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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Derry Girls series two: Everything we know so far ahead of city premiere

Derry Girls Season 2
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Derry native Lisa McGee’s nostalgic series depicts the lives of a group of teenagers growing up in the Maiden City in the 1990s amid the Troubles.

Delighting both critics and audiences, Derry Girls became an instant classic and Channel 4 commissioned a second series after just one episode.

For the second series, we may not know what’s happening, but we’ve had a few clues.

Will the whole cast be returning?

Yes, Erin, Michelle, Orla, Clare, wee English fella James, Ma Mary, Da Gerry, Granda Joe, Aunt Sarah and Sister Michael will all be returning for the second series.

Ardal O’Hanlon, who is best known for his role as witless priest Dougal Maguire in Father Ted, is set to make a guest appearance as “Eamonn, the awkward, middle-aged mummy’s boy of the Quinn/McCool extended family”.

What can we expect from the new series?

Channel 4 released a 60-second trailer last week, which opened with familiar sights of Northern Ireland in the 1990s – with a cheesy pop tune – and a teaser of the girls – and that wee English fella – heading off on a possible cross-community venture.

Despite Ma Mary’s warning that there’s to be “no funny business with those Protestant lads,” we can’t imagine that rebellious Michelle will be able to stay away.

Actress Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare Devlin, confirmed on Twitter that there will be six episodes in the second series and “they’re absolute crackers”.

Filming got underway in October when the cast were spotted at the Dockers Club in Belfast, shooting what appeared to be a wedding as extras donned tailcoats and fascinators.

In November, the cast and crew caused quite a commotion when they returned to the Maiden City to film in Guildhall Square where US flags were hung across the front of a  corner shop alongside hula hoops, a shop dummy and some tricolours as former President Bill Clinton’s famous visit to the city in 1995 was replicated with exacting detail for the TV comedy.

When will Derry Girls return to our TV screens?

The latest trailer promises that the nostalgic comedy series is “coming soon” to Channel 4 and it has been earmarked for a March 2019 release.

Will love be in the air for any of the Derry Girls?

Series writer Lisa McGee previously told Radio Times she would love one of the characters to get a boyfriend or for Clare, who came out during the last episode of series one, to get a girlfriend.

Coughlan told the Radio Times it would be an interesting story.

She said: “I can’t imagine Clare trying to be like, on a date.

“I don’t know what the hell she would wear, the flat Doc Martin shoes and all this stuff. I was chatting to Cathy Prior, our costume designer, the other day and we were talking about looks for Clare. There’s just so much, it’s such a great period for costumes, as long as I don’t have to wear the ski pants again I’ll be super happy.”

Will there be a third series of Derry Girls?

So far Channel 4 have not looked beyond a second series, but McGee has said she would be happy to do a third, telling Radio Times: “I’d love it to get them to finish school.

“They have three school years left if we do it year by year so maybe, we’ll see.”

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Louisa Harland, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell and Dylan Llewellyn filming Derry Girls

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