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Paddington 2
Paddington 2     “Happily settled with the Brown family in
  London’s Windsor Gardens, spreading
  joy and marmalade to all he meets, the
  popular little bear sets off on the trail of
  a thief who has stolen a special book;
  but he finds himself wrongly imprisoned
  for the theft in the splendid BAFTA-
  nominated worldwide hit Family Film
  of the Year — Paddington 2
...”

NOW PART OF THE BROWN FAMILY and a popular member of the London community, Paddington Bear (voice of Ben Whishaw) misses his adored Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton), back in the South American rain forest, and his late Uncle Pastuzo (Michael Gambon).

Paddington was rescued from drowning as a cub and brought up by Pastuzo and Lucy, who yearned to visit London and sent him there to find a home. Luckily, he found one with Henry Brown (Hugh Bonneville) — who is hoping for a work promotion — his family and their dour housekeeper Mrs Bird (the ever-reliable Julie Walters).

Paddington 2 is that
rarity — a genuinely
entertaining family film.
Its feel-good factor
and hilarious comedy
around the antics of
Paddington and Hugh
Grant are a must-see
for everyone.
A splendid movie that
should not be missed —
whether you are eight
or ninety-eight!”
Henry's wife Mary (Sally Hawkins) is illustrating a series of adventure stories and is training to swim the Channel. Daughter Judy (Madeleine Harris), who is nursing a broken heart, has started a newspaper and son Jonathan (Samuel Joslin) secretly loves steam engines but wants to be thought of as "cool", calling himself J-Dog.

The Browns could not imagine life without Paddington, who has a home where he is safe and happy and good friends, including. Mademoiselle Dubois (Marie-France Alvarez) who loves his breakfast of marmalade sandwiches. Then there is cheerful but unlucky in love Miss Kitts (Jessica Hynes) at the newspaper kiosk and Dr Jafri (Sanjeev Bhaskar), whom Paddington regularly reminds not to forget his door key.

Paddington also rides on the dust cart with Mr Barnes (Robbie Gee) and washes windows for Colonel Lancaster (Ben Miller). Another neighbour, pompous actor Phoenix Buchanan (an amazing portrayal by Hugh Grant) blames agent Felicity Fanshawe (the gorgeous Joanna Lumley) for his only role acting as a dog in a pet food advertisement.

Paddington also finds time to look after stray dog Wolfie and the only fly in the ointment is the miserable and interfering Mr Curry (well played by Peter Capaldi), who takes every opportunity to moan and criticise.

Affable antiques dealer Mr Gruber (Jim Broadbent) allows Paddington to look through a crate of memorabilia, left with him by Madame Kozlova (Dame Eileen Alkins), the owner of a travelling steam fair recently arrived in London, where he finds a pop-up book of London landmarks as a gift for Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday. Perfect!

However, the book costs £500 and Paddington asks Mr Gruber to keep it for him while he takes on odd jobs to earn the money to pay for it. And so begins a series of mishaps as the little bear tries to find a suitable job. But serious trouble is not far away…

Spotting a man breaking into the antiques shop, Paddington follows him into the shop and sees him steal the precious book meant for Aunt Lucy. When the little bear gives chase, he is spotted by a policewoman who mistakenly thinks he is the thief and arrests him.

Imprisoned for ten years, poor Paddington is scarcely visited by the Browns and he believes they have abandoned him. His job in the prison laundry goes horribly wrong, leaving the prisoners in the pink; and he falls foul of fearsome prison cook Knuckles McGinty (Brendan Gleeson).

Paddington's remarkable adventures twist and turn as he wins hearts in unexpected places while the Browns search for the real thief and discover why the book is so valuable.

Number one box-office smash hit Paddington 2 recently passed £40 million and is the little bear's biggest adventure yet. With an all-star cast, the movie is nominated for three 2018 British Academy Film Awards: Best British Film; Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Hugh Grant (he is astoundingly funny); and Best Adapted Screenplay by Simon Farnaby and Paul King.

Paddington 2 is that rarity — a genuinely entertaining family film. Its feel-good factor and hilarious comedy around the antics of Paddington and Hugh Grant are a must-see for everyone. A fantastic sequence as the credits roll (along with tying up loose ends) sees Hugh sending himself up beautifully singing Rain On The Roof, appearing in full screen in Extras. A splendid movie that should not be missed — whether you are eight or ninety-eight!

Paddington 2 also features: Tom Conti as Judge Gerald Biggleswade; Noah Taylor as Phibs; Aaron Neil as Spoon; Maggie Speed as Gertrude Biggleswade; Tom Davis as T-Bone; Nicholas Lumley as Farmer Jack; Tim Fitzhigham as The Magician; and Jennie Legay as the First Madame Kozlova.

Composer is Dario Marianelli; Director of Photographer is Erik Alexander Wilson; Paddington Bear Created by Michael Bond; Written by Paul King & Simon Farnaby (Yonderland; Mindhorn); Producer is multi award-winning David Heyman (Producer, all eight Harry Potter films; Gravity; The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas; Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them); Directed by BAFTA-nominated Director Paul King (Paddington; Come Fly With Me; The Mighty Boosh).

* The BAFTA-nominated hit family film of the year and sequel to Paddington, Paddington 2 is released by STUDIOCANAL in the UK on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K UHD + Blu-ray and Blu-ray Steelbook on 12 March 2018 (available on Digital Download from 5 March). Also available as a box set with the first Paddington film. Certificate: PG | Running Time: 103 Minutes. Order Paddington 2 here.

Extras — Blu-ray and DVD: A Director's Commentary | Rain On The Roof with Phoenix Buchanan (Full Screen) | Paddington 2: The Challenges of Making The Film | A BAFTA Q&A with David Heyman, Paul King, Simon Farnaby, Hugh Grant and Pablo Grillo. iTunes Extras include: Exclusive junket interviews with Cast & Crew.

"Paddington 2… the feel-good factor… hilarious comedy… A splendid movie that should not be missed!" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

*****Daily Mirror, *****Evening Standard, *****Empire, *****The Daily Star, *****The Mail On Sunday, ****The Telegraph, ****Financial Times, **** — The Sun, ****The i, ****The Times, ****The Sunday Times
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