The Blasphemy of Paddington Bear: here
UPDATE: I forgot to ask – is Paddington Bear known at all, let alone famous, in the United States? If not then you’ve all had deprived upbringings, my friends.
Alex, every single night for the past two months, my younger son Lucas, who is nearly four, has been going to sleep at night listening to a disc of Stephen Fry reading Paddington stories. He knows passages of them by heart now. Every now and then he’ll say a word with an English accent. I think it’s safe to say that Lucas has been un-deprived.
Probably best he didn’t see the original TV series. A young American child sounding like Sir Michael Hordern, would be a little bizarre. I suppose a young American child sounding like Stephen Fry isn’t much better…
Alas, we live in a vale of tears.
I should add that his parents do not force Paddington on the boy. He won’t let us change the disc.
Paddington bear is on TV in Canada, but is not very well known. I have vague memories from my childhood (the 80s)! See here: http://www.paddingtonbear.co.uk/en/1/infwhonewusa.mxs
I knew him well when I was growing up. That’s largely because I spent 4 months in London when I was 7, but I think there were books at my cousins’ house, as well.