CBBC announces second series of Hank Zipzer starring Henry Winkler

How fabulous for CBBC that the universally loved Henry Winkler has agreed to return as Mr Rock. He has won over a new generation of fans and our young audience will be thrilled to enjoy more adventures with the irrepressible Hank Zipzer.Cheryl Taylor, Controller, CBBC
Date: 09.06.2014     Last updated: 09.06.2014 at 08.50
Category: CBBC
Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC, has today announced the commission of a second series of the channel’s fast-paced comedy drama series Hank Zipzer, starring multi-award-winning actor Henry Winkler.

Produced by Kindle Entertainment with DHX Media and Walker Productions, the 13x30-minute children’s series is inspired by the book series Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever, written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.

The comedy series, which will film in Halifax, Yorkshire, follows the life of 13-year-old Henry ‘ Hank’ Zipzer (played by Nick James) and is based on Henry Winkler’s own experiences as a young boy growing up with dyslexia.

Hank is a boy whose glass is half full, but he just spills it everywhere. His brain works differently to those around him, and he has a great imagination, but doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with his parents and teachers. But, despite the daily challenges he encounters, Hank always manages to stay positive – and focused on his next masterplan… tomorrow is another day!

Henry Winkler plays his real-life teacher Mr Rock, the only teacher who seems to understand Hank, and a valuable ally in the almost daily battles the student encounters with the fierce and unforgiving Ms Adolf, (played by Felicity Montagu).

Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC, said: "How fabulous for CBBC that the universally loved Henry Winkler has agreed to return as Mr Rock. He has won over a new generation of fans and our young audience will be thrilled to enjoy more adventures with the irrepressible Hank Zipzer."

The second series will air on CBBC in 2015/16 and is being made for CBBC by Kindle Entertainment, in association with Walker Productions, DHX Media and Screen Yorkshire, which is providing funding through its Yorkshire Content Fund.

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