If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent the last week rewatching all of Derry Girls again to keep your spirits up during lockdown.
So what a treat it was to see how the girls of the Channel 4 sitcom coped with a similar situation in the past.
Erin and Orla (aka actors Saoirse Jackson and Louisa Harland) have shared a spoof message from a bunker in 1996.
The video sees the pair having taken shelter in their mammy’s airing cupboard to escape the mass riots on the streets of Derry, amid peace negotiations breaking down in Northern Ireland.
“We’ve been ordered to stay in our homes by the authorities,” Erin says.
“You mean our mammies?” Orla responds.
Erin continues: “We’ve taken the brave decision to record our experiences for future historians.”
However, all Orla can think about is Coco Pops and missing her toes, leading to an argument that sees her decide to take up residence in her mammy’s wardrobe instead.
Saoirse and Louisa recorded the sketch while in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the video appearing on Channel 4′s Twitter account.
Louisa explained they were able to film it as they live together, being close friends away from the sitcom.
She tweeted: “As me and S live together, we were able to do a bit for you. Stay home.”
Set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Derry Girls has proved to be a huge hit since its debut in 2018.
It has become Channel 4′s biggest comedy launch since 2004, the most successful comedy launch ever on catch-up service All4, and the most-watched show in Northern Ireland on record.
The show has also been reaching a new global audience since its debut on Netflix.
It was confirmed last year that a third series had been commissioned, and is set to air in 2020.
The first two series of the show are available to watch now on All4 – and are perfect viewing for these strange times.