Comedian and former Doctor Who star, Catherine Tate, has signed up alongside Lee Mack to star in the UK remake of the hit US sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, the Sun newspaper reports.
The series, named The Smiths at the moment, will feature Mack as a sports writer called Lee (not Raymond) and Catherine as his fed-up wife.
The show, which is to be set in a village in Cheshire, will also feature Lee’s jealous brother who, like in Everybody Loves Raymond, lives directly across the road from Mack and Tate’s characters.
A show source told the publication: “Everybody Loves Raymond was a gigantic hit in America but hardly anyone will know about it in Britain.
“It was one of those very American shows that just didn’t translate.”
The original series was a huge hit in America starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garret, Doris Roberts, and Peter Boyle.
It originally ran on CBS from 1996 to 2005, with many of the situations from the show based on the real-life experiences of Romano, creator/producer Phil Rosenthal and the show’s writing staff, as well as the main characters on the show being loosely based on Romano’s and Rosenthal’s real-life family members.
Ray Romano was so well received in his role as Raymond that he was the highest paid TV actor ever at the shows peak, earning him a whopping £1.15million per episode.
Bosses at the BBC are planning to make a pilot for the UK version at the end of this month, with a view to the series being broadcast by next year.
This will not be the first time that Tate and Mack have worked together, not only have they appeared on TV together several times, they also hosted a Radio Two programme together.
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