zipzerFeaturing Henry Winkler as music teacher Mr Rock, the series Hank Zipzer is based on Winkler’s own experiences as a young boy growing up with dyslexia.

With the central role being played by newcomer Nicholas James the rest of the cast features many well-known faces such as Felicity Montagu (I’m Alan Partridge, Nighty Night, Bridget Jones Diary) has been cast as Hank’s teacher Ms Adolf, Juliet Cowan (The Revolting World of Stanley Brown, The Bill, Shameless) as his mum Rosa, and Neil Fitzmaurice (Peep Show, Mount Pleasant, Waterloo Road) as his dad.

The show also stars Vincenzo Nicoli (Black Books, The Knot, EastEnders) as Papa Pete and Nick Mohammed (Sorry I’ve Got No Head, Reggie Perrin, Drifters) as head teacher Mr Love.

Inspired by the 18 ‘Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever’ novels, written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver and published by Walker Books, the 13×30-minute children’s show will air on CBBC early in 2014.

The programme is being made for CBBC by Kindle Entertainment, in association with Walker Productions, DHX Media and Screen Yorkshire, which is providing additional funding through its Yorkshire Content Fund.