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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!

Talking Derry Girls The Big Light

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    • 4.9 • 89 Ratings

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 42: Season 3 | Finale: The Agreement

    Episode 42: Season 3 | Finale: The Agreement

    The late great Douglas Adams decreed the number 42 to be the answer to the ultimate question of life, the Universe and everything… we can't claim that TDG's episode 42 will give you the meaning of life but we will have a crack at answering a question or two - depending of course on who is holding the breadstick. 


    The Agreement - the finale to the final season, the end of the road… but was it a road paved in yellow? Could the mighty Oz have the answers that help our gang towards a more peaceful, joyful future? 


    Can anyone ever compete with our devotion to labour saving kitchen gadgets - how many ballot papers would you need to eat to consume a whole politician… and who said it best when he said nothing at all? 


    Pass the breadstick, the TDG's are going in… 


    The Agreement: cain.ulster.ac.uk/events/peace/docs/agreement.htm


    George Mitchell: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpum-6Zu6Aw (from 2020) 


    John Hume obituary report: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpum-6Zu6Aw


    David Trimble: www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1998/trimble/facts/


    David Ervine: www.theguardian.com/politics/2007/jan/09/uk.northernireland


    David Cameron’s (former PM) apology for Bloody Sunday: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-60157409


    Pat Bradley: www.derryjournal.com/news/people/pat-bradley-the-life-and-times-of-a-senior-public-servant-3692838


    The Protocol: www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-53724381


    Punch Magazine: www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/apes-psychos-alcos-how-british-cartoonists-depict-the-irish-1.3149409


    Marian Keyes: www.mariankeyes.com/


    Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitment): www.bronaghgallagher.com/


    www.imdb.com/name/nm0302345/ Also great story about Bronagh in Ep 1 of Talking Derry Girls. 


    Siobhan McSweeney on Today programme Radio 4 after the finale of Derry Girls: twitter.com/BBCr4today/status/1527219608771510272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw


    Caroline Magennis - author and academic article on Derry Girls: www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/18/derry-girls-troubles-northern-ireland-literature


    Richard Moore - Children in Crossfire: www.childrenincrossfire.org/


    www.childrenincrossfire.org/shop/derry-girls-hope-bracelet/#:~:text=These%20bracelets%20were%20handmade%20by,Children%20in%20Crossfire%20deliver%20together.


    What about you podcast: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/what-about-you/id1537387388 and all places you get your podcasts. 


    For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to: www.thebiglight.com/talkingderrygirls

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 41: Season 3 | Episode 6: Halloween

    Episode 41: Season 3 | Episode 6: Halloween

    Halloween in Derry - Now there's a subject the TDG's know a trick or treat about - (have a listen to eps 26 and 27 for the full on Derry at Halloween experience). After recording these episodes in Derry last November the TDG's stayed on in town by special invitation to fulfil their ultimate dream - being extras during the filming! What was their scene? Would they need extra hair, make up and costume overhauls and just how much extra security would Granda Joe need to protect him from Marie-Louise's fangirling? Nothing could prepare them for the scene that lay ahead and the Non Disclosure Agreements signed meant that not a word could pass their lips until now…


    Fat Boy Slim: www.imdb.com/name/nm1041563/bio


    Seamus Heaney and nobel prize for literature: www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/seamus-heaney


    BBC Radio Foyle - Sean Coyle: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Coyle


    BBC Radio Foyle - Gerry Anderson: www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-gerry-anderson-show-bbc-radio-ulster-G7manEcNs82/


    (Mr Madstab) Emmett J Scanlan: www.imdb.com/name/nm1631384/


    Claire’s Dad - David Ireland (Cyrus Avenue): www.imdb.com/name/nm0409854/ royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/cyprus-avenue-film/


    Vanessa Ifediora (Laurie - the kiss): www.imdb.com/name/nm9981698/


    Finton (Fi Fi - Fin Fin): m.imdb.com/name/nm5245763/filmotype/actor


    St Augustine’s Church of Ireland: www.saintaugustines.co.uk


    St Columbs Hall: www.saintcolumbshall.com


    City Walking Tours (Charlene Ep 17 TDGs - Walking the Talk): derrycitytours.com/


    Yellow Yard: www.facebook.com/TheYellowYard/


    Blinkers: restaurantguru.com/Blinkers-Belfast


    The Hidden City Cafe: www.facebook.com/hiddencitycafederry/ (owned by Justin who was an EXTRA priest with us in this Episode) 


    Our very own Halloween specials in Derry - TDGs Ep 26 and 27! 


