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Comic seeks local talent for TV sitcom

SEARCH IS ON ... writer and star Jason Cook is seeking local actors to work on his BBC sitcom.

SEARCH IS ON ... writer and star Jason Cook is seeking local actors to work on his BBC sitcom.

South Tyneside funnyman Jason Cook is looking for local talent to be in his sitcom.

His self-penned show Hebburn – about his time growing up in the town – is due to start filming next month.

And while the main characters have all been chosen, he is still looking for some actors to complete the cast.

Fellow stand-up Chris Ramsey, from South Shields, and Vic Reeves have already been announced, as well as Kimberley Nixon from Channel 4’s Fresh Meat.

But Cook wants to hear from borough people who think they have what it takes to be involved and is inviting them to send headshots of themselves and CVs to him.

He said: “We’re coming up to Hebburn next week to look at locations and so other people involved in the show can have a look around the place.

“At the same time, I’d like to see people who are interested in being in the show.

“We’re looking for a teenage boy and an elderly woman and would like to see them while we’re up.

“As I’ve said before, one thing I really want to do is get all the local things spot on and use as many local actors as possible.”

The six-part show was given the go-ahead by the BBC last month and is set to air on BBC2 by the end of the year.

It is being produced by Baby Cow – which was set up by comedians Steve Coogan and Henry Normal and has been behind critical smashes like Gavin and Stacey, The Mighty Boosh and The Trip.

Chris Ramsey will play Jason Dixon – based on Cook – who left Tyneside for Manchester and secretly married a middle class Jewish girl, Clare.

The show focuses on the character’s realisation that it’s time his wife met his family.

Cook himself will play Ramsey, based on his pal and fellow comedian.

Vic Reeves will play Jason’s dad Tony, while Kimberley Nixon will play wife Clare.

Boys between 12 and 16 years old and women over 65 are asked to send a headshot and CV to hebburntvshow@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Cook will be in Hebburn on Monday and Tuesday.

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