Kerri Quinn steals the episode as Rita, the Bocelli-loving, van-driving, spelling-challenged, Take That T-Shirt sales rep
“Pop music isn’t really my thing, truth be told. It’s all so fucking soulless. Nah. I’m a classical head, all the way, but I’ve been banned from trading at Glyndebourne ever since I absolutely battered that Pavarotti fan. And when I say I battered, I mean intellectually, like. I did kick the shit out of him as well! Pavo’s La Boheme is very muscular, but for purity of tone you simply cannot fault Bocelli !!!” – Rita
The star of Channel 4’s comedy hit talks fame, facial contortions and globalising Northern Irish slang
In Derry, Saoirse-Monica Jackson’s face is painted across a wall, several metres high, alongside the four other lead cast members of Derry Girls. The mural was unveiled earlier this year to celebrate the second season of the Channel 4 hit comedy, and has been warmly received by residents of the Northern Irish city. They are, it seems, proud of how Lisa McGee’s series has put Derry in the spotlight – and for a more positive reason than those usually depicted in the city’s murals, which traditionally focused on the Troubles.
When I ask Jackson – who grew up in Derry – what she makes of it, she has almost no words, just about managing to say “amazing”.
“I’d love to have a more articulate answer,” she says apologetically, “but there’s a mural in my home town after this show – who could have imagined that would have happened?” Continue reading →
Channel 4’s Derry Girls has won the Best Comedy award at Friday’s Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Awards
Particularly distinguished at the awards ceremony were Killing Eve and A Very English Scandal which won three awards each, with Killing Eve’s star Jodie Comer being declared Best Actress.
The hit series, shown by the BBC was written by Fleabag actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It is based on Luke Jennings’s Codename Villanelle novella series, it was voted Best Drama Series and it also won the Best Online First/Streaming award [ . . . ]