Channel 4’s sensational comedy Derry Girls is coming to end, with the final series beginning tonight at 9.15pm. But ahead of season three’s debut, Saoirse-Monica Jackson revealed just how emotional it was say goodbye to the show.
Opening up to the Sunday World, the star revealed just how hard it was to film the last episode, but Saoirse-Monica was able to hold it together. “Everybody was starting to cry throughout the day and I was like, ‘Does it look really bad that I’m not crying?’ I tried to bust a tear out, but I always get like that when things are a bit overwhelming.”
But eventually the tears came after seeing Tommy Tiernan, who plays her on-screen dad, and Dylan Llewellyn, who plays James, get upset during filming. Explaining; “Seeing Tommy Tiernan being emotional… our crew started me going, then Dylan Llewellyn came up to me and said, ‘Jesus, what a journey we’ve been on’. Then I broke.”
While being emotionally on set isn’t standard for Tommy, he also isn’t always cracking jokes like one would expect, according to Ian McElhinney who plays Grandpa Joe.
While their characters have a feud on the show, off-screen the lads get on great, as Ian told the Irish Daily Mirror; “He’s lovely, and actually he’s very quiet and self contained and philosophical, Tommy.”
“He’s not actually cracking jokes left, right and centre.”