The hour-long Fair City special and new EastEnders spin-off Redwater reached dramatic ratings highs on RTÉ on Sunday night. Meanwhile, RTÉ has revealed the first clip of new thriller Paula

The Dublin-based soap was watched by 539,000 viewers while 495,000 people watched the new Kat and Alfie Moon drama later on Sunday night.  

In tense scenes in Carrigstown last night, things took a turn for the worst for Emmet (Daithí Mac Suibhne) as he found himself in grave danger at the hands of Ciaran (Johnny Ward).

Meanwhile on Redwater, produced by the BBC in association with RTÉ, viewers discovered the identity of Kat Moon's long-lost son, revealing the first of many secrets the villagers would prefer to leave hidden. 

The series, also starring Shane Richie, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Fionnula Flanagan, continues on RTÉ One for the next five Sunday nights at 9.30pm.

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Meanwhile, new RTÉ/BBC drama Paula debuts on RTÉ One on May 24 at 9.35pm. The three-part revenge thriller was written by acclaimed Dublin playwright Conor McPherson and stars Clare-born Denise Gough and Galway man Owen McDonnell, who starred in Single-HandedAn Klondike and An Bronntanas.

The series, which was filmed in Belfast, follows Gough's titular character through the fallout from a one-night stand with "a good-looking but dangerous ducker and diver". The cast also includes Victoria and Dare to Be Wild star Tom Hughes.

Tom Hughes

Gough won Best Actress at the Olivier Awards last year for her performance in People, Places and Things in London's West End. 

Conor McPherson, Denise Gough and Owen McDonnell 

Having previously starred in McPherson's adaptation of The Birds at Dublin's Gate Theatre, Gough has described her character in his new work as "a brilliantly complex woman". 

Denise Gough at the Olivier Awards in April, 2016

"He's written a script that I know all of us involved feel very privileged to be part of bringing to life," she said.

"Exploring new ways to tell stories is always an inspiring challenge and the opportunity to weave a drama across three evenings is one I have enjoyed immensely," added McPherson, whose other stage credits include The Seafarer and The Weir.

Having made his screen debut with the script with the 1997 comedy I Went Down, which starred Brendan Gleeson and future Moone Boy star Peter McDonald, McPherson went on to write and direct The EclipseThe Actors and Saltwater.

He has recently worked on the upcoming big screen adaptation of author Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh.