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Friday 30 September 2016

'It's still Red Rock, but on steroids', as hit drama gets raunchier in new one-hour slot

Stars Melanie MacHugh, Anthony Brophy, Darragh O’Toole, Roisin O’Donovan and Chris
Newman with Sean Mahon at The Lighthouse Cinema
Stars Melanie MacHugh, Anthony Brophy, Darragh O’Toole, Roisin O’Donovan and Chris Newman with Sean Mahon at The Lighthouse Cinema
'Red Rock' cast members Adam Weafer and Pandora McCormick pictured today at The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield for a special media preview screening of Red Rock Season 3, which returns this September on TV3.

There are some big changes ahead for Red Rock as the TV3 series gears up to become raunchier as it moves to a new one-hour slot.

The TV3 show, which previously aired on Tuesdays and Thursdays for half an hour, will now be screened only once a week, in line with the show's move from soap to serial drama.

The show is set to return from its summer break with an explosive first episode when fans will discover who murdered crooked cop Brian McGonigle.

Exciting

Executive producer John Yorke promised exciting things when the series resumes on a yet-to-be revealed date.

"It's the big primetime slot of the week, we're making it a bigger event. Forty five minutes instead of 22. You're getting all your money's worth on screen with one hit," he told the Herald.

"It's starting to feel more like a drama than a soap. It's still got those hooks that make you want to keep watching."

Yorke said the change will give the show's bosses a chance to explore grittier storylines.

"We don't want to lose the existing audience, but being an hour means you can go into some things a bit deeper. You can be a bit sexier, you can be more violent," he said.

"It's still Red Rock, but Red Rock with a few steroids added."

Meanwhile, sources close to to the drama have said some well-known faces are eager to appear on the series.

"We have been approached by models and actors who are interested in appearing on the show. But we're not going to hire someone just because they're a celebrity," the source said.

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