The hit comedy, The Young Offenders, from producers, Vico Films, will return to Irish TV screens with the third series, on Friday July 24 at 9.35pm, moving from RTÉ2 TV to prime time RTÉ One TV, in the Late Late Show slot. The series will also air on BBC One on Fridays at 9.30pm, from 24 July.
Created by Peter Foott, The Young Offenders tells the coming of age adventures of Conor (Alex Murphy) & Jock (Chris Walley) and their mother/guardian, Mairéad (Hilary Rose) as she tries to keep them on the straight and narrow. Set in Cork, the best friends continue to navigate their awkward teenage years, as they hatch plans to help distract from their tough home lives, work on sustaining their relationships, and try to care for the newest family member, baby Star.
The Young Offenders creator, Peter Foott, said:
“We are so happy that series 3 is getting to screens a little earlier than we thought it might. Given that it has been a very difficult time for so many over the last few months, we hope that series 3 will bring a smile to our audience’s faces when it’s most needed. The whole team are really excited to have everyone see the new series, it was a labour of love for all our amazing cast and crew. We’re also delighted that it will be moving to RTÉ 1 at 9.35pm on Fridays. We really hope viewers enjoy this third series which we are very proud of.”
The comedy series has proved to be a huge hit with RTÉ viewers since its debut, with the last series averaging 377,000, and 42% share among 15 to 34 year olds on RTÉ2, and 1.14m streams on RTÉ Player.
The Young Offenders was one of the top overall shows for BBC Three last year, for both 16-34 year olds and all adults. The first two series plus last year’s Christmas special now have over 25 million requests on iPlayer. The box set of series 3 will land on BBC Three and the BBC iPlayer for UK viewers on July 19.
The Young Offenders has been commissioned for BBC Three by Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning and Alex Moody, BBC Comedy Commissioning. The Commissioner for the BBC is Ben Caudell. The Executive Producers for Vico Films are Peter Foott and Martina Niland, the Producer is Tim Whitby.