Derry Girls: Ma Mary and Aunt Sarah to get their own flashback episode

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3 May 2022, 14:00

Kathy Kiera Clarke as Aunt Sarah (left) and Tara Lynne O’Neill as Ma Mary (right)

Credit: Channel 4

As part of the third and final series, Derry Girls bosses have confirmed they will be airing a special flashback episode focusing on Ma Mary and Aunt Sarah.

Lisa McGee, creator of the hit Channel 4 sitcom, has revealed that she wanted to pay tribute to the two strong women in the series by dedicating an entire episode to Mary (Tara Lynne O’Neill) and Sarah (Kathy Kiera Clarke).

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, McGee confirmed that the fifth episode airing next week (10 May) will focus on the two women and the “horrific” political climate they were dealing with during their time in high school in the 70s.

She explained: “In Northern Ireland, you handle it with humour and you just crack on. I think for the parents' generation, it was a war zone. It was horrific what they went through, and we just didn't appreciate it.

Ma Mary and Aunt Sarah in Derry Girls

Credit: Channel 4

"We just moaned and then complained when we were not allowed to do anything. By writing the show and looking back I realised why they were so strict, why the school was so strict, what they had seen, what they lived through, and I have such an appreciation and respect. I'm so embarrassed at how we behaved now!

"They were incredible what they got through, they're just the strongest people, that generation."

The writer went on to say that she had always wanted to pay Mary and Sarah a tribute in some way because they are representative of the women who “got us through it.”

She added: “There was hardly any jobs for men, and it was the factory town, so people earning the wage and you know, head of the household, it was mummy culture. I just want to just sort of pay tribute to that, and to the women that got us through it."

As well as the flashback episode, Derry Girls recently confirmed there would be an extra feature-length episode focused on the historic Good Friday Agreement.

Derry Girls airs Tuesdays at 9:15pm on Channel 4.