Next Sunday families across the UK will settle down to watch Sky One’s Christmas highlight, a three-part take on Raymond Briggs’s much-loved comic book Fungus the Bogeyman. It comes complete with special effects from Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium studio and a cast including Timothy Spall, Victoria Wood and Keeley Hawes. It is a clever, witty visualisation of Briggs’s slime-saturated world and one that will no doubt join those other Briggs classics The Snowman and Father Christmas as part of the annual festive viewing experience.
For the 81-year-old author, however, that reputation as the King of Christmas is a cross to bear. “In the book version of The Snowman, there’s no Christmas, there’s nothing Christmassy in Fungus, and Father Christmas is anti-Christmas,” he