Channel 4’s popular sitcom series ‘Derry Girls’ developed and penned by Lisa McGee will not be returning with a fourth season. The series has wrapped with the third and final season. It is also reported that showrunner McGee has no plans of doing another season in the future.
In April 2022, McGee revealed to Radio Times magazine that the Derry Girls tale is “complete.”
“You never know what will happen in 10 years’ time, but as a writer, you just know when it’s complete. I’ll miss them, but I feel like I got to take those characters exactly where I wanted to take them,” she stated.
Season 4 of Derry Girls Will Not Be Renewed
The series ended with its third and final season and therefore, a fourth season won’t happen.
Speaking to NME, Lisa McGee states: “I felt right from the start that it was a three-series show about the country, and a group of teenagers, moving on in a very short window of time. I’m just thrilled we’ve been able to get it done.”
“It felt surreal, strange, and sad when we wrapped,” adds series star Saoirse-Monica Jackson, who recollects tears during those final moments. “But what an amazing thing we’ve achieved together. What a show to have been a part of.”
Dylan Llewellyn puts in: “It’s been so great being a part of a female-led show like this. It’s good to see the femininity of boys too. Letting that feminine side out is important.” Coughlan offers a final thought: “More than anything,” she says, “I hope that it’s inspired young women who want to be funny that they can be and that there’s a place for them. What greater legacy is there than that?”
Who Are The Cast of Derry Girls?
- Nicola Coughlan portrays Clare Devlin
- Saoirse-Monica Jackson portrays Erin Quinn
- Louisa Harland depicts Orla McCool
- Jamie-Lee O’Donnell portrays Michelle Mallon
- Dylan Llewellyn portrays James Maguire
- Tara Lynne O’Neill portrays Mary Quinn
- Tommy Tiernan depicts Gerry Quinn
- Kathy Kiera Clarke depicts Sarah McCool
- Ian McElhinney portrays Joe McCool
- Siobhán McSweeney plays Sister George Michael
Why There Won’t Be a 4th Season of Derry Girls?
Series creator Lisa McGee provided hints in another interview that they’re not planning to make Derry Girls season 4.
“We haven’t actually talked about it. We were just so knackered [by the end of season 3]. Mike [director Michael Lennox] and I just started sort of sending each other ideas to amuse ourselves, ideas about things, but I think because of what happened with COVID, all our things just got put on hold for the whole time.
“I mean, I love this world and I’d love to [return to it] at some point, you know, but it’s just finding the right thing,” McGee said.
She resumed: “I definitely think [there’s a potential for a spin-off about] the mums and those maybe older characters… There’s so many like, generations and stuff on it. But no, basically we haven’t really thought.”
McGee did say that she wanted to create a spinoff with Lennox. However, she previously revealed to Digital Spy that she no longer has any interest in making a spinoff anymore.
“I wouldn’t do a spin-off now, and I have no plans to do a spin-off,” she spoke out. “I have all this stuff that’s been put to one side because I wanted to finish Derry Girls properly, and put all my focus on that and do it justice, but those things have to sort of move up the queue, so I wouldn’t be able to make another for a while even if I wanted to.
“But I always thought, just for my own amusement. There’s something in Aunt Sarah and Ma Mary, and there’s something in Jenny Joyce and her little sidekick Aisling,” she teased.
Correspondingly, Siobhan McSweeney who portrays Sister Michael is also not keen to return to the spinoff. But she’d do it “only if it was set in the Maldives.”