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Hank Zipzer is a British children's television series which stars Nick James in the titular role as a 12-year-old dyslexic schoolboy. The show is based on the series of books by Henry Winkler, who plays the character of Mr. Rock, Hank's music teacher. The first season premiered in January 2014 on the CBBC Channel. Unlike the books that took place in Winkler's native United States, the series takes place in London, in the United Kingdom. The second season began airing on 13 August 2015. Javone Prince made his first appearance as Mr Joy in season 2, episode 5, "Hank's Hero". The third season began airing on 26th May 2016, which was followed by an 84-minute Christmas movie later in 2016. In April 2017, Neil Fitzmaurice, who plays Stan, Hank’s father, confirmed that there will not be a new series of the show.[3]

Hank Zipzer
Hank Zipzer title card.jpg
Created byHenry Winkler
Based onHank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes39 (list of episodes)
Production company(s)Kindle Entertainment[1]
Walker Productions
DHX Media
Original networkCBBC
Picture format16:9 1080p
Audio formatStereo
First shown inUnited Kingdom
Original release28 January 2014 (2014-01-28) –
12 December 2016 (2016-12-12)[2]
External links
Production website



The series focuses on the misadventures of Hank Zipzer, a 12-year-old schoolboy in London who suffers from dyslexia. Hank's friends are called Franky and Ashley, and Nick McKelty is his nemesis. The show is based on Henry Winkler's Hank Zipzer children's books, which are based on his own experiences as a dyslexic child. In the show, he plays Hank's favourite teacher, Mr. Rock, who is based on Winkler's own music teacher. Javone Prince joined the cast in season 2.


Cast list of Hank Zipzer
Actor Character Series
1 2 3 Special
Nick James Hank Main
Chloe Wong Ashley Main N/A
Alicia Lai Ashley N/A Main
Felicity Montagu Miss Adolf Main
Nick Mohammed Mr Love Main Recurring Guest N/A
Javone Prince Mr Joy N/A Main
Juliet Cowan Rosa Main
Neil Fitzmaurice Stan Main
Jude Foley McKelty Main
Henry Winkler Mr Rock Main
Jayden Jean-Paul-Denis Frankie Main
Madeline Holliday Emily Main
Vincenzo Nicoli Papa Pete Main


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11328 January 2014 (2014-01-28)22 April 2014 (2014-04-22)
21313 August 2015 (2015-08-13)5 November 2015 (2015-11-05)
31326 May 2016 (2016-05-26)18 August 2016 (2016-08-18)
TV movie12 December 2016 (2016-12-12)


CBBC commissioned the series in 2013 to be produced by Kindle Entertainment, and filming commenced in October 2013.[4][5] The show was filmed at St Catherine's Catholic High School in Halifax, Yorkshire for Season 1-2. For Season 3 it was filmed at Birkdale High School in Dewsbury, Yorkshire.[6] The first season premiered on 28 January 2014 and concluded on 22 April 2014.

On 9 June 2014, Cheryl Taylor, the CBBC controller, announced that the show had been renewed for a second season of thirteen episodes.[7] Nick James, Henry Winkler, Felicity Montagu and Nick Mohammed will all return, as Hank, Mr Rock, Miss Adolf and Mr Love respectively.[8][9] Javone Prince joined the main cast.[10]

Jon Macqueen replaced script editors Lucy Guy and Danny Springs.[11] Jim Poyser joined as a producer.[12] Returning writers include Mark Oswin and Madeleine Brettingham, who each wrote one episode and Lucy Guy, who wrote two.[13][14][15] Several new writers worked on the second series, including Jon Macqueen (two episodes),[11] Mark Evans (one episode), and Adam Goodwin & Jonathan Parkyn (one episode).[16]

Matt Bloom is lead director on all three seasons.


Year Award Category Nominee Result
2016 International Emmy Awards Kids: Series Hank Zipzer Nominated
2016 British Academy Children's Awards Performer Nick James as Hank Zipzer Won
2017 British Academy Children's Awards Comedy Hank Zipzer Nominated


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  2. ^ Neil Fitzmaurice [@Fitzyfella] (25 April 2017). "@BobHepburn1 @MattBloomFilms @HankZipzerTV @felicitymontagu @hwinkler4real @PENFOLD1P @rebeccaroot1969…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Neil Fitzmaurice [@Fitzyfella] (25 April 2017). "@BobHepburn1 @MattBloomFilms @HankZipzerTV @felicitymontagu @hwinkler4real @PENFOLD1P @rebeccaroot1969…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  10. ^ "Javone Prince on Twitter: ""@felicitymontagu: @PENFOLD1P #HankZipzer working with the brilliant inspiring Javone Prince. Lucky girl!!!!" Hahaha your a joker"". 19 August 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
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  15. ^ "lucy guy | LinkedIn". Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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