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[37][38] series for the network. The show aired from 1 January 2011 to 17 June 2013.

Plot

Anubis House is a residence at an English boarding school dating from the early 1900s, and currently serving as a home for nine kids under the watch of the boarding school's strict caretaker, Victor Rodenmaar Jr (Francis Magee). As an American girl named Nina Martin (Nathalia Ramos) moves into Anubis House, another resident, Joy Mercer (Klariza Clayton), suddenly disappears without a warning and the school staff eliminate all traces of Joy's existence. Joy's best friend, Patricia Williamson (Jade Ramsey), is dismayed to learn this and accuses Nina of being involved with her disappearance. Forced to spend a night in the attic, Nina makes a bizarre discovery: the recorded diary of a young girl whom she met earlier as an old woman, Sarah Frobisher-Smythe (Rita Davies), who had lived in the house long ago. On the tapes, it is revealed the house has a secret history, a mystery that nobody knows anything about. Sarah has given Nina an Eye of Horus-shaped necklace with mysterious powers revealed to Nina when she decides to investigate the house's mystery, alongside her new friend Fabian Rutter (Brad Kavanagh) and new roommate Amber Millington (Ana Mulvoy Ten). They form a secret group called "Sibuna" (Anubis backwards) whose popularity expands to include Patricia, once she makes peace with Nina after learning that Joy's disappearance is connected to the house, and Alfie Lewis (Alex Sawyer), another classmate and prankster. Eventually, Jerome Clarke (Eugene Simon) joins in the mystery as well. Mara Jaffray (Tasie Lawrence), Mick Campbell (Bobby Lockwood), and Trudy Rehmann (Mina Anwar), the house mother, are oblivious to the mystery.

In the second season, an evil ghost from ancient Egypt threatens Nina saying that she will die if she doesn't find the Mask of Anubis. With the help of Sibuna, Nina finds a chain of tunnels containing deadly tasks that they must go through in order to find the mask. Meanwhile, Victor is after that mask so that he could obtain the tears of gold, the missing ingredient in the elixir of life. Jerome wants to find his father, who tells him that in order to reverse his bad luck, Jerome must find the Frobisher gem and put it into the Frobisher shield. A new boy Eddie (Burkely Duffield) who becomes rivals with Patricia, even though they are just hiding the fact that they are attracted to each other.

In the third season, a new teacher, Miss Denby (Susy Kane), comes to the school and seems to hang out with Victor and Mr. Sweet often. New American student K.T. Rush (Alexandra Shipp) 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. 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 the adults 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. 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 Eric 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. Willow, 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 Caroline's sun key and K.T.'s moon 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 finally get together after a lot of drama, involving Jerome cheating on Mara and Willow. Mara and Fabian flirt. 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 fails, 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 cast

NameActor/ActressPresent in EpisodesSeason
Nina MartinNathalia Ramos1–1501–2
Fabian RutterBrad Kavanagh1–1911–3
Patricia WilliamsonJade Ramsey1–1911–3
Amber MillingtonAna Mulvoy Ten1–1601–3
Mick CampbellBobby Lockwood1–72, 141–1501–2
Mara JaffrayTasie Lawrence1–1911–3
Jerome ClarkeEugene Simon1–1911–3
Alfie LewisAlex Sawyer1–1911–3
Joy MercerKlariza Clayton1, 29–32, 37, 47, 56–1911–3
Eddie MillerBurkely Duffield75–1912-3
KT RushAlexandra Shipp151–1913
Willow JenksLouisa Connolly-Burnham151–1913

Supporting cast

NameActor/ActressPresent in EpisodesSeason
Victor Rodenmaar Jr.Francis Magee1–1911–3
Trudy RehmanMina Anwar1–1911–3
Mrs. Daphne AndrewsJulia Deakin1–1081–2
Mr. Eric SweetPaul Antony-Barber1–1911–3
Rufus ZenoRoger Barclay12–60, 129–1501–2[3]
Sarah Frobisher-SmytheRita Davies3–45, 601
Jason WinklerJack Donnelly5–601
Sergeant RoebuckNicholas Bailey8–601
Ade RutterSimon Chandler11–331
Esther RobinsonCatherine Bailey15–601
Frederick MercerMichael Lumsden18–601
Nurse DeliaSheri-An Davis18–601
Mr. CampbellStephen Beckett231
Mr. LewisCyril Nri34–351
Mrs. LewisSarah Wood34–351
RobbieJames Gandhi44–471
Poppy ClarkeFrances Encell61–1502
GranGwyneth Powell63–1502
SenkharaSophiya Haque63–1502
Gustav ZiestackHugh Lee63–1502
Jasper ChoudharySartaj Garewal67–1502
Vera DevenishPoppy Miller73–1492
Pete Roper, P.I.Colin Mace73–802
John ClarkePhilip Wright25–1502
Zoe ValentineSarah Paul110–1502
Piper WilliamsonNikita Ramsey115–123, 1862–3
Victor Rodenmaar Sr.Francis Magee140–1452
Caroline DenbySusy Kane151–1903
Harriet DenbyBryony Afferson162–1903
Robert Frobisher-SmytheJohn Sackville171–1903
Ben ReedFreddie Boath177–1803
AmmutFelicity Gilbert189–1903
Sophia DanaeClaudia Jessie[5]1913
Dexter LloydJake Davis[5]1913
Erin BlakewoodKae Alexander[5]1913
Cassie TateRoxy Fitzgerald[5]1913

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.[4] In March 2010 Studio 100 announced that the series was sold to Nickelodeon in the United States, and Nickelodeon confirmed that House of Anubis was in development for a planned fall 2010 debut.[39][40] The series was filmed in the summer of 2010 in Liverpool, and was first broadcast in the United States on 1 January 2011.[41] Nickelodeon included House of Anubis in its 10 March 2011 press release for its annual Upfront presentation to advertisers and media.[2]

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 or telenovelas.[37][38]

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.[37] A total of forty-five half-hour episodes (ninety 15-minute episodes) were aired, premiering on 9 January 2012.[42]

On 16 April 2012, a third season was confirmed by Nickelodeon and Lime Pictures. Nathalia Ramos, who played lead character Nina Martin, did not return for the series' third season so that she could focus on finishing college.[12] Eugene Simon confirmed that filming of the third season would begin in the summer of 2012.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] 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,[2] and Peckforton Castle Lodge, located in Chester, standing in for the gatehouse.[2]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
160January 1, 2011 (2011-01-01)February 19, 2011 (2011-02-19)
290January 9, 2012 (2012-01-09)March 9, 2012 (2012-03-09)
340January 3, 2013 (2013-01-03)April 11, 2013 (2013-04-11)
SpecialJune 14, 2013 (2013-06-14)

Anubis Unlocked

Anubis Unlocked is a behind the scenes show of the House of Anubis which is 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 episode 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.[7]

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."[20]

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.[389]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResultRef.
2011Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice AwardsNick UK's Favourite ShowHouse of AnubisWon[86]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards ArgentinaFavorite International TV ShowHouse of AnubisNominated[23][24]
British Academy Children's AwardsDramaHouse of AnubisNominated[25]
Best Independent Production CompanyLime PicturesNominated[26]
2012Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite UK TV ShowHouse of AnubisNominated[27]
Favorite UK ActorBrad KavanaghNominated[28]
Favorite UK ActressAna Mulvoy TenNominated[2]
Broadcast Awards 2012Best Children's ProgrammeHouse of AnubisNominated[30]
British Academy Children's AwardsBAFTA Kid's Vote: TelevisionHouse of AnubisNominated[31]
2013Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite UK TV ShowHouse of AnubisWon[32]

See also