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Derry Girls named 'best comedy' at Edinburgh TV Festival

Derry Girls was watched by 2.5 million viewers

DERRY Girls has bagged another coveted award for its smash first series.

It was named `Best Comedy Series' at the Edinburgh TV Festival, just weeks after winning the Radio Times Comedy Champion award.

The award winners were announced in a 17th annual ceremony, hosted this year by Frank Skinner.

The first series of the Channel 4 show was watched by 2.5 million viewers, with a second expected to be broadcast in early 2019.

The 1990s-set sitcom, which touches on the difficulties of growing up during the Troubles, has proved a hit with viewers well beyond Northern Ireland.

It is written by Derry-born Lisa McGee who has been named on a TV industry power list compiled by the Radio Times, ahead of the new Dr Who, Jodie Whittaker and England football manager Gareth Southgate.

Former Monty Python star Michael Palin was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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