Set against the backdrop of the continuing nationalist and ethnic conflict in Northern Ireland, Derry girls’ sitcom portrays typical teenage life amid the troubled times between the sixties and 1998. The story revolves around the adventures of Erin, her cousin Orla, their friends Michelle and Clare, and James, who is Michelle’s English cousin. The show is set in the Northern Ireland town of Derry. James is an interesting character amidst the all-girl cast in the girls’ school and the only male adolescent in the show. Channel 4’s most successful comedy in the footsteps of Father Ted, written and created by Lisa McGee, was premiered on January 4, 2018. The sitcom was an instant hit, and millions of viewers across the world enjoyed the fun of viewing the six hilarious Derry girls episodes that marked the end of the first season.
More About Derry Girls
The popularity of the first series of the sitcom presented a funny but honest and warm look at the lives of ordinary people living amid the shadows of the turbulent times that the audience kept asking for more. They wanted to know how many seasons of Derry girls they could see in the future. The sitcom makers did not make the audience wait for long as they presented the show’s second season comprising another six episodes. The second season was as successful as the first one, and there will be the third season too in 2022 on Netflix, after a gap of three years. It will be the final part of the adventures of the gang of teenagers, as confirmed by the writer and creator Lisa McGee.
Characters and Cast
Here is a quick run-through of the cast of Derry Girls.
Saoirse- Monica Jackson, who appeared in various series since her debut in 2016, plays the role of Erin Quinn, who is ambitious about becoming a famous writer, constantly trying to elevate her social status but without. Jamie-Lee O’Donnell plays Michelle Mallon, an unashamedly offensive and sweary character. She is a man-hungry female with a filthy sense of humor who keeps landing in trouble because of her offensive ways. Nicola Coughlan plays the role of Clare Devlin, a clever and ambitious girl who keeps academic achievement above everything else. Louisa Harland is Erin’s cousin Orla McCool who dances to her own tunes and is unpredictable and whimsical. She thinks nothing about borrowing her cousin’s knickers and reading her cousin’s diary. The only adolescent male in the cast is James Maguire, played by Dylan Llewellyn, an Englishman and rank outsider despite being Michelle’s cousin.
Siobhan McSweeney as Sister Michael, the headmistress of Our Lady Immaculate College, Tara Lyne O’Neill as Erin’s mother, Ma Mary, Tommy Tieman as Da Gerry, Erin’s father, Ian McElhinney as Granda Joe, a well-respected man in his community, Kathy Kiera Clarke as Aunt Sarah and Leah O’Rouke as Jenny Joyce completes the list of Derry girls characters.
Derry girls is a thorough family entertainer that shows us the real-life in Northern Ireland during the time of conflict in the way McGee experienced it in her own life.