Paddington Bear is a series of British animated shorts based on the Paddington Bear book series by Michael Bond produced by FilmFair. This was the first television series based on the popular children's book Paddington Bear. In the United States it was usually shown on pay television as filler in between programs. Its narrator was actor Michael Hordern. The series has a very distinctive art style. Paddington himself is a stop-motion animated puppet who moves within a 3-dimensional space and interacts with 2-dimensional animated drawings of the human characters, buildings, etc.
Series One (episodes 1 to 30, entitled Paddington) was aired on the BBC1 in 1975, and Series Two (episodes 31 to 56, entitled The Adventures of Paddington) between 1978 and 1979, with specials airing in 1980, 1984 and 1986. Internationally, episodes of the series aired in the United States on PBS, on the syndicated series Romper Room, on Nickelodeon as a segment on the program Pinwheel and on USA Network as a segment on the Calliope (TV series) in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as in between preschool programming on The Disney Channel as a segment on the programme Lunch Box from the late 1980s into the 1990s. The series also aired on HBO in between features, usually when they were airing children's programmes.
|No.||Episode Name||Original air date|
|01||"Please Look After This Bear"||5 January 1975|
|The very first story, in which Mr and Mrs. Brown meet Paddington in a railway station, which results in his name.|
|02||"A Bear in Hot Water"||6 January 1975|
arrives at the Brown household, and Judy attempts to explain how to have a bath. Paddington does not manage very well, but in spite of this, the Browns decide to keep him.
|03||"Paddington Goes Underground"||7 January 1975|
travels on the underground with Mrs. Brown and Judy, but finds himself in a spot of bother with one of the inspectors.
|04||"A Shopping Expedition"||8 January 1975|
|Mrs. Brown takes Paddington to buy some pyjamas, but he gets lost and mistakes a shop window for a changing room.|
|05||"Paddington and the Old Master"||9 January 1975|
friend, Mr. Gruber, an antique dealer, shows Paddington a special type of painting called an "Old Master". Paddington then helps Mr. Brown win a painting competition.
|06||"A Spot of Decorating"||12 January 1975|
|Paddington attempts to decorate the Browns' attic, but he gets into a mess and accidentally wallpapers over the door.|
|07||"A Family Group"||13 January 1975|
|Using his rather old-fashioned camera, Paddington attempts to take a photo of the Browns.|
|08||"Paddington Makes a Bid"||14 January 1975|
|Mr. Gruber takes Paddington to an auction. Paddington accidentally buys several items, but eventually lands a terrific bargain.|
|09||"Do-It-Yourself"||15 January 1975|
|Paddington tries his hand at D.I.Y., making a magazine rack for Mr. Brown.|
|10||"A Disappearing Trick"||16 January 1975|
|It is Paddington's first birthday with the Browns, and they buy him a magic set, which he uses to entertain everyone.|
|11||"Something Nasty in the Kitchen"||19 January 1975|
and Mrs. Brown are ill in bed, and the rest of the family are away, which means that the only person in charge of running the house is Paddington.
|12||"Trouble at the Launderette"||20 January 1975|
|Paddington takes the clothes to the launderette.|
|13||"Too Much Off the Top"||22 January 1975|
|Paddington gets a job at a barber's shop, but the barber unwisely goes out — leaving Paddington in charge.|
|14||"A Visit to the Dentist"||23 January 1975|
|Paddington goes to see the dentist.|
|15||"Paddington Cleans Up"||3 May 1975|
makes a mess in Mr. Curry's front room to test the new vacuum cleaner he received, when the neighbour suddenly bursts in and points out that the reason for the lack of electric sockets in the house is that he uses gas!
|16||"Trouble at No.32"||23 December 1975|
engages in a snowball fight in the garden with Jonathan and Judy, but a stray snowball goes through Mr. Curry's bedroom window and melts in the middle of his bed. Later, Paddington helpfully shuts Mr. Curry's back door and locks him out of his house. Eventually, Paddington has to disguise himself as a snowbear to escape his neighbour's wrath.
|17||"Paddington and the Christmas Shopping"||3 December 1975|
|Paddington goes on a Christmas shopping expedition.|
|18||"Paddington's Christmas"||25 December 1975|
first Christmas with the Browns is a success: he is showered with presents, and has also bought some lovely gifts for all the family.
