Derry Girls (2018– )
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Episode #1.1 

It's the early 90s, the first day of school and a terrible start for 16-year-old Erin as she wakes up to find her cousin Orla reading her diary; Granda Joe announces there's a bomb on the bridge.


Michael Lennox


Lisa McGee, Lisa McGee (created by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Saoirse-Monica Jackson ... Erin
Louisa Harland ... Orla
Nicola Coughlan ... Clare
Jamie-Lee O'Donnell ... Michelle (as Jamie Lee O'Donnell)
Dylan Llewellyn ... James
Tara Lynne O'Neill Tara Lynne O'Neill ... Ma Mary
Kathy Kiera Clarke ... Aunt Sarah
Siobhan McSweeney ... Sister Michael
Tommy Tiernan Tommy Tiernan ... Da Gerry
Ian McElhinney ... Granda Joe
Ava Grace Mcaleese Ava Grace Mcaleese ... Baby Anna
Mya Rose McAleese Mya Rose McAleese ... Baby Anna (as Rose Mcaleese)
Paul Mallon ... Dennis
Anthony Boyle ... David Donnelly
Maria Laird Maria Laird ... Wee Tina


Londonderry in the early 1990s. A trying day for 16-year old Erin Quinn begins when she wakes to find cousin Orla reading her diary. Starting a new school term with Orla, saucy Michelle and socially-conscious Clare she sees the desirable David Donnelly and meets nervous English lad James, the only boy in the school. After a set-to with smug Wee Tina the girls and James are put in detention which is agony for James, who is banned from using the girls' toilet and relieves himself in a waste bin. When the ancient nun, Sister Declan, supervising them dies they find themselves accused of killing her and to top off a lousy day James mammy has gone back to England and Orla starts reading Erin's diary aloud. Written by don @ minifie-1

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4 January 2018 (UK) See more »

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Hat Trick Productions See more »
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The first episode opens with a British Army Jeep driving past, and ignoring, a group of youths who are painting over the *London* part of a Londonderry road sign. This is still done today, in 2018. See more »


Erin: Does anybody else have any thoughts on the whole "her being almost 98 years of age" thing?
Granda Joe: Struck down in her prime.
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Features Cypress Hill: Insane in the Brain (1993) See more »


Written by Dolores O'Riordan and Noel Hogan
Performed by The Cranberries
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Episode 1.1
9 March 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Derry Girls takes a retro look at family and school life in the mid 1990s. The opening track is a Cranberries song.

It is an energetic dark comedy set in Londonderry when the Troubles were still rife but a ceasefire was around the corner.

The teenagers in this corner of life would not know that a ceasefire was about to happen. A bomb scare has caused traffic chaos. Even the school bus has an inspection done by some soldiers.

Sixteen year old Erin wakes up in the morning to find her cousin Orla reading parts of her diary and gets annoyed. Erin's friend Michelle is hyped up after watching Pulp Fiction. Michelle's cousin James is going to be a pupil in their Catholic all girl's school because he is English. It is for his own protection but as James is about to find out, he has no where to go for a pee.

It was an energetic and chaotic first episode but not much of a plot. My teenage son already watched the whole first series, I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

I can see teenagers would enjoy this. I doubt many of them who do not live in Northern Ireland will even know much about the Troubles. I wonder if my lad got the Macualy Culkin gag about him trying to divorce his parents.

Older viewers would approach this differently. The Troubles were not much of a laughing matter but it is interesting to see people in Northern Ireland trying to live an ordinary life. There was a diverse soundtrack which at times overpowered the episode.

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