Young Offenders cast: Who stars in Young Offenders on BBC One?
OUR favourite lovable rogues are continuing to cause mischief for a third series of The Young Offenders.
The BBC One coming-of-age show follows Conor MacSweeney and Jock O'Keeffe as they get up to no good in Cork, Ireland.
Who is in the cast of The Young Offenders?
When the show started, the majority of the cast were unheard of and some had never appeared on screen before.
But their acting abilities have turned them into household names.
Alex Murphy plays one half of the trouble-making duo, Conor MacSweeney.
He first appeared as Conor MacSweeney in 2016 The Young Offenders movie, which was later adapted into the show.
In 2019 along with Chris Walley, Alex was jointly nominated for a Royal Television Society Award in The Best Male comedy performance category.
Chris Walley plays Jock O'Keefe, the other half of the gruesome twosome.
In 2018 Walley was cast alongside Aidan Turner in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which opened at the Noël Coward Theatre.
Walley's performance won him the 2018 BAFTA for Breakthrough Brit.
No-nonsense Siobhan Walsh is played by Jennifer Barry.
Barry has proved herself to be someone to watch out for, as she has shown off her amazing acting ability aged only 19.
Barry is a mental health advocate and openly discusses her battle with depression on her podcast Craicin’ Stigmas.
Demi Isaac Oviawe
The stunning Demi Issac Oviawe plays Siobhans sister, Linda Walsh.
In 2017, the Irish Examiner named Demi as one of their annual 'Ones to Watch for 2018'.
She appeared on 2019 series of the Irish version of Dancing with the Stars.
Conor and Jock's arch-nemesis Principal Barry Walsh is played by Irish comedian PJ Gallagher.
Gallagher appeared in The Young Offenders movie as Ray the drug dealer.
PJ presents PJ and Jim in the Morning with Jim McCabe on Classic Hits.
PJ also presents podcast Dubland with Suzanne Kane. The show has reached number 1 on the iTunes comedy chart.
Hilary Rose plays Conor's mother Mairead MacSweeney.
Rose was nominated for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" at the 2017 Irish Film and Television Awards for her role in The Young Offenders movie.
Rose has appeared in shows such as The Tudors, Vikings, The Fear, Sacrifice, and The Centre.
Sgt Tony Healy is played by Dominic MacHale.
MacHale started acting while working towards his BSc in Microbiology in University College Cork.
He has appeared in Fitzgibbons' Budget Funerals, Ronanism, and The School.
Orla Fitzgerald is the wife of Principal Barry Walsh is played by Orla Walsh.
Orla has had an illustrious acting career spanning TV, film, and stage.
She has appeared Law & Order: UK, Holby Blue, The Guarantee, Strangers in the Night, Crossed Lines, Speed Dating, and The Wind That Shakes The Barley.
Shane Casey plays unpredictable Billy Murphy.
He is an actor and writer, having starred in a number of short films and The Wind that Shakes the Barley.
He is from Cork, Ireland in real life.
What time is The Young Offenders on BBC One?
Episode five of The Young Offenders series three airs tonight, August 28, 2020, at 9:30 pm.
This series consists of six episodes in total.
Fans can stream all episodes on BBC iPlayer.
CCA’s Celebration of Black Cinema & Television will be held this December
Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Anderson, and Barry Jenkins are set to be honored by the CCA’s Celebration Of Black Cinema & Television.
The Critic’s Choice Association’s Celebration Of Black Cinema & Television was first bought about in 2014. The event was created to honor “standout achievements in Black filmmaking,” and this year, the event will also highlight achievements in television. With Berry, Hudson, Anderson, and Jenkins set to receive the honor, the event will take place this December.
Berry’s achievement in film cannot be understated with her Oscar win for her performance in 2002’s Monster’s Ball making her the first African American to win Best Actress. Speaking highly of Berry, Shawn Edwards, a CCA board member, shared in a statement obtained by Deadline, “Berry’s iconic performances throughout her career have showcased her brilliance as an actor and blazed the trail for Black performers who have come after her. She has become the personification of excellence as she transitions from being in front of the camera to sitting in the director’s chair.”
Berry will receive the Career Achievement Award.
