BBC Three will for the first time make all episodes of a new series available on BBC iPlayer ahead of its linear transmission. All six episodes of Jonah From Tonga, the new series from the writer and star of Summer Heights High and Ja’mie: Private School Girl, will be made available on BBC iPlayer from Friday 2 May for 48 hours.
The show will then air on BBC Three from Thursday 8 May. This forms part of an international simulcast with ABC Australia’s internet TV service iview.
Jonah From Tonga takes us on an adventurous journey into the life of 14-year-old rebellious schoolboy Jonah Takalua (Lilley), his family, friends and the crew of teachers and counsellors who are exhaustively trying to help him channel his seemingly limitless energy into bigger and brighter things.
“This is BBC iPlayer’s first collaboration with an international broadcaster to create an online TV event,” says Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content, BBC iPlayer. “For 48 hours only, iPlayer audiences will be given access to all episodes of Chris Lilley’s new comedy series ‘Jonah From Tonga’. We’re excited to see how this digital event sets light to social media activity from fans both here and on the other side of the world.”