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Derry Girls cast make One Show appearance as excitement builds for second series

Derry Girls cast were on the One Show ahead of the second series airing on Channel Four tonight. Credit: BBC
Derry Girls cast were on the One Show ahead of the second series airing on Channel Four tonight. Credit: BBC

The cast of hit comedy show Derry Girls have made an appearance on the BBC's The One Show as viewers get excited for the opening episode of the second series tonight.

Saoirse Monica-Jackson (Erin), Dylan Llewellyn (James), Jamie-Lee O'Donnell) (Michelle), Nicola Coughlan (Clare) and Louisa Clare Harland (Orla) all sat down on the One Show couch on Tuesday evening ahead of the airing of the much anticipated second season which follows the antics of four Maiden City girls and their wee English friend.

Saoirse Monica-Jackson, who is from Derry, said: "Being from Derry myself I am extremely proud of the show and I am extremely proud of my city. I definitely never expected to work in my own accent, never mind do a show about where I am from. It is a dream come true."

She added the show feels like "being back at school" in Derry.

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Nicola Coughlan, speaking about a mural of the Derry Girls that has recently been painted on the side of a pub in Derry, said: "We snuck down incognito with our hoods up but someone spotted us, circled back round with their wife, her sister and her child. You can't really go incognito in Derry, it doesn't work."

Dylan Llewellyn, who plays Michelle's cousin from England, said: "He is like a fish out of water. It is like he has gone through the looking glass really."

Asked how much he knew about the Northern Ireland Troubles before taking the role, he said: "Me personally, I didn't know much about it because they don't really teach it in English schools. It was all quite alien to me. It was really interested learning curve, learning from the girls."

The first episode of the second season will air on Channel 4 at 9.15pm tonight.

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