Running for just two series and a Chritmas special, this show received mixed reactions at the time of it’s transmission, including criticism from residents of the town itself.
Despite all this, In January 2013, Hebburn was voted the “Best New TV Sitcom” in the Comedy.co.uk Awards held by the British Comedy Guide. The show won the regional Royal Television Society award in March 2013 and was nominated in the Best Comedy category in the National Television Awards for 2014.
Created by comic Jason Cook, it was inspired by Hebburn, a small town in South Tyneside, where he was brought up. A pilot episode was developed in October 2011 and premiered through a live performance as part of the Salford Sitcom Showcase at MediaCityUK. Channel X North and Steve Coogan’s production company Baby Cow Productions picked up the pilot and commissioned a six part series that debuted on BBC2 a year later.
Despite the mixed reactions the BBC commissioned a Christmas special and a second series that hit TV screens in November 2013. In March 2014, the BBC announced that Hebburn would not be returning for a third series.
The series follows the Pearson family, Joe (Vic Reeves, credited under his real name, Jim Moir) and Pauline (Gina McKee) and their son Jack (Chris Ramsey), who has secretly married a middle-class Jewish girl, Sarah (Kimberley Nixon), in a drunken binge in Las Vegas.
Created By: Jason Cook
Written By: Jason Cook and Graham Duff
Produced By: Gill Isles
Baby Cow Productions
Channel X North
Original Transmission Dates: 18th October 2012 – 22nd December 2013