Derry Girls is back! Discover the making of Channel 4's hit comedy about teenagers in 90s Northern Ireland with writer Lisa McGee, cast Saoirse Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan and Dylan Llewellyn, and director Michael Lennox. Listen to the end to find out how to nail a Northern Irish accent and which Irish musical group is heavily featured in the second series!
Showing Northern Irish women as they really are
They're always victims...there needs to be joy as well.
Creator and writer Lisa McGee laments the way women from Northern Ireland have historically been portrayed in film and television, noting that they're often either the worried girlfriend or the mourning widow of a more prominent male character. In contrast, the women McGee grew up with were independent, energetic and, above all, hilarious. Derry Girls is her love letter to those women.
Surrounding yourself with likeminded creatives
Find the people that share the same vision as you.
McGee's advice to those aspiring to write programmes of their own is, first and foremost, to build a community. With a team that shares a singular vision, your project has greater potential to reach new heights.