Derry Girls series two premiere leaves audience ‘buzzing’

Derry Girls Premiere PartyThe stars of the hit Channel 4 show hit the red carpet in Derry for the global premiere

There could only be one location for the global premiere of Derry Girls.

The stars of the hit Channel 4 series were back in Derry last night for the screening of the first two episodes of the forthcoming second series.

The verdict? “Dead on.”

The show – which follows the lives of five teenagers in Derry in the 1990s – is Channel 4’s most successful comedy since 2004.

Fans waited outside the Omniplex Cinema to catch a glimpse of stars Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan and Louisa Harland – who play Erin, Clare and Orla – as well as “the wee English fella” Dylan Llewellyn and writer Lisa McGee.

Derry Girls Premiere Party

“I’m super proud to be from Derry, and as a Derry girl it’s amazing to have our global premiere here in Derry,” said Saoirse-Monica Jackson.

“There would be no show without the people here,” said writer Lisa McGee. “They’ve inspired me and I wouldn’t have all the stories and the jokes without the unique people in Derry.”

The actors signed autographs and posed for selfies with their fans before taking their seats in the cinema where cream horns – a reference to an episode in Series 1 – were served along with the usual refreshments.

Earlier in the day the actors were spotted wearing “I Heart J-L O’D” badges in reference to their co-star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell. O’Donnell, who plays Michelle in the series, was unable to attend because of a theatre commitment.

The Derry Girls gang also stopped off to pose for a photo at the new Derry Girls mural in the city centre.

While the audience have been sworn to secrecy until after the initial episodes air on Channel 4, the cinema was “buzzing” after the show.

Great to have the cast and crew of Derry Girls in the Guildhall after tonight’s premiere screening,” said the mayor of Derry, John Boyle. “The viewers are in for a real treat next month.”

“Big half-term laughs with my teenage offspring at Derry Girls Season 2”, said Chris Jones.

Series two of Derry Girls is expected to air in March 2019.

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Aha! Watch the first trailer for Alan Partridge’s return to the BBC

We get our first glimpse into the studio of Steve Coogan’s gloriously ghastly creation as he partners up on a new show with Susannah Fielding’s Jennie Gresham on new show This Time

Someone rather familiar has slipped out of his Pringle jumper and golfing slacks and put on a proper suit and tie and bright green shirt for his return to the BBC.

Yup, it’s Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge, back with a glimpse at his new show, This Time, in this first look trailer:

Described by the BBC as a “heady mix” of consumer affairs, news, “highbrow interviews and lightweight froth”, it sees Alan join Jennie Gresham (Susannah Fielding) on the sofa after her usual sidekick – a character called John – is hospitalised after a heart attack. John’s misfortune sees Alan trying to “worm his way back into the BBC”.

“It’s about hanging on,” says Coogan.

As fans know, the last time Alan appeared live on the BBC he managed to shoot a guest dead on chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge.

The new series will also see a return for Tim Key as Simon ‘formerly Sidekick Simon’ Denton, who appeared in his Sky Atlantic Partridge shows Mid Morning Matters and the film Alpha Papa. Felicity Montagu will also return as Alan’s assistant Lynn.

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Everything To Know About ‘Derry Girls’ Season 2

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Derry Girls found a new fanbase on Netflix after it arrived on the streaming service in December—and Season 2 has already been filmed, though it hasn’t yet been released.

Derry Girls found a new fanbase on Netflix after it arrived on the streaming service in December. The show, a comedy following five teens attending a Catholic school in ’90s Northern Ireland, originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK. Luckily for viewers on both sides of the pond, Season 2 has already been filmed, though it hasn’t yet been released. Here’s what we know so far:

All the original cast members will be returning, and at least one new cast member may be joining the show. Pop singer Nadine Coyle, who is from Derry, hinted that she may appear in Season 2. In February 2018,  she told the Irish Daily Star, “I’m going to call [creator] Lisa [McGee] today actually, we’re sorting something out for the next series.” That same month, McGee told IFTN that she’d been in touch with Coyle

The Plot

McGee told Radio Times that Season 2 will show more of the political landscape of ’90s Northern Ireland. “I’m toying with maybe doing the ceasefire and how everyone reacts to that because I remember it actually unsettled people,” she said. “I remember people didn’t know what to do.”

In November, The Belfast Telegraph spotted the series filming a recreation of Bill Clinton’s 1995 visit to Derry, a scene that McGee had previously said she’d considered including. Lead actors Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Erin), Louisa Harland (Orla), Nicola Coughlan (Clare), and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Michelle) were seen filming, though Dylan Llewellyn (James) was nowhere to be seen.

As for the characters, McGee told Radio Times that one of the leads may get into a relationship. She said, “I’d love one of them to get a boyfriend or Clare to get a girlfriend.”

In an appearance on the Nolan Show, noted by Irish website Joe, McGee didn’t share plot details, but said that Season 2 will be better than Season 1. “It’s better than Season 1, it’s a bit more ambitious and because we know what we’re doing a bit more, it’s better,” she said.

The Release Date

On the Nolan Show, McGee said that Season 2 was currently in edits and is set to premiere in March 2019—on Channel 4, that is. It took eleven months for Season 1 to air on Netflix in the US after it premiered on Channel 4. Hopefully, this time, American audiences won’t have to wait so long!

What’s Next?

Derry Girls will get at least one more season, according to actor Tommy Tiernan (who plays Da Gerry). Tiernan appeared on an Irish radio show Today FM (noted by the Derry Journal) and shared, “We’re doing season three and a film, maybe. That’s all up to Lisa, the writer, going off to a shed in London and coming up with all these stories.” Season 3 at least looks likely: In August, Broadcast Now reported that production company Hat Trick was in “advanced talks” for a third season.

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