Friday 27 April 2018

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

The series, based on the movie, is being produced by RTE and the BBC

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.

Sean O'Grady

PJ GALLAGHER has high hopes for the upcoming The Young Offenders TV series, saying it is the best thing he has ever worked on.

The Dubliner will portray Principal Barry Walsh in the six-part series after he appeared as a drug-dealer in the film.

The big squeeze: Alex Murphy and Chris Walley as the ultimate chancers, Conor and Jock, in Irish hit movie 'The Young Offenders'
The big squeeze: Alex Murphy and Chris Walley as the ultimate chancers, Conor and Jock, in Irish hit movie 'The Young Offenders'

The comedian (right) believes the TV show is vastly different to the film it is based on because more money has been put into it by both RTE and the BBC.

“It’s so different to the movie because it’s a much bigger production now that the BBC are involved,” he said.

PJ Gallagher
PJ Gallagher

“The movie was a small enough crew and then this started and I was like, ‘Wow’. It’s the biggest crew I’ve ever been on. But it was great.

“I think it’s going to be a really nice piece of TV.”

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

PJ admitted he will be very disappointed if the series does not do well. “I’m guessing it will be out February or March next year. I think it’s going to be the best thing I’ve ever been on. They really didn’t hold back,” he told the Herald.

“They spent the money and the crew were great. I’ll be really disappointed if something doesn’t come of it because I have a lot of faith in it.”

Young Offenders
Young Offenders

The show began filming in Cork in August and wrapped late last month.

The series follows lovable rogues Conor and Jock (played by Alex Murphy and Chris Walley) as they navigate their teenage years and their inability to stay out of trouble at school.

Writer and director Peter Foott told the Irish Film and Television Network he has high hopes for the series.

“We feel that we had something special with the film and, if the atmosphere on the set of the TV show was anything to go by, hopefully we’ll be lucky again,” he said.

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