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Old Bear Stories

Old Bear Stories

A&E 1993

This charming show, written by Jane Hissey, is a faithful adaptation of her popular Old Bear books. The TV series won huge success when it was first aired in 1993, gaining strong ratings and a huge fanbase. It was also hailed by the critics and has won numerous awards including a prestigious BAFTA award. Each episode focuses on the adventures of Old Bear and his loveable friends in and about the playroom. The series uses stop-frame animation techniques which gives the toys a very real look. After 3 highly successful series, the show ended on a high point with an extended christmas special in 1997. Originally broadcast on "ITV", the show can now be seen on "five".

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Old Bear Stories

#1 - Old Bear

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Season 1 - Episode 1

Bramwell Brown remembers his friend, Old Bear, who, a long time ago, was put away in the attic for safe keeping. Bramwell and his friends decide to get Old Bear back down to the playroom but it's a long way up to the attic and they don't have a ladder. The friends try some dramatic and heroic rescue attempts, but nothing quite works until they remember the little toy plane. Little Bear finally manages to get up to the attic safely but how will he bring Old Bear down again? Luckily Bramwell Brown has a plan…

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#2 - Little Bear Lost

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Season 1 - Episode 2

Old Bear has just finished packing a picnic basket full of food when Little Bear dashes in, followed by the other toys. They are all playing hide-and-seek but, unfortunately, they have forgotten to choose a seeker. Old Bear agrees to look for them and soon finds everyone except Little Bear. After they have searched high and low they decide to eat their picnic and then search again. But a surprise awaits them when they open the lid of the picnic basket!

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#3 - There Were Five In a Bed

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Season 1 - Episode 3

The bed where all the toys sleep is getting rather crowded. When Old Bear falls out and bumps his head the toys decide it would be a good idea to try and find somewhere else to sleep. They try all sorts of strange sleeping places; drawers, baskets, bowls and hammocks but there always seems to be a problem. In the end Old Bear comes up with the perfect solution and, at last, there is plenty of room for them all to sleep.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#4 - Jolly Tall

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Season 1 - Episode 4

A mysterious box arrives in the playroom. After approaching it cautiously the toys discover it contains a new friend; Jolly Tall the giraffe. With Jolly still inside, everyone sets to work to turn his box into a cosy house for him. There is a problem though; Jolly is too tall to get out of the door! Using a toy crane, the friends finally manage to rescue Jolly and Jolly, in return, performs a rescue of his own. In the end the toys find that something Bramwell has been knitting all week turns out to be the perfect present for their new playmate.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#5 - Little Bear's Trousers

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Season 1 - Episode 5

Little Bear wakes up to find he has lost his trousers. After visiting his friends, one by one, he discovers they have all been using the trousers in very untrousery ways; as a sail for a boat, as a skiing hat, to carry bricks and as a flag. Little Bear is quite upset when he finally finds Bramwell Brown using the red trousers as an icing bag! But the cake Bramwell has made saves the day when it becomes a 'Trousers Day' cake and Little Bear finally gets his beloved trousers back.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#6 - The Rainy Day

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Season 1 - Episode 7

It is a wet afternoon and the rain is coming in the playroom window and dripping through a hole in the dolls' house roof. The poor Doll family don't know what to do; all their things are getting wet. The toys dream up lots of ingenious ways of mending the hole, but nothing really works until Little Bear finds a solution quite by chance. While standing on the roof, clutching his umbrella, he accidentally falls through the leaky hole and the Doll family are delighted with the surprising repair.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#7 - The Fancy Dress Parade

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Season 1 - Episode 8

Old Bear and Bramwell Brown find an old basket full of bits and pieces and all the toys decide to have a fancy-dress competition. Old Bear agrees to be the judge. The toys have great fun making their costumes and they parade them proudly in front of Old Bear. The parade starts well but soon ends in chaos. Luckily Old Bear finds a way to make sure that everyone's a winner in the end.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#8 - Little Bear's Big Race

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Season 1 - Episode 9

Little Bear finds Bramwell Brown examining a piece of tinfoil. Together they make some silver cups, and this gives Rabbit an idea. He suggests they have a sports day and use the cups as trophies for the winners of each race. They have a sock race, a potato and spoon race and a six-legged race. Little Bear begins to feel rather sad because he is sure he won't win a prize; he is just too small to beat the others. However, his friends find a way to cheer him up and in the end, he has a surprising bit of luck.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#9 - The Apple Tree

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Season 1 - Episode 10

Little Bear decides to grow an apple tree as a surprise for Old Bear. With help from his friends he manages to plant an apple pip in a flower pot. He is disappointed to hear that, despite watering it and keeping it warm, his pip could take years to grow into a tree. However, while he is waiting, Bramwell Brown finds a way that they can help Little Bear make an instant tree that will really surprise Old Bear.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#10 - The Winter Picnic

