Thursday 21 September 2017

Hit Irish movie The Young Offenders picked up by BBC for TV series

Homegrown: Chris Walley and Alex Murphy start in 'The Young Offenders'
Homegrown: Chris Walley and Alex Murphy start in 'The Young Offenders'

Sean O'Grady

The Young Offenders are set to go international as the series has been picked up by the BBC.

The show, which was originally a feature length film which became a box office hit last year, will be a six part series and air on BBC Three and BBC Comedy.

The Young Offenders film followed two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes, in the hopes of finding an unrecovered bale of cocaine.

Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) and Jock O'Keefe (Chris Walley) will continue to bring their misadventures to the small screen, along with Conor's long suffering mother Mairead (Hilary Rose). 

The Young Offenders
The Young Offenders

BBC Controller of Comedy Shane Allen praised The Young Offenders creator Peter Foott for the "original world" he has created.

"Peter has created a very sure-footed and wholly original world that combines a winning blend of hilarity, charm and emotional impactful moments. It will, stand nicely alongside BBC Three stablemates Fleabag, Uncle, This Country and People Just Do Nothing as a sharp and naturalistic portrait of endearing characters with a unique comic voice," he said.

Peter Foott commented: 'It's incredibly exciting to be able to work with the BBC and with RTÉ to bring these characters back to the screen. They have been so supportive of the project and will be a wonderful home for it. The public response to the film, and specifically the characters themselves, was just so overwhelming that we really felt there were a lot more stories to tell, so we're very excited to be doing this as a six part television series. It's a real honour to have a chance to take these characters on their new adventures and we can't wait to start filming in Cork.' 

The Young Offenders goes into production in Cork this summer.

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