Brand new comedy PRU has been commissioned by BBC Three as a Comedy Slice.
The series follows a group of tearaway teens who are struggling to adjust to life in a pupil referral unit, a school that is the last resort for excluded children.
The reality of life in a pupil referral unit is one the public seldom sees, and the erratic and volatile nature of the experience will be told through the eyes of four kids who lack inhibitions and often turn to self-destruction.
PRU is produced by Fully Focused, a youth-led production company that focuses on online content creation and champions underrepresented young voices.
Director Teddy Nygh and writers Alex Tenenbaum and Nathaniel Stevens spent time in pupil referral units and spoke to a wide range of young people to ensure the series was authentic, and the teens will be cast through an open casting process.
Comedy Slices on BBC Three is now in its eighth year and champions the next generation of comedy talent, both in front and behind the screen. Previous successful series include People Just Do Nothing, Enterprice and In My Skin.
Shane Allen, controller comedy commissioning at the BBC, said: “This script crackles with terrific dialogue from sharply drawn characters in a world we haven’t seen before in sitcomworld - all imbued with truth, heart and hilarity.
“Fully Focused bring their ethos and emphasis on authenticity and representation of young voices both on and off camera and we’re excited to go on this journey with them.”
Executive producer, Leah Henry, is excited to find “fresh new talent” through the open casting calls.
Henry added: “Created by a team who know this world inside out, developed with our young creatives aged 18-25 years old and providing paid training positions for young people throughout production, PRU is as genuine and authentic as it gets.”
The air date and casting details for PRU will be announced at a later date.