BBC Three has picked up a third season of Irish comedy The Young Offenders. Season three was actually commissioned some time ago and seasons two and three were shot back-to-back this past summer. Season three will air on BBC Three in early 2020.
The Young Offenders follows the coming of age adventures of lovable rogues Conor and Jock 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, which is a follow up to the feature film of the same name, is produced by Vico Films and stars Alex Murphy, Chris Walley and Hilary Rose.
“Young Offenders is spit-your-tea out funny and heartbreakingly emotional”, said Kate Daughton, Head of BBC Comedy. “A rare combination that’s testament to the talents and passion of a very special cast, crew and writing team, led by creator and show-runner Peter Foott. We can’t wait to share series three – Cork’s finest have never looked finer.”
“At BBC Three, we love championing local voices and The Young Offenders are a brilliant success story for us”, commented BBC Three Controller Fiona Campbell, who commissioned the third season alongside the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen. “With great characters and on-point writing that is hugely relatable to our audience, we’re delighted they’re coming back for another series.”
While series creator and showrunner Peter Foott added: “We are so grateful to BBC Three and thrilled that they had such faith in the stories and characters of The Young Offenders that they commissioned a third series from us. We had a lot of fun filming series two and three back to back over the summer in Cork, and we can’t wait for everyone to see more of Conor, Jock, Mairead and all the characters next year in our third series”.