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Season 1 - Episode 11

One cold morning Old Bear decides all the toys should go for a picnic. They pack lots of hot food, wrap up warmly and pull the picnic basket to the top of a hill on a little cart. After enjoying the food and playing lots of games they realise how cold they are and climb into the basket to keep warm. Imagine their surprise when the picnic ends with a rather bumpy, and very exciting, journey home.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#11 - Jolly Snow
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Season 1 - Episode 12

Jolly Tall has never seen snow and he wishes it would snow today. The other toys try to find ways to show him what snow is like. They all have fun making pretend snow out of flour, paper decorations, bubbles and feathers. Bramwell even makes snowflake biscuits. They are so busy enjoying themselves they almost forget to look out of the window. What a surprise they have when they do.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#12 - The Doll's House Christmas
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Season 1 - Episode 13

Old Bear and his friends have decorated the playroom for Christmas. But Little Bear and Bramwell suddenly notice the dolls' house; forgotten in a dark corner of the playroom, it has no Christmas decorations at all. The two friends have an idea and while Rabbit and Duck entertain the Doll family, the others all work quickly to decorate their house with a tiny Christmas tree and lots of miniature decorations. The dolls have a wonderful surprise when they return and declare it is the best Christmas they have ever had.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#13 - The Perfect Presents
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Season 1 - Episode 14

When the excitement of Christmas seems to be over, Old Bear finds a surprising way to remind the other toys of the fun they have had over the festive season. This compilation of 'The WinterPicnic', 'The Doll's House Christmas' and 'Jolly Snow' has added extras to keep everyone happy, including 'Old Bear'.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#14 - Ruff
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Season 2 - Episode 1

The toys meet a new friend; a bouncy dog called Ruff. When they discover that he has never had a birthday party they quickly set about putting things right. They decide to hold an all-week birthday to celebrate all the birthdays Ruff has missed. Each day brings different birthday fun; parties, presents, games and birthday cakes. And on the seventh birthday they give Ruff the present he has always wanted.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#15 - The Boat Race
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Season 2 - Episode 2

Old Bear and his friends are playing in the garden. As Bramwell is making pirate hats with scraps of newspaper, the toys think it would be a good idea to have a boat race. First of all, the toys have to build their boats, (although Sailor already has his own) then, when they are ready, they launch them in the stream and the race begins. It doesn't go quite according to plan but a spectacular air/stream rescue by Rabbit saves the day and it isn't the biggest boat that wins the race.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#16 - Spring Clean
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Season 2 - Episode 3

Dusty windows remind Old Bear that it's time for a little spring-cleaning. All the toys lend a hand and find that cleaning can be fun. They even tie dusters to their feet and skate away the dust. Old Bear's suggestion; that they try a little airborne dusting, works well at first but soon it looks as if it might end up with a rather bumpy landing. Luckily, Little Bear's clever plan brings them safely back down to earth.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#17 - Ruff Follows His Nose
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Season 2 - Episode 4

Ruff sets off in pursuit of an irresistible smell. Little Bear follows him and together they search high and low for Ruff's mysterious smell. Ruff's nose leads them all over the house and he discovers plenty of smelly things but not the one he is looking for. However, in the end, with the other toys' help he finally tracks down what he has been looking for in the most unlikely of places.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#18 - Jigsaw
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Season 2 - Episode 5

The toys are searching everywhere for a missing piece of jigsaw puzzle. Their search leads them all over the house and they find all sorts of interesting things they were not looking for. When they find some plates that belong to the Dolls' House dolls, Mrs Doll invites them to tea to thank them. When tea is served everyone is amazed to see what Mrs Doll is using as a tray.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#19 - Hoot
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Season 2 - Episode 6

Little Bear is woken in the middle of the night by a crash and a 'whooo' noise. Is it a ghost? He wakes the others and together they try to find out who made the noise. At last they meet a little white owl whose nest of socks has fallen down from the top of the wardrobe. The toys find their new friend an even better nest and Little Bear has a rather unexpected night-time flight. When the toys wake in the morning they find that another mystery has been solved in the night.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

#20 - Hot and Spotty
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Season 2 - Episode 7

When Duck wakes up covered in mysterious red spots, the day's plans; to paint the garden gate have to be postponed. The toys think up many different ways to entertain Duck and help him forget his spots. Duck thoroughly enjoys having so many special treats until, by chance, Little Bear discovers the unexpected cause of the spots. Perhaps Duck is not unwell after all.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Old Bear Stories from 0 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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