Future of TV3's 'Red Rock' in doubt amid 'hiatus'
The future of Garda-based drama 'Red Rock' has been left in doubt after TV3 confirmed they were putting the show on a production hiatus.
The programme, which stars Denise McCormick and Cathy Belton, was originally meant to return next month, but will now not air until January.
The 'Red Rock' team must also shortly vacate its set at the old Player Wills cigarette factory site in Dublin as its lease is coming to an end.
Yesterday evening, the production company released a statement saying: "'Red Rock' is on hold... for now."
It added that "the good news" was that the 23 commissioned and filmed episodes were the "most epic we've ever made" and were "ready to go".
They went on to say that the bad news was that "due to rescheduling you're going to have to wait until 2018" to see them.
They finished the statement saying: "We've got a lot more stories we want to tell you from this Dublin seaside town and we're determined to keep on telling them. Rock on."
'Red Rock' first aired in January 2015. The show was developed in the wake of TV3 losing the rights to 'Emmerdale' and 'Coronation Street' to rival station UTV Ireland.
However, those soaps returned to TV3 in 2016.
'Red Rock' is currently one of Ireland's most successful television exports, having sold the rights to Amazon Prime and the BBC.
The news comes ahead of TV3's autumn launch which will take place in the National Concert Hall next week.