Thursday 21 November 2019

'No doubt' Fair City will be a hit as soap heads for Scotland

Ciaran, played by Johnny Ward with Katy, played by Amilia Clarke-Stewart in a Fair City scene
Ciaran, played by Johnny Ward with Katy, played by Amilia Clarke-Stewart in a Fair City scene

Sean O'Grady

Fair City is on the move - and RTE has "no doubt" it will be a success when it hits screens in Scotland for the first time later this month.

The long-running soap will make its international debut on STV2, a new channel for the STV network, on April 24.

With almost 30 years of stories for Scottish viewers to catch up on, the channel will be airing a special The Story So Far feature that will bring the British audience up to date on some of the show's biggest storylines before the first episode airs.

Scottish viewers will be behind the current storylines and will pick up the show on episode one of series 26, which aired here on Christmas Eve 2014.

The channel has bought 400 episodes and is expected to make a decision on whether it will buy more in the coming weeks, if the soap proves a hit with viewers.

Jane Gogan, head of drama at RTE, said one of the reasons why Fair City is being exported to Scotland is its continued popularity with viewers of all ages.

"We're delighted to share Fair City with Scottish viewers on STV's new channel STV2. Here at home the show has been going from strength to strength, with half a million tuning in to watch every episode," she said.

"It is also particularly popular with younger viewers, with viewership among Ireland's 15 to 34-year-olds growing by 25pc," she said.

Ms Gogan is expecting Carrigstown to have Scottish viewers hooked.

"This is all down to the hard work of the fantastic team of writers, cast and crew on the show and I have no doubt that Fair City will win over viewers in Scotland," she said.

Director of channels at STV, Elizabeth Partyka, said: "STV2 will feature a great mix of entertainment, news, drama and local events, and Fair City will be a key part of this diverse schedule."

Tensions have continued to rise between Paul and Niamh this week. The Carrigstown lothario has become suspicious of his wife's relationship with Marcus, while Niamh is eager to make her getaway from Paul.


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