Monday 5 December 2016

Red Rock writer was so convinced show would be a disaster that he locked himself in a bathroom - executive producer

Geraldine Gittens

Published 24/08/2016 | 11:40

'Red Rock' cast members Adam Weafer and Pandora McCormick pictured today at The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield for a special media preview screening of Red Rock Season 3, which returns this September on TV3.
'Red Rock' cast members Adam Weafer and Pandora McCormick pictured today at The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield for a special media preview screening of Red Rock Season 3, which returns this September on TV3.

Red Rock writer Peter McKenna locked himself in a bathroom when the first episode aired because he thought it would be a failure, the show’s executive producer has revealed.

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Red Rock’s executive producer John Yorke told the Irish Daily Star that McKenna was so convinced it was going to be a disaster that he didn’t believe that it was getting positive reports.

“He is always of a pessimistic disposition anyway so he always thinks that everything he does is a failure.”

“Even the night it transmitted, he locked himself in a bathroom and wouldn’t watch it or look at any social media and then finally someone banged on his door and said it was quite good.”

“He came out of the bathroom and he was saying, ‘I don’t believe you, it’s a disaster.’”

The TV3 show, which previously aired on Tuesdays and Thursdays for half an hour, will now be screened only once a week, in line with the show's move from soap to serial drama.

The show is set to return from its summer break with an explosive first episode when fans will discover who murdered crooked cop Brian McGonigle.

“The initial feedback was pretty good because launching any new show is always scary anyway,” Yorke told the Star.

“We waited a while for the figures to settle and then by Christmas we thought, ‘This is actually really positive.’”

“Other companies then started to buy it – so it was about Christmas that we knew we were onto a good thing.”

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