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'Paddington' movies lead to TV series plans


Agence France-Presse

 /  Sun, February 17, 2019  /  05:05 am
'Paddington' movies lead to TV series plans

A still from 'Paddington 2.' (The Weinstein Company/File)

Blue-coated, suitcase carrying Paddington Brown is still sending letters to his Aunt Lucy back in Peru, and we'll find out what stories those letters contain in a new series coming to Nickelodeon.

The voice of Paddington in his two most recent film outings -- 2014's "Paddington" and 2017's BAFTA winning "Paddington 2" -- is returning for a TV series from Studio Canal.

Set for a 2020 air date, the new Paddington animated series will feature a softer art style for its pre-schooler audience, compared to the film's photo-realistic look.

Each episode will begin as Paddington writes home to Peru from Windsor Gardens, London.

That's how his Aunt Lucy, and the show's viewers, find out about each episode's little Paddington adventure.

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Production company StudioCanal confirms that Ben Whishaw will be reprising his role as "Paddington," having done so in the movies before popping up as a fully-grown Michael Banks in "Mary Poppins Returns" last year.

David Heyman, who was a producer on both films, is likewise involved, as are the movies' writers Jon Foster and James Lamont.

Adam Shaw of "Tree Fu Tom," "Miffy's Adventures Big and Small" and "Stitch Up Showdown" directs.