Derry Girls season 3 has a release date, and it's soon

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Photo credit: Channel 4
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Can you believe it's been almost three years since Derry Girls season two was released in July 2019? And although watching the show on repeat truly never gets old, we are quite keen (read: absolutely chomping at the bit) for a new series of the award-winning comedy show. The good news is that a third season has not only been confirmed but is very much on it's way. Here's everything we know, from expected release date to trailer and more.

What is Derry Girls S3's release date?

Good news, Derry Girls fans. We finally have a release date for the third and final series. And it's soon! Mark it in your calendars and clear your diaries: The third and final series of #DerryGirls starts Tuesday 12th April.

Channel 4 announced the news with another first look clip at the show, and oh it looks so good! One reply from a fan summed up our reaction nicely: "Thank God we’ve got a date!!!! Need to take a days annual leave!"

Do we have a trailer for Derry Girls S3?

Yes! Finally! Our first look at the cast back in action for the third and final time dropped in mid-March 2022, and it's so nice to see them back to their usual mischief.

When did Derry Girls season 3 finish filming?

Cast member Nicola Coughlan, who plays Claire Devlin in the series, shared an Instagram post at the end of 2021 seeming to mark the end of filming - and it's very emotional. Nicola took to Insta to post a cute Polaroid selfie with co-star Louisa Harland, who plays Orla McCool on the show. She placed two rainbow pin badges next to the sweet pic, in what appears to be a heartfelt reference to lesbian character Claire.

The actress went on to add the caption, "Goodbye Derry Girls, it’s been quite a ride 🌈," seeming to confirm that filming has indeed finished. We're not crying, you're crying.

Filming for Derry Girls season 3 was originally supposed to start in June 2020, but was delayed due to the pandemic. However, on 1 November 2021, Nicola shared another Instagram post featuring a behind-the-scenes snap from set, appearing to make the start of production.

Posting a very close-up selfie complete with her character Claire's signature fringe and scrunchie pigtails, Nicola wrote, "Guess who’s back in the house #ReturnOfTheWeeLesbian" - in reference to the season 1 episode which saw Claire come out as a lesbian.

While it wasn't 100% clear whether filming had properly started, Nicola certainly seemed to be in costume (hey, maybe she just likes to dress up at home to get into character).

Who has been cast in Derry Girls S3?

While Nicola Coughlan has confirmed that she's returning as Claire, we can expect the rest of the main cast to remain the same too. We'll see Saoirse-Monica Jackson returning to play Erin Quinn, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell as Michelle Mallon, Louisa Harland as Orla McCool, and Dylan Llewellyn as James Maguire, alongside the characters' respective family members and supporting cast.

Meanwhile, show creator Lisa McGee told Radio Times during an interview in 2020 that she would love to cast comedian Dara Ó Briain to play a role in the third series, though we're yet to see him make an appearance.

What have the cast and crew said about Derry Girls S3?

Series star Dylan Llewellyn hinted at a potential storyline for season 3, specifically the will-they-won't-they dynamic going on between Erin and James at the end of series 2.

In a new video posted on 13 December, Llewellyn who plays James (aka the wee English fella) reacts to a clip of Erin walking through the corridor at their school, and it's essentially the human embodiment of the heart eyes emoji.

Creator Lisa McGee confirmed on 23rd September 2021 that they won't make any more Derry Girls, and season three will be its last. A statement read:

"It was always the plan to say goodbye after three series. Derry Girls is a coming of age story: following five ridiculous teenagers as they slowly... very slowly... start to become adults, while around them the place they call home starts to change too and Northern Ireland enters a new more hopeful phrase - which was a small, magical window of time.

"Derry Girls is a love letter to the place I come from and the people who shaped me. It has been an honour to write it and I will forever be proud of everything it's achieved. I'd like to thank the people of Derry and Northern Ireland for getting behind us. Thanks also to the team behind the series, the incredible Hat Trick productions and a special thanks to Channel 4 - the channel I grew up watching, the channel that made me want to write comedy and the only channel that could have made our show.

Who knows if Erin, Clare, Orla, Michelle and James will return in some other guide someday, but for now this is it for us and we're excited to start filming this series with our incredible cast and crew to hopefully take our loyal fans on one last adventure."

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Derry Girls' own Nicola Coughlan (who has recently been busy with a little project called Bridgerton) previously confirmed that series 3 is in the pipeline, adding that the project is moving along with scripts and storylines already written - and is going to be the 'best' yet.

"Can confirm Series 3 of Derry Girls is filming this year and I cannae bloody wait," she said on Twitter. "Covid has pushed back filming several times which has been so shite, but honestly the storylines in this series are the best we’ve ever done so I can’t tell you how worth it the wait will have been. [sic]"

Speaking to Coughlan also said, "We can't do anything involving a crowd right now, so logistically, it's really tough. But I spoke to [show creator] Lisa McGee recently and she talked me through the storylines. They're so brilliant," she added. "Which doesn't surprise me - she's just incredible - but it made me want to do it right now.

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