Anderson, of course, has earned multiple Emmy nominations for his performance in the critically acclaimed ABC series, black-ish. He will receive the Producer Award for Television, as he also produces black-ish and their respective spin-offs, grown-ish and mixed-ish. He also executive produces To Tell the Truth on ABC, which he also hosts.
Hudson, who won the Oscar for her performance in Dreamgirls, will receive the Actress Award for Film. The actress and singer is fresh off of her performance as Aretha Franklin in Respect. Barry Jenkins, known for his Oscar-winning film Moonlight among other projects, will receive the Director Award for Television after his adaptation of Colson Whitehead‘s The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime, which earned rave reviews and multiple Emmy nominations.
Critics Choice Association CEO Joey Berlin shared in a statement regarding the four honorees, “2021 was an incredible year of creativity and growth in film and television, and we’re thrilled to be able to honor the changemakers who are making a difference. Jennifer both starred in and executive produced Respect, giving the performance of a lifetime. Barry transformed the small screen with his innovative and thought-provoking series The Underground Railroad, which he wrote, executive produced and directed, and Anthony has become one of the most prolific and admired producers on television with black-ish, grown-ish and mixed-ish.”
With more honorees set to be announced soon, the event will take place on Monday, December 6.
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Jennifer Barry net worth is
Jennifer Barry Wiki: Salary, Married, Wedding, Spouse, FamilyJennifer Barry is an actress, known for Take Me Somewhere Nice (2004), Cowboys & Angels (2003) and Amateur Hour Comedy Show (2009).
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Young Offenders actress Jennifer Barry on coming to terms with her mental health issues
But as viewers delighted in the antics of Siobhan, Conor, Jock and Linda, in her private life Jennifer was struggling. Sadness, low moods and feelings of panic or loss of control were beginning to overwhelm her.
Later, she was diagnosed with depression, two months before filming the second series.
Like many people, she tried to manage the illness for months before realising she needed help. That was over a year ago and although there have been bumps along the road, she’s now feeling much better.
Now the brave 19-year-old wants to use her experiences to help others. She is developing a podcast series called Craicin’ Stigmas to have conversations about life in general.
She is currently compiling her wishlist of guests - some well known, some who simply have stories to tell. She came up with the idea after discussing her wishes with her former teacher Siobhán Ní Loingsigh.
“It’s called Craicin’ Stigmas because there are stigmas that need to be cracked, but there needs to be a bit of craic because that’s what makes us Irish as well,” she said.
“We're going to talk about all sorts of things, not just mental health. There's so much happening in the world right now and people are starting to speak out about problems.
"I think that by talking about these kind of things, that's half the battle. And I think it's going to make a difference. I really hope it does.”
Among the many people on her wishlist are Ray D’Arcy, her TYO co-stars including PJ Gallagher, Chris Walley and Alex Murphy, and broadcaster Doireann Garrighy “because she’s great craic”, she said.
“I want to get Shane Casey on because Shane himself does mental health workshops and he's brilliant. And I have my own friends who have gone to college all over the country and are away from home.
"I think they have a lot to say as well about university. I don't think mental health in college is talked about enough. It is very much focused on secondary schools.
"Nobody talks about the anxiety and the pressures of transitioning over to college from secondary school. But I want it to be a mixture of well-known people and everyday people who have something to say."
Jennifer, from Kilbrittain in West Cork, became part of one of Ireland’s most-successful TV shows at 17, when her talent was first spotted by TYO writer/director Peter Foott.
He was looking to cast new talent for his TV spin-off for the hugely successful movie. She had dreamed of becoming an actor ever since she was a child and took acting lessons locally, drifting away before returning in her teens, because she missed it so much.
She’s recently been enjoying a gap year and has signed with two top agencies in Los Angeles and London on the strength of her performance in the series.
As well as pursuing more acting opportunities, she plans to go to college this autumn, but the year out was a welcome time.
“Filming, plus the Leaving Cert, plus deciding whether to go to college, plus signing with agents, like, I was wrecked. I was just exhausted. I am going to go to college.
"I signed to Independent over in London and Hyperion over in LA. My agent over in LA, Ryan Bartlett, is originally from London and his family send him over stuff that they think is good, he watches it and that's how he found me.
"I signed with him and then through him I signed with Independent in the UK.”
Getting such high-profile agencies at an important time in her career has been hugely important to Jennifer. But the time out has been invaluable, too, having had to come to terms with her own mental health issues in the past eighteen months.
