Derry Girls is a sitcom about a teenage girl living through the troubles in Northern Ireland in 1994.
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.
Erin’s two best friends are Clare played by Nicola Coughlan and Michelle played by Jamie-Lee O’Donnell.
Channel 4 say: “Set in Derry in the run-up to the ceasefire, Derry Girls is a warm, funny and honest look at the lives of ordinary people living under the spectre of the Troubles, all seen through the eyes of a local teenager.”
The show is written by Lisa McGee (pic below) who grew up in Derry during this time “Anything set during the Troubles tends to be a bit grim and bleak, but that just wasn’t my experience of Derry as a child and a teenager, it was a joyful place. I’d like to celebrate that. It was also hugely matriarchal, so I was keen we have a large and varied cast of female characters. There were other things going on in Northern Ireland at that time, there were other stories, I’m excited to have the opportunity to tell some of them.”
Deputy Head of Comedy Nerys Evans, stated: “Derry Girls may have a unique setting but it’s a really warm family sitcom, seen through the eyes of teenager Erin. Lisa’s writing is truthful, brave and laugh-out loud funny.” The six-part sitcom aims to show the lighter side of the troubles in the north. Caroline Leddy is the executive producer of the show. Caroline is also known for The Inbetweeners, Four Lions and My Mad Fat Diary.
The show will premiere on Thursday January 4th at 10pm.