In this thrilling new drama, a mother travels to Ireland in search of her lost son. The picturesque village of Redwater is a peaceful idyll on the Irish coast, untroubled by the trappings of modern life. Twenty years ago, a boating tragedy ripped the heart out of this village's close-knit community. The deaths of Iris Dolan and her niece Aoife appeared to be an accident - but the truth was left buried at the bottom of the harbour.
For Kat Moon, an open-hearted woman from the East End of London, Redwater could be the key to finally making sense of her fractured past. She is in search of her son, a twin taken from her at birth without her knowledge. And a cryptic postcard has led her to Redwater to find him, with her husband Alfie in tow. Redwater is in danger of collapsing under the weight of its secrets, until Kat begins asking tough questions that finally let the village embark on a cathartic reckoning. But this cleansing of Redwater's past will come at a great cost. As Kat dives deeper into the private lives of the people here, she risks being fatally swept up in the storm she's started. Is one of the young men scarred by that tragic night really her son? And, if so, what sort of man has he become?
Runtime: 70 minutes
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Kathleen “Kat” Moon (also Slater) is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Jessie Wallace. She was also played by Kate Peck in a flashback in 2001. Kat is the daughter of Viv Slater and Charlie Slater (Derek Martin), and arrived with her sisters Lynne Hobbs (Elaine Lordan) and Little Mo Morgan (Kacey Ainsworth). Her daughter Zoe Slater (Michelle Ryan) is initially believed to be her sister as well until Kat reveals she was raped by her uncle Harry Slater (Michael Elphick) as a child. She later marries Alfie Moon (Shane Richie). It is later revealed that Kat also gave birth to a son, Zoe's twin brother. She appeared in the show from September 2000 to November 2004, then returned in May 2005 following a period of maternity leave. She left on 25 December 2005, and returned on 17 September 2010, to leave again in January 2012 and return on 7 June 2012. Wallace, alongside Richie, departed on-screen on 22 May 2015, returning for a short stint from 25 December 2015 to 25 January 2016 before departing once again. The pair reprised their roles as Kat and Alfie in the six-part spin-off series Kat and Alfie: Redwater from May to June 2017. The spin-off reveals that Kat's son is a murderous Catholic priest, Dermott Dolan (Oisín Stack) and ends on a cliffhanger where it is not known if Kat lives or dies. Following the confirmation that Redwater would not return for a second series, it was announced in December 2017 that Kat would return to EastEnders in 2018 with her grandmother Mo Harris (Laila Morse) and Jean Slater (Gillian Wright). She returned on 22 March 2018. Kat is described as “a bit of a floozy”, “a bitch” and “very lazy”. The EastEnders website says that as soon as Kat arrived in Walford with her “fake tan, heavy make-up and hoop earrings”, viewers would know that Kat would bring a dose of “Viagra to the men of Albert Square”. Richie revealed in an interview with This Morning that Kat and Alfie would be involved in an ongoing storyline, which he said is “going to be the biggest soap story in probably the history of soaps.” At the end of 2010, Kat and Ronnie Branning (Samantha Womack) both give birth on the same day, but Ronnie's baby, James, dies and while Kat is in hospital and her baby, Tommy, is unattended, Ronnie swaps the infants. The storyline received over 6,000 complaints, making it the second most complained about EastEnders storyline. It was then decided to end the storyline earlier than originally planned. Wallace has won multiple awards for her portrayal of Kat. At the National Television Awards, she was named “Most Popular Newcomer” in 2001 and “Most Popular Actress” in 2003. Wallace was additionally nominated for the “Best Actress”, “Best Dramatic Performance” and “Hero of the Year” awards in 2002, and Zoe's maternity was nominated “Best Storyline”. She was again nominated “Best Actress” from 2003 to 2006 consecutively, and shared “Best On-Screen Partnership” and “Best Exit” nominations with Richie in 2004 and 2006 respectively. In February 2011, following Kat's return to EastEnders, Wallace was nominated for Best Actress at the 2011 All About Soap Bubble Awards for her portrayal of Kat, and was also nominated alongside Richie for Best Comeback. She won the Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC) Award for “TV Soap Personality” in March 2011.
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Shane Richie revealed that viewers dislike seeing Kat and Alfie happy. Speaking to Inside Soap Richie commented: “People don't like it when Kat and Alfie are really happy. I never used to believe that, but I do this time around. The way that Jessie and I like to think of it is that there's the curtain in the Queen Vic that separates the bar from their home – until you go behind it, you'd never have any idea there were problems. The bar is Kat and Alfie's public stage.” With the possibility that Alfie could be the father of Tommy, Richie added: “As soon as I found out, I thought, 'If Alfie isn't infertile, then surely Tommy could be his son'. Jessie and I spoke about the dates of when Alfie was in prison, and when he saw Kat before she had the fling with Michael. The writers reckon they don't match up, but we think they do. Jessie is quite adamant about it!” Upon the return of Kat's father Charlie, Wallace said that this will provide a “big boost” to her character. Talking to We Love Telly, asked whether it's important for Kat to see Charlie again, Wallace replied: “Yes, definitely. With what happened the night they thought Tommy died, things were still unresolved for them. Although they cleared the air before he left, things weren't right between them, so to have him back with her now makes it all the more special. It's also Charlie that makes Kat realise that she needs to bond with Tommy. He makes her see that she can do this.” Discussing what type of mother Kat will be, Wallace added: “I think she wants to be the best mum possible. She knows that this is her second chance to make a go of it and she is determined to do a good job.” On 24 April 2004, it was announced that Wallace was pregnant with her first child and that she would take maternity leave from EastEnders later in the year. Wallace was intended to depart in December, however a pregnancy scare meant that she was forced to stop filming in August, and scripts featuring Kat subsequently had to be re-written. She returned to filming in February 2005 and made her on-screen return in May. Wallace signed a six-month contract in a reported bid to boost the show's ratings.
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