Paddington (TV series)

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Paddington
In this animation title card, the name "Paddington" is scrawled on a drawing of a brick wall. A bicycle leans against the wall, and a sliver of blue sky and tall buildings are visible over the wall's top edge.
Also known as The Adventures of Paddington
Based on See text
Story by Michael Bond
Directed by Ivor Wood
Voices of Michael Hordern
Narrated by Michael Hordern
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 56 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Pepper Weiss
Location(s) London
Production company(s) FilmFair London
Distributor
Release
Original network BBC1
Audio format Monaural
Original release 5 January 1976 (1976-01-05) – 18 April 1980 (1980-04-18)
Chronology
Related shows

Paddington is an animated television programme based on the Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond. The series was scripted by Bond himself, and produced by FilmFair London;[1] it was narrated by actor Michael Hordern, who also voices all characters.

Paddington is animated in stop motion. Paddington himself is a puppet in a three-dimensional environment, whilst other characters are paper cut-outs. The final Television special used a slightly different technique using 2d drawn fully animated characters.

BBC1 premiered Paddington in January 1976; the series concluded in May, but was appended by two Christmas specials in December. A second series—retitled The Adventures of Paddington—followed in October 1979, and ran until April 1980. In all, 56 episodes were broadcast, followed by three television specials: Paddington Goes to the Movies (1983), Paddington Goes to School (1984), and Paddington’s Birthday Bonanza (1987).

Paddington was the first television programme adapted from Michael Bond's Paddington Bear stories. Paddington Bear (1989) was produced by Hanna–Barbera for broadcast syndication. The Adventures of Paddington Bear (1997) was produced by Protécréa.

Source material[edit]

Episodes of Paddington are based on stories published in the following books by Michael Bond:

  • A Bear Called Paddington (1958)
  • More About Paddington (1959)
  • Paddington Helps Out (1960)
  • Paddington Abroad (1961)
  • Paddington at Large (1962)
  • Paddington Marches On (1964)
  • Paddington at Work (1966)
  • Paddington Goes to Town (1968)
  • Paddington Takes the Air (1970)
  • Paddington's Blue Peter Story Book (1973)
  • Paddington at the Tower (1973)
  • Paddington on Top (1974)
  • Paddington Takes the Test (1979)

Broadcast[edit]

Paddington meets Mr and Mrs Brown for the first time after arriving in London Paddington station.

In 1975, FilmFair completed production of the first series, which comprised 30 episodes. The first series aired on BBC1 in 1976. The second series, which comprised 26 episodes, was titled The Adventures of Paddington. These aired in 1978 and 1979, followed by specials in 1980, 1984, and 1986. It later aired on Channel 4 with the series being shown on a wrapper programme called Take 5 which airs several other children's programmes that been previously shown on other television stations and then on ITV in 1997 as part of their children's block CITV and aired until 2000.

In Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation broadcast the programme in the early 1980s.

In New Zealand, it was shown on TVNZ 1 (originally TV One) in the late 1970s.

In the United States, episodes of Paddington aired on PBS; on the syndicated series Romper Room; on Nickelodeon as a segment on the programme Pinwheel; on USA Network as a segment on Calliope; between preschool programs on The Disney Channel; on HBO in between features; and (from the late 1980s to the 1990s) as a segment on the programme Lunch Box.[2][3]

In the Republic of Ireland, the series was broadcast on Raidió Telefís Éireann.

The series later aired in Singapore on Channel 5 as part of their children's block Kids Corner.

Episodes[edit]