“I was clinically diagnosed with depression last year. I was sick from October 2018 but it wasn't actually diagnosed until March 2019. At the moment I'm recovering from depression and coping with anxiety.”
Her first memory that everything was not right was feeling a sense of panic because it was getting dark outside, and wondering what was wrong with her.
“It feels like it's taking over your mind. Then there’s another element that knows something's up is trying to combat that and they're just eating at each other.
"It's like in Stranger Things with Will, when the monster's inside him and he's trying to fight the monster. That's the only way I could try to explain it.”
Like many others, at first she tried to keep these feelings to herself, before they became overwhelming.
“My family were a brilliant support to me then and now, even though I didn’t let them know what was going on.
If I had anxiety attacks, I just locked myself in my room and wouldn't talk to anyone, just didn't let anyone know. Being silent is the worst thing I did.
"I was just trying to tell myself to cop on while these feelings were just fighting against me. I was in a place of despair. My options felt so limited.”
She confided in her boyfriend, who already knew that something was wrong, and planned to tell her parents, before suffering a panic attack at school.
“It was game over at that stage, the staff body knew, I had to go to the chaplain’s office and call my parents. That was the best thing I suppose, that it happened, but I wish I'd just spoken about it from the start.”
In the time since, she has benefited greatly from self care, counselling and medication, though there have been bumps along the way. She feels there is a lot of stigma around medication, which has been of great benefit to her, though it took time to take effect.
“I thought it would be one week and I'd be fixed, but it does not work that way!” she laughs.
Counselling has been of enormous value also, but for Jennifer personally, self care, in particular exercise, was a revelation.
“Oh my God, literally, I can't get over it. So much so that this summer I'm actually training to become a personal trainer. I love how my own personal trainers helped me so, so much, how you can help a person feel without having a psychology degree.
"Talking is definitely good and obviously psychologists and counsellors are vital in a recovery process, but never underestimate the power of exercise.
“It's proven that it makes you feel well, releases your endorphins. I'm just after falling in love with it.
"And I really, really believe it’s something that's helped me so much in my own recovery, in my own journey with my self love, because when you're sick with depression, it causes you to hate yourself.
"Now it's amazing, I'm falling in love with my body and myself, my thoughts and my mind all over again. And it's thanks to exercise and eating well.
“I love the gym, I think it's a really nice place to clear your head. And I've taken up running, I never used to be a runner - I’m still not a runner! But now I'm getting into it. And I find it's more than just the physical burn.
"Turn on a good old podcast and listen to it, and your mind is just zen. It gives you a moment to be clear in your thoughts and in yourself. I play camogie as well with the girls, which I love. I'm so bad at it. But I love playing with them.”
Throughout this time, both her family and her Young Offenders family have been a remarkable support. “One good thing that came out of this for me is that my relationship with my family is even better than ever.
“And my onscreen family were, and still are brilliant. We always had each other’s backs and that doesn’t stop when filming ends.”
In recent times, Jennifer has been thinking a lot about the word ‘stigma’.
“When I looked it up it actually means a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality or precedent. And I think that's where there's almost a level of shame created.
"I just want people to feel like they have a voice and that they are being listened to. I hope I can make a difference.”
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Young Offenders star responds after Google suggests her net worth is €1.2 million
Young Offenders star Demi Isaac Oviawe laughed off fans who assume she’s a millionaire just because she’s on TV saying: “People are so naive.”
The Cork actress, who lives at home with her family of seven, said her brothers were amused when they discovered Google had suggested she had millions in the bank.
Demi, best-known for her role as Linda Walsh in the comedy series, told the Irish Mirror: “My brother Googled me for fun and apparently I have a net worth of €1.2million.
“That isn’t true. If it was I would be out in the middle of nowhere, living my best life with a plot of land and building a massive house as we speak. But that isn’t true.
“People think because you are on television you have got millions in your bank account... people have often come up to me.
“I was at the train station there a few weeks ago, I don’t drive and I was ringing my mum to see how long she’d be, and this man came up to me and said sure you should have someone to collect you, you should be driving.
“I was just thinking, ‘Who are you man, you are waiting here with me’. People are just so naive to this life and this industry, they need to sit down and listen to what they say.
“Like it is a lot more work than people think.
