Derry Girls has been nominated for a Scripted Comedy BAFTA award.

The Channel 4 comedy based in Northern Ireland during the Troubles has been a runaway hit since it kicked off in January last year.

The second series is currently airing on Channel 4.

Creator Lisa McGee celebrated thew news on social media, tweeting "Yay!" along with the BAFTAs tweet of nominees.

They will compete against Mum, Sally4ever and Stath Lets Flats for the Scripted Comedy gong in the BAFTAs ceremony this May.

Cast member Nicola Coughlan, who plays Claire on the show, tweeted: "Aaaaaaaaaaa!!!! We only went and got nominated for a BAFTA didn’t we?!!!!"

Saoirse-Monica Jackson, who pays Erin, tweeted: "Good morning!!!!" with the great news.

The show is set in Derry in the mid-nineties and follows the exploits of a group of schoolgirls and their families.

Over three million people watched the pilot episode of the series on Channel 4 and the network commissioned a second series after the first episode was broadcast in January last year.

Take a look at the rest of this year's BAFTA nominations here.

The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards take place in London on May 12.