Series 1: Paddington (1976)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title From the book Original air date
1 1 "Please Look After This Bear" A Bear Called Paddington (1958) 5 January 1976 (1976-01-05)
The very first story, in which Mr and Mrs. Brown meet Paddington in a railway station, which results in his name.
2 2 "A Bear in Hot Water" A Bear Called Paddington (1958) 6 January 1976 (1976-01-06)
Paddington 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.
3 3 "Paddington Goes Underground" A Bear Called Paddington (1958) 7 January 1976 (1976-01-07)
Paddington travels on the underground with Mrs. Brown and Judy, but finds himself in a spot of bother with one of the inspectors.
4 4 "A Shopping Expedition" A Bear Called Paddington (1958) 8 January 1976 (1976-01-08)
Mrs. Brown takes Paddington to buy some pyjamas, but he gets lost and mistakes a shop window for a changing room.
5 5 "Paddington and the Old Master" A Bear Called Paddington (1958) 9 January 1976 (1976-01-09)
Paddington's 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.
6 6 "A Spot of Decorating" More About Paddington (1959) 12 January 1976 (1976-01-12)
Paddington attempts to decorate the Browns' attic, but he gets into a mess and accidentally wallpapers over the door.
7 7 "A Family Group" More About Paddington (1959) 13 January 1976 (1976-01-13)
Using his rather old-fashioned camera, Paddington attempts to take a photo of the Browns.
8 8 "Paddington Makes a Bid" Paddington Helps Out (1960) 14 January 1976 (1976-01-14)
Mr. Gruber takes Paddington to an auction. Paddington accidentally buys several items, but eventually lands a terrific bargain.
9 9 "Do-It-Yourself" Paddington Helps Out (1960) 15 January 1976 (1976-01-15)
Paddington tries his hand at D.I.Y., making a magazine rack for Mr. Curry.
The story on which this episode is based is called "Paddington and 'Do It Yourself'".
10 10 "A Disappearing Trick" A Bear Called Paddington (1958) 16 January 1976 (1976-01-16)
It is Paddington's first birthday with the Browns, and they buy him a magic set, which he uses to entertain everyone.
11 11 "Something Nasty in the Kitchen" Paddington Helps Out (1960) 19 January 1976 (1976-01-19)
Mr. 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 12 "Trouble at the Launderette" Paddington Helps Out (1960) 20 January 1976 (1976-01-20)
Paddington takes the clothes to the launderette.
13 13 "Too Much Off the Top" Paddington at Work (1966) 22 January 1976 (1976-01-22)
Paddington gets a job at a barber's shop, but the barber unwisely goes out — leaving Paddington in charge.
14 14 "A Visit to the Dentist" Paddington Takes the Air (1970) 23 January 1976 (1976-01-23)
Paddington goes to see the dentist.
15 15 "Paddington Cleans Up" Paddington on Top (1974) 3 May 1976 (1976-05-03)
Paddington 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 16 "Trouble at Number Thirty Two" More About Paddington (1959) 23 December 1976 (1976-12-23)
Paddington 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 17 "Paddington and the Christmas Shopping" More About Paddington (1959) 4 May 1976 (1976-05-04)
Paddington goes on a Christmas shopping expedition.
18 18 "Christmas!" More About Paddington (1959) 29 December 1976 (1976-12-29)
Paddington's first Christmas with the Browns is a success: he is showered with presents, and has also bought some lovely gifts for all the family.
The story on which this episode is based is called "Christmas".
19 19 "Mr. Curry Takes a Bath" Paddington Takes the Test (1979) 5 May 1976 (1976-05-05)
The 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 20 "Paddington Turns Detective" More About Paddington (1959) 6 May 1976 (1976-05-06)
One night, while using his torchlight, Paddington notices that the light flashes back, and decides to investigate.
21 21 "Paddington and the Cold Snap" Paddington Marches On (1964) 7 May 1976 (1976-05-07)
Paddington attempts to mend Mr. Curry's frozen pipes, when the plumber, whom Mr. Curry still owes for his last job, refuses to help.
22 22 "Trouble at the Wax Works" ? 10 May 1976 (1976-05-10)
Paddington goes on an outing with Mr. Gruber, and is mistaken for one of the statues in the museum.
23 23 "Paddington Makes a Clean Sweep" Paddington Marches On (1964) 11 May 1976 (1976-05-11)
Paddington has some misdemeanours attempting to clean a chimney. First he breaks a chimney brush and then gets his head stuck.
24 24 "A Sticky Time" Paddington at Large (1962) 12 May 1976 (1976-05-12)
Paddington makes some toffees. However, he accidentally gets a bit of his fur stuck in the process.
25 25 "Paddington Hits the Jackpot:" Paddington at Large (1962) 13 May 1976 (1976-05-13)
Paddington appears on the quiz show Lucky For Some, and wins the money in a rather unorthodox way.
26 26 "Paddington Hits Out" Paddington Goes to Town (1968) 17 May 1976 (1976-05-17)
Paddington 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 27 "A Visit to the Hospital" Paddington Goes to Town (1968) 14 May 1976 (1976-05-14)
Paddington visits Mr. Curry in the 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 28 "Paddington Recommended" Paddington Takes the Air (1970) 18 May 1976 (1976-05-18)
Paddington is mistaken for a famous gourmet in a restaurant. He enjoys a gargantuan meal, but then has to take the consequences.
29 29 "Fortune Telling" ? 19 May 1976 (1976-05-19)
Paddington visits the funfair where he has his fortune told by Madame Zaza.
30 30 "An Unexpected Party" Paddington Marches On (1964) 20 May 1976 (1976-05-20)
Paddington 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.