“It’s not just sitting down and talking, no you have to know what you are talking about, you’ve to give so much energy.”
The former Dancing With the Stars contestant, who also works on Cork’s
96fm station, is currently studying radio broadcasting – and admitted while she hopes to pursue her acting career, she feels safer having a back-up plan.
She said: “With acting you are not
guaranteed a job, there is very much
“With radio, you can be with a station and take breaks here and there.
“But I personally want to continue with acting, but I want to get my degree in media to have it as a safety net to fall on if anything goes wrong.”
Demi was speaking ahead of the 2020 Vhi Virtual Women’s Mini Marathon, yesterday which is taking place until next Saturday in cities, towns and villages across Ireland.
Over the next 10 days, more than 17,000 women, including the actress, will do 10km their own way to raise funds for charities across the country.
Friendship, loyalty, laughter and lots of mischief bring best pals Conor MacSweeney and Jock O'Keeffe into ongoing conflict with their school headmaster, Principal Barry Walsh. Getting caught up in the chaos is Conor's long-suffering mother Mairead.
A not-so-clever plan to earn some extra cash backfires, bringing the lads head to head with Sergeant Healy, who has been hot on their heels for some time and is determined to catch them up to no good. They also may have been caught in the act by Principal Walsh's two daughters, Siobhan and Linda, so the lads need to turn on the charm to persuade the girls not to spill the beans, which only serves to further irritate Principal Walsh.
Local town bully Billy Murphy enters the fray as the lads have to approach him to avoid getting caught, leading to a hilarious stand-off. Conor and Jock have to rely on the strength of their friendship to see them through the clashes with the formidable team of Principal Walsh and Sergeant Healy, but not without the help of Mairead, who is unwittingly dragged into the proceedings to support her son and his friend.
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The Young Offenders (TV series)
The Young Offenders is an Irishcoming-of-agetelevision sitcom, developed by Peter Foott, for RTÉ and BBC Three. Based on the IFTA-winning 2016 film of the same name, the first series began broadcasting on 1 February 2018, to generally favourable reviews. The series follows the lives of Conor MacSweeney and Jock O'Keeffe, lovable rogues from Cork.
The show stars Alex Murphy and Chris Walley as the main characters, reprising their roles of Conor MacSweeney and Jock O'Keeffe from the film, respectively, with supporting roles from Hilary Rose as Mairead MacSweeney, Dominic MacHale as Sergeant Tony Healy, P. J. Gallagher as Principal Barry Walsh, Jennifer Barry as Siobhan Walsh, Demi Isaac Oviawe as Linda Walsh, Orla Fitzgerald as Orla Walsh and Shane Casey as Billy Murphy.
Prior to the successful six-episode first series coming to an end, the programme was recommissioned for a second series, which was broadcast between 3 November and 8 December 2019, after a Christmas special was released on 14 December 2018, starring notable Irish actor Robert Sheehan. A third series was broadcast between July and August 2020.
The Young Offenders
The series follows the adventurous and criminalised lives of Cork-based teenagers Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) and Jock O'Keeffe (Chris Walley). Although criminals, the boys both have deep feelings about certain topics, and these views are explained by Conor in his narration at the end of each episode.
The first series reviews Conor and Jock's feud with their school principal, Barry Walsh (P. J. Gallagher), and their relationships with his daughters, Linda (Demi Isaac Oviawe) and Siobhan (Jennifer Barry), respectively. It also sees Conor try to overcome his fear of his first kiss with Linda, or as Jock calls "shifting", as well as seeing Conor's mother Mairéad (Hilary Rose) begin a relationship with Jock and Connor's enemy, Sergeant Tony Healy (Dominic MacHale), the local police officer. Jock's abusive home life with his alcoholic father (Michael Sands) is addressed further, which results in him moving in with the MacSweeney's.
In the second series, Siobhan is heavily pregnant, and Jock and Conor attempt to earn money in many different ways. Conor and Linda are preparing to go to the next stage of their relationship by having sex. However, their plans are affected when Jock's old best friend Gavin, now Conor's arch-enemy, dares Linda to kiss him. Siobhan's mother Orla (Orla Fitzgerald) and Mairéad attempt to build up a friendship between themselves and the two families for the sake of Siobhan’s baby. Principal Walsh tries to show that Jock is not a worthy father by giving him challenges.
