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The act of vandalism at RTE to promote the show

The act of vandalism at RTE to promote the show

The act of vandalism at RTE to promote the show

An act of vandalism provided a fitting promotion for The Young Offenders at RTE yesterday.

Two hooded teens, like Jock and Conor on their bikes, spray-painted areas in the campus, including a phallic drawing in front of the TV centre with abuse for The Young Offenders' fictional adversary. "F**k you Healy," they wrote.

RTE released footage of the "vandalism", saying: "Unfortunately, RTE was subject to vandalism early this morning. We have acquired footage of the incident from our CCTV system. In an attempt to identify the suspects we are sharing the footage on our social media channels."

It later revealed that it was a promotional stunt for the new season's release.

Meanwhile, the programme's stars have said that a "no a**holes on set" policy has contributed to the success of the hit show following the release of season three.

Peter Foott, the programme's writer, is often commended for his ability to introduce a mix of hilarity and emotion to the show, which stemmed from his 2016 movie of the same name.

Unwritten

The Young Offenders themselves, Alex Murphy and Chris Walley, told the Herald that a big part of the cohesion on set is that everyone gets on.

Speaking previously, Walley, who plays Jock, said that an unwritten rule through the movie and the show is that there are "no a**holes on set".

According to Walley and his co-star Murphy, who plays Conor, the rule remains.

"It's still the same, there's no a**holes on set. Alex has an ego on him now, but other than that people are all the same. Everyone is so sound," Walley said.

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The graffiti at RTE

The graffiti at RTE

The graffiti at RTE

Murphy added: "We wouldn't be long getting rid of them, they'd be kicked off set."

Murphy (22) and Walley (25) lived together for 17 weeks during the filming of season two and season three of the series, which they say they were lucky to film back-to-back before the coronavirus pandemic shut studios across the world.

The two Corkmen said that they never clashed in that time and have become best friends.

"Hundred per cent people are friends off set. That's one of the best things about the show," Murphy said.

"A lot of the crew members from the movie and the cast stayed on the whole way through, which is great, and it just means that all over Ireland we have friends and we're all so close."

The programme returned last night to RTE One. The new series sees the boys having to face more adult scenarios than before, but with the same level of maturity.

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The graffiti at RTE

The graffiti at RTE

The graffiti at RTE

Jock's baby Star, with Jennifer Barry's character Siobhan, has added a spanner in the works as the duo continue to get up to no good, along with Shane Casey's criminal character Billy Murphy.