Despite the recently approved plans to move the channel online, BBC Three remains committed to scripted content. The youth-skewing channel has renewed their hit comedy series Uncle, from Oliver Refson and Baby Cow Productions, for a third season.
Uncle follows Andy (Nick Helm), a dissolute out-of work musician who forges an unlikely alliance with his 11-year-old nephew Errol (Elliot Speller-Gillot) after being morally blackmailed into looking after him by his chaotic sister Sam (Daisy Haggard). Not a natural with either kids or responsibility, Andy tries to keep his new charge out of trouble whilst being knee deep in it himself.
“Uncle is more than a show about an unconventional family unit”, said Nick Helm. “The whole production is like a family, from Russell on sound and Terry on Rocky Road duties, to Ali producing and keeping everything ticking like clockwork, Oli and Lilah who write and direct the show and music videos and Daisy and Elliot who, whilst playing my fake TV family, end up substituting my actual family for seven weeks a year. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the new series has got in store and getting the ‘Family’ back together again.”
Seven episodes have been ordered for the show’s third season, consisting of a six episode run and a special. Uncle was re-commissioned by Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning and BBC Three Controller Damian Kavanagh. Series creator Oliver Refson and Lilah Vandenburgh are penning the scripts for the new episodes. Alison MacPhail is the series producer, while Baby Cow Productions’ Henry Normal and Lindsay Hughes will serve as the executive producers.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Oliver Refson and Lilah Vandenburgh again, and very much look forward to our next family outing with Nick Helm, Daisy Haggard and Elliot Speller-Gillott”, added Baby Cow Productions’ producer Alison MacPhail. “It really is as much fun as it looks working on this show, and we are delighted to have a third series commissioned.”
Uncle is the latest outstanding BBC Three show to have its fate decided, as the channel, now facing a massive budget reduction, is having to make a number difficult decisions. It is one of the few comedies confirmed to be returning for BBC Three Online, with Bad Education having already wrapped its run, while army comedy Bluestone 42 was cancelled shortly after its third season finished airing.