BBC has revealed that Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler’s new comedy drama series, Hank Zipzer – which is coming to CBBC on January 28th – 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 January 21st 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 13×30-minute series is based on Winkler’s own experiences as a young boy growing up with dyslexia.
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.”