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Major boost for TV3 as BBC picks up Red Rock

An executive producer of the drama said it’s “a huge achievement for an Irish show.”

TV3 HAS CONFIRMED that its soap Red Rock has been picked up by the BBC.

BBC Daytime has acquired the Irish drama from All3Media International.

The series, which is produced by Element Pictures and Angel Station, will be broadcast daily on UK television later this year. It’s not clear which station(s) it will be screened on.

Amazon Prime picked up the show for screening in the US last year.

Set around a busy garda precinct in a fictional seaside town just outside Dublin, Red Rock follows the Hennessys and the Kielys – two local warring families.

Ed Guiney, Red Rock executive producer, said the acquisition by the BBC is “a massive testament to the creative talent involved”.

Coming on the back of the recent acquisition by Amazon, it’s a huge achievement for an Irish show. It’s also a great credit to TV3 and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland who have been such steadfast and inspiring backers.

John Yorke, another executive producer, described it as “a wonderful tribute to Irish television”.

Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC Daytime, said viewers are “in for a treat” when the programme airs in the UK, describing the drama as “compelling”.

Red Rock is written by Peter McKenna – who has previously worked on British shows Doctors, EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City – and directed by Matt Carter, who worked on Holby City. It premiered in Ireland last year.

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