Martin Scorsese has revealed that he’s spent a lot of his recent spare time watching Derry Girls – and that he’s particularly fond of Sister Michael.
The Channel 4 comedy series, which finished with its third and final season earlier this year, was a huge hit with audiences during its four-year run.
It followed the lives of Erin, Orla, Clare, Michelle, and (honorary Derry Girl) James as they deal with the trials and tribulations of high school in 90s Northern Ireland.
Scorsese, 80, was speaking at the Economic Club in Chicago, USA recently when he was asked about his recent TV viewing habits.
The Goodfellas director chuckled to himself and said: ‘The other night I watched Derry Girls.’
He then raised his fist in response to cheers from the audience, before adding ‘those nuns!’ and punching the air.
When she was informed of the famous filmmaker’s comments, Derry Girls’ creator and writer Lisa McGee couldn’t contain her excitement.
‘Excuse me while I drop dead and actually die a death,’ she joked to her 135,000 followers on Twitter – many whom expressed congratulations.
Actress Siobhan McSweeney, who played Sister Michael in the series, was also taken aback by the news that Scorsese had been watching their work.
This morning, she logged on to Twitter, saw the video, and simply said: ‘Good morning, I’m dead’, with an accompanying skeleton emoji.
Earlier this year, McGee, who used her own experiences growing up as inspiration for the series, was proposed for freedom of the city after the show’s success.
A Derry councillor said she deserved the award for ‘bringing joy and civic pride to her home city’.
McGee said she was ‘thrilled to even be considered’.
Watch Derry Girls on All4 and Netflix.