DERRY Girls was back on TV last night and it went down a bomb with viewers.
Figures just released show that 1.8 million people across the North and UK tuned in for the episode one of the second series.
And those figures are expected to rise even further when Channel 4 collates all the data from Catch-up and online viewers who missed the live airing at 9.15 pm of the hit comedy which was nominated this week for two gongs at the Royal Television Society Awards.
The episode saw the gang go on a ‘Friends Across the Barricade’ cross-community weekend and meet ‘the other side’ for the first time.
A discussion chaired by fine haired super priest Father Peter on what Catholics and Protestants have in common descended into hilarious farce.
And fans have been raving about the ‘blackboard’ which showed up the differences between Catholics and Protestants.
The Protestant lads and the Catholic girls can’t for the life of them think of anything that they have in common, resulting in a blank list of similarities, and a ‘differences’ blackboard scrawled with hilarious stereotypes.
‘Catholics Keep Coal in the Bath’
‘Protesants keep toasters in the cupboard’
Catholic’s like bingo’
“Protestants have extra bit in the our father’
‘Protestants have horses’
‘Catholics love Mary’
‘Protestants are Richer’
‘Catholics go to Bundoran and Protestants go to Newcastle’
‘Protestants love soup’
‘Catholics like bingo’
‘Protestants thinks Catholic’s are all alcos’
‘Catholics have more freckles’
‘Protestants hate Abba’
‘Catholic gravy is all Bisto’.
The pure comedy gold script by Derry born creator and write Lisa McGee set twitter on fire last night and today as fans reflected on the first episode of series two.
One fan tweeted: “I was laughing so hard at the already famous Derry Girls blackboard I genuinely spat whiskey on the cat. ‘Protestants keep toasters in cupboards’.”
Another tweeteed: “The blackboard of differences between Protestants and Catholics in #DerryGirls is amazing – “Catholics love JFK”, “protestants love flutes”, “Catholics watch RTE”, am dyin!”The blackboard tickled another fan who tweeted: “Reading the blackboard from #DerryGirls do we really add and extra bit on to the Lord’s Prayer?? Also do Catholic’s really keep coal in the bath??”
And fans have all their own favourites, although Sister Michael (the small angry penguin woman!) seems to have her own cult following, with her savage looks at Fr Peter and one-liner put downs.
“Jenny, you will go far in life but you will not be well liked.”
She tweeted a picture of herself in real life as Siobhan McSweeney with friends gathered round her television to watch series two kick off.
She tweeted: “Oh my god!! So lucky with my friends. Viewing party at mine. Thanks for watching #DerryGirls.”
Episode two is on next Tuesday, March 12 at 9.15 pm.