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Channel 4 announces exciting new project from Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee

Those who missed Derry Girls season 3 when it aired on Channel 4 last year have a second chance to say goodbye to the popular characters as the final episodes are now streaming on Netflix.

Given that this is the third most watched show on the streaming service in the UK at the time of writing, it's fair to say that many people will be wondering what to do with themselves, when they're done with that impressive final episode.

If you're missing Derry Girls, we might have exciting news for you. On Tuesday morning, Channel 4 announced a new show written by Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee.

Billed as a “comedy thriller” and “not so much a “crime thriller” but more of a “what the hell happened?” The new series How To Get To Heaven From Belfast focuses on a trio of lifelong friends whose lives are turned upside down when they learn that an old school friend has died.

A Channel 4 press release said: “TThe eight-part comedy series is about Saoirse, Robyn and Dara, who have been friends since school.

“Now, in their late thirties, they lead a very different life. Saoirse, a successful writer with urges to hit the self-destruct button, Robyn, a swearing, stressed-out mother of three young boys, and Dara, a full-time caregiver to an elderly parent who couldn't manage to move out of her teenage bedroom.

“When each of the women receives an email informing them of the death of Greta, an old classmate with whom they were once very close, there is obviously an unspoken, unfinished business.

“The friends decide to attend Greta's wake and realize that things may not be as they seem. They soon get caught up in a dark and twisted secret. It's absolutely terrifying. But it's also… absolutely exciting.”

Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee at the 2023 TV Baftas
Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee at the 2023 TV Baftas

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The press release continued, “These women are about to embark on the most exciting adventure of their lives. An adventure that will take them from their hometown of Belfast, a haunted city where the pain of the past is painted on every mural, to the mythical wilderness of rural Donegal and across Ireland as they try to piece together the pieces of the puzzle and uncover the truth bring light. Even if their own complicated, chaotic and chaotic life often gets in their way.”

Lisa McGee gushed: “I've always wanted to do a comedy thriller set in Northern Ireland such a long time. I can't wait to share these flawed, funny women with everyone.”

Derry Girls debuted in 2018 to critical acclaim and ran for three seasons.

The series not only received rave reviews, but also garnered huge viewership. The first series became Channel 4's biggest comedy launch since 2004 and the most-watched television series in Northern Ireland since modern records began in 2002.

Channel 4 has announced that further announcements about How To Get To Heaven From Belfast – including the cast – will be made “in due course”.

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