Cast and characters
- Conor is the son of Mairéad MacSweeney (Hilary Rose) and the best friend and subsequent foster brother of Jock O'Keeffe (Chris Walley). Conor's father was killed in an accident at work, where one of his co-workers accidentally dropped a hammer off a roof, hitting him in the face and leading to his death. Conor is the follower of Jock, and takes part in regular crime acts alongside him, and soon begins a relationship with Linda Walsh (Demi Isaac Oviawe), and Jocks dates her sister Siobhan (Jennifer Barry). Conor has a feud with local police officer Sergeant Healy (Dominic MacHale), who is eager to expose Jock for his many crimes, and soon begins a relationship with Mairead.
- Jock is the best friend and subsequent foster brother of Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy). Jock is also known as 'fake Billy', as he purchased a mask from an online shop, who create masks from scratch over a photograph of a person, and commits many crimes, to which he brings Conor's involvement into – mainly stealing bikes and regular various thefts. Jock begins a relationship with Siobhan Walsh (Jennifer Barry), who is the sister of Conor's new girlfriend Linda (Demi Isaac Oviawe). It is established that Jock receives abuse from his alcoholic father, which leads to Mairéad defending him and taking him into her home. At the end of the first series, Jock discovers that Siobhan is pregnant with his child.
- Máiréad is the mother of Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy), and the widow of Conor's father. Máiréad gave birth to Conor at the age of 16, which Conor says is "old for their neighbourhood". Máiréad takes in Conor's best friend Jock O'Keeffe (Chris Walley), and fosters him, after she discovers he is receiving abuse from his alcoholic father. She then begins a relationship with local police officer, Sergeant Tony Healy (Dominic MacHale), much to the dismay of Conor and Jock, as Healy is their main enemy, as it is his ambition to expose "fake Billy".
- Healy is a local Garda (police officer) and the long-term enemy of Jock O'Keeffe (Chris Walley) and Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy). Healy has the major ambition to expose the identity of "fake Billy" (who is Jock in disguise throughout his crimes), and he has a "cat and mouse chase" with Jock. Healy later begins a relationship with Mairead MacSweeney (Hilary Rose), the mother of Conor, much to the dismay of Conor and Jock.
- Jennifer Barry as Siobhan Walsh:
- Siobhan is the daughter of Barry (P. J. Gallagher) and Orla Walsh (Orla Fitzgerald), the sister of Linda Walsh (Demi Isaac Oviawe) and the girlfriend of Jock O'Keeffe (Chris Walley). Siobhan and Linda both receive regular bullying from other students at their school, due to their father's strictness as the principal. Siobhan begins a relationship with Jock, whilst his best friend Conor MacSweeney (Chris Walley) dates her sister Linda (Demi Isaac Oviawe). At the end of the first series, Siobhan discovers that she is pregnant with Jock's child at the age of 15.
- Linda is the daughter of Barry (P. J. Gallagher) and Orla Walsh (Orla Fitzgerald), the sister of Siobhan Walsh (Jennifer Barry) and the girlfriend of Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy). It is clear that she is not biologically related to her family, as she is black whereas her family are all white, which results in Conor asking her about it to a confused response. She and Conor subsequently begin a relationship, but Conor is fearful of their first kiss, and they then decide to have the worst first kiss ever. Linda then helps Siobhan after she learns she is pregnant with Jock's child, and she instructs her to tell Jock.
- Barry Walsh is the principal of St. Finan's Community School, where Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) and Jock O'Keeffe (Chris Walley) attend, as well as his two daughters Siobhan (Jennifer Barry) and Linda (Demi Isaac Oviawe). It is clear that all students hate Principal Walsh, which sees Siobhan and Linda receive regular bullying for their father's strictness. Principal Walsh feuds with both Conor and Jock for their relationships with his daughters.
- Orla is the wife of Principal Barry Walsh (P. J. Gallagher) and the mother of Siobhan (Jennifer Barry) and Linda Walsh (Demi Isaac Oviawe). She is happy about her daughters entering into relationships with Jock O'Keeffe (Chris Walley) and Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy), respectively, unlike her husband, who is full of anger at Conor and Jock. She also confronts Barry after insulting Conor during their "friendly" wrestling match in the garden at their barbecue. She also is told by Siobhan and Linda of Siobhan's pregnancy with Jock, and agrees not to tell Barry as he would go angry with his daughter, until Siobhan is ready to tell him after telling Jock.
