Thursday 13 December 2018

BBC commissions second series of Cork based comedy The Young Offenders

Irish film Young Offenders which will be shown as part of the film club.
Irish film Young Offenders which will be shown as part of the film club.
Chris Walley (left) and Alex Murphy in The Young Offenders TV series Picture: Miki Barlok
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The very first episode of The Young Offenders TV series arrived on BBC Three this week but a second series has already gotten the green light.

The original feature film, The Young Offenders, which released in 2016 was a massive hit and led to a six part series being commissioned by the BBC. 

Now another six episodes have been commissioned from producers Vico Films.

Written and directed  by Peter Foott the series follows the coming of age adventures of lovable rogues Conor & Jock (Alex Murphy and Chris Walley, reprising their roles from the smash hit feature film) as they navigate their awkward teenage years, hatching plans and adventures to help distract from their tough home lives and their inability to stay out of trouble at school. Conor's long suffering mother Mairead (Hilary Rose) tries to keep both her son and his best friend on the straight and narrow, with varying degrees of success.

BBC controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen says “It’s vital we back emerging talent to the hilt and believe in this show so much that a second series is an absolute must.

"The rare confluence of dazzling performances across this show and in Peter’s writing the strong sense of place and character makes it the quintessential BBC Three comedy. By turns raucous, by turns heart-breaking and consistently hilarious.”

Controller of BBC Three Damian Kavanagh added, “Commissioning series one was a huge coup for BBC Three so I’m delighted The Young Offenders will be returning to us for a second series. It is exactly the type of daring, original comedy we live for on BBC Three and we’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with them.”

The series is written, executive produced, and directed by Peter Foote and he says the response has been "phenomenal".

To have BBC Three commission a second series so quickly is a dream come true, their support for the project has been unwavering from the start.  This level of commitment is incredibly reassuring, and we're keen to continue telling stories involving these characters.   We're very grateful to the BBC for allowing us to do so."

The series kicks off on RTE2 tonight at 9.30pm and will also air on BBC One after The Graham Norton Show from Friday February 9.

A spokesperson for RTE added: ‘RTÉ is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Vico and BBC Three again on a second series of The Young Offenders’

The news comes as fellow Irish comedy Derry Girls nears its first series end with a second already in the pipeline.

'It's so different to the movie because it's a much bigger production' - PJ Gallagher on new Young Offenders TV series

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