Series 2: The Adventures of Paddington (1979–80)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title From the book Original air date
31 1 "Paddington in Court" Paddington on Top (1974) 22 October 1979 (1979-10-22)
Mr. 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.
The story on which this episode is based is called "Paddington Goes to Court".
32 2 "Paddington Bakes a Cake" ? 7 November 1979 (1979-11-07)
Paddington 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 3 "A Picnic on the River" Paddington Helps Out (1960) 25 October 1979 (1979-10-25)
The Browns decide to go punting, but disaster strikes when Paddington is put in charge of the pole.
34 4 "Paddington's Patch" ? 26 October 1979 (1979-10-26)
Paddington builds a rock garden.
35 5 "In and Out of Trouble" Paddington Takes the Test (1979) 29 October 1979 (1979-10-29)
Paddington has trouble using Mr. Curry's old hammock.
36 6 "Paddington at the Tower" Paddington at the Tower (1973) 1 November 1979 (1979-11-01)
Mr. Gruber takes Paddington on an outing to the Tower of London on his day off.
37 7 "A Visit to the Bank" Paddington Abroad (1961) 2 November 1979 (1979-11-02)
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 8 "Paddington Clears the Coach" ? 5 November 1979 (1979-11-05)
Paddington 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 9 "Picture Trouble" ? 8 November 1979 (1979-11-08)
Paddington decides to have his picture taken at the seaside.
40 10 "Trouble at the Beach" A Bear Called Paddington (1958) 2 January 1979 (1979-01-02)
Paddington tries to enjoy another day at the beach, but it goes wrong with his sandcastle making.
The short story on which this episode is based is called "Adventure at the Seaside".
41 11 "Keeping Fit" Paddington on Top (1974) 9 January 1979 (1979-01-09)
Paddington takes up bodybuilding, but it's harder than he thinks.
42 12 "Paddington in the Hot Seat" Paddington on Screen (1980) 9 November 1979 (1979-11-09)
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 somehow finds many people phoning and asking Paddington to be the Sage of Britain.
43 13 "Paddington and the Mystery Box" ? 23 January 1979 (1979-01-23)
Paddington sees some people bury a box.
44 14 "Paddington's Puzzle" Paddington on Screen (1980) 30 January 1979 (1979-01-30)
Paddington uses the neighbours' painting to make a puzzle.
45 15 "Paddington Weighs In" Paddington's Blue Peter Story Book (1973) 12 November 1979 (1979-11-12)
Paddington visits a health centre.
46 16 "Paddington Takes a Snip" Paddington on Screen (1980) 15 November 1979 (1979-11-15)
After 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.
The story on which this episode is based is called "Paddington Takes a Cut".
47 17 "A Visit to the Theatre" A Bear Called Paddington (1958) 16 November 1979 (1979-11-16)
Paddington goes to see a play with the Browns, and lends a hand when actor Sir Sealy Bloom forgets his lines.
48 18 "Paddington Buys a Share" Paddington at Work (1966) 8 April 1980 (1980-04-08)
Paddington buys a share in the Portobello Rd Oil Company.
49 19 "Paddington in a Hole" Paddington at Work (1966) 6 March 1979 (1979-03-06)
Mr. Curry assigns Paddington to make him a serving hatch, all is fine until the end...
50 20 "Paddington and the Finishing Touch" Paddington Goes to Town (1968) 13 March 1979 (1979-03-13)
Paddington 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 21 "Trouble in the Bargain Basement" Paddington Takes the Air (1970) 14 April 1980 (1980-04-14)
Paddington 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 22 "An Outing in the Park" Paddington at Large (1962) 27 March 1979 (1979-03-27)
Paddington goes to the local park to see a brass band concert, and he discovers how Schubert hadn't finished his symphony.
The story on which this episode is based is called "Mr Gruber's Outing".
53 23 "Paddington Dines Out" Paddington Helps Out (1960) 8 April 1980 (1980-04-08)
The Browns go out to a posh restaurant to celebrate Paddington's birthday.
54 24 "Paddington Takes the Stage" ? 10 April 1979 (1979-04-10)
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 25 "Paddington in Touch" Paddington on Top (1974) 15 April 1980 (1980-04-15)
Paddington goes to a rugby match to see the Peruvian Reserves against the Portabello Wanderers, and Aunt Lucy joins in the match, too.
56 26 "Coming and Goings at Number Thirty Two" ? 18 April 1980 (1980-04-18)
Paddington's Aunt Lucy comes on visit, but trouble ensues when she goes to Barkridge's to buy Mr. Brown a thank-you present.

