Broadcast: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30pm RTÉ2. Autumn/Spring 2022-2023
Duration: Series of 40-52 minutes. Four to twelve parts.
Budget Range: 70,000 – 90,000 per hour
"NB In exceptional circumstances budgets with a higher cost per hour may be considered. In such circumstances, Producers should supply details as to the background to the increased cost."
(in exceptional circumstances, budgets can be negotiated)
For RTÉ2 strong original or proven formats that make noise appeal to a generation engaged with multi online platforms as a daily way of life. First Dates is a true example of this. Also Original formats like Pulling With My Parents, The Two Johnnies do America, and Bernard O' Sheas Working Comics proved really popular and has resonance for many viewers. Authentic voices that are heard above social media clutter.
Formats are the leading the charge for post watershed on RTÉ2. Glow Up, First Dates, Ultimate Hell Week, were the mainstays of the RTE 2 schedule. We are looking for a new returnable series that sits well alongside formats like these. Pulling With My Parents and Selling Irelands Most Exclusive Houses are examples of this.
We are also open to commissioning one offs or short run short series, to road-test a small number of ideas which may develop into long form, returnable series.
We want to commission Popular Factual programming for the generation that is leading the change in Irish society. When not trying to find somewhere to live, millennials are using social media for most traditional Lifestyle offerings like dating, cooking or design so what can you develop to grab their attention while not alienating older audiences. First Dates is a good example.
Tone and access are very important here and we're looking for clever use of resources that will allow stories to be told in an authentic and fresh way.
It's much more difficult to establish strong, loyal audiences on RTÉ2 so big concepts that can make a lot of noise on social media can work as can really solid story-telling.
Hour-long and 40 minute slots allow more depth to stories and offer opportunities to deliver substantial and credible transformations. We would be interested in strong formats, either indigenous or bought in, with equally strong expert talent attached. We need another layer of engagement that brings in the general viewer and most of all we need big charismatic leads, in either the presenter or cast.
In popular factual we are most interested in formats or series that proves successful with the audience, can prove a unique Irish authenticity but can be renewed into multiple series.
We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system: Login | RTE (rtegroup.ie) under the programme category “Factual Popular Factual - RTÉ2 Tuesday & Thursday Post Watershed.
Ideally, we would prefer to receive programme proposals that correspond with the above advertised brief(s). However, if you have an idea that doesn't fit within these briefs and you think it might be of interest to us, please submit your proposal to the General Call-out. Please note that by submitting your proposal under this heading by no means implies that RTE are in any way compelled to commission your proposal.