BBC3 orders new series and special of This Country

BBC Three has commissioned both a one-off special and a third series of mockumentary This Country from BBC Studios.

The second series of This Country launched in February 2018 on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer with a slot on BBC One on Tuesday nights.

This Country documents the lives of young cousins, Kerry and Lee ‘Kurtan’ Mucklowe as they interact with the other residents of their Cotswold village.

The series is written by and stars siblings Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper.

Daisy May Cooper says: “This is great because the truth is I bought a corner sofa from DFS on tick and I currently only own an arm of it. With this news I can now own the entire sofa and the special can pay for the throw cushions.”

Charlie Cooper says: “Yeah it’s great but I feel empty inside.”

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, says: “Once in a while a show lands fully formed and audiences take it to their hearts immediately. Daisy and Charlie’s characters and world have struck a chord with viewers of all ages as their sharp writing delivers a winning mix of heartfelt moments and punchy belly laughs, all performed to comic perfection.”

Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy at BBC Studios, says: “We’re just happy to get as much out of Kerry and Kurtan as we can before they become too famous, and we’re left pitching an Uncle Nugget spin-off series.”

Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three, says: “Daisy and Charlie have established themselves as two of the freshest writing and performing comedy talents of this generation and I’m delighted that they are bringing their magic back to BBC Three.”

Filming will begin on the 40-minute special this summer, with a six-part series to go into production next year.

The series is commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning and Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three. This Country is a BBC Studios production, produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer and directed by Tom George.

Staff Reporter

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