BBC Three has commissioned both a one-off special and a third series for Cotswold based mocumentary ‘This Country’.

This comes following the recent cliff-hanger at the end of the award-winning show’s second season.

To date, the second series which launched in February, has had over 11 million iPlayer requests with BBC One audiences well over a million, winning its slot every week with an average 13% audience share.

Recently, the show won three RTS Programme Awards and they have also been nominated for four awards at the upcoming BAFTA’s including Best Scripted Comedy, Best Female Performance in a comedy programme at the television awards and Breakthrough talent and writer at the Craft Awards.

This Country documents the lives of young cousins, Kerry and Lee ‘Kurtan’ Mucklowe as they interact with the other residents of their claustrophobic 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 and bookies’ favourite for Worst Father in Britain, Martin Mucklowe.

The series is written by and stars Cirencester 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.”

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

The whole second series is available on BBC iPlayer as a boxset until the end of September.


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