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Derry Girls get stick on social media over second series

James (Dylan Llewellyn), Orla (Louisa Harland), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), Clare (Nicola Coughlan) and Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson) in the second episode of Derry Girls
James (Dylan Llewellyn), Orla (Louisa Harland), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), Clare (Nicola Coughlan) and Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson) in the second episode of Derry Girls

By Andrew Madden

The latest episode of Derry Girls received a mixed response from fans on social media.

This has now left many asking: is the hit comedy show starting to flop?

Episode two of the second season, titled Ms De Brun and the Child of Prague, saw Erin, Clare, Michelle, Orla and James inspired by their new, radical English teacher Ms De Brun, played by Judith Roddy.

It also featured a raid of Ma Mary's Christmas cupboard and a trip to the cinema ruined by a security alert. Viewers took to Twitter to critique the episode - and although it continued to enjoy acclaim from fans - some felt as though the series might have already peaked.

SportsSean tweeted: "Not quite sure what all the fuss is about when it comes to #DerryGirls its good, but it's not brilliant. A tad overrated I feel..."

Ronan Kelly added: "I really want the second series of #derrygirls to be a big success but struggled with this week's programme which I thought was seriously lacking. Will try again next Tuesday."

Paul Thompson said: "It's pretty dire. They should have left it after series one."

John Hueston tweeted: "Possibly too much expected of #DerryGirls after their initial success. Thought tonight's episode was slightly better than last week but so far lacks the freshness and impact of the first series. Like a multi selling first album the second can prove difficult."

However, it seems the series is still in the good books of many, including Little Britain's Matt Lucas.

"Alan Partridge, Derry Girls, Fleabag. What a time for comedy. Can people stop saying 'Oh yeah they don't make 'em like they use to', please?" he said.

Jennifer Devereux tweeted: "How does #DerryGirls get funnier with every episode. Tunes are excellent, soundtrack to my youth. I think in a Derry accent every Wednesday."

Channel 4 said the first episode of the new series was watched by 3.2m viewers, out-performing the previous series launch and making it the channel's biggest audience for a comedy series since 2007.

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