Children of the Revolution Nominated in the Best Documentary Single Category of the 2016 Irish Film and Television Awards This hour long programme was broadcast at 935pm on RTÉ1 on Easter Sunday, March 27th 2016, in the heart of the Easter Rising commemorations. Children of the Revolution followed Joe Duffy as he uncovered the stories of the 40 children killed during the Rising into the pages of history. Children of the Revolution focused on stories that have never been told before. Aged from 2 to 16, from every class & corner of Dublin life, they were more than just collateral damage. A century on, the sense of loss & outrage is undimmed and Children of the Revolution uncovered, retraced and catalogued for the first time, the lives & deaths of these unfortunate children. Achieving an audience share of 28.5% and with a reach of 1.3 million, here is what others thought of the programme
"Joe Duffy’s forensic breakdown … of the fate of the 40 children killed during the Rising … is masterful, moving and deeply felt." Patrick Freyne- Irish Times “Joe Duffy’s ground-breaking investigation into the young fatalities from the 1916 Rising … threw light on a dark corner of the Rising, an aspect that had been largely ignored until recently … Duffy has made a huge contribution to our state, its history and indeed its conscience and humanity.” Brendan O’Regan- The Irish Catholic “It’s clear how emotionally connected [Joe Duffy] feels to the stories, how real the children are to him … What this film does very well is capture the sense of chaos in the week and the tragedies of the deaths… by creating vivid stories about the too short lives of as Duffy says “a classroom of children”, the previously ignored collateral damage of the Rising.” Bernice Harrison- Irish Times
Road To Rio Nominated in the Best Sports Programme of the 2016 Irish Film and Television Awards This six part observational documentary series was first broadcast on RTÉ2 in May 2016. Road To Rio captured the ecstatic highs and crushing lows as Ireland's top athletes - across a range of disciplines - train, compete and try to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. The series followed the medal hopefuls as the tension built before big qualifying events as these athletes strived to reach Rio 2016. Focusing not just on the sporting achