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Crime does pay as TV3 celebrates €500k sale of Red Rock to BBC

Published 29/02/2016 | 09:12

Brian McGonigle (played by Sean Mahon)
Brian McGonigle (played by Sean Mahon)

The champagne corks were popping in TV3 over the weekend after the station sold the rights to its award- winning show, Red Rock, in a deal worth over €500,000.

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TV3 has scored another coup after BBC Worldwide snapped up all 80 episodes of the popular soap, which won three IFTA's last year.

It's a double celebration for Element Pictures, which shares the rights with TV3 and Angel Station, given that the same company is also behind award-winning film Room.

The lucrative deal comes in the wake of the show, which stars Valerie O'Connor and Cathy Belton, going live in America on Amazon Prime last week - and garnering a positive reaction.

The media company bought the rights last November for a cool €1m.

A source said the latest deal for TV3 and the show's co-producers was a huge boost for all involved.

It's not yet been decided which BBC station will screen the show, but it's expected to have a "prominent" slot.

"It proves that the programme has international appeal and is a great showcase for Ireland as so many scenes are filmed on outside locations. It's also a big stamp of approval for the cast and all the crew involved in it," the source said.

Costing around €65,000 per episode, much of the show is filmed on the grounds of the John Player factory on South Circular Road.

Now in its second series, plans are afoot to air the drama more than twice a week with plans to film through the summer this year instead of taking a break, as was done in 2015.

Meanwhile, teen actress Ann Skelly (18), who plays troubled schoolgirl Rachel Reid, said that it was "cool" that the drama was now being shown Stateside.

She said friends had sent her screen shots of the positive comments the show had received after going live on Amazon Prime on February 18.

It's the first major role for the young star, who also had a small part in RTE's Rebellion, but says she has mainly learned on the job.

She plays the part of a schoolgirl who has an affair with her friend's dad, played by Sean Mahon

"I haven't been to a drama school like the Gaiety or anything like that," she told the Diary.

"So for me, it's been that kind of full-on, totally immersive, learning-on-the-job experience. The great thing about this is everyone gets on.

"So it's really nice to feel that people have your back. Apparently, it's not the same with a lot of things, where everyone gels so well. It's nice," she said.

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