Siobhán McSweeney has reacted to Derry Girls being called “distinctively British”.
Public service broadcasters in the UK have made it a legal requirement to produce “distinctively British” programmes under new plans drawn up by ministers.
Fleabag, Only Fools and Horses and Derry Girls were cited as the kind of “distinctively British” programmes that would meet the obligation.
The hit sitcom follows the lives of a group of friends who attend an all-girls school in Derry during the Troubles in the 90s.
Siobhán, who plays Sister Michael in the show, took to Twitter to react to the new legislation, writing: “Derry Girls is made by a British company and aired by a British channel.”
“But it’s not a ‘distinctively British’ programme. But what would I know ?” the Cork native added.
Derry Girls is made by a British company and aired by a British channel. But it’s not a “distinctively British” programme.
But what would I know ? https://t.co/7h6dQU2nux
— Siobhán McSweeney (@siobhni) September 16, 2021
Check out some of the other Twitter reactions below:
have… have they never seen Derry Girls pic.twitter.com/ODaWvjH4pL
— rhys 🏴 (@rhysdilwyn) September 16, 2021
Derry Girls being cited as a “distinctively British” show is… interesting? https://t.co/HzmMZ1t1v0
— Aoife Mawn (@AoifeMawn) September 16, 2021
…Tell me you haven't watched Derry Girls without telling me you haven't watched Derry Girls. 😂 https://t.co/xdIQuffd3e
— Chris (@Chris_afec) September 16, 2021
I for one love the "britishness" of Derry Girls pic.twitter.com/X3g3wPdOKA
— Natalie Mirosch (@NatalieMirosch) September 16, 2021
howling at the fact Derry Girls was included as an example of ‘Britishness’ https://t.co/dyTONIuzWf
— Aoife Wilson (@AoifeLockhart) September 16, 2021