    For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to: www.thebiglight.com/talkingderrygirls

    • 52 min
    Episode 40: Series 3 | Episode 5: The Reunion

    Episode 40: Series 3 | Episode 5: The Reunion

    What's 20 years between friends? The TDG's are made painfully aware this week that they are indeed closer in age to the Derry Ma's than to their rebellious offspring. Back to the 70's, to times our girls remember well, all teen angst, teen discos and Teenage Kicks.


    John Hume is walking the walls, Da Gerry is climbing the walls with hunger and the IRA in their little face hats are stopping anyone from getting anywhere near The Walls with their roadblock on the bridge. Just another day in 70's Derry and - for the tape - the TDG's are loving every single second of it…


    The John Hume report from TV: youtu.be/K4j6zmWn-V8


    Foy Vance: www.foyvance.com/


    The Undertones: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Undertones


    Stiff Little Fingers: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stiff_Little_Fingers


    Journalist - Peter Taylor: rts.org.uk/article/bedrock-bbc-peter-taylors-steve-hewlett-memorial-lecture cain.ulster.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch77.htm


    Peace People 1976: www.peacepeople.com/history/

    • 46 min
    Episode 39: Series 3 | Episode 4: The Haunting

    Episode 39: Series 3 | Episode 4: The Haunting

    The TDG's are still coming to terms with all the shocks contained in this week's episode. The language takes an unexpected turn and memories of Donegal bedsharing are revisited. 


    Can the TDG's ever escape from their own reality, which in the words of Sister Michael is a "very serious condition… they're from Derry". Just how hot are the "ripped" "turf cutting" Donegal farmers and did Erin's Diary give us all the necessary pointers towards this week's BIG highlight…?


    THE HAUNTING - www.imdb.com/title/tt0171363/


    SCOOBIE DOO - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scooby-Doo


    GORKAHORK,DONEGAL -  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gortahork


    HOLDING, TV SERIES en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holding_(TV_series)


    OLWEN FOURÉRÉ -  www.imdb.com/name/nm0288260/


    TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE - www.imdb.com/title/tt11755740/


    CONLETH HILL - www.imdb.com/name/nm0384152/


    CONLETH HILL IN CAR SHARE -  www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy7ays9Ljmc


    DeLOREAN CAR - www.nmni.com/our-museums/Ulster-Transport-Museum/Things-to-see/DeLorean-sports-car.aspx


    ERIN’S DIARY - hachette.co.uk/titles/lisa-mcgee/erins-diary-an-official-derry-girls-book/9781841884424/


    For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to: www.thebiglight.com/talkingderrygirls

    • 51 min
    Episode 38: Series 3 | Episode 3: Strangers on a Train

    Episode 38: Series 3 | Episode 3: Strangers on a Train

    The gang from Derry Girls are off on a day trip and the TDG's are out of their comfort zone. What is it about the seaside destination of Portrush with to quote James, "it's Protestant, Unionist majority" that makes Marie-Louise and Jeanie feel so alienated? Memories of daytrips past and souvenirs never to be forgotten are swallowed up faster than a bag of Tayto Cheese and Onion… sorry Orla but Salt and vinegar are for savages. Look… here comes the snack trolley… Happy Days! 


    discovernorthernireland.com/blog/read/2020/06/take-one-of-the-worlds-great-railway-journeys-b91


    Former Python - Michael Palin described the train journey between Coleraine and Derry/Londonderry as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/michael-palins-favourite-railway-line-between-coleraine-and-derry-in-northern-ireland-set-to-re-open-following-upgrade-35227689.html


