H2O: Just Add Water

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H2O: Just Add Water
H2O Just Add Water.png
Also known asH2O
Genre
Created byJonathan M. Shiff
Directed by
Starring
Theme music composerShelley Rosenberg
Opening theme
Ending theme"No Ordinary Girl"
Composer(s)
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes78 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jonathan M. Shiff
  • Kay Ben M'Rad (series 1)
  • Julia Adams (series 2–3)
Producer(s)
  • Jonathan M. Shiff
  • Joanna Werner
Editor(s)
  • Geoff Lamb
  • Strutts Psyridis
  • Philip Watts
Location(s)Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Cinematography
  • Bruce Phillips (series 1)
  • Zenon Sawko (series 2–3)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time23–25 minutes
Production company(s)Jonathan M. Shiff Productions
DistributorZDF Enterprises
Broadcast
Original channelNetwork Ten
Picture formatPAL (576i); HDTV (720p/1080i)
Audio formatSurround sound
Original run7 July 2006 (2006-07-07) – 16 April 2010 (2010-04-16)
Chronology
Related showsMako: Island of Secrets
 
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H2O: Just Add Water
H2O Just Add Water.png
Also known asH2O
Genre
Created byJonathan M. Shiff
Directed by
Starring
Theme music composerShelley Rosenberg
Opening theme
Ending theme"No Ordinary Girl"
Composer(s)
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes78 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jonathan M. Shiff
  • Kay Ben M'Rad (series 1)
  • Julia Adams (series 2–3)
Producer(s)
  • Jonathan M. Shiff
  • Joanna Werner
Editor(s)
  • Geoff Lamb
  • Strutts Psyridis
  • Philip Watts
Location(s)Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Cinematography
  • Bruce Phillips (series 1)
  • Zenon Sawko (series 2–3)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time23–25 minutes
Production company(s)Jonathan M. Shiff Productions
DistributorZDF Enterprises
Broadcast
Original channelNetwork Ten
Picture formatPAL (576i); HDTV (720p/1080i)
Audio formatSurround sound
Original run7 July 2006 (2006-07-07) – 16 April 2010 (2010-04-16)
Chronology
Related showsMako: Island of Secrets

H2O: Just Add Water, also known as H2O, is an Australian television programme for children and teenagers created by Jonathan M. Shiff. It first screened on Australia's Network Ten and runs in syndication on channels in over 120 countries and has a worldwide audience of more than 250 million.[1][2] It was filmed on location at Sea World and other locations on the Gold Coast. The show's premise revolves around three teenage girls facing everyday teen problems with an added twist: they're mermaids with powers over water. The theme song "No Ordinary Girl" is performed by Ellie Henderson in series one, by Kate Alexa in series two and by Indiana Evans in series three.

Only two series with a total of 52 episodes were originally planned, but due to popular demand, a third and final series was filmed. Series one premiered in July 2006, followed by series two in September 2007. Series three first aired in the United Kingdom in October 2009, with the Australian premiere occurring in May 2010.

Plot[edit]

Rikki Chadwick, Emma Gilbert, and Cleo Sertori are three sixteen-year-old Australian girls who find themselves stranded on the mysterious Mako Island. They eventually find themselves in a pool under a dormant volcano just as a full moon passes overhead, bathing the pool in light. The girls are rescued and brought back to shore where they return to their normal lives, but soon discover their lives have become anything but normal. The girls find out that seconds after contact with water, they transform into mermaids. After further experimentation, the girls also discover they have supernatural powers over water. The trio enlist the help of Cleo's friend Lewis McCartney to help them keep their secret.

Everyday situations, such as bathing and rain, become tricky as the girls struggle to cope with their newfound abilities, which have many advantages and disadvantages, while also trying to keep them a secret from everyone else, including their families. They soon adapt to their new abilities and lifestyles.

Series two introduces Charlotte Watsford, a rival to Cleo after taking Lewis as her boyfriend. She eventually gains mermaid powers as well and becomes the main antagonist of series two. However, she eventually loses both her powers and Lewis.

