This hand drawn animated film, based on the award winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and times of his parents, two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events.



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Credited cast:
Mrs. Bennett / Aunty Betty (voice)
Ernest Briggs (voice)
Ethel Briggs (voice)
Middle Aged Doctor (voice)
Raymond Briggs (voice)
Detective Sergeant Burnley (voice)
Lady of the House (voice)
June Brown ...
Ernest's Step Mother (voice)
Simon Day ...
Alf (voice)
Best Man / Fireman / Train Guard / Doctor (voice)
Harry Collett ...
Young Raymond (voice)
Gillian Hanna ...
Midwife / Aunty Flo (voice)
Duncan Wisbey ...
Wedding Photographer / Radio Announcer / BBC Newsreader / Newspaper Seller / Tailor / Arthur (voice)
Macready Massey ...
Teen-age Raymond
Karyn Claydon ...
Jean (Raymond's wife) (voice)


In 1928 London milk-man Ernest Briggs courts and marries house-maid Ethel, their son Raymond being born in 1934. When World War II breaks out Ethel tearfully allows him to be evacuated to aunts in Dorset whilst Ernest joins the fire service, shocked by the carnage he sees. As hostilities end they celebrate Raymond's return and entry to grammar school and the birth of the welfare state though Ethel is mistrustful of socialism and progress in general. Raymond himself progresses from National Service to art college and a teaching post, worrying his mother by marrying schizophrenic Jean. However father and son console each other as Ethel slips away but before long Raymond is mourning his father too though both Ethel and Ernest will forever be immortalized by Raymond's touching account of their lives. Written by don @ minifie-1

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As a wartime evacuee, the young Raymond is seen sketching a snowman based on a Christmas cake figurine. In 1978 'The Snowman' would become Briggs's most famous and successful book. See more »


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A great film.I will be adding this to my Blu-ray collection
28 December 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having watched all Raymond Briggs films i was very surprised to find that another one was made and luckily i just managed to watch it as i did not know it was being aired within the Christmas period 2016.

I have enjoyed Snowman, The Father Christmas, When the Wind blows and more and watched when i was a child.I now watch these same films with my children. If you have watched the films before this then you know it'll be an excellent film. This film like the others offers humour,great characters and just overall great enjoyment.

I might have to say that this film is now my overall favourite out of the Briggs films. It has humour,cosy English culture but also a sad realism.Based in the era of my grand parents it was nice to see how they were back then living a similar life.As based on true events it was a sad film but very interesting as it was factual.

Overall i loved it,my partner and kids loved it.Its a great film for all ages and new and old fans of Raymond Briggs.Ill definitely be getting this on Blu ray.

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