HEBBURN comedian Terry Joyce has joined the cast of the hit TV show set in his home town.
The 60-year-old has landed a part in the second series of BBC2 sitcom Hebburn.
The dad-of-three, who has worked as a comedy impressionist for more than 30 years, says he was glued to his TV when the show first hit the screen last year.
The programme, penned by Hebburn comic Jason Cook, tells the story of Jack, portrayed by South Shields comic Chris Ramsey, who moves from the South Tyneside town to the bright lights of Manchester.
He secretly marries middle-class Jewish girl Sarah, played by Kimberley Nixon, and brings her back home to meet his madcap family.
Terry, who was sworn to secrecy about his character, said: “I watched the first series and I loved it.
“I’ve lived in Hebburn my whole life, so I could really relate to some of the storylines.
“I could definitely see where Jason was coming from with the show, and I just thought it was brilliant.
“I’ve done shows like Super Gran and Byker Grove, but it’s been a while, so it’s nice to be on the telly again.
“It can be quite daunting going into a show when everyone already knows each other, but thankfully I was made to feel very welcome.
“Pat Dunn, who plays the grandmother Dot, was my wife in Byker Grove, so it was lovely to be reunited with her. She made me feel right at home.
“I can’t say anything about my part and I’ve only seen the scripts for the scenes that I’m in, but what I have seen is brilliant.
“I think this series is going to be even better than the last.”
Jason said: “We’re really excited to have Terry on board.
“While it’s great to have a Hebburn resident in the show, the main thing was that his audition was fabulous, so it was obviously a no-brainer to get him in.”
The cast are heading to Hebburn later this month to film on location.
n Series two and a Christmas special will be screened later this year.