Stars of hit show Derry Girls to be immortalised with mural in city

Stars of hit show Derry Girls to be immortalised with mural in city

THE STARS of hit Channel 4 show Derry Girls are to be honoured with a mural in the city.

The first series of the comedy, set in Derry during the 1990s, was a ratings hit for the broadcaster.

To celebrate the upcoming second series, a mural of characters Erin, Orla, Clare, Michelle and James will be painted onto Badgers bar in the city centre.

Responding to the news, Nicola Coughlan who plays straight-laced Clare tweeted: “Mad but true!”

The project is a collaboration between Channel 4’s in-house creative agency and local mural specialists UV Arts, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

Derry made headlines for the wrong reasons at the weekend following a car bomb outside the city’s courthouse in Saturday.

However Karl Ports of UV Arts said the mural would bring some joy to the city.

"The opportunity to immortalise these iconic figures through an amazing new mural can give the city a little hope for the future and spread a little laughter along the way," he told the paper.

Series two of Derry Girls has already begun production and is expected to air later this year.

The first series was watched by an average of 2.5 million viewers in Britain, making it Channel 4’s biggest comedy launch since 2004.

It scooped  the Gala Award for Best Comedy at last year’s Irish Film and Television Academy awards, while writer Lisa McGee took the gong for Best Writer in a Comedy or Soap.