Lee Mack to re-make Everybody Loves Raymond

Wednesday 8th May 2013 @ 7:15pm

Lee Mack. The BBC are working on a remake of hit US sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, with Lee Mack (pictured) overseeing the writing.

The British version is being piloted under the title of The Smiths and will be recorded in front of a studio audience at the end of the month.

The pilot for BBC One will star Lee Mack and Catherine Tate as a married couple, with the premise following that of the hit American show. Mack will play a successful sports journalist who lives across the street from his overbearing parents and older brother.

Created by Phil Rosenthal, Everybody Loves Raymond is one of America's most successful sitcoms. Starring Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton, the CBS comedy ran for over 200 episodes between 1996 and 2005, winning multiple awards in the process, including 15 Emmys.

The British version, which will see the action moved from New York state to Cheshire, is being produced by Silver River. The production company is mainly known for factual entertainment shows like Inside Gatwick but has previously produced some comedy programmes including BBC Three sitcom Pulling.

The Smiths will be a reunion for Mack and Tate. The duo previously appeared together in a live sketch show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1999, before both going on to become big comedy stars individually. The Catherine Tate Show made its eponymous creator a household name, whilst Mack became one of the most well-known stand-up comedians in the country.

Tate also starred alongside Mack in the 2005 non-broadcast pilot episode of the latter's sitcom, Not Going Out. However, Megan Dodds took over the role when the programme was commissioned.

A sixth series of Not Going Out is currently airing on BBC One on Friday nights, with another series and a Christmas special expected next year. Meanwhile, Catherine Tate has joined the cast for Big School, a new sitcom for the BBC written by David Walliams.

The pilot episode of The Smiths will be recorded in front of a live audience on Saturday 25th May at Elstree Studios. Tickets are not yet available.

The pilot is unlikely to be broadcast on television, with BBC executives deciding whether to order a series after viewing the episode.

Below is a clip from Everyone Loves Raymond:


And here is a clip from this Friday's Not Going Out, in which Lee Mack is on a date at a posh restaurant:



This story was edited on 9th May to correct the recording date and indicate the show is being recorded at Elstree Studios.

 

Latest News

Still Open All Hours ends with 8 million viewers

Still Open All Hours ends with 8 million viewers

The first series of revived sitcom Still Open All Hours came to a close last night with a peak of over 8 million viewers.

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2014 results announced

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2014 results announced

The results of the ninth annual Comedy.co.uk Awards have been announced, with Cabin Pressure writer John Finnemore the biggest winner of the year.

Reality TV panel show coming to ITV2

Reality TV panel show coming to ITV2

ITV2 has ordered a brand new panel show focussed on the world of reality television, to be hosted by Stephen Mulhern with team captains Emma Willis and Joel Dommett.

BBC announces iPlayer Valentine's comedies

BBC announces iPlayer Valentine's comedies

The BBC has announced a set of 9 new iPlayer comedy programmes to mark Valentine's Day 2015. Contributors include Sara Pascoe, Roy Clarke, Nick Helm, Modern Toss and Bill Bailey.

Sky unveils Moone Boy Series 3 guest stars

Sky unveils Moone Boy Series 3 guest stars

Sky has announced a raft of guest stars for the third series of hit sitcom Moone Boy, which begins in March - including Sir Terry Wogan.

BBC axes new sitcom The Walshes

BBC axes new sitcom The Walshes

The BBC has axed new sitcom The Walshes, prompting writer Graham Linehan to complain they didn't give it any publicity.

Get More News

In The Press

In The Press

The latest press clippings from the newspapers and various internet blogs.

Newsletter

Newsletter

Subscribe to our mailing list to get news and more in your inbox every Monday.

Twitter

Twitter Feed

You can follow us on Twitter too. We post the latest news and gossip every evening.

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Subscribe to our RSS feed to get our headlines in your news reader software.

(After) Life of Cook & Moore

(After) Life of Cook & Moore

A preview of 'Goodbye - The (After) Life of Cook & Moore', the comic play about Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Read

Arthur Strong interview

Arthur Strong interview

BCG chats to Count Arthur Strong. Somehow he gets the impression we've booked him for Just A Minute. Read

Catastrophe interview

Catastrophe interview

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney talk about how Catastrophe, their new Channel 4 show was conceived. Read

Leicester Comedy Festival

Leicester Comedy Festival

100s of comedians will take part in Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival 2015 between 4th & 22nd February. Read

Inside No. 9 - Series 2

Inside No. 9 - Series 2

The second series of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's anthology show is filming now. More details here: Read

Cockroaches interview

Cockroaches interview

The cast of ITV2's post-apocalyptic sitcom Cockroaches talk about the show. Jack Whitehall explains it's unique. Read

Most repeated shows 2014

Most repeated shows 2014

Here's a list of the ten British comedy shows that were repeated the most in 2014. LOTSW was top. Read

The Unbelievable Truth

The Unbelievable Truth

We've selected 10 great facts from David Mitchell's Radio 4 show The Unbelievable Truth. Have a look: Read

Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown

Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown

The hit panel show podcast returns. Pappy's are joined by guests Alex Brooker and Angela Barnes. Listen

Josie Long interview

Josie Long interview

2014 saw the usually politics-fuelled Josie Long take a more personal fork of the comedy freeway. Interview