|19||"Mr. Curry Takes a Bath"||5 May 1975|
Browns have had a sauna installed as a present for Mr. Brown. However, Mr. Curry decides to try it out. In an attempt to keep him out, Paddington buys a combination padlock and puts it on the door, but Mr. Curry beats him to it, and pays the price when he finds himself locked in. In the meantime, Paddington tries to work out why the pre-set combination of the padlock — which is the date of his birthday — doesn't seem to open it!
|20||"Paddington Turns Detective"||6 May 1975|
|One night, while using his torchlight, Paddington notices that the light flashes back, and decides to investigate.|
|21||"Paddington and the Cold Snap"||18 May 1975|
attempts to mend Mr. Curry's frozen pipes, when the plumber, whom Mr. Curry still owes for his last job, refuses to help.
|22||"Trouble at the Wax Works"||25 May 1975|
|Paddington goes on an outing with Mr. Gruber, and is mistaken for one of the statues in the museum.|
|23||"Paddington Makes a Clean Sweep"||1 June 1975|
|Paddington has some misdemeanors attempting to clean a chimney. First he breaks a chimney brush and then gets his head stuck.|
|24||"A Sticky Time"||8 June 1975|
|Paddington makes some toffees. However, he accidentally gets a bit of his fur stuck in the process.|
|25||"Paddington Hits the Jackpot:"||22 June 1975|
|Paddington appears on the quiz show Lucky For Some, and wins the money in a rather unorthodox way.|
|26||"Paddington Hits Out"||29 June 1975|
attends Mr. Arnold Parker's golf tournament. Mr. Curry is there too, and Paddington is surprised when he wins because his ball landed on a train track.
|27||"A Visit to the Hospital"||6 July 1975|
visits Mr. Curry in hospital, but decides to have his head checked first. When Dr. Heinz tells Paddington to say the opposite of what the doctor says, Paddington gets the better of him and opposes every word Dr. Heinz says.
|28||"Paddington Recommended:"||13 July 1975|
is mistaken for a famous gourmet in a restaurant. He enjoys a gargantuan meal, but then has to take the consequences.
|29||"Fortune Telling"||20 July 1975|
|Paddington visits the funfair where he has his fortune told by Madame Zaza.|
|30||"An Unexpected Party"||27 July 1975|
was coming downstairs for tea, when he soon found himself with everyone holding a special party in his honour. Mr. Gruber gives Paddington a book on paper tearing, and in the process, he accidentally tears one of Mr. Curry's pound notes.
|31||"Paddington in Court"||31 October 1978|
Gruber takes Paddington on an outing to the Royal Courts of Justice to watch a case. But while waiting, a misunderstanding ensues when the court nearest the bench Paddington is at call a "Mr. Brown" to the stand.
|32||"Paddington Bakes a Cake"||7 November 1978|
tries to bake a cake for Mr. Curry, but when it comes to getting it in and out of the oven, it seemed far too beyond Paddington's control, and so he decides to decorate the oven – to look like a cake.
|33||"A Picnic on the River:"||14 November 1978|
|The Browns decide to go punting, but disaster strikes when Paddington is put in charge of the pole.|
|34||"Paddington's Patch"||21 November 1978|
|Paddington builds a rock garden.|
|35||"In and Out of Trouble"||28 November 1978|
|Paddington has trouble using Mr. Curry's old hammock.|
|36||"Paddington at the Tower"||5 December 1978|
|Mr. Gruber takes Paddington on an outing to the Tower of London on his day off.|
|37||"A Visit to the Bank"||12 December 1978|
|Paddington goes to the bank to withdraw his life savings, but doesn't know exactly what to do as it is his first time.|
|38||"Paddington Clears the Coach"||19 December 1978|
manages to empty a restaurant car in a train by telling them that the fish they are eating is off: he misunderstood a chef's comment when he said it was off the menu.
|39||"Picture Trouble"||26 December 1978|
|Paddington decides to have his picture taken at the seaside.|
|40||"Trouble at the Beach"||2 January 1979|
|Paddington tries to enjoy another day at the beach, but it goes wrong with his sandcastle making.|
|41||"Keeping Fit"||9 January 1979|
|Paddington takes up bodybuilding, but it's harder than he thinks.|
|42||"Paddington in the Hot Seat"||16 January 1979|
|Paddington visits a studio of a TV show, Sage of Britain,
and finds himself in the hot seat, and in the free-for-all section, he somehowingly finds many people phoning and asking Paddington to be the Sage of Britain.
