BBC Three’s award-winning comedy series Uncle returns this weekend for a final seven-part series.
It’s been four years since man-child Andy (Nick Helm) forged an unlikely alliance with nerdy nephew Errol (Elliot Speller-Gillott). Suicidal and irresponsible, Andy cared only about having lost his girlfriend, and only looked after Errol after being blackmailed into it by chaotic sister Sam (Daisy Haggard).
But a lot’s changed since then. The first two series saw the pair fight being kept apart, seen each other through heartbreak and triumphed together in a life or death song contest and, while they’re not immune to the odd disagreement, have always have each other’s back.
As we rejoin them for series three they’re not the only ones who’ve changed. Sam has a new job, is living with Bruce (Daniel Lawrence Taylor) and Errol as a part of a newly-blended family and everything’s finally come together – but will she be ready when a surprise comes along to test her mettle?
Meanwhile, more than a year after learning he was going to be a father, Andy is having nightmares about the kid he’s never met. And although he’s living rent free in Sam and Bruce’s basement rather than living the dream, he’s had a taste of musical success and things are beginning to look up.
With Errol’s help, Andy goes on a journey of self-discovery to find out whether he can take responsibility for his future – and finally grow up. Is financial security more important to him than artistic integrity? Can he make a relationship last? Is anything worth sacrificing to finally get his big shot? And what would it all mean anyway, if he couldn’t share it with Errol?
Series three features guest appearances from Dylan Moran (Black Books) as music exec Marsh, Amanda Abbington (Sherlock) as creative writing teacher Siobhan, Geraldine James OBE and Clive Russell (Game of Thrones) as Andy and Sam’s parents, and Kae Alexander (Game of Thrones) as music producer Lex.
They join returning cast members from series one and two including Con O’Neill (Val).
Kristian Smith, Commissioning Editor for BBC Comedy, said: “Through the past two series’ we’ve watched Errol and indeed his Uncle Andy grow up, and in this one we see them both face adulthood. A charming and beautifully written series that won’t disappoint”.
Alison MacPhail, Executive Producer, says: “We are all so proud of Uncle, and particularly delighted to see the final series end on a high and go out with such a bang. The cast is as brilliant as ever and the writing and direction excels – fans of the first two series’ will love it.”
Uncle series three will premiere on BBC Three starting Sunday 1 January at 10am. Uncle series one and two is available online now.
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