- Billy is the local "nut-job", who carries around a knife and regularly mugs locals, including Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy). To get revenge on Billy for mugging Conor and stealing his phone, Conor's best friend Jock O'Keeffe (Chris Walley) purchases a mask from an online shop which make masks if you send in a photograph. Jock wears the mask and steals a bicycle belonging to local police officer Sergeant Tony Healy (Dominic MacHale), and is jailed after when they go to his home to question him, they find him in possession of drug plants. When released, Billy follows Jock after he steals alcohol from a local store wearing the "fake Billy" mask, and the security guard who chases after Jock, and asks Billy if he saw fake Billy. Jock takes off the mask after hiding behind a bin and puts up his hood. He follows him onto the bus, and takes hostage of the bus after Healy sees him with a knife in his hand. However, Billy does not know that Jock is "fake Billy", but does ask him if he is him as he is wearing the same grey hoody that "fake Billy" was wearing, but Jock insists he is not "fake Billy".
- Infant daughter of Jock and Siobhan, born at the end of season 2.
- Chris Kent as Conor's Dad:
- Conor's dad is the deceased husband of Mairead MacSweeney (Hilary Rose) and the father of Conor (Alex Murphy). He got Mairead pregnant at the age of 16, which according to Conor was "old for their neighbourhood". When Conor asks Mairead why she fell for his father, she says that he worked every day while she was pregnant with her father making a "ugly" wooden cot for Conor. He died when at work, when one of his co-workers dropped a hammer off of a roof, hitting his face and killing him.
- Cora Fenton as Fiona O'Keeffe:
- Jock's mum died years ago when she drowned. The police never found her body, but found her car on the roadside of a lake. She has a memorial stone, which Jock (Chris Walley), his best friend Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy), Siobhan (Jennifer Barry) and Linda Walsh (Demi Isaac Oviawe) visited and sang "With or Without You" by her graveside.
- Michael Sands as Jock's Dad:
- Jock's dad is the widower of Jock's mum (Cora Fenton). He is an alcoholic and regularly abuses Jock (Chris Walley). Jock's best friend Conor MacSweeney's (Alex Murphy) mother Mairead (Hilary Rose) defends Jock from his father's abuse and takes him in, fostering him, and taking him away from his father's care.
Actor Robert Sheehan (left) and football legend Roy Keane (right) both made cameo appearances in the Christmas special and second series, resepectively
- Robert Sheehan is an Irish actor, who is filming for a new film in Cork, as it "has the most unusual people he has ever seen". He takes a certain disliking to both Conor and Jock, as they accidentally get themselves roles in his film, and take hours to film their only scene with Sheehan. Sheehan then decides to angrily protest with the Cork locals, who are campaigning against the council's decision to renovate the council houses, with them fearing that they will never return to their homes. Sheehan does this in order to gain popularity for his career and his new film.
- Roy Keane is an Irish footballing legend. He is seen briefly when he tries to order fish and chips from Mairead, Conor and Jock. They tell him to "f**k off" and he walks off. Jock then thinks for a moment, very confused, before rebuffing the thought of it being Keane.
The film, The Young Offenders, was released in 2016 and was generally well-reviewed, winning an Irish Film & Television Award. With the popularity of the film, it was confirmed on the 9th of May 2017 that a six-episode television programme, based on the film with the same name, had been ordered by RTÉ, to be broadcast in 2018. Creator, Peter Foott commented, "It's incredibly exciting to be able to work with the BBC and with RTÉ to bring these characters back to the screen, they have been so supportive of the project and will be a wonderful home for it. The public response to the film, and specifically the characters themselves, was just so overwhelming that we really felt there were a lot more stories to tell". This series began broadcasting on 1 February 2018, through the online television service BBC Three, and was later broadcast on RTÉ2 in Ireland on 8 February 2018. With a popular and high reception, the series was recommissioned for a second series, although the projected release date was not disclosed for over a year.
