The BBC has announced that Donna Noble actress Catherine Tate will be starring in the remake of American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (apologies to the few of you that read the first 12 words and thought this was about Doctor Who!).
Tate will appear alongside comedian Lee Mack (BBC’s Not Going Out) in the English version of this comedy.
Usually, it’s the USA that remakes British TV shows (The Office, Coupling, Sherlock, Being Human, Life on Mars, Fawlty Towers, Shameless etc.) but this time, the BBC has taken the baton from the other side of the world. And to be fair to the USA, many of their remakes are exceptionally good in their own right. The Office just finished a hilarious nine year run and for the last two seasons starred Catherine Tate.
The English remake of Everybody Loves Raymond will be called The Smiths and will be set in Cheshire, following a successful sportswriter who lives across the street from his overbearing parents and older brother. Tate especially should help to draw in overseas viewers recognising her from Doctor Who as well as The Office and several big films as well.
The pilot will be filmed on 28th May 2013 in front of a live audience; the scheduled transmission date, if successful, is yet to be announced.
(Via (BBC News)