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House of Anubis
GenreMystery
Created by
Based onHet Huis Anubis
Written by
  • Diane Whitley
  • Bede Blake
  • Neil Jones
  • Nathan Cockerill
  • James Whitehouse
  • Hannah George
  • Paul Gerstenberger
  • Alison Greenaway
  • Jodi Reynolds
  • Davey Moore
  • Tim Compton
Directed by
  • Angelo Abela
  • Peter Fearon
  • Graeme Harper
  • Tessa Hoffe
  • Tim Hopewell
  • Tom Poole
  • Tracey Rooney
  • Gill Wilkinson
Starring
Theme music composer
  • Rob Cairnes
  • Tony Morales
Country of origin
  • Belgium
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes190 (+ 90-minute TV special) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Anja Van Mensel
  • Tony Wood
Producers
  • Susie Liggat
  • Edward Pugh
  • Lucy Martin
  • Angelo Abela
Production locationLiverpool
Editors
  • David Mercer
  • David Long
  • Les Healey
  • Pauline Cain
  • Mark Doran
Camera setupVideotape; Single-camera
Running time23 minutes
Production companies
Original release
Network
Release1 January 2011 (2011-01-01) –
17 June 2013 (2013-06-17)
Related

House of Anubis is a mystery television series developed for Nickelodeon based on the Dutch–Belgian television series Het Huis Anubis. The series was created by Hans Bourlon and Gert Verhulst and premiered on Nickelodeon on 1 January 2011 in the United States and on 25 February 2011 in the United Kingdom. The series is the first series from the network to be filmed outside the United States and the first telenovela-format[1][2] series for the network. The show aired from 1 January 2011 to 17 June 2013.

Plot

Season 1

Anubis House is a residence at an English boarding school, built in the 1890s as part of an estate by Egyptologist Robert Frobisher-Smythe. The house is now the boarding house for nine secondary school students under the watch of the boarding school's strict caretaker, Victor Rodenmaar Jr and house-mother Trudy. A popular girl called Joy Mercer is withdrawn from the school without warning, along with all evidence of her existence. Joy's best friend, Patricia Williamson is saddened by Joy's disappearance. On the same day, a new girl from America named Nina Martin joins the school under a scholarship and replaces Joy as Patricia's new roommate. Patricia is sure it is no coincidence and accuses Nina of being part of Joy's disappearance.

Nina meets an elderly woman after moving in who gives her with a locket shaped like the Eye of Horus. The woman identifies herself as Sarah Frobisher-Smythe, the daughter of Robert. However, when Nina walks Sarah back to the retirement home she lives in the Head Carer calls her Emily. Afterwards, Nina's locket proves to function as a key to open a secret panel in the attic, in which she finds a collection of antique phonograph cylinders and a portrait of Sarah as a girl matching a portrait in the locket. The cylinders are diary recordings made by Sarah during and after her parents' trip to Egypt to uncover Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922. Alongside Egyptian hieroglyphs on the back of the portrait, the recordings offer clues to the location of a number of Egyptian relics. Nina befriends Fabian Rutter, a fellow boarder, and the two find several relics together. After popular Amber Millington falls out with her friend Mara Jaffray over Amber's boyfriend Mick Campbell, Amber swaps dorms with Patricia so Amber can be roommates with Nina. Nina, Fabian and Amber form a secret group, 'Sibuna' (Anubis backwards), and later initiate prankster Alfie Lewis and Patricia, who is eager to learn how the relics are connected to Joy's disappearance. Patricia continues her effort to explain Joy's disappearance and enlists the help of Rufus Zeno, an enemy of Victor.

After finding seven relics, the Sibunas intuit that they must be put together to make the Cup of Ankh, a mythic cup capable of producing an elixir of life. However, the cup can only be assembled by one born on seven o'clock of the seventh day of the seventh month. As Joy's birthday is the seventh of July, it is revealed that Victor and his secret society, consisting of staff from the school, a police officer, a nurse, and Joy's father, conspired to force Joy to assemble the Cup of Ankh. They removed Joy from school, and destroyed evidence of her existence, to protect her from Rufus, revealed to be a former member of the society who will stop at nothing in his quest for immortality. However, on the 'chosen hour' of the cup's assembly, Joy realises that, as she was born at seven PM, she is not able to assemble the cup; Nina, however, shares Joy's birthday and was born at seven o'clock in the morning. Nina assembles the cup and, with the rest of Sibuna, fool Rufus into believing himself immortal.

