Monday, March 09, 2020

Nick Jr. UK Premieres 'The Adventures of Paddington'


Special Preview Available on Sky on Demand From Saturday 21st December 2019

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London - Preschoolers in the UK and Ireland are set for more heart-warming adventures with their favourite coat-clad bear, as Paddington returns to screens in the brand-new CG-animated series The Adventures of Paddington!

Airing on Nick Jr. UK & Ireland from Monday 2nd March 2020 at 4:30pm, The Adventures of Paddington centres on a younger Paddington as he writes letters to Aunt Lucy celebrating the new things he has discovered through the day’s exciting activities. The series is a Heyday Films and STUDIOCANAL production in association with Copyrights.

Update (21/2) - 🚨 BIG PADDINGTON NEWS 🚨! Nick Jr. UK & Ireland will digitally premiere a FULL EPISODE of The Adventures of Paddington across their social network pages on Tuesday 25th February 2020!

To celebrate the launch of The Adventures of Paddington, Nick Jr. UK will host a very special premiere in Central London on Sunday 9th February 2020, which Nick Jr. UK recently ran a Facebook competition for offering fans the chance to win four family tickets to the exclusive event!

Nick Jr. will be airing a pawsome sneak peek of The Adventures of Paddington during the February 2020 half-term school holidays, beginning Monday 17th February 2020 at 5:00pm! In the preview, titled "Paddington And Football", Jonathan teaches Paddington football, but Paddington kicks the ball into Mr. Curry's garden. They decide to get it back by climbing over the fence.

Actor Ben Whishaw (Paddington 1 & 2) reprises his role as the voice of the title character, alongside new cast members Morwenna Banks, Bobby Beynon, Sheena Bhattessa, Darren Boyd, Noel Clarke, Phyllis Logan, Monica Lopera, Sabrina Newton-Fisher, David Schofield, Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Inside No. 9), Liz Sutherland-Lim and Jeremiah Waysome.

The Adventures of Paddington will also feature a brand-new theme song “Paddington Bear” written and performed by one of Britain’s most successful musicians, Gary Barlow (Take That).

Leading up to the series' launch, viewers can grab some marmalade sandwiches and catch a preview of the series with Sky On Demand from Saturday 21st December 2019.

Following the series premiere of The Adventures of Paddington, and the Nick Jr. Play App will feature special Paddington short-form content, activities and games, with the full-length episode to premiere on these services a week before the broadcast launch.

The Adventures of Paddington (52 X 11’) is directed by Adam Shaw and Chris Drew of Blue Zoo (Go Jetters, Digby Dragon, Miffy, Q Pootle 5), and developed for television and written by Jon Foster and James Lamont (The Amazing World of Gumball, Cuckoo, Paddington 1 & 2).

The series is executive produced by multi-award winner David Heyman (producer of all eight of the Harry Potter films, Paddington 1 & 2) and Rosie Alison (Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Paddington 1 & 2). The Adventures of Paddington is produced by Karen Davidsen (formerly with Disney and HIT Entertainment) and Simon Quinn (Isle of Dogs, Fantastic Mr. Fox), and co-produced by Rob Silva.

The Adventures of Paddington made its world premiere on Nickelodeon in the U.S. on Monday, Jan. 20, at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT), following a special preview on Friday, Dec. 20, at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Following its U.S. launch, The Adventures of Paddington will roll out on the net’s international channels and branded blocks beginning March 2020.

In the series premiere, “Paddington Finds a Hobby/Paddington and the Stamp,” Paddington doesn’t have a hobby, so Mrs. Brown helps him find out what he’s good at. Then, Paddington gets his arm stuck in a mailbox while sending a letter to Aunt Lucy.

Gearing up for the launch of The Adventures of Paddington, The Copyrights Group has inked some fresh licensing deals for the property, including: HarperCollins Children’s Books for tie-in books, Ravensburger for preschool puzzles, and Trends UK for early learning toys.

Online at and the Nick Jr. Play app, parents and preschoolers can find out more about The Adventures of Paddington, sing-along with the new show's theme song, as well as find exclusive colouring in activities and the Marmalade Maze print-out game. Parents can also like the official Nick Jr. UK & Ireland Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages and sign up to the official Nick Jr. Fan Club for the latest Nick Jr. news, highlights, video clips, competitions and more.

To celebrate the debut of brand new series, The Adventures of Paddington on 2nd March, Nick Jr. are giving NEW sign-ups to the Nick Jr. Fan Club the opportunity to win a FREE The Adventures of Paddington Welcome Pack! 🍊🍊 For your chance to WIN sign up now at NOW! There are 1,000 Welcome Packs available to be won. Winners will be selected randomly from all new registrants signing-up between the 27th January and 9th February 2020. Full T&Cs and privacy policy on:

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About Paddington

For over 60 years, British-born writer Michael Bond has delighted children and families all over the world with his stories about Paddington, the bear from Darkest Peru famous for his love of marmalade. Paddington is popular with both children and adults who feel affectionate and warm towards him and the charm and humour of the Paddington stories is the key to their enduring popularity.

