Saturday 24 August 2019

Channel 4 confirms Derry Girls will be back with third series

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Lisa McGee's hit comedy Derry Girls will return to Channel 4 for a third series.

The broadcaster revealed the news as the second season of the tale of adolescent highs and lows came to a close on Tuesday night.

Sister Michael, Derry Girls, Channel 4
Sister Michael, Derry Girls, Channel 4
Tommy Tiernan (l) in Derry Girls, Channel 4
(left to right) Writer Lisa McGee with cast members Nicola Coughlan , Louisa Harland, Dylan Llewellyn and Saoirse-Monica Jackson at the Omniplex Cinema in Londonderry for the Derry Girls premiere ahead of the broadcast of the second series on Channel 4.Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Saoirse-Monica Jackson arrives at the Omniplex Cinema in Londonderry for the Derry Girls premiere ahead of the broadcast of the second series on Channel 4. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
(left to right) Louisa Harland and Nicola Coughlan arrive at the Omniplex Cinema in Londonderry for the Derry Girls premiere ahead of the broadcast of the second series on Channel 4. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Derry Girls, Channel 4
Jenny Joyce (Leah O'Rourke) and Sister Michael (Siobhan McSweeney) in Derry Girls, Channel 4
Jamie Lee O'Donnell as Michelle Malone in Derry Girls, Channel 4
Screen writer Lisa McGee drew from childhood experiences for the plot (Niall Carson/PA)

Writer Lisa McGee, who used her own childhood as the basis for the show, said she was thrilled her band of "eejits" would continue their on-screen adventures.

She said: "I love writing this show and I'm so thrilled to be able to continue the Derry Girls story, thank you Channel 4, Erin and the eejits live to fight another day!"

Top form: Popular comedy ‘Derry Girls’ is back on our screens
Top form: Popular comedy ‘Derry Girls’ is back on our screens
Derry Girls’ Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell

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The show follows the antics of a group of friends growing up in Derry around the time of the IRA and loyalist ceasefires.

In Northern Ireland the series two launch became the most-watched programme across all channels since the first series aired.

Channel 4's director of programmes Ian Katz said: "At a time of great uncertainty about the future of the country thank God we have one unequivocally good piece of news to look forward to: the Derry Girls will be back to make our lives a bit brighter and more fun."

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Head of comedy at the channel Fiona McDermott said: "It's no surprise that Derry Girls continues to delight a growing legion of fans - a combination of magical writing and adorable characters make this show both timely and timeless.

"We're delighted to confirm a third series - don't tell Ma Mary, but I'm breaking open the Christmas cupboard in celebration."

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