Tommy Tiernan returns to TV comedy in a new sitcom based on The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Derry Girls is a six part series written by Lisa McGee (Indian Summers, Being Human) and based on her own experience of growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. It will be filmed in the province for Channel 4 and produced by UK based Hat Trick Productions who also made the classic comedy series Father Ted filmed in front of a live audience in the ITV Studios on the South Bank in London and on location in Co. Clare.
In Derry Girls Saoirse Monica Jackson plays Erin, a 16 year old who is struggling with her parents, the outside world and troubles of her own. Tommy Tiernan will play her father and who remembers his last major TV acting role? It was for the same network in a 1990s comedy Small Potatoes.
Here’s a clip from a long time ago!
The producers have added this about Derry Girls:
It’s the early 90s, and Erin is used to seeing her country on the nightly news and speaking in acronyms (The IRA, The UDA, The RUC). This is a time of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points. But it’s also the time of Murder She Wrote, The Cranberries, MJ and Lisa Marie, Doc Martens, bomber jackets, The X Files, Nirvana and Wayne’s World. And while The Troubles may hang over her home town, Erin has troubles of her own.
Lisa McGee, Writer:
“I’m delighted to be able to tell the stories of real people living through The Troubles. And now, with the delicate political ecosystem of the country about to be tested by The Conservatives and The DUP, it seems well worth reminding ourselves how things were not so long ago, and what better way to do that than through comedy?”
Fiona McDermott, Head Comedy, Channel 4:
“Lisa’s warm and brilliantly observed writing coupled with our fantastic cast of new and established comedy talent makes Derry Girls a total laugh-out-loud must-see family sit-com in a very unique setting.”
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