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Fair City takes on Red Rock with one-hour Christmas special

Published 07/12/2015 | 08:00

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Fair City is rising to the challenge of Red Rock this Christmas with an hour-long special on December 25.

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The RTE soap has faced increasing competition from TV3's IFTA-winning programme, which will mark its one-year anniversary next month.

It was recently revealed that Red Rock's writers plan to kill off one of its major characters in an episode to be aired on December 30.

TV3's David McRedmond has also vowed to try and increase the number of weekly episodes.

But not to be outdone, Fair City will now air a special Christmas episode that will be 30 minutes longer than usual.

The special episode will see one of the main characters falling ill as several Carrigstown families welcome home relatives for the big day.

According to recent reports, Fair City - which marked its 25th anniversary with big celebrations last year - cost RTE more than €11m to make in 2014.

This amounts to roughly €56,000 per episode.

The soap also cost the national broadcaster just over €11m to make in 2013 as well.

The half-hour soap airs at 8pm four nights a week on RTE One and has been one of Ireland's most popular programmes since it first started in 1989.

In comparison, rival soap Red Rock, which began airing on TV3 in January of this year costs an average of €65,000 per episode.

It airs twice a week, every Wednesday and Thursday and starts at 8.30pm.

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