The Young Offenders Commissioned for BBC Comedy Series

Posted May 8, 2017 by Suzanne Murray in News
The Young Offenders
The Young Offenders

BBC Three and BBC Comedy, in association with RTÉ, have commissioned a six-part series based on the box office smash hit The Young Offenders.

Peter Foott, winner of the IFTA for Best Screenplay (The Young Offenders) will once again write and direct while Martina Niland (Once, Sing Street) will produce the television series for Vico Films with Foott as Executive Producer.

Inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, The Young Offenders feature film followed two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embarked on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes in the hopes of finding an unrecovered bale of cocaine.

Alex Murphy and Chris Walley will reprise their roles as the films loveable rogues Conor and Jock, while comedian Hilary Rose will be back playing Conor’s long-suffering mother.  Many other familiar faces from the film will also feature in the TV series which will once again film in Cork.

Speaking about the news, director Peter Foott said “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.”

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy for BBC Three commented:  “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.”

Eddie Doyle, Head of Comedy for RTÉ added “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.”

The Young Offenders television series goes into production in Cork this summer.  The Young Offenders feature film is now available on DVD and Netflix.