Snowman and the Snowdog: Programme drew one of Channel 4"s biggest audiences of the year

Snowman and the Snowdog melts hearts of six million: Animation draws one of Channel 4's biggest audiences of the year (but it's still beaten by Coronation Street and Merlin) Sequel to Christmas classic The Snowman was big winner for Channel 4New animation got peak of 5.8m viewers and an average audience of 4.9mOriginal version of Raymond Briggs's story also performed well this year | UPDATED: 22:34 GMT, 25 December 2012 In an age of computer wizardry and high-tech animation, one might have expected its simple hand-drawn style to leave a modern audience slightly nonplussed. But the sequel to Christmas classic The Snowman has become one of Channel 4’s highest-rated programmes of the year

Snowman sequel "on too late for children": Parents" fury over Channel 4"s decision to air Raymond Briggs"s show at 8pm

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 | UPDATED: 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.