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Channel 4 have announced a 45-minute finale to Derry Girls, which will air in the same week as the final episode this May.

The special episode will deal with a key moment in Northern Irish history, the Good Friday Agreement. The episode will be set in the week of the referendum on the Agreement, threatening to overshadow Erin and Orla’s joint 18th birthday party.

A teaser shares "we return to Derry one year later as the gang prepare for their final year of school. It’s the week of the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement and its timing couldn’t be any worse as the highlight of the year, Erin and Orla’s joint 18th Birthday party, threatens to be overshadowed."

Writer and creator Lisa McGee said: "Like all the very best 90s bands, I couldn’t resist ending our farewell tour with an encore for our loyal fans. I'm delighted to say we'll be returning for one extended special - airing in the same week as our final episode...

"The special deals with the historic and momentous Good Friday Agreement vote, which coincides with the gang’s coming of age, they enter adulthood just as Northern Ireland embarks on a new future. I’m so proud of this show and of our incredible cast and crew and everything we’ve achieved over the past 5 years...

"What a journey it’s been. I'm so grateful Channel 4 gave me the space to end the stories of these characters that mean so much to me with this special. I really hope the fans love it as much as I do....

"Derry people aren’t great at saying Goodbye so I will instead use one of our native expressions 'That’s us away now', Love Lisa McGee, always a Derry Girl."

Derry Girls airs Tuesdays at 9pm on Channel 4. Episodes available on All4.


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