Channel 4 has picked up their comedy series Derry Girls for a third season. Six episodes have been commissioned for the show’s third season. The renewal comes after season two wrapped its run on Channel 4 last night (Tuesday April 9th).
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 comedy series, which was created by Lisa McGee, is produced by Hat Trick Productions and stars Saoirse Monica Jackson, Tara Lynne O’Neill, Tommy Tiernan, Ian McElhinney, Siobhan McSweeney, Louisa Harland, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Dylan Llewellyn and Ardal O’Hanlon. The executive producers are Caroline Leddy, Liz Lewin, Jimmy Mulville and Lisa McGee. Derry Girls received funding from Northern Ireland Screen. Season two has thus far been averaging a consolidated audience of 2.7 million viewers.
“At a time of great uncertainty about the future of the country thank God we have one unequivocally good piece of news to look forward to: the Derry Girls will be back to make our lives a bit brighter and more fun,” said Channel 4’s Director of Programmes Ian Katz, who commissioned the third season alongside Channel 4’s Head of Comedy Fiona McDermott and Commissioning Editor Jack Bayles.
While Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, added: “It’s no surprise that Derry Girls continues to delight a growing legion of fans – a combination of magical writing and adorable characters make this show both timely and timeless. We’re delighted to confirm a third series – don’t tell Ma Mary, but I’m breaking open the Christmas cupboard in celebration.”