Season 2

While hiding the Cup of Ankh, Nina unknowingly sets free an Egyptian spirit, Senkhara. Senkhara curses Nina with the Mark of Anubis, bending her to her will, and instructs her to find the Mask of Anubis, an artifact able to "weep tears of gold", an ingredient of the elixir of life. The Sibunas discover a chamber of tunnels underneath the house that contain a series of puzzles and tasks in order to progress, including swinging scythe-like pendulums over a chasm and a game of Senet using players as pieces. Senkhara is displeased with Nina's slow pace and gives the Mark of Anubis to the rest of Sibuna, and to Nina's grandmother, as a threat.

Alongside the group, Victor is also searching for the mask as he believes that it holds the missing ingredient for the elixir of life – tears of gold. To obtain the Book of Isis that contains the recipe for the elixir, Victor instructs Mr Sweet to gain an Egyptian Exhibition. Jerome locates his father in prison, who tells him that in order to reverse his bad luck, Jerome must find the Frobisher Gem and put it into the Frobisher shield after he stole it. New American pupil Eddie becomes rivals with Patricia, even though they are just hiding the fact that they are attracted to each other and is revealed to be the Osirian. Victor teams up with Anubis House's new housemother, Vera, who 'helps' him with locating the mask. Unbeknown to Victor, Vera is in fact working with Rufus Zeno. It is a race against each other as Sibuna and Victor try to outwit one another on the quest for the Mask of Anubis that will lead to eternal life. At the end of the tunnel chambers, Rufus seizes the mask, but finds that it is a fake. The real mask was on display in the Egyptian Exhibition all along, and requires the Frobisher Gem to be activated. Senkhara briefly possesses Nina, intending to use her body to enter the Egyptian afterlife, prompting Eddie to realise his role as the 'Osirian', whose role is to protect the Chosen One. Senkhara, expelled from Nina's body, enters Victor's and the two are imprisoned in the Underworld. Sibuna attend a school dance together while Victor discovers one of the tears of gold.

Season 3

Nina has left to live with her grandmother. While a new teacher, Miss Denby, arrives at the school, new American student K.T. Rush also comes to the school. Eddie has a vision of K.T.'s dying grandfather giving her a key and telling her to go to Anubis House. Eddie and K.T. do some snooping around the house while Fabian tries to decipher a series of codes mistakenly given to Amber. Eddie and K.T. become new members of Sibuna. When Amber leaves for fashion school, Sibuna is revived with Eddie as a leader and Fabian, K.T., Patricia and Alfie as members. They find out that some individuals are trying to reawaken a sleeping Robert Frobisher-Smythe, with Denby being the "Keeper" (she keeps Frobisher in the tank room in the gatehouse, her home on the school property), Victor being the "Enabler" and Mr. Sweet being the "Seeker". The Sibunas discover that Miss Harriet Denby's name is actually Caroline. Her sister is actually Harriet – and the original Keeper. However, she is locked in a mental hospital because of her sister. It turns out that K.T. is the great-granddaughter of Frobisher and Jerome, Joy, Alfie and Patricia are the descendants of Frobisher's friends and are needed for the ceremony, but because of Caroline Denby lying about her identity, Frobisher is reawakened evil.