Specials[edit]

The BBC broadcast three Paddington television specials:

Paddington Goes to the Movies (1980)
21 minutes. Paddington visits the cinema for the first time, and performs Gene Kelly's famous dance routine from the 1952 film Singin' in the Rain.[4]
Paddington Goes to School (1984)
25 minutes. A truancy officer insists that Paddington must attend school due to his age. Paddington performs "Flight of the Bumblebee" on violin. Colour was added to all the 2-D animation and backgrounds.
Paddington’s Birthday Bonanza (1987)
24 minutes. Paddington becomes a one-man band to raise money to buy a birthday present for Mr. Brown.
Colour was added to all the 2-D animation and backgrounds. This is the first and only production in which the animated characters' mouths move when they speak. Original air Date: 26 December 1987

Educational Special[edit]

Paddington's Alphabet Treasure Hunt (1993)
30 minutes. Paddington enters the Great Alphabet Treasure Hunt and has to find something for every letter of the alphabet. But he soon gets attacked by a W for wasp and gets himself in a mess as usual.

In popular culture[edit]

Paddington is seen in four adverts for Marmite in the late 2000s.[5][6]

Video releases[edit]

DVD[edit]

In Region 2, Abbey Home Media Group released the entire series on DVD-Video in the UK on 23 June 2008 (Cat. No. AHEDVD 3318).
The 2-disc set features all 56 short episodes as well as the 3 TV specials.[7]

DVD Name Episodes
Paddington Bear -
Complete DVD Collection -
2 Disc Set
DISC 1: Episodes 1-40
  • "Please Look After This Bear"
  • "A Bear in Hot Water"
  • "Paddington Goes Underground"
  • "A Shopping Expedition"
  • "Paddington and the Old Master"
  • "A Spot of Decorating"
  • "A Family Group"
  • "Paddington Makes a Bid"
  • "Do-It-Yourself"
  • "A Disappearing Trick"
  • "Something Nasty in the Kitchen"
  • "Trouble at the Laundrette"
  • "Too Much Off The Top"
  • "A Visit to the Dentist"
  • "Paddington Cleans Up"
  • "Trouble at Number Thirty-Two"
  • "Paddington and the Christmas Shopping"
  • "Christmas"
  • "Mr Curry Takes a Bath"
  • "Paddington Turns Detective"
  • "Paddington and the Cold Snap"
  • "Trouble at the Waxworks"
  • "Paddington Makes A Clean Sweep"
  • "A Sticky Time"
  • "Paddington Hits the Jackpot"
  • "Paddington Hits Out"
  • "A Visit to the Hospital"
  • "Paddington Recommended"
  • "Fortune Telling"
  • "An Unexpected Party"
  • "Paddington in Court"
  • "Paddington Bakes a Cake"
  • "A Picnic on the River"
  • "Paddington's Patch"
  • "In and Out of Trouble"
  • "Paddington at the Tower"
  • "A Visit to the Bank"
  • "Paddington Clears the Coach"
  • "Picture Trouble"
  • "Trouble at the Beach"
DISC 2: Episodes 41-56 and three TV specials
  • "Keeping Fit"
  • "Paddington in the Hot Seat"
  • "Paddington and the Mystery Box"
  • "Paddington Puzzle"
  • "Paddington Weighs In"
  • "Paddington Takes a Snip"
  • "A Visit to the Theatre"
  • "Paddington Buys a Share"
  • "Paddington in a Hole"
  • "Paddington and the Finishing Touch"
  • "Trouble in the Bargain Basement"
  • "An Outing in the Park"
  • "Paddington Dines Out"
  • "Paddington Takes the Stage"
  • "Paddington in Touch"
  • "Coming and Goings at Number Thirty-Two"
  • "Paddington Goes to the Movies"
  • "Paddington Goes to School"
  • "Paddington's Birthday Bonanza"

In Region 1, Mill Creek Entertainment (under licence 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.[8]

VHS[edit]

In 1980, Thorn EMI Entertainment released six VHS video cassettes in the UK, each with five episodes from the first series. They released two more cassettes in 1982, each with five episodes from the second series. In August 1983, they released a single video cassette featuring ten episodes from the second series. In December 1983, they released the TV special of Paddington Goes to the Movies on a single video cassette along with five episodes from the second series.

