Derry Girls. Image shows from L to R: Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn), Erin Quinn (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
Derry Girls

Derry Girls

  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 2018 - 2022
  • 19 episodes (3 series)

A warm, funny and honest look at the lives of ordinary people living under the spectre of the Troubles, all seen through the eyes of a local teenager. Stars Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Nicola Coughlan, Louisa Harland, Dylan Llewellyn and more.

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Series 2, Episode 1 - Friends Across The Barricade

Derry Girls. Image shows from L to R: James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn), Erin Quinn (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
Erin and the rest of the gang are excited to attend an outdoor pursuits weekend which aims to bring Protestant and Catholic school kids together as part of a peace initiative. But peace is the last thing on Michelle's mind once she finds out that there will be Protestant lads there!

Preview clips

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 5th March 2019
Time
9:15pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 5th March 2019 11:25pm 4seven
Thursday 7th March 2019 11:00pm C4
Thursday 14th March 2019 10:15pm 4seven
Thursday 2nd May 2019 10:00pm E4
Tuesday 5th May 2020 10:05pm E4
Wednesday 6th May 2020 3:10am E4
Friday 19th June 2020 10:00pm C4
Tuesday 30th June 2020 10:00pm E4
Thursday 24th September 2020 10:05pm E4
Tuesday 29th December 2020 12:10am E4
Monday 22nd November 2021 10:00pm E4
Tuesday 28th December 2021 2:20am E4
Sunday 10th April 2022 11:35pm E4
Monday 13th June 2022 12:05am E4
Monday 22nd August 2022 12:15am E4
Monday 22nd August 2022 3:20am E4
Monday 31st October 2022 2:15am E4
Monday 20th March 2023 12:40am E4
Monday 29th January 2024 12:55am E4

Cast & crew

Cast
Saoirse-Monica Jackson Erin Quinn
Jamie-Lee O'Donnell Michelle Mallon
Nicola Coughlan Clare Devlin
Louisa Harland Orla McCool
Dylan Llewellyn James Maguire
Siobhán McSweeney Sister Michael
Tara Lynne O'Neill Ma Mary
Tommy Tiernan Da Gerry
Ian McElhinney Granda Joe
Kathy Kiera Clarke Aunt Sarah
Leah O'Rourke Jenny Joyce
Donna Traynor Donna Traynor
Guest cast
Ava Grace McAleese Baby Anna
Mya Rose McAleese Baby Anna
Paul Mallon Dennis
Beccy Henderson Aisling
Peter Campion Father Peter
Caoimhe Farren Ms Taylor
Jay Duffy Harry
Laurie Kynaston Philip
Francis Mezza Dee
Brenock O'Connor Jon
Philippa Dunne Geraldine Devlin
Amelia Crowley Deirdre Mallon
Sean Sloan Philip's Father
Nigel O'Neill Harry's Father
Writing team
Lisa McGee Writer
Production team
Michael Lennox Director
Sam Pinnell Producer
Caroline Leddy Executive Producer
Liz Lewin Executive Producer
Jimmy Mulville Executive Producer
Lisa McGee Executive Producer
Carol Moorhead Line Producer
Lucien Clayton Editor
Nicola Moroney Production Designer
Carla Stronge Casting Director
Oli Russell Director of Photography
Cathy Prior Costume Designer
Robyn Wheeler Make-up Designer
Daire Glynn 1st Assistant Director

Videos

Catholics vs Protestants

What do Catholics and Protestants have in common?

Featuring: Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Erin Quinn), Louisa Harland (Orla McCool), Dylan Llewellyn (James Maguire), Siobhán McSweeney (Sister Michael), Peter Campion (Father Peter), Caoimhe Farren (Ms Taylor), Francis Mezza (Dee) & Brenock O'Connor (Jon).

Difference between Catholics and Protestants

The girls have to find buddies.

