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Derry Girls: Channel 4 commissions second series

Derry Girls is set in the 1990s when Doc Martens and Murder She Wrote were everything

DERRY Girls has been commissioned for a second series just one week after the first episode aired on Channel 4.

The comedy set in Troubles-era Derry and an all-girls convent school which has the distinction of having one male pupil has been watched by 2.5 million people in the past week, making it Channel 4's biggest comedy series launch in recent years.

The drama is written by Lisa McGee and immediately spawned memes after debuting last Thursday night.

Galway actress Nicola Coughlan plays Clare Devlin and says she watched YouTube videos of Nadine Coyle to perfect her Derry accent.

Ms McGee said she can't wait to get stuck into writing the second series of "such a special project" and that "it means so much that the audience have taken to Erin and the gang so warmly".

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, said the show is "a blast of fresh air" while Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, said brilliant comedy characters are at the heart of Derry Girls.


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