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Derry Girls fans delighted by nod to iconic Father Ted scene

The Derry Girls striking a jubilant pose.
(Image credit: Channel4)

Derry Girls fans are over the moon by a reference to a classic scene in iconic comedy Father Ted in the latest episode of the show's final series.

It certainly seems like Derry Girls season 3 is going out with a bang, as the first episode had an unexpected cameo from Liam Neeson, and the second has only continued to delight fans. 

This time, we saw the gang trying to win a singing competition, which would earn them a place on Children in Need where they'd get to perform together on national television, so this opportunity quickly became the latest thing for them to obsess over.

Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), Orla (Louisa Harland) and James (Dylan Llewellyn) soon get to work on their chosen song, with Michelle particularly motivated to beat some local rivals.

While rehearsing their routine, fans were quick to spot the resemblance between an iconic Father Ted scene where Ted (Dermot Morgan) and Dougal (Ardal O'Hanlon) try to write and practice their Eurovision song, "My Lovely Horse", amid a chaotic bedroom setting while practicing with a keyboard and guitar.

Taking to Twitter, everyone was talking about the rehearsal scene and how it reminded them of the beloved 90s sitcom, with one even asking for a mashup between Father Ted and Michelle!

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In addition to this, Father Peter's choice of sparkly outfit reminded fans of another Father Ted scene where Ted and Dougal performed in blue jackets, prompting fans to praise Channel 4 for "high priest fashion" across their comedy shows.

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As ever, it was chock full of nostalgia and references, with fans also picking up on the Stars in their Eyes throwback and the outfits paying tribute to the Spice Girls, so it was certainly an episode to remember!

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Although no one wants to say goodbye to Derry Girls, it sounds like season 3 has even more special moments in store and the stars have teased that creator Lisa McGee "does endings so well".

In an interview with What To Watch, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Michelle) told us: "The whole series is amazing. It’s not that it’s sad, it’s just that there are so many iconic things happening in it. Lisa has handled it brilliantly. It ends well."

Derry Girls continues on Channel 4 at 9pm on Tuesday, April 26. Episodes are also available on All4

Lucy Buglass
Lucy Buglass

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress