Series 1, Episode 4
Derry is welcoming the 'Children of Chernobyl' - teenagers, affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, who have been sent from their contaminated homeland for a few weeks of fresh air to, as Sister Michael puts it "give their wee lungs a clear out".
The Quinns are hosts to one of these 'children' - Katya. Erin couldn't be more excited - she can't wait to share her wisdom and benevolence with this "poor Ukranian girl". Katya, however, turns out to be sophisticated, confident, sexy and a lot less grateful to be in Derry than Erin had expected, unless you factor in one of the gang.
Meanwhile the rest of the family have other preoccupations - a new development in Granda Joe's love life leaves his daughters deeply unimpressed...
- Thursday 25th January 2018
- Channel 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Saoirse Jackson (as Saoirse-Monica Jackson)||Erin Quinn|
|Jamie-Lee O'Donnell||Michelle Mallon|
|Nicola Coughlan||Clare Devlin|
|Louisa Harland||Orla McCool|
|Dylan Llewelyn (as Dylan Llewellyn)||James Maguire|
|Tara Lynne O'Neill||Ma Mary|
|Tommy Tiernan||Da Gerry|
|Ian McElhinney||Granda Joe|
|Kathy Kiera Clarke||Aunt Sarah|
|Siobhán McSweeney||Sister Michael|
|Leah O'Rourke||Jenny Joyce|
|Anthony Boyle||David Donnelly|
|Niall Cusack||Father Conway|
|Michael McGarry||Ukrainian Lad 1|
|Ciaran Flynn||Ukrainian Lad 2|
|Catherine Gosling Fuller||Producer|
|Caroline Leddy||Executive Producer|
|Liz Lewin||Executive Producer|
|Jimmy Mulville||Executive Producer|
|Lisa McGee||Executive Producer|
|Nicola Moroney||Production Designer|
Grandad Joe starts dating again, and Mary and Sarah are not happy about it...
Featuring: Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Erin Quinn), Jamie-Lee O'Donnell (Michelle Mallon), Nicola Coughlan (Clare Devlin), Louisa Harland (Orla McCool), Dylan Llewellyn (James Maguire), Tara Lynne O'Neill (Ma Mary), Tommy Tiernan (Da Gerry), Ian McElhinney (Granda Joe), Kathy Kiera Clarke (Aunt Sarah), Siobhán McSweeney (Sister Michael).
In order "to give their wee lungs a bit of a clear out", a group of teenagers from Chernobyl visit Derry. Naturally, forthright Erin, a naif who imagines herself worldly, expects her house guest to be appropriately grateful, only to find sophisticated Katya (Diona Doherty) treats her with disdain. Elsewhere, Granda Joe makes a new friend, a development that goes down badly with his daughters. Lisa McGee's Troubles-set comedy continues to be a rare combination of poignant and laugh-out-loud funny.Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 25th January 2018
Claire Allan grew up in Derry in the '90s - and attended the same high school depicted in Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls. She looks at how the hit show captures that time and place.Claire Allen, i Newspaper, 25th January 2018
There have been times, I must admit, when I have quietly put off watching plays and television series set in Troubles-era Northern Ireland. It's not that I don't think they will be good. It's just that, having grown up there in the 1970s and 1980s, with stories of grim tit-for-tat murders regularly on the nightly news, I sometimes have to brace myself imaginatively to re-enter the bullets and barbed-wire side of our history: it might be painful if a dramatist conveys the events and atmosphere accurately, and painful in another way if they don't.This caveat does not apply to Derry Girls, the new Channel 4 series by Lisa McGee, which follows a bunch of 16-year-old Catholic schoolgirls in the early Nineties.Jenny McCartney, The Telegraph, 25th January 2018