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Derry Girls

Amidst the political conflict of Northern Ireland in the 1990s, five high school students square off with the universal challenges of being a teenager.
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Peter McGinn

at 06:34 am

My wife and I really enjoyed watching this show so far, and look forward to the third season. Who’d a thunk it? A comedy series, almost slapstick at times, taking place during the Troubles in Northern Ireland? Okay, no shootings or explosions on camera, but the anxiety of the undeclared war touches down in the story here and there.; The personalities of the leading girls are well-defined and play into the plot of each show. Having a boy from hated England attending the all-girls school was a slice of inspired genius.The girls are gullible and naive yet in some ways street savvy all at once. It must be challenging yet fun for creator and writer Lisa McGhee to dream up the fantastic follies these girls create and then react to. There are a couple of elements that threaten to get a little old and predictable, the deliciously deadpan and strict Sister Michael, for example. But the show wouldn’t be the same without her. The plots get so zany sometimes, I can’t help but wonder if the writer was influenced by One Foot in the Grave, or Faulty Towers. Give this one a try.