Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan has revealed that the cast requested Irish flags be put in the Great British Bake Off tent during their festive special.
Nicola was joined by Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Siobhan McSweeney, Dylan Llewelyn and Jamie O’Donnell for the festive special, which aired at the beginning of this year.
However, the team wanted to mark their roots, and questioned why the beloved tri-coloured flag wasn’t up representing Ireland in the tent.
Nicola, who is about to storm Netflix viewers with her new series, Bridgerton, revealed to a fan about their request, which ultimately didn’t work out.
‘Should the Derry Girls have adopted a Sinn Fein-style abstentionist posture toward the Great *British* Bakeoff?,’ someone asked.
‘Is their participation compatible with a United Ireland? In this piece I will… Dek: 32 grams of brown sugar will not get the Republic all 32 counties’
‘We did ask them could they not have put up a few Tricolours in the tent (genuinely),’ Nicola responded.
Well, while the Irish flag didn’t quite make it up, the Girls certainly left their mark – with some of the biggest and most hilarious disasters the show has ever seen.
Tasked with making a swiss roll, Nicola found herself in trouble when she grilled her batter instead of, ya know, baking it.
Siobhan, who plays Sister Michael on the show, then tried to present judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood with a cake that ‘looked like slime’ – then had the audacity to try and pass it off as a ‘traditional Irish dish’.
Basically – they were iconic, but could you have honestly expected anything less?!
Series three for the show was due to be released this year, but sadly has been pushed back multiple times because of coronavirus stopping them being able to film in Derry.
Not wanting to film anywhere else but their beloved Northern Irish town, the cast have promised that it is worth the wait – with Nicola teasing the scripts are ‘phenomenal’.
They have now rescheduled to start production next year, fingers crossed.
The Great British Bake Off is available on Channel 4 on Demand.
Credit: Original article published here.