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New Young Offenders won't be filming in West Cork

September 1st, 2017 5:45 PM

By Southern Star Team

Alex Murphy and Chris Walley in the Young Offenders movie, partly filmed in West Cork.

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FILMING for the TV adaption of hit comedy The Young Offenders is underway – but it now appears that it won’t be coming to West Cork. 

Despite much of the 2016 big screen hit being filmed in the area, taking in places like Rosscarbery,  Schull and Dunmanus Bay, the six part TV series looks likely to be limited to Cork city. 

Commissioned by BBC Comedy for BBC Three in association with RTÉ, acclaimed producer Martina Niland (Once, Sing Street) is producing the small screen adaptation, which will see six 30-minute episodes broadcast in early 2018.

It was a massive hit, both here and abroad, taking in €1.3m at the box office and was based around Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure, which occurred after a smuggler’s boat got into trouble off the West Cork.

The fictionalised story followed the adventures of two deluded teenagers as they embarked on a road trip in an attempt to ‘liberate’ a bale of Class A drugs from a crime scene. 

It was broadcast at film festivals all over the world and has since been released on Netflix.

However, the TV series is moving away from the drugs storyline and more towards the teens’ ‘coming of age’ adventures and it is believed it will be filmed entirely at city locations. 

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