In 1956 BBC cameraman Michael Bond buys a toy bear at Selfridges for his wife Brenda and names the bear Paddington after the station close to their home. Two years later, the book “A Bear Called Paddngton”
comes out, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum.
The story features a young Peruvian bear passionate about everything British that travels to London searching for a home and finds himself lost at Paddington Station. He then meets the Brown family that offer him a place to stay after reading the label around his neck, “'Please look after this bear. Thank you”.
After being the subject of a number of books and TV episodes, now to much fanfare Paddington Bear became a movie for the first time.
Starring Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw (as Paddington’s voice) and Hugh Bonneville amongst the others, “Paddington Bear – The Movie” comes out next week.
First place to start if you want to know more, it’s the impressive official website. It offers a timeline of events, exclusive movie set photos, an Adventure Diary featuring what everyone is saying about Paddington on social media worldwide and much information on Michael Bond’s books.
PADDINGTON ON FACEBOOK
Paddington clearly has his own Facebook page, with more than 420,000 likes. The account offers all sort of insights and many foreign editions, because Paddington is truly a global phenomenon.
PADDINGTON ON TWITTER
Ditto for his Twitter account, where Paddington, followed by 7,000 followers, shares his adventures and what’s happening behind the scenes, encouraging tweeters to share their own views while waiting for the movie release.
THE MOVIE TRAILER
Take a look at the Official International Trailer of the movie, featuring an all-star cast and effects courtesy of award-winning VFX company Framestore.
Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young bear with an endearing talent for comic chaos.
PADDINGTON TRAIL AROUND LONDON
50 Paddington statues have been placed all around London to celebrate his first time on the big screen. From 4 November to 30 December you can find the statues created by celebrities, artists and designers close to museums, parks, shops and key landmarks in an inspiring trail that follows Paddington’s favourite places in London.
PADDINGTON TRAIL IN AID OF NSPCC
Paddington statues placed across London have been designed by a number of celebrities, including David Beckham, Emma Watson, Kate Moss, Sandra Bullock, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lulu Guinness and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson amongst the others. The statues will be on public display until 30 December, and auctioned online by Christie’s from 10 December to raise vital funds for the NSPCC ChildLine service, that offers help, advice and support, ensuring that children and young people have someone to turn to in times of need – in the same way as Mr and Mrs Brown were there for Paddington.
12 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT PADDINGTON BEAR
Christopher Middleton collects twelve amusing and little-know facts about Paddington Bear, such as his two birthdays, the name he had back in Peru and the fact that in 1994 a Paddington Bear soft toy was the first thing chosen by British tunnellers to pass through to the French when the two sides of the Channel Tunnel were linked up.
Until 4 January 2015, the Museum of London features an exhibition dedicated to the beloved bear. The exhibition features a number of objects charting his journey from page to screen. Kids aged 0-11 have free access.
HOLIDAYS TO PERU
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Paddington’s love for marmalade has become one of his most distinguished character. He claims, "I came all the way in a lifeboat, and ate marmalade. Bears like marmalade."
The BBC offers within its food channel a broad selection of marmalade’s recipes, to please every palate. We’re quite confident even the pickiest would find a favourite here.
LOTTE DUNCAN'S ROAST CHICKEN WITH MARMALADE BUTTER
We've got a good recipe for marmalade chicken here on the GWG too; this recipe for roast chicken is taken from Lotte Duncan's first cookbook, Lotte's Country Kitchen, which we have reviewed
, giving it the thumbs up.
MARMALADE PUDDING CAKE
Last but not least, here you’ll find Nigella’s recipe for a marmalade pudding cake, perfect for a Sunday lunch. Trust us: you should try it even if not a keen marmalade fan, you won’t be disappointed.
We close our selection of resources dedicated to Paddington Bear with something that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who has a kid at home. This wonderful wallpaper is perfect for toddlers, featuring delicate designs on pastel background.
21 November 2014