VHS Title Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington's 1st
'Anywhen' T.V. Show
EVH 20032 / TVF 900032 2 1980
  • "Please Look After This Bear"
  • "A Bear in Hot Water"
  • "Paddington Goes Underground"
  • "A Shopping Expedition"
  • "Paddington and the Old Master"
Paddington's 2nd 'Anywhen' T.V. Show EVH 20033 / TVF 900033 2 1980
  • "Mr Gruber's Mystery Tour"
  • "A Family Group"
  • "A Spot of Decorating"
  • "Paddington Turns Detective"
  • "Trouble at Number Thirty-Two"
Paddington's 3rd 'Anywhen' T.V. Show EVH 20034 / TVF 900034 2 1980
  • "Paddington and the Christmas Shopping"
  • "Christmas"
  • "Too Much Off the Top"
  • "A Visit to the Dentist"
  • "Do-It-Yourself"
Paddington's 4th 'Anywhen' T.V. Show EVH 20035 / TVF 900035 2 1980
  • "A Disappearing Trick"
  • "Paddington and the Cold Snap"
  • "Paddington Makes a Clean Sweep"
  • "An Unexpected Party"
  • "Paddington Hits the Jackpot"
Paddington's 5th 'Anywhen' T.V. Show EVH 20036 / TVF 900036 2 1980
  • "A Sticky Time"
  • "Paddington Hits Out"
  • "A Visit to the Hospital"
  • "Paddington Makes a Bid"
  • "Paddington Recommended"
Paddington's 6th 'Anywhen' T.V. Show EVH 20037 / TVF 900037 2 1980
  • "Something Nasty in the Kitchen"
  • "Trouble at the Laundrette"
  • "Paddington Cleans Up"
  • "Mr. Curry Takes a Bath"
  • "Fortune Telling"
Paddington's 7th 'Anywhen' T.V. Show TVF 900750 2 1982 ?
Paddington's 8th 'Anywhen' T.V. Show TVF 900762 2 1982
  • "Paddington in Court"
  • "In and Out of Trouble"
  • "Paddington and the Mystery Box"
  • "Paddington Buys a Share"
  • "Paddington Dines Out"
Paddington's 9th 'Anywhen' T.V. Show TVF 900855 2 1983
  • "A Picnic on the River"
  • "Paddington's Patch"
  • "A Visit to the Bank"
  • "Paddington's Puzzle"
  • "Paddington Takes the Stage"
  • "Paddington Bakes a Cake"
  • "Paddington at the Tower"
  • "Keeping Fit"
  • "A Visit to the Theatre"
  • "Trouble in the Bargain Basement"
Paddington Goes
to the Movies
TVF 900867 2 1983
  • "Paddington Goes to the Movies"
  • "Picture Trouble"
  • "Paddington In A Hole"
  • "Paddington and the Finishing Touch"
  • "An Outing in the Park"
  • "Comings and Goings at Number 32"

In June 1987, Screen Legends released two single video cassettes containing five episodes from the first series on each one.

VHS Title Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington's 1st
'Anywhen' T.V. Show
SL 1007 1987
  • "Please Look After This Bear"
  • "A Bear In Hot Water"
  • "Paddington Goes Underground"
  • "A Shopping Expedition"
  • "Paddington and the Old Master"
Paddington's 2nd
'Anywhen' T.V. Show
SL 1008 1987
  • "Mr Gruber's Mystery Tour"
  • "A Family Group"
  • "A Spot of Decorating"
  • "Paddington Turns Detective"
  • "Trouble at Number Thirty-Two"

In Autumn 1987, Screen Legends released a "Double Bumper Issue" video cassette containing 10 episodes from the first series on it.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington's 3rd and 4th
'Anywhen' T.V. Shows
SL 1009 1987
  • "Paddington and the Christmas Shopping"
  • "Christmas"
  • "Too Much Off The Top"
  • "A Visit to the Dentist"
  • "Do-It-Yourself"
  • "A Disappearing Trick"
  • "Paddington and the Cold Snap"
  • "Paddington Makes a Clean Sweep"
  • "An Unexpected Party"
  • "Paddington Hits the Jackpot"

In 1988, Screen Legends had released a single video cassette with 10 episodes on it.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington's 5th and 6th
'Anywhen' T.V. Shows
SL 1064 1988
  • "A Sticky Time"
  • "Paddington Hits Out"
  • "A Visit to the Hospital"
  • "Paddington Makes a Bid"
  • "Paddington Recommended"
  • "Something Nasty in the Kitchen"
  • "Trouble at the Laundrette"
  • "Paddington Cleans Up"
  • "Mr. Curry Takes a Bath"
  • "Fortune Telling"

