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Series two of the acclaimed Irish sitcom 'Moone Boy' is to begin its first run on Sky 1 next week.

The award-winning show - which is written by and stars comic Chris O'Dowd - returns to UK screens at 9pm on Monday February 17th.

O'Dowd plays Seán, the imaginary friend of 12-year-old Martin Moone - played by David Rawle - the youngest child of a family living in a small town in the Irish countryside.

Martin's fantastic imagination sees him come up with one ridiculous scheme after the next, aided and abetted by the banjo-playing Seán.

The show is set in the late 1980s/early 1990s, and according to O'Dowd, is loosely based on his own childhood experiences.

Sky recommissioned 'Moone Boy' before the first series had even aired, recognising it had a hit on its hands.

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And even before season two gets underway on Sky 1 on Monday, filming for the third season has taken place.

In a review for the Observer, Euan Fergusson suggested 'Moone Boy' may be the best sitcom to come out of Ireland since the legendary 'Father Ted'.

He described young Martin Moone as "the most life-affirming delight to have hit our screens in a long time".

"He is the amalgam of every well-intentioned, bright, troubled 12-year-old you might have been lucky enough to meet," Ferguson stated.

Last month, it was announced that 'Moone Boy' will be one of the Sky shows to be made available on Sky First Episodes - the broadcaster's new YouTube channel.

New instalments of 'The Tunnel' (Sky Atlantic), 'Moonfleet' (Sky 1) and 'A Young Doctor’s Notebook' (Sky Arts) are able available to watch via the video sharing platform.

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