In November 2018, it was confirmed that a Christmas special had been produced to conclude the first series with the episode becoming available for streaming via BBC iPlayer from 14 December onwards, whereas television screen broadcasting occurred on Christmas day. In October 2019, with lack of news over past months except cast member Shane Casey posting the front cover of an episode script on his Instagram account, it was reported that the second series would begin broadcasting in November. Days later, the BBC confirmed that the second series would commence on 3 November. It was later confirmed that all six episodes would be available to be streamed through the BBC iPlayer service from the second series' premiere date. The second series was well-acclaimed by critics, which resulted in the BBC recommissioning the programme for a third series, to be broadcast in 2020, shortly after the second series concluded.
In July 2020 it was confirmed that, shortly after a short trailer was released by the BBC promoting the third series' forthcoming release, the third series' entire episode list would be released on 19 July 2020. It was also announced that the programme would be broadcast on a weekly basis on BBC One.
Upon the confirmation that the programme had been ordered, it was announced that Alex Murphy and Chris Walley would reprise their roles as lead characters Conor MacSweeney and Jock O'Keeffe, respectively. However, through viewing the third episode of the first series, it was shown that Walley's character had officially been renamed for the television series: in the film, the character was nicknamed "Jock", due to him only having one piece of underwear, and his surname was Murphy; whereas in the television programme the character was actually named Jock, with his surname changing from Murphy to O'Keeffe. Furthermore, it was confirmed that Hilary Rose would also be reprising her role from the film, portraying Mairead MacSweeney, the mother of Murphy's character.P. J. Gallagher also returned from the film, though he began portraying the role of Principal Barry Walsh, having portrayed the role of drug dealer Ray in the film, whereas Dominic MacHale and Shane Casey reprised their roles as Sergeant Tony Healy and Billy Murphy from the film, respectively.
New additions to the cast included Jennifer Barry and Demi Isaac Oviawe, who portray the roles of Siobhan and Linda Walsh, the daughters of Principal Walsh; the characters are introduced as love interests for Jock and Connor, respectively.Orla Fitzgerald also joined the cast, portraying the role of Orla Walsh, the wife of Principal Walsh and mother of Siobhan and Linda; she was introduced as a secondary character in the first series though was promoted as a series regular during the second series.
Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy was suggested by show producers to Peter Foott as an actor to try and sign on for the second series, and Murphy later told the media that he would be willing to appear in the show if "he was given a good part". In October 2018, it was confirmed that former Love/Hate actor Robert Sheehan had joined the cast in an undisclosed role, after the news was confirmed by Walley during an interview; he portrayed himself in the Christmas special. On 24 November 2018, it was confirmed that a one-off Christmas episode would be broadcast, featuring Sheehan, with the official news that he would only be making a guest appearance in that singular episode. The tradition of celebrities making cameo appearances in the programme continued in the second series, when Irish footballing legend Roy Keane made a brief cameo where the characters attend a Cork City Football Club match as caterers.
The majority of the first series was filmed at various locations in Cork. It was notable for showing the crew filming at numerous historical locations across the city, including the view from Shandon, the English Market, North Mall & the Franciscan Abbey, Kyrl's Quay & Medieval Cork and Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral. The view from Shandon is a notable scene from both the television programme and film, in which the majority of the programme's scenes are filmed, usually at the beginning and conclusion of episodes.
In September 2018, the cast were seen filming around Cork in costume, with these events being captured on camera by a fan of the show, who in turn uploaded this image to social media. It was initially believed to be filming for the second series, though this proved not to be the case, with it being the Christmas special being filmed in preparation for a December release date.
Principal photography for the second series began in June 2019, with the BBC confirming that production had begun, with them uploading a promotional image of Murphy and Walley in character. Despite the programme's distributors not publicly announcing its recommissioning for a third series, the third series was filmed back-to-back alongside the second series.
Scenes from the programme became available on YouTube, which were distributed by BBC Three. The trailer for the second series was released in October 2019.
Main article: List of The Young Offenders episodes
Aoife Kelly of the Irish Independent released a positive review of the programme after the broadcast of the first episode, commenting, "It takes the best of the movie and builds on it". Bruce Dessau stated that the programme was a brilliant show to watch, and that he believed that it had a similar reputation to Channel 4 series Derry Girls, also set in the island of Ireland, with other journalists calling for a crossover to be produced of the two programmes for the future. Some articles reported the show as "heart-warming", with the third episode of the first series receiving generally favourable reviews from fans and critics alike.
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