Tuesday 20 November 2018

Ireland will be the set of a new Eastenders spin-off starring Kat and Alfie Moon

Alfie and Kat are set to be the focus of a six-part series based in Ireland
Alfie and Kat are set to be the focus of a six-part series based in Ireland

Patricia Murphy

An Eastenders spin-off series focused on Kat and Alfie Moon will be set in Ireland, the RTE One soap’s writers have revealed.

The six-part series will see Eastenders’ most tumultuous couple leave Watford bound for Irish shores where they will be forced to “search for answers to some very big questions” and perhaps sneak a few scoops somewhere other than The Queen Vic.

BBC spokesperson Joanna Allen revealed that writers have yet to decide if the drama will be set in a small Irish village or whether on and off couple Kat and Alfie will strive to resolve their problems in the capital.

“I'm afraid it's a little too early to say where in Ireland the series will be set at the moment. We are due to start filming the series later this year,” she said.

Meanwhile, Eastenders Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins revealed that the spin-off series is the perfect opportunity to take the soap’s most entertaining duo away from Albert Square.

“Now is the perfect time to take two of EastEnders’ most beloved and enduring characters out of their comfort zone as they head to Ireland to search for answers to some very big questions,” he said.

“ My team here are very excited about creating a whole new drama that stands apart from EastEnders while taking our style of storytelling to a place of stories, myth, secrets and immeasurable beauty.”

Speaking of their new drama, Shane Richie said: “Both Jessie and I are absolutely thrilled to be given this amazing opportunity. To have a whole drama focused around Kat and Alfie is a huge honour for us both and we just can’t wait to start filming.”

Jessie Wallace added: “I have always loved working on EastEnders so when I heard of this new drama to take Kat and Alfie outside of Walford, I couldn’t believe our luck. To be exploring the next chapter for Kat as well as working alongside my best mate, Shane, is a dream come true and a huge compliment.”

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