Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee has reacted with delight at the news that director Martin Scorsese has been watching her hit sitcom.

The 80-year-old director of Taxi Driver and The Departed was appearing at the Economic Club of Chicago's annual black-tie dinner when he was asked what he was currently watching and replied: "I watched, the other night, Derry Girls."

Following applause from the audience, he added: "Those nuns...!"

Tweeting her response Lisa McGee said, "Excuse me while I drop dead and actually die a death."

Derry Girls star Siobhan McSweeney, who played Sister Michael on the show, joked, "Good morning. I'm ded."

The Channel 4 comedy about a group of teenagers growing up in Derry in the 1990s was a sleeper hit that built a large and committed following across its three series.

Set during the Troubles, the show was praised for offering a new perspective on the period of the IRA and loyalist ceasefires through the eyes of a group of young girls.

Viewers in the US have been able to watch episodes of the drama via Netflix.

McGee, who was given the freedom of her home city for her work on the show, received messages congratulating her on securing such a high-profile fan.

Comedian Dara Ó Briain tweeted: "And that's it, you win. Shut it down, people, we have a winner."

Author David Nicholls said: "Oh my God! The dream. Congratulations, Lisa!"

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