Everybody thinks that the ceremony didn't work out since Sibuna intervened just in time, but when Caroline goes to the gatehouse to pack her bags, she meets Frobisher, who is reawakened and evil. Caroline does not tell Sweet or Victor about this. Robert explains to Caroline that he needs to capture five sinning people for Ammut at midnight or noon, so that they could become evil. The sinners captured are Victor, Patricia, Mr. Sweet, Fabian and Alfie. Ammut rises, but needs more souls. She gives Frobisher a book that easily captures people's souls. A fake assembly is organized as an attempt to capture more souls. Willow (Louisa Connolly-Burnham) is the only person who didn't become a sinner and she, Eddie and K.T. are chased by Frobisher and the soul-less students but Harriet comes to the rescue with a stolen ambulance. She explains that Willow didn't become a sinner because she had K.T.'s moon key, and that Ammut can be sent back with it and Caroline's sun key. Willow becomes a sinner when she and K.T. try to steal the sun key because Harriet slipped the moon key into K.T.'s pocket. In the end, Ammut is sent back, devouring Caroline. Frobisher is not evil again and old. All the sinners are back to normal and don't remember what happened during the time they were sinners. Willow doesn't even remember the short time that she was good, so she forgot about the whole mystery. The Sibunas, of course, are told by Eddie and K.T. about what happened. Frobisher and Harriet set off for Egypt, and Jerome and Joy start a relationship. The group enjoys a fireworks display.

In the finale special Touchstone of Ra, the Anubis House residents are preparing for their graduation; however, their joyous celebration plans are cut short with the arrival of four [freshmen] fourth years who move in early – Cassie, Erin, Dexter and Sophia. Patricia instantly antagonizes Sophia because she spotted her flirting with Eddie. On their trip to an Egyptian museum, Eddie, Dexter and Sophia discover a special artifact known as the Touchstone of Ra. Back at the house, Victor announces that an artifact from the museum was stolen, and the Touchstone suddenly appears to be in Eddie's possession. Victor confiscates the Touchstone but has no intentions of returning it. Later, the Sibunas (along with Sophia and Mara) overhear Victor speaking to Mr. Sweet about what happens when the Pyramid of Ra is built. They plan to prevent him from building the Pyramid, retrieving the Touchstone for good measure. Eventually, Eddie discovers that Sophia has betrayed them when she plans to complete the Pyramid of Ra herself. At the graduation ceremony, Mara is manipulated by an unknown force when she wears the valedictorian medal (which is actually an artifact discovered by Alfie). At the house, the Sibunas team up with Victor to find the remaining pillars of the Pyramid to stop Sophia from accomplishing her goal. In the final showdown, the Pyramid is incomplete and the students are saved. Since Sophia failed, she is transformed into stone as a punishment from Ra. Eddie loses his Osirian powers in the process. Since Victor's "destiny" was to prevent the pyramid from ever being built, he decides to leave the house for good that evening as the students celebrate their graduation party.

Cast and characters

Main article: List of House of Anubis characters

House of Anubis season 2 cast (from L-R)
Bobby Lockwood, Tasie Lawrence, Burkely Duffield, Jade Ramsey, Brad Kavanagh, Nathalia Ramos, Eugene Simon, Ana Mulvoy Ten, Alex Sawyer, and Klariza Clayton

Main cast

Name Actor/Actress Present in Episodes Season
Nina Martin Nathalia Ramos 1–150 1–2
Fabian Rutter Brad Kavanagh 1–191 1–3
Patricia Williamson Jade Ramsey 1–191 1–3
Amber Millington Ana Mulvoy Ten 1–160 1–3
Mick Campbell Bobby Lockwood 1–72, 141–150 1–2
Mara Jaffray Tasie Lawrence 1–191 1–3
Jerome Clarke Eugene Simon 1–191 1–3
Alfie Lewis Alex Sawyer 1–191 1–3
Joy Mercer Klariza Clayton 1, 29–32, 37, 47, 56–191 1–3
Eddie Miller Burkely Duffield 75–191 2–3
KT Rush Alexandra Shipp 151–191 3
Willow Jenks Louisa Connolly-Burnham 151–191 3

