I could not let 2013 pass without a special mention for my comedy of the year – Hebburn.
Shamefully ignored in last week’s British Comedy Awards, the first BBC2 series was screened in October and November 2012.
Just about as impressive a TV sitcom debut as I can remember.
And I was there in September 1998 for the very first press screening of a new BBC2 sitcom called The Royle Family.
Hebburn is a worthy successor to Geordie comedy classics like Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.