‘Derry Girls’ Season 3 Reviews: What Top Critics Said About This Season?

It takes a mysterious encounter with headteacher Sister Michael (Siobhán McSweeney) at the video rental shop (“Just enjoy what time you have left, girls”) to make her start second-guessing her own grades – and, inevitably, start blaming her companions for leading her astray. She exclaims, “A scholar I was when I met you!” Clare’s self-delusions are just as well observed as Erin’s, and Coughlan’s performance, with its progressive escalation of hysteria, remains a treat. None of the characters, even the supporting ones like McSweeney’s deadpan nun, have weak points in this ensemble cast.

Unable to pull off their intended theft, the gang is caught red-handed. (“We’ll be like the Guildford Four or the Birmingham Six,” shrieks – yes, Clare again.)” An appearance by a Very Famous Star serves as further proof of the show’s enduring popularity on Channel 4. There’s also a magnificent moment where Uncle Colm (Kevin McAleer), Derry’s most dull guy who can reduce anyone to tears with his series of fumbled tales and non-sequiturs, comes into his own in a spectacularly tedious way. Other beloved characters will not likely receive their turn in the spotlight during the next five episodes (please God, let there be more Father Peter).

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‘Derry Girls’ Season 3 Cast And Characters

'Derry Girls' Season 3 Cast
‘Derry Girls’ Season 3 Cast

Saoirse-Monica Jackson is an Irish actress, best known for portraying Erin Quinn on the Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls.

Louisa Harland is an Irish actress. She is best known for her role as Orla McCool in the Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls.

Nicola Coughlan is an Irish actress. She is known for her roles as Clare Devlin in the Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls and Penelope Featherington in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton.

Jamie-Lee O’Donnell is an Irish actress from Derry, Northern Ireland. She is best known for her role as Michelle Mallon in the Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls.

Other Casts: Dylan Llewellyn, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Tommy Tiernan

‘Derry Girls’ Season 3 Storyline

In her Twitter thread, Coughlin added that “the plots in this series are the greatest we’ve ever done,” but did not give any specifics. She spoke to the Belfast Times about season 3’s production issues and highlighted the stories. “We can’t do anything with a crowd at the moment, so it’s a tremendous logistical challenge. However, I recently chatted with Lisa McGee, who walked me through the plot points. Even though I’m not surprised by their brilliance, it made me feel like I had to do it immediately.”

The show manages a hard mix of acknowledging the politically volatile world in which the girls live while keeping the tone generally cheerful. The Troubles, the struggle between those seeking for Northern Ireland to join the Republic of Ireland and those who wished to remain with the UK, mainly offer a background hum of violence for the character of Derry Girls rather than defining their life. Season 3’s plot is shrouded in mystery aside from its historical context.

In an interview with the Radio Times, Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee expressed her desire for comic Dara Briain to make an appearance in the future series. Ó Briain presents the long-running British panel show Mock the Week, and is a regular guest on The Big Fat Quiz. He has expressed affection for Derry Girls on social media, notably lauding Saoirse-Monica Jackson’s performance.

We don’t yet know much about the storyline for season three of the series, set during the Northern Irish Troubles – except for a shift in the political landscape: Lisa has previously claimed the show will have transitioned to “peacetime.”Drawing from her own childhood memories, the show’s creator added: “that was interesting for all sorts of reasons because it was so different.“And then there was true dread I suppose because we started to comprehend what there was to lose.” The actress also talked about the possibility of a romance between James and Erin (played by Saoirse-Monica Jackson), saying that she “always thought James liked her” but hasn’t yet realized this.

‘Derry Girls’ Season 3 Reviews

Radio Times Flora Carr

Everything that made the past two seasons of Lisa McGee’s comedy series magic is back.

The Independent Nick Hilton

The show’s third and final season begins with the gang of schoolmates attempting to replicate the success of some East German teenagers, by making a short film about the Troubles. Though it’s really a throwaway gag designed to introduce the episode’s main plotline – the girls preparing to receive their GCSE results – it’s typical of how the show handles its context. Derry Girls is neither about nor not about, the Troubles. Instead, it’s about the resilience of human vanity and self-absorption in the face of the greatest challenges. In the same way that M*A*S*H demonstrated its characters’ capacity to be drunk and disobedient, even under constant threat of shelling, Derry Girls is an electric depiction of adolescent monomania.

The Guardian Richel Aroesti 

The sense of place is as heady as ever, too. In the two episodes available to view in advance, the Troubles feature less prominently – partly because Ireland in this timeline is entering a period of relative peace. But McGee manages to preserve the tone that makes Derry Girls not only gratifyingly profane but also profound: conflict and terror may continually loom, but the finer points of teenage life always take precedent. In previous episodes, scenes that juxtapose the girls’ entirely self-absorbed moments – dancing euphorically on a school hall stage, for example – with their parents anxiously watching the news, end up being far more than the sum of their parts. As the third series opens, the Troubles continue to be mostly an inconvenience, with Michelle snapping at the mere mention of politics: “I’m so fucking sick of peace!” she growls.

Independent (UK)

Nick Hilton

The episodes are so short, that Derry Girls can feel frustratingly moreish. But McGee has inflected the show with such a sweet, endearing sense of chaos, that the plot never really has to be resolved.

London Evening Standard

Katie Rosseinsky

It’ll be hard to say goodbye to these girls — and the wee English fella — who have come to feel like old friends, but it’s been a real ride.


‘Derry Girls’ Season 3 Trailer

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