EastEnders spin-off Redwater to be set in Co Waterford
A SPIN-OFF of BBC soap EastEnders, featuring Kat and Alfie Moon, is to begin filming in Co Waterford.
EastEnders’ outgoing executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has given fans a first look at Kat and Alfie Moon spin-off Redwater.
The soap boss tweeted a picturesque view of the Albert Square favourites’ new home in Co Waterford.
As life continues to have its ups and downs for Kat (Jessie Wallace) and Alfie (Shane Richie), they will head out of Walford together to look for Kat’s long-lost son in Redwater.
The six-part drama series has been created by producer Dominic and it will be written and produced by the EastEnders team.
Auditions will be held later this week as the mini-soap broadens out the cast.
Speaking about the new drama at the time it was announced, Dominic said: “My team here are very excited about creating a whole new drama that stands apart from EastEnders while taking our style of storytelling to a place of stories, myth, secrets and immeasurable beauty.”
Shane said he was “absolutely thrilled” and called Redwater an “amazing opportunity”.
Jessie added: “To be exploring the next chapter for Kat as well as working alongside my best mate, Shane, is a dream come true and a huge compliment.”
Fans of the London-set soap may recall a previous time the EastEnders cast decamped to Ireland.
In 1997, Pauline Fowler, played by the late Wendy Richard, also went looking for a long-lost relative. However, the three episodes were not received positively by critics and some fans due to the stereotypical depiction of Irish people.
The show will begin filming in the picturesque village of Dunmore East in April and is currently looking for extras.
Those interested in appearing in the show are asked to attend an open casting on Friday (April 1) at the Sailing Club, Dunmore East, between 4-8pm, as well as The Central Arts on The Quay in Waterford on Saturday, April 2 from 12-7pm.
Redwater is due to be broadcast later this year on BBC One.