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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 • 124 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 103 - The Blue Lights are Flashing.

    Episode 103 - The Blue Lights are Flashing.

    Declan Lawn talks Series 2 of everyone's favourite cop show.

    Spoiler alert, you may want to watch Episode 1 of the new series before listening as the girls do discuss it . All other eps are safe as co writer/ co creator Declan has promised to return once the whole series has aired…there are so many questions yet to ask.

    Series 2 launches in Australia on Thursday 18th April, American audiences will have to wait another 6 weeks, date as yet tbc.

    With lots of questions the Girls couldn't ask - spoilers - they still managed to put the thumbscrews on Declan to discuss how much URST will be in series 2 and if any of it becomes RST (that's unresolved sexual tension for anyone who hasn't heard Episode 67 where the girls talk to him about Series 1)

    Not sure if the topics are connected but there is also a lively discussion about the contents of Stevie’s lunchbox. All the big questions are answered here …



    Blue Lights - Ep1 Series 3; This too shall pass 


    Blue Lights series two promises 'absolute chaos'



    URST - unresolved sexual tension 


    RST - resolved sexual tension! 

    Seamus O’Hara aka Lee Thompson - 


    Frank Blake aka Constable Shane Bradley - 


    President Bill Clinton’s speech in Derry 


    Rev Ian Paisley - 


    Historic cases in Northern Ireland - 


    Culture Cafe (Marie-Louise’s programme) BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle/Sounds - guest this week was Eoin O’Callaghan who created the music for Blue Lights - 


    Catherine Grimes - music supervisor 


    Louise Gallagher - 


    Soak - Derry song writer - 


    Ferry Clever - 


    Stephen Walker - 


    Historic cases in Northern Ireland - 


    WAVE - 


    We discussed Series 1 Blue Lights in Eps 66 and 67 of TDGs. Declan Lawn was our guest in Ep 67. 

    • 36 min
    Ep 102 - Education. Education. Education.

    Ep 102 - Education. Education. Education.

    The Talking Derry Girls are in a book! And not just any old book but an academic one about teaching history in America. Of course it’s not just us - Derry Girls and The Cranberries are in there too, in the same chapter. Pauline and Jeanie muse on this fact, and wonder if academic stalking is OK in the name of research. And if they could now, like Lisa McGee get an honorary degree! Maybe a lecture tour across the states. Pauline talks to Dr Starlynn Nance - Professor of Education at the university of Central Missouri. Starlynn became an instant fan of Derry Girls and could see the potential in using the TV programme to teach hard history! 


    Dr Starlynn Nance’s book - Hollywood or History - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hollywood-History-Starlynn-R-Nance-ebook/dp/B0B21T6T3W

    An inquiry-based strategy for using television shows to teach issue-centred curriculum. It was published in 2022.


    University of Central Missouri https://www.ucmo.edu/

    Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe 



    An inquiry-based strategy for using television shows to teach issue-centred curriculum. It was published in 2022.

    Zombie by The Cranberries - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ejga4kJUts

    Lyra McKee - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyra_McKee

    Easter Rising 1916 - https://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/what-was-the-easter-rising

    Episodes of Talking Derry Girls about Blue Lights 

    Ep66 and Ep67 

    • 54 min
    Episode 101: Record Breaking - Rock the Boat

    Episode 101: Record Breaking - Rock the Boat

    Are you sitting comfortably? Then we probably shouldn't invite you to Derry on Saturday 4th May where you can sit on a very steep street with, hopefully, several thousand others in a bid to win a Guinness World Record.

    The Talking Derry Girls will be there supporting the Mayor of Derry's official charities - The Ryan McBride Foundation and Foyle Hospice.

    Details of how you can register and take part in Rock the Boat are in the notes (it’s an inclusive event so arrangements are in place for everyone to take part - you have no excuse!)

    Sitting on your backside on a city street rocking with several thousand strangers sounds like a winner to us.

    No, this is not a late April Fool, though the girls have a few words on that subject too. 

    Spring is in the air so no better time to put your feet up with a box set . Louisa Harland is currently blowing our minds in Disney's “Renegade Nell” while Nicola Coughlan is extraordinary as the lead in Channel 4’s new comedy “Big Mood” They’re both a long way from Derry Girls. Superstars both.

