The BBC in association with RTÉ have recommissioned hit comedy The Young Offenders from producers Vico Films. This series follows on from the hugely successful TV series, the 2018 Christmas special which aired for the first time on BBC One and the box office smash feature film from 2016.
Ben Caudell, Commissioning Editor for BBC Comedy says “We’re so happy to have The Young Offenders back on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, so that viewers once again enjoy the adventures, and misadventures, of all these brilliant comic characters – they may not be quite so young, but they’re still very much offenders.”
Peter Foott, creator of The Young Offenders says “We’re over the moon to have been commissioned for Series 4 of the show on BBC One, and of course always grateful for the ongoing support of RTÉ. Audiences have been asking for more of the journeys of these characters and we’re very excited to take the show in new directions for Series 4 and can’t wait to bring it back to TV screens.”
Series 2 and 3, filmed back-to-back in 2019, proved massive draws for audiences not only in Ireland and the UK, but across the world, and the show garnered critical acclaim for its sensitive yet hilarious story-telling and performances.
Head of RTÉ Comedy, Justin Healy said “The Young Offenders is a firm favourite with RTÉ audiences and we are delighted to be bringing it back to screen. It’s exciting to be working with the BBC once again to bring Irish talent to an international audience.”
The Young Offenders has been commissioned for the BBC by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Ben Caudell. The Series Producers for Vico Films are Peter Foott and Cormac Fox, alongside Executive Producers Lotte Beasley, Abby Singer and Michael Doherty. Commissioning Editor for RTÉ Comedy is Justin Healy. The Director for series 4 is Jamie Jay Johnson.
The producers have issued a casting call for the new series, further details can be seen here: www.theyoungoffenders.com/casting
Further information about The Young Offenders including transmission details will be announced in due course.