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Red Rock's Future Uncertain as Show on 'Hiatus'
30 Aug 2017 :
Bill Malone, the Director of Programming at TV3 has said that the channel will make a decision about the future of the show in early 2018.

TV3 have confirmed that they are putting the show on a production hiatus. Originally due to return to air in September, the broadcaster has confirmed that the shows currently being shot at the Players Factory in Dublin will not be aired until 2018. Production must also shortly vacate its set at the old factory site as its lease is coming to an end. The drama will then cease filming for the time being. Cast and crew were informed by producers last Friday.

The soap, which has won two IFTA awards for Best Soap, is produced by Element Pictures and Angel Station. Production has released a statement saying: "'Red Rock' is on hold... for now." On the official Red Rock social media production has also issued a post, stating that audiences will have to wait until 2018 to see the next series because of ‘rescheduling’. 

The production hiatus comes as TV3 reviews the ratings, budgets, and scheduling of the show, especially in light of UK soaps ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Emmerdale’ being back with the Irish broadcaster since Virgin Media purchased UTV Ireland (now b3). Each ‘Red Rock’ episode reportedly costs €65k to produce.

When originally announced back in 2015, David McRedmond (the former Group CEO) said the show was ‘the most important thing that TV3 has ever done’. Production has given employment for c 100 people.   




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