RTÉ Lifestyle

Head of Lifestyle: Grainne McAleer

Executive Producer: Teresa Smith

Updated: Friday 10th July 2015


Lifestyle Programmes

RTÉ 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 RTE's most popular, high quality and impactful programmes. Recent and current commissions include: Operation Transformation, At Your Service, Room to Improve, The High Hopes Choir, The Unemployables, Connected, The Shelbourne and Don't Tell the Bride.

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

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)*

RTE2, 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 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 RTÉ 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: Don't Tell the Bride, Connected, Norah's Traveller Academy, Exiles, Camden Chaos, Bressie's Teenage Kicks and The Verminators.


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


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.


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