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Channel 4 Confirm Second Season of Lisa Mcgee's 'Derry Girls'
15 Jan 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Channel 4 has confirmed that the station will be commissioning a second season of Lisa Mcgee’s coming-of-age comedy series ‘Derry Girls’.

The news was announced by Channel 4 after the show debuted to an audience of 2.5 million viewers, making it the biggest comedy series launch on the station in five years.

 

Speaking about the commissioning of the second series, a spokesperson for Channel 4 stated that:

“The first episode of Derry Girls has so far part-consolidated at a brilliant 2.5 million viewers, with a 13.5% share of audience and more than doubles the slot average of 16 - 34 year old viewers. This makes it Channel 4’s biggest comedy series launch almost six years. It is also All 4's biggest comedy launch since 2012.”

‘Derry Girls’ is a Hat Trick Productions commission filmed in Northern Ireland, with Michael Lennox (‘Boogaloo & Graham’) as director and Catherine Gosling producing. The show made its premiere on Channel 4 at 10pm on January 4th.

The six-part Channel 4 series sees Saoirse Monica Jackson in the leading role of sixteen year-old Erin Quinn, living with her uncompromising mother, played by Tara Lynne O’Neill, and long-suffering father, portrayed by Tommy Tiernan. Also seen in the family home is fearsome ‘Granda Joe’ played by Ian McElhinney.

Synopsis 
It’s the early 90s, and Erin is used to seeing her country on the nightly news and speaking in acronyms (The IRA, The UDA, The RUC). This is a time of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points. But it’s also the time of Murder She Wrote, The Cranberries, MJ and Lisa Marie, Doc Martens, bomber jackets, The X Files, Nirvana and Wayne’s World. And while The Troubles may hang over her home town, Erin has troubles of her own.

Speaking about the series, Lisa McGee, Writer said: 
“I’m delighted to be able to tell the stories of real people living through The Troubles. And now, with the delicate political ecosystem of the country about to be tested by The Conservatives and The DUP, it seems well worth reminding ourselves how things were not so long ago, and what better way to do that than through comedy?”

Fiona McDermott, Head Comedy, Channel 4: 
“Lisa’s warm and brilliantly observed writing coupled with our fantastic cast of new and established comedy talent makes Derry Girls a total laugh-out-loud must-see family sit-com in a very unique setting.”

Jimmy Mulville, MD, Hatrick Productions: 
“Having produced Father Ted, it’s a real privilege for Hat Trick to be involved with another brilliant, stand-out Irish comedy this time set in the North. Lisa has written a beautifully authentic and hilarious depiction of family life in Derry during the early 90s and, with her, the experienced team of Liz Lewin, Caroline Leddy and Catherine Gosling Fuller has found a simply fantastic cast.”

The next episode will air on Channel 4 this Thursday, January 18th at 10pm.




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