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
Corrections and clarifications UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 23 December 2012 If you wish to point out any inaccuracy, please write to Readers’ Editor, The Mail on Sunday, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TS or email [email protected] ……………………………………………………………………………………….. A news story on December 9 said John Baron MP believed further cuts to the Army’s size are inevitable
Cancer be damned! I'll make this our best Christmas ever: The utterly inspiring story of a mother-of-six with breast cancer | UPDATED: 22:23 GMT, 19 December 2012 As the mother of six young children with just a few days to go until Christmas, I’m working my way through the very long list of jobs that send all of us into a spin at this time of year. There’s the hundred stocking fillers I have to buy, a mountain of presents to wrap, a super-sized turkey to source, tree-lights to untangle, Post Office queues to stand in and pine needles constantly to vacuum up. These festive duties can drive us mothers to despair, but this year I’m relishing every single task that comes my way
She threw herself in front of the gunman to save her students: Astonishing story of the brave teacher who died protecting children from 'deeply disturbed' killerVictoria Soto, 27, sacrificed herself to save her first grade students by throwing her body in front of gunman Adam Lanza She was a highly regarded member of staff, popular with students and known for chewing gum in class Principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach were also killed execution-style after confronting LanzaA fourth teacher has been named as Lauren Rousseau, 30 | UPDATED: 22:06 GMT, 15 December 2012 A young teacher displayed astonishing bravery and sacrificed her life saving as many children in her first grade class as she could after she came face-to-face with gunman Adam Lanza. Victoria Soto, 27, had worked at Sandy Hook Elementary for five years.
Remarkable story of little girl whose TONGUE wouldn't stop growing – but now she can smile thanks to surgeryOlivia, now two, was born with syndrome that caused accelerated growth of her tongue. Doctors first noticed something amiss during a 4D scan The condition left her unable to eat or talk and she needed a tracheotomy to help her breathe It is now under control after three rounds of surgery and her parents say she is always smiling and is catching up with her peers | UPDATED: 23:19 GMT, 10 December 2012 A toddler born with a condition that meant her tongue wouldn't stop growing can now smile for the first time, thanks to surgery. Baby Olivia Gillies nearly suffocated because her tongue suffered 'accelerated growth' – caused by Beckwiths Wiedemann Syndrome
It's a cracker: Incredible 100,000 festive light display which takes electrician ONE MONTH to build Stunning festive display in Melksham, Wilts, takes a month to put up and costs 30,000 | UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 10 December 2012 Alex Goodhind was so determined his Christmas decorations would be the best ever this year, he took more than four weeks off work to prepare them. And with more than 180,000 bulbs, a searchlight that can be seen for almost four miles and an estimated 1,000 electricity bill for the month, he certainly didn’t disappoint. Indeed, his neighbours say you can see this extraordinary collection from space
BBC snaps up JK's new book: Casual Vacancy set to become multi-million pound series broadcast in 2014 BBC1 will adapt The Casual Vacancy into a TV seriesExpected to be broadcast in 2014The book was released only in SeptemberIt has already sold more than one million copies | UPDATED: 01:23 GMT, 4 December 2012 Her children’s novels were cinematic blockbusters but JK Rowling has decided her first book for adults will be made in to a TV series.
Away in a manger, two crooks stole the bed: How one school decided to change the story of ChristmasEssex school criticised by parents for dumping traditional nativity playCanvey Junior School is staging a 'cops and robbers' themed playOne parent has withdrawn their child and parents have said the play is inappropriate following a number of armed robberies in the town | UPDATED: 13:00 GMT, 1 December 2012 A primary school has been criticised after they ditched the traditional Christmas nativity, opting to stage a 'cops and robbers' themed play. Parents have been left fuming by the school's decision to choose the modernised play, in which their children sing Away in a Manger with a completely different set of lyrics. The play, which will be performed by 11-year-olds at Canvey Junior School in Essex, gets rid of traditional characters Mary and Joseph, instead focusing on the tale of two violent robbers.