Production on the six part TV series The Young Offenders has kicked off in Cork today and will film for eight weeks at locations across Cork city and county.
Commissioned for BBC Three in association with RTE it is a spin-off of the hugely successful Irish film of the same name released last year which took in €1.3 million at the Irish box office.
Written, directed and executive produced by Peter Foote, the series sees the return of the movie's stars Alex Murphy and Chris Walley as Conor and Jock.
The lads will be seen navigating their awkward teenage years, hatching plans and adventures to help distract them from their tough home lives and their inability to stay out of trouble at school.
A host of new characters will be introduced over the course of the six thirty-minute episodes.
Conor's mother will be once again played by Hilary Rose as well as Dominic McHale, HSane Casey and PJ Gallagher featuring in a new role as Principal Walsh.
Cork newcomers Jennifer Barry and Demi Issac Oviawe will also join the cast.
"After spending many months writing the scripts and getting the whole team together to rehearse over the last few weeks, it's a real thrill to start filming today with these fantastic actors and crew," said Foote.
"We'll be bringing new adventures and stories for the well-known characters, and some new ones, to life in the TV show.
"The reaction to the scripts has been really positive, and we want to live up to the original spirit of the film. I think we have all the right elements, so we're all excited to get out there and start filming today on this new phase of The Young Offenders journey.
"We've picked some fantastic locations in Cork, so we're looking forward to knuckling down and working hard on filming, which I'm sure will be great fun too!"
The series will air in early 2018.