In 1988, Screen Legends had released a 'Watch and Play'-type video with five stories from the first series on it.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
A Taste of Paddington SL 3004 1988
  • "A Sticky Time"
  • "Paddington Hits Out"
  • "A Visit to the Hospital"
  • Paddington Makes a Bid"
  • "Paddington Recommended"

On 4 March 1991, Abbey Home Entertainment released two videos with 10 stories on each tape.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
A Bear Called Paddington 94732 1991
  • "Please Look After This Bear"
  • "A Bear in Hot Water"
  • "Paddington Goes Underground"
  • "A Shopping Expedition"
  • "Paddington and the Old Master"
  • "A Spot of Decorating"
  • "A Family Group"
  • "Paddington Makes a Bid"
  • "Do-It-Yourself"
  • "A Disappearing Trick"
Paddington's
Holiday Fun
94742 1991
  • "Trouble at the Waxworks"
  • "A Picnic on the River"
  • "Paddington at the Tower"
  • "Paddington Clears the Coach"
  • "Picture Trouble"
  • "Trouble at the Beach"
  • "A Visit to the Theatre"
  • "Comings and Goings at Number Thirty Two"
  • "Fortune Telling"
  • "An Unexpected Party"

On 15 July 1991, Abbey Home Entertainment released a special edition video with 12 episodes on it.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release
Year
Episodes
Paddington Bear -
Special Edition
94992 1991
  • "Please Look After This Bear"
  • "Something Nasty in the Kitchen"
  • "Trouble at the Laundrette"
  • "A Shopping Expedition"
  • "Fortune Telling"
  • "Too Much Off The Top"
  • "A Visit to the Dentist"
  • "A Family Group"
  • "A Picnic on the River"
  • "Paddington Cleans Up"
  • "Mr. Curry Takes A Bath"
  • "Comings and Goings at Number 32"

On 9 September 1991, Abbey Home Entertainment released a Christmas-themed video with 10 episodes on it.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington's
Christmas Special
95122 1991
  • "Trouble at Number Thirty-Two"
  • "A Sticky Time"
  • "Paddington Dines Out"
  • "Paddington and the Christmas Shopping"
  • "Paddington Weighs In"
  • "Paddington in the Hot Seat"
  • "Christmas"
  • "Paddington's Puzzle"
  • "Paddington Takes the Stage"
  • "Paddington and the 'Cold Snap'"

On 19 September 1994, BMG Video released a single video cassette with the three feature length specials on it.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington Goes to School 74321 22762 3 1994
  • "Paddington Goes to School"
  • "Paddington's Birthday Bonanza"
  • "Paddington Goes to the Movies"

On 28 December 1994, Abbey Home Entertainment released a single video release with eight episodes from the second series on it.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington Bear -
In and Out of Trouble
97442 1994
  • In and Out of Trouble
  • Paddington In Court
  • A Visit to the Bank
  • Paddington Buys a Share
  • Paddington Takes a Snip
  • Paddington's Patch
  • Paddington in a Hole
  • Paddington and the Finishing Touch

On 3 April 1995, Abbey Home Entertainment released a 3 hour biggest ever video cassette with 37 episodes on it.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington Bear -
The Biggest Ever Video
976122 1995
  • "Paddington Goes Underground"
  • "A Shopping Expedition"
  • "A Spot of Decorating"
  • "Paddington and the Christmas Shopping"
  • "Paddington Hits Out"
  • "Paddington Makes a Bid"
  • "Mr Curry Takes a Bath"
  • "Paddington Hits The Jackpot"
  • "Trouble at the Laundrette"
  • "Paddington Makes a Clean Sweep"
  • "A Family Group"
  • "Do-It-Yourself"
  • "Fortune Telling"
  • "Paddington Bakes a Cake"
  • "A Picnic on the River"
  • "Paddington Clears The Coach"
  • "In and Out of Trouble"
  • "A Visit to the Hospital"
  • "Trouble at the Beach"
  • "Paddington in a Hole"
  • "Picture Trouble"
  • "Trouble at the Bargain Basement"
  • "Paddington in Touch"
  • "Paddington Buys a Share"
  • "Paddington Weighs In"
  • "Paddington's Patch"
  • "A Visit to the Theatre"
  • "An Outing In The Park"
  • "Paddington's Puzzle"
  • "Paddington Takes The Stage"
  • "A Sticky Time"
  • "Paddington Recommended"
  • "A Visit to the Bank"
  • "A Visit to the Dentist"
  • "Paddington Takes a Snip"
  • "Keeping Fit"
  • "Paddington and the Cold Snap"

