Hebburn writer returns to Sunderland for masterclass

Screen writer Jason Cook
Screen writer Jason Cook
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A TV comedy writer was set to pass on the secrets of his success today when he returned to Wearside.

Less than a year after sitcom, Hebburn, first hit the small screen, writer Jason Cook returned to the University of Sunderland to deliver a masterclass to students at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s.

He gave the young people tips on how to write scripts, how to curb their creative ideas and share inside knowledge and tips for the future.

The writer of the BBC Two show, which has just finished filming for its second series, is a former media production student at the Sunderland university.

Jason, who also appears in the show as the main character’s best friend, held a workshop with students as well as a question and answer session.

Hebburn, named after the South Tyneside town where Jason was born, is based on a modest family and stars South Shields stand-up comic, Chris Ramsey, as Jack, who moves back to the North East. His parents are played by Vic Reeves and Gina McKee, who is an honorary graduate of the University of Sunderland.

The show initially hit the screens last October and is returning for a Christmas special and second series.

Since leaving university Jason has kept strong links with the institution and recently several media students and graduates have been working behind the scenes on the sitcom.

The comedian said he was happy to be back on his old stomping ground and had just been hoping all the questions from the students would be fairly straightforward.

Graeme Thompson, Dean of Arts Design and Media at the University, said: “We’re delighted that Jason returned to the university to share his experience with a new generation of students.

“Students love talking to former students about their careers after university. Jason is a great comedy talent and his experiences and insights were greatly appreciated by our students.”

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