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20/04/2018

BBC's 'This Country' Commissioned For Third Series And One-Off Special

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BBC Three has commissioned its award-winning mockumentary show 'This Country' for a third series and a one-off special.

This Country aired its second season in February 2018 on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer with a slot on BBC One on Tuesday nights. The last season ended on a cliffhanger, leaving fans wanting more.

The show has had over 11 million iPlayer requests to date and has seen audiences of well over a million on BBC One, winning its slot every week with an average 13% audience share.

This Country recently won three RTS Programme Awards for Scripted Comedy, Writer - Comedy and Comedy Performance (Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper). The show has also been nominated four times at the upcoming BAFTAs; it has nominations for Scripted Comedy and Female Performance in a Comedy Programme at the Television Awards; and the pair are nominated for Breakthrough Talent and Writer - Comedy at the Television Craft Awards.

This Country documents the lives of young cousins, Kerry and Lee 'Kurtan' Mucklowe as they interact with the other residents of their Cotswold village. These include the local vicar, and one-time 80s popstar, Reverend Francis Seaton, aspiring tattoo artist, bodyguard and S Club 7 fan Mandy Harris, and self-confessed peeper Martin Mucklowe.

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

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, said: "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."

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.
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