The hit Irish comedy, The Young Offenders, from producers, Vico Films, will return to RTÉ2 and BBC Three for a third series in the new year. Created by Peter Foott, The Young Offenders tells the coming of age adventures of Conor (Alex Murphy) and Jock (Chris Walley) and their mother/guardian, Mairead (Hilary Rose) as she tries to keep them on the straight and narrow. The best friends 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.
Speaking about the announcement, Justin Healy, Executive Producer for RTÉ Comedy, was pleased about the third series:
“We’re delighted to be bringing The Young Offenders back for a third season. Supporting Irish talent in front of and behind the camera is a key priority for us, with more and more of our comedy content reaching international audiences. The Young Offenders and the antics of Conor and Jock have gone from strength to strength, becoming unmissable television and proving that warm, hearty Irish comedy has a broad appeal internationally.”
Kate Daughton, Head of BBC Comedy, commented:
“The Young Offenders is spit-your-tea out funny, and heartbreakingly emotional. A rare combination that’s testament to the talents and passion of a very special cast, crew and writing team, led by creator and show-runner Peter Foott. We can’t wait to share series 3 – Cork’s finest have never looked finer.”
Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three added:
“At BBC Three, we love championing local voices, and The Young Offenders are a brilliant success story for us. With great characters and on-point writing that is hugely relatable to our audience, we’re delighted they’re coming back for another series.”
The Young Offenders has been commissioned for BBC Three by Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three and Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning. The Commissioner for the BBC is Alex Moody. The Executive Producer for Vico Films is Peter Foott, the Producer is Tim Whitby. The show is produced in association with RTÉ.
The Young Offenders series two continues on Monday nights on RTÉ2, BBC One and is available on BBC Three & BBC iPlayer in the UK.