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Fancy a bit of craic?! Jeanie, Marie-Louise and Pauline love the Channel 4 sit-com, Derry Girls, based in their home city. We thought it would be fun to rewatch the series, and chat about each episode in detail. You don’t have to be from Derry or even a girl. Being a Derry Girl is a state of mind. Come on in!

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Fancy a bit of craic?! Jeanie, Marie-Louise and Pauline love the Channel 4 sit-com, Derry Girls, based in their home city. We thought it would be fun to rewatch the series, and chat about each episode in detail. You don’t have to be from Derry or even a girl. Being a Derry Girl is a state of mind. Come on in!

    Episode 13: Talking Derry Girls with LISA McGEE

    Episode 13: Talking Derry Girls with LISA McGEE

    Derry Girls writer and creator Lisa McGee joins the Girls and tells them why she is "obsessed" with the podcast. She describes it as "hilarious", "THE best thing" and explains why she "was annoyed that she (sic) hadn't heard it before writing Series 3". Lisa also has some suggestions about what Pauline, Jeanie and Marie Louise can cover in the podcast while we wait impatiently for Series 3.


    2020 ZeBBie Awards - ‘Our Lisa’s been nominated’ (I feel we can say that now! ) 
    http://www.iftn.ie/news/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4293665&tpl=archnews&force=1
    Caroline Leddy - Producer Derry Girls https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0496418/
    Caroline Leddy’s husband’s uncle - Brian Friel http://www.irishplayography.com/person.aspx?personid=31919
    Liz Lewin - Exec Producer Derry Girls https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1157598/
    Freaks and Geeks - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freaks_and_Geeks
    Queer as Folk - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0262985/
    Russell T Davies - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0203961/
    Larry David - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0202970/
    OK, this Derry Girl was actually in the audience at the Stephen Colbert show on 9th January 2020 when Larry David was the guest - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cIzyYGnmSY
    The Undertones - http://theundertones.com/_/Home.html
    Erin’s Diary - https://www.independent.ie/videos/derry-girls-star-saoirse-monica-jackson-reads-extract-from-new-spin-off-book-erins-diary-written-by-lisa-mcgee-39407478.html


    For more information about the podcast, visit: www.thebiglight.com/talkingderrygirls
    Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls
    Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/talkingderrygirls
    WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: https://www.channel4.com
    On RTE (in Ireland): https://www.rte.ie/
    Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK: https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/news/derry-girls-season-2-coming-to-netflix-in-august-2019/
     
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 12: We're All Derry Girls Now, Hi!

    Episode 12: We're All Derry Girls Now, Hi!

    We're discussing: Derry Girls / Series 2 / Ep6 / 'The President'
    We are at the end of the beginning and President Bill Clinton is on his way to Derry. One of our three Derry Girls had an invitation to meet the man himself. One had passed the security checks to get close to him and the other was in a car park at the back of Derry's Guildhall. It's history in the making and stirs up some emotional memories and asks some probing questions. Which one of the Talking Derry Girls was in Riverdance? Which one has CIA clearance? and which one is related to Bill Clinton? (Maybe) Oh and why go to Burt when you could have gone to Muff? 


    Great read about the USA involvement in the peace process by Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies - https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/jcs/article/view/11750/12521
    Derry Journal article on President Clinton’s visit at the end of Derry Girls - https://www.derryjournal.com/news/will-never-be-ordinary-city-clinton-derry-1995-985673
    Derry Journal article on President Clinton’s visit at the end of Derry Girls - https://www.derryjournal.com/news/will-never-be-ordinary-city-clinton-derry-1995-985673
    Clinton’s visit to the Beech hill hotel - https://www.visitderry.com/Blog/ArtMID/677/ArticleID/29/Derry-Girls-Clinton-finale-leaves-us-wanting-more
    Secret naval base in Derry - https://www.ireland.com/en-gb/articles/derry-ebrington-barracks/
    Bill Clinton in Belfast, including the handshake with Gerry Adams - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-21029865
    Niall O’Dowd’s article on the Clinton visit - https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/niallodowd/the-peacemaker-bill-clintons-historic-visit-ireland
    Tip O’Neill - http://www.donegaldiaspora.ie/people/tip-oneill
    Oliver Cromwell in Ireland - it’s in there somewhere - great podcast (it’s episode 49) - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/a-short-history-of-ireland/id1514770437
    Cliff Richard - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Richard
    Actors: 
    Paul Mallon (Dennis) - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2546951/
    Bronagh Waugh (Cathy Maguire) - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2391026/
    JFK’s visit to Ireland in 1963 (lots of youtube videos as well, far too many to list here) - https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/jfk-in-ireland
    Bill Clinton and Van Morrison - https://clinton.presidentiallibraries.us/exhibits/show/rock/morrison
    Burt; Co Donegal - https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-europe/grianan-aileach-hillfort-legendary-kingdom-which-lies-5000-year-old-sacred-021295
    Bloody Sunday - https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/events/bsunday/bs.htm
    President Clinton’s speech at the Guildhall on 30th November 1995 - https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/events/peace/docs/pres2.htm


