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TV3 is yet to decide if Red Rock will be back for another season or not

Release Date of #RedRock S4: To be announced
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Red Rock is an award-winning Irish soap opera created by Peter McKenna. During its first year of participation in the Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTAs), the series was nominated for eight awards, and ultimately won three, including the award for Best Soap.

Produced by Element Pictures and Company Pictures, #RedRock focuses on a garda (police) station in a fictional Dublin town. This is not your average police procedural, however. Described as a “rollicking blend of police procedural and kitchen sink drama”, the main emphasis of the show is on the long-time feud between the Kiley and Hennessy families- a feud that the local police must often step in to extinguish.

RR premiered on January 7th of 2015 and has garnered critical acclaim and impressively high ratings ever since. Its gripping first season finale, broadcast on June 14th of 2015, brought in 235,600 viewers, and reportedly “commanded an average share of 14.41%”. The cliff-hanger had viewers glued to their seats; many social media users rushed to share their feelings. Viewer Laura Slatterly tweeted “Literally jaw-dropping end to #RedRock. As billed. My face did exactly the same thing as all the celebrities in the promo video.”

The RR production team are tasked with an extremely rigorous schedule in order to release such a large number of episodes per season. In eight days, the cast and team create four episodes, while the next five days are devoted to its editing.  As a result of this intensive schedule, the cast and production team took a three-month summer break to recharge. Unfortunately, the ratings suffered slightly as a result.

Due to this drop in ratings, producers have reported that there may not be a break in production during the summer of 2016. David McRedmond, former chief executive of TV3 has been quoted as saying that the #RR series is “the most important thing that TV3 has ever done. “

It is assumed that when UTV Ireland took away the TV3’s rights to Coronation Street and Emmerdale, TV3 decided to create their own original series. Instead of spending twelve to fifteen million to buy the rights to these shows, the network instead produced #RedRock. Eddie O’Mahoney, an executive at Core Media (an Irish media buyer), has elaborated by saying that instead of buying someone else’s show, over which TV3 would have very little control, they did something different with #RR. He continues, “With Red Rock [TV3 is] controlling where [the show] is going. If you don’t watch it live you may watch it on their Player afterwards”.

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TV3 has recently been taken over by Virgin Media Ireland, however, it’s unlikely that this will have an effect on the show’s survival.  When TV3 originally picked up Red Rock, they had commissioned one hundred and sixty episodes. The first season was composed of forty-four episodes while the second was composed of thirty-six (as per the IMDb website).  This gives a total of eighty episodes.  Eight episodes of the third season have aired thus far, bringing us a running total of eighty-eight episodes. This means we’ve only just hit the half-way mark.

Because of these numbers, Red Rock will likely remain on air until the close of its fourth season, at least.

In addition to these one-hundred and

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sixty commissioned episodes, TV3 has also struck a deal with Amazon’s programming service, Amazon Prime. This one-million-dollar deal will give Amazon Prime members the opportunity to watch the first eighty episodes of Red Rock whenever they would like.

If you’d like to catch up on Red Rock, the TV3 website has the last five episodes available for streaming.

International viewers however, will, unfortunately, just have to wait until the series is added to the Amazon Prime lineup.

Red Rock will premiere season 3 of its series on BBC One in summer 2017. Ireland already has had the good stuff with the premiere on September 12th, with many viewers still in shock at the twists and turns in the series.


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Ellen White
Ellen White
1 year 4 months ago

Gripping shocking surprise at the end. Love this show!

maggie
maggie
1 year 1 month ago

Anxious in America for the new season to begin……

Will
Will
1 year 1 month ago

Very confused,has it finished or not….

Nicole
Nicole
1 year 1 month ago

LOVE THIS SHOW! Was hooked the first episode and still hooked on the 3rd, can’t wait for season 4!

James Webb
James Webb
1 year 23 days ago

Fantastic show. Why the BBC didn’t give this a primetime slot I can’t understand. Hopefully the next series will be shown and given a top slot. Well done to the producers, the cast and all who are involved in making a great show.

linda
linda
1 year 23 days ago

agreed it really should be prime time TV

Laura Hyman
Laura Hyman
1 year 23 days ago

Waiting on the edge of my seat. Love the cast.

linda
linda
1 year 23 days ago

I really wish I had realised how brilliant this programme was earlier, I caught the last 8 or 9 episodes of this years series. Count me in as an avid fan from now on. Only downside, I have to wait until 2017 for the next series. Oh well, it’s well worth the wait.

flo casson
flo casson
1 year 22 days ago

I absalutely luv this programme i cud watch it all day luv the storylines and the actors are brill keep up the good work canni wait fer number four xxx

Elaine Ayton
Elaine Ayton
1 year 20 days ago

Loved this show great story lines

Nessab
Nessab
1 year 17 days ago

Can’t believe red rock has finished here on bbc1 with the killing of James McKay.. Only found this out on the following Monday when I went to watch the next episode only to find it had been replaced by a game show called think tank!( garbage) I don’t watch emerdale, eastenders or corrie no more, they’re too depressing!! Please bring back red rock, it’s the best soap I’ve seen in a very long time!!

Bob
Bob
1 year 7 days ago

Funny S4 Ep 1 has already aired

Laura Hunter
Laura Hunter
1 year 1 day ago

Red Rock has been an afternoon favourite this year cant wait for the next series

Moira Adam
Moira Adam
10 months 3 days ago

Just magic cant wait for season 4 , please let it be ASAP !!!

tony
tony
5 months 21 days ago

Love this show.can’t wait till the eposodes come out Please hurryU

Lynda
Lynda
4 months 23 days ago

Can’t wait for next series’

Dot Ogier
Dot Ogier
3 months 25 days ago

Watching up to episode 40 for the second time/year in a row on BBC2 – can’t wait for new episodes.

Jackie
Jackie
3 months 12 days ago

Please bring back season four !!! BEST SHOW EVER!!!

Suzyq🦋
Suzyq🦋
2 months 22 days ago

I love this show! I hope 🤞🏼There are more stories to come!!💕

Shane
Shane
1 month 16 days ago

Better than shortland st

John Garner
John Garner
19 days 7 hours ago

Very good series, looking forward to another sreies

Carol Newbury
Carol Newbury
16 days 12 hours ago

Let there be a season 4 please, brilliant show!

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