Derry Girls Creator Talks About Possibility Of A Movie

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There was of a course a touch of sadness for those of us that spotted the stars of Derry Girls strolling onto the red carpet in the city which inspired the drama for the last time.

Stars of the drama Jamie-Lee O'Donnell and Saoirse Monica Jackson attended the premiere of the third and final season, alongside writer Lisa McGee. Having first hit our screens in 2018, this coming-of-age drama has subsequently became a worldwide hit. 

Such was the impact that this show has had on its native county too, that the stars have been immortalised on a mural on a gable wall. 

According to their writer Lisa McGee, there are reasons to be cheerful as she did not rule out the possibility of the series being turned into an upcoming move.

 "Who knows what could happen in the Derry Girls universe", she said. 

Speaking about what writing this show meant to her, McGee added, "It’s been six years of my life, and I’ve loved it, it’s been very good to me, but we are very tired and need a holiday". 

"This has been like saying goodbye, but it’s not often you get to do exactly what you wanted to do". 

McGee also claimed that she had to pinch herself when Derry Girls was referenced in a Simpsons episode. 

"I was a big Simpsons fan in the 90s, so it blew my mind, I can’t believe that happened", she revealed. "That and the mural (in Derry) were my two moments". 

Derry native, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell spoke of her immense pride at landing the part of Michelle in the drama. 

"The fact that it has been received so well, such an honest portrayal of Derry, is something I’m really proud of", she exclaimed.

Meanwhile Saoirse Monica-Jackson spoke of that iconic Derry accent, which has seen singer Nadine Coyle subtitled during TV interviews in the past.

"I don’t think they ever did need the subtitles, I think if you want to hear what we're saying, just listen a wee bit harder", she said. 

She also said that her character Erin will stay with her forever. 

"It’s incredibly surreal to think this is the final chapter, I was very reflective this morning thinking about my first ever audition for Derry Girls and that moment of meeting the girls for the first time. It feels very full circle now".  

"The show is something I’m so incredibly proud of, it’s very humbling and I’m so proud of Lisa".

"I’ll also never have another job where I’m doing a premiere that my whole family can come along to, it’s very special". 

The final season of Derry Girls starts on Tuesday April 12, on Channel Four at 9-15am. 


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