The Snowman and Snowdog to grace Radio Times' Christmas cover

The characters drawn by Robin Shaw will appear on the front cover for the second year running
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The Snowman and The Snowdog are set to grace the front cover of the iconic Radio Times Christmas double issue for the second year running.

The publication will be celebrating 90th Christmas issue this year, and the Snowman and The Snowdog first appeared on the Radio Times cover this time last year, prior to animation's Christmas Eve premiere on Channel 4.

Featuring the artwork of Robin Shaw, the film's assistant director, the Radio Times Christmas cover will star Father Christmas tickling the Snowdog under the chin with his friends looking on.

Commissioned by Shem Law, the magazine's art director, the cover took over two weeks to complete, with Father Christmas' coat taking 16 hours alone.

Shaw said: "To be asked to do Radio Times' Christmas front cover once is an honour, but to be asked to do it a second time is overwhelming.

"I was thrilled to hear that following the success of last year's cover they had been in touch. It's a fantastic privilege to get your pencils out for such a prestigious magazine."

The film, from Lupus Films, will be shown on Channel 4 over Christmas while the Radio Ties Christmas special issue will go on sale from Wednesday, December 12th.

Camilla Deakin, producer from Lupus Films, said: "The Snowman and The Snowdog are fast becoming iconic Christmas characters and we're extremely flattered that they have been asked to grace the cover of Radio Times once again for this historic festive edition." 

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