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TV sitcom Hebburn gets an American makeover

GOING STATESIDE ... Hebburn, created by comedian Jason Cook, front, right, has been picked up by Adam Sandler, inset, and his production company for an American makeover.

GOING STATESIDE ... Hebburn, created by comedian Jason Cook, front, right, has been picked up by Adam Sandler, inset, and his production company for an American makeover.

A SITCOM born in South Tyneside is going Stateside.

Hebburn is getting an American makeover after being bought by Happy Maddison Productions.

The show, created by Hebburn comedian Jason Cook, is to be developed by the company, which is part-owned by comic film star Adam Sandler, famous for the likes of The Wedding Singer and The Waterboy.

It will be shown on American TV channel ABC, and scriptwriter Tom Hertz – the man behind Spin City and Rules Of Engagement – has been brought in to pen the episodes.

Jason, 40, said: “It’s very exciting to think we might be telling the story on the other side of the world, and with such comedy heavyweights behind it as well.”

Hebburn, which was recently axed by the BBC after two series and a Christmas special, is based on Jason’s own experiences of growing up in the town.

It tells the story of Jack Pearson – who was played by South Shields comedian Chris Ramsey – who moved from Hebburn to Manchester and secretly married a middle-class Jewish girl, Sarah, portrayed in the show by Fresh Meat’s Kimberley Nixon.

Jack and Sarah found themselves back in Hebburn and living with his parents, Joe, played by Jim Moir – better known as Vic Reeves – and Pauline, acted by Gina McKee.

The show also starred Lisa McGrillis, Victoria Elliott, Neil Grainger, Steffen Peddie and Pat Dunn.

The show was born after a critically-acclaimed run of Jason’s shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, between 2007 and 2011.

It first hit TV screens on BBC Two in October 2012 and pulled in millions of viewers.

The show also went on to become popular in Canada, Australia, and across Europe, but was not recommissioned by the BBC for a third series. The broadcaster said it was looking for new comedy projects.

Jason has several other scripts in development.

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