Saturday 16 December 2017

Crime does pay as Red Rock is set to become a year-round production

Sean Mahon, who played Brian McGonigle in TV3's new soap Red Rock.
Sean Mahon, who played Brian McGonigle in TV3's new soap Red Rock.
Jane McGrath who plays Gda Sharon Cleere
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Crime really does pay for TV3 - garda series Red Rock will become a year-round production, which is great news for its leading actors.

The drama, based in a fictional Dublin town, took a break for the summer at the end of May, going out on a cliff-hanger around the murder of Brian McGonigle.

The cast have also been given the summer off to pursue independent projects.

However, as part of the bigger investment in the popular programme, the actors can look forward to working right through the year when series three begins filming in a few weeks' time.

Series two returns to our screens in September, with series three expected to go into production shortly after.

Representing an annual investment of €7m, the Ifta- winning show is going from strength to strength for TV3, which is now owned by Virgin Media.

Jane McGrath who plays Gda Sharon Cleere
Jane McGrath who plays Gda Sharon Cleere

Asked about the future of Red Rock, a channel spokeswoman remained tight-lipped, saying only that all would be revealed at the station's forthcoming autumn schedule launch.

Made by Element Pictures and Angel Station, Red Rock will launch on BBC One next Monday at 1.45pm, in a slot usually occupied by Doctors.

It will be shown every weekday in a 40-minute slot and run for eight weeks.

The soap will shift to BBC Two during the Olympics.

Red Rock was also sold to Amazon Prime and aired a few months ago for American audiences, who were impressed.

It attracted rave reviews, being described as a "fast-paced, sometimes tense drama focused on a garda station and two rival families".

One critic said: "Although there are some soap elements, that description does not do the show justice.

"Red Rock is a highly entertaining series, and while it's not among the best foreign TV shows online in terms of production, suspense or drama, you won't feel guilty about watching it either."


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