EXCLUSIVE: BBC commission six-part series of Jason Cook’s Hebburn sitcom
The BBC have commissioned sitcom pilot Hebburn for a full series on BBC Two, Giggle Beats can exclusively reveal.
Described as “a warm and affectionate tale of North East family life”, the show, written by comedian Jason Cook, was first presented at the Salford Sitcom Showcase in October 2011 and is the latest local venture for the BBC following the success of comedy talent search Jesting About.
Cook told Giggle Beats: “Obviously I’m over the moon to have my first series commissioned. There is a very particular sense of humour in the Geordies; we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and we have a way of handling bad news – maybe because we get a lot of it! – so I’m hoping to show the nation that.
“We’re planning to partially shoot on location in Hebburn itself, which will be quite odd seeing my hometown on the TV. I spent last weekend taking pictures of all the places I grew up, and I’m hoping to use them in the show. So for me, Hebburn’s going to be a bit of a documentary as well as a comedy show.”
Cook also confirmed Vic Reeves will be making an appearance during the series: “Having Jim Moir [Vic Reeves] on board will be a perfect complement to the people we’re already working with.
“We’ve got such a great team working on the show, and I’ll be working with some of my comedy heroes, too; so the pressure is on to not let them, or the people of the North East, down. It’s going to be a riot.”
BBC North chief Peter Salmon added: “[The show] is just part of the jigsaw we’re building in the North East.”
Hebburn will be produced by Channel X North and Baby Cow, and is the first sitcom to be made in the North East since The Likely Lads.