|43||"Paddington and the Mystery Box"||23 January 1979|
|Paddington sees some people bury a box.|
|44||"Paddington's Puzzle"||30 January 1979|
|Paddington uses the neighbours' painting to make a puzzle.|
|45||"Paddington Weighs In"||6 February 1979|
|Paddington visits a health centre.|
|46||"Paddington Takes a Snip"||13 February 1979|
seeing an amazing magazine article about plants shaped to everyday things, Paddington tries snipping Mr. Curry's hedge into a peacock, and has a lot of trouble tidying the loose ends, until he wakes up to discover the whole escapade has been a dream.
|47||"A Visit to the Theatre"||20 February 1979|
|Paddington goes to see a play with the Browns, and lends a hand when actor Sir Sealy Bloom forgets his lines.|
|48||"Paddington Buys a Share"||27 February 1979|
|Paddington buys a share in the Portobello Rd Oil Company.|
|49||"Paddington in a Hole"||6 March 1979|
|Mr. Curry assigns Paddington to make him a serving hatch, all is fine until the end...|
|50||"Paddington and the Finishing Touch"||13 March 1979|
decides to thank Mr. Gruber for his kindness by finding him a finishing touch for his patio. When it comes to bringing it home, however, Paddington finds some surprises.
|51||"Trouble in the Bargain Basement"||20 March 1979|
visits a bargain basement in a shopping store, in order to find something that was very good value. When he tries a demonstration at making pancakes with a frying pan, he accidentally flips the batter all over the audience.
|52||"An Outing in the Park"||27 March 1979|
|Paddington goes to the local park to see a brass band concert, and he discovers how Schubert hadn't finished his symphony.|
|53||"Paddington Dines Out"||3 April 1979|
|The Browns go out to a posh restaurant to celebrate Paddington's birthday.|
|54||"Paddington Takes the Stage"||10 April 1979|
|Paddington helped the Drama Society with a performance called The Secret Plan, but during the interval, the actor seems to have lost the actual plans.|
|55||"Paddington in Touch"||17 April 1979|
goes to a rugby match to see the Peruvian Reserves against the Portabello Wanderers, and Aunt Lucy joins in the match, too.
|56||"Comings and Goings at No.32"||24 April 1979|
|Paddington's Aunt Lucy comes on visit, but trouble ensues when she goes to Barkridge's to buy Mr. Brown a thank-you present.|
- Paddington Goes To The Movies (1980)
A 21-minute special in which Paddington goes to the movies. On leaving, in the street outside complete with umbrella, he performs Gene Kelly's famous dance routine from Singin' in the Rain. Original Air Date: 15 March 1983
- Paddington Goes to School (1984)
A 25-minute special in which Paddington is forced to go to school when a truant officer says that he must go since he is "of age". Includes a scene in which he performs Flight of the Bumblebee on a violin. In this episode colour has been added to all the 2-D animation and backgrounds. Original Air Date: 3 January 1985.
- Paddington’s Birthday Bonanza (1986)
A 24-minute special in which Paddington finds himself in trouble as he becomes a one-man band to raise money to buy Mr Brown's birthday present. Unfortunately, things don’t go to plan... In this episode colour has been added to all the 2-D animation and backgrounds. Additionally, this is the first and only episode where the animated characters' mouths actually move when they speak. This is also the series finale. Original Air Date: 26 December 1987
- NOTE: The specials were originally broadcast on the BBC and later repeated on CITV in early 2002.
In popular culture Edit
Paddington is seen in four adverts for Marmite in the late 2000s.
DVD releases Edit
In Region 2, Abbey Home Media Group released the entire series on DVD in the UK on 23 June 2008. The 2-disc set features all 56 shorts as well as the 3 specials.
In Region 1, Mill Creek Entertainment (under license from Cookie Jar Group) released the complete series on DVD on 15 February 2011 in a 3-disc set entitled Paddington Bear- The Complete Classic Series.
Paddington Bear has been shown several times on BBC1 and BBC2 from 1975 - 1990, CBBC on Choice have shown Paddington Bear once, from Monday 12th June 2000 - Friday 25th August 2000. it hasn't been shown once after this although it has been on Nick Jr.