Head of Regional & Wildlife - Ray McCarthy

UPDATED: 09th November 2016

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.


RTE2 Series

We are also seeking pitches for high end formats and short documentary series for RTÉ 2

While this department previously focussed on a range of challenging and provocative subjects in the Reality Bites strand with documentaries like Asking For It, Rural Addiction, Born Addicted (mothers on methadone), Pitbull, looking at Irelands restricted dog breeds and their owners, Nightclub Medicine focusing on the fallout from drugs bought online, Irelands Sulky Racers, set in West Dublin and South Armagh and Rapid Response following emergency first responders.

We now want to shift focus from one offs to series ideas, with two recent examples Young Dumb and Deadly 3 x 52 min capturing the often unplanned criminal experiences of young people and a two part observational The Guards focusing on Gardai on the beat in Dublin city centre.

The is also an upcoming John Connors series shot in the US, 'Black Lives Matter' (working title)

We are open to a range of ideas and talent that could be put into development and piloted if necessary.
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 "RTÉ 2 Series"



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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