Series three sees the departure of Emma, who has left to travel the world with her parents, and the arrival of Bella Hartley, who has been a mermaid since the age of nine. Rikki and Cleo eventually become friends with Bella, but are soon beset by a mysterious tentacle of water with a connection to Mako Island. A new boy, Will Benjamin, also arrives and become friends with the trio when he discovers they're mermaids. The girls eventually learn that Earth is in the path of a comet that could destroy the planet. Using their powers, they manage to stop the comet from colliding with Earth.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release
Series premiereSeries finaleVolume 1Volume 2Volume 3Volume 4Volume 5Volume 6Complete series
1267 July 2006 (2006-07-07)29 December 2006 (2006-12-29)12 September 200612 September 20075 March 20087 May 20087 July 20085 November 20086 November 2012
Region 1[4]
22628 September 2007 (2007-09-28)21 March 2008 (2008-03-21)27 January 20092 June 20092 September 2009N/AN/AN/A
32626 October 2009 (2009-10-26) (UK)16 April 2010 (2010-04-16) (UK)27 June 20125 September 2012N/AN/AN/AN/A

Development and production[edit]

There are three different types of mermaid tails used on the show: custom-fitted tails that the girls swim in, a "floppy tail" used for stationary shots, and a "hard tail" for stunts. The custom costumes took six months to build, with the tails and tops made from body casts and comprising individually hand-crafted scales. The finished product weighs between 12 and 15 kilograms (26 and 33 lb). Inside the tail are leg straps where the girls are strapped up and then zipped up. Once in costume, the girls have to be lifted into the water. Attempts were made to minimise the on-screen visibility of the zips on the tails, such as adding extra scales and crafting a ridge of material around the length of the zip. The tail fin itself was designed with a foot pedal to assist the actresses with swimming. This, along with the fin, adds some 60 centimetres (2 ft) to the length of the costume.

Multimedia[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

All series have been released on DVD in Region 4 PAL format. Series one comprises six individual DVD sets released between September 2007 and November 2008, and a complete series set released in June 2009. Series two comprises three individual sets released between February and September 2009, and a complete series set released in November 2009. Series three comprises two individual sets released in July and September 2012, with a complete series released in December 2012.

A complete series DVD set was also released in Region 1 NTSC format on 6 November 2012.[4]

TitleRelease dateEpisodes
H2O: Just Add Water:
Series One: Volume 1
12 September 20071."Metamorphosis", 2."Pool Party", 3."Catch of the Day", 4."Party Girls"
  • Special features: series one trailer, profiles of main characters
H2O: Just Add Water:
Series One: Volume 2
12 September 20075."Something Fishy", 6."Young Love", 7."Moon Spell", 8."The Denman Affair"
  • Special features: photo gallery of series one
H2O: Just Add Water:
Series One: Volume 3
5 March 20089."Dangerous Waters", 10."Sink or Swim", 11."The Camera Never Lies", 12."The Siren Effect"
  • Special features: character profiles of Emma, Cleo, Rikki, Lewis and Zane
H2O: Just Add Water:
Series One: Volume 4
7 May 200813."Shipwrecked", 14."Surprise!", 15."The Big Chill", 16."Lovesick"
  • Special feature: H2O quiz game
H2O: Just Add Water:
Series One: Volume 5
9 July 200817."Under the Weather", 18."Bad Moon Rising", 19."Hurricane Angela", 20."Hook, Line and Sinker", 21."Red Herring"
H2O: Just Add Water:
Series One: Volume 6
5 November 200822."Fish Out of Water", 23."In Too Deep", 24."Love Potion #9", 25."Dr Danger", 26."A Twist in the Tail"
H2O: Just Add Water:
Complete Series One
2 June 2009All episodes of series one
  • Special features: H2O quiz game; character profiles of Emma, Cleo, Rikki, Lewis and Zane; photo gallery of series one
H2O: Just Add Water:
Series 2: Volume 1
8 February 20091."Stormy Weather", 2."Control", 3."The One That Got Away", 4."Fire and Ice", 5."Hocus Pocus", 6."Pressure Cooker", 7."In Hot Water", 8."Wrong Side of the Tracks"
  • Special features: series one telemovie, series two trailer
H2O: Just Add Water:
Series 2: Volume 2
2 June 20099."Riding For a Fall", 10."Missed the Boat", 11."In Over Our Heads", 12."Fish Fever", 13."Moonwalker", 14."Get Off My Tail", 15."Irresistible", 16."Double Trouble", 17."Moonstruck"
  • Special features: photo gallery
H2O: Just Add Water:
Series 2: Volume 3
2 September 200918."The Heat is On", 19."The Gracie Code (Part 1)", 20."The Gracie Code (Part 2)", 21."And Then There Were Four", 22."Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble", 23."Reckless", 24."Three's Company", 25."Sea Change", 26."Unfathomable"
  • Special features: behind the scenes special
H2O: Just Add Water:
Complete Series Two
4 November 2009All episodes of series two
  • Special features: series one telemovie, series two trailer, photo gallery, behind-the-scenes special
H2O: Just Add Water:
Series 3: Volume 1
27 June 20121."The Awakening", 2."Jungle Hunt", 3."Keep Your Enemies Close", 4."Valentine's Day", 5."Big Ideas", 6."Secrets & Lies", 7."Happy Families", 8."Kidnapped", 9."The Sorcerer's Apprentice", 10."Revealed", 11."Just a Girl At Heart", 12."Crime & Punishment", 13."To Have & To Hold Back", 14."Mermaid Magic"
H2O: Just Add Water:
Series 3: Volume 2
5 September 201215."Power Play", 16."The Dark Side", 17."A Magnetic Attraction", 18."Into The Light", 19."Breakaway", 20."Queen For A Day", 21."The Jewel Thief", 22."Mako Masters", 23."Beach Party", 24."Too Close For Comfort", 25."A Date With Destiny", 26."Graduation"
  • Special features: behind the scenes special
H2O: Just Add Water:
Complete Series Three
3 December 2012All episodes of series three
  • Special features: behind the scenes special
H2O: Just Add Water:
Complete Series
3 December 2012All three series in one box
  • Special features: bonus features known from previous releases

