Derry Girls season 3: what time is new series of Channel 4 show on TV tonight, who’s in cast and how to watch?

Channel 4 comedy, Derry Girls, is back with its third - and final - season

Fans have waited three years for a new season of the Irish sitcom, after the pandemic delayed filming.

But finally, the hilarious cast of familiar faces is back for its final season.

Find out more about season 3 of Derry Girls here.

When will season 3 of Derry Girls be on Channel 4?

Season 3 of Derry Girls will begin on Tuesday 12 April.

The six-part series will air on Channel 4 at 9:15pm.

Season 1 and 2 are available to stream on All 4 - and episodes of season 3 will be available shortly after it airs.

You can watch the trailer for season 3 here.

Who is in the cast of Derry Girls season 3?

Fans will be delighted that Saoirse-Monica Jackson is back as Erin Quinn, with her cousin Orla McCool being played by the hilarious Louisa Harland (Love/Hate).

Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Doing Money) is also back on our screens as the unstoppable Michelle Mallon, and Nicola Coughlan (Bridgerton) as Clare Devlin.

However, Coughlan’s air time will be reduced due to other filming commitments.

Hollyoaks’ Dylan Llewellyn is returning as the wee English fella, James Maguire.

Tara Lynne O’Neill (Eastenders) as Ma/Mary with Tommy Tiernan as Da/Gerry.

Other family members are back, with Kathy Kiera Clarke (Silent Witness) returning as Aunt Sarah, Kevin McAleer as Uncle Colm and Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones) as Granda Joe.

Leah O’Rourke plays Our Lady Immaculate College’s prefect, Jenny Joyce - alongside Sister Michael who is played by Siobhan McSweeney (Holding).

Will season 3 be the final season of Derry Girls?

Yes, season 3 is the final series of Derry Girls.

Creator, Lisa McGee, announced in September 2021 that the long-awaited third season will be the last.

She posted to Twitter, saying: "It was always the plan to say goodbye after three series.

“Derry Girls is a coming-of-age story; following five ridiculous teenagers as they slowly... very slowly... start to become adults, while around them the place they call home starts to change too and Northern Ireland enters a new more hopeful phrase - which was a small, magical window of time.

"Derry Girls is a love letter to the place I come from and the people who shaped me. It has been an honour to write it and I will forever be proud of everything it’s achieved. I’d like to thank the people of Derry and Northern Ireland for getting behind us.

“Thanks also to the team behind the series, the incredible Hat Trick productions and a special thanks to Channel 4 - the channel I grew up watching, the channel that made me want to write comedy and the only channel that could have made our show.

“Who knows if Erin, Clare, Orla, Michelle and James will return in some other guide someday, but for now this is it for us and we’re excited to start filming this series with our incredible cast and crew to hopefully take our loyal fans on one last adventure."

When the trailer for season three was released on 17 March (St Patrick’s Day), The Artists Partnership shared a tweet confirming it was the final series.

The tweet said: “We are THRILLED to share the highly anticipated trailer for Channel 4’s final series of DERRY GIRLS!  Starring the fabulous @JamieLeeOD. Also featuring the wonderful @IanMcElhinney #DerryGirls #AltogetherDifferent @Channel4.”