Paddington (CBBC, 1976)/The Adventures Of Paddington (CBBC, 1979-1980)
This is another show from the 70s that was repeated for several years afterwards, so I’m sure that many people ended up enjoying this. Paddington was based on the popular series of books by Michael Bond that launched in the 50s and ran for several years. I’m fairly sure that I actually hadn’t read any of these when I first show the TV version, but I did eventually.
One day, a bear from Peru is found at Paddington train station by the Brown family, who decided to adopt him, having no problem with a big bear in their house. I hope they never asked about what he got up to in the woods though. Every episode of the TV series, which launched almost two decades after the first book, was only about five minutes long, so plenty had to happen in a rather short time.
The narrator of the stories, who also voiced all of the characters, was Sir Michael Hordern, who later went on to become the host of Noel’s House Party. The character of Paddington is famous for a doing a few things. Firstly, he always wore a big coat and hat, along with a suitcase, and he had something of a fondness for marmalade sandwiches. But he soon discovers that London is rather different to Peru.
But what is best remembered about this show is the distinctive animation style. Paddington was a 3D model who walked around using the stop-motion style, while the rest of the human cast were all 2D cut-outs who didn’t walk around, and their mouths didn’t even move when they spoke. All of the backgrounds were rather bright and sparse too.
There were two series (which each had different titles), and these would be repeated on CBBC well into the 80s and even the 90s. Paddington would go on to appear in further series. In the late-80s there was a proper animated cartoon, and again it seems that Hanna-Barbera were the production company behind this, but I don’t remember that one, this will always be the definitive version for me.
And there would be further animated series in 1991 and 2019. But there was proof of how popular Paddington still was all these years on with the two films, featuring a computer-animated version of our hero, that were very well received, and must’ve won over yet another generation of new fans all around the world. He really is almost as terrific as Bungle.
2 thoughts on “CBBC Memories – Paddington.”
Hey there, i like Paddington (by FilmFair) which features the late Michael Hordern (who died on 2nd May 1995 of kidney disease) and the narrator and all the voices of that show and there were also three Paddington specials including Paddington Goes To The Movies, Paddington Goes To School and Paddington’s Birthday Bonanza (with Hordern reprising his roles as narrator and all the voices).
I think there were Paddington’s Anywhen TV Shows and A Taste of Paddington, some of which were released on VHS in the late 1980s from Screen Legends and Paddington was also released on VHS in the 1990s from Tempo Video and Abbey Home Entertainment and four more Paddington VHS releases were also released by Universal Pictures (UK) Limited between 2002 and 2003.
Thankfully, Abbey Home Media Group has released Paddington Bear – The Complete DVD Collection 2 disc set in the UK which features all 56 Paddington episodes and three Paddington TV specials.
Also in the USA, Mill Creek Entertainment (under licence from Cookie Jar Group) released Paddington Bear – The Complete Classic Series on Region 1 DVD which also includes 15 bonus episodes from The Wombles and Huxley Pig (both also by FilmFair), respectively.
There were also three Paddington spin-offs including Paddington Bear (1989 series) by Hanna-Barbera in association with Central Independent Television, The Adventures of Paddington Bear (1997 series, with Jonathan Kydd as the voice of Paddington) by CINAR Corporation (now Cooke Jar) and Protecrea, and the The Adventures of Paddington (2019 CGI series, and with Ben Whishaw reprising his voice acting role as Paddington from the two live-actions films released in 2014 and 2017, respectively) and co-produced by StudioCanal and HeyDay Films with the participation of Nickelodeon, M6 and Piwi+.
Paddington Bear also appeared in “The Official BBC Children in Need Medley” with Peter Kay along with several other animated characters. In the video, Paddington makes a grand appearance by winking at the cameramen when they take photos of him; Kay tries to put a cloak on Paddington, but it keeps sliding off. He also joins the rest of the group for the final act.
So what are your thoughts and memories of Paddington Bear anyway?
“Sir Michael Hordern, who later went on to become the host of Noel’s House Party.”
Lasted a long time, didn’t he? 😉