RTÉ Lifestyle

RTÉ Lifestyle

Head of Lifestyle: Grainne McAleer

Executive Producer: Teresa Smith

Updated: Friday 20th January 2017


Commissioning Brief

RTE Lifestyle Commissions into a number of slots across both channels.

We commission Factual Entertainment, Features, Formats and Observational Documentary Series for both pre and post-watershed slots on RTÉ ONE and RTÉ2.

RTÉ Lifestyle is home of wide range of RTÉ's most popular , high quality and impactful programmes. Recent and current commissions include: Operation Transformation, At Your Service, What Are you Eating, Room to Improve, Toughest Place To Be, First Date, You Should Really See A Doctor, Don't Tell the Bride.

We operate a rolling commissioning system as well as having specific call-outs for individual slots.


Factual Entertainment Series' for RTÉ2

Target Slot: (Contestable slot) Autumn 2017, Post-Watershed, RTÉ2

Episodes: 10-12 x 52

Cost: 55- 90k per episode (exclusive of format fees, if applicable").
Cost effective production models are particularly attractive.

Target Audience: 15 - 44, Broad but female skewed.

We are looking for formatted Factual Entertainment series for RTE2 for Autumn, 2017 and beyond. We need engaging and entertaining series that offer a broad audience an alternative to the Current Affairs on ONE.

First Dates and Don't Tell the Bride are two of our strongest and most consistent performers on 2. Both are positive, life -affirming, big hearted series which deliver stories, entertainment and emotional pay-off. Both are also rooted in real life events and are great casting vehicles. We need more of these series to build and maintain a loyal audience across the mid-week schedule on 2.

Series like The Island and Married at First Sight brought Factual Entertainment on from highly constructed, yet still compelling propositions like Masterchef and The Apprentice. Recent trends, including fixed rig, have given audiences even greater access to characters but the subjects and stories remain rooted in the real world. Whether you opt for a highly constructed or lightly formatted show, the central proposition must have a strong current relevance and be capable of developing into a long-running series. We may commission an acquired format but our preference is to grow a number of strong indigenous ones.

There are 10 slots in the autumn which may be filled by two short series or one series and a number of pilots.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
under the programme category: Lifestyle "Autumn 2017 Post Watershed RTÉ2"

Closing date for submissions: 12 noon - Monday 13th February 2017 STRICT DEADLINE


SLOT: 10 Hours Autumn 2017

BUDGET: 85K -95K per hour

TARGET: 15-44

We are looking for documentary singles, series and formats for RTÉ2 for autumn 2017.

The channel has broadcast a number of really strong docs that have resonated with younger audiences; many have been authored like the recent Louise O'Neill's Asking for It and Kevin McGahern's Boy Racers while others have been fresh approaches to timely subjects like Born Addicted and Pitbull. We are still looking for single docs for RTÉ2 but they have to be ideas that facilitate real engagement and talkability. The kind of subjects that catch fire before air and for which the audience is waiting. We are particularly keen on authored pieces from strong credible talent, preferably new to TV but with an existing profile.

We are also looking for documentary series. These should have a broad appeal but skew younger than RTÉ ONE. Fixed rig and observational shows around Health, Education or Law or Enforcement could work. So too could escapist and aspirational programming. The Shelbourne could have worked very well on RTÉ2, as could Home of the Year.

We are also keen to look at long-form lifestyle format ideas. While there are currently very few slots available for hour-long lifestyle on RTÉ ONE, there is room on RTÉ2 to grow at least one such series. Bear in mind that the appeal should be younger than RTÉ ONE but younger housekeepers with or without kids, are still interested in Money, Design, Health, Property and Jobs.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
under the programme category: Lifestyle "RTÉ2 Autumn 2017"

Closing date for submissions: Monday 27th February @ 12.00 noon - Strict Deadline


Rolling Round.

We are always looking for ideas that can be developed or commissioned for the following slots:

RTÉ ONE Mid-week and Sundays 20.30, half-hours, 6- 10 episodes (€40K - €55k per ep)

RTÉ ONE, Sundays 21.30, post-watershed, hour-long episodes 4 - 6 episodes (€80K - €95K per ep)

RTÉ2, Mid-week, post-watershed, series, hour long series (€ 55k to 80k per ep)*

RTÉ2, Reality Bites. Single, hour-long formats for RTE2 (€55,000 per episode).

BAI Proposals - Projects of scale that could play in one of the Lifestyle slots but are suitable for submission to the BAI Sound and Vision scheme.

*We are also open to ideas at 25 minute duration for both pre and post-watershed on RTE2, our preference however is for formats that work at an hour.

On RTÉ ONE, we are looking for programmes that appeal to a broad general audience, that offer emotional engagement as well as practical take-away.

We are looking for programmes that are original and innovative and for new presenters/experts who are talented and credible but who also have a sense of humour and fun. The Consumer Show, Supergarden, Operation Transformation, Home of the Year, At Your Service and The Shelbourne, What are You Eating, have all played in this slot.

For post-watershed on RTÉ ONE, we need great story telling, huge emotional engagement as well as strong presenting talent. These need to be stories of scale, capable of holding an audience for an hour. Our recent post-watershed commissions on ONE are Room to Improve and The High Hopes Choir.

On RTÉ2 the mood is lighter and bolder. We need to reflect the preoccupations and obsessions of 18 - 35 year olds. We must attract them to a linear viewing experience as well as satisfying their appetite for social and second screen engagement. We need to entertain and provoke. RTÉ2 successes need to have components that can be seeded virally in advance of viewing and that therefore can find their audience outside traditional TV promotional cycle. Humour is absolutely key to success on RTÉ2.

Recent Commissions from Lifestyle for RTÉ2 are: First Dates and Don't Tell the Bride, Toughest Place To Be


Format Farm

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.

*Please note budget ranges are indicative only, and proposals that can achieve lower costs per hour will be particularly attractive'.


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