General | 2 Jul 2019

You're What? New Born Baby needed for cast of Young Offenders

The production company behind the Young Offenders are seeking submissions from the parents of a newborn boy or girl to feature in the second series of the hit show.

As most Corkoians know, the cast and crew of the TV show have been filming around the city for the past month and will resume Thursday, July 4.

During series one, Siobhan discovers she’s pregnant with Jock’s child so the newborn star will be cast as the youngest offender of the crew.

The newest cast member should be aged between 0-6 weeks or under 10lbs in weight.

The criteria for applications also insists that their parent/guardian must have their own transport and also be flexible to deal with the date or schedule changes should they occur

If you and your baby fit the above criteria and you want to get involved, send the below information to extrastyo@gmail.com by the end of the day.

Child's name

Child's age and date of birth

Clear and recent photographs (Must be able to see hair / head /eye colour. No hats please)

Child's current weight and length / height

Parent / Guardian names

Parent / Guardian contact number

Address and postcode

The role will be a paid one and fees will be discussed upon booking.

The Young Offenders is an Irish coming-of-age television sitcom, developed by Peter Foott, for RTÉ2 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 show stars Alex Murphy and Chris Walley as the main characters, reprising their roles of Conor MacSweeney and Jock O'Keefe from the film, respectively, with supporting roles featured from Hilary Rose, Dominic MacHale, P. J. Gallagher, Jennifer Barry, Demi Isaac Oviawe and Shane Casey.

Prior to the successful six-episode first series coming to an end, the programme was recommissioned for a second series.

The series follows the adventurous and criminalized lives of Cork-based teenagers Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) and Jock O'Keefe (Chris Walley). Although criminals, the boys both have deep feelings about certain views, which Conor says at the end of each episode, giving viewers a message about day-to-day life and how it can make people happier.

In Series 1 (2018)

The first series seen the boys' feud with their principal Barry Walsh (P. J. Gallagher), and their relationships with his daughters, Jock with Siobhan (Jennifer Barry) and Conor with Linda (Demi Isaac Oviawe). It also seen 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 police officer enemy Sergeant Tony Healy (Dominic MacHale), and subsequently Jock moving in with Conor and Mairead after suffering from abuse from his alcoholic of a father (Michael Sands).

The film, The Young Offenders, was released in 2016, which was generally well-reviewed, and won an Irish Film & Television Award. With the popularity of the film, on 9 May 2017, it was confirmed that a six-episode television programme, based on the film with the same name, had been ordered by RTÉ, to be broadcast.

The public response to the film, and specifically the characters themselves, was just so overwhelming that they really felt there were a lot more stories to tell

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