Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.
Ever since Paddington arrived in England, he has shared his adventures with his aunt Lucy back in Peru. From meeting the Browns to discovering the sights and sounds of London, his letters tell the story of a kind-hearted bear discovering a whole new life - told with love, from Paddington.
"I Love Paddington!"
This six-part comedy series was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1988. Hosted by Stephen Fry, accompanied each week by Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Emma Thompson, and a selection of guests including Phyllida Law, Robert Bathurst, Julia Hills, and Alison Steadman, the show takes the form of a roundtable discussion, interspersed with sketches that veer tangentially from the sublime to the ridiculous.
When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.
"What a wonderful story!"
Paddington – the beloved, classic bear from Darkest Peru – is back in this fantastically funny, brand new, illustrated novel from master storyteller Michael Bond! “My legs are a bit short for the pole vault!” repeated Paddington hotly. “But they’ve always been that way.” Somehow Paddington Bear always manages to find himself in unusual situations.
Share a traditional tale and provide a stepping stone into the land of art and story. The seven folk tales in this colorful collection are well known and well loved, and each imparts an important lesson using humor, action, adventure and classic characters.
These are the swashbuckling adventures of Captain Pugwash, narrated by the inimitable Jim Broadbent. There's nothing more likely to prompt our hero into action than the prospect of treasure. So when the valiant cabin boy Tom sees a mound of yellow stuff aboard a nearby ship, the Captain sets off in hot pursuit. Unfortunately, his villainous arch-enemy, the horrible Cut-throat Jake, is not far away. Will the Captain be trapped by Jake's dastardly plan?
Oscar award winner Jim Broadbent…that is all!
The famous Black Pig, home to Captain Pugwash and his crew, is in desperate need of a spring clean. But what begins as a simple exercise in painting and decorating, soon leads to a plot so dastardly that it looks as if the Captain's days are numbered. Will Pugwash, the most famous pirate of all, survive to sail the Seven Seas?
Captain Pugwash is delighted at the prospect of earning 500 golden crowns for smuggling barrels of brandy across the English Channel. But little does he suspect what is really inside the barrels! Luckily Tom the quick-witted cabin-boy uncovers Cut-Throat Jake's dastardly plot and not only saves the day, but secures the Captain's reward as well!
When Mr. Gruber shows Paddington an outdoor painting exhibition he is inspired to take up a new hobby… After attending an Outside Exhibition, Paddington is inspired to take up painting himself. He gets busy with his own paints and holds his own exhibition, but is discouraged by the problems of self-portraiture – forgetting what he looks like in the mirror! Then a mystery art collector buys up his entire works. This is just the boost he needs, and he’s soon busily trying his first family portrait!
Paddington visits the Spring carnival in Little Venice. Read by actor Jim Broadbent. It’s Springtime again and Mr Gruber is taking Paddington down to the canal to join in the fun at the Spring Carnival. Hoping to win a boat ride for two, the friends enter the Busy Bee Adventure Trail. Paddington soon discovers that he’s very good at spotting things beginning with the letter B, but it seems that he’s not the only one with his eye on the prize…
But at the zoo things don't go to plan. There are some very fierce, not to mention hungry animals there. It is not Paddington they are after though, it is his elevenses!
Meet a young prince who refuses to go to sleep! The entire kingdom comes out to lend a hand in this rhyming bedtime adventure. There is a hullabaloo of activity - jugglers juggling, magicians hypnotizing, dancers dancing - but it is the wonder of a good story that finally does the trick.
Meet the Incredible Book Eating Boy... Henry loves books…but not like you and I. He loves to EAT books! This immensely popular picture book follows the trials and tribulations of a boy with a voracious appetite for books. Henry discovers his unusual taste by mistake one day, and is soon swept up in his new-found passion - gorging on every delicious book in sight! And better still, he realises that the more books he eats, the smarter he gets.
Welcome aboard the Black Pig for another exciting adventure with Captain Pugwash and his loyal crew. As they strike up the music for singing practice, Cut-throat Jake and his band of rebels lurk dangerously nearby. Then disaster strikes! Jake and his men board the Black Pig, capture the crew and send Captain Pugwash scuttling up the nearest mast for safety. How will he ever get out of this one?
The Admiral is under strict orders from the Prime Minister to search the Seven Seas, capture Captain Pugwash, and bring him back alive. Far away on a sunny island in the middle of the Pacific, Captain Pugwash has no idea of the fearful fate that awaits him. The sky is blue, the sea is warm, and the Captain and his crew are having a lovely time, but will they be able to evade the law for much longer?
Cut-throat Jake and his ugly crew are busy celebrating on Cactus Island, surrounded by their stolen treasure. So they are caught off guard when Captain Pugwash and his men arrive disguised as a sea monster. But more surprises are to follow for all the pirates when the real sea monster turns up to investigate, and Pugwash's crew are stranded by high tide.
As usual, Paddington manages to turn a perfectly normal outing into an adventure. Mr Gruber and Paddington are just about to be followed home by a crowd of eager tourists, when Paddington manages to lose them all in the maze. But, mysteriously, Paddington and Mr Gruber manage to escape from the maze unscathed.