Film & TV

Brand new Northern Irish comedy ‘Derry Girls’ is an instant hit

Derry Girls show launched last night on Channel 4 to a great reception.

Airing last night (Thursday) at 10pm, the Northern Irish show Derry Girls was drenched in 90s Nostalgia and laugh out loud gags.

The show has been hailed as a female Inbetweeners mixed with Father Ted and could be the next best thing to air on Thursdays.

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Credit: Belfast Telegraph

The show follows schoolgirl Erin, played by newcomer Saoirse-Monica Jackson, as she navigates high school with her potty-mouthed bestie Michelle, uptight friend Clare, her dim cousin Orla and Michelle’s cousin James who is, in fact, English *audible gasp*.

With posters of The Cranberries plastered over the school girls’ bedroom walls, and the rate of inflation meaning that you could still buy a decent pick’n’mix for £2, the show really hit the nail on the head as to what it meant to be a teenager in the early 90s.

What makes it unique is that it is all set to a backdrop of conflict and roadblocks in Derry during The Troubles in the early 1990s. The show portrays how the characters live in a world where a closed bridge due to a bomb is a complete normality and just means a diverted route to school and a missed sunbed appointment.

Twitter was set alight with adults sharing memories of their school days in Northern Ireland in the 90s – and photos of some seriously dodgy hair. It seems screenwriter Lisa McGee drew on her own teenage experiences and championed a show which rings true with a lot of people from that era.

For 30 minutes of viewing the show managed to pack in a love interest for Erin, a roadblock, many religious gags, an Irish mammy with a wooden spoon and a dead nun.

The show will have you laughing out loud at their sharp dialogue and witty one liners all drenched in a thick Northern accent.

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