We don’t have – collective gasp – Netflix! But after having watch a few clips of the new British series Derry Girls I’m almost tempted. It’s hysterically funny and at time brutally honest about the foibles, dangers, prejudices, and preconceptions of life in Northern Ireland during The Troubles.
Perhaps it was serendipity that I saw the first clip just after reading Thomas O’Grady’s poem “Delivering the News”. Much like his young newsie the chief concern of the teenage girls (and boy) from Derry are of the moment: exams, getting to a rock concert, dead dogs, and a young priest with fabulous hair. The larger troubles, what one of the adult characters refers to as the “civil war”, and attempts for peace are present but pale beside their own “troubles”.
I must admit there are a few times when the Derry accent can be impenetrable and the dialogue often comes fast and furious but so do the laughs. After a successful second series Channel 4 has confirmed that a third (and most likely final) series is in the works.
Though the cast is a ensemble I have to admit my favourite character is Sister Michael, the headmistress at Our Lady Immaculate College, the all girls (well except for James) school.
Please be warned that there is “strong language” and some of this may not be considered “safe for work”. But what the frig it’s British TV, what did you expect?
Series creator Lisa McGee isn’t shy about taking the mickey out of the attitudes of sectarianism that are prevalent in Ulster. Sadly there is an underlying reality to the humour in this little episode.
I keep hoping that someone will upload the whole series to YouTube. Stranger things have happened – like the – and I say this with all sincerity – blessed Good Friday Agreement.
May 20th is Be A Millionaire Day, which I’m sure we can all go with. It’s also Strawberry Day so we can send the staff out to pick some from the manor garden to go with our bottle of 1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah.