StudioCanal, Nickelodeon and award-winning producer David Heyman today announced a global deal for a brand-new Paddington-inspired television series for pre-schoolers.
Actor Ben Whishaw, who voiced the eponymous character in films "Paddington 1" and its sequel will reprise his role in the new CGI-animated series, which follows the adventures of a younger Paddington. Currently titled “Paddington”, the show will air on Nickelodeon’s networks worldwide in 2020, while local broadcast partners will be secured in France, Canada, China and Japan.
Fully animated in 3D, the new series sees a younger Paddington writing to Aunt Lucy from Windsor Gardens. Each episode will open and close with Paddington’s letters as he tells Aunt Lucy what he has learned about life through the day’s new adventure. “The series will invite a new generation of fans into Paddington’s world full of heart, kindness, slapstick humour, fun and generosity,” a Nickelodeon spokesperson said.
Currently in production, “Paddington” is a Heyday Films and StudioCanal production in association with Copyrights. “Paddington” is helmed by Adam Shaw of Blue Zoo and developed for television and written by Jon Foster and James Lamont.
The series will be produced by multi-award-winning David Heyman, who produced all eight Harry Potter films and the two Paddington films, Karen Davidsen and Simon Quinn. The series is executive produced by Rosie Alison and co-produced by Rob Silva.
Heyman said: “It is a joy to bring this uniquely life-enhancing bear to a whole new audience of younger children. We are thrilled that the inimitably brilliant Ben Whishaw will continue to voice Paddington.”
Last year, Paddington's publishers HarperCollins marked 60 years since the iconic bear made it into print with new editions of classic Paddington books. Creator Michael Bond died in June 2017 aged 91.