Hank Zipzer began on CBBC in January 2014 and has continued over three series. The third begain in May 2016. The series, created by Henry Winkler (who stars as Mr. Rock) and Lin Oliver has had continued success in the BARB ratings.
Each episode has typically been 24 minutes, but now a 90 minute TV movie is in production.
Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe has started filming in West Yorkshire and will air on CBBC this December and the synopsis has been revealed:
Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe will film in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and joins Hank in the run up to Christmas as he prepares for a new baby brother. But Hank’s life never runs smoothly and soon Miss Adolf (played by Felicity Montagu) is turning Mr Rock’s Rudolph the Rock’n’Roll Reindeer into a one-woman Christmas Carol – two school inspectors are getting injured in a bizarre sleighing accident and Mr Joy (played by Javone Prince) is trying to cancel Christmas altogether. In his attempt to drag triumph from the glittering jaws of doom, Hank will ice skate into disaster, nearly crash a Christmas tree into a crowd, get himself and his best friends arrested, get his favourite teacher sacked and lose the love of his life. This time, he really has let everyone down. Surely even Hank can’t get out this one. Luckily for us, there’s no way to tell Hank that.
Produced by Kindle Entertainment, the 90 minute long movie will be directed by Matt Bloom, written by Joe Williams and executive produced by Amy Buscombe for CBBC and Anne Brogan for Kindle Entertainment.
Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC said:
Our fabulous standalone Xmas special will delight Hank’s growing army of fans and we’re thrilled to have a full 90 minutes to enjoy his Christmas capers alongside partner in crime Henry Winkler who plays the irrepressible Mr Rock.
Anne Brogan, Co MD of Kindle Entertainment said:
Hank’s Christmas Catastrophe will give the audience everything they love about the TV series – big laughs and big emotional moments – with the additional sparkle of a Christmas romance for Hank and the birth of a baby brother.
I only recently started watching Hank Zipzer and wish I got into it sooner. It is one of my favourite comedy-dramas to come out of CBBC in the last few years, on par with The Story of Tracy Beaker and the underrated and now cancelled All At Sea. The characters created by Lin Oliver and the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler, are amazing.