Thursday 19 April 2018

'I wasn't surprised Redwater was given the chop' - Angeline Ball

Acceptable risk
Acceptable risk

Sean O'Grady

THE demise of RTE drama Redwater came as no shock to Angeline Ball, who starred in the TV series.

A spin-off of EastEnders, the show was a co-production between RTE and the BBC and followed Kat and Alfie Moon as they went on a quest to find their estranged son in Ireland.

Angeline (48), who played Eileen Harrington in the series, revealed she was always sceptical about a product whenever people assumed a new show was a guaranteed hit.

"No, it wasn't a shock [the end of the programme]," she said.

"I don't know, I kind of get mistrustful when people immediately say it's going to have a series two when they haven't even tested the water on series one.

"There was all this talk of it being Ballykissangel number two and Ballykissangel was a long time ago. This was a very different piece."

Kat slater
Kat slater

The actress, who is now starring as Detective Sergeant Emer Byrne on RTE's new drama Acceptable Risk, reckons the acting business is one where you "can't rely on anything".

"The thing about our industry is that you can't ever be really shocked by it," she said.

"It's so fluid, you can't rely on anything in this industry.

"It's just the way the cookie crumbles. I wasn't disappointed because there's always something else. One door closes and another one opens, so it's OK, I'll live," she told the Herald.

Acceptable Risk follows Dublin woman Sarah Manning (Elaine Cassidy), who is devastated by the death of her husband Lee (Paul Popowich) while he is on a work trip to Montreal, Canada.

Byrne gets to work on the case and soon realises it is anything but straightforward and Sarah is not as innocent as she seems.

Angeline relished the chance to portray tough-as-nails Emer.

"I love challenging myself," she said.

"I wanted to make Emer as ambiguous as possible. She's a listener, she's a slow burner.

"She's trying to deduce everything. I was delighted to play someone like that."

Speaking about the nature of the show, co-star Elaine said it would not be raunchy in nature and she had no desire to take her clothes off in front of the camera any time soon.

"I think as you get older you ask are [nude scenes] really needed? It has to be supported; it has to be there for a reason," she said.

"You have to learn certain things. With nudity, if it's there to show vulnerability or a reason; if it's there for titillation, I don't get it."

The No Offence star reckons there's something special about working at home in Ireland.

"I've worked with amazing crews in loads of different countries, but the crews in Ireland, there's a lovely balance between on-set formal etiquette and just having a laugh," she said.

Acceptable Risk begins on RTE One on Sunday at 9.30pm.

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