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‘The Young Offenders’ Series Wraps in Cork
28 Sep 2017 : Nathan Griffin
The Young Offenders
The six part TV comedy series of The Young Offenders, which commenced filming in Cork back in August, has completed shooting. Commissioned by BBC Comedy for BBC Three, in association with RTÉ, the Vico Films Production was written, directed and executive produced by IFTA-Winning filmmaker Peter Foott.

Peter Foott, Writer & Director told IFTN:

 "We've just wrapped today on a very intensive, but really enjoyable 8 week shoot on the TV show.  The support from the people of Cork when we were shooting on the streets was totally infectious; their enthusiasm and good wishes were overwhelming.  The weather didn't always fit in with our plans, so all the team had to think on their feet a lot, and we were able to come up with creative solutions so that we could keep to schedule.  A huge thanks to all the cast and crew, and of course the BBC and RTÉ, for all their efforts on the six part series.  We really feel that we had something special with the original film, and if the atmosphere on the set of the TV show was anything to go by, hopefully we'll be lucky again."

Foott wrote and directed the original smash hit feature film, which took in €1.3million at the Irish box office in 2016.  Acclaimed producer Martina Niland (Once, Sing Street) is producing the series, each episode with a duration of thirty minutes.

The Young Offenders TV series will follow the coming of age adventures of loveable rogues Conor and Jock (Alex Murphy and Chris Walley, reprising their roles from the feature film) as they 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 at school.

The comedy series will expand on the characters already seen in the film as viewers watch the lads encountering love, loss, peer pressure, and morality, with each episode set in the city the producers want to celebrate with these memorable characters.  The Young Offenders is foremost a comedy and will be jam-packed with laughter, but it will also be tender with a lot of heart.

The much-loved characters returning for the TV series include Conor MacSweeney and Jock O’Keeffe (Alex Murphy and Chris Walley), 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, including Dominic McHale as exasperated Garda Sergeant Healy; Shane Casey as local fun-loving thug Billy Murphy; and PJ Gallagher featuring in a new role, Principal Walsh.  Foott continues to bring new talent to the forefront by including two exciting young actors in the cast, local Cork newcomers Jennifer Barry and Demi Issac Oviawe.

The Young Offenders was commissioned for BBC Three by Controller of BBC Three Damian Kavanagh; Controller of Comedy Shane Allen and Commissioning Editor Alex Moody; and for RTÉ by Eddie Doyle, Head of Comedy.





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