Thursday 18 January 2018

TV3 unveil details of new soap 'Red Rock' and Irish Gogglebox in mid-season update

TV3 are launching an Irish version of Gogglebox
TV3 are launching an Irish version of Gogglebox
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

TV3 has today announced the details of its much-hyped soap opera to rival Fair City.

'Red Rock' will air once a week, beginning from January 2015 and provide an estimated 100 jobs.

The broadcaster presented their new season update today at the Shelbourne Hotel, revealing plans to dramatically increase investment in original programming.

Major entertainment shows including an Irish version of Gogglebox and the return of The Lie and The Great Irish Bake Off are on the agenda; as are game shows Sitting on a Fortune and Algorithm.

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Biddy White Lennon,Anna Nolan and Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly. at the launch of TV3s The Great Irish Bake Off, sponsored by Odlums at The Merrion Hotel,Dublin .The Great Irish Bake Off airs Thursday 19th September, at 9pm on TV3. TV3 launched The Great Irish Bake Off at the Merrion Hotel Dublin, home of Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly. Paul will judge this years Great Irish Bake Off contestants alongside fellow judge, actor and food writer Biddy White Lennon. Pix Brian McEvoy No repro fee for one use

TV3 landed the rights to the 2015 rugby world cup, UEFA Champions league and Europa League football.

New documentary series' in the works are 'Paramedics', 'Islanders' (filmed on the West Coast of Ireland), '24 Hour Shelter' and 'Lazy Chef''.

In addition to strong mainstay shows such as Xpose, they will also introduce a number of new faces including comedian Jason Byrne and economist David McWilliams.

Byrne is hosting a new chat show and Keith Barry's Brain Hacker series will also return.

Mentalist Keith Barry's show has been a huge hit

International programmes include the return of Britain's Got Talent, The X Factor and Downton Abbey.

Jeff Ford, TV3's Group Director of Content explained: “2015 will be a landmark year for TV3 that will see the group invest the most it has ever done on home produced originated programming and a number of major entertainment co-productions.

"As Ireland’s leading commercial broadcaster, these are exciting times for TV3 and I look forward to fulfilling our strategic goals across our six programming genres that will define us against our competitors in 2015 and beyond; ‘Soap’, ‘Entertainment co-pro’s’, ‘Key Acquisitions’, ‘Sport and Events’, ‘Originated Factual’ and last but not least ‘Talent’.”

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