Hog­manay

Ray­mond Briggs: Snow­men, Bo­gey­men and Milk­men 9pm, BBC Two

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Alovely pro­file of one of the great­est writer-il­lus­tra­tors Bri­tain has pro­duced. Now 84, and slightly grumpy, Ray­mond Briggs would de­serve a statue in ev­ery town if only for hav­ing sat down with his pen­cils to pro­duce The Snow­man, but he also gave us the icky Fun­gus The Bo­gey­man, the dev­as­tat­ing When The Wind Blows, and 1998’s mag­nif­i­cent Ethel & Ernest – based on his par­ents’ lives, it’s es­sen­tially the tale of Bri­tain’s 20th cen­tury, as seen from within one beau­ti­fully or­di­nary love story. We hear about th­ese and other books (in­clud­ing 1984’s Falk­lands par­ody, The Tin-Pot For­eign Gen­eral And The Old Iron Wo­man) from Mr Briggs him­self, along with an­i­ma­tor Nick Park and car­toon­ists Posy Sim­mons and Steve Bell. Tune in early for 2016’s an­i­mated Ethel & Ernest adap­ta­tion (7.30pm). Bloody heart­break­ing.

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