Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop — the perfect present for his beloved aunt’s 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy’s big celebration.
Director: Paul King
Writers: Paul King, Simon Farnaby
Stars: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville
Paul King, Simon Farnaby, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Paddington 2
Farnaby is a long-time member of The Mighty Boosh supporting cast, having had roles both in their series and co-starring in the quasi-spinoff film Bunny and the Bull. He is also well known for his similarly offbeat characters in the CBBC live-action series of Horrible Histories, such as Caligula and the Grim Reaper. Other notable television work includes a recurring role on the sitcom Jam & Jerusalem and co-starring as eccentric neighbour Sloman on The Midnight Beast’s TV series. He previously had a very brief role in Coronation Street in the 1990s.
King graduated from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University with first-class honours in English in 1999. While at Cambridge he met Richard Ayoade, Matthew Holness and Alice Lowe, and went on to direct them at the Edinburgh Festival in “Garth Marenghi’s FrightKnight” (nominated for the Perrier Award in 2000), and “Netherhead” (Perrier Award winner 2001). King worked as Associate Director on the subsequent TV transfer, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, a six-part series for Channel 4. In 2002, King garnered another Perrier Award nomination for directing Noel Fielding’s Edinburgh Festival show, “Voodoo Hedgehog”.