Garda drama Red Rock will be returning for a fourth season
There's good news for the cast and fans of TV3 series Red Rock as the show will return for a fourth season, the Herald can reveal.
The final episodes of the garda drama's series three are being filmed and will air from September to December.
"Red Rock is definitely on the schedule for TV3 in 2018, so fans can expect lots more drama for months to come," a source close to the series said.
The show will break for the summer months before returning in September, when the remaining episodes of season three will be screened.
The cast will begin filming season four in the same month.
Although a premiere date has yet to be decided, it is likely to be next January, immediately after the current season ends.
Andrea Irvine, who plays Gda Sgt Angela Tyrell, was full of praise for her colleagues, who she said make the set a fun place to be every day.
"We have great scripts and there's very good characters and storylines. On top of that, it's a fantastic team of people working on it," she said.
"We film over a long period, so we're spending a lot of time together and there's a great sense of teamwork, which makes it a nice place to work."
Viewers will see Andrea's character promoted to detective sergeant later this season after the departure of Nikki Grogan, played by Valerie O'Connor.
"I've been promoted. It's a great move for her. She will definitely be more prominent," she said.
"Angela becomes very active within the station and spearheads a lot of that.
"It's been fantastic to get into the nitty gritty of the crimes."
Red Rock started out on TV3 as a soap-style half-hour series, with two episodes broadcast each week.
Then it moved to a one-hour weekly show last September and to the later time of 9pm so that it could explore grittier themes and feature more mature content.
"Being an hour means you can go into some things a bit deeper," said executive producer John Yorke.
"You can be a bit sexier - you can be more violent. 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."
Andrea, from Belfast, will be keeping busy when the show takes a summer break.
She will soon be shooting a new movie called End Of Sentence.
Several locations across Ireland will be featured in the film, as well as Los Angeles.
"It's being made mostly here and then it's going to Los Angeles for a week. I think I'm going over at the end of June," she said.
"It kicks off in the second half of May, so the timing is perfect.
"It's a road trip with a father and a son.
"The mother has died and it's the road journey they take together after she dies."