Everybody hates Catherine Tate's character on the US version of "The Office," so it's somewhat ironic that she is set to star opposite Lee Mack in the UK adaptation of long-running US sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond."
The BBC One adaptation, written by Mack ("Not Going Out"), is entitled "The Smiths" and is set to begin filming later this month.
According to the Radio Times, the remake will not stray too far from the source material. Tate will take on the role made famous by Patricia Heaton, as the beleaguered wife of a sports writer who must suffer the trials and tribulations of his uncomfortably closely knit family. Mack will take on Ray Romano's role of the affable husband, torn between his loyalties to his wife and his overbearing parents who live across the street in their Cheshire neighborhood.
Mack and the "Doctor Who" actress have previously worked together in live comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe arts festival in 1999. No word on who will fill the roles of the parents, played by Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle, or older brother, played by Brad Garrett in the US original.
The original "Everybody Loves Raymond" ran for nine seasons on CBS from 1996 to 2005, consistently ranking as one of the network's highest rated comedy efforts during its time and still living on in syndication today.