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You didn't think we'd leave you? Channel 4 Confirms Derry Girls season 3

Orla (Louisa Harland), Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), James (Dylan Llewellyn) and Michelle (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell)
Orla (Louisa Harland), Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), James (Dylan Llewellyn) and Michelle (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell)

Channel Four confirmed Derry Girls will return for a third series as the current run bowed out in emphatic style.

The show - created by Derry native Lisa McGee - took on a American feel as fever pitch gripped the city ahead of the visit of American President Bill Clinton.

The Quinn household was in turmoil as preparations were well behind for the occasion and in case he took the notion to pop in for a cup of tea.

The girls however, had different plans. They were going to take daughter Chelsea to Lisnagelvin Leisure Centre - as the wave machine had been fixed.

And of course Grandad Joe and his mate set about tracking down the precise location of the Clinton's base. And with the less-than-willing Da Gerry in tow.

The show ended with the chants of 'we want Bill' but for the girls it was 'we want James' (the wee English fella) who had decided to leave with his mum back to England. Only for him to make a triumphant return proudly declaring "I'm a Derry Girl".

In contrast to the poignant ending of series one, the series bowed out with the words of Clinton as he addressed the crowds in front of the Guildhall. He called on the people to build on the opportunity of peace and "believe that the future can be better than the past".

Since it hit our screens the show has taken audiences by storm, earning widespread acclaim and taking a host of awards  - and judging on the reaction of Tuesday's finale, there will be many counting down the days to series three airs.

"You didn't think we would leave that easy did you," tweeted Derry Girl Nicola Coughlan.

Writer Lisa McGee, who used her own childhood as the basis for the show, said she was thrilled her band of “eejits” would continue their on-screen adventures.

She said: “I love writing this show and I’m so thrilled to be able to continue the Derry Girls story, thank you Channel 4, Erin and the eejits live to fight another day!”

Channel 4’s director of programmes Ian Katz said: “At a time of great uncertainty about the future of the country thank God we have one unequivocally good piece of news to look forward to: the Derry Girls will be back to make our lives a bit brighter and more fun.”

Head of comedy at the channel Fiona McDermott said: “It’s no surprise that Derry Girls continues to delight a growing legion of fans – a combination of magical writing and adorable characters make this show both timely and timeless.

“We’re delighted to confirm a third series – don’t tell Ma Mary, but I’m breaking open the Christmas cupboard in celebration.”

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