Derry Girls stars say series three finale will be emotional and ‘bittersweet’

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8 Apr 2022, 09:28

Screenshot from the season three trailer of Derry Girls

Credit: Channel 4

The cast of Derry Girls has promised a tear-jerking and emotional final episode in the upcoming third season.

We will be saying goodbye to our favourite girls from Our Lady Immaculate College when the third and final season airs this month, but it’s set to be a memorable one.

The girls (and James) have a knack of causing mischief, and things won’t be any different as they attempt to throw a Halloween party, attend a Fatboy Slim show and navigate life as teenagers in the upcoming season.

Speaking to Digital Spy about what it was like to film the last series, the cast admitted it was a lot harder than they imagined.

Nicola Coughlan, who has recently appeared in the latest series of Bridgerton and plays Claire on the show, said: “It was definitely bittersweet.

"It's sad to think that we'll never play these characters again, but at the same time you want to send it off in the right way, on a high. You don't want to drag it out, and we always knew that [creator Lisa McGee] wanted to take it up to the Good Friday Agreement.”

Saoirse-Monica Jackson, who plays Erin in the show, also described the experience as bittersweet and added: “The best way to describe it is I've been fulfilled by the experience.

"I don't think I could have wanted or wished for anything more from this job, and it's been such an incredible journey. I'm extremely proud of the show and extremely proud of Lisa, and I think that she's ended on such a beautiful note. It feels like a really nice place to leave it."

The cast also recalled what it was like to wrap on the last day of filming and how they struggled to keep it togethe.

Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, who plays Michelle, described the final scene as surreal.

She said: We were like, 'Is this really it?' People were getting a bit teary and biting their lips and trying to hold it all in, even the crew. And when they said, 'That's a wrap', it wasn't the usual thing of everyone going crazy. It was claps and hugs, and it was bittersweet. That's the only way to describe it.

"This will be one of the most important jobs I've ever done and I think it's always going to stay at that. It's the job that launched my career. It's the city I'm from, and it's my community and my family and friends and loved ones, and it's something that I'll always be incredibly proud of."

Has anyone got a tissue?

The third and final season of Derry Girls airs on 12 April on Channel 4.