Fair City is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary – but the cast don’t think TV3’s Red Rock will halt them hitting their 50th.
The RTE show is turning the big 2-5 on Thursday, just months before Ballymount bring out their rival soap – after UTV Ireland nabbed Coronation Street.
But the Fair City cast told Goss.ie they aren’t worried about the arrival of Red Rock – and the reaction was nothing but positive.
Celebration: The cast celebrate 25 years of Fair City
Upbeat Bryan Murray – who plays everyone’s favorite skallywag Bob Charles – said he was never tempted to change things up and audition for the brand new soap.
He told Goss.ie: “I was never tempted to audition for Red Rock, I love my character on Fair City, but I hope it’s going to be a huge success.
“We have so many actors in Ireland that don’t have the luxury of being in a regular job and Red Rock is going to provide that again and I wish them all the best.”
Healthy: Tony Tormey and Clelia Murphy welcome the competition
Newly separated on-screen couple Niamh and Paul – played by Clelia Murphy and Tony Tormey, who have both worked on Fair City for over 10 years – both agree that the new competition is healthy.
Chatty Tony said: “I think its healthy for everyone, competition is good. I think Ireland can take another one. We already go up against Coronation Street and Eastenders, I think it’s good.
And Clelia added: “I think as well, It’s for the viewer, it gives them options. We’re all here to entertain.”
Meanwhile Fair City’s bosses insisted they aren’t worried about Red Rock potentially poaching fans.
Executive producer Brigie De Courcy said: “Not at all, I’m absolutely delighted they’re coming on board It is really good for Irish drama, actors it’s great for Irish writing. They’re writing a very different show.”