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22nd Nov 2023

Derry Girls nabs International Emmy Award for Best Comedy Programme

Fiona Frawley

“Being a Derry Girl, well, it’s a f*cking state of mind.”

The Derry Girls finally got the international props they deserve when the final series of the show won the International Emmy for Best Comedy Programme on Monday night.

Since the first episode aired in January 2018, the show has spoken to the inner awkward teen of millions of viewers; not just in Northern Ireland where the cultural references can be viscerally felt but all over the world.

Notably, Derry Girls was the most-watched TV programme in Northern Ireland last year, with half a million viewers tuning in according to figures by Ofcom.

Via IMDb

Set against the backdrop of the tail end of the Troubles in 90s Derry, Derry Girls has proved itself time and time again to be so much more than a comedy. The final season in particular reached new heights with its portrayal of the Good Friday Agreement, being described in UK Parliament as “brilliant”.

There’s been a Child of Prague-shaped hole in all of our hearts since the final episode aired last year, but a rewatch may be in order as Derry Girls nabbed a deserved International Emmy Award alongside Netflix special Vir Das: Landing earlier this week.

Derry Girls averaged more than three million viewers in its third season and has already won a number of Baftas, including for Best Scripted Comedy.

Header image via Twitter/ Lisa McGee & IMDb


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