Catherine Tate lands Everybody Loves Raymond remake role

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Catherine Tate and Lee Mack are to star in 'The Smiths', a remake of US sitcom 'Everybody Loves Raymond'.

Catherine Tate is to star in a remake of 'Everybody Loves Raymond'.

The 44-year-old actress is teaming up with Lee Mack to film the sitcom, which is currently titled 'The Smiths' but based on the hit US comedy show.

The programme follows a successful sports writer - whose name has been changed from Ray to Lee - and his fed-up wife, who live across the street from Lee's parents and jealous brother, as in the US series.

While 'Everybody Loves Raymond' was based in a village in New York state, 'The Smiths' is set in Cheshire, North West England.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "'Everybody Loves Raymond' was a gigantic hit in America but hardly anyone will know about it in Britain.

"It was one of those very American shows that just didn't translate."

Lee and Catherine - who have worked together several times in the past - will film a pilot show later this month, with BBC bosses hoping to have a series ready by next year.

'Everybody Loves Raymond' - which still broadcasts in an early morning Channel 4 slot - ran from 1996 until 2005. Its lead star, Ray Romano, was at one point the highest-paid TV actor ever, commanding a salary of £1.15 million per episode of the show.

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