Filming begins today at locations in South East London on the second series of Roughcut TV and Primal Media’s four-part scripted comedy, Jerk for BBC THREE, as announced this morning by the BBC. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2021/jerk-2
Series two will be co-written by Tim Renkow (Funny Festival Live, Bobby and Harriet Get Married) and Shaun Pye (There She Goes, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order). Returning to star alongside Tim in series two is the Academy Award and Emmy-nominated Actress Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos, Goodfellas), Sharon Rooney (Dumbo, My Mad Fat Diary) and Rob Madin (Man Like Mobeen, Carters Get Rich).
Co-creator, co-writer, associate producer and star of Jerk, Tim Renkow, said, “We’re back! I can’t wait to get back to work, see everyone and contribute to the fall of western society.”
Shane Allen, Director Comedy Commissioning at the BBC says: “Great to have the most wickedly funny and boundary pushing show on British TV back for more no holds barred comedy. Jaw dropping and side splitting in equal measure.”
Jerk is a black comedy that revolves around the character of Tim (played by Renkow), a man who uses the fact that he has cerebral palsy to try and get away with anything. Tim makes people feel uncomfortable. He knows that because he does it on purpose. But that’s his problem, time spent taking aim at small targets means he constantly misses out on life’s bigger prizes.
Producer, Rebecca Murrell added, ”Tim Renkow is back, fully vaccinated and more outrageous than ever.”
Renkow was nominated for Breakthrough Act at the RTS Awards 2020 and Jerk won the Representation of Disability Award at the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence awards. In November 2020, Tim was also selected as a writer-performer for BAFTA Breakthrough.
Roughcut TV, award-winning producers of People Just Do Nothing and the triple BAFTA award-winning cult UK comedy Stath Lets Flats, has its first feature film, People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan due for release this summer. In addition, Roughcut’s six-part comedy, Bloods, starring Jane Horrocks and Samson Kayo will air on Sky One in May. The company is also developing Bren Rents, a US format of Stath Lets Flats for FOX ENTERTAINMENT written by Joe Mande while series three of Stath Lets Flats will begin filming late spring.
Jerk is a co-production between Roughcut TV and Primal Media for BBC Three and was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three and Shane Allen, Director Comedy Commissioning at the BBC. It is produced by Rebecca Murrell (Trollied, Jerk S1) and directed by Tom McKay (Drunk History, The Agency). The executive producers are Alex Smith and Ash Atalla for Roughcut TV and Mat Steiner for Primal Media. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Ben Caudell.
Roughcut TV is represented by CAA. Tim Renkow is represented by United.
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