What a truly lovely, heartwarming film it is – Roger Mainwood’s animated adaptation of the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, of The Snowman fame, about his late parents’ life together. Ethel & Ernest radiates all the humour and kindness and little of the gloom, not even when it shows his parents approaching their deaths after more than 40 years together, or refers to his own wife’s mental fragility. It starts with the courtship – Ernest a cheeky milkman on a bike, Ethel a lady’s maid flapping a duster at the window, which he interprets as a wave. Despite all they have in common, Ethel and Ernest are in certain respects strikingly different. In many ways, Ethel & Ernest covers the same ground as Pixar’s 2009 hit Up, but its modesty and thoroughgoing Englishness help to make it, for my money, both more entertaining and more moving.