Derry Girls final series: Author Lisa McGee says ‘it’s time to let her go’

Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee said she felt “privileged” to have been the one who brought the popular comic book creations to life on the hit Channel 4 show.

The author of the hugely popular series, about a group of school friends growing up in Derry in the 1990s, said there was so much humor in her hometown and in Northern Ireland as a whole that any sitcom using the Troubles as a backdrop always had one would have been high probability.

She said if she hadn’t written the award-winning comedy, which returns to our TV screens next Tuesday night after a three-year hiatus, another writer would have done it instead.

And she said that success Derry girlspicked up by Netflix won’t really hit it until this final series ends.

“I think people here relied on humor to get by and I didn’t really understand that until I wrote the series.

“It’s many things; a coping mechanism, a way of understanding how to normalize terrible things, I guess, when terrible things happen all the time.

“Humor helped us with that. I firmly believe that nobody is funnier than the people from here. Everyone is funny whether they want to be or not and it was nice to be able to show that.”

McGee said she was so taken Derry girls Bladder since it first aired on Channel 4 in 2018 that she hadn’t stopped thinking about the impact of the show – the biggest-grossing comedy for the channel since father ted.

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“I never thought in my wildest dreams that it would be so successful. I just wanted people to check it out,” she said.

“I will never work on a show like this again. It was this magical, weird thing that touched so many people and I’m so proud of it.”

The third season takes place in 1998, during the peace negotiations and with the Good Friday Agreement as the political/societal backdrop.

But the focus of the show is its comedy and its cast, which includes the five teenagers played by Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Nicola Coughlan, Louisa Harland, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Dylan Llewellyn. McGee said she would miss her creations but that it was the right time to let her go.

She said: “Sometimes I would write an episode for Derry girls and it would just flow. I know what they would do because I know them inside and out.

“But I feel like I left her where I should have left her. You have to know when the time is right.” Derry Girls final series: Author Lisa McGee says ‘it’s time to let her go’

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