'Movie version of Derry Girls on cards', says writer

Derry Girls stars Dylan Llewellyn (James), Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Michelle), Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Erin), Louisa Harland (Orla) and Nicola Coughlan (Clare)

Melanie Finn

The creator of the hit series Derry Girls says she has already started work on a movie version of the popular Channel 4 show.

Writer Lisa McGee said she would love to look at doing a big-screen version of the programme, which is set in Derry in the 1990s and stars Saoirse-Monica Jackson as teenager Erin Quinn.

Asked about the possibility of a movie version of the show, McGee said that it was in the advanced stages of planning.

"That's definitely something we're talking about and something I'd like to explore," she said.

"It's just if the story is right. So, it's about me figuring all that out at some point."

The first series of Derry Girls was broadcast on Channel 4 two years ago. A second series was swiftly commissioned and a third instalment is now in the planning stages.

Due to return later in the year, McGee said the new season would see the main characters starting to grow up a little bit.

"There's definitely a very personal journey that they go on, as well as a political one," she said.

"It's an exciting time for them as they're just on the cusp of adulthood."

She also hinted at a raft of new characters and that special guest stars would be incorporated in the third series.

"There's lots of new guest characters, as always. In every episode, we have a new big guest star come in," McGee said.


"That's really exciting, writing those. That has been good craic, looking forward to shooting all of that."

The show has won a raft of accolades, including a Bafta and four IFTA awards.

All the stars have become household names as a result of appearing on the TV show, with Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Nicola Coughlan going on to become the stand-out stars of the series.