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Irish comic praises "phenomenal writing" behind hit show, Derry Girls

Irish comic Tommy Tiernan (far left) has described hit tv show Derry Girls as "the wildest bit of writing I've seen on television in donkey's years"
Marie Louise McConville

Irish comic Tommy Tiernan has described hit TV show Derry Girls as "the wildest bit of writing I've seen on television in donkey's years".

The 48-year-old comedian, who stars as `Da Gerry' in the hugely successful Channel 4 series, said the show was the result of "phenomenal writing".

Set in Derry in the 1990s, Derry Girls has proved to be a massive hit with viewers with more than one and a half million people tuning in to watch the first episode of the series, making it Channel 4's biggest comedy series.

Written by Derry writer, Lisa McGee, the show, which has already been commissioned for a second series, follows a group of teenage friends who struggle to negotiate their way through school life.

Speaking on The Eoghan McDermott Show on RTE 2FM, stand-up- comedian Tommy Tiernan said he had found some of the show's scenes "crazy".

"The wildest bit of writing I have seen on television in donkey's years," he said.

"I can't think of anything as crazy as this since Monty Python...was when the dog went upstairs in the church and the girls are downstairs, kneeling in front of the statue and the dog did what he did ...it's the funniest thing.

"You know that expression you have where you can't believe what's going on so you're not breathing and at the same time, you're laughing.

"It was phenomenal, phenomenal writing".

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