It's coming up on almost a year since we last had a new season of Derry Girls 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. Well, 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.
What do we know about Derry Girls S3?
The good news: it's coming soon. The bad news? It will be the last season. Creator Lisa McGee confirmed on 23rd September 2021 that they won't make any more Derry Girls. 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."
Like many much-loved shows, filming for Derry Girls season 3 was delayed last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, which is why we've had such a huge gap between seasons. Previously there were only three months between series 1 and 2.
The good news is the Derry Girls' own Nicola Coughlan (who has recently been busy with a little project called Bridgerton) has not only confirmed that series 3 is in the pipeline, but also 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]"
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
— Nicola Coughlan (@nicolacoughlan) February 20, 2021
Speaking to her.ie 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. "
Who has been cast in Derry Girls S3?
The main cast is expected to remain the same, with Saoirse-Monica Jackson returning to play Erin Quinn, Nicola Coughlan as Clare Devlin, 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 O Briain to play a role in the third series.
Do we have a trailer for Derry Girls S3?
Since they haven't actually begun filming yet, we don't have a trailer. So please enjoy this trailer for series 2 in the meantime.
When is Derry Girls S3 being released?
Filming for series 3 was due to start around June 2020, but was put off at the time and has continued to be put off since, so as of yet we don't have a official release date. Fingers crossed for 2021.
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