Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee, leading cast members, and other key creatives from the hit Channel 4 show will appear at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival for an exclusive masterclass.

The hit sitcom had viewers in raptures when it launched earlier this year. McGee’s nostalgic tale of four schoolgirls, and one bemused English boy, living in nineties Northern Ireland celebrated viewing figures of 2.5 million across the series – the biggest comedy launch for Channel 4 since 2004.

Delegates will be treated to a live table read, as well hearing about the unique experiences of writing, producing and performing in the show.

The session will also look at the show’s timely arrival in terms of the cultural/post-Brexit climate; the overwhelming social media reaction, as well as plans for the eagerly-awaited series two.

““The Festival's creative approach to sessions means the panel will be both informative and entertaining. This masterclass is what the TV Festival is all about – celebrating talent both on and off screen and really getting an understanding for what’s behind our hit television series.”  ”

Phil Edgar-Jones, Advisory Chair, and Director of Sky Arts & Head of Entertainment, Sky

Lisa McGee

About Lisa McGee

Lisa McGee is a stage and screen writer from Derry, Northern Ireland. Lisa most recently created and wrote Derry Girls (Hat Trick/C4) which became Channel 4’s biggest comedy launch since 2004 and the most watched programme in Northern Ireland since records began. She is currently writing the second series and developing various original drama and comedy projects. Lisa also created and wrote London Irish ( Company Pictures / Channel 4), Raw (RTE) and The Things I Haven’t Told You (Tiger Aspect/BBC3) and has contributed to Indian Summers ( New Pictures / Channel 4), The White Queen ( Company Pictures / BBC 1) and Being Human ( Touchpaper/ BBC 3). Her plays include Jump, The Heights ( Faber and Faber)  Girls and Dolls and Nineteen Ninety Two ( Nick Hern Books).