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Children's animation Script Writer Helena Smee

Helena Smee
Helena Smee
Kids TV Scriptwriter CV

Helena Smee CV

About us

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, "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 winning 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.
Helena and Marcus taught themselves to Puppeteer and to make Puppets and have always tried to improve their work with each task undertaken.
Hence their Puppets are totally distinctive, unique in construction 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 Feature 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.
Hence 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, 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 BAFTA website.
A former art Student Marcus has always been a visual artist and since 2010 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.
As an Educator 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 is British and Canadian having long standing Canadian Residence status.

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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Marcus Clarke

Dick 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

Nottingham General Hospital

News and currently airing TV

Milkshake 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
Helena Smee at Childrens BAFTAs 2014


The Milkshake Show

Judge Jenny 'Ways of Talking'

Hacker Time2014 also saw Helena Puppeteer on CBBC Hacker Time and several Commercials. Marcus undertook development work for NBC/Universal and held his  DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition over 2015.
Bookaboo dedicated website went live produced in Montreal.
2013 Bookaboo launched on both CiTV and at CBC on Kids Day in Toronto new Series announced for 2016.
Marcus Clarke continues as 'Bookaboo' in this Citv Kids BAFTA 2011 and 2009 winning TV Series. A 2013 Shaw Rocket Finalist See other Awards for Bookaboo included a BAA, British Animation Award, The Broadcast best Children's award and Bookaboo also won its category at the most prestigious Prix Jeunesse Children's TV Awards.

Both Marcus and Helena Puppeteered in the new Muppet Movie. The Muppets Most Wanted starring Ricky Gervais.

Helena has been a scriptwriter on several new 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 Series TBA.

Helena has written several currently airing episodes of Castle Farm, Bottle 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 to 'Ways of Talking' 2011 BAFTA Nominated, Primary Learning category:  Gamelab (London Metropolitan University) for BBC Learning.

Oct 2014 Milkshake Magazine launches.

HuP created the Puppets for RTE Junior and Hubble now airing.
One of the Puppets also features on Ireland's National Postage stamp.

Short Films

A Puppetry for the Screen Masterclass
Film made for BAFTA and
Clayfields House.
Award winning Short Directed and Produced by Marcus Clarke.

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In Production.
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 abilities. 
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 envelope.

Puppetry Credits
Combined Puppet Making and Puppeteering Television credits include:
These TV Series contain a total of 50 puppets, all designed and made by Hands Up Puppets.
  • Milkshake Monkey 2014/15
  • Milky and Shake in the new 'Milkshake Show.' Channel 5 2011. 
  • Milkshake Monkey 2009 Channel 5
  • The Christmas Milkshake Show Series 2. Channel 5 BAFTA nominated 2009
  • 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 Saturday Night  Takeaway Granada/ITV
  • Christmas Milkshake five Series 1
  • "A House that's just like yours" five 
  • "The Softies" five TV
  • "Smarteenies" BBC CBeebies
  • "The little green planet show" 3 series BBC CBBC Children's
  • "Hotdog"  &  "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 Interstitions
  • The Children's Channel All on-air continuity from 1993 - 1995.
  • Ratkan Zoo The Children's Channel
  • Ratkan on the Road The Children's Channel
  • It's Droibee Time The Children's Channel
  • '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' - Disney Channel.
  • Tickle, Patch & friends   Ten Series for five tv

Television Puppeteering only credits include:
  • Hacker Time CBBC 2014/15
  • Bookaboo Series 3 Citv/Happy Films 2013 Marcus Clarke is Bookaboo's Puppeteer.
  • Marcus is the Puppetry Consultant and Puppeteer to 'Ways of Talking' 2011 BAFTA Nominated, Primary Learning category:  Gamelab (London Metropolitan University) for BBC Learning.
  • Bookaboo Series 2 Citv/Happy Films 2010 Marcus Clarke is Bookaboo's Puppeteer.
  • Bookaboo Citv/Happy Films 2009 Marcus Clarke is Bookaboo's Puppeteer. BAFTA, Broadcast 2009 and Prix Jeunesse 2010 Award Winner.
  • PJ's Storytime 6 x 5 min programmes, Disney Playhouse, Puppeteer to puppet character PJ Mole BAFTA nominee Marcus Clarke 2004
  • PJ's Bedtime   20 x 60 min programmes, Disney Playhouse, Puppeteer to puppet character PJ Mole
  • Playbox - Ragdoll Production for ITV.
  • "The Great Bong" - UA & HTV. Production for Channel 4.
  • "The Slow Norris" Series 1 & 2 - HTV. production for ITV.
  • Big Bag Series 1 & 2 - YTV & The Childrens Television Workshop for ITV.

Film puppeteering credits include:

Commercials Puppeteering credits include:
  • Quantas Koala Bear,
  • Talk back Radio,
  • Applejack Scrumpy,
  • Quorn,
  • Revels.

CGI Real Time Performance Animation.

Marcus and 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

Marcus Clarke was engaged as a Puppetry Consultant to Gamelab London.
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