Lisa McGee, creator of Channel 4‘s Derry Girls, has paid her respects to the show’s dog after it died.
Toto, whose real name was Slipper, passed away after a short illness.
McGee announced the canine’s passing on Twitter, writing: “Sad to hear that wee Slipper aka Toto passed away. You were a Derry Girl in dog form. Rest in Peace.”
In the series Toto belonged to Erin Quinn, played by Saoirse-Monica Jackson.
Sad to hear that wee Slipper aka Toto passed away. You were a Derry Girl in dog form. Rest in Peace pic.twitter.com/hUUbGoaxwR
— Lisa McGee (@LisaMMcGee) June 29, 2021
He featured in a key plotline in episode three in the first series.
In other news, it was recently confirmed that season three of Derry Girls will begin production this year, according to series star Nicola Coughlan (Clare Devlin).
“Can confirm Series 3 of Derry Girls is filming this year and I cannae bloody wait,” she wrote alongside a gif from the Northern Ireland-set comedy series.
“Covid has pushed back filming several times which has been so shite, but honestly the storylines in this series are the best we’ve ever done so I can’t tell you how worth it the wait will have been,” she added.
The second season of Derry Girls concluded in April 2019, with a third instalment announced that same month. Series three was scheduled to begin filming in the spring of 2020 before the coronavirus crisis led to delays.
Coughlan stars alongside Quinn, Louisa Harland (Orla McCool), Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Michelle Mallon) and Dylan Llewellyn (Martin “Jono” Johnson) in the series, which follows a group of young people growing up in Derry during the Troubles of the 1990s.
Last March Derry Girls star Tommy Tiernan (Da Gerry) hinted that the show’s third season could be its last. “This is [the] last series, I think. As far as I know this is the very last series,” he said on Jason Manford’s Absolute Radio show.
There is set to be a spin-off movie in the works, though, according to McGee. “For a while I didn’t know if it would work but now an idea is starting to vaguely form in my head,” McGee said. “So after series three I’ll think about that a bit more.”