Catherine Tate and Lee Mack for UK version of Everybody Loves Raymond
Story by Jack Foley
CATHERINE Tate and Lee Mack are to appear in a British remake of hit US sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.
The series will be called The Smiths and it will follow a successful sportswriter who lives across the street from his overbearing parents and older brother in Cheshire.
Mack has written the pilot, while the team behind BBC series Pulling are producing.
The pilot will be recorded in front of a live audience on May 28, 2013.
The US equivalent, Everybody Loves Raymond, starred Ray Romano and ran on the CBS network from 1996 to 2005, during which time it won 15 Emmy Awards.
The UK pilot will mark a reunion for Tate and Mack, who first appeared together in a live sketch show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1999 before going on to become national stars.
Tate has found success on both sides of the Atlantic and is known to countless Doctor Who fans as Donna Noble (pictured). She also recently joined the cast of David Walliams’ Big School, a comedy about the dysfunctional staff of a secondary school.
Mack can currently be seen in BBC1 sitcom Not Going Out.