Red Rock's dishy detective thrilled soap going global after TV3's €1m deal
Published 24/11/2015 | 08:12
Red Rock's latest dishy detective is delighted that the soap has been snapped up by internet giant Amazon, saying it's "great to know more people are going to get to see it".
While Chris Newman said the deal won't affect the effort he puts into his performance as Detective Rory Walsh, he's pleased the show will reach a wider audience after Amazon's streaming service paid a cool €1m for it.
"It's not something that I'm thinking about. I know for me personally - whether it's a school play or a Hollywood blockbuster - I'm still going to give it my all", he told Newstalk.
"Everyone on Red Rock believes in what we're doing and are constantly excited by the scripts so we're always striving to be the best.
"It's just great to know more people are going to get to see it."
The programme based in a fictional Dublin seaside town will now feature on the same Amazon Prime platform as smash hits such as Downton Abbey and Glee.
Racking up an average of 190,000 viewers per episode since it first aired in January of this year, the deal will see all 80 episodes of the acclaimed soap feature on the site.
Under the terms of the agreement, the US company can show it over the course of four years. TV3 owns 50pc of the programme, with the rest of the rights split between production companies Element Pictures and Angel Station.
Representing TV3's biggest show investment to date, the first series of Red Rock had a budget of €7m, with all the stops pulled out to ensure it was a high-quality show.
Other cast members including Jane McGrath and Val O'Connor were told of the deal last week - and were clearly thrilled that the show was going global.
Adam Weafer, who plays heart-throb David Hennessy in the soap, tweeted his delight that they were "going Stateside".
Red Rock executive producer Gareth Philips said: "So the secret's out! Red Rock is being shown on Amazon Prime. Our home grown Irish drama is going global!"
Last October saw it claim a total of three accolades at the Irish Film and TV Awards including the coveted People's Choice TV Show of the Year award. It also got an award for Soap and Continuing Drama while director Lisa Mulcahy got the Director Soap/Comedy accolade.
The first new Irish soap in 20 years, the second series of the programme will air sometime in the New Year.