'Dunmore EastEnders': Kat and Alfie head to Waterford for spin-off
'Eastenders' stars Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace are swapping the cobbled streets of Walford for the piers and jetties of Waterford.
The pair, who play Alfie and Kat Moon in the popular soap, are due to shoot a new six-part spin off series in the picturesque village of Dunmore East next month.
The series will follow the Moons as they search for Kat's long-lost son and should hit TV screens this autumn.
Shooting will begin once the pair finish touring with stage show 'The Perfect Murder'.
Richie says the series will pack an emotional punch, as "Alfie's got a brain tumour and Kat has a son."
"To have a whole drama focused around Kat and Alfie is a huge honour for us both and we just can't wait to start filming," he added.
It's not the first time the Eastenders cast and crew have decamped to our shores.
In 1997, Pauline Fowler, played by Wendy Richard, came to Ireland to find her long-lost half-sister.
The three episodes based in Ireland caused uproar with viewers, due to the less than flattering depiction of Irish life.
In one scene, a man poured a pint over Pauline's head before demanding she paid for it. In another scene, farm animals wandered the streets of Dublin.
But Richie has assured would-be-viewers of his show that it will not parody Irish life or "play the dopey card".
Wallace and Ritchie have an extensive fan base in Ireland and brought their stage show to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in February.
Wallace said working on the spin-off series is a dream come true.
"I have always loved working on 'EastEnders' so when I heard of this new drama to take Kat and Alfie outside of Walford, I couldn't believe our luck.
"To be exploring the next chapter for Kat as well as working alongside my best mate, Shane, is a dream come true," Wallace added.