Lee Mack and Catherine Tate to remake hit US sitcom – Daily TV round-up

Pair will take on one of the most successful US shows ever for the BBC

Lee Mack and Catherine Tate are to star in a UK remake of smash US sitcom 'Everybody Loves Raymond'.

The BBC are behind the plan, currently calling the show 'The Smiths'.

It will follow the set-up of the US version, with 'Not Going Out' star Mack as the wise-cracking sports writer and Tate as his long-suffering wife.

The action will be transplanted to Cheshire, as opposed to Long Island, with Mack's brother and parents living across the street.

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The show, often shown in the morning comedy slot on Channel 4, was one of the most successful US sitcoms of all time, winning a host of Emmys.

Ray Romano, who played the lead role over nine seasons from 1996 to 2005, was at one time the highest-paid actor on TV thanks to the show, earning £1.15 million per episode.

The show, created by writer Phil Rosenthal, also broke revenue records in US TV, earning $3.9 billion (£2.5 billion).

According to reports, the BBC is planning to film a pilot version of the show this month, with a view to launching the series next year. [The Sun]

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