RTÉ Specialist Factual Commissioning Brief
The Specialist Factual brief covers any content for linear or on-line that deals with History, Natural History, Wildlife, Agriculture, Science, Education, Diversity and, on occasion, one-off docs about sport and music.
Duration: 52 minutes – one offs and short series. Pre-watershed half hour series up to six parts.
Budget Range: 70,000 – 110,000 per hour (in exceptional circumstances, budgets can be negotiated)
Broadcast: Tuesdays and Thursdays 22:15pm RTÉ One. Mondays 9:30pm RTÉ One. Sundays 6:30pm RTÉ One. Spring/Autumn 2019-20
RTÉ has a distinguished track record with its output in these areas :- recent examples include ‘2016’, ‘Ireland’s Deep Atlantic’, ‘A Wild Irish Year’, ‘Cloud Control’, ‘Hacked’, ‘Autism And Me’, ‘Condemned To Remember’ and ‘Crash And Burn’.
Recent high-profile, cross-platform strands include ‘John Connors : The Travellers’, ‘Big Week On The Farm’, ‘Stressed’ and ‘Making Ireland Click’, all of which incorporated strong, self-standing on-line aspects and assets.
The slate plays mostly on RTÉ One – Mondays and Wednesdays at 9.35, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.15, primarily – but can also play, when appropriate, on RTÉ 2. Short half-hour series also play in pre-watershed on RTÉ One.
Upcoming projects include ‘The Voting Age’, a live, 90-minute event to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 General Election, ‘The Game’, a cinematic three-part series on the story of Ireland through the history of hurling, ‘Life Before Independence’, a one-off social history doc, ‘Rome Vs The Republic, an authored look at the relationship between the Irish state and the Catholic Church and ‘The Leaving’, a first-person doc on the impact - on numerous generations - of the state’s best known second-level exam, told through the experiences of someone who goes back to repeat it ten years on.
Other projects in development include a stripped, live event for Science Week during November, 2018, a multi-part, pre-watershed series on animal biology, a youth-focused one-off on mental health and a two-part strand on Daniel O’Connell.
All new proposals should, where possible, state plans for digital additionality. The slate is especially keen on dual-platform story-telling, and in exploring fresh opportunities in this regard. Proposals with fully-formed cross-media potential outlined are especially welcome.
Projects that can endure post-transmission – as learning tools, public education pieces or research-aids - will be given special consideration. ‘Making Ireland Click’, ‘John Connors : The Travellers’, ‘Condemned To Remember’ and the long-running global affairs series, ‘What In The World’, are recent examples.
This slate also takes a broad view of on-screen and off-screen talent. Among those who are currently leading our output are Aine Lawlor, Ella McSweeney, Caitrióna Crowe, David McCullagh, Jennifer O’Connell, Prof. Ian Robertson, Orla Murphy, Prof. Peter Wilson, Richard Sadlier and Tim Joyce.
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 Factual Specialist “Specialist Factual General”
For more information, please visit: https://about.rte.ie/commissioning/commissioning-briefs/rte-specialist-factual/