Everybody Loves Raymond has already been adapted for foreign audiences including in Russia, where the process was the subject of 2010 documentary Exporting Raymond. Now, the BBC has confirmed that a pilot for a UK remake will be shot for BBC One later this month. British comic actor-writer Lee Mack is penning the pilot for The Smiths and will star alongside The Office‘s Catherine Tate. Just as Ray Romano did on the Emmy-winning CBS sitcom that ran from 1996-2005, Mack will play a successful sportswriter whose overbearing parents and older brother live next door, but the action will move from Long Island to the English county of Cheshire. Tate plays Mack’s wife in a role originated by Patricia Heaton, and further cast is to be confirmed. Mack’s currently starring in, writing and exec producing the sixth season of BBC sitcom Not Going Out. Tate, who started on NBC’s The Office in 2011, recently joined David Walliams’ upcoming BBC sitcom Big School. The Smiths pilot will be produced by Silver River Productions which is owned by Sony Pictures Television and will be recorded in front of a live audience.
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