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20th Mar 2024

Everything we know about Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee’s new Netflix series

Jody Coffey

Derry Girls Lisa McGee

“A show about friendship, memory and what happens when life doesn’t turn out quite like you’d expected”

A new series from the hilarious mind of Derry Girls creator, Lisa McGee, is in the works.

The new project, How to Get to Heaven From Belfast, has changed direction by homing the upcoming series on Netflix.

Originally, the eight-part series was destined for Channel 4.

However, in a statement to Variety, the network cited ‘changes in editorial direction’ and ‘rising costs’ as to why the series could no longer broadcast there as planned.

What is it about?

How to Get to Heaven From Belfast is a comedy-thriller series following a group of school friends now in their 30s.

Produced by Hat Trick Productions, the eight-part series’ synopsis reads:

“Clever, chaotic TV writer Saoirse, glamorous, stressed-out mother of three Robyn and dependable, inhibited carer Dara have been a tight-knit group since school.

“Now in their late 30s, but still as close as ever, these three friends are about to embark on the most thrilling adventure of their lives.

“When an email arrives, telling them about the death of the estranged fourth member of their childhood gang, Greta, a series of eerie events at her wake set them on a dark, dangerous and hilarious odyssey through Ireland and beyond as each tries to piece together the truth of the past.

“A show about friendship, memory and what happens when life doesn’t turn out quite like you’d expected.”

A turn-of-age-relateable comedy? Sign us up.

Is there a release date?

As of yet, there is no release date.

However, filming for the series is set to begin in Northern Ireland this summer.

How to Get to Heaven From Belfast will be directed by Michael Lennox, who also directed Derry Girls and Say Nothing.

A team of executive producers will be made up of Lisa McGee, Caroline Leddy (Derry Girls and The Inbetweeners), Liz Lewin (Derry Girls and The Lovers), and Jimmy Mulville.