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When Derry Girls’ lens gets greener than normal, the comedy still wins through

Gail Walker


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Tribute: Series creator Lisa McGee in front of the Derry Girls mural in her home town

Tribute: Series creator Lisa McGee in front of the Derry Girls mural in her home town

Tribute: Series creator Lisa McGee in front of the Derry Girls mural in her home town

What a triumph Derry Girls has been. The sitcom signed off this week with an emotional one-hour special set against the backdrop of the Good Friday Agreement referendum, and won plaudits from viewers and critics alike.

Its phenomenal global success is all the more remarkable because Northern Irish politics is usually a complete turn-off to outsiders — and not all those turned off are outside. Dramas, let alone comedies, have found locals to be a very tough audience, even if they manage to get one.


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