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#IFTNmarkets: RTE Programme Highlights include Fair City, Room to Improve and Bridget & Eamon
29 Mar 2018 :
RTE at MIPTV - Bridget & Eamon

RTE is attending MIPTV in April, and will be based at their stand in the Palais: P-1.A82

Representatives from the broadcaster at the Palais are Edel Edwards, Head of Programme Sales, Jane Gogan, Head of Drama, Dermot Horan, Director of Acquisitions & Co-Productions, Adrian Lynch, Director of Channels, Audience & Marketing, and Brian Walsh, Deputy Director of Acquisitions.

They’re bringing the following highlights as part of their programme sales:

DRAMA Fair City 30’ episodes
Fair City is the most popular and long running soap on any channel in Ireland. The programme first aired on RTÉ One in 1989 with one episode a week for a limited run. By 1999, the soap was entertaining viewers three times weekly.  Now, in its 28th year, the award winning drama is watched by an average of almost half a million viewers four nights a week.
Family and community have always been at the heart of Fair City with storylines reflecting the values and mores of community life across Ireland, making it hugely popular with viewers. Over the past 28 years, Fair City has tackled many topical and sometimes controversial storylines previously unseen on Irish television.
The storytelling is universal in nature yet specific to its location in north Dublin City and stories are told in a way that can be tragic, witty and poignant. This is a drama that has broad appeal for all audiences.
COMEDY Bridget and Eamon 20 x 30’
Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O’Shea are back for a third season of the award winning comedy series.
In series 3, Bridget & Eamon accidentally star in a porn video, they both join a sports team, start rival radio stations and open a video shop in the house.
 In other episodes Bridget goes to extreme lengths to get on the bus to Lourdes, Eamon gets into a fight and he runs a Wolf of Wall Street style market research company and Bridget’s Mother comes for Sunday lunch with her new young boyfriend. In this year’s Christmas Special, Bridget fakes Eamon’s death but he still turns up at his own wake.
My Big Day: Home or Away is an exciting and entertaining original format where one couple is given the services of two top class wedding planners. One planner arranges a wedding at home, in Ireland, one plans a wedding away, somewhere fabulous and foreign.
After considering all the options and all the variables, the couple chooses the winning venue.  At the end of the programme we see all the family and friends of the couple witness them tying the knot at their dream location.
We follow the couple as they embark on a future together alongside the fun of a competition between two wedding planners, and essentially between two dream weddings.
The two wedding planners are competing against one another to win the trust and the hearts of the couple. Enough trust to allow them plan the biggest day of their lives.
FACTUAL The Great Lighthouses of Ireland 4 x 60’
This series tells the story of Ireland’s lighthouses and their continuing importance to the country’s survival. 
For all their romance and mystery, lighthouses remain a vital part of the countries maritime infrastructure.  This series illustrates our dependence on the sea, our battle with the elements, the engineering, history, science and above all the people behind these extraordinary buildings, and the pivotal role they have played in historic events. 
Visually spectacular, historically fascinating and with a compelling narrative and a large cast, the series has all the ingredients needed for a thought-provoking but popular success. 
FACTUAL Jesus: Countdown to Calvary 1 x 60’
Hugh Bonneville reveals how a perfect storm of political intrigue, power struggles and clashing religious passions combined, in a single week, to cause the event that changed the world: the killing of Jesus.
Countdown to Calvary offers a revolutionary new telling of “the greatest story ever told” – the story of an itinerant Jewish healer and preacher, who went from hero to victim in a single week, 2000 years ago, and ended up dead on a cross. 
For the first time on television, world-renowned actor and Cambridge theology graduate, Hugh Bonneville, sets out to discover why that one execution, in a century when as many as 500 people were crucified by the Romans in single day, had such seismic, lasting and global impact, for better and for worse. 
He uses all the investigative and storytelling tools at his disposal to reveal the context, characters and chain of events behind the week that changed the world. In the process, he finds that this is no dusty religious story, but a political thriller, shot through with intrigue, spin, conspiracy, power battles, betrayal and terror.
LIFESTYLE NY & LA Homes 2 x 60’
Ireland’s most popular TV architect Dermot Bannon visits some stunning and unusual homes in two very different American cities – New York and L.A.  
On his busman’s holiday, Dermot meets homeowners, architects and realtors who show him award-winning homes and introduce him to some incredible living spaces and experiences.
He begins his New York odyssey at a penthouse in a TriBeCa skyscraper with a million dollar view,  followed by a Hamptons super home complete with basketball court and driving range, and the architectural wonder that is the ‘Farmhouse in a Hangar’ in New Jersey.
In La he visits a dream, floating glass house with spectacular views; the shimmering mirage Gold House in the Joshua Tree dessert; and meets the Irish contractors building multi-million dollar homes on Billionaire's Row
Sometimes it is the homes themselves and sometimes it is the people behind the homes that are the star of these two stand alone shows.
LIFESTYLE Room to Improve, Series 11 8 x 60’
The nation’s favourite architect, Dermot Bannon, is back.  Backed up (and occasionally backed down) by the sobering influence and steely-eyed determination of no-nonsense QS Lisa O’Brien, Dermot sets out to create dream homes for a diverse range of clients in locations from the city suburbs to the wilds of the west country.
How will the urbane architect fare as he accepts a challenge from singer Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella to reconfigure their beloved home in Kincasslagh, west Donegal? Daniel pretends he couldn’t care less but, determined to achieve her ideal home, Majella proves more than a match for Dermot.
There will be high expectations to meet, dreams to conjure, builders to placate, budgets to massage, clients to calm and visions to sell, as one single-minded architect comes face-to-face with seven of his most demanding builds yet.
LIFESTYLE Donal’s Meals in Minutes 7 x 30’
Donal uses his skills to give viewers a bullet proof guide to quick cooking, using one pan dinners, 5 ingredient suppers and shop bought cheat meals.
LA based Chef Donal Skehan’s new cookery series brings him home to teach viewers everything they need to know about modern meals by learning lots of tips, hints and cooking hacks. After spending a year on the move in different kitchens around the world, before settling in LA last  year, Donal realised the need for quick cooking meals with little equipment for the time strapped home cook. 
This series is all about meals for the modern cook; just because they are quick cooking doesn’t mean that you compromise on taste a flavour.
LIFESTYLE Grow, Cook, Eat 7 X 30’
Grow Cook Eat is a new series about how you can grow your own food: you can grow vegetables and fruit in a very small garden, or even in containers on an apartment balcony, you don’t need half an acre or a poly tunnel to do it.  
Each programme focuses on a particular vegetable and takes us through the entire process, from sowing the seed, to harvesting and to cooking.  
This is a practical series, aimed at people with little or no knowledge, but who like the idea of being able to grow at least something themselves. As well as the step-by-step guides to growing vegetables, there are features on building raised beds, making a compost heap and improving soil fertility. 
Each programme ends with a recipe using the featured vegetable and cooked by one of our two chefs featured in the series.

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