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Derry Girls: The Night Before (S3EP1 Channel 4 Tues 12 April 2022)

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The critically acclaimed, award-winning Derry Girls is back as Lisa McGee’s candid, family-centred comedy returns for the third and final series. While Northern Ireland is growing up, this gang of eejits certainly aren’t any time soon.

There’s hope in the air that The Troubles may finally be over, but our gang’s troubles only seem to get worse as they get ever closer to ‘adulthood’. Derry Girls once again follows Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla (Louisa Harland) and their friends Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) and Michelle’s tag-along English cousin, aka ‘The Wee English Fella’, James (Dylan Llewellyn).

The series also stars Tommy Tiernan as Erin’s long-suffering father Da Gerry, Tara Lynne O’Neill as Erin’s mother Ma Mary, Ian McElhinney as Granda Joe, Kathy Kiera Clarke as Aunt Sarah, and Siobhán McSweeney as Sister Michael, the straight-talking headmistress of Our Lady Immaculate College.

It’s the first episode and the gang are back! Tomorrow is GCSE results day and while passions run high, confidence is at rock bottom. If things go badly, how will they face their mammies again?

They definitely need a plan… Back home, a new member of the Quinn household is causing chaos in the neighbourhood.

Creator/Writer: Lisa McGee; Dir: Michael Lennox; Prod: Brian J. Falconer; Exec Prods: Caroline Leddy, Liz Lewin, Lisa McGee, Jimmy Mulville; Prod Co: Hat Trick Productions

Airdate: Tues 12 April 2022 at 21:15 on Channel 4

Season 3 Episode 1

16-year-old Erin Quinn lives with her uncompromising mother, her long-suffering father and the fearsome ‘Granda Joe’, a man whose love for his daughters and granddaughters is surpassed only by his contempt for his son-in-law.

It’s the early 90s, and Erin is used to seeing her country on the nightly news and speaking in acronyms (The IRA, The UDA, The RUC). This is a time of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points. But it’s also the time of Murder She Wrote, The Cranberries, MJ and Lisa Marie, Doc Martens, bomber jackets, The X Files, Nirvana and Wayne’s World. And while The Troubles may hang over her home town, Erin has troubles of her own