Everybody Loves Lee

Mack to remake US sitcom with Catherine Tate

Lee Mack and Catherine Tate are to appear in a British remake of Everybody Loves Raymond.

The Smiths, will be relocated to Cheshire, and revolve around a successful sportswriter who lives across the street from his overbearing parents and older brother.

The BBC One pilot is being written by Mack, who first starred alongside Tate in his live sketch shows around the turn of the century.

The remake – which follows a string of UK comedy formats being sold to the States –  is being produced by Silver River, the team behind BBC comedy Pulling.

Everybody Loves Raymond, which starred Ray Romano, ran on the CBS network from 1996 to 2005.

It is the second BBC One sitcom for Mack, who is currently appearing in the sixth series of his sitcom Not Going Out. Tate, meanwhile. recently joined the cast of David Walliams' Big School, a comedy set around a secondary school’s staff room.

The pilot will be recorded in front of a live audience on May 28.

Published: 8 May 2013

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