Derry Girls

Derry Girls is a sitcom created and written by Lisa McGee. Produced by Hat Trick Productions and starring a predominantly Northern Irish cast, the programme is set in Derry, Northern Ireland, in the 1990s. It premiered on 4 January 2018 on Channel 4 and was renewed for a second series after the airing of its pilot episode. Production of a second series began later that year on 8 October 2018, while the network is in "advanced talks" regarding renewal for a third series. The second series began airing on 5 March 2019.

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Derry Girls
GenreSitcom
Created byLisa McGee
Written byLisa McGee
Directed byMichael Lennox
Starring
  • Saoirse-Monica Jackson
  • Nicola Coughlan
  • Louisa Harland
  • Jamie-Lee O'Donnell
  • Dylan Llewellyn
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes7 (as of 5 March 2019)
Production
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production company(s)Hat Trick Productions
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format16:9 (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release4 January 2018 (2018-01-04) 
present

Derry Girls is a sitcom created and written by Lisa McGee. Produced by Hat Trick Productions and starring a predominantly Northern Irish cast, the programme is set in Derry, Northern Ireland, in the 1990s.[1] It premiered on 4 January 2018 on Channel 4[2] and was renewed for a second series after the airing of its pilot episode. Production of a second series began later that year on 8 October 2018, while the network is in "advanced talks" regarding renewal for a third series.[3][4] The second series began airing on 5 March 2019.[5]

The programme follows the lives of Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla (Louisa Harland) and their friends Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell) and Michelle's English cousin James (Dylan Llewellyn), as they navigate their teens in Derry during the Troubles.

Cast

  • Saoirse-Monica Jackson as Erin Quinn
  • Nicola Coughlan as Clare Devlin
  • Louisa Harland as Orla McCool
  • Jamie-Lee O'Donnell as Michelle Mallon
  • Dylan Llewellyn as James Maguire
  • Tara Lynne O'Neill as Ma Mary
  • Kathy Kiera Clarke as Aunt Sarah
  • Siobhan McSweeney as Sister Michael
  • Tommy Tiernan as Da Gerry
  • Ian McElhinney as Granda Joe
  • Anthony Boyle as David Donnelly
  • Diona Doherty as Katya, the Ukrainian exchange student
  • Leah O'Rourke as Jenny Joyce
  • David Ireland as Sean Devlin

Episodes

Reception

Derry Girls was the most watched series in Northern Ireland since modern records began in 2002, being watched by an average of 519,000 viewers with a 64.2% share of the audience.[6] Una Mullally of The Irish Times praised the series – "The writing in Derry Girls is sublime, the performances perfect, the casting is brilliant."[7] On 11 January 2018, after the first episode had aired, the programme was renewed for a second series.[8] Each episode was watched by over two million people.[9] At the conclusion of the first series, Barbara Ellen of The Guardian wrote that Derry Girls evoked such programmes as The Inbetweeners, Father Ted and Bad Education.[10]

On 31 July 2018, the programme won the Radio Times Comedy Champion award after an intensely close battle with Inside No. 9. Derry Girls received 462,946 votes, while Inside No. 9 received 461,140.[11] At the 2018 IFTA Gala Television Awards, Derry Girls won Best Comedy and Lisa McGee won Best Writer - Comedy/Soap.[12]

The series was picked up by Netflix internationally with Series 1 being released on 21 December 2018.[13]

References

  1. "Derry Girls: Father Ted meets The Inbetweeners". The Irish World. 11 January 2018.
  2. Little, Ivan (20 December 2017). "Derry Girls could become TV hit – if viewers can understand them". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. Gallagher, Caitlin (21 December 2018). "Will 'Derry Girls' Return For Season 2? The Netflix Show Was Already Renewed In The U.K." Bustle.
  4. "Stall the flippin' ball! This is happening, so it is! Welcome back #DerryGirls @nicolacoughlan @JamieLeeOD @saoirsemonicajackson @louisa_harland @Djllewelly @LisaMMcGee". Channel 4 Press Twitter. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  5. "When is Derry Girls back on TV?". Radio Times. 19 January 2019.
  6. "'Stall the ball!' - Derry Girls has become Northern Ireland's biggest series ever". Belfast Telegraph. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  7. Mullally, Una (12 February 2018). "Why 'Derry Girls' strikes the right note". The Irish Times. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  8. "Stall the ball! Derry Girls is a cracker, we've given it a 2nd series". Channel 4. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  9. "Weekly top 30 programmes - BARB". www.barb.co.uk.
  10. Ellen, Barbara (11 February 2018). "The week in TV: Derry Girls; Endeavour; James Bulger: A Mother's Story and more – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  11. "Derry Girls pip Inside No 9 to the post in epic Radio Times Comedy Champion Final". Radio Times. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  12. "IFTA | Irish Film & Television Academy | Irish Film & Television Awards". www.ifta.ie. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  13. "Netflix Picks Up British Comedy "Derry Girls" Internationally". What's on Netflix. 25 November 2018.
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