BBC Kids Network to Adapt Henry Winkler Book Series

Henry Winkler Portrait 2011
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"Hank Zipzer: The Worlds' Greatest Underachiever," based on the actor's experience with dyslexia, will get a 13-episode run next year.

LONDON – BBC children's network CBBC will adapt Henry Winkler's kids book series Hank Zipzer: The Worlds' Greatest Underachiever into a TV show.

The adventures of the books' 12-year-old protagonist are based on the actor's experience growing up with dyslexia. Winkler has written the books with Lin Oliver.

The star, best known for playing The Fonz in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, will also appear in the show as a teacher called Mr. Rock, CBBC said. The 13-episode series is scheduled to air next year.

Said the kids network: "At CBBC, we try to reflect the lives of children back at them, and Hank Zipzer shows that achievement comes in all shapes and sizes - and it's set to be very funny, too!"

Winkler has toured schools, including in the U.K., to talk about dyslexia. In 2011, he received an honorary Order of the British Empire recognition for his work with children with dyslexia.

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