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Viewers to say fond farewell to Derry Girls with two episodes marking end of the hit comedy

Derry Girls is to come to an end this week with two episodes

VIEWERS will this week say a fond farewell to Derry Girls with two episodes being broadcast to mark the end of the hit comedy.

The series finale will be broadcast on Channel 4 tonight with a one hour extended episode set at the time of the Good Friday Agreement due to air tomorrow night.

The special instalment, which will deal with the key moment in Northern Ireland history, will signal the end of the popular coming-of-age drama which has been on television screens since 2018.

The episode is set in the week of the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement, threatening to overshadow Erin and Orla’s joint 18th birthday party.

Channel 4 last night said it was "a big week for Derry Girls as we say a fond farewell to the show after three incredible series".

The comedy about a group of teenagers growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1990s around the time of the IRA and loyalist ceasefires, was inspired by writer's Lisa McGee's own experiences of growing up in Derry.

Starring Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell and Dylan Llewellyn, it has earned critical acclaim and awards recognition.

Writing on Twitter yesterday, Ms McGee said: "Tuesday And Wednesday night this week folks. And not to be all ‘writer’ about it but please watch them in that order.

"They very much go hand in hand #DerryGirls #Goodbye."

Speaking last month ahead of the final episodes, Ms McGee also said: "Like all the very best 90s bands, I couldn’t resist ending our farewell tour with an encore for our loyal fans.

"I’m delighted to say we’ll be returning for one extended special – airing in the same week as our final episode.

"The special deals with the historic and momentous Good Friday Agreement vote, which coincides with the gang’s coming of age, they enter adulthood just as Northern Ireland embarks on a new future.

"I’m so proud of this show and of our incredible cast and crew and everything we’ve achieved over the past five years.

“What a journey it’s been.

"I’m so grateful Channel 4 gave me the space to end the stories of these characters that mean so much to me with this special. I really hope the fans love it as much as I do."

Derry Girls is on tonight and Wednesday on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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