"It feels like a wonderful antidote to the darkness of our times..." hmv.com talks to the cast and director of Paddington 2
First created in 1958 by English author Michael Bond, Paddington Bear has for decades been a well-known and much-loved fixture in the lives of British children, as well as those from the thirty-odd other countries in which Paddington's adventures have been published, but in 2014 the marmalade-loving bear from 'darkest Peru' found new levels of fame the world over thanks to Paul King's film Paddington, which brought Bond's loveable bear to the big screen for the first time.
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Peter Capaldi, Paddington was a family-friendly box office hit that introduced a CGI-rendered Paddington - voiced by Ben Whishaw - and the Brown family to a global audience. After the success of a first film, a sequel was soon underway and this week the bear is back as Paddington 2 arrives on DVD shelves on Monday (March 12th).
Ben Whishaw reprises his role as the titular bear, with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin also returning to reprise their roles as Paddington's adopted family, along with Julie Walters as their trusted housekeeper Mrs Bird and Peter Capaldi in the role of the Browns' neighbour Mr Curry.
Joining them this time around are Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Joanna Lumley, Ben Miller and an outstanding Hugh Grant, who delivers a scene-stealing performance as the film's villain Phoenix Buchanan.
With the Paddington about to make his return to cinemas, we spoke to cast members Hugh Bonneville, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin, as well as director Paul King, co-writer Simon Farnaby, producer David Heyman and Michael Bond's daughter Karen Jankel, to talk about what we can expect from Paddington's latest adventure.
Watch our interview below...