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'Derry Girls' Creator Says A Movie Is 'Definitely' In Talks

'Derry Girls' Creator Says A Movie Is 'Definitely' In Talks

We're only just getting over the chaos that everyone's favourite loveable eejits, Derry Girls, brought to the GBBO tent last month.

The good news for fans of Channel 4's hit comedy sitcom is that not only is a third season on the way, but the show's creators are in talks to create a movie too.

In an interview with Red Carpet News, Derry Girls writer and creator Lisa McGee revealed that a film version was 'definitely' being discussed.

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"That's definitely something we're talking about and something I'd like to explore," she said. "It's just if the story is right. So, it's about me figuring all that out... at some point!"

The hit sitcom won itself a cult following thanks to its snappy writing, skilfully blending relatable teen dramas with wider political events. (Credit: Channel 4)
The hit sitcom won itself a cult following thanks to its snappy writing, skilfully blending relatable teen dramas with wider political events. (Credit: Channel 4)

Saoirse-Monica Jackson's facial expressions on a big screen? Yes please.

On the subject of what we can expect from the foul-mouthed secondary schoolers in season 3, McGee said: "They're still eejits and they still get into a lot of trouble, but they're certainly going to grow up a little bit."

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"There's definitely a very personal journey that they go on, as well as a political one. It's an exciting time for them because they're just on the cusp of adulthood," continued the show's creator.

The comedy series - which is set in mid-90s Northern Ireland during the Troubles - speedily won itself a cult following thanks to its snappy writing, blending relatable teen dramas with wider political events.

The emotional finale of Season Two saw James Maguire preparing to leave Derry, only to change his mind (Credit: Channel 4)
The emotional finale of Season Two saw James Maguire preparing to leave Derry, only to change his mind (Credit: Channel 4)

Whether they're burning down the local chippy or beheading their Ma's Child of Prague statue, the characters in Derry Girls approach life with a savage sense of humour.

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Michelle Mallon's line: "You can't ring Childline every time your mother threatens to kill you", set the tone just three episodes in.

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The finale of season two pulled at the heart strings. Focusing on Bill Clinton's speech outside the Guildhall, it saw James Maguire preparing to leave Derry for good - only to change his mind and return, shouting: "I am a Derry Girl!"

His proud declaration had fans in bits.

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So far as we know, all the central cast members are returning for season three (phew!) with some exciting new arrivals thrown into the mix.

"There's lots of new guest characters, as always," McGee told Red Carpet News. In every episode, we have a new big guest star come in. That's really exciting, writing those (roles). That has been good craic, looking forward to shooting all of that."

Given the political timeline of the show, we could see the historic Good Friday Agreement play out in the third series. McGee previously told JOE that it's an event she would like to portray in the sitcom.

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"I'd love to get the story up to the Good Friday Agreement but that's tricky," she said. "You know, we've ended season two with Clinton's speech in Derry that took place in '95."

Given the political timeline of the show, we could see the historic Good Friday Agreement play out in the third series (Credit: Channel 4)
Given the political timeline of the show, we could see the historic Good Friday Agreement play out in the third series (Credit: Channel 4)

"It's a bit of a way off but I just need to work all that out. I'd definitely want to cover the Good Friday Agreement. It was the biggest moment in my lifetime and it was huge for Northern Ireland. It would be a shame not to try and tell that story," she said.

An air date for the third season is yet to be confirmed.

One thing's for sure - it'll be savagely good craic.

Derry Girls series one and two are available to stream on All4.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: TV and Film, Derry Girls, TV News, TV Entertainment

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