NI shoot underway on comedy thriller from Derry Girls creator

NI shoot underway on comedy thriller from Derry Girls creator
Lisa McGee via C4

A five-month shoot has just got underway (w/c 1 July) in Northern Ireland on How to Get to Heaven From Belfast, from Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee.

Originally planned for Channel 4, the series moved to Netflix; it is made by Hat Trick Productions. The eight-part comedy thriller follows 30-somethings Saoirse, Robyn and Dara, close friends since school.

When they receive a message that the fourth member of their childhood group, Greta, has died, they attend her wake where a series of strange events sets them on a road trip across Ireland looking for the truth… Roísín Gallagher, Sinéad Keenan and Caoilfhionn Dunne star.

McGee said: “I couldn’t be more excited to start production on How To Get To Heaven From Belfast.

“I’ve loved writing Saoirse, Robyn and Dara – three flawed, funny women who are about to embark on the most thrilling and terrifying adventure of their lives.

“A mystery full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing and make you laugh out loud. Let’s go girls!”

Lisa McGee via NI Screen

How to Get to Heaven from Belfast is executive produced by McGee, Caroline Leddy, Liz Lewin and Jimmy Mulville and produced with funding from NI Screen.

The multi award-winning Derry Girls ran for three series on Channel 4, based on McGee’s teenage years in Northern Ireland against the backdrop of the final years of the Troubles in the 1990s. When the show concluded, McGee said in a statement: “Derry Girls is a love letter to the place I come from and the people who shaped me…”

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