Novel Entertainment Brings Horrid Henry’s Homeschooling to Life

NOVEL ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS HORRID HENRY’S HOMESCHOOLING TO LIFE


New ‘Horrid Henry Unlocked’ podcast and ‘Horrid Homework’ activities launch this week based on the award-winning TV series

Oxford, April 2020. Novel Entertainment is launching its first podcast and accompanying activities based on its award-winning animated TV series Horrid Henry this Sunday, 26 April. Titled Horrid Henry Unlocked, the podcast will be presented by radio host Sean Thorpe, voice actor Lizzie Waterworth and Henry himself. Fans will be invited to explore the inner workings of the world of Horrid Henry as well as the delights of doing ‘Horrid Homework’ alongside Henry, Peter and all their friends.

Local media alt intro: Oxford XX April 2020. Summertown based Novel Entertainment is launching its first podcast and accompanying activities based on its award-winning animated TV series Horrid Henry this Sunday, 26 April. Titled Horrid Henry Unlocked, the podcast will be presented by radio host Sean Thorpe, voice actor Lizzie Waterworth and Henry himself. Fans will be invited to explore the inner workings of the world of Horrid Henry as well as the delights of doing ‘Horrid Homework’ alongside Henry, Peter and all their friends.

A new podcast episode will be released each Sunday and will include stories from Novel Entertainment’s recently launched Horrid Henry audio dramatisations. Targeted at kids aged 7 to 11, but reaching a much wider age range,  the Horrid Henry Unlocked podcast is produced by Great Lines and will be available on all major platforms including Apple and Spotify.

‘Horrid Homework’ fun activities, designed to complement the podcast and with a different ‘curricular’ theme each week will be available daily via the website www.horridhenry.me. Activities include projects, challenges and puzzles as well as a weekly newsletter for parents and carers.  The week will be rounded off with Fun Fri-yay, a compilation of bespoke videos, newly created songs and behind the scenes content which wil be livestreamed on Henry’s YouTube channel, encouraging kids to sit back, relax and get ready for the weekend.

The podcast is part of Novel Entertainment’s newly created content output, produced under the banner of Horrid Henry Unlocked and offers fans a chance to find out how Horrid Henry’s family is responding to the current crisis.  Naturally they are staying safe indoors; the good news is that Henry and Peter are getting on surprisingly well, the bad news is that Henry has no excuse not to do his homework now, but as he, and his fans, will discover, it’s not so bad when you’re doing Horrid Homework!

Alongside this, Novel are working on a number of different initiatives designed to reach out to a wider range of children who might otherwise not have access to online services and entertainment.  At the heart of this activity is a pledge to close the digital deficit.

“During these challenging times, we want to come together to create a virtual community not only for the extensive Horrid Henry fan base, but for children all around the world,” said Lucinda Whiteley, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Novel Entertainment. “Working with colleagues from the media industry and beyond, our commitment is to the creativity and kindness that such a community can generate.”

Novel’s four-time BAFTA-nominated Horrid Henry is one of the biggest children’s animated shows ever in the UK. The fifth season is currently on air in the UK and Novel is currently in production on new longer form content. The brand includes film, stage, radio and online extensions, as well as being at the heart of a successful licensing and merchandising programme.

A total of 250 episodes are now available with recent sales including MBC (Middle East), Alati International (Russia),  Atlantic Digital Networks (Canada), TG4 (Ireland), Amazon Prime Video (India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), P&P (Bosnia), Produkcija (Slovenia), Kids Network (Latvia and Estonia) and Emirates (UAE and Middle East). Renewals include Turner Broadcasting System (Asia Pacific), Mediacorp (Singapore), POP TV (Slovenia), E-Vision (Middle East), Asiana (Korea) and Netflix (France, US, Canada, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland and Belgium).

For further information please contact:

Kate Stinchcombe-Gillies at Coconut PR

Tel: + 44 (0)7791 114296 or email: kate@coconutpr.com

About Novel Entertainment

Novel Entertainment was founded in 2001 by Mike Watts and Lucinda Whiteley. The company specialises in the creation and development of successful children’s character brands across a wide array of media. Novel’s core programming includes Horrid Henry, Cinemaniacs, Fimbles, Rockit’s Pocket and The Roly Mo Show. Novel have produced more than 850 programmes for television and radio and their expertise extends into brand licensing and merchandising, computer games, interactive online content, music, theatre and film.

About Horrid Henry

Horrid Henry is a major multi-media brand. The TV show rapidly became CITV’s most popular series and is now NickToon’s most popular show. The series is broadcast in 90 territories outside the UK and in 2011, Novel co-produced a live action feature film of Horrid Henry; the first ever British kids’ movie to be filmed in 3D. There is an active licensing and merchandising programme in place and the property has also successfully been adapted for online and for computer games. The live stage show, Horrid Henry - Live and Horrid, ran for 285 performances in London’s West End and across the UK and the character’s official YouTube channel has attracted more than 600 million views.

About Great Lines

Created by producer Joel Grove, Great Lines is a bespoke production company that makes high end audio programming, with 10 years experience in podcasting.

About Sean Thorne

Sean Thorne presents the Breakfast show on Fun Kids Radio, hosts gaming YouTube channel N60Sean with over 40M views and is about to release his debut children's novel


Posted on 1st Apr 2020