Featuring: Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Erin Quinn), Jamie-Lee O'Donnell (Michelle Mallon), Nicola Coughlan (Clare Devlin), Louisa Harland (Orla McCool), Dylan Llewellyn (James Maguire), Siobhán McSweeney (Sister Michael), Peter Campion (Father Peter), Caoimhe Farren (Ms Taylor), Jay Duffy (Harry), Laurie Kynaston (Philip), Francis Mezza (Dee) & Brenock O'Connor (Jon).

Press

Derry Girls, written by Lisa McGee, was another returning comedy that refused to succumb to "difficult second series" syndrome. Set in 1990s Northern Ireland, against the backdrop of the Troubles, Derry Girls once again boasted a sprawling cast with spirit to burn. Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson) pontificated about peace from a bath, while Orla (Louisa Harland) sniped: "She's pretending she's on Parkinson again." Ma Mary (Tara Lynne O'Neill) obsessed over a "big bowl", while lesbian Clare (Nicola Coughlan) suffered Da Gerry's (Tommy Tiernan's) attempts to bond with her about kd lang ("You're very talented people").

This episode featured a hopeless Protestant/Catholic school bonding trip, not helped by Jamie Lee O'Donnell's incorrigible Michelle, a girl so lairy I wouldn't put it past her to give a priest a wedgie. Meanwhile, "Small angry penguin woman" Sister Michael (Siobhán McSweeney) was on scene-stealing form again: "You'll go far in life, Jenny, but you'll not be well liked."

Derry Girls has been rightly praised for turning tired Northern Irish stereotypes to ashes in front of our eyes. It's also damn funny, with an ensemble so fine-tuned it verges on comedic ballet, and prickly writing that even dares to lampoon the yearning for peace: "All right, Erin, there's no need to make a big song and dance about it". Great stuff.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 10th March 2019

Derry Girls, Series Two, Channel 4 review

Welcome back, gang.

Owen Richards, The Arts Desk, 6th March 2019

Derry Girls review

This is a comedy about how memory exaggerates childhood, so that all the nuns are monsters, while the mothers do nothing but trade paranoid gossip.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 6th March 2019

The Derry Girls are the new emblems of Northern Ireland

It's the only thing we'd all be talking about now - if it weren't for letter bombs, Bloody Sunday and Brexit.

Susan McKay, The Guardian, 6th March 2019

Lisa McGee's rumbustious rabble return for a second series set against the backdrop of the Troubles. You expect chaos when you hear the words "Outdoor pursuits weekend" and not even Sister Michael can put to a stop to the high jinks when the (Catholic) girls are billeted with a bunch of Protestant boys.

Mike Bradley, The Guardian, 5th March 2019

How Derry Girls tells the true story of Derry

A hit Channel 4 comedy about a group of teenagers in 1990s Derry is transforming how the city is viewed around the world. Ben Kelly, born and bred there, explains the hype.

Ben Kelly, The Independent, 5th March 2019

Lisa McGee: We can never, ever go back to violence here

Creator Lisa McGee says that if there's one thing she learned from writing Derry Girls it's that we would be crazy to jeopardise peace in Northern Ireland.

Adrian Lobb, The Big Issue, 5th March 2019

Derry Girls review

A triumphant and exuberant return for the Channel 4 sitcom.

Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 5th March 2019

Derry Girls series two review

Lisa McGee's comedy is that rare thing - a hysterical and moving show about life as an adolescent girl. And with a bus-load of Protestant lads pitching up, it shows no sign of fading.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 5th March 2019

Cracking Brexit and borders with the Derry Girls

They're back. Say hello again to the Fab Five as the Derry Girls get ready for series 2 with Adrian Lobb.

Adrian Lobb, The Big Issue, 4th March 2019

TV preview: Derry Girls, C4

This is a show that rarely hits a bum note.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 4th March 2019

Derry Girls interview

Maiden City takes cast and crew to its heart.

Kelly Allen, Belfast Telegraph, 4th March 2019

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