Nicola Coughlan has defended Channel 4 as a new series amid privatization fears Derry girlsaired.
Last week Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries announced the Government intended to speed up the sale of the British TV channel, commenting that its “salad times are in the past”.
The long-awaited third and final season starts on Tuesday evening (April 12). Derry girls started.
After the episode aired, Coughlan, who plays Claire, shared a picture on Instagram showing a middle finger at the camera while in costume.
“Thanks for all the love for #DerryGirls and F*** trying to privatize @channel4,” she wrote.
“Sign the petition in my bio,” she added, linking to a change.org e-petition calling for an end to the privatization process. It has been signed nearly 400,000 times.
Channel 4 has been publicly owned and advertising funded since its inception in 1982.
Dorries said the privatization could allow Channel 4 to grow and invest in better technology to compete with streamers like Netflix.
Derry girls is one of Channel 4’s largest international exports and is marketed in the United States as a Netflix original program.
After the backlash, Dorries said she was attacked by a “leftist Luvvie lynch mob” with a personal vendetta against her.
However, plans to sell the canal are expected to face opposition in the House of Lords as between 15 and 20 Conservative MPs are reportedly poised to vote against the Government.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/derry-girls-nicola-coughlan-channel-4-privatisation-b2056959.html Nicola Coughlan defends Channel 4 at the start of Derry Girls series 3: ‘F*** trying to privatize it’