BBC Three renews ‘Uncle’ for second series

Nick Helm’s comedy ‘Uncle’ returning to BBC Three

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BBC Three has commissioned comedy series Uncle, starring Nick Helm and Elliot Speller-Gillot for a second series.

The comedy, made by Baby Cow Productions, follows an unlikely alliance between Andy (Helm), a dissolute, out-of work musician and his 12-year-old nephew Errol (Speller-Gillot), after being morally blackmailed into looking after him by his chaotic sister Sam – all on the day Andy was planning to kill himself. Not a natural with either kids or responsibility, he tries to keep his new charge out of trouble while often ending up knee-deep in it himself.

Nick Helm says: “I am gobsmacked that I have finally been involved in something that people like enough to warrant the need for more of it. I am looking forward to working with all the cast and crew again as making the first series was genuinely one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had whilst still legitimately being able to call it work.”

Shane Allen, BBC Controller, Comedy Commissioning, adds: “Oli’s [Oliver Refson’s] often edgy yet warm-hearted comedy, along with Nick and Elliot’s unique chemistry, have proved an instant hit with the audience and critics alike. We’re thrilled to have this wayward relative in the BBC Three family.”

The series is Produced by Alison MacPhail, and Exec Produced by Henry Normal and Lindsay Hughes at Baby Cow Productions. The series is written and directed by Oliver Refson.

The first series, which has so far attracted 2.6 million viewers will be repeated later in the year on BBC One.