Upcoming comedy thriller, How To Get To Heaven From Belfast, penned by Derry Girls creator, Lisa McGee has been picked up by Netflix after Channel 4 exited the project.

Channel 4 commissioned the show last year but, according to Variety, Channel 4 cited “changes in editorial direction” and “rising costs” as to why the show would no longer be made by the broadcaster.

The eight-part comedy series will follow Saoirse, Robyn and Dara who have been friends since school. Now in their late thirties they lead very different lives. Saoirse a successful writer with a compulsion to hit the self-destruct button, Robyn, a sweary, stressed out mother of three young boys, and Dara, a full-time carer of an elderly parent, who hasn’t managed to move out of her teenage bedroom.

When the women each receive an email informing them of the death of Greta, an old classmate they were once very close with, the friends decide to attend Greta’s wake and discover all may not be quite as it seems finding themselves embroiled in a dark and twisted mystery.

Written and created by Lisa McGee (Derry Girls, London Irish), the 8×60’ series will be produced by Hat Trick Productions and executive produced by Caroline Leddy (Derry Girls, The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner), Liz Lewin (Derry Girls. London Irish, Crashing) and Jimmy Mulville.

Jon Creamer

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