If you're looking for more shows like Derry Girls, we have nine hilarious recommendations for fans of Erin, Orla, Clare, Michelle and James. Our list of movies & series focuses on humourous, British, Irish and American comedies with big fun and sharp scripts.
The first series of Derry Girls ran from January to February 2018. Series two was aired in March and April 2019 on Channel 4 in Britain and Ireland, with the third series being set for release in 2020 before the world went into freefall! Filming is now due to begin later in 2021. The show was picked up by Netflix internationally, with series 1 being released on 21 December 2018. If you're a fan of the crazy schoolgirls, no doubt you'll be searching for more shows like Derry Girls.
My top recommendation for Derry Girls fans is Sex Education on Netflix. It's a brilliantly created, developed and acted piece of tv. There's laugh out loud moments skillfully mixed with drama and real-world problems – just like Derry Girls.
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When Is Derry Girls Set?
Derry Girls is the hilarious sitcom created and written by Lisa McGee. It's set in Derry, Northern Ireland during the 1990s where we see four teenage girls (and one boy from England!) navigating their adolescence as they attend an all Girls Catholic School during the Troubles.
We already know that the series is set in the 1990s, but what year? Lisa McGee, the writer of the show has never specified the exact date. However, we can deduce from various real-world events shown in the comedy series that it must be set in 1995. In season two, the girls are shown watching a News programme that features American President Bill Clinton visiting Derry. Clinton's trip to Northern Ireland happened in November 1995. Giving fans a good clue about the exact year the series is set.
Where Is Derry Girls Filmed
Channels 4's most popular show in years, the comedy is arguably the biggest hit since Father Ted and has put Derry firmly on the map. Much of the TV series is actually filmed in Derry. However, many of the shows most iconic scenes are shot in Belfast.
The scene of the girls walking down the steep hill on their way to school was filmed at Limewood Street in Derry. With great views, it is well worth a stop for those looking for that perfect selfie!
Fionnula's chips shop scenes were filmed at John Long’s, a real chippy which can be found on 39 Athol Street, Belfast. Apparently, the fish and chips are delicious!
So, if you fancy a road trip to become a ‘Derry Girl' you'll need to head over to Northern Ireland. Don't forget to visit the newest mural in Belfast, the show's stars have been immortalised on the side of Badger's Bar on Orchard Street.
How Many Seasons Of Derry Girls?
The British sitcom features three seasons in total, two have already aired but the third and final season of the television series is yet to drop. If you want to watch the first two series, you can find them on Netflix and Channel 4's on-demand service (UK tv only).
The teenagers are growing up and the show's creator has announced that season three will be the last. The feel good drama will wrap following the last outing of the ‘Derry Girls' which is due to air in 2022.
Speaking to the press, Lisa McGee (Writer & Creator) said “Derry Girls is a coming of age story; following five ridiculous teenagers as they slowly… very slowly… start to become adults, while around them the place they call home start to change too and Northern Ireland enters a new more hopeful place – which was a small, magical window of time.”
What Age Are The Cast Of Derry Girls?
The young friends featured in the show are not that young! The group ranges in age from 24 to 26. Saoirse Monica Jackson, who plays Erin Quinn, is 24 while Louisa Harland who plays Orla McCool, is aged 24. Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, who is cast as Michelle, is 26 while Dylan Llewellyn, who plays James, is aged 25. These ‘Children' are old enough to be a teacher or parents.
Famous Derry Girls Fans
It's no surprise to find out that the antics of those Derry Girls has legions of fans around the world. IRISH superstar Saoirse Ronan, The 25-year-old actress has been addicted to the Channel 4 sitcom. She had hoped to get a cameo in the popular comedy but the show's creators have deemed her too famous to appear in the story.
It seems other celebrities have also been told they can't be in Channel 4's hit show. Northern Irish celeb and singer Nadine Coyle has also been ruled out from appearing in the friendship based comedy.