Head of Regional & Wildlife - Ray McCarthy

UPDATED: 02nd October 2017


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 x 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.


Wildlife/Natural History

RTÉ is seeking Wildlife/Natural History proposals suitable for submission to the BAI in future rounds for RTÉ One. Current series in production are:

Irelands Deep Atlantic, 3 by 52 min series which explores the hidden world of the deep Atlantic and the amazing creatures that inhabit it.

Ireland in Four Seasons, 4 x 52 min series exploring Ireland's natural world over the course of one year and its four seasons. From wildlife to weather to blooming landscapes, from farming cycles to nature's ancient rhythms, each programme will weave together the magic of one season - three months of enormous transition sweeping across our island.

Last year's Wild Cities 4 x 52 min gave us an intriguing new insight into the lesser spotted experience of urban wildlife and introduced four promising presenters.

These series offer an authentic insight into their own particular world through authoritative presentation, first class wildlife filming, and engaging characters.

We are now looking for new "Blue Chip" series proposals that feature wildlife and the natural world throughout the country as their touchstone.

The priority for these commissions is to gain a fresh perspective on a world not previously featured in our schedules. We are open to a wide range of ideas - the more ambitious the better.

The series can be filmed over an extended period of time and utilise the latest in filming technology.

We are open to putting some promising ideas into development.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into RTÉ's eCommissioning system:
under the programme category: Regional "Wildlife/Natural History ".


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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