Who watched this?
For anyone who doesn’t know, Derry Girls is a Channel Four sitcom about teenagers growing up in ’90s Northern Ireland. There have been three series and the last ever episode was on last night.
While generally funny and scabrous, it always managed to bring a touch of seriousness into the mix, and felt emotionally and politically “true” despite sometimes getting into slapstick territory on the surface. I think most comedy fans would agree it’s been one of the best sitcoms in years.
I thought the final episode last night was terrific, and it was a great idea to tie it into the Good Friday Agreement referendum. It acted as a very nice education piece, as well as keeping the jokes flying throughout. It’s been the right decision to draw the line there (if for nothing else to quit before the cast start getting too old looking): I generally like comedies that are brave enough to end on a high rather than drag things out for years to diminishing returns (Only Fools and Horses being a rare exception for me).
So, it’s a standing ovation from me. With the cap now closed on three perfect series, 19 episodes in total, it joins other classic comedies like Fawlty Towers, Father Ted and The Thick of It that knew when to stop.