BBC Three commissions a second series of The Young Offenders

As Conor and Jock prepare to make their RTÉ2 bow tonight at 9.30pm, the Beeb have green-lighted a second series.

Having flown out of the traps in the UK, BBC Three has confirmed that they've ordered a further six episodes of Conor and Jack's Cork misadventures.

“It’s vital we back emerging talent to the hilt and believe in this show so much that a second series is an absolute must," reflects Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning. "The rare confluence of dazzling performances across this show and in Peter’s writing the strong sense of place and character makes it the quintessential BBC Three comedy. By turns raucous by turns heart-breaking and consistently hilarious.”

Creator of The Young Offenders, Peter Foott, says: "The response already to the show has been phenomenal, myself and the whole team have been blown away by it. To have BBC Three commission a second series so quickly is a dream come true, their support for the project has been unwavering from the start. This level of commitment is incredibly reassuring, and we're keen to continue telling stories involving these characters. We're very grateful to the BBC for allowing us to do so."

The new issue of Hot Press contains a chat with Hilary Rose who plays Conor’s ma, Mairead McSweeney.

“When we made the film, Peter and I agreed that, ‘Oh, wouldn’t it be great to explore these characters, who are all so vibrant, further," she explains. "There was always this notion of it working as a TV series. We discussed it with our fabulous agents in London, who took it to the BBC and straight away they said, ‘Yeah.’ We literally got an email from the Commissioning Editor saying, ‘Write, shoot and deliver as fast as you can.’ We didn’t even do a pilot, which is rare.”

In case you’re worried, let us reassure you that there’s been no dumbing down for the Anglo-Saxon market.

“We love the characters and have stuck 100% to the spirit of the original. If you look at Scandinavian dramas like The Killing and The Bridge, they didn’t have to water it down to be massively successful in the UK. I think it’s the same with comedy; if a show’s funny enough, people will put a bit of effort into getting past the accents and whatever.”


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