Liam Neeson has made a surprise cameo in the return of Channel 4’s hit comedy series Derry Girls.
he Northern Irish actor, 69, plays a police inspector who tries to find out the truth behind a school break-in.
Questioning the main characters Clare, Erin, Orla, Michelle and James in a dimly lit police interview room, the Taken star said: “We received several reports this evening of suspicious activity on the grounds of Our Lady Immaculate College.
“Following this lead, the five of us on the premises discover that the side door locks have been picked and the alarm system deactivated.
“We are now unable to contact the Headmistress, Sister George Michael, but the caretaker has informed us that a considerable amount of computer equipment appears to have disappeared.”
Neeson stars alongside Nicola Coughlan, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell and Dylan Llewellyn, who have all returned for the highly anticipated final installment in the series.
In the episode, Neeson insists the group of teenagers need a parent or guardian, so they call in the slow-talking Uncle Colm, played by Kevin McAleer, to rescue them.
After spotting the real burglars captured on CCTV footage, Neeson says, “Please go, and for the love of suffering, Jesus, take him with you,” a nod to boring Uncle Colm.
Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee tweeted after the episode that the show codenamed Neeson on set who was “the big guy,” a secret she admitted was probably pretty “easy to crack.”
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She added: “What an honor to have him on our little show. Our very own North Star.”
Thanks for watching guys! Our codename for Liam during filming was “the big guy,” which I guess is a pretty easy code to crack. What an honor to have him on our little show. Our very own North Star
— Lisa McGee (@LisaMMcGee) April 12, 2022
The coming-of-age program is about a group of teenagers growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1990s, around the time of the IRA and the Loyalist ceasefire.
While in series one the group traversed their teenage years against the backdrop of The Troubles, in series two they saw them navigate their parents, parties, love interests and school amidst a precarious peace process.
In season three, hope is in the air that The Troubles may finally be over, but their troubles are just beginning as the group grows closer to adulthood.
McGee has previously said the hit comedy’s third season will be its last.
Speaking at the series premiere earlier this month, she described her pinch-me moment as when Derry Girls were mentioned in The Simpsons.
She told the PA news agency: “I was a huge Simpsons fan in the 90’s so it blew my mind, I can’t believe this happened. That and the mural (in Derry) were my two moments.”
The show’s creator also said that the popular series would not have existed without Channel 4’s support.
The government recently confirmed that it will proceed with plans to privatize the channel, which has been publicly owned and funded through advertising since its inception in 1982.
McGee is quoted as saying at the premiere event: “I probably wouldn’t exist as a comedy writer (without Channel 4). I had a career as a drama writer, but they really invested in my voice as a comedy writer, which is what I’m best known for today.”
Derry Girls airs every week at 21:15 on Channel 4.
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