Rounding out this weeks’s news of programs coming to local PBS stations is Hebburn, the British Comedy Guide’s 2013 winner for Best New TV Sitcom, which will be back with its second season.
In the first series, we met Jack Pearson (comedian Chris Ramsey) and Sarah (Kimberley Nixon, Fresh Meat), who got married during a bit of drunken revelry while in Las Vegas, and then headed to Geordie country, specifically Jack’s hometown of Hebburn in Northeast England, for her to meet his family.
None the wiser about Sarah being their new Jewish and from York in-law were Jack’s mum Pauline (Gina McKee, The Forsyte Saga), dad Joe (Jim Moir, House of Fools), sister Vicki (Lisa McGrillis, George Gently), and granny Dot (Pat Dunn, Vera) — until it was casually revealed that boyfriend and girlfriend were actually husband and wife. (Clearly, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.)
Less surprising, at least to the I-can’t-believe-you-got-married-and-didn’t-tell-your-mum Pauline, were the announcements that Joe had decided to retire and that Dot would move out of the retirement home and into the Pearson family home. The newlyweds had even more news — some good, some not so much — that would affect the entire Pearson household. And there was more besides.
Which brings us to the second series, which just completed its run on BBC Two last month. It, too, is full of things that the Pearsons celebrate and keep secret (at least for a while), are happy and unsure about — from a new baby and business to a new book and job offer.
For those who would like to catch up on Hebburn: Series 1, many of the PBS stations listed below (maybe all of them) are re-running it until they begin airing Series 2, which starts in some markets tomorrow, 1 February 2014. Premiere dates and times vary, so check your local listings.
Because Hebburn is exclusive to these stations and not shown anywhere else in the US, broadcast or online, viewers outside of their coverage areas should check their websites to see if any are streaming the program.