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Rock Rivals
Rock Rivals Titles.JPEG
Opening Credits Title
Format Drama
Created by Maureen Chadwick
Ann McManus
Starring Michelle Collins
Sean Gallagher
Alison Newman
Gary Cooke
Helen Modern
Sammy Glenn
Sol Herras
Lisa Dwan
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 8 (List of episodes)
Producer(s) Shed Productions
Element Pictures
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel ITV
Original airing 5 March 2008 - 23 April 2008
Related shows Bad Girls
Footballers' Wives
Waterloo Road
External links
Official website

Rock Rivals is a British television drama about the judges on a talent show with acts for ITV and TV3 Ireland broadcast between March and April 2008.

It was produced by Shed Productions, the company behind Footballers' Wives, Bad Girls and Waterloo Road.



The 8-part first series[1] was filmed from summer to autumn 2007 and delivered to ITV in Spring 2008. Michelle Collins said on Loose Women on 4 July that it would be filmed over a 4 month schedule and would probably air in January or February 2008.

On 2 July 2007 it was announced that former EastEnders actress Michelle Collins and former Coronation Street actor Sean Gallagher had both been cast for the lead roles of characters Karina Faith (Collins) and her husband Mal (Gallagher).[2]

Rock Rivals finally wrapped on Stage B of Ardmore Studios in Bray on Friday 16 November. Two alternative endings were filmed for the final episode. The viewing public were to get to vote for their favourite finalist and the appropriate version was to be aired.[3]


Rock Rivals follows the lives of two celebrity judges on a X Factor style show as their marriage falls apart. Simon Cowell[4] joined forces with Shed Media to produce the show.[5]



Series Guide


Series 1 (2008)

The first series began on Wednesday 5 March 2008 on ITV, and had a viewership of 3.9 million. On 13 March 2008 Rock Rivals lost 1 million viewers, down to 2.9. The third episode lost another 100,000 viewers on 19 March 2008 which gave them only 2.8 million. The fourth outing gave the series only 2.2 million viewers. However by the last episode Rock Rivals surged to 3 million according to The Guardian.[6]

DVD release

The first series of Rock Rivals was released in the UK on 28 April 2008[7].

Rock Rivals: Series One
Rock Rivals Series 1.JPEG Set Details Special Features
  • 8 Episodes
  • 3-Disc Set
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Subtitles: No
  • English (Stereo)
  • Alternative Ending
  • Making The Music
  • The Producer's Tale
  • Choosing The Winner
  • The Actor's Tale
  • The Contestan't Tale
  • My Favourite Scene
Release Dates
 United Kingdom  Australia  United States
28 April 2008


  1. ^ "New Drama Commissions", Shed Productions. URL last accessed 2007-04-27
  2. ^ "Michelle Collins lands 'Rock Rivals' role", Digital Spy. URL last accessed 2007-07-02
  3. ^ "Viewers choose who wins 'Rock Rival"
  4. ^ "Pop Idol to become an ITV Drama", Digital Spy. URL last accessed 2007-03-15
  5. ^ "Rock Rivals - Shed and Cowell join forces".
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Rock Rivals: Series 1 DVD Release Date".  

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