Gina McKee wins award for her role in Hebburn

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR ... Gina McKee as Pauline Pearson in Hebburn.

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR ... Gina McKee as Pauline Pearson in Hebburn.

ONE of the stars of hit BBC comedy Hebburn was among those honoured at a prestigious ceremony last night.

Gina McKee won Performance of the Year at the Royal Television Society Awards for North East and Borders for her role in the sitcom as long-suffering mother Pauline Pearson.

On a star-studded night at the NewcastleGateshead Hilton Hotel, other awards saw Robson Green’s Tales from Northumberland (ITV) named Best Factual programme and Pam Royle, host of ITV Tyne Tees and Border News, winning the award for Presenter of the Year.

Vera – the ITV detective series set in Northumberland starring Brenda Blethyn – was named Best Drama.

Among the celebrities attending this year’s event were Stephen Tompkinson (DCI Banks), Laura Norton (Emmerdale), Terry Deary(Horrible Histories), Ann Cleeves (creator of Vera) and the Director of BBC North, Peter Salmon.

Chairman of the Royal Television Society for the North East and Borders Graeme Thompson said: “It’s been an extraordinary 12 months for production and innovation in this corner of the UK.

“We’ve seen a record eight drama productions based here in addition to documentaries, short films and features.

“The re-commissioning by the BBC of children’s dramas Wolfblood and The Dumping Ground confirms the region as a centre of excellence for children’s production.”




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