Paddington’s adventures have been adapted several times for television and at the end of 2014 Paddington made his debut onto the big screen, a further film Paddington 2 followed in 2017 with a third in the works. The movies were produced by STUDIOCANAL, part of the international content and media group Vivendi. A new Paddington TV series also from STUDIOCANAL is set to launch on Nickelodeon in 2020.

Follow Paddington on Twitter at @paddingtonbear. Like Paddington’s Facebook page at

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STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating directly in all three major European markets - France, the United Kingdom and Germany - as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting more than 5,500 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history, this vast and unique catalogue includes among others the iconic Terminator 2, Rambo, Breathless, Mulholland Drive, The Pianist and Belle de jour.

STUDIOCANAL has fully-financed box office hits Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Paddington 1 and 2, The Commuter and Shaun The Sheep. Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include Marjane Satrapi’s Radioactive featuring Rosamund Pike, The Secret Garden produced by David Heyman starring Colin Firth, Aardman Studios’ stop-motion film Shaun the Sheep 2.

STUDIOCANAL is actively developing and distributing high-end TV series through its network of award-winning European production companies, including TANDEM in Germany (Take Two) and the UK’s RED Production Company (Years and Years). STUDIOCANAL is also an associate of Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup and Adam Price (Ride Upon The Storm) as well as of UK-based GUILTY PARTY PICTURES; Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose); URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds) and Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Instinto). In 2018, STUDIOCANAL launched a new label in France, STUDIOCANAL ORIGINAL.

About Nick Jr.

Where every day’s an adventure, Nick Jr. is a top-performing commercial pre-school entertainment brand in cable and satellite homes. Launched in 1999 as the world's first channel dedicated to pre-school children, Nick Jr.’s programming includes beloved shows PAW Patrol, Shimmer and Shine, Nella the Princess Knight and Peppa Pig. Kids and parents can find lots of video clips, games, exclusive activities and downloads featuring their favourite Nick Jr. friends online at and on the Nick Jr. Play app. Viewers also have the opportunity to catch up with the schedule through Nick Jr. +1. Nick Jr. is available on Sky 615, Virgin 715, through BT Vision and TalkTalk channel 318.

About Nickelodeon

The Nickelodeon Network is a top-performing commercial kids’ TV network in the UK and Ireland with Nickelodeon channels available in over 13 million cable and satellite homes. Having launched in 1993 Nickelodeon UK comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and their families, and is a joint venture between Viacom International Media Networks and BSkyB.

The Adventures of Paddington London Premiere

To celebrate the upcoming debut of The Adventures of Paddington, Nick Jr. UK hosted a PAWsome Orange Carpet premiere event at the Ham Yard Hotel in London's Soho on Sunday 9th February 2020! Among the many attendees were show stars Paddington and Morwenna Banks, Take That's Gary Barlow, who composed the show's theme song, and celebrities including Vanessa Feltz, Ferne McCann and her two-year-old daughter, Phyllis Logan, and former JLS star JB Gill with wife Chloe Tangney and their two children, Ace, five, and Chiara, 17-months! Check out a selection of photos of the event below!:

From Metro:

Gary Barlow joins forces with Paddington Bear for mega British new series

Paddington Bear and Gary Barlow fans – you’re in luck. The pair have joined forces for a new series and it’s just adorable. The Take That star has written and performed an adorable song for the opening credits, with the sequence taking us and everyone’s favourite bear around London. And it’s an absolute bop. The sweet bear is seen snacking on marmalade sandwiches as he waits for a train in the clip, as well as dancing through the parks of London, and floating away past Big Ben for the new Nick Jr series, The Adventures of Paddington Bear.

Basically, he’s loving life in the big city and we’re very here for it.

Ben Whishaw is reprising his role as the adorable bear, with Peppa Pig’s Morwenna Banks, Spy’s Darren Boyd, Dr Who’s Noel Clarke, Downton Abbey’s Phyllis Logan, and The League Of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith also featuring in the series. Bobby Beynon and Sheena Bhattessa are also joining the cast, alongside Monica Lopera, Sabrina Newton-Fisher, David Schofield, Liz Sutherland-Lim and Jeremiah Waysome. Fans have got a little while to wait before the series airs, with it being released in March 2020, but it’s sure to be worth it.

