‘It’s Liam Neeson!’ Derry Girls fans go wild as Hollywood A-lister makes a cameo appearance in Channel 4 comedy’s series three premiere
- Derry Girls returned for its third series last night and did not disappoint
- Fans were open-mouthed when Liam Neeson made a cameo as a police officer
- Others hailed it ‘the best show on telly’ and said they were ‘crying’ with laughter
Fans of Derry Girls went wild after Hollywood A-lister Liam Neeson made a cameo appearance in last night’s episode.
The actor, 69, played Chief Constable Byers, a local police officer who questioned Northern Irish schoolfriends Erin, Orla, Clare, Michelle and James after they’re caught on school grounds after hours.
Viewers were open-mouthed in shock as Neeson slowly emerged from the shadows of the police station, with one tweeting: ‘Liam Neeson’s cameo in #DerryGirls was the best surprise ever! Absolutely love this show.’
A Derry special guest star! Fans of Derry Girls went wild after Hollywood A-lister Liam Neeson made a cameo appearance in last night’s episode, pictured
A-list talent: Viewers were open-mouthed in shock as Neeson slowly emerged from the shadows of the police station and took to Twitter to share their joy
Another posted: ‘Everyone screaming “OMG it’s Liam Neeson” at the telly.’
A third added: ‘The gasps out of everyone when Liam Neeson came on screen #DerryGirls.’
Neeson said he was ‘delighted’ to play ‘a wee part’ in the show. ‘I’m a huge fan of the series, the talented Lisa McGee’s incredible writing and the superb ensemble cast,’ he said.
‘It’s such a unique and special show with real heart and amazing to see the lives of ordinary, funny people living in Northern Ireland during The Troubles played out in a Channel 4 comedy. It was lovely to be back filming there and having fun with them all.’
The comedy about a group of Catholic schoolfriends returned for its third and final series last night and was met with rave met with rave five-star reviews from critics, including MailOnline’s Christopher Stevens who said it was ‘wonderful’.
Fans were equally effusive, with one tweeting: ‘#DerryGirls really is the best thing to have been on the telly in a long time, isn’t it. Spent the episode absolutely creasing myself laughing despite being in the room on my own watching it. Brilliant.’
Under the spotlight: Neeson played Chief Constable Byers, a local police officer who questioned Northern Irish schoolfriends (left to right) Orla, Clare, Erin, Michelle and James after they’re caught on school grounds after hours
Another posted: ‘That episode of #DerryGirls was absolutely one of the best of the entire series.’
The show opened with Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla (Louisa Harland) and friends Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) and Michelle’s cousin James (Dylan Llewellyn) contemplating life on the eve of their GCSE results.
They bumped into Sister Michael (Siobhan McSweeney), their straight-talking headmistress, who told them she had already seen their results and ‘to enjoy what time they have left’.
The comment sent the friends into a spin as they questioned if they’re going to be grounded, thrown out of school, or need to run away from home.
Fighting fire with fire: The group brought in their uncle Colm (Kevin McAleer) when the officers asked if they wanted to phone a parent. Colm talked the police into submission
‘Let’s just wait until tomorrow and see what we’re dealing with,’ urged James.
‘Or, we can see what we’re dealing with tonight,’ said Michelle.
The gang proceeded to break into the school and unwittingly helped two thieves steal computers before they were cornered by police and brought into the local station.
There to question them was Chief Constable Byers (Neeson) who asked why the schoolfriends were in the grounds of the school in a hilarious exchange, before they invited their uncle Colm (Kevin McAleer) to speak to the police.
Results day: The episode ends with the group going into school to collect their GCSE results
Finally, after being talked into submission by Colm, Byers and his colleagues had a breakthrough and dismissed the group.
‘For the love of sufferin’ Jesus, take him with you,’ he said, in a line that proved a hit with viewers.
The following day the group arrived at school to collect their GCSE results and all learned they had passed.
‘I didn’t say you’d failed,’ said Sister Michael, smiling at their surprise. ‘I’d implied you’d failed.’
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