    Altogether now “Rock the Boat, don’t Rock the Boat Baby …” See you there!


    Whistle through the Shamrocks - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/whistle-through-the-shamrocks/id1590115609

    Foyle hospice website - https://foylehospice.com/rock-the-boat/

    Big Mood - Nicola Coughlan https://www.imdb.com/title/tt26765082/

    Big Mood interview - https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/comedy/nicola-coughlan-camilla-whitehill-big-mood-big-rt-interview/

    Whistle through the Shamrocks - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/whistle-through-the-shamrocks/id1590115609

    Renegade Nell - Louisa Harland https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5308665/


    Sally Wainwright - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0906550/

    Beyond Paradise - Dylan Llewellyn https://www.imdb.com/title/tt21161156/

    Big Boys - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13683866/

    Craig Parkinson - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0971135/

    Foyle hospice website - https://foylehospice.com/rock-the-boat/

    Mayor Patricia Logue - https://www.derrystrabane.com/about-council/mayor/mayor-s-biography

    Mayor’s charities and learning to swim - https://www.derrystrabane.com/news/mayor-takes-the-plunge-in-aid-of-local-charities

    Jazz Festival weekend - https://cityofderryjazzfestival.com/ 

    Record breaking number of Santa’s in Derry (2007) but it has since been broken by India (2014)


    Brides on the Peace Bridge - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315959/Race-aisle-750-brides-cross-Derry-bridge-beat-world-record.html

    • 53 min
    Episode 100 - One hundred reasons why we love Lisa McGee and why it's still all her fault!

    Episode 100 - One hundred reasons why we love Lisa McGee and why it's still all her fault!

    The Talking Derry Girls are amazed to have reached their milestone episode and there's only one person to blame. Here to defend herself is Derry Girls creator and writer Lisa McGee.

    They talk about that multiple award winning finale episode and there are many, many questions and answers. 

    Just how funny is Liam Neeson? Who put in the call to Chelsea Clinton and did David Ireland really channel Kevin McAleer in his Uncle Colm audition tape?

    Lisa has tales of location filming in her beloved Derry, burning a car under Craigavon bridge and how Orla, and her dance routine, was the perfect opening for the grand finale.

    Who knows what the future holds for the TDGs? but Lisa needs extras for her new show and maybe there is a Literary Monkeys party that needs planning. Congratulations and Celebrations all round.


    How to get to Heaven from Belfast - 


    Derry Girls Experience - 



    Derry Girls series 3 wins an Emmy - 


    Previous episodes mentioned in this episode 

    Ep 42 - Season 3: Finale: The Agreement

    Ep 80 - How to get to heaven from Belfast (chat with Lisa about her new TV programme)

    Ep 13 - Talking Derry Girls with Lisa McGee

    Ep 14 - It’s Lisa McGee (Oh yes it is) 

    Ep 97 - David Ireland episode 

    Ep 36 - Series 3: Episode 1 - The Night Before… (the one with Uncle Colm and Liam Neeson

    • 33 min
    Episode 99 - Ninety Nine Lead Balloons - From U.S. to Us

    Episode 99 - Ninety Nine Lead Balloons - From U.S. to Us

    One recording away from the big 100 and the TDGs are still in different timezones. Not sure what the lead balloons are in this week's episode…the definition of a lead balloon is -”something that you say or show to people that they do not like…something which fails miserably and is utterly unsuccessful”

    So it most definitely isn’t anything to do with Lisa McGee and her continued award winning successes. This week accepting the Christopher Ewart Biggs award for promoting peace and reconciliation in Ireland.

    Pauline hosts a Factory Girls event, when she isn’t hunting Brad Pitt, Marie-Louise talks Holywood glamour and how it became connected to one of Derry’s impoverished communities and Jeanie has her underwear swabbed for explosives…Bombshells aplenty…poteen anyone?


    Friends of the Factories - 



    Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council learning to swim https://www.derrystrabane.com/news/mayor-takes-the-plunge-in-aid-of-local-charities

    Maeve McLaughlin - Manager Bloody Sunday Trust 


    Madeline McCully Storyteller -  


    William Deery - 


    William Deery’s play Factory Girls and Rock and Roll 


    Springtown Camp 


    Springtown Camp march -  



    Marie-Louise’s Radio Documentary - Jane Russell and the Springtown Mother. 


    Jane Russell Obituary by Mark Cousins - 


    Jane Russell in conversation with Mark Cousins (May 1999) 


    Osceola Island Trail - 


    Brad Pitt and fly fishing in East Tennessee (Pauline wasn’t making it up) 


    Lisa’s latest award - 


    Some past winners: 

    Robert Kee - Ireland a television History (1980)  


    Lost Lives - The stories of the men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles: 



    Brian Friel for his play Translations - 


    Frank McGuinness - 


    Julieann Campbell - book; On Bloody Sunday 


    Poteen - 


    Talking Derry Girls episodes referred to: 

    Ep 52 and Ep55 - chat with Madam Mayor Sandra Duffy 

    Ep 31 - Derry Ghost Stories (stories and chat with Madeline McCully) 

    Ep 89 - ‘Stolen’ with Margo Harkin 

    Ep61 - Pick me up - International Womens Day (2023) 

    Ep 62 - Shirt Tales part 1

    Ep 81 - Shirt Tales part 2

    Ep 82 - Shirt Tales part 3 

    Ep 42 - Season 3 finale - The Good Friday Agreement (Lisa won her latest award for this episode of Derry Girls) 

    • 42 min
    Episode 98 - Talk about your Whereabouts..

    Episode 98 - Talk about your Whereabouts..

    Where are we? What are we doing? In this week's episode of podcasting for the bewildered, the Talking Derry Girls are jumping timezones and continents and may just be oversharing.

    Marie-Louise has a close encounter with Uncle Colm; poor man was only looking for the toilet. Pauline discovers there's more to Amsterdam than the infamous Red light district. And Jeanie fears that she is lost for words.

    Add in some axe throwing, toenail clipping and a big shop and your cup too shall be overflowing.


    Yotel - https://www.yotel.com/en

    Air Yotel - https://www.yotel.com/en/yotelair-hotels

    Bristol Tennessee/Virginia -  https://www.southernliving.com/bristol-tennessee-virginia-7482844

    Uncle Colm aka Kevin McAleer - Radio Foyle interview - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001wgj9

    Andrea Baker - http://andreabaker.org/ 


    BBC Radio 4 documentary about Frederick Douglass in Scotland presented by Andrea Baker produced by Pauline (2015)


    Howard Moody - https://www.howardmoody.co.uk/new-page

    Mother Chuckers - https://explorebristol.com/mother-chuckers/

    Upgraded with Saoirse-Monica Jackson - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt21830902/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm

    Oppenheimer - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15398776/

    Emma. - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9214832/

    Johnny Flynn - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1926865/ from David Ireland’s TV series The Lovers which we discussed in Ep 97 (also David Ireland is alive and well it was his character Sean Devlin who died - for those confused on social media)

    Lisfannon Beach: Donegal https://www.theirishroadtrip.com/lisfannon-beach-donegal/

    Blue Lights with another 2 series commissioned - https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/drama/blue-lights-renewed-season-3-4-newsupdate/

    East Belfast - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast_East_(UK_Parliament_constituency)



    West Belfast - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast_West_(UK_Parliament_constituency)

    The Falls - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falls_Road,_Belfast

    The Shankill - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shankill_Road

    Belfast Peace Wall -  https://www.timetravelturtle.com/northern-ireland/peace-wall-belfast/

    The Fountain Ep xx TDGs - https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/issues/segregat/temple/hem1.htm

    On the Buses - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063936/

    Pennyburn Bridge - https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cek77nl4xkvo

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

Gavinator Hawkenstein ,

Good craic

A wonderful podcast about a wonderful series!

rose szurek ,

Love you lady’s

You ladies are great thank you for being extra life to Derry

Cleanfreak88 ,

Great Craic!

I found the Talking Derry Girls when I was waiting for S3 of Derry Girls to premier and they’ve been wonderful companions for the last 18 months. As someone who splits their time between the US and Scotland, it’s wonderful to hear from our neighbors across the water.

Additionally, I’m an amateur historian of the Troubles and it’s been fascinating listening to first hand perspectives from people who lived through them. I have tentative plans to visit Derry this summer but if that doesn’t come together, maybe I’ll see Pauline cuttin’ about Glasgow 😉

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