Friday, January 24, 2014

In Great Britain, actor Henry Winkler’s children's book series, Hank Zipzer, about a boy with dyslexia, premieres on BBC iPlayer

From the BBC in the UK:

BBC has today announced that Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler’s brand-new comedy drama series, Hank Zipzer - which is coming to CBBC on 28 January - will first premiere on BBC iPlayer. 

Audiences will be able to watch the show a week before it’s aired on CBBC, starting with the first episode being available on 21 January and continuing on a weekly basis throughout the series.

This is a part of the BBC Trust’s approved BBC iPlayer trial to premiere up to 40 hours of programmes across the service, exploring the role of online premiering across a range of genres and channels.

The 13x30-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.

Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content for BBC iPlayer, says: “We’re thrilled to premiere CBBC’s brand-new comedy drama series Hank Zipzer on BBC iPlayer. This builds on the success of premiering our first Children’s series, 4 O’Clock Club, on iPlayer back in December - the first episode we premiered received close to half a million requests in seven days. We want to draw on BBC iPlayer’s popularity to help grow new hits for the BBC, so we’re excited to see how far premiering Hank Zipzer can drive more viewers to this exciting new show.”

Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC, says: “We’re proud to continue to deliver high-quality programmes in a way that suits our audience. 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.”