Supporting cast

Name Actor/Actress Present in Episodes Season
Victor Rodenmaar Jr. Francis Magee 1–191 1–3
Trudy Rehman Mina Anwar 1–191 1–3
Mrs. Daphne Andrews Julia Deakin 1–108 1–2
Mr. Eric Sweet Paul Antony-Barber 1–191 1–3
Rufus Zeno Roger Barclay 12–60, 129–150 1–2[3]
Sarah Frobisher-Smythe Rita Davies 3–45, 60 1
Jason Winkler Jack Donnelly 5–60 1
Sergeant Roebuck Nicholas Bailey 8–60 1
Ade Rutter Simon Chandler 11–33 1
Esther Robinson Catherine Bailey 15–60 1
Frederick Mercer Michael Lumsden 18–60 1
Nurse Delia Sheri-An Davis 18–60 1
Mr. Campbell Stephen Beckett 23 1
Mr. Lewis Cyril Nri 34–35 1
Mrs. Lewis Sarah Wood 34–35 1
Robbie James Gandhi 44–47 1
Poppy Clarke Frances Encell 61–150 2
Gran Gwyneth Powell 63–150 2
Senkhara Sophiya Haque 63–150 2
Gustav Ziestack Hugh Lee 63–150 2
Jasper Choudhary Sartaj Garewal 67–150 2
Vera Devenish Poppy Miller 73–149 2
Pete Roper, P.I. Colin Mace 73–80 2
John Clarke Philip Wright 25–150 2
Zoe Valentine Sarah Paul 110–150 2
Piper Williamson Nikita Ramsey 115–123, 186 2–3
Victor Rodenmaar Sr. Francis Magee 140–145 2
Caroline Denby Susy Kane 151–190 3
Harriet Denby Bryony Afferson 162–190 3
Robert Frobisher-Smythe John Sackville 171–190 3
Ben Reed Freddie Boath 177–180 3
Ammut Felicity Gilbert 189–190 3
Sophia Danae Claudia Jessie[4] 191 3
Dexter Lloyd Jake Davis[4] 191 3
Erin Blakewood Kae Alexander[4] 191 3
Cassie Tate Roxy Fitzgerald[4] 191 3

Production and development

Production on the pilot episode began in August 2009, though with a different cast and a different title than the eventual series.[5] In March 2010, Studio 100 announced that the series was sold to Nickelodeon in the United States,[citation needed] and Nickelodeon confirmed that House of Anubis was in development for a planned fall 2010 debut.[6][7] The series was filmed in the summer of 2010 in Liverpool, and was first broadcast in the United States on 1 January 2011.[8] Nickelodeon included House of Anubis in its 10 March 2011 press release for its annual Upfront presentation to advertisers and media.[9]

The series is the first original series produced for the flagship U.S. Nickelodeon channel to be produced outside of North America. The series is structured in a different manner from other live-action television series in that each episode consists of two eleven-minute segments, a format commonly used in half-hour animated series (although the events of each subsequent segment pick up from the events of the previous segment); and the series' episodes are formatted to be broadcast in the five-day-a-week format that is typically common with soap operas[10] or telenovelas.[1][2]

On 29 June 2011, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Nickelodeon had ordered a second season of House of Anubis and that production would begin on 21 July 2011 in Liverpool.[1][11] A total of forty-five half-hour episodes (ninety 15-minute episodes) were aired, premiering on 9 January 2012.[12]

On 16 April 2012, a third season was confirmed by Nickelodeon and Lime Pictures.[citation needed] Nathalia Ramos, who played lead character Nina Martin, did not return for the series' third season so that she could focus on finishing college.[13] Eugene Simon confirmed that filming of the third season would begin in the summer of 2012.[14] On 16 July 2012, Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland) announced on their Twitter page and the website's blog that filming of season 3 would begin that month.[15] Bobby Lockwood announced on his Twitter page that he would not be returning for the series' third season, but instead that he had a new show called Wolfblood coming out on CBBC later in 2012.[16] It was announced on the House of Anubis Facebook page that there would be new characters named KT Rush, played by Alexandra Shipp, and Willow, played by Louisa Connolly-Burnham.

The series was filmed in Liverpool with Ye Priory Court standing in for Anubis House,[citation needed] the gardens are filmed in Croxteth Park and Peckforton Castle Lodge, located in Chester, standing in for the gatehouse.[17][better source needed]

Episodes

Main article: List of House of Anubis episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
160January 1, 2011 (2011-01-01)February 19, 2011 (2011-02-19)Nickelodeon
290January 9, 2012 (2012-01-09)March 9, 2012 (2012-03-09)
34012January 3, 2013 (2013-01-03)February 7, 2013 (2013-02-07)
28February 25, 2013 (2013-02-25)April 11, 2013 (2013-04-11)TeenNick
SpecialJune 14, 2013 (2013-06-14)

