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Snowman sequel 'on too late for children': Parents' fury over Channel 4's decision to air Raymond Briggs's show at 8pm… and it clashes with last-ever Merlin
22:27 GMT, 22 December 2012
It is the long-awaited sequel to a children’s Christmas classic… but many youngsters will miss the premiere of The Snowman And The Snowdog tomorrow – as it will be shown after their bedtime.
Channel 4 is facing a flurry of complaints over its decision to air Raymond Briggs’s follow-up to The Snowman at 8pm.
And those who can stay up face another dilemma, as the 2 million half-hour animation clashes with the last-ever episode of BBC1’s family drama Merlin, which starts at 8.15pm.
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Channel 4 is facing a flurry of complaints over its decision to air Raymond Briggs's follow-up to The Snowman – The Snowman And The Snowdog – at 8pm on Christmas Eve
The new film (above) is set in the same house as the original Snowman – which has been shown every Christmas Eve bar one since 1982 – but 30 years later
Creator of the Snowman, Raymond Briggs
Scores of viewers have complained to Channel 4, while others have taken to Twitter to express their concerns.
Parent Kate Bentham wrote: ‘Can’t believe the Snowman And The Snowdog is on at 8pm on Christmas Eve, way past bedtime. Too late.’
Orla Tarn, 16, said: ‘OMG The Snowman sequel on Christmas Eve clashes with the last-ever Merlin. Oh My actual God, what do I do’
The film is set in the same house as the original Snowman – which has been shown every Christmas Eve bar one since 1982 – but 30 years later.
Last night a C4 spokesman said they would not be changing the Christmas Eve schedule, but added that the film would be repeated at 1.55pm on Christmas Day.
He said: ‘There will also be a number of opportunities for all the family to catch up on the new film across Christmas.’
Those who can stay up face another dilemma, as the 2m half-hour animation clashes with the last-ever episode of BBC1's family drama Merlin (above), which starts at 8.15pm
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