Young Offenders to become a six-part television show 

Young Offenders to become a six-part television show 

Alex Murphy and Chris Walley in Young offenders.

SMASH hit Cork comedy Young Offenders is to be made into six-part television series to be aired on BBC and RTÉ.

BBC Three and BBC Comedy, in association with RTÉ, have commissioned the six-part series from producers Vico Films and filming will begin in Cork this summer.

All the main cast are returning for the show.

Originally a feature length film, The Young Offenders was a box office sensation in 2016. 

Peter Foott, winner of Best Screenplay for The Young Offenders at the recent Irish Film and Television Academy awards, will also be the writer, director and executive producer on the television series. 

Producer Martina Niland (Once, Sing Street) will produce the series.

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.

Filming for the new television show will begin in Cork this summer.
Filming for the new television show will begin in Cork this summer.

The characters will now make a move to television screens to bring viewers the continuing misadventures of loveable rogues Conor MacSweeney and Jock O’Keeffe, played by newcomers Alex Murphy and Chris Walley respectively, along with Conor's long-suffering mother Mairead MacSweeney played by Hilary Rose. 

All three actors received Irish Film and Television Academy award nominations for their performances in the film. Many other familiar faces from the film will also feature in the TV series and will once again film in Cork, Ireland.

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."

BBC's Controller of Comedy Shane Allen said: “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.'

RTÉ's Eddie Doyle said: “Peter Foott has created something really special with The Young Offenders, and we're absolutely delighted to be supporting the TV version. It is fantastic to see young, home-grown Irish talent, take the next step to international TV success.” 

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