Derry Girls was grand from the start, and it has got stronger every series – which is so very evident in the current final series 3! Airing on Channel 4 now, when the third and final 6-episode run comes to a conclusion, we can now share the news there’ll be one more extended episode, which leaps forward to Derry one year later, as the gang prepare for their final school term.
Set on the week of the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement, the historic moment couldn’t be any worse as the highlight of the year, Erin and Orla’s joint 18th Birthday party, threatens to be overshadowed. While the family try to get their heads around the possible outcomes of the vote, the gang realise that they may not be ready for what the future holds – Lisa McGee, creator and writer of Derry Girls had this to say:
“Like all the very best 90s bands, I couldn’t resist ending our farewell tour with an encore for our loyal fans. I’m delighted to say we’ll be returning for one extended special – airing in the same week as our final episode. The special deals with the historic and momentous Good Friday Agreement vote , which coincides with the gang’s coming of age, they enter adulthood just as Northern Ireland embarks on a new future. I’m so proud of this show and of our incredible cast and crew and everything we’ve achieved over the past 5 years. What a journey it’s been. I’m so grateful Channel 4 gave me the space to end the stories of these characters that mean so much to me with this special. I really hope the fans love it as much as I do . Derry people aren’t great at saying Goodbye so I will instead use one of our native expressions “ That’s us away now”, Love Lisa McGee, always a Derry Girl.”
If you’re watching right now, or about to pick up, Series 3 of Derry Girls has been once again following 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, aka The Wee English Fella, James (Dylan Llewellyn). The show also stars Tommy Tiernan as Erin’s long-suffering father Gerry, Tara Lynne O’Neill as Erin’s mother Mary, Ian McElhinney as Granda Joe, Kathy Kiera Clarke as Aunt Sarah and Siobhan McSweeney as Sister Michael, the straight-talking Headmistress of Lady Immaculate College.