    Mr Benn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr_Benn


    AMY HUBERMAN - the woman in the ticket office at the station www.rsvplive.ie/news/tv-film/amy-huberman-latest-star-make-26807090


    twitter.com/amyhuberman?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor


    www.imdb.com/title/tt9066034/


    PACKY LEE - The man with the wrong bag! from Peaky Blinders peaky-blinders.fandom.com/wiki/Packy_Lee


    MICHAEL FRY - COMEDIAN and self appointed guardian of the display KITKATS 


    He’s very very funny - go check out his you tubes films…. twitter.com/bigdirtyfry?lang=en


    SINÉAD KEENAN - We didn’t talk about Sinéad much in this episode but we will.. she’s been in many many great programmes… inlcuding Dr Who. We have a feeling she may be back - it’s just a hunch! www.imdb.com/name/nm0444681/?ref_=nm_mv_close


    The issue of Decommissioning as part of the Good Friday Agreement cain.ulster.ac.uk/events/peace/decommission.htm


    Profile - Lisa McGee BBC Radio 4 www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0016phd


    Barrys - Portrush www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-60834776


    The Chocolate Manor - Castlerock thechocolatemanor.com/


    For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to: www.thebiglight.com/talkingderrygirls

    • 41 min
    Episode 37: Series 3 | Episode 2: The Affair...

    Episode 37: Series 3 | Episode 2: The Affair...

    Girl Power: For the first time since starting this podcast the 3 Talking Derry Girls are together in the same room to watch the first screening of a Derry Girls episode. 


    The excitement is off the scale, Pauline, Jeanie and Marie-Louise have seen this episode at the cinema premiere, but this is different. This is TV - they're together - there's chips, a dog, Tayto Cheese 'n' Onion crisps and Craic… loads of Craic. Throw in a hot plumber some Wannabes and a Da Enabler and the scene is set. We'll tell you what we want, what we really really want and it's not a broken boiler. 


    Derry Girls on Channel 4 is sponsored by Tourism Ireland: ireland.com/en-gb/


    Derry Girls on Channel 4: channel4.com/programmes/derry-girls


    Women's Coalition (1996) - a minor but very important party forcing other parties to take women's issues seriously: niassembly.gov.uk/visit-and-learning/women-in-parliament/northern-ireland-womens-coalition/


    Levi’s 501 Advert - Nick Keman: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwG_wym3p68


    Richmond Shopping Centre: www.richmondcentre.co.uk/


    Folyeside Shopping Centre: www.foyleside.co.uk/


    Austins: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austins_(department_store)


    The Spice Girls: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spice_Girls www.radiotimes.com/tv/comedy/derry-girls-spice-girls-union-jack-newsupdate/


    Erin’s Diary: www.hachette.co.uk/titles/lisa-mcgee/erins-diary-an-official-derry-girls-book/9781841884424/


    Stars in their Eyes: www.ukgameshows.com/ukgs/Stars_in_Their_Eyes


    BBC Children in Need: www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/


    Damien Molony: www.imdb.com/name/nm3729877/


    www.redonline.co.uk/reviews/film-reviews/a38011828/the-split-season-3-release-date-cast-plot/


    Being Human: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Being_Human_(British_TV_series)


    The Walled City Brewery: www.walledcitybrewery.com/


    For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to: www.thebiglight.com/talkingderrygirls

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Xtinanina ,

Love love love 💜

Having lived with loads of Derry people in NYC I couldn’t wait to watch the show. I must’ve binged it in two days. It brought me back to my first ever boyfriend who was a Doherty from Derry City. Gary from Derry my family called him. I couldn’t get enough of the Irish life and the show just gave me that fix I needed. I’ll be over there in august so as I started planning my trip I was thinking I’d re watch the show and then “I said to myself says I” I should see if there’s any podcasts about it. That’s when I stumbled on Talking Derry girls. It’s just so amazing hearing your stories and your thoughts on each episode. There’s lots of things I already knew about Derry and lots of things I learned from listening! I’ve just finished Episode 11 and can’t wait to keep going. I also CAN NOT wait to visit Derry this Summer.

rose szurek ,

Episode 27

Knock Knock is ding dong ditch in America

astarrynight ,

The Best

I finally listened and now can’t stop! You three are so funny! Thanks for this podcast. I love Derry Girls!

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