Well, it’s here!
I’m very happy to announce that we are indeed doing a second series of “Hebburn” this year!
All the characters will be coming back and I’m buzzing to be working with such an incredibly talented group of people again.
Starring Jim Moir, Gina McKee, Chris Ramsey and Kimberley Nixon, series one won critical acclaim and opened to an audience of more than two million.
“Hebburn” has also sold to Australia where it is being shown primetime on a saturday night on the ABC1 network and is doing very well in the ratings, hitting the top ten most watched programs.
As with series 1, series 2 will produced by the wonderful people at Channel X and Baby Cow Productions.
There’s loads planned for “Hebburn 2.0″ and we can’t give anything away although I can say that we are finally going to find out what Winny did.
The supporting cast of Lisa McGrillis, Pat Dunn, Jason Cook, Victoria Elliott and Neil Grainger will return as Vicky, Granny Dot, Ramsey, Denise and Gervaise respectively.
The first series, which was directed by Christine Gernon (Gavin & Stacey) and produced by Gill Isles (Ideal), was shot on location in Hebburn and in studios in Salford and the same is expected for series two.
Series two will go into production this summer and return to the screen in later in the year. Graham Duff will again jump on board with me for writing and Henry Normal and Lindsay Hughes of Baby Cow and Matt Tiller and Alan Marke of Channel X will Executive Produce. Kristian Smith is the Executive Producer for the BBC.
This is all amazing, but there is also something else:
THERE WILL BE A “HEBBURN” CHRISTMAS SPECIAL THIS YEAR!
I was blown away when they told me we were going to be able to do a Christmas special. I love christmas and can’t wait to put some of the daft Hebburn Christmas traditions on screen. I think I nearly cried when they told me, and it’s the one epsiode I’m not going to let my family see before it goes out because I want to watch it with them, I’ve never been with them when they have seen an episode for the first time, so that will be my Christmas present for 2013!
I really must also apologise to all the people who have been asking if we are doing a second series for the last couple of months. We were just waiting to make sure we had everything sorted before we went ahead and announced it, but everything is looking great and we are finally able to tell the world.
Episode 1 is already written and we have the whole series planned out, so it’s back into the office for the forseeable future for me, and lots of train journeys down to London for endless meetings (and post-meeting drinkies). So check out my twitter feed as I’ll be starting up my #traintales again this spring.
Loads of other stuff in the pipeline:
I’ll be doing more “Jason Cook and Friends” shows this year. Did a couple in 2012 and they were great. The idea is that I get great comedians, the best in the business, who are also my mates and people I play well with. We do a (fairly) normal gig then all get on stage together at the end to muck about for the end of the show. It’s created some magical moments so I’m going to get some sorted for Stockton Arc, with hopefully a Xmas special in the north east at a big venue. I’m also going to do some in Manchester as well I think, and maybe elsewhere, who knows?
I’m currently working on a script with the BBC for a new sitcom and I’ll keep you up to date on when you can see what we have been cooking up for that, but we are filming it next month so it shouldn’t be too long.
Also, the Hebburn Comedy Festival is becoming more of a reality, and has gotten much bigger than I had first imagined. I’ve spoken to some fantastic comedians who will hopefully pull in a LOT of tickets so we can fill it, and the team we have on board for producing it are the best in the business. Because of the size of what I’m planning, it’s looking like that might be happening in the summer of 2014, but trust me, it’ll be worth the wait!
No Edinburgh Festival for me this year, sorry. I just don’t have the time to write and prepare a show (or not one to any decent standard) for this years festival, but I’ll probably be popping up to see a few shows and do a few gigs, I’ll keep you posted about that as and when it happens.
All for now, back to the office now for me.
Keep the dicks at arms length, and keep them that you love close.