Head of Regional & Wildlife - Ray McCarthy

UPDATED: 20th January 2017

Regional & Wildlife


Commissioning priorities:

The primary aim of this commissioning team is to enhance the RTÉ schedules on RTÉ One and RTÉ2, with innovative and thought- provoking programming, with a particular emphasis on producers from beyond the greater Dublin area.
This is achieved through a combination of full commissions of Observational series: Pet Surgeons, Making It Down Under, Stetsons & Stilettos (inside the world of country & Irish) and Daniel & Majellas B&B Roadtrip.

Recent documentaries include Asking for it?, 2 by 52 min Rural Addiction and I Am Irish, Immigrant,Traveller trilogy.
Returning series like CrimeCall and Ear to the Ground are mainstays on RTÉ one that deliver real public service content in an entertaining manner.

Key to the team's strategy is the identification of new ideas, the working-up of proposals with producers and, often, the funding of development. If proposals to us are more suited to the other areas, they'll be directed there.
Co Productions are also welcome. As well as the Stetsons & Stilettoes being co-produced with BBNI, we also had one off archaeology documentary: Irelands Treasures being co-produced with the BBC.
We are particularly interested in Programme production Support PSP where producers source potential sponsors (such as Dragons Den or Tracks & Trails) and if the proposal is accepted as a potential PSP series, then we will organize a letter for the producer outlining the potential transmission dates that can be shown to sponsors.


Observational Documentaries/Formats

Rolling Commissions

Transmission: Pre watershed RTÉ ONE

RTÉ is seeking one or more series for pre-watershed slots and these types of series are a key component of our Regional output .

Recent commissions included Pet Surgeons based in Gilabbey vets practice in Cork, Making it Down Under profiling the Australian experience or Stetsons and Stillettos which goes behind the scenes of the Country music scene. These have all performed well in prewatershed slots, highlighting the viewer appeal of a well-produced observational series.

These series offered an authentic insight into their own particular world through engaging characters. We are now looking for more observational type series that feature life and activities throughout the country as their touchstone. The priority for these commissions is to gain a fresh perspective on a lifestyle not previously featured in our schedules.

We are open to a wide range of ideas, everything from the setting up of a new venture to observing an established team of professionals in action. The characters and their experiences unearthed in the programmes should ideally display elements of grit and charm.

The series can be filmed over an extended period of time and unfettered access is a key driver. Producers should indicate the types of scenarios they see unfolding throughout the series.

In terms of new formats, recent pilot commissions include business makeover show Farmer in charge and property programme, Goodbye House. Are there ideas out there that capture Ireland emerging from recession, with a renewed sense of optimism and spending? Is there a new property/health/personal finance format?

Potential formats will be put into development.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
under the programme category: Regional "Observational Documentary/Formats".



Current Wildife output includes Living The Wildlife and the upcoming BAI funded series Deep Ocean.
Living the Wildlife has been successfully running for eight years and has done a formidable job in often challenging conditions.

As always, there a requirement to refresh the schedule. Are there new ways to tell the story of Irelands wildlife and how can this be captured?.

Is there a new way to capture the public imagination with innovative specials or Live events?

In addition, we have a number of promising blue chip Natural History series in development but are always looking for suitable ambitious ideas with convincing talent attached, suitable for BAI support in each round.

It is advisable to get these ideas in early so a discussion period can take place in anticipation of BAI submission

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
https://e-commissioning.rte.ie/SWIFT.Web/skins/rte/login.aspx under the programme category Regional "Wildlife "


Format Farm

The last Format Farm saw new formats, Farmer in Charge , (focusing on business makeovers), and Goodbye House (based on downsizing) being put into development.

I am open to new format ideas throughout the year that could potentially go into development for either RTÉ One or RTÉ2.

We are always looking for ideas that can be developed or commissioned for Format Farm.

For more information on Format Farm please click here.


Please note:

The discussion of, or initial interest in, a proposal does not represent a commitment to commission by RTÉ and should not be understood as such. Commissioning decisions will reflect the quality of proposals received and the scheduling priorities operating at the time. RTÉ's financial position will also be a factor.

Any proposals previously submitted to RTÉ in categories listed here, and which were rejected on a first reading in a previous Round, should not be re-submitted and will not be reconsidered.

All proposals should be submitted via our e-Commissioning system.


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