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    WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: https://www.channel4.com
    On RTE (in Ireland): https://www.rte.ie/
    Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK: https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/news/derry-girls-season-2-coming-to-netflix-in-august-2019/
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 11: Ballgowns and Letdowns

    Episode 11: Ballgowns and Letdowns

    We're discussing: Derry Girls / Series 2 / Ep5 / 'The Prom'
    Our own 3 Derry Girls delve into the murky, messy, fragile world of teenage friendship. Derry's Doctor Who connections are explored - could the Doctor be a Derry Girl? Pauline, Jeanie and Marie Louise reminisce about their own Prom dates and how nuns armed with rulers measured out a decent distance during the slow dances. As ever - many questions are asked. Are Derry people too pasty for Baywatch? Could nude sunbathing ever have taken off in Donegal and just how tight is too tight? 


    Jame’s Dr Who: https://www.tombakerofficial.com/
    Pauline’s Dr Who: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001172/
    Willie Doherty’s project with Christopher Eccleston: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/visual-art/willie-doherty-and-the-persistence-of-underlying-antagonisms-1.4265801
    Willie Doherty and the Turner Prize: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/turner-prize-2003/turner-prize-2003-artists-willie-doherty
    Jeanie’s Dr Who - David Tennant and his Derry/Londonderry connections: http://www.bbc.co.uk/whodoyouthinkyouare/past-stories/david-tennant.shtml
    Pope John Paul’s visit to Ireland 1979: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45103181
    Dr Ian Paisley: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-16910949
    London’s Burning: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London%27s_Burning_(TV_series)
    Coronation Street: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronation_Street
    Home and Away: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_and_Away
    The Bill: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bill
    Peter Cunnah: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Cunnah
    Carrie: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074285/
    The Ceasefire 1994 chronology of events: https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch94.htm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/31/newsid_3605000/3605348.stm


    We didn’t get the chance to give a shout out to these wonderful actors also in this episode.   
    Actors: Aoife Hinds (Mae Chung): https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9501566/
    Calam Lynch (John-Paul Reilly): https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8208516/


    For more information about the podcast, visit: www.thebiglight.com/talkingderrygirls
    Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls
    Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/talkingderrygirls
    WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: https://www.channel4.com
    On RTE (in Ireland): https://www.rte.ie/
    Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK: https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/news/derry-girls-season-2-coming-to-netflix-in-august-2019/
     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 10: One Wedding and a Derry Funeral

    Episode 10: One Wedding and a Derry Funeral

    We're discussing: Derry Girls / Series 2 / Ep4 / 'The Curse'
    A bit like life itself, there are more questions than answers in this week's episode. How hilarious are your scones? Pauline has a recipe and you may need a big bowl. Has anyone ever actually done Rock the Boat at an Irish wedding? (Before the Derry Girls made it a thing?) Would you know a hallion from a scallion? 
    Are the English really weird and how many red suits does Donna Traynor have? Marie Louise, Jeanie and Pauline ask themselves why they feel more comfortable at a wake than a wedding and just how Snow White is Marie Louise? 


    Father Ted - if you haven’t seen this it’s a must, get it wherever you can! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111958/ 
    Ardal O’Hanlon - Cousin Eamon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardal_O%27Hanlon
    Eleanor Methven - Aunt Bridie  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0582556/
    Knee-capping in NI - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kneecapping
    Tarring and feathering - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8381652.stm
    The Irish Wake - https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/09/why-the-irish-get-death-right
    Marie-Louise’s BBC Radio 4 documentary on keening - Songs for the Dead - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b07npx1f
    Nadine Coyle - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadine_Coyle
    Nicola Coughlan - and her audition for Derry Girls https://www.irishpost.com/news/derry-girls-nicola-coughlan-northern-irish-accent-164981?utm_source
    The Little Book of Derry - https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/the-little-book-of-derry/9781845888718/
    Dave Allen - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Allen_(comedian)


    For more information about the podcast, visit: www.thebiglight.com/talkingderrygirls
    Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls
    Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/talkingderrygirls
    WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: https://www.channel4.com
    On RTE (in Ireland): https://www.rte.ie/
    Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK: https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/news/derry-girls-season-2-coming-to-netflix-in-august-2019/
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 9: This 'n' That

    Episode 9: This 'n' That

    We're discussing: Derry Girls / Series 2 / Ep3 / 'The Concert'
    Whatever we said whatever we did we probably meant it. Pauline, Jeanie and Marie-Louise come clean about their own teenage misdemeanours - some of which happened when they were old enough to know better. How far did they go to meet their heroes and would they have booed Led Zeppelin off the stage for playing their new song? The facts about the escaped polar bear are unearthed with the truth proving even more farcical than the fiction. Marie-Louise refuses to believe that BBC news presenter Donna Traynor could spread Fake News and is a line of white tape adequate protection from a potential explosion? Is it possible to get paid extra for turning up late for work and is it ever wise to ask a virtual stranger on a date? Take That. You probably deserved it. 


    Eddi Izzard: https://www.eddieizzard.com/en
    Daniel O’Donnell: http://danielodonnell.org
    Saturday Night Fever - starring John Travolta: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076666/
    The Blue Nile: https://www.thebluenile.org
    Brian Kennedy: https://www.briankennedy.co.uk
    The Europa Hotel: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/life-goes-on-at-the-most-bombed-hotel-in-the-world-1.2901861
    Peter the polar bear: https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1161477/Derry-Girls-season-2-did-polar-really-escape-Belfast-Zoo-true-story-SE02E03-Netflix-series
    Wild Ireland: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/meet-the-bearman-of-buncrana-i-knew-about-joe-exotic-for-years-1.4324579
    Rita - actor Kerri Quinn: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4946216/
    Take That concert Belfast 1993: https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1162330/Derry-Girls-season-2-Take-That-band-really-perform-Belfast-Northern-Ireland-Netflix-series#:~:text=The%20Derry%20Girls%20were%20attending,tour%20was%20titled%20Pops%20Tour.
    Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol): https://www.irishnews.com/arts/music/2019/06/05/news/gary-lightbody-my-grandmother-shaped-my-outlook-on-life-and-how-we-should-treat-people-1635455/
    Donna Traynor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Traynor


    For more information about the podcast, visit: www.thebiglight.com/talkingderrygirls
    Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls
    Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/talkingderrygirls
    WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: https://www.channel4.com
    On RTE (in Ireland): https://www.rte.ie/
    Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK: https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/news/derry-girls-season-2-coming-to-netflix-in-august-2019/
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 8: Don’t Lose the Head

    Episode 8: Don’t Lose the Head

    We're discussing: Derry Girls / Series 2 / Ep2 / 'Ms De Bruin and the Child of Prague'
    Pauline, Jeanie and Marie Louise wonder if one of them could be the "Craic Killer." They discuss the history and devotion given to the "enchanting piece of religious art" that is the Child of Prague and what happens if you "Seize The Day" and nothing happens? What if the best version of yourself isn't that great and when is an accident not an accident? There are memories of teachers who truly do inspire and guide you towards that better version of yourself…Will the real Ms De Bruin please step forward. Tips for a successful date night and how not to impress the love of your life, all whilst remembering that the Christmas cupboard is sacred and that espresso comes in a "wile wee cup". 


    Dead Poets Society - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097165/
    The Usual Suspects - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114814/
    Seamus Heaney - http://seamusheaneyhome.com
    Things you need to know about the Child of Prague - https://www.onefabday.com/uk/child-of-prague/
    We mention the Glenshane Pass a lot and it occurred to me that some folks ‘Across the Water’ may not know this place….  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenshane_Pass
    Sex abuse scandals in Ireland in the ‘90s - https://www.irishnews.com/news/popevisit/2018/08/24/news/summary-of-clerical-sex-abuse-scandals-in-ireland-1415362/
    Glenroe and Gabriel Byrne - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Byrne
    The Fall - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2294189/
    Field Day Theatre Company - https://fieldday.ie/about/
    A Particle of Dread - http://www.sam-shepard.com/particle.html
    Judith Roddy (Ms De Bruin) - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1801240/
    Brian Friel - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Friel


    For more information about the podcast, visit: www.thebiglight.com/talkingderrygirls
    Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls
    Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/talkingderrygirls
    WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: https://www.channel4.com
    On RTE (in Ireland): https://www.rte.ie/
    Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK: https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/news/derry-girls-season-2-coming-to-netflix-in-august-2019/
     
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Lorney_Lu ,

A must for any Derry Girls fan

Absolutely cracker, great accompaniment to the tv show

amymessenger ,

Funny, insightful, comforting..what more could you ask for?

As a big Derry Girls fan this has been such a fun podcast to listen to and learn more about growing up in Derry as a teenager, the history and backgrounds to the episodes. Really adds another dimension to it!

LanarkGlass ,

Totally enjoy this podcast

This episode is so great, like the TV prog. Itself actually..
A bit of history - a bit of humour, brilliant real life stories..and a sharing of history, After all who doesn't like a certain brand chocolate biscuit!! You will need to listen to episode 5 findout about this.. Really enjoyable.

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