BBC Two commissions second series of ‘Hebburn’

Chris Ramsey and co to return to BBC Two.

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BBC Two has recommissioned Geordie sitcom Hebburn, for a second series.

The series starring Chris Ramsey will return in 2013 with a six-part series and a Christmas special after ratings of more than 2 million for its first series.

The cast includes: Jim Moir, Gina McKee and Kimberley Nixon with a supporting cast of Pat Dunn, and Victoria Elliott as Granny Dot and Denise. The series is created by Geordie stand-up Jason Cook who also appears in the series as Ramsey.

Hebburn is based on Jason’s home town and his warm, true-to-life experiences of growing up in the North East. The series tells the story of the Pearson family and their son, Jack (Chris Ramsey) who has married a middle class Jewish girl, Sarah (Kimberley Nixon). With series one ending with a second ‘wedding’ ceremony that was abruptly ended when father Joe (Jim Moir) had a stroke, the family faces an uncertain future. Sarah’s pregnant, Jack’s in a new job as Editor of the Hebburn Advertiser and his sister Vicki (Lisa McGrillis) has rekindled her relationship with pub singer Gervaise (Neil Grainger).

Jason says: “I’m obviously proper over the moon about the second series. Series one was so well received that we always had hopes of getting re-commissioned but now it’s real! And having a Christmas special really is the icing on the cake; I got quite giddy when I was told we’d got that. There’s loads planned for ‘Hebburn 2.0’ and we can’t give anything away although I can say that we are finally going to find out what Winny did.”

The comedy is directed by Christine Gernon (Gavin & Stacey) and produced by Gill Isles (Ideal), and will be shot on location in Hebburn and in studios at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Graham Duff (Ideal) will again co-write the series with Jason. Henry Normal and Lindsay Hughes will Executive Produce for Baby Cow Productions and Matt Tiller and Alan Marke will Executive Produce for Channel X. Kristian Smith is the Executive Producer for the BBC.