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Derry Girls series two: What we know so far

With the first series of Derry Girls finishing on Channel 4 last week, attention has now turned to when the hit comedy will return.

Derry native Lisa McGee's nostalgic series depicts the lives of a group of teenagers growing up in the Maiden City in the 1990s amid the Troubles.

Delighting both critics and audiences, Derry Girls has become an instant classic and Channel 4 have already ensured it will return for a second series.

When will Derry Girls return to our TV screens?

Channel 4 commissioned a new series of Derry Girls after just one episode aired, however the broadcaster has not confirmed an exact date for transmission. But filming is expected to begin later this year with the first new episode airing early next year.

Will the whole cast be returning?

Yes, Erin, Michelle, Orla, Clare, wee English fella James, Ma Mary, Da Gerry, Granda Joe, Aunt Sarah and Sister Michael will all be returning for the second series.

What can we expect from the new series?

Creator and writer Lisa McGee recently told the Radio Times she is currently drawing up ideas for series two.

She said: “I’m toying with maybe doing the ceasefire and how everyone reacts to that because I remember it actually unsettled people.

“I remember people didn’t know what to do.”

Lisa also said she would like to include former US President Bill Clinton’s visit to Derry in 1995.

Will love be in the air for any of the Derry Girls?

McGee said she would love one of the characters to get a boyfriend or for Clare, who came out during the last episode of series one, to get a girlfriend.

Actress Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare, told the Radio Times it would be an interesting story.

She said: “I can’t imagine Clare trying to be like, on a date.

“I don’t know what the hell she would wear, the flat Doc Martin shoes and all this stuff. I was chatting to Cathy Prior, our costume designer, the other day and we were talking about looks for Clare. There’s just so much, it’s such a great period for costumes, as long as I don’t have to wear the ski pants again I’ll be super happy.”

What can we expect from Orla?

Ditzy Orla was a fan favourite following series one and audiences will be excited to see what else she can get up to in the new run of epsiodes.

Actress Louisa Harland, who plays Orla, said she would like her character to meet her father - and has just the person in mind for who it could be...

“Kathy Kiera Clark (Aunt Sarah) and I want Rod Stewart to be my dad,” she joked. “We’re going to try and pitch that to Lisa, that Sarah hasn’t got a clue who Rod Stewart is and she just drunkenly on a night out slept with him and that he’s my dad and he comes to Derry to find her.”

What would the rest of the cast like to see happen for their characters?

Well, Saoirse Jackson, who plays Erin, wants a bit of a challenge for her character and wants to see how she would would cope if her friends got close to new people.

“I’d love to see Erin being devastated and so jealous if Clare got a girlfriend or Clare got another best friend.”

And as for Michelle? “I think she should do a bit of Stars in Their Eyes!” joked actress Jamie Lee O’Donnell.

Will there be a third series of Derry Girls?

So far Channel 4 have not looked beyond a second series, but McGee has said she would be happy to do a third, telling Radio Times: “I’d love it to get them to finish school.

“They have three school years left if we do it year by year so maybe, we’ll see.”

Derry Girls series one is available to watch online.

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