Making Making and Credits
Individual CV's are available by clicking our
Hands Up Puppets
is a Nottingham based Partnership Company set up
by Marcus Clarke and Helena Smee in 1989. Its
original purpose was to, "Create Puppet characters
for television". Both are Puppet Makers and
Professional 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/AmazonStudio's Kids TV Series,
Helena and Marcus taught themselves to make
Puppets. Their Puppets are totally
distinctive, unique in construction
and of extremely high quality.
|We as HUP created
the Puppets for RTE Junior.
One, Ogri, featured on Ireland's
National Postage stamp.
Since 1989 Hands Up
Puppets have designed and made over seventy
Puppet characters for Television 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 while both have developed other skills,
creative outlets and careers.
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 who since 2010 has developed
Puppetry into his Contemporary Visual Arts
Practice, See PuppetTVGraffiti
Marcus has had several ACE Funded Solo Art
in the Puppetised City (upper right) held over Easter
2014. The DogHorse Coat showing over the whole
of February 2015 at the Floor 1 Gallery,
Nottingham and RSM
Sheringham which opened in Sheringham's MO
2017 and toured various other Galleries during
the year. Out of these activites he has emerged
as a distinctive artist with a unique Arts
Practice, creating and exhibiting his Assemblages as Modern
Medieval Style Reliquaries.
Marcus is also an Educational Service Provider,
developing and delivering a wide range of Puppetry
Arts and Fine Arts Creative Workshops to Schools.
Pictured right is his Short Film, 'Puppetry for
the Screen Masterclass which he made for the Kids
He 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.
Information on his Educational Services can be
found at TES and on our Educational
Information on all
of his work can be found via the links on his CV
webpage. Click his picture top right.
Otherwise return to the contents page.
Right: Action Annie Superhero - Original
Animation created by Helena Smee
A Puppetry for
the Screen Masterclass
Film made by us for BAFTA
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