Derry Girls is a teen sitcom created and written by Lisa McGee that premiered on 4 January 2018 on Channel 4. The channel's most successful comedy since Father Ted, the series was inspired by McGee's own experiences growing up in Derry during the final years of the Troubles.
A powerful intervention in the debate over the Government’s Troubles legacy proposals by former Secretary of State Julian Smith has been described as “mind blowing” by the creator of TV comedy Derry Girls after he referenced the show.
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.
“I’m not being an individual on me own!” moans Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan) in the first episode of Derry Girls, which debuted on Channel 4 at the start of 2018. After making grand plans to ditch their Catholic girls’ school’s strict dress code and swap their blazers for denim jackets, the height of Nineties cool, her friends - Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) and Orla (Louisa Harland) - have all reneged on their promise after intervention from their mammies, leaving her as the lone, denim-clad figure of rebellion.
Chirpy, cheerful and cheeky, with a singing talent to match the personality, Bellaghy 23-year-old Brooke Scullion is banking on the spirit of Derry Girls to help her win through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday night.
It’s considered the most fabulous fashion event of the year and the 2022 Met Gala didn’t disappoint, with the celebrity guests saving their most dramatic, theatrical and headline-grabbing outfits for the red carpet in New York.
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