Soundtracks[edit]

An official soundtrack for series two of the show, titled H2O: Just Add Water and recorded by singer Kate Alexa, was first released on 10 September 2007 in Australia on Liberation Records and has since been made available worldwide. Its lead track, "No Ordinary Girl", is the theme song for the show.

A second soundtrack, featuring music from series three, was first released on iTunes on 17 February 2011[5] and later worldwide in March 2011. It is also titled H2O: Just Add Water and was recorded by actress Indiana Evans.[6]

Books[edit]

Several children's books have been released by Nickelodeon UK:[7]

  1. No Ordinary Girl – 2 February 2009
  2. Living with Secrets – 2 February 2009
  3. Fishy Business – 5 May 2009
  4. A Sleepover Tail – 6 July 2009
  5. Sequins for Sea Queens – 7 January 2010
  6. First Crush – 29 April 2010
  7. Moon Spell – 5 August 2010
  8. Testing Times – 6 January 2011
  9. Hot Stuff – 9 June 2011
  10. In Too Deep – 4 August 2011
  11. Mermaid Emotions – 27 October 2011
  12. Siren Status – 2 February 2012

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNomineeResult
2007Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice AwardsBest TV Show[1]H2O: Just Add WaterNominated
Logie AwardsMost Outstanding Children's Program[8]H2O: Just Add WaterNominated
2008AFI AwardsBest Visual Effects[9]H2O: Just Add WaterWon
Best Children's Television Drama[10]H2O: Just Add WaterNominated
Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama[10]Phoebe TonkinNominated
Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama[10]Brittany ByrnesNominated
Logie AwardsMost Outstanding Children's Program[11]H2O: Just Add WaterNominated
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice AwardsBest TV Drama Show[12]H2O: Just Add WaterWon
2009Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice AwardsBest Drama Show[13]H2O: Just Add WaterNominated
Logie AwardsMost Outstanding Children's Program[14]H2O: Just Add WaterWon
2011AACTA AwardsBest Children's Television Series[15]H2O: Just Add WaterNominated

Spin-off[edit]

In July 2011, the production of a 26-episode spin-off was announced.[16] The new series, Mako: Island of Secrets, follows the adventures of 15-year-old Zac and mermaids Sirena, Nixie, and Lyla.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'H2O – Just Add Water' nominated for Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award Series" (Press release). LifePR. 27 September 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2007. 
  2. ^ Tucker-Evans, Anooska; Sourris, Marie-Christine (3 May 2009). "Rebecca Gibney feels like a million dollars for Logies bid". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 24 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Redmond, Renee (21 January 2009). "Actor quits Coast TV show". Gold Coast. Retrieved 24 May 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "H2O: Just Add Water The Complete Series (2006)". Amazon.com. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "H2O Just Add Water – The Music". iTunes. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "H2O: Just Add Water". WaterfrontRecords.com. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "H2O: Just Add Water Books". SimonandSchuster.co.uk. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "2007 TV Week Logie Awards: Most Outstanding Children's Program". Yahoo7.com.au. Archived from the original on 21 October 2007. 
  9. ^ "2008 Awards Winners". Australian Film Institute. 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c "L'Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards Nominees". Australian Film Institute. 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Logie win a boost for Albany". Albany Weekender. 5 August 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2009. 
  12. ^ "KCA 2008: Winners". Nickelodeon.com.au. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  13. ^ Knox, David (20 September 2009). "2009 Kid's Choice Awards: Nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "51st Annual TV WEEK Logie Awards winners". TV Week. May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009. 
  15. ^ "Inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards". Australian Film Institute. 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "New telemovies, mini-series at Nine, ABC". 24 July 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "TV Series Index". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 

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