James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), Erin Quinn (Saoirse Jackson), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Clare Devlin (NIcola Coughlan)

The first series of Derry Girls (Channel 4, Tuesday, 9.15pm), Lisa McGee’s zingy coming-of-age comedy that seemed to just about hover over the reality(...)

Derry Girls: Louise Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Dylan Llewellyn and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell

By any measure the first series of Derry Girls, the whip-smart sitcom about four girls and a transplanted English boy grappling with teenage frustrati(...)

L-r: James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), Erin Quinn (Saoirse Jackson), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Clare Devlin (NIcola Coughlan)

“I don’t think 10 years ago I would have been able to set a show in Derry,” says Lisa McGee, the writer who’s put the city front and centre of comedy (...)

Derry Girls. When you’re a teenager living in the shadow of the Troubles, life still goes on. Photograph: Channel 4

When Derry Girls (Channel 4 , Thursday, 10pm) began last week, Lisa McGee’s zippy new comedy series featured a terrorist act in its opening moments. S(...)

Kathy Kiera Clarke and Sean Sloan are effective as Véronique and Michel
Theatre review: God of Carnage

God of Carnage The Mac, Belfast ****   It begins on a note of studied civility. Two affluent, middle-class couples come toget(...)

Kathy Kiera Clarke and Lisa Dwyer Hogg e

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ***   Can you expect a stable play to emerge from a time of extraordinary upheaval? Conceived before the ou(...)