Will there be a second series of ‘Derry Girls’?

The new Channel 4 comedy follows 16-year-old Erin during The Troubles in Northern Ireland

Channel 4 have commissioned a second series of new comedy Derry Girls after airing only one episode.

The show, which was created by Lisa McGee, follows 16-year-old Erin (Saoirse Monica Jackson) during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The first instalment of the programme was broadcast last week (January 4), and was watched by 2.5 million viewers (including catch-up viewers), according to Chortle, which makes it the biggest new comedy on Channel 4 in five years. The broadcaster has now ordered another six-part series of the show.

Director Of Programmes Ian Katz said of the show: “Derry Girls is a blast of fresh air. It’s everything we want from Channel 4 comedy: young, warm, brimming with new talent and rooted in an underrepresented part of the country. And a hit to boot. I’m delighted that we’ve commissioned a second series and can’t wait to see what Lisa does next.”

Channel 4’s Head Of Comedy Fiona McDermott, who was also involved in commissioning Derry Girls, added: “It’s a real thrill, and a testament to all involved, when a new comedy lands so well with such a broad audience. At the heart of Derry Girls are brilliant comedy characters that feel universal, mischievous, and funny so it’s wonderful to be able to back it with a second outing so quickly and confidently.”

The second episode of the show will air tonight (January 11) on Channel 4 at 10pm.