Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace's EastEnders spin-off Redwater to become primetime drama?

Published Wednesday, Apr 20 2016, 11:40 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Will Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace's spin-off drama be made into a permanent series?

According to new reports, EastEnders spin-off show Redwater, which will air for six episodes in 2017, could actually return for a primetime slot on BBC.

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The Sun claims that despite the fact that it was originally intended for a one-off series, "plans are being drawn up for it to return once the six episodes are done".

A source said there are lots of other characters who have stories to tell: "There are high hopes that it will become a brilliant new long-running series."

Redwater is based around Kat Moon's search for her long-lost son after viewers watched her discover she had a secret child on EastEnders.

Last week, producers announced a line-up of Irish acting talent as the supporting cast on Redwater including Fionnula Flanagan, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Ian McElhinney and Angeline Ball.

Redwater is said to have "echoes of a Shakespearean drama, told in a rich cinematic style, loaded with humour and suspense".

"It was our intention from the start to create a new contemporary ensemble drama set in Ireland and we are so thrilled and lucky to have such a talented team on board for Redwater," says executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins. "We all know that we are creating something that is going to be very special."

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