The cast and crew of ‘Derry Girls’ appeared on the red carpet ahead of the third season premiere last week in Derry, bidding a final farewell to the beloved show.
Stars Jamie-Lee O’Donnell and Saoirse Monica Jackson attended the premiere, alongside writer and creator Lisa McGee, who hinted at the possibility of a “Derry Girls” movie.
“Who knows what might happen in the ‘Derry Girls’ universe,” McGee said, according to ClassicHits.ie.
“It’s been six years of my life, and I’ve loved it, it’s been great for me, but we’re very tired and need a vacation,” she said of the comedy series on the Coming of Age, which premiered in 2018. .
“It’s been like saying goodbye, but it’s not often you do exactly what you wanted to do.”
McGee also opened up about the “Derry Girls” reference on a recent episode of The Simpsons.
“I was a huge Simpsons fan in the 90s so this blew my mind, I can’t believe this happened,” she revealed. “That and the mural (in Derry) were my two moments.”
What a fantastic night #DerryGirls premiere of series 3🎉. It was nice to hear the writer @LisaMMcGee & director @carsonlennox talk about their love for comedy. The new and latest series is not to be missed – It will be touching to say goodbye📺. #MadeInNI pic.twitter.com/nCzRONRBPZ
– Northern Ireland Screen (@NIScreen) April 8, 2022
The ‘Derry Girls’ mural, which appeared on the gable wall of Badgers Bar in Derry in 2019, was also updated ahead of the premiere, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
Created by Derry-based artists UV Arts, the mural features the show’s main characters Erin, Orla, Clare, Michelle and James in their school uniforms.
In the update, Michelle, who held up two fingers as a sign of peace, can now be seen holding up three to signify the third set.
At the premiere, Derry native Jamie-Lee O’Donnell spoke of his pride in playing Michelle on the show.
“The fact that it was so well received, such an honest portrayal of Derry, is something I’m really proud of,” she said.
Meanwhile, Saoirse Monica-Jackson said her character Erin will stay with her forever.
“It’s incredibly surreal to think this is the final chapter, I’ve been thinking a lot this morning thinking about my very first audition for ‘Derry Girls’ and that moment when I first met the girls . It’s 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 will also never have another job where I do a premiere that my whole family can come to, it’s very special.”
The final season of ‘Derry Girls’ will air on Channel Four on Tuesday, April 12. The series will return to Netflix later this year.