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How to watch the Derry Girls special online from anywhere

Derry Girls finale
Derry Girls has one final episode for us all to enjoy. (Image credit: Channel 4)

Here's how to watch the Derry Girls special online from anywhere.

Derry Girls season 3 was meant to be only six episodes, but then the makers surprised fans but revealing they'd made a secret special!

Yep, the extended episode sees us return to catch up with the gang in the week of the Good Friday Agreement referendum.

But the girls have far more important things to worry about than the future of their country: it’s Erin and Orla’s 18th birthday! 

Lisa McGee, Writer & Creator of Derry Girls says: "Like all the very best 1990s bands, I couldn’t resist ending our farewell tour with an encore for our loyal fans."  

She adds: “The special deals with the historic and momentous Good Friday Agreement vote, which coincides with the gang’s coming of age, they enter adulthood just as Northern Ireland embarks on a new future."

In an extra treat for fans, the special is double the length of a normal episode. So, it promises to be a fitting farewell to the girls... and the wee English fella. 

How to the Derry Girls special online in the UK

The Derry Girls special is on Channel 4 at 9pm on Wednesday, May 18. Plus, you can stream it or watch it on catch-up on All4 (opens in new tab).

How to watch the Derry Girls special online from anywhere

There's an easy way to watch the Derry Girls special online wherever you are in the world, and it's called a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

A VPN lets you get around the usual frustrating digital barriers by changing your IP address, meaning you can watch your favorite TV shows even if you're going to be away from home. 

Our favorite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), which lets you change your IP address on whichever device you want to watch your new favorite show on.

From laptops to smart TVs, Amazon Fire Sticks, games consoles, and even mobile phones, you can change the address to make your device think it's in a different location to enable you to watch the things you love around the world. 

ExpressVPN is one of the best VPNs out there. Not only because it is straightforward and easy to use, but it also has great security and, best of all, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to watch what you want from anywhere you want to watch it. Plus it'll help keep your network traffic away from any prying eyes on public networks.

And it's a great way to watch Derry Girls online via your usual method from anywhere in the world.

How to watch Derry Girls special online in the US

The Derry Girls special isn't currently available in the US. It will in time head to Netflix.

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.


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