Kat and Alfie on set in EastEnders spin-off Redwater

Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie reunite as Kat and Alfie in the new BBC One drama Redwater, where they head to Ireland in search of Kat’s long lost son

The first official image for the new BBC One drama Redwater has been released – showing beloved EastEnders characters Kat and Alfie in the Irish countryside.

The six-part stand-alone drama will see Kat and Alfie, played by Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie, go to Ireland in search of Kat’s long lost son Luke.

The quiet harbour village of Dunmore East in Co. Waterford has been transformed into the fictional town of Redwater where Kat and Alfie Moon arrive on a mission to find Kat’s son, who they believe was adopted in Ireland. However, they discover more than they bargained for, uncovering secrets that the village of Redwater would prefer to have kept hidden.

Director Jesper Nielsen recently said: “We have a really important and fantastic story to tell. About how one woman’s search for a lost child opens a 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.”

Redwater will feature a talented Irish cast, including Lost’s Flanagan, Dexter’s Maria Doyle Kennedy, Game of Throne’s Ian McElhinney and many more.

Directed by the multi-award winning director Jesper Nielsen and scripted by EastEnders’ writers Matthew Graham, Julie Dixon, Lauren Klee and Matthew Barry.

The series is produced by Vicky Wharton and the Executive Producer is Dominic Treadwell-Collins.

With filming complete, the new series will screen on BBC One in 2017 in a 9pm slot.