It’s a good thing fans are getting their Paddington fix as a third animated movie could be a while away yet. After uncertainty from Ben, it was revealed that a third installment is in the works after the success of the first two – but director Paul King won’t be on board.

‘Paul is involved in it, I wanted him to be involved in it because I think he’s such a significant voice, but I don’t think he’ll direct it,’ producer David Heyman told Collider. ‘He worked on the idea… he comes up with the idea with Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton and then they develop it and come back for more, back and forth, and then it’ll get written and Paul will come in and stir it up a little bit. But he’s an incredible collaborator, Paul. Very positive, very supportive.’

Hey, we’re never going to say no to more Paddington. The Adventures of Paddington Bear will be released in March 2020 on Nick Jr.


From Licensing Source:

Paddington property ready for bumper 2020

New TV series and dedicated products, plus appearance in special trail among plans for classic brand.

The Copyrights Group has outlined a plethora of plans for the Paddington brand in 2020.

New developments for the popular franchise begin with the launch of The Adventures of Paddington TV series in the UK this spring. Starring the voice talent of Ben Whishaw as Paddington and with a theme tune by Take That’s Gary Barlow, the preschool series is aiming to introduce the character to a new audience.

Following the launch of the TV series, a range of dedicated products will launch including new books from HarperCollins in the spring.

This will be followed in the autumn by new products from Rainbow Designs (plush and toys), Ravensburger (puzzles) and Trends UK (electronic learning).

Additional tie-in products are due from spring 2021.

Meanwhile, from February, fans in London will be able to sit on one of the benches in Leicester Square and have lunch beside Paddington as part of Scenes in the Square. This is a dynamic trail of eight interactive bronze statues inspired by Britain’s love of film and a century of cinema from the 1920s to 2020s.

The ongoing partnership with Butlin’s will continue with Paddington at the Seaside, with the live stage show performed in all three UK resorts.

In addition, a third Paddington film is currently in development.


From Mirror:

Downton Abbey's Mrs Hughes plays housekeeper again in the world of Paddington bear

EXCLUSIVE: Downton Abbey’s Phyllis Logan plays Mrs Bird in a new animated series about the adventures of Paddington bear. The seven part series also stars Ben Whishaw as Paddington.

Phyllis Logan as Mrs Bird in Nickelodeon Jr's Adventures of Paddington (Image: Nickelodeon)

Downton Abbey’s Phyllis Logan is keeping house once more – but for a bear rather than aristocrats.

The star has swapped playing stern Mrs Hughes in the magnificent country house for being Mrs Bird in the chaotic and charming world of Paddington.

Following the huge success of the two recent Paddington films there is a new ­animated series about the beloved bear’s adventures.

Bond star Ben Whishaw is the voice of Paddington and Morwenna Banks brings Mrs Brown to life in the seven-parter ­starting tomorrow.

Phyllis, 64, said: “It’s a ­wonderful thing to be ­involved with. It’s close to all our hearts.”

Most would agree with her that the Paddington books, written by Michael Bond from 1958 to 2017, the year he died, are national ­treasures. Phyllis said: “The movies have ­reintroduced the story to a whole new ­generation of ­children and adults.”

All the actors voiced their parts ­separately. At one point it sounds like Phyllis is performing with Gary Barlow, even though she never met the Take That star, who sings the series’ theme tune.

Phyllis, who won a Bafta for the 1983 war drama Another Time, Another Place, said: “We all sing together in the ­chorus so I sound like I’m singing with him. I think it’s great and hope it becomes a No1 hit.

“Mrs Bird is a larger than life character – everything is at ten rather than a five or six. Our voice director is brilliant – always suggesting new things or telling me to give it a bit more oomf!”

Phyllis, known for playing Lady Jane in TV’s Lovejoy, said she appreciates her work more as she gets older: “Life goes faster the older you get. Grab the moment.”

She based Mrs Hughes in Downton, on figures from her own childhood in Renfrewshire. Phyllis recalled: “I was brought up knowing women like Mrs Hughes – grandparents, neighbours, that sort of woman. I could bring real life ­experience to the part.

“Those women might seem fearsome or hard bitten in some ways but ­underneath it all they had a good heart and were decent and could be very funny.”

Downton is such a hit in the US that the cast are treated like royalty there.

Phyllis said: “The American fans are very enthusiastic. If they like you, they will let you know in no ­uncertain terms.”

Phyllis still makes an effort to get together with her Downton cast mates. She said: “Some of us see each other whenever we can.”

And if rumours of a sequel to last year’s hit Downton Abbey film prove to be true they may spend even more time ­together.

Watch The Adventures of Paddington start tomorrow at 4.30pm on Nick Jr.


Originally published: Friday, December 20, 2019

Source: Animation Magazine; Additional sources: Digiguide, Daily Mail Online (II).
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