Thursday 23 November 2017

Red Rock lead writer had 'tears on the laptop' as she wrote key character's Christmas death scene

Red Rock writer Kim Revill likes to create strong female characters, such as Gardai Angela Tyrell (Andrea Irvine) and Sharon Cleere (Jane McGrath)
Red Rock writer Kim Revill likes to create strong female characters, such as Gardai Angela Tyrell (Andrea Irvine) and Sharon Cleere (Jane McGrath)

Melanie Finn, Showbiz Editor

Red Rock's lead writer, Kim Revill, has said that she loves creating strong roles for women on the hit TV3 soap.

The award-winning show features a number of feisty matriarchs - including Sergeant Angela Tyrell, played by Andrea Irvine, and Val O'Connor who plays Detective Nikki Grogan.

"Some of the actors have said to me that they haven't seen that kind of thing on Irish television. I think there's not enough of it on TV in general, so more of that please. I think Val and Andrea together are just amazing," she said.

A former writer on BBC's EastEnders and Holby City, she admits that there was "quite a lot of trepidation" about killing off a central character in a Christmas cliff-hanger.

Airing on December 30, she said there were "tears on the laptop" writing it.

"The only way to do it was just dive into it and - it sounds completely mental - but I felt like I was there," she continued.

"It was very, very emotional. Everything I wrote, I'd kind of seen it before in my head. I'm really proud of it."

She said that TV audiences can get used to seeing soap characters live on endlessly - and that it's good to shake things up now and again.

"In soaps, there are people that just carry on and carry on, but I think it's good to just jolt the audience occasionally," she said.

"One of the things that we aspire to is that, although we are a soap, we try to have genre values where we look more like a drama. Killing someone off like that is something that would happen in a drama rather than a soap - where someone's lying on their death bed for six weeks dying of cancer or something."

The show, which goes out twice a week, will mark its one-year anniversary next month with plans to expand the number of weekly episodes.

Herald

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