Set in Hebburn in Tyne and Wear, this series follows the Pearson family, Joe, Pauline and their son Jack, who secretly married a middle-class Jewish girl, Sarah, in a drunken binge in LV.
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Series cast summary:
Chris Ramsey ...  Jack 13 episodes, 2012-2013
Kimberley Nixon ...  Sarah 13 episodes, 2012-2013
Lisa McGrillis ...  Vicki 13 episodes, 2012-2013
Pat Dunn Pat Dunn ...  Dot 13 episodes, 2012-2013
Jason Cook Jason Cook ...  Ramsey 13 episodes, 2012-2013
Steffen Peddie Steffen Peddie ...  Big Keith 13 episodes, 2012-2013
Vic Reeves Vic Reeves ...  Joe 13 episodes, 2012-2013
Gina McKee ...  Pauline 12 episodes, 2012-2013
Victoria Elliott Victoria Elliott ...  Denise 12 episodes, 2012-2013
Neil Grainger ...  Gervaise 12 episodes, 2012-2013
Curtis Appleby Curtis Appleby ...  Hutchy / ... 7 episodes, 2012-2013
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Having left his home town for the bright lights of Manchester, Jack Pearson (Chris Ramsey) decides it's time to bring his new wife Sarah (Kimberley Nixon), who happens to be Jewish, home to meet his parents Joe and Pauline (Jim Moir and Gina McKee) and the rest of his family. The only trouble is, Jack's parents don't know that he's married (courtesy of a drunken binge in Las Vegas). With his mother going all out to impress with her newly acquired knowledge of Judaism, Jack's intention of keeping his marriage a secret soon hangs in the balance when a trip to the local, Swayze's, threatens to bring proceedings to a head. Written by Anonymous

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A recurring joke in the first series is Pauline's hatred of vegetarians, and the fact that she "cannot have them in the house". Actress Gina McKee, who plays her, is in fact a vegetarian in real life. See more »

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Hebburn (BBC2) - Review
26 October 2012 | by mail-479-241123See all my reviews

Only recently this reviewer was complaining that the BBC's new sitcom Cuckoo was merely a re-working of 1970′s sitcom Citizen Smith. Now, hot on the heels of Cuckoo, comes Hebburn, a not dissimilar series about another family being forced to cope with a new member, unexpectedly parachuted into their lives and armed with a set of very different attitudes and values.

This time it's gritty Geordie mum Gina McKee who has to deal with the flack, as her son Jack returns to the nest with his new Jewish partner Sarah, who he has married while drunk on a business trip to Las Vegas.

Sitcom is a craft unlike any other in the comedy industry. It has its own very specific and complex set of rules for creating character, setting and plot, and when it's not constructed properly it can be disastrous.

So I was more than a little worried when I discovered that Hebburn has its foundations set not in the solid bedrock of sitcom, but in the more transitory and short-form world of stand-up. The show is written by comedian Jason Cook, and Jack is played by another stand-up, Chris Ramsey. Even dad is played by comedian Vic Reeves.

My concerns, however, proved unfounded. Because Hebburn, although a little rough around the edges and basic at times, is quite funny. It's a kind of upbeat Royle Family meets Gavin and Stacey. Or maybe Phoenix Nights meets Bread on the set of Early Doors.

All the usual family archetypes are here, just as they were when Carla Lane was the undisputed queen of sitcom. The strong no-nonsense mother, the adorable old Grannie, the mouthy daughter in a short skirt and the lovable but slightly flawed father.

Jack describes the North East town of Hebburn as "Where dreams come to die." Mum makes bagels for her new Jewish daughter in law by punching a hole through a bread roll using an apple corer. In the final scene a neighbour drops dead in the pub while Sarah is sick into the dead woman's handbag. Meanwhile the pub singer belts out, "I Just Died in your Arms Tonight".

OK, I'll admit these are fairly broad comedic strokes, but even though Hebburn may be a stranger to subtlety, after the sheer Gothic horror of Citizen Khan it's a relief to know that the BBC can still occasionally deliver something resembling humour.


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