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Old Bear Stories by Jane Hissey

Old Bear Stories TV theme song written
and performed by Paul Castle

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Paul Castle's theme song to the award-winning children's TV series of Jane Hissey's Old Bear Stories, featuring Paul on lead vocals, acoustic guitar and keyboards, with Mat Fox (ex Barely Works) on hammered dulcimer and Alison Goldfrapp (of Goldfrapp) on harmony vocals (see full line-up/links below)

Old Bear Stories - 39 x 10 minute episodes + an extended
Christmas Special, originally for Carlton Television (UK) /
ITV Network and since broadcast in over 70 countries.

TV Series Director: Kevin Griffith
Produced by Richard Randolph for Ealing Animation and
Peter Gillbe for Optomen Television
Narrated by Anton Rodgers

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BAFTA - Best Children's Television Programme 1993
Royal Television Society - Best Children's Series 1994
New York Film Festival - Gold Medal 1993
Chicago Film Festival - Silver Plaque 1993
Prix Jeunesse - 2nd Prize, Best Children's 1994
Awards of Excellence (Home Video)
Winner 1993 - 'Old Bear and Friends'
Winner 1995 - 'Ruff' Royal Television Society 1995
Nomination - Best Children's Entertainment -
British Animation Awards 1996
Nomination - Best Children's Series
Chicago International Children's Film Festival 1995 -
Outstanding Achievement

Jane Hissey's Old Bear

Paul Castle with Little Bear, the BAFTA and Old Bear
Old Bear theme songwriter
Paul Castle, with Little Bear,
Old Bear and the 1993 'Best
Children's Programme' BAFTA

Theme song musicians
Paul Castle
vocals, acoustic guitar & keyboards
Mat Fox - hammered dulcimer
Bob Winquist - viola
Ian Pressland - cello
Barbara Bolte - oboe
Alison Goldfrapp - vocals

Paul Castle CD - Hold out for summer (PDC Music)

"Hold out for summer"
(A 6 track EP including
'Old Bear Stories Theme Song')

Download now from

Hold Out for Summer - EP - Paul Castle 
Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com

"It may not have had the hype of Middlemarch or
Martin Chuzzlewit, nor been discussed at length on
arts programmes and in the columns of Sunday
supplements, but the series of Jane Hissey's Old Bear
Stories have soared since they were televised. There is
something about television that makes us want to read
the book, however old or young we are... Far from
preventing children from reading, therefore, it often
encourages them. They want to revisit a programme
that they have enjoyed."
Dr. Bethan Marshall, The Times (12/94)

"Carlton also had its first Number One in the kids' chart,
Old Bear (Christmas Special)."
Broadcast (1/94)

"As is so often the case with this kind of British series,
the translation is perfect, right down to the last worn
thread of fur....From the opening bars of its hummable
theme, "Old Bear and Friends" carries the viewer away
downstream, with gentle characters and stories, and the
warm, cossetting tones of Anton Rodgers' narration.
Little wonder the series picked up a BAFTA and
animation awards around the globe."
see full review @ www.toonhound.com/oldbear.htm

"World-weary sophisticates of 14 or so are quite capable
of coming over all soppy at the sound of the Old Bear
signature tune.."
The Daily Mail (8/95)

"Pick of the Day....no wonder the series has won
innumerable awards."
Daily Telegraph (12/97)

"Has deservedly chalked up Bafta and RTS awards...
the secret is its simple charm..."
Mail on Sunday (12/97)

"...magical animation.."
Radio Times (12/97)
"Delightful tales...requested again and again...very true to
the books."
Parents (12/93)

"Youngsters will be captivated by the enchanting
value-packed Old Bear & Friends video."
Woman & Home (11/93)


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