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Following the success of the books, it wasn’t long before Jane was asked to write a TV series for the toys. Model animation was chosen and sets were built to look just like the drawings in the books. Each ten-minute episode took about five weeks to film and Old Bear Stories won many awards including a BAFTA. Forty episodes were produced and seen in 90 different countries.

The books and TV inspired a huge range of merchandising and soon you could buy Old Bear stationery, mugs, calendars, alarm clocks, bubble bath and baby clothes. You could even have your own Old Bear toy!

The Old Bear animation models celebrating their award!
Royal Doulton figures based on Old Bear characters
Jane signing books