TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL
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.