Hank Zipzer. Hank Zipzer (Nick James)
Hank Zipzer

Hank Zipzer

  • TV comedy drama
  • CBBC
  • 2014 - 2016
  • 40 episodes (3 series)

Childrens' comedy inspired by the book series 'Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever'. Stars Nick James, Henry Winkler, Felicity Montagu, Juliet Cowan, Neil Fitzmaurice and more.

Press clippings

The stand-ups who took over children's TV

Is performing for young audiences easier? Far from it say the comedians who do clubs at night and CBBC shows by day.

Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian, 10th September 2020

My peccadillo, Henry Winkler

In this week's My Peccadillo, Henry Winkler (aka the Fonz!) reveals why he mourns the time not spent fly fishing.

Henry Winkler, The Big Issue, 2nd September 2015

Henry Winkler interview

Henry Winkler on being a Peaky Blinders fanboy, starstruck by John Lennon and wanting to be a Strictly judge.

James Rampton, Radio Times, 27th August 2015

The series adapted from children's books by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver returns for a second season. Based on Winkler's own experiences growing up with dyslexia, but with events transposed from the US to Yorkshire, it also stars the man who was Fonzie as teacher Mr Rock, an understanding counterpoint to Ms Adolf (Felicity Montagu). In today's opener, McKelty ruins Hank's school photograph by spraying him with pop. Hank (Nick James) is determined to get himself cleaned up and back in front of the camera.

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 13th August 2015

Henry Winkler to return in third series of Hank Zipzer

Happy Days star Henry Winkler is to return to CBBC for a third series of his comedy drama, Hank Zipzer.

British Comedy Guide, 22nd July 2015

Casting call for 3rd series of Hank Zipzer

We ar elooking for an Asian actress aged 11-15.

Screen Terrier, 27th May 2015

Hank Zipzer gets a second series on CBBC

CBBC has ordered a second series of Hank Zipzer, the comedy drama created by and starring Happy Days actor Henry Winkler.

British Comedy Guide, 9th June 2014

Blog on adapting the Hank Zipzer books for TV

When I was invited to pitch for the job of adapting Hank Zipzer I hadn't heard of the books but I had heard of author Henry Winkler.

Joe Williams, BBC Writersroom, 19th March 2014

Unfailingly charming comedy based on the semi-autobiographical books by Henry Winkler, which tell the story of a dyslexic schoolboy who's always in trouble. In part two, Hank devises an unorthodox way on to the softball team, and there's a big argument about lucky socks. The adult cast and the children all have a chance to shine here, and that helps to make it a show that families can enjoy together.

Daily Mail, 1st February 2014

Adapted from the books by Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler, based upon Winkler's own experience of growing up with dyslexia, Hank Zipzer is a fast-paced, frantic and very funny comedy, with serious undertones, from the CBBC channel.

Several aspects of episode one did jar, however. Firstly, our schoolboy anti-hero's extremely American-sounding name is never explained. Secondly, I'd like to think that modern schools are sufficiently enlightened around dyslexia not to punish a student with the condition by making him read his essay aloud in assembly. Thirdly, the quality of the acting among the young cast covers a wide spectrum, and that's putting it charitably.

Minor quibbles apart, Hank Zipzer is great fun, cleverly constructed and eminently likeable. It also boasts an excellent adult cast, including Felicity Montagu as Hank's bad-tempered, sword-wielding teacher Miss Adolf, and Winkler himself oozes charm as a rock'n'roll music teacher, appropriately named Mr Rock.

Harry Venning, The Stage, 30th January 2014

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