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Derry Girls cast make guest appearance on Inbetweeners reunion show

Derry Girls
Derry Girls

The cast of Derry Girls joined The Inbetweeners boys for their one-off reunion show which aired on New Year's Day.

Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison joined forces for a two-hour studio show on Channel 4, looking back at the hit series about four hapless sixth-form students and their often cringeworthy and misguided capers.

Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan, Louise Harland and Dylan Llewellyn of Derry Girls made a guest appearance on The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited, which celebrated the E4 sitcom's 10th anniversary.

"Ever wondered what The Inbetweeners would look like if the boys had transitioned and moved to Ireland? Well, Channel 4 did," said host Jimmy Carr before introducing the Derry Girls actors.

"I love the fact one of the Derry Girls is a boy and we never reference it," Carr said of Llewellyn, the 'the wee English fella'.

Coughlan, who plays Clare, admitted they were all "superfans" of The Inbetweeners as they presented the 'Best Teacher' award.

The notorious head of sixth form, Mr Gilbert, played by Greg Davies, was the sole nominee for the award.

"A lot of competition for this one. We have no idea which Greg is going to win it," joked Coughlan. 

Davies, who was an English and drama teacher before he rose to Inbetweeners fame, had prepared a heartfelt acceptance speech.

"I'd like to dedicate this award to all the children I taught in real life when I was a teacher. The Inbetweeners, for me, was the big break I needed to leave you all behind. I 'd love to tell you that I look back fondly on those years but I don't. It was a living hell," said Davies.

"Just because I've moved on, don't think that I don't monitor your lives on social media. I genuinely do.

"Where, for example, are you now, Gary Simmons? You were pretty damn cocky in my classroom, weren't you? And now, thanks to Facebook, I know that you are a divorced father-of-two and, after twenty years, you're still working in your dad's f****** shop."

Other special guests included Peter Andre and Jungle queen Emily Atack, who played Charlotte Hinchcliffe, the most popular girl in school who Will briefly dated.

The E4 sitcom ran for three series from 2008 until 2010, and saw Bird play Will McKenzie, a socially awkward newcomer to the fictional Rudge Park Comprehensive, who befriends sensitive Simon (Thomas), sex-mad Jay (Buckley) and dim-witted Neil (Harrison).

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