LIFE behind the scenes of RTE's top soap 'Fair City' has been exposed for the first time by one of its long-term script writers.
Brian Gallagher has given fans an "access all areas" backstage pass to the Dublin soap, glimpsing the hidden stories behind the Carrigstown murders, love affairs, funerals and weddings.
He said he was surprised no similar book had been written before, given the soap's tempestuous 16-year history.
"I felt it was crying out to be done," Mr Gallagher explained. "Whenever people who meet me discover I work on the show, they always want to know what it's like - there's a lot of curiosity, and I felt it should be satisfied."
The writer said the book, launched yesterday, did not contain any shock revelations or gossip of clashes between actors, but that it did explain how a soap was made.
A day in the life of a 'Fair City' actor is detailed, with all its pressures and madness, as are the jobs of casting directors, producers and set designers.
Key dramatic moments are also explored - such as the life and death of the villainous Billy Meehan - drawing on exclusive access to RTE archives and its photographic library.
The book also looks at the trickier aspects of continuity, ensuring scenes shot over a number of days flow together smoothly.
Mr Gallagher promises some twists and turns over Christmas and the New Year for the Ukranian Mafia story and the love interest between Lorcan and Ali.
'Inside Fair City' is an RTE/Rooney Media paperback, priced ?17.95.