Christmas television is usually a mixture of repeats and terrible cheap made programmes. The idea of original content that doesn’t involve endless panel shows or awful reality tv seems to have been lost on a lot of commissioners.
‘Ethel and Ernest’ was the best of Christmas television telling the story of Raymond Briggs’ parents through pivotal moments of the twentieth century. I found it extremely poignant that my parents seem to have a lot of the characteristics exhibited by both of them. A reluctance to move with the times as life seems to be passing them by.
If you ever get a chance to watch it then do so. A simple animation. At the heart of it the British ideal of being able to afford your own home and bringing up a family.