Derry Girls

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

The Northern Ireland conflict may be simmering away in 1990s Derry (or Londonderry, depending on your preference), but 16-year-old Erin and her pals have troubles of their own to deal with. Looming bomb threats and political unrest play second fiddle to teenage dilemmas in this charming new coming-of-age comedy from Indian Summers and Being Human screenwriter Lisa McGee, who based much of the story on her own experiences growing up in the city.

It’s witty, charming and brimming with 90s nostalgia. And with Brexit talks centred on the issue of an Irish border once again, some might say Derry Girls is rather timely, too.

Summary

Comedy set against the Troubles in early-1990s Northern Ireland. The start of a new school term gets off to a bad start for Erin when she wakes to find her cousin reading her diary. But there is worse to come when Granda Joe announces a bomb has been found on the bridge. Saoirse-Monica Jackson stars.

Cast & Crew

Erin Saoirse-Monica Jackson
Orla Louisa Harland
Clare Nicola Coughlan
Michelle Jamie-Lee O'Donnell
James Dylan Llewellyn
Ma Mary Tara Lynne O'Neill
Aunt Sarah Kathy Kiera Clarke
Sister Michael Siobhan McSweeney
Da Gerry Tommy Tiernan
Granda Joe Ian McElhinney
Baby Anna Ava Grace McAleese
Mya Rose McAleese
Dennis Paul Mallon
David Donnelly Anthony Boyle
Wee Tina Maria Laird
Jenny Joyce Leah O'Rourke
Aisling Beccy Henderson
Sister Declan Barbara Adair
Deidre Mallon Ameila Crowley
Sean Devlin David Ireland
Soldier Luke Wilson Hanley
Director Michael Lennox
Executive Producer Caroline Leddy
Executive Producer Liz Lewin
Executive Producer Lisa McGee
Executive Producer Jimmy Mulville
Producer Catherine Gosling Fuller
Writer Lisa McGee
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Comedy