On 18 March 2002, Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd released a single video cassette with ten episodes from the first series on it.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington - Please Look After This Bear And Other Stories 9058833 2002
  • "Please Look After This Bear"
  • "Something Nasty in the Kitchen"
  • "Trouble at the Laundrette"
  • "A Shopping Expedition"
  • "'Fortune Telling"
  • "Too Much Off The Top"
  • "A Visit to the Dentist"
  • "A Family Group"
  • "Paddington Cleans Up"
  • "Mr. Curry Takes A Bath"

On 22 July 2002, Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd released a seaside-themed bumper video with nine episodes from the second series on it.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington -
Seaside Special
9068533 2002
  • "Paddington Clears the Coach"
  • "Picture Trouble"
  • "Trouble at the Beach"
  • "Keeping Fit"
  • "Paddington and the Finishing Touch"
  • "A Picnic on the River"
  • "An Outing in the Park"
  • "Paddington Dines Out"
  • "Paddington In Touch"

On 21 April 2003, Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd released two videos with seven episodes on each one.

VHS Title Catalogue
Number
Release Year Episodes
Paddington -
A Visit to the Theatre
and other stories
8200692 2003
  • "A Visit to the Theatre"
  • "Paddington's Patch"
  • "Paddington Makes A Clean Sweep"
  • "Paddington and the Mystery Box"
  • "Paddington at the Tower"
  • "Paddington Turns Detective"
  • "Paddington in Court"
Paddington -
An Unexpected Party
and other stories
8200694 2003
  • "An Unexpected Party"
  • "A Spot of Decorating"
  • "Trouble at the Bargin Basement"
  • "Trouble at the Waxworks"
  • "In and Out of Trouble"
  • "A Visit to the Bank"
  • "Paddington Hits the Jackpot"

UK DVD Releases[edit]

Between 2006 and 2007, three DVD releases of "Paddington Bear" were published by Abbey Home Media in the 'Tempo TV Classics' range of children's DVD releases.

DVD Name Catalogue
Number
Release Date Episodes
Paddington Bear -
Please Look After This Bear
AHEDVD 3154 6
February
2006
  • "Please Look After This Bear"
  • "A Bear in Hot Water"
  • "Paddington Goes Underground"
  • "A Shopping Expedition"
  • "Paddington and the Old Master"
  • "A Spot of Decorating"
  • "A Family Group"
  • "Paddington Makes a Bid"
  • "Do-It-Yourself"
  • "A Disappearing Trick"
  • "Something Nasty in the Kitchen"
  • "Trouble at the Laundrette"
Paddington Bear -
Too Much Off The Top
AHEDVD 3183 2006
  • "Too Much Off The Top"
  • "A Visit to the Dentist"
  • "Paddington Cleans Up"
  • "Trouble at Number 32"
  • "Mr Curry Takes a Bath"
  • "Paddington Turns Detective"
  • "Paddington and the Cold Snap"
  • "Trouble at the Waxworks"
  • "Paddington Makes A Clean Sweep"
  • "A Sticky End"
Paddington Bear -
Hits the Jackpot
AHEDVD 3206 2007
  • "Paddington Hits the Jackpot"
  • "Paddington Hits Out"
  • "A Visit to the Hospital"
  • "Paddington Recommended"
  • "Fortune Telling"
  • "An Unexpected Party"
  • "Paddington In Court"
  • "Paddington Bakes A Cake"
  • "A Picnic On The River"
  • "Paddington's Patch"
  • "In and Out of Trouble"
  • "Paddington at the Tower"

On 8 October 2007, Abbey Home Media released two of the TV specials on a single DVD release.

VHS Title Catalogue
Number
Release Year Episodes
Paddington Bear
Goes to the Movies
AHEDVD 3263 2007
  • "Paddington Goes to the Movies"
  • "Paddington's Birthday Bonanza"

