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RTÉ Programme Sales close several International deals for Irish factual programming
22 May 2020 : News Desk
RTE's Incredible Homes.
RTÉ Programme Sales has confirmed a string of deals for its premium factual programming with broadcasters across Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.

Tyrone Productions and Create One’s landmark documentary series The Irish Revolution (3 x 60 mins) has been acquired by Finland’s state broadcaster YLE and France’s TF1 Histoire. Narrated by Cillian Murphy of Peaky Blinders fame, the 4K produced HD series tells the gripping story of how, against all odds, a small group of rebels forced the UK, then the world’s most powerful nation, to withdraw from Ireland in the wake of the First World War. The critically acclaimed documentary features rarely-seen archive footage, first-hand witness accounts, 3-D CGI mapping, dramatic visuals and contributions from some of Ireland’s finest writers and historians.

Global demand has also been strong for two home-renovation series fronted by Ireland’s top TV architect, Dermot Bannon. Incredible Homes, in which Bannon visits fabulous and unusual living spaces in the world’s coolest capitals, has been picked up by Canada’s TLN, South Africa’s The Home Channel, Australia’s Foxtel and BBC Poland. Room to Improve has also been sold to The Home Channel and Foxtel. Now in its 12th season on RTÉ, the series sees Bannon apply his creativity to an array of properties, some presenting quirkier challenges than others. 

Elsewhere, Donal Skehan’s Donal’s Meals in Minutes has been acquired by Hong Kong’s TVB and Australia’s Liftstyle Food. Skehan serves up a range of recipes in each episode, from speedy salads through tasty weeknight meals to lunchbox treats. Meanwhile Australia’s SBS Food has bought a culinary programming package including Donal’s Kitchen Hero (41 x 30), Donal’s Kitchen Feast 13 x 25’ and Donal’s Cook Eat Burn 6 x 30'. The series which has also been acquired by TLN in Canada follows Skehan as he undertakes a series of challenges and prepares healthy food designed for an active lifestyle. During the series Donal climbs Ireland’s highest mountain, goes kayaking, coasteering, rock climbing and abseiling, cycles the Green Way in Co Mayo and joins a boot camp in Dublin.

Edel Edwards, head of programme sales at RTÉ Programme Sales, said: “For years, we’ve represented the best of Ireland’s producers on the international market, delivering and overseeing third-party strategies for format and scripted deals, and pushing our factual fare as far and wide as possible. And that role has never been more important than it is right now, as we work to keep our incredibly talented Irish producers in business — and our broadcast partners supplied with a pipeline of premium content. These latest deals are a tribute to the diversity and creative quality that’s baked into Irish content.”

RTÉ Programme Sales exploits Irish content across all genres, including drama, documentary and formats, offering distinctive, high-quality content for broadcast on content platforms of all types worldwide. RTÉ Programme Sales represents a network of top Irish producers, both in-house and independent, whose quality content attracts global audiences. 

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