The full cast for the upcoming ‘EastEnders’ spin-off ‘Redwater’ has been revealed, and there are a number of big names joining Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace for the drama.
The cast have already assembled and begun filming in Ireland, where departing ‘EastEnders' producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins is overseeing the project.
While character details are yet to be revealed, aside from Jessie and Shane who are playing their ‘EastEnders’ ones, bosses have confirmed that the all-irish additions will be led by Fionnula Flanagan, who joins the two soap stars as a lead actor.
‘Orphan Black’ actress Maria Doyle Kennedy, Ian McElhinney, who fans will recognise from ‘Game of Thrones’, and Angeline Ball, whose credits include ‘Shameless’, will also star.
Peter Campion, who starred in ‘Brooklyn’, and ‘The Hollow Crown’ actor Stanley Townsend have also scored parts.
Director Jesper Nielsen, who previously took charge over ‘Borgen’, will direct the series, and he’s hinted at what fans can expect (via Digital Spy).
"We have a really important and fantastic story to tell," he says. "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. It has echoes of a Shakespearean drama, told in a rich cinematic style, loaded with humour and suspense.
"I cannot wait to start the shooting and see the characters coming to life."
The drama will see Kat searching for her long-lost son, and is expected to air on BBC1 later this year. Digital Spy adds that it will be formed of six hour-long episodes.