Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee on the show’s third season, Finding Comedy in Trauma and Being a One Woman Writer’s Room

The Netflix series Derry Girls, which has always won fans over with its crisp and precise portrayal of what it’s like to be a teenager growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, returns for a third season on Friday, and it’s not not a moment so soon. The show is always a balm, but right now, with teenage girls fighting for their reproductive rights in the United States and young women in Iran protesting for their freedom, the time seems particularly appropriate for a show about girls. who are not afraid of what everyone thinks of what they have to say (except the popular girls at school, but hey, that’s normal).

This week, vogue spoke to Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee on the show’s third season return, what viewers can expect to see from the gang (hint: get ready for a thriller) and what it’s like to apply a specifically youthful and female lens to a global conflict that is often seen through a male perspective. Read the full interview below.

I know the series has been out for a while in the UK, but what do you think of the US release today?

I’m really excited because obviously, as you know, it’s coming out in the UK first, and we’ve had a lot of people from our international fanbase asking when Netflix is ​​going to get it. And it’s just nice to finally say, “Oh, it’s tomorrow.” I can’t wait to see what they think of it too.

How was the process of running this show for you?

It was very intense. I’m the only writer on the show, so it’s kind of been my life for five years, although we had a gap because of COVID. It was surreal, because the show is based on my life and inspired by my teenage years, so, you know, the house the Quinn family lives in was designed from photos of my family’s house. The uniforms are basically the same as my school uniform, they even have the same pattern on the crest. People always say they would never want to go back and relive their teenage years, but I did, and it was so weird and lovely.