The Australian comedy series featuring a Malaysian-born student studying law in University of Melbourne will soon be available on BBC Three later this year, as the British public service broadcaster announced it has secured the rights to it.
The 30-minute, seven-episode show is based on the personal experience of Chieng – a correspondent in The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – as a foreign student in Australia.
BBC Three’s Controller Damian Kavanagh welcomes the new addition, adding: “He’s a comedy genius and, in Ronny Chieng: International Student, he has the perfect vehicle for his talents. I couldn’t be more excited to bring this series to the UK.”
Everone should also watch ronny chieng's takedown of watters & this awful segment on the daily show. It was fantastic.
— John Kalian (@johnkal23) August 1, 2017
The show tells the story of Chieng, a smart, driven but blunt kid as he lives, studies and runs into altercations with binge-drinking Australians, dodgy lecturers and filthy-rich students from his first semester until his final exam.
“I would talk to my friends about it and learnt people would study in a foreign country for three years or so and then go home,” Chieng, who co-wrote and co-created the series said, as quoted by The Music.
And they would say those years were like a dream, it was so ethereal. I wanted to capture that a bit.”
After a successful pilot on Australia’s national public broadcaster ABC, the series was given the go-ahead for a full season and started airing on ABC in June.
The ABC’s head of content sales and distribution Jessica Ellis calls the sale a “testament” not only to Chieng’s “immense talent”, but also to his growing fanbase and entertainment value globally.