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I knew Derry Girls would be a hit, says star

From left: Derry Girls' creator Lisa McGee and cast members Nicola Coughlan, Siobhan McSweeney, Dylan Llewellyn, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Louisa Harland
From left: Derry Girls' creator Lisa McGee and cast members Nicola Coughlan, Siobhan McSweeney, Dylan Llewellyn, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Louisa Harland

By Julia Hunt

Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson said she knew the comedy was going to be special the first time the cast read through the script.

The show, about a group of friends growing up in Derry in the early Nineties at the time of the IRA and loyalist ceasefires, has been a huge hit, and broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a third series.

Speaking at London's BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, she said: "Our first read-through was something really special.

"When we all first sat down together and we heard the full script being read aloud it was a special moment, because we knew that it was a unique show and definitely we thought it was going to be something successful at home.

"I don't think we could ever have imagined the success over here, but that moment in the read-through was one to remember."

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