Series 2, Episode 1 - Friends Across The Barricade
- Tuesday 5th March 2019
- Channel 4
- 30 minutes
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Cast & crew
|Tara Lynne O'Neill
|Kathy Kiera Clarke
|Ava Grace McAleese
|Mya Rose McAleese
|Director of Photography
|1st Assistant Director
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).
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).
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
Welcome back, gang.Owen Richards, The Arts Desk, 6th March 2019
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
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
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
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
A triumphant and exuberant return for the Channel 4 sitcom.Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 5th March 2019
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
This is a show that rarely hits a bum note.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 4th March 2019
Maiden City takes cast and crew to its heart.Kelly Allen, Belfast Telegraph, 4th March 2019