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Derry Girls swearing bleeped out for star's nephew and niece

Galway actor, Nicola Coughlan who plays Clare Devlin (extreme left) in Derry Girls had swear words "bleeped" out from the first episode so that her young nephew and niece could watch.
Seamus McKinney

One of the stars of new comedy hit Derry Girls had to have swear words 'bleeped' out of the first episode before she allowed her nephew and niece to watch it.

Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare in the new Channel 4 sit-com, took to social media to request professional technical help before her nine-year-old nephew and six-year-old niece were able to watch the show.

The second episode of Derry Girls - written by Lisa McGee – once again aired to a hugely positive reaction last night.

Following its first broadcast the previous week, Derry Girls proved a huge success for Channel 4 with viewing figures spiking at 1.7 million. However, there was some criticism at the high level of swearing in the show. Channel 4 has confirmed that the show is returning for a second series.

Derry Girls is based on the experiences of four teenage girls growing up in the 1990s, set against the background of the troubles. Compared to The Inbetweeners, social media and critical reaction to the show has been hugely positive.

Following the first broadcast, Galway native, Coughlan used Twitter to seek help in preparing the show for her nephew and niece.

She posted: “I have a Twitter request! I have a 6 & 8 year old niece and nephew who are very keen to see #DerryGirls but I’m not quite ready for them to learn a lot of the words in it. Could anyone on here do a bleeped version of the episode and I would buy you a pressie to say thanks!”

Her request brought an immediate response from a film editor who was able to “bleep” out the swear words. There were also suggestions about the removal of some of scenes which would be considered unsuitable for children. One responder tweeted: “I should also be able to blur visually inappropriate bits.”

Last night’s episode centred on plans for a school trip to Paris, the traditional Friday night fish and chips and protagonist, Erin’s great Uncle Colm (Kevin McAleer) who the IRA tied to his “economy seven radiator” with the new shoe laces he brought only the week before.

Coughlan also revealed her part in the show led to her getting a mention from the parish priest at Mass back home in County Galway.

She tweeted: “My mother has just passed on word that we got a mention at mass from the local parish priest I don’t know what to do with myself.”

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