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Derry Girls: When and where is the Channel 4 sitcom set?

The third and final season of the Channel 4 comedy sitcom Derry girls will begin next week on Channel 4.

The show has proved a hit, winning Best Screenplayed Comedy at the Royal Television Society Awards 2019 and attracting 1.8million viewers for the first episode of the second series.

The sitcom follows Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson) and her friends as they navigate Northern Ireland at the end of the Troubles as teenagers. Nicola Coughlan, Louise Harland and Dylan Llwellyn are among the stars of the show.

Although it received critical acclaim as a comedy series, Derry girls tackles some serious issues. The sitcom is set during the Troubles, a conflict that took place in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1998.

The sitcom’s writer, Lisa McGee, based the show on her own experiences growing up. Speak with The Irish Time, she said: “It shouldn’t even be discontinued during the troubles, really. I just wanted to write about me and my friends and how we behaved at school, ignoring the problems. But that didn’t feel true either because I have no experience without it.”

Many of the scenes are inspired by Lisa McGee’s experiences with the Troubles

(Peter Marley)

This setting is inherent to the show, and many of the scenes are based on real events that transpired as a result of the Troubles. The explosion at the end of the first series was based on the 1998 Omagh car bombing, and the IRA ceasefire celebrated by Erin and her family actually took place in 1994.

McGee said growing up, she only ever heard stories about boys doing loud things, so she wanted to create female characters who were mischievous and uncompromising: “I always think of when you were young and you heard some story, that boy or that boy pushed some boy in a trolley down the hill or whatever. But you would never meet the guys who did it, you would only hear the story.

“I want my girls to be the people who did what you heard about. I want them to be the urban myths themselves.”

Our Lady Immaculate College was actually filmed in Belfast

(channel 4)

In a 2019 review, Caroline Magennis said the series was “refreshing and far more interesting than traditional depictions of a youth mired in violence and sexual repression.”

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She added: “During the troubles, girls would laugh, throw their hair up and have wild crushes. Derry girlsHe brings that back to light, not a minute too soon.”

When it comes to filming locations for the programme, most of the sitcom will be filmed in the titular city of Derry. The famous scene of the girls walking down the steep hill on their way to school was filmed on Limewood Street in town, and Denis’ Wee Shop was filmed at the nearby Bogside Stores.

The church where the group believe the statue of the Virgin Mary weeps isn’t even in Derry

(channel 4)

However, some of the scenes were filmed in Belfast some 70 miles from the city. For example, the capital is home to Fionnula’s Fish and Chips shop and some of the locations where the fictional Our Lady Immaculate College was built. The scene in which the group believes the Virgin Mary is weeping was also filmed in Belfast at St George’s Parish Church.

Earlier this year, writer Matt Selman even confirmed rumors that his Dairy Girls Ice Cream Parlor was out The simpsonswas a reference to Derry girls.

The last season of Derry girls starts Tuesday (April 12) on Channel 4.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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