Derry Girls Season 3 will air early next year, star confirms

Derry Girls Season 3 will air early next year, star confirms

THE LONG wait is nearly over!

Derry Girls fans have been waiting patiently for Season 3 of the hit show for what seems like forever, but there's not much longer to go, one of the stars has revealed.

Tara Lynne O'Neill, who plays Ma Mary in the Channel4 smash-hit, spoke to The Irish Mirror where she said Season 3 should begin filming by the end of this year, and should be released in early 2022.

That may seem like a long time-- because mentally, we're all still stuck in 2020-- but it is just a few short months away.

O'Neill told The Irish Mirror that, after filming was initially disrupted by the pandemic, "It's happening this year, it's definitely happening this year!"

"We're gonna do it this year, so it will be out early next year," she said, adding that the filming date has been "tied in".

The actress couldn't give much else away however, as she told the outlet "They wouldn't give the scripts to me ... I can't be relied not to tell people what's going to happen!"

Bu while Ma Mary might not know what the Derry Girls are up to (What else is new?) Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare and recently burst into fame through her role in Netflix's Bridgerton, said she has seen the script and "they're so brilliant".

The third series of the show is expected to take place on the backdrop of the Good Friday Agreement, and the gang will be a little older in the new series - around 17, to be precise. 

The show's creator, Lisa McGee, told the I Newspaper "They’re going to be forced to grow up a bit this series [but] they’re still eejits,  they still get into a lot of trouble, and embarrass themselves and do all those things you’d expect the Derry Girls to do, but they do have to face some big things this time.

"It’s still funny. The most important thing is that it brings joy to people. I want to make people really, really laugh.” 

You can learn more about everything we know about Derry Girls season 3-- and even the planned feature film-- here.