Fans of Eastenders regulars Alfie and Kat Moon need not fear now that the pair are no longer gracing the hallowed cobbles of Albert Square, as speculation hots up surrounding their upcoming spin-off series, Redwater, due for release later this year.
Redwater will follow the Moons, played by seasoned soap veterans Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace, as they begin their search for Kat’s long-lost son Luke in the fictional Irish village of the same name. Richie and Wallace will be joined by an all-Irish cast, including Downton Abbey’s Maria Doyle Kennedy, Game of Thrones’ Ian McElhinney and Shameless’ Angeline Ball.
Jesper Nielsen – the award-winning director behind Borgen – will take the directing helm of the new series, which will be compiled of six hour-long episodes. “We have a really important and fantastic story to tell,” he said, “About how one woman’s search for a lost child opens Pandora’s box, revealing the terrible lies and secrets in the little village of Redwater.”
"A story about how the strong bonds of love in a family can hold everything together, and yet at the same time - destroy everything,” Nielsen went onto explain, “It has echoes of a Shakespearean drama, told in a rich cinematic style, loaded with humour and suspense. I cannot wait to start shooting and see the characters coming to life."
Wallace, who has undergone a major transformation for the role, described the experience as “thrilling”, before going onto say that the new series is “going to be a rollercoaster.”
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