Residents of a South Tyneside town are divided over a new comedy TV series to be based there.
‘Hebburn’ is due to air on BBC Two on October 18 but the town’s close-knit community is split over whether it will prove a good setting for a comedy TV series.
The show centres on the Pearson family with Vic Reeves playing the role of dad Joe and South Shields’ comedian Chris Ramsey playing their son Jack.
The series is loosely based on Tyneside writer Jason Cook’s life growing up in the town.
He said: “I just hope people like it. It shows the good and bad of the Geordie people.
“It’s a proper rollercoaster, but everyone who has seen it so far, like friends and family, have loved it.”
Critics at The British Comedy Guide wrote: “We love Hebburn. It's packed with laughs, and centres on a warm, near universally recognisable family setting.
“This is the identifiable, real family comedy that The Royle Family always thought it was.
“Our only criticism of the episodes we've previewed is that there just aren't enough of them.”
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