The Big Bang Theory ’s spinoff about Sheldon Cooper’s childhood has officially been given the green light.

Young Sheldon will follow the theoretical physicist’s school days, as he attends the local high school in Texas at the tender age of nine years old.

US television network CBS has given a full series order for the half hour comedy, which is slated for the 2017-2018 series.

The role of Young Sheldon has been given to actor Iain Armitage, who can be seen in the current Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon series Big Little Lies.

Jim Parsons, who plays adult Sheldon, won’t appear on screen but he has signed on to narrate the series.

He’s been nominated for more than 50 awards and taken home 15 thanks to his portrayal of Sheldon.

Meanwhile, the role of Sheldon’s mum has been given to Zoe Perry, whose real life mum Laurie Metcalf plays his mother in the adult series.

Sheldon’s strict Christian upbringing in the Lone Star state has often been mentioned in the Big Bang Theory.

His mother – played by Laurie – is a regular fixture on the show too and even won an Emmy nomination for her recurring role.

The character’s famous friends Leonard Hofstadter, Howard Wolowitz, Raj Koothrappali and Penny will not feature in the proposed programme.

The Big Bang Theory, created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, has aired ten series and more than 200 episodes.

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