The Young Offenders six part TV series starts filming in Cork today. Alex Murphy and Chris Walley had us in tears laughing at their antics as Conor and Jock in the smash hit feature film. They took in €1.3million at the Irish box office in 2016.
The lads looked almost unrecognisable out of character when we caught up with them on the red carpet at their premiere last year. Surrounded by family and fellow cast members the lads were anxious to see if the film would be well received. After Alex, Chris and Hilary Rose (Conor's on screen mother) landed IFTA nominations and picked up Best Irish Feature Film at the Galway Film Fleadh, it's safe to say it was a hit.
Alex Murphy and Chris Walley at The Young Offenders Premiere
Director Peter Foott told "it's a real thrill to start filming today with these fantastic actors and crew. We'll be bringing new adventures and stories for the well-known characters, and some new ones, to life in the TV show. The reaction to the scripts has been really positive, and we want to live up to the original spirit of the film. I think we have all the right elements, so we're all excited to get out there and start filming today on this new phase of The Young Offenders journey. We've picked some fantastic locations in Cork, so we're looking forward to knuckling down and working hard on filming, which I'm sure will be great fun too!"
The original cast will be reprising their roles for the series that was commissioned by BBC Three and RTE. The episodes will be thirty minutes long and we can expect to see it on our screens in early 2018. The movie is on Netflix if you can't wait until then for the Corkonian comedy.