UPDATE: Read our Series 1 review, with Jason Cook interview here
Welcome to Hebburn, Pet. Comedian Jason Cook’s new series started last night, a family sitcom based in his home town of Hebburn, lovingly described by Jack (Chris Ramsey) as “where dreams come to die”.
When Jack and his attractive middle-class Jewish wife Sarah (Kimberley Nixon) return to the family home, mum Pauline (Gina McKee) goes overboard to make them feel welcome, even binning dad Joe’s (Jim Moir, better known as Vic Reeves) freshly cooked bacon. How long can they keep the secret of their recent Vegas wedding?
The town portrayed, apart from the accents, could seem familiar to anyone who lives in a small town, including a trip to the local pub “who don’t do cocktails” when Sarah asks for a Pinot Grigio. Most people probably know a character like loveable chav Ramsay (Played by writer Cook) who sells counterfeit DVDs.
I think the stand-out character was “loveable slapper” daughter Vicki (Lisa McGrillis), who is a bit rough around the edges, and has to put up with the attention of pub singer and ex-boyfriend Gervaise (Neil Grainger).
A homecoming gathering in the pub seems to be going well, even after the family keep mentioning Jack’s past girlfriends including Denise (Victoria Elliot) who they meet in the pub, but once Sarah has a few too many drinks…
Some of the jokes were a bit clichéd, but there were plenty of laughs as the show got off to a good start. Perhaps a few too many jokes by grandma about her leaky bodily functions though!
Hebburn is on BBC2, Thursdays at 10:00pm
Watch Episode 1 on BBC iPlayer here