Channel 4 has given the green-light to Derry Girls, a six episode comedy series set in the 1990s in Derry, Northern Ireland in the run up to the ceasefire.
Derry Girls explores the lives of ordinary people living under the spectre of the Troubles, all seen through the eyes of a local teenager. Armed police in armoured Land Rovers, British Army check points and “peace” walls are all an everyday reality for 16-year old Erin and her friends. But, despite all that, Erin has other things to worry about, like the fact the boy she’s in love with, doesn’t know she exists.
The half-hour comedy hails from London Irish creator Lisa McGee, who has mined her own experiences to create the character of Erin. Caroline Leddy (Friday Night Dinner, London Irish, The Inbetweeners) and Liz Lewin (Crashing, London Irish, My Mad Fat Diary) serve as the executive producers.
“Derry Girls may have a unique setting but it’s a really warm family sitcom, seen through the eyes of teenager Erin”, said Channel 4’s Deputy Head of Comedy Nerys Evans, who commissioned the series alongside Channel 4’s Acting Head of Drama & Comedy Phil Clarke. “Lisa’s writing is truthful, brave and laugh-out loud funny.”
Derry Girls is the second scripted comedy to score a series order at Channel 4 in the past 24 hours. As TVWise previously reported, the channel has also given the green-light to The Bisexual, a six episode comedy series co-created by and starring Desiree Akhavan which explores the difference between dating men and women from the perspective of a person who finds herself doing both.