Critically acclaimed This Country has been renewed for a third series and a one-off special, the BBC has confirmed.
The series which was written by siblings Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper, who also serve as the leads is about the day-to-day of two cousins living in a rural village in the Cotswolds.
The show has recently won three RTS Programme Awards; for Comedy Writer, Comedy Performance and Best Scripted Comedy. The show has also been nominated four times at the upcoming BAFTA and BAFTA Craft Awards.
In an interview with RTS earlier this year, Charlie Cooper spoke about his comic inspirations and how he wanted the saw to emulate them, “The best comedies that’ve ever been, like Steptoe and Only Fools, they have such warmth to them because these characters are flawed but they come from a truthful place…That was a huge thing [for us] when we were writing it. You want the audience to be on their side and don’t want it to look like it’s finger pointing”
The second series launched in February 2018 on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer with a slot on BBC One on Tuesday nights. The show has had over 11 million iPlayer requests to date and on BBC One has seen audiences of well over a million, winning its slot every week with an average 13% audience share.
“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.” Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, told the Radio Times.
Filming is set to begin on the 40-minute special this summer, with a six-part series to go into production in 2019.
Read the full interview with Charlie Cooper about the creation of the hit show here.