Derry Girls stars react to UK Media Minister's claim show is 'distinctively British'
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Derry Girls stars react to UK Media Minister's claim show is 'distinctively British'

STARS AND the creator of hit show Derry Girls have reacted to an ex-Minister's claim that the show is 'distinctively British'.

Given the premise of the show-- Irish teenagers in Derry living through the 'Troubles', who attend a Catholic school, escape the city during The Twelfth and regularly refer to themselves as Irish-- a comment from a former UK Media Minister stating the show is 'distinctively British' has, understandably, caused some controversy.

John Whittingdale-- who has just been axed as Media Minister in Boris Johnson's recent reshuffle-- earlier this week told the Royal Television Society that he wanted a new legal requirement for public service broadcasters to produce more "distinctively British content".

Clarifying what he meant by "distinctively British" shows, Mr Whittingdale used several examples: Only Fools and HorsesFleabagGogglebox-- and Derry Girls.

Derry Girls is 'Distinctively British'? The stars might have something to say about that... (Channel 4)

According to The Belfast Telegraph, Mr Whittington admitted that 'Britishness' was a "difficult concept to measure", but explained he meant "programmes that are ours and only ours, that could only have been made in the United Kingdom".

"Take Derry Girls, a show that addresses the Troubles and the rise and fall of Take That with equal passion-- it could only have been made here."

Mr Whittingdale's comments immediately caused a mocking Twitter storm, with one person tagging Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee in the article, to which she replied:

"The most 'ach, I can't be dealing with this today' headline I've seen about the show. And there's been a few."

And star Siobhán McSweeney, who plays the fan-favourite Sister Michael, said:

"Derry Girls is made by a British company and aired by a British channel. But it's not a 'distinctively British' programme.

"But what would I know?"

As Sister Michael would say- "Christ".

Fans of the show also pointed out the issues with the comment-- including one user who asked "Derry Girls is distinctly British? If that were the case, would it not be called Londonderry Girls?"

Another show produced by a British company and aired on a British channel is Father Ted-- but you'd be hard pressed to find someone trying to describe that as 'Distinctively British'.