Making Making and Credits
Individual CV's, Helena has two, are available
by clicking our pictures. Showreels
Hands Up Puppets
is a Nottingham based Partnership Company set up
by Marcus Clarke and Helena Smee in 1989. Their
purpose in setting up the Company was to, "create
Puppet characters for television". Both are Puppet
Makers and Puppeteers and both are currently the
Title Characters in two different BAFTA nominated
or BAFTA wining Kids TV Series. Helena is
Milkshake Monkey in Channel 5's Milkshake Monkey
TV Series and Marcus is Bookaboo in CITV/CBC's
Bookaboo Kids TV Series.
|We created the
Puppets for RTE Junior. One, Ogri,
featured on Ireland's National Postage
and Marcus taught themselves to Puppeteer and
to make Puppets. Their Puppets are totally
distinctive, unique in construction
and of extremely high quality.
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 Feature Films and Commercials.
This work continues
today though a variety of other work has
developed for them too.
Helena is now also a very successful scriptwriter
for both Puppet and Animated Pre-School Kids TV
Series. Hence she has two CV/Resume's. (See above left).
Over the past 6 years Helena has written over 600
minutes of original British children's television
Marcus is an Exhibiting Contemporary Artist,
Educator, New Media Producer, App maker and award
winning Short Film Maker.
Pictured right is his Short Film, 'Puppetry for
the Screen Masterclass which he made for the Kids
A former Art Student
Marcus has always been a visual artist and since
2010 has developed Puppetry into his Contemporary
Art practice, PuppetTVGraffiti
Marcus had a major Solo Art Exhibition
called Homeless in
the Puppetised City over Easter 2014 and
another Solo Art Exhibition called The DogHorse
over the whole of February 2015 at the
Floor 1 Gallery, Nottingham and has a new art
Sheringham touring Galleries throughout
As an Educator Marcus has recently gained a
Teaching qualification from Warwick University
CTLLS L4 and is DBS and ASET registered as well as
a Fellow of the Royal Society of Artists. Marcus
develops and delivers Puppetry Arts based Creative
Schools Workshops and information on these can be
found at TES and on our Educational
Marcus is British and
Canadian having long standing Canadian Residence
all of his work can be found via the links on
his CV webpage. Click his picture top right.
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A Puppetry for
the Screen Masterclass
Film made for BAFTA
A Puppetry for the Screen Masterclass
Film made for BAFTA and Clayfields House.
Award winning Short Directed and Produced by
Marcus Clarke. more
Hands Up Puppets have designed, built and
performed puppets in a variety of
television genres and production styles
and with varied budgets.
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 Shows.
We always push the creative and quality
|Combined Puppet Making and
Television credits include:
These TV Series contain a total of 60 puppets,
all designed and made by us as Hands Up
- Milkshake Monkey
2014/15/16 Channel 5. Various formats.
- Milky and Shake in
the new 'Milkshake Show.' Channel 5
- Milkshake Monkey
2009 Channel 5
- The Christmas
Milkshake Show Series 2. Channel 5 BAFTA
- The Milkshake Show
five tv BAFTA
nominated 2008 Five TV
- Tickle Patch and
Friends 10 Series for Channel 5. 2001 to 2008
- Sandy and Mr.
Flapper 2007 Channel 5
- A Milkshake Summer
Five TV BAFTA
nominated 2006 Five TV The Production Team
- Ant and Dec's
Milkshake five Series 1
- "A House that's
just like yours" five
Softies" five TV
- "The little green
planet show" 3 series BBC CBBC Children's
& "Treasure Box" - 5 series
made by Thames for ITV
- "Tricky Business"
- 2 series for BBC
- "Top Banana" -
Clear Idea Production for TVAM
- "Dappledown Farm"
- Clear Idea Production for TVAM
- "Ike and
Webber" - TCC The Childrens Channel
Children's Channel All on-air continuity
from 1993 - 1995.
- Ratkan Zoo The
on the Road The Children's Channel
Droibee Time The Children's
- 'WoW'- Media
Merchants Production for ITV
- "Havakazoo 2
Meridian Production for Channel 5.
- New 'Dappledown Farm'
- Meridian Production for Channel 5.
- Dotty and Buzz
- Royal Television
Society Award Nominee. Prospect Pictures
for Channel 4 Schools.
- 'Bite Size' -
friends Ten Series for five
|Television Puppeteering only
- Bookaboo 4
Happy Films/Sinking Ship/CBC 2015/2016
- Bookaboo at
- Hacker Time
Series 3 Citv/Happy Films 2013 Marcus Clarke is
- Marcus is the
Puppetry Consultant and Puppeteer to 'Ways of
Talking' 2011 BAFTA Nominated, Primary
Learning category: Gamelab (London
Metropolitan University) for BBC Learning.
Series 2 Citv/Happy Films 2010 Marcus Clarke is
Citv/Happy Films 2009 Marcus Clarke is
Bookaboo's Puppeteer. BAFTA,
2009 and Prix
Jeunesse 2010 Award Winner.
Storytime 6 x 5 min programmes, Disney Playhouse,
Puppeteer to puppet character PJ Mole BAFTA
nominee Marcus Clarke 2004
Bedtime 20 x 60 min programmes,
Disney Playhouse, Puppeteer to puppet
character PJ Mole
- Ragdoll Production for ITV.
- "The Great
Bong" - UA & HTV. Production for Channel
- "The Slow
Norris" Series 1 & 2 - HTV. production for
- Big Bag Series 1 & 2
- YTV & The Childrens Television Workshop
|Film puppeteering credits include:
Puppeteering only credits include:
Puppet Making only credits.
- Talk back Radio,
- Applejack Scrumpy,
- Hyundai Viral Factory
CGI Real Time Performance Animation.
Helena have also been involved in the fast
developing field of Real Time Performance
Animation. They have worked as Performance
Animators for Medialab Paris, Medialab Los
Angeles, Twentieth Century Fox T.V. U.S.A. and the
American Channel N.B.C. And for Nihon Itec, NHK
and Sony in Tokyo, Japan for TV Series, FILM and
also Live Events. MORE
Puppet Theatre Consultancy
Hands Up Puppets were engaged by the Lego Company
as consultants and designers for the first ever
Puppet Show at their U.K. theme park - Legoland Windsor
Consultant to Gamelab London.
Kingsland Road London