TV3′s new soap opera is go.
The big news at TV3′s 2015 schedule launch is Red Rock, the first soap opera to be created in Ireland since Fair City hit RTE in 1989.
So, what do we know?
It’s a cop soap, but not a cop soap
Red Rock is set in a “police precinct” but it’s not just about the coppers, more the wider community according to Laura Slattery’s report.
It’s set in a seaside down
A harbour town ala Howth or Dun Laoghaire.
Element are one of the forces behind it
Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s TV and film production company is a top outfit and Guiney produced Bachelors Walk and Pure Mule. In film, they’ve been on a hot streak with The Guard, What Richard Did and Frank.
Peter McKenna is one of the creators
He wrote for the Clinic, and a clutch of eps for Casualty, Holby City and Eastenders.
It’s good news for people working in TV
Any programme that employs over 100 people, according to the Irish Times report, across writing, acting, crew and production is a good thing.
There’s UK muscle
Company Pictures make up the Element-McKenna trio, best known for Skins and Shameless.
It will air twice a week
So it won’t beat Fair City in the frequency stakes.
John Yorke is also involved
He’s the controller of BBC Drama Production (an aside: since female audiences for soaps are huge, you’d think there would be a few women at the top of this! Hopefully they’ll be on the writing team of 10). He was also an exec producer on Eastenders.
The name could change
Red Rock is just the working title.
(pictured: not a Dublin harbour town)