New EastEnders spin-off Kat and Alfie: Redwater made its debut on BBC1 last night, and viewers have compared the show to popular crime drama Broadchurch.
The new six-part drama saw Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie reprise their roles as Kat and Alfie Moon, as they moved to Ireland to find the long-lost son Kat gave up for adoption at the age of 14.
It was conceived by the BBC 1 soap’s former executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins and launched on Irish TV channel RTE1 last week.
But viewers who tuned into the scenes of rolling green and grey countryside for the first time on Thursday described the show as the BBC’s answer to Chris Chibnall’s popular ITV drama starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman.
@telos32 tweeted: JW #Redwater Ep1. Was not expecting that. Could this be the new Broadchurch?
@LeeCollins24 wrote: Absolutely hooked like Broadchurch. #Redwater
It was a successful start in general for Redwater, with some claiming it was even better than the original 30-year soap.
@suzeloves wrote: Wish Eastenders was as good as Redwater – it used to be and I miss it.
@christibble9 tweeted: Good opening episode of Redwater tonight roll on next week. Also it’s great to see Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie on TV again #redwater
Wallace became a fan favourite when she arrived on Albert Square as the no-nonsense, leopard print-clad Kat Slater back in 2000.
Richie joined in 2002 as Alfie, and the two later married to become one of the most beloved soap couples of all time before they departed EastEnders in early 2016.
Kat And Alfie: Redwater continues on BBC1 next Thursday.