A new children’s drama series by Henry Winkler will be available to watch on iPlayer a week before it is shown on CBBC. The 13×30-minute series – which is inspired by the book series Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever – is based on Henry Winkler’s own experiences as a young boy growing up with dyslexia. Fast paced and funny, the series follows the everyday life of 12-year-old Hank Zipzer, a young man with a unique perspective on the world.
Henry Winkler says: “This series is certainly inspired by my childhood and the experiences I had because I learned differently to other people – but it’s a comedy first. The emotion is completely relatable but we exaggerate the humour. When I was young, teachers and other people used to tell me I’d never achieve anything because I’m in the bottom three percent academically in America. I never thought I’d be able to write books, let alone to have them made into a TV show. Outside of having my children, the Hank Zipzer series makes me incredibly proud.”
Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC, says: “I am certain that CBBC viewers and their parents will love the Hank Zipzer TV series. Hank’s adventures illuminate the ups and downs of a child navigating through life with dyslexia and do so with great warmth, insight and humour. The fact that Henry Winkler also appears in the show is just a huge cherry on an already delicious comedy cake. Felicity Montagu is formidable as Miss Adolf and the rest of the cast will also delight as we follow Hank and his friends on their rambunctious escapades.”
Anne Brogan is executive producer for Kindle Entertainment, Helen McAleer for Walker Productions and Sue Nott for CBBC. Steven DeNure is executive producer for DHX Media and Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire, which is providing additional funding through its Yorkshire Content Fund. DHX Media will handle international sales for the 13×30-minute children’s show which will start on CBBC in January.