The Young Offenders. Image shows from L to R: Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy), Jock O'Keeffe (Chris Walley)
The Young Offenders

The Young Offenders

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Three / BBC One
  • 2018 - 2020
  • 19 episodes (3 series)

Comedy series about two inner-city teenagers, based on the 2016 Irish film of the same name. Stars Chris Walley, Alex Murphy, Hilary Rose, Jennifer Barry, Demi Isaac Oviawe and more.

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Series 3, Episode 1

The Young Offenders. Image shows from L to R: Jock O'Keeffe (Chris Walley), Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy)
Conor and Jock join forces with Billy Murphy who has masterminded an amateur heist of luxury televisions. Baby Star unexpectedly becomes involved which leads to further chaos and some valuable lessons are learned.

Preview clips

Broadcast details

Sunday 19th July 2020
BBC Three
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 24th July 2020 9:30pm BBC1
Friday 24th July 2020 11:15pm BBC1 Wales
Tuesday 6th June 2023 10:10pm BBC3
Wednesday 7th June 2023 2:15am BBC3
Tuesday 16th April 2024 11:00pm BBC3
Wednesday 17th April 2024 1:55am BBC3

Cast & crew

Chris Walley Jock O'Keeffe
Alex Murphy Conor MacSweeney
Hilary Rose Mairead MacSweeney
Jennifer Barry Siobhan Walsh
Demi Isaac Oviawe Linda Walsh
PJ Gallagher Principal Barry Walsh
Orla Fitzgerald Orla Walsh
Dominic MacHale Sergeant Healy
Shane Casey Billy Murphy
Guest cast
Aidan O'Hare Paul
Antoinette Hilliard Kind Mum
Mike Dowd Kind Dad
Penny Richardson Star
Nola Richardson Star
Writing team
Peter Foott Writer
Ross Browne Writer (Additional Material)
Jocelyn Clarke Executive Story Editor
Gillian Roger Park Writer
Production team
Shaun Wilson Director
Tim Whitby Producer
Peter Foott Executive Producer
Lotte Beasley Executive Producer
Abby Singer Executive Producer
Justin Healy Executive Producer
Shane Murphy Executive Producer
Martina Niland Executive Producer
Alex Moody Executive Producer
Ailish Bracken Line Producer
Cormac Fox Associate Producer
Michael Doherty Associate Producer
Julian Ulrichs Editor
Owen Power Production Designer
Mike Foott Casting Director
Lara Campbell Costume Designer
Rory O'Riordan Director of Photography
Ray Harman Composer
Jonathan Shaw 1st Assistant Director


Bringing a baby to a heist

Jock and Conor explore the practicalities of bringing an infant to an organised robbery.

Featuring: Chris Walley (Jock O'Keeffe), Alex Murphy (Conor MacSweeney) & Shane Casey (Billy Murphy).


TV review: The Young Offenders

The Young Offenders are certainly guilty - of being funny.

Stevie Gallacher, The Sunday Post, 28th July 2020

The Young Offenders, which seems to have passed under many radars while the likes of Derry Girls soared and delighted, might finally make it big time. It deserves to. It's cheeky, irreverent, Cork-based, scandalous, sweary and sweaty: also, extremely funny. Slapstick moments, at which my heart does plunge. Yet many more moments of sharp lines at which it soars.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 26th July 2020

Review: The Young Offenders, BBC Three

If recent hit Normal People offered one slice of young Irish life, The Young Offenders offers a very different one.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 20th July 2020

The Young Offenders, series 3 review

Much of the comedy comes from a naturalistic slapstick, and although the gags are often relatively unsophisticated, 'dumb but endearing' applies the show as much as does to its lead characters. Charm will out.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 20th July 2020

The Young Offenders review

Jock and Conor balance stealing TVs with nappy-changing, as the Irish comedy that's a million miles away from Normal People returns.

Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian, 19th July 2020

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