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Kids TV Scriptwriter CV
Helena Smee CV
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Hands Up Puppets is the Nottingham based
Partnership Company set up by Marcus Clarke and Helena Smee in 1989.
Now husband and wife their main purpose in setting up the Company was
to supply Puppet characters for television. Both are Puppet Makers and
Puppeteers. Both are currently the Title Characters in
BAFTA nominated or BAFTA winning Kids TV Series. Helena is Milkshake
in Channel 5's Milkshake Monkey TV Series and Marcus is Bookaboo in
CITV/CBC's Bookaboo Kids TV Series.
Helena and Marcus taught themselves to Puppeteer and to make
have always had a policy
of constant improvement so their Puppets then and now are totally
unique and of extremely high quality.
Since 1989 Hands Up Puppets have designed
and made over seventy TV Puppet
characters and Marcus and Helena have worked
on over seventy Children's TV Series as Puppeteers. As well as on
Films and Commercials.
This work continues today and a variety of other work has
developed from it.
Helena is now also a very successful scriptwriter for
both Puppet and Animated Pre-School Kids TV Series.
she has two CV/Resume's See left.
Over the past 6 years Helena has written over 600 minutes of
original British children's television animation.
Marcus is an Exhibiting Contemporary Artist, New Media Producer, App
maker and award winning Short Film Maker.
Pictured right is
his Short Film, 'Puppetry for the Screen Masterclass he made for the
Marcus has recently gained a Teaching qualification from Warwick Uni
and lobbies for Puppetry to be
strengthened by including it in the schools curriculum. He develops and
delivers Puppetry Arts based Creative Schools Workshops and works as an
occasional Supply Teacher maintaining his CPD.
Marcus a former art Student and always a visual artist, has developed
Puppetry into his Contemporary
Art practice. He had a major Solo Art Exhibition called
Homeless in the Puppetised City (right)
over Easter 2014 and another Solo Art Exhibition called The
DogHorse Coat over the
whole of February 2015 at the Floor 1 Gallery, Nottingham.
Marcus is British and Canadian having long standing Canadian Residence
Information on all of
his work can be
found via the links
on his CV webpage. Click his picture top right.
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and Dom Marcus Clarke Lucy Goodman Ian Emes and
Will Paulter at the 2009 Kids Bafta's.
Bookaboo was awarded the best Children's Live Action Bafta.
A Puppetry for
the Screen Masterclass
Film made for BAFTA
and currently airing TV
Monkey receives Children's BAFTA Award Nomination Oct 2014. We made the
Puppet as Hands Up Puppets.
Congratulations to Helena Smee (Milkshake Monkey himself) and the
Production Team. BAFTA
The Milkshake Show
'Ways of Talking'
Puppeteers on CBBC Hacker
Time and several Commercials. Marcus undertakes development work for
NBC/Universal and prepares for DogHorse Coat Exhibition.
Bookaboo launches on CiTV and at CBC on Kids Day
in Toronto. Bookaboo dedicated website goes into Production in Montreal.
is 'Bookaboo' in the Citv Kids BAFTA
2011 and 2009 winning TV Series Bookaboo. Other
Awards for Bookaboo include a BAA, British Animation Award, The
Broadcast best Children's award
Bookaboo also won its category at the most prestigious Prix Jeunesse
Both Marcus and Helena
Puppeteered in the new
Muppet Movie. The Muppets Most Wanted starring Ricky Gervais.
has been a scriptwriter on several episodes of Kids
animated TV Series including, Whisper, Pip Ahoy, Wanda and the
Alien and Toby's Travelling Circus. Right. Both currently airing on the
UK's Channel and is currently writting for other brand newTV
currently airing episodes of Castle
Top Bill, Angels of Jarm and The Beeps.
Helena and Marcus are Milky
and Shake in the new 'Milkshake Show'
airing on Channel 5. They
also created the Puppets. Far right.
Marcus is the Puppetry
Consultant and Puppeteer
'Ways of Talking' 2011 BAFTA Nominated,
category: Gamelab (London Metropolitan University) for BBC
Helena Smee is currently BAFTA Nominated Milkshake
Monkey on Channel Five and HuP also created the Puppet. Oct 2014
Milkshake Magazine launches.
HuP created the Puppets for RTE Junior and Hubble now
of the Puppets also features on Ireland's National Postage stamp.
A Puppetry for
the Screen Masterclass
Film made for BAFTA and
House. Award winning
Short Directed and Produced by Marcus Clarke. more
Marcus and Helena have also created
and devised many Puppet Children's TV Series and their project
development work has also included Real Time Performance Animation as
well as 2D and 3D Animation. We are
always finding new and new old ways to build on our Puppetry and other
Character based work and currently have
innovative new projects in development.
Hands Up Puppets have designed, built and performed puppets in a
variety of television genres and production styles and with varied
We pride ourselves in our versatility, innovation and problem solving
Pre-school, Educational, Children's, Adult Comedy, Teen and Family.
We have Puppeteered Live and Recorded, scripted and improvised, on
Location and in the Studio.
Performed Puppets whilst canoeing, abseiling,
hanging out of helicopters and in Live Stand Up Comedy
We always push
the creative and quality envelope.