Anubis Unlocked

Anubis Unlocked is a behind the scenes show which aired in and produced by Nickelodeon UK. Ten episodes were commissioned for the first series of House of Anubis, which featured cast interviews, behind the scenes clips, tours of the set, and exclusive previews. These ten episodes were presented by Anna Williamson and Jamie Rickers. Anubis Unlocked was not commissioned for the second series of House of Anubis, though a short behind-the-scenes segment aired at the end of series two. Anubis Unlocked was re-commissioned for the third series of House of Anubis.[18]

Reception

Critical reception

Youth Television News praised the series, commending Nickelodeon's attempt at a drama series, saying "a good story always outdoes a repetitive sitcom."[19]

Audience reception

The hour-long series premiere on 1 January 2011 was watched by an average of 2.9 million viewers for the first two episodes. The series scored a 4.0 share (846,000 viewers) among teens 11–17, a 4.4 share (952,000 viewers) among kids 11–15 and a 3.5 share (1.2 million) among kids 11–18, ranking #1 amongst all broadcast and basic cable programs in its timeslot in all pre-teen and teen demographics.[20]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2011 Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards Nick UK's Favourite Show House of Anubis Won [21]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Argentina Favorite International TV Show House of Anubis Nominated [22][23]
British Academy Children's Awards Drama House of Anubis Nominated [24]
Best Independent Production Company Lime Pictures Nominated [25]
2012 Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards Favorite UK TV Show House of Anubis Nominated [26]
Favorite UK Actor Brad Kavanagh Nominated [27]
Favorite UK Actress Ana Mulvoy Ten Nominated [28]
Broadcast Awards 2012 Best Children's Programme House of Anubis Nominated [29]
British Academy Children's Awards BAFTA Kid's Vote: Television House of Anubis Nominated [30]
2013 Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards Favorite UK TV Show House of Anubis Won [31]

References

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  2. ^ a b Abby West (21 November 2012). "Get ready for the 2013 return of 'House of Anubis': EXCLUSIVE VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  3. ^ Twitter / RogerBarclay: @RhysWalker23 I won't be back. Twitter.com. Retrieved on 24 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d "Nickelodeon announces House of Anubis special "Touchstone of Ra"" (Press release). London. 21 May 2013. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  5. ^ Anubis House Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Screen Terrier.
  6. ^ Anthony Crupi (11 March 2010). "Nickelodeon announces six new series". The Hollywood Reporter. MediaWeek/Associated Press. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Number-One Nickelodeon Brings Upfront Presentation to Los Angeles for First Time Ever" (Press release). Nickelodeon. PR Newswire. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  8. ^ Miles, Tina (4 March 2011). "Popular children's drama House of Anubis filmed in Liverpool for USA audiences starts in UK". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  9. ^ "...TV Movie Spearheads Season of More Than 100 New Episodes of Nick's Hit Live-Action Programming [Nickelodeon 2011 Upfront Live-Action Announcement]" (Press release). Nickelodeon. 10 March 2011. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2017 – via Viacom.com.
  10. ^ Brooks Barnes (30 October 2010). "Making Sure Nickelodeon Hangs With Cool Kids". The New York Times. p. 2. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
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  13. ^ It's Time to Chat HOA Season 3!. Nick.com (16 April 2012). Retrieved on 24 March 2013.
  14. ^ Eugene Simon [@Eugene_Simon] (24 April 2012). "@ClaudiSanabria in the summer" (Tweet). Retrieved 19 May 2017 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Nick Blog | Post. Nick.co.uk (16 July 2012). Retrieved on 24 March 2013.
  16. ^ Bobby Lockwood [@bllockwood] (16 July 2012). "I am sorry to say that I won't be returning to Anubis! But I do have a new show coming out this autumn, Wolfblood on CBBC! So so excited! X" (Tweet). Retrieved 19 May 2017 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Susy Kane [@kusysane] (7 July 2013). "@talleseike The real Gatehouse was Peckforton Castle Lodge – at the entrance to the amazing Peckforton Castle – in Chester. :)" (Tweet). Retrieved 19 May 2017 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Anubis Unlocked returns for Season 3. Vimn.com (27 November 2012). Retrieved on 24 March 2013.
  19. ^ YTN Review: House of Anubis Archived 12 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
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