Young Offenders Conor and Jock bring Cork to the BBC

Young Offenders Conor and Jock bring Cork to the BBC
The Young Offenders Picture: Miki Barlok

Loveable rogues Conor and Jock are back and bolder than ever in the small screen reboot of the hit film ‘The Young Offenders’.

A few minor details may have changed, such as comedian PJ Gallagher, who played the limping drug smuggler in the movie, being recast as the school principal, but the unique and incandescent atmosphere of playful fun remains the same.

The series was written and directed by Peter Foott from Monkstown and it’s dedication to all things Cork makes the whole thing as real and true to Corkonian life as possible.

The series was shot in an eight-week shoot across August and September in 2017.
A number of prominent Cork locations feature including the English Market, Mayfield, Farranree and Hollyhill.

The TV series, which is being aired on BBC iPlayer and BBC Three from 10am on Thursday, February 1, follows Alex Murphy and Chris Walley as they navigate the trials and tribulations of school life and all that comes with it.

Watch them go through the awkward teenage years, hatching plans and adventures to help distract from their tough home lives and sit back and laugh at 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.

Friendship, loyalty, laughter and lots of mischief bring best pals Conor and Jock into conflict with their headmaster, leaving Conor’s mum to pick up the pieces.

To add fuel to the fire, the lads strike up friendships with the headmaster's daughters.

Expect comedic quips with electric scenes and quick dialogue in this local success story.

Shane Allen, controller of comedy at BBC Three said: Peter has created a very sure-footed and wholly original world that combines a winning blend of hilarity, charm and emotionally impactful moments.” 

The show will also be shown on RTÉ, which was a co-producer on the series, but a date for this showing has not yet been confirmed.

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