THE Young Offenders cast have revealed why they’re banned from saying ‘b***h’ on BBC set – despite the script being full of swearing.
The BBC Three comedy follows bike-stealing teenagers Conor and Jock as they weave and duck their way around Cork breaking the law and running away from Sergeant Tony Healey.
But despite being scallies, the boys are good-hearted and would never hurt anybody – something that’s reflected in the script.
Hilary Rose, who plays Conor’s mother Mairead, says the rules come from her husband Peter Foott who wrote, created and directed the show.
She told The Sun Online: “There’s a lot of bad language but it’s intentionally kept playful and so the word ‘b***h’ is completely banned in the script and that’s Peter’s choosing because for him that’s a very offensive word.
"If Jock had a fight with his girlfriend Siobhan he might call her a d***head but he would never call her a b***h.”
Meanwhile she added that despite the show developing an international audience, the writing has not changed and Foott has not been tempted to tone down the various Cork-isms.
She said: “There are certain phrases that may not travel but they go in the script anyway. If the audience get it, great, if they don’t, they don’t.
"You kind of get the idea behind it even if you haven’t heard it before so we don’t worry about that.”
Alex Murphy and Chris Walley, who play Conor and Jock, agree that the Cork setting is a vital part of the show’s popularity.
Alex said: “People in Cork are so proud of it. Dublin gets a lot of attention and it’s just lovely to put Cork on the map because nothing’s been filmed there for years, maybe since Disco Pigs with Cilian Murphy (in 2001).
"There’s not a part of Cork we haven’t filmed in. Irish comedy is popular right now, just because it’s been a while since it’s been on the screen.
"Obviously we had Father Ted years ago but a lot are based in Dublin so it’s interesting to see a different part of the country. Cork is a very specific part of the show.”
The boys are from Cork themselves but in real life their accents are not as strong as those they portray on screen.
Alex explained: “My mum’s from Donegal and my dad moved around a bit so my accent’s not quite like that, but it wasn’t hard to get it right. A lot of my friends have that accent and it’s a great, fun accent to do.”
The Young Offenders will be available as a boxset on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer from Sunday 19 July, and will air on BBC One on Fridays at 9.30pm from 24 July.
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