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Comedy writer Lisa McGee puts the Derry Girls on film

Final episodes of series based on movies


Saoirse-Monica Jackson

Saoirse-Monica Jackson

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The girls receive their GCSE results in the new series

The girls receive their GCSE results in the new series

Writer Lisa McGee

Writer Lisa McGee



Saoirse-Monica Jackson

There have been rumours of a Derry Girls movie for a while, but for those who can’t wait that long, every episode of series three is themed around a film.

The final series of the 90s schoolgirl comedy returns to Channel 4 this Tuesday.

Show creator Lisa McGee said: “What we’ve tried to do this season is to have a theme and a genre in every episode, like a little movie.

“Episode one takes its tonal inspiration from Goodfellas. We meet the gang on the eve of them getting their GCSE results. The girls are worried they’re going to have to run away from home because they’re going to be so bad, [then] they wind up getting arrested.

“Meanwhile, Grandpa Joe and Gerry have to dispose of the body of a pet rabbit, so it’s a bit like a very silly thriller — very moody and sort of noir.

“Episode four is a kind of horror film where the girls end up going to this creepy house in Donegal and lots of weird stuff happens.

“Episode five is something very different for us. Ma Mary and Sarah are going to their school reunion, the class of 1977.

“We learn that something happened at that school reunion years ago that was like I Know What You Did Last Summer, but not anything actually that bad.

“Episode six is Halloween. Halloween in Derry is massive anyway, but the girls are off to see Fatboy Slim. They don’t get tickets, so Michelle tells this elaborate lie on national TV in order to bag some VIP passes.”

The Channel 4 show, which follows the antics of Erin and her pals as they navigate school in the Maiden City, has become one of the broadcaster’s biggest comedy hits.

Reflecting on how she feels about it ending, Lisa said: “It’s emotional because it’s become a bigger thing than I ever thought it would be. I don’t just mean as a piece of work or whatever, but for my city as well.

“It’s been this amazing, massive thing in my life for more than six years now. I read one of those platitudes people put on Instagram that said, ‘Don’t be sad it’s over but glad it happened’, and that’s how I feel.

“I am so grateful to have been able to do this in the first place, and the fact that I’ve been allowed to finish it the way I wanted to finish it has been incredible.

“I don’t think many writers can say that they’ve been given the chance to really say what they want to say, the way they want to say it. It’s such a privilege and an honour.

“I’m a bit nervous about some of it, but I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

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