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Derry Girls premieres on Channel 4 - how many viewers tuned in?

Channel 4's new comedy Derry Girls brought in an audience of 1.6m on its launch night- and set Twitter ablaze with lots of verdicts and praise for the first episode.

The six-part series is written by Lisa McGee and focuses on her own stories of growing up in the Northern Ireland city in the early 1990s.

Starring Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan, as well as Saoirse Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, the programme is set against the backdrop of The Troubles.

Journalist Leona O'Neill said the show turned out to be an "authentic and hilarious depiction of life in a troubled city during the early 90s".










Ahead of the series kicking off on January 4, Channel 4 issued a "Derry Girls glossary" for viewers who may not be familiar with the vernacular.

How many do you know?

Bars: Gossip / scandal

Boke: Vomit

Brit: A member of the British armed forces

Broke: Embarrassed

Broke to the bone: Hugely embarrassed

Buzzing: Very happy

Catch yourself on: “Don’t be so ridiculous”

Cack attack: A state of extreme nervousness “I’m having a complete Cack attack”

Chicken ball special: A local delicacy

Class: Brilliant

Craic: Fun, but also news e.g. “Tell us your craic?”

Cracker: Beyond brilliant

Critter: Someone who evokes sympathy e.g. “You poor Critter”

Dose: An unbearable human being

Eejit: Idiot

Hi: A sound placed at the end of almost any sentence for no particularly reason e.g. “No problem hi”

Gone: Please

Head melter: Someone who causes you mental distress

Lurred: Absolutely delighted

Mind: “Do you remember?”

Mouth: Someone prone to exaggeration

Mucker: Friend

No Bother: “That’s no trouble whatsoever”

Raging: Annoyed/angry

Ride (n): A very attractive person

Ride (v): To have sex

Ripping: Extremely annoyed / angry

Saunter: “Be on your way”

Sh**e the tights: Someone of a nervous disposition

Slabber: A show off

So it is/so I am: A phrase used for emphasis e.g. “I’m delighted, so I am”

Start: To provoke e.g. “Don’t start me”

Stall the ball: “Stop what you’re doing immediately”

Tayto cheese and onion sandwich: A local delicacy

Wain: A child or young person

Watch yourself: Take care

Wile: Very or Terrible

Wise up: “Don’t be so stupid and/or immature”

Yes: Hello

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