HEBBURN writer Jason Cook has just finished penning the second series.
The 39-year-old, who hails from the town, has completed the first draft of the next seven episodes of the BBC2 show.
The award-winning programme, based loosely on Jason’s life, was commissioned for a second series and a Christmas special after the success of its debut.
It stars South Shields comic Chris Ramsey as Jack, who moves from South Tyneside to Manchester and secretly marries his middle-class Jewish girlfriend, Sarah, portrayed by Kimberley Nixon,.
The show sees him introduce her to his parents Joe, played by Jim Moir – also known as Vic Reeves – and Pauline, portrayed by Gina McKee, and then move back in with them.
Jason, who also stars in the show as Jack’s friend, Ramsey, said: “It’s just the first draft and it’ll be edited over and over again, but it feels good to reach this stage.
“Getting the first series was amazing, but it was harder to picture because it was all just in my head, whereas now, the characters are real and they pretty much write for themselves.”
He added: “In this series we’re finally going to find out what Winnie did, and all the characters have got their own stories.
“There’ll be some dramatic goings-on for each of them and there are going to be some changes in the town.
“The series is set a few month after the end of the first one, so it’ll be about Sarah and Denise’s pregnancies, and there’s going to be a couple of new characters too – we’re casting for them at the minute.” Jason also says he’s got a few unexpected twists and turns up his sleeve.
He added: “When I found out we’d got the first and then the second series, I had the same reaction.
“It’s amazing for a few minutes, then you begin to panic about how it’s going to turn out.
“The response we’ve had from the public has been amazing and there’s no better compliment that one that comes from someone living in the town.
“I’m from the town and I wanted to put it on the telly and get it a bit of exposure and I’m glad I’ve been able to do that and that people enjoy the show.
“Our MP Stephen Hepburn has told me he loves the show and so have a few other people like him, and it’s just great to know.”
Jason plans to start filming in the studio and on location in Hebburn in August and the show is due to return to television in the autumn.