BBC Two has commissioned a second series of the hit Geordie sitcom Hebburn, which will return in 2013 with a six part series and a Christmas special.
Starring Jim Moir and Gina McKee, series one won critical acclaim and opened to an audience of more than two million. It is created by Geordie stand-up Jason Cook and produced by Channel X and Baby Cow Productions.
Hebburn is Jason’s home town and this warm, true-to-life comedy based on his own experiences of growing up in the North East 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."
Kristian Smith, Executive Editor, Comedy Commissioning says: "I'm thrilled that audiences have taken Hebburn to their hearts as much as we have, and delighted we're making a second series. Jason's creation is a brilliant piece of comedy and we're so lucky to have such a phenomenal cast bringing it all to life."
The supporting cast of Pat Dunn, Jason Cook and Victoria Elliott will return as Granny Dot, Ramsey and Denise respectively.
The first series, which was directed by Christine Gernon (Gavin & Stacey) and produced by Gill Isles (Ideal), was shot on location in Hebburn and in studios at MediaCityUK in Salford, and the same is expected for series two.
Graham Duff (Ideal) will again co-write the series with Jason. Henry Normal and Lindsay Hughes will Executive Produce for Baby Cow and Matt Tiller and Alan Marke will Executive Produce for Channel X. Kristian Smith is the Executive Producer for the BBC.
Series one was so well received that we always had hopes of getting re-commissioned but now it's real! 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."