Neeson stars alongside Nicola Coughlan, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell and Dylan Llewellyn, who have all returned for the eagerly anticipated final instalment of the series.
Fans took to social media to share their excitement at seeing the Hollywood A-lister on the small screen:
Satellites passing over Ireland at 21:33 GMT picked up a collective gasp in space when Liam Neeson popped up in #DerryGirlspic.twitter.com/MNZXVD9m0s
Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey: Liam Neeson stole the show with his #DerryGirls cameo. @LisaMMcGee also gave him the best line. How many Catholic officers are in the RUC, Erin asked him. \u201cWell, if you count the Jewish fella from Ballymena, 3.\u201d #ThereIsNoTapepic.twitter.com/f2ykH3tW3E
Unlikely hero Uncle Colm’s long-winded antics tickled viewers, with Domino’s ROI joking: “Liam Neeson has successfully beaten terrorists, wolves, aliens but tonight he comes undone courtesy of Uncle Colm.”
Liam Neeson has successfully beaten terrorists, wolves, aliens but tonight he comes undone courtesy of Uncle Colm. #DerryGirlspic.twitter.com/hdGMXqr7eB
— Domino's Pizza ROI (@Domino's Pizza ROI)
Uncle Colm's got a very particular set of skills... #DerryGirlspic.twitter.com/Zm5vAH6LLc
Neeson said he was “delighted to be able to play a wee part of the final series of Derry Girls” and added that he’s a “huge fan of the series, the talented Lisa McGee’s incredible writing and the superb ensemble cast”, according to The Metro.
He said: “It’s such a unique and special show with real heart and amazing to see the lives of ordinary, funny people living in Northern Ireland during The Troubles played out in a Channel 4 comedy.
“It was lovely to be back filming there and having fun with them all.”
Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee tweeted after the episode that the show had a code name for Neeson on set which was “the big fella”, a secret which she admitted was arguably quite “easily cracked”.
She added: “What an honour to have him in our wee show. Our very own Northern Star.”
Thanks for watching lads! Our code name for Liam during the shoot was \u2018 the big fella\u2019 arguably quite an easily cracked code. What an honour to have him in our wee show. Our very own Northern Star
The coming-of-age programme is about a group of teenagers growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1990s, around the time of the IRA and loyalist ceasefires.
While series one saw the group traverse their teenage years against the backdrop of The Troubles, series two saw them navigate their parents, parties, love interests and school amid a precarious peace process.
In the third season, there is hope in the air that The Troubles may finally be over, but their troubles are only just beginning as the group get closer to adulthood.
McGee is quoted as saying at the premiere event: “I probably wouldn’t exist as a comedy writer (without Channel 4). I had a career writing drama but they really invested in my voice as a comedy writer which is what I am now most known for.”