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The year’s breakout comedy was a giddy mix of poignancy and nostalgia – and its subject matter couldn’t have been timelier

At the optimistic end of 2018, four excitable Derry Girls and one perplexed wee English fella burst into our lives and made for one of this year’s televisual highlights. Located in a “troubled little corner in the north-west of Ireland”, the mile-a-minute Channel 4 sitcom was loosely based on writer Lisa McGee’s childhood during the Troubles, when Sinéad O’Connor posters adorned bedroom walls and there was not a mobile phone in sight – just people living in the moment. Oh, and armed soldiers were non-speaking extras in daily life.

In tandem with director Michael Lennox, McGee found the humour in this unique situation with an authenticity that made us feel like we could have been there. Everyone had pals like Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), the coarse firebrand (“I’ve been thinking, it might be time to lose the rest of my virginity,” she mulled in preparation of a party), her English cousin James (Dylan Llewellyn), who’s the butt of every joke, Clare (Nicola Coughlan) who likes to play by the rules, Erin (Saoirse Monica Jackson), a simpering ball of righteous teen angst, or Orla (Louisa Harland), who’s just as much of a free spirit as her mum, Aunt Sarah (Kathy Kiera Clarke).

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The 50 best TV shows of 2018: No 6 – Derry Girls


The Guardian
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The year’s breakout comedy was a giddy mix of poignancy and nostalgia – and its subject matter couldn’t have been timelier

At the optimistic end of 2018, four excitable Derry Girls and one perplexed wee English fella burst into our lives and made for one of this year’s televisual highlights. Located in a “troubled little corner in the north-west of Ireland”, the mile-a-minute Channel 4 sitcom was loosely based on writer Lisa McGee’s childhood during the Troubles, when Sinéad O’Connor posters adorned bedroom walls and there was not a mobile phone in sight – just people living in the moment. Oh, and armed soldiers were non-speaking extras in daily life.

In tandem with director Michael Lennox, McGee found the humour in this unique situation with an authenticity that made us feel like we could have been there. Everyone had pals like Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), the coarse firebrand (“I’ve been thinking, it might be time to lose the rest of my virginity,” she mulled in preparation of a party), her English cousin James (Dylan Llewellyn), who’s the butt of every joke, Clare (Nicola Coughlan) who likes to play by the rules, Erin (Saoirse Monica Jackson), a simpering ball of righteous teen angst, or Orla (Louisa Harland), who’s just as much of a free spirit as her mum, Aunt Sarah (Kathy Kiera Clarke).

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