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Derry Girls is a British television sitcom created and written by Lisa McGee. Produced by Britain's Hat Trick Productions, it is set in Derry, Northern Ireland, in the 1990s.[1] It was broadcast in January and February 2018 on Channel 4[2] and in December 2018 on Netflix. A second series was shown in March and April 2019 on Channel 4.

Derry Girls
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Created byLisa McGee
Written byLisa McGee
Directed byMichael Lennox
StarringSaoirse-Monica Jackson
Louisa Harland
Nicola Coughlan
Jamie-Lee O'Donnell
Dylan Llewellyn
Theme music composerDolores O'Riordan
Noel Hogan
Ending theme"Dreams" by The Cranberries
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Hat Trick Productions
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format16:9 1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release4 January 2018 (2018-01-04) –



Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla (Louisa Harland), their friends Clare (Nicola Coughlan) and Michelle (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), and Michelle's English cousin James (Dylan Llewellyn) navigate their teen years during the Troubles in Derry, where they all attend a Catholic girls' secondary school.

Erin lives with her father, Gerry; her mother, Mary; her baby sister; Mary's younger sister, Sarah; Sarah's daughter, Orla; and maternal grandfather, Joe. James is Michelle's cousin, his mother Cathy left Derry for England before he was born and raised him in London. She sends him back to Derry to live with Michelle and her mother Deirdre when she is going through a divorce.




  • Beccy Henderson as Aisling
  • Claire Rafferty as Miss Mooney
  • Amelia Crowley as Deirdre Mallon
  • Kevin McAleer as Uncle Colm
  • Paul Mallon as Dennis



Filming took place in Northern Ireland with most scenes being shot in Derry and Belfast.[3][4]

The show was renewed for a second series shortly after the airing of the pilot episode of the first series, which would ultimately prove to be Channel 4's most successful comedy since Father Ted.[5][6]

Production of the second series began on 8 October 2018.[7][8] The second series began airing on 5 March 2019.[9] On 9 April 2019, immediately after the second series finale, it was confirmed by Channel 4 that Derry Girls is set to return for a third series.[10][11]


Derry Girls has received critical acclaim. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the first series holds a fresh rating of 100%, with an audience score of 94% and of the series, the critic consensus states that it is "A perfectly curated cast and raw writing drive Derry Girls's dark humor as creator Lisa McGee makes frenetic light of teen life in 1990s Northern Ireland".[12] The second series holds a rating of 93%, with an audience score of 100% and it is said that "The sophomore season of Derry Girls doesn't lose any of its irreverent charms thanks its predictably unpredictable romps and canny characterisations".[13]

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.[14] Una Mullally of The Irish Times praised the series – "The writing in Derry Girls is sublime, the performances perfect, the casting is brilliant."[15] On 11 January 2018, after the first episode had aired, the programme was renewed for a second series.[16] Each episode was watched by over two million people.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19] At the 2018 IFTA Gala Television Awards, Derry Girls won Best Comedy and Lisa McGee won Best Writer - Comedy/Soap.[20]

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


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 IFTA Gala Television Awards Best Female Performance Saoirse-Monica Jackson Nominated [22]
Best Male Performance Tommy Tiernan Nominated
Best Comedy Derry Girls Won [23]
Best Writer in a Comedy or Soap Lisa McGee Won
British Screenwriters’ Awards Best Comedy Writing on Television Won [24]
2019 Royal Television Society Awards Best Scripted Comedy Derry Girls Won [25]
Best Writer (Comedy) Lisa McGee Nominated
BAFTA TV Awards Best Scripted Comedy Derry Girls Nominated [26]


  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. ^ "Where Is 'Derry Girls' Filmed? The Shooting Location For C4's Coming-Of-Age Sitcom Is Largely True To Its Name". Bustle. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Derry Girls filming to proceed despite objections over road closure". BBC News. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Derry Girls: 'We're Doing it For Peace. A Piece of Fine Protestant Ass'". The Irish Times. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Derry Girls Guide to Derry: Murals, Cream Horns and Sr Michael Stout". The Irish Times. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  7. ^ Gallagher, Caitlin (21 December 2018). "Will 'Derry Girls' Return For Season 2? The Netflix Show Was Already Renewed In The U.K." Bustle.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "When is Derry Girls back on TV?". Radio Times. 19 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Derry Girl 'eejits' to return for third series". BBC News. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  11. ^ Green, Alex (9 April 2018). "Derry Girls renewed for third series". Irish Independent. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Derry Girls: Series 1 (2018)". Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Derry Girls: Series 2 (2019)". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  14. ^ "'Stall the ball!' - Derry Girls has become Northern Ireland's biggest series ever". Belfast Telegraph. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  15. ^ Mullally, Una (12 February 2018). "Why 'Derry Girls' strikes the right note". The Irish Times. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Stall the ball! Derry Girls is a cracker, we've given it a 2nd series". Channel 4. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Weekly top 30 programmes - BARB".
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "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.
  20. ^ "IFTA | Irish Film & Television Academy | Irish Film & Television Awards". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Netflix Picks Up British Comedy "Derry Girls" Internationally". What's on Netflix. 25 November 2018.
  22. ^ "IFTA NOMINATIONS FOR THE IFTA GALA TV AWARDS 2018". Irish Film & Television Academy. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Derry Girls and The Young Offenders among the winners at the IFTAS". JOE. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  24. ^ "Winners British Screenwriters Awards 2018". British Screenwriters' Awards. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  25. ^ "RTS Awards 2019 winners include Mum and Derry Girls". British Comedy Guide. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  26. ^ "Derry Girls scores Bafta nomination for best scripted comedy". Belfast Telegraph. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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