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Stall the ball, Channel 4 has only gone and given Derry Girls a second series

'Pure class'

Channel 4's hit comedy series Derry Girls has been commissioned for a second series, the broadcaster has confirmed.

The comedy show from Northern Ireland writer Lisa McGee premiered last week to rave reviews - resulting in more episodes being ordered.

Set against the backdrop of the Troubles, the series offers a glimpse of life in Derry in the early 1990s.

It follows Erin (Saoirse Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla (Louisa Harland) and friends Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) and Michelle’s English cousin James (Dylan Llewellyn).

The first episode of Derry Girls aired last Thursday and was Channel 4’s biggest comedy series launch in almost five years, pulling in around 1.6 million viewers.

In total over 2.5 million viewers have so far watched the series opener.

Channel 4's new Director of Programmes Ian Katz and Head of Comedy Fiona McDermott have ordered six more episodes of the NI-based comedy.

“Derry Girls is a blast of fresh air," Katz said.

 

"It’s everything we want from Channel 4 comedy: young, warm, brimming with new talent and rooted in an underrepresented part of the country. And a hit to boot. I’m delighted that we’ve commissioned a second series and can’t wait to see what Lisa does next.

McDermott added: “It’s a real thrill, and a testament to all involved, when a new comedy lands so well with such a broad audience.

"At the heart of Derry Girls are brilliant comedy characters that feel universal, mischievous and funny so it’s wonderful to be able to back it with a second outing so quickly and confidently.”

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Derry native McGee.

“Derry Girls is such a special project for me and it means so much that the audience have taken to Erin and the gang so warmly. I can’t wait to start writing series 2.”

Series one of Derry Girls continues on Thursday, January 11 at 10pm.

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