TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

THIS is a new favourite of mine, but has long been on the hit list of UK crit­ics, with one hi­lar­i­ously declar­ing it: “The best thing to come out of Ire­land/North­ern Ire­land since St Pa­trick ban­ished the snakes in the fifth cen­tury AD.” By way of short­hand, it’s meets Derry’s ver­sion of which deftly took lo­calised hu­mour and made it uni­ver­sally appealing. The cast won’t be fa­mil­iar to the av­er­age Aus­tralian, but the per­for­mances will have you binge­ing through all six episodes of sea­son one (there’s an­other in the can and a third on the way). The laughs start in 1992, as school is go­ing back and a band of friends re­luc­tantly re­turn to study (sort of) at Our Lady Im­mac­u­late Col­lege. The girls are des­per­ately try­ing to be cool, find love and ul­ti­mately get the hell out of Derry, still plagued by di­vi­sion – quite lit­er­ally – from ‘the Trou­bles’. Michelle, Erin and Clare are trailed by one English boy, Michelle’s hap­less cousin, James and al­most im­me­di­ately they all find them­selves in trou­ble at the strict Catholic girls school (for James, the only male at the school, just find­ing some­where to go to the toi­let is hazardous). Find­ing peace at home is even more dif­fi­cult, with the fam­ily dy­nam­ics in Erin’s house in par­tic­u­lar re­mind­ing me of the side-split­ting antics of the Boswells in Add it to your must-watch list.

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