THE SECOND series of Derry Girls has been removed from Netflix less than a week after making its debut on the popular streaming platform.
Derry Girls season two was added to Netflix in the UK and Ireland on Thursday, July 9, where it quickly became one of the most watched shows on the platform.
However, as of today, the second series has been removed from the streaming service, sparking confusion and anger among some fans online.
Netflix has since confirmed that, rather than being a glitch in the streaming service, the second series has, in fact, been intentionally removed from its service.
They tweeted: "UPDATE: it looks like we were a bit early with this one so have had to take season two down for now.
"We'll let you know when it's coming back as soon as we can. In the meantime, it's available now on All 4."
According to a report from Variety, it’s all to do with a legal wrangle involving Channel 4 and is actually related to the delayed release of the show’s third season.
Filming on the new series of Derry Girls had been due to restart earlier this year.
UPDATE: it looks like we were a bit early with this one so have had to take season two down for now. We'll let you know when it's coming back as soon as we can. In the meantime, it's available now on All 4. https://t.co/UQR5dZvqeb
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) July 14, 2020
However, the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to proceedings before they even began.
Under the terms of Netflix’s agreement with Channel 4, the UK channel that broadcasts Derry Girls, they only have the rights to stream the second series once the third one begins airing on TV.
All of which means, fans unfortunately could be facing a lengthy wait before the second series returns to Netflix with no date yet confirmed for when work on season three will begin.
Back in early June, Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan told Thanks A Million podcast that “tentative dates” had been discussed about a potential return but none had been confirmed.
"We were meant to start filming around now,” she said.
"We made the second series back in 2018, so it's been a long time since we've been together filming.
"But filming has been put on hold for now which sucks, and we're all really excited to go back and start again and see the scripts because we actually haven't.
"There’s tentative dates when we hope to go back but we don’t really know at the minute."