and will also air later in the morning.
The film, made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original, sees The Snowman, accompanied by a four-legged friend, on a magical adventure with another boy, Billy. The trio fly over London to attend an annual snowman party and compete against other snowmen and a skiing penguin.
The Snowdog was launched as part of a public art trail in Brighton and Hove in 2016, raising £337,000 for the Martlets Hospice.
The Snowman is shown on Channel 4 at 11.25am, followed by The Snowman And The Snowdog at 11.55am.
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