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Writer's joy as Channel 4 bosses green light a second series of Derry Girls

By Allan Preston

Fans of Channel 4's new smash hit comedy Derry Girls will be "lurred" as a second series has been commissioned.

With just two episodes broadcast to date, TV bosses said they decided to renew the 1990s-set sitcom about a group of school friends from the Maiden City after monster ratings and "class" reviews. The first outing alone secured Channel 4's biggest comedy series launch in almost five years, with 2.5 million viewers so far, a 13.5% audience share. This also doubled the average number of 16-34 year old viewers.

Lisa McGee, writer of Derry Girls, said: "I'm absolutely delighted. 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 two."

Ian Katz, director of programmes at Channel 4, said: "Derry Girls is a blast of fresh air.

"It's everything we want from Channel 4 comedy: young, warm, brimming with new talent and rooted in an under-represented 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."

Fiona McDermott, Channel 4's head of comedy, said the warm reception had been "a real thrill" for cast and crew.

"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," she added.

Jimmy Mulville, MD of Hat Trick Productions, was overjoyed with the announcement, saying: "We love this show and to be given the go-ahead for a second season after only one episode is a fantastic vote of confidence from the channel.

"Other broadcasters could take note!"

The third episode of Derry Girls airs next Thursday at 10pm on Channel 4.

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