Channel 4 hit comedy creator Lisa McGee became the first woman to be nominated for the Derry’s Freedom of the City Award.
SDLP Local Councilor Martin Reilly nominated Ms. McGee for the award, and past recipients have included previous Bishops of Derry, former SDLP leader John Hume and triple award-winning Derry City manager Jim McLaughlin.
Most recently, Danny Quigley, an endurance athlete and mental health advocate, received the award.
“Lisa McGee has brought so much joy and civic pride to our city and borough through her writing, and this work has certainly taken Derry and its people to the global stage,” Mr. Reilly told Derry News.
“From the very first episode of the first series of the first series, the adventures of the teenage girls from Derry Girls on Channel 4 and their experiences of growing up amid the Troubles as society moved towards the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 captivated viewers and resonated. people from all walks of life who lived through those difficult decades and also told the new generation about what life was like here in the 1990s.
“Netflix brought this to a global audience, and this showcase of our city and neighborhood has boosted tourism and inspired those who live here, young and old.”
Derry Girls has been the most watched series in Northern Ireland since contemporary recordings2 appeared in 2002, and N. Reilly added that “her work has brought people to see the warmth and charm of our city, the sense of friendship, family, unity and overcoming adversity.” – everything is conveyed from different strong female points of view.
“The fact that Lisa became the first woman nominated for the Freedom of the City Award in our city is truly historic and special,” he continued.
“I am delighted to present her as the first Derry Girl to receive the highest award the Council can bestow.”
While The Girls of Derry may be Lisa McGee’s most prolific success, many of her other creations have influenced national TV screens such as the BAFTA-nominated BBC’s Being Human and the White Queen drama series to the Golden Globes.
Raw and Deceived on RTÉ Channel 5 are another example of her long list of triumphant screen credits.
“This contribution to the arts makes her a worthy candidate for the Freedom of the City Award and follows in the footsteps of previous recipients who have excelled in their field,” said Mr. Reilly.