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".
That was class! #DerryGirls— Colum Eastwood (@columeastwood) January 4, 2018
Derry Girls starts tonight #4 let’s see what the craic is there. Xx— Nadine Coyle (@NadineCoyleNow) January 4, 2018
‘I thought we were going to be individuals this year?’— Sinead Doyle (@SineadDoyle) January 4, 2018
‘I wanted to but me ma wouldn’t let me.’
‘Well I’m not being an individual on me own.’
Brilliant. Already love #DerryGirls
Haven’t stopped laughing since it started #DerryGirls— Joanna (@joannacoops) January 4, 2018
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
Brit: A member of the British armed forces
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
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
Hi: A sound placed at the end of almost any sentence for no particularly reason e.g. “No problem hi”
Head melter: Someone who causes you mental distress
Lurred: Absolutely delighted
Mind: “Do you remember?”
Mouth: Someone prone to exaggeration
No Bother: “That’s no trouble whatsoever”
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”
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