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'Derry Girls' Renewed for Third Series
10 Apr 2019 : News Desk
Derry Girls
Following the season finale of the hit comedy series on April 9th, Channel 4 has announced that ‘Derry Girls’ will be returning for series three.

The third series (6x30’) of the award-winning show has been commissioned by Director of Programmes Ian Katz, Head of Comedy Fiona McDermott and Commissioning Editor Jack Bayles.

‘Derry Girls’ series two launched with a consolidated audience of 3.2m viewers for episode one, making it Channel 4’s biggest UK comedy launch episode for 15 years. In Northern Ireland, the series two launch has been the most watched programme across all channels since series one. The second series has so far part-consolidated at 2.7m viewers (after 4 episodes). Series one averaged at 2.5m viewers.

‘Derry Girls’ is the creation of acclaimed writer Lisa McGee who has mined her own experiences to create a candid, one-of-a-kind, family-centred comedy. While series one saw the gang navigating their teens in 1990’s Derry against a backdrop of The Troubles, series two saw them navigating their parents, parties, love interests and school against the backdrop of a precarious peace process.

Speaking on the commission of the third series, Lisa McGee, writer of ‘Derry Girls’, 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!"

‘Derry Girls’ takes a warm and hilarious look at the everyday lives of ordinary people living in extraordinary times. The series follows Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla (Louisa Harland) and friends Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell) and Michelle’s tag along English cousin, James (Dylan Llewellyn). The series also stars Tommy Tiernan as Erin’s long-suffering father, Tara Lynne O’Neill as Erin’s mother, Ian McElhinney as Granda Joe and Kathy Kiera Clarke as Aunt Sarah. Siobhan McSweeney also stars as Sister Michael, the straight-talking Headmistress of Lady Immaculate College, where the gang attend.

Following the announcement, Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, 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.

Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, added:

“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.”

Jimmy Mulville, MD of Hat Trick Productions, said:

We’ve been brilliantly supported by Channel 4 on the Derry Girls’ journey and I’m just thrilled we’re still on it and heading for series three.”

The Northern Irish series won two IFTA GALA TV Awards in 2018 for Best Comedy and Best Writer in a Comedy/Soap and was recently nominated for the BAFTA TV Awards 2019, which will take place on May 12th.

Caroline Leddy (‘The Inbetweeners’, ‘Friday Night Dinner’, ‘London Irish’), Liz Lewin (‘London Irish’, ‘Crashing’, ‘My Mad Fat Diary’), Jimmy Mulville and Lisa McGee are Executive Producers. ‘Derry Girls’ is a commission for Hat Trick Productions and is a showcase of creative talent from Northern Ireland, entirely set and made locally. ‘Derry Girls’ received funding from Northern Ireland Screen.

The final episode of Derry Girls series two aired on Channel 4 Tuesday 9th April at 9 pm and is available to stream on All4 now.




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