On 27 October 2008, Abbey Home Media released a suitcase-shaped DVD box set with four single DVD releases in one box-set.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington Bear - Disc 1 -
Please Look After This Bear
AHEDVD 3362 2008
  • "Please Look After This Bear"
  • "A Bear in Hot Water"
  • "Paddington Goes Underground"
  • "An Shopping Expedition"
  • "Paddington and the Old Master"
  • "An Spot of Decorating"
  • "A Family Group"
  • "Paddington Makes a Bid"
  • "Do-It-Yourself"
  • "An Disappearing Trick"
  • "Something Nasty in the Kitchen"
  • "Trouble at the Laundrette"
  • "Too Much Off The Top"
  • "A Visit to the Dentist"
  • "Paddington Cleans Up"
Paddington Bear - Disc 2 -
Trouble at Number 32
AHEDVD 3363 2008
  • "Trouble at Number 32"
  • "Paddington and the Christmas Shopping"
  • "Christmas"
  • "Mr Curry Takes a Bath"
  • "Paddington Turns Detective"
  • "Paddington and the Cold Snap"
  • "Trouble at the Waxworks"
  • "Paddington Makes a Clean Sweep"
  • "A Sticky Time"
  • "Paddington Hits The Jackpot"
  • "Paddington Hits Out"
  • "A Visit to the Hospital"
  • "Paddington Recommended"
  • "Fortune Telling"
  • "A Unexpected Party"
Paddington Bear - Disc 3 -
Paddington In Court
AHEDVD 3364 2008
  • "Paddington In Court"
  • "Paddington Bakes A Cake"
  • "A Picnic on the River"
  • "Paddington's Patch"
  • In and Out of Trouble"
  • "Paddington at the Tower"
  • "A Visit to the Bank"
  • "Paddington Clears the Coach"
  • "Picture Trouble"
  • "Trouble at the Beach"
  • "Keeping Fit"
  • "Paddington in the Hot Seat"
  • "Paddington and the Mystery Box"
  • "Paddington's Puzzle"
  • "Paddington Weighs In"
Paddington Bear - Disc 4 -
A Visit to the Theatre
AHEDVD 3365 2008
  • "Paddington Takes a Snip"
  • "A Visit to the Theatre"
  • "Paddington Buys a Share"
  • "Paddington in a Hole"
  • "Paddington and the Finishing Touch"
  • "Trouble in the Bargain Basement"
  • "An Outing in the Park"
  • "Paddington Dines Out"
  • "Paddington Takes the Stage"
  • "Paddington in Touch"
  • "Comings and Goings at Number 32"
  • "Paddington Goes to the Movies"
  • "Paddington Goes to School"
  • "Paddington's Birthday Bonanza"

On 21 May 2012, Abbey Home Media released four episodes from the first series and eight episodes from the second series which were compiled together as twelve London-themed episodes on a single DVD release.

DVD Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington Bear in London AHEDVD 3533 2012
  • "Please Look After This Bear"
  • "Paddington Goes Underground"
  • "A Shopping Expedition"
  • "Trouble at the Waxworks"
  • "Paddington in Court"
  • "A Picnic on the River"
  • "Paddington at the Tower"
  • "A Visit to the Bank"
  • "A Visit to the Theatre"
  • "Paddington and the Finishing Touch"
  • "An Outing in the Park"
  • "Paddington Dines Out"
DVD Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington Bear-
Paddington's Christmas
AHEDVD 3510 2012
  • "Christmas"
  • "Trouble at Number Thirty-Two"
  • "Paddington and the Christmas Shopping"
  • "Trouble at the Waxworks"
  • "A Family Group"
  • "A Sticky Time"
  • "Paddington Hits the Jackpot"
  • "The Unexpected Party"
  • "Paddington Bakes a Cake"
  • "In and Out of Trouble"
  • "Paddington and the Mystery Box"
  • "Paddington's Puzzle"

On 18 April 2016, to coincide with the Queen's 90th birthday, Abbey Home Media released a special "Royal Celebration"-themed DVD release which contained the three TV specials altogether on one single disc.

DVD Title Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
Paddington Bear -
A Royal Celebration
AHEDVD 3903 2016
  • "Paddington's Birthday Bonanza"
  • "Paddington Goes to the Movies"
  • "Paddington Goes to School"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warner, Jennifer. The Unofficial History of the Paddington Bear. BookCaps Study Guides. p. 40. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  2. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 7, no. 4, July/August 1989: p. 57.
  3. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 9, no. 6, November/December 1991: p. 34.
  4. ^ "Paddington Goes to the Movies". BFI Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  5. ^ Rajan, Amol (20 September 2007). "Paddington Bear 'compromised by Marmite ad'". Independent. London. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Breakdown, Ad (13 September 2007). "Love it or hate it". BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  7. ^ The Complete Paddington Bear [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Paddington Bear: DVD. Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  8. ^ Paddington Bear DVD news: Announcement for The Complete Classic Series and Marmalade Madness. TVShowsOnDVD.com (25 May 2007). Retrieved 30 April 2011.

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