30 Sept 2022

Derry Girls are Radio Times Comedy Champs after fierce finger-clicking battle against rival comedy!

Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls written by 'Derry Girl', Lisa McGee, claimed the Radio Times Comedy Champion title after an epic finger-twitching face-off with rival comedy Inside No 9. Derry fans of the home-grown comedy almost faced an epidemic of wave of strain injury for the furious voting to ensure Derry Girls had the top spot. It was so close as the minutes ticked down to the final call and Derry Girls just edged it with 50.1% to Inside No 9's 49.9% meaning among almost a million votes cast, Derry Girls fans clicked a staggering 462,946 times while Inside No 9’s fans cast a 461,140 votes. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, creators of Inside No 9, and Derry Girls writer, Lisa McGee, watched on the edge of their seats and took to Twitter to vent their nervous energy. As it drew to a close, Steve Pemberton tweeted: 'No one deserves to lose - shall we call it a draw Girls?' and Lisa McGee answered, 'We should have done that at the start. This is barbaric xx' When the final result came through, Iniside No 9's Reece Shearsmith thanked their fans for their efforts on Twitter: 'Thank you for all your efforts. It was a kind of collective madness, but now it’s all fine again. Rest your hands'. While Lisa McGee thanked the exhausted Derry Girls fans by tweeting: 'Thank you all so much for all your votes. A truly epic battle with the fantastic Inside Number 9. I’m sure everyone needs a lie down now.' Radio Times congratulated Derry Girls by tweeting: 'Well, it's OFFICIAL! Congratulations to our Comedy Champions #DerryGirls! And a massive well done to #InsideNo9 for an absolutely incredible final. You're ALL Champions! Now give those eyes and clicking fingers a well deserved rest!' Fans can look forward to the second series of Derry Girls next year with filming starting in October. Watch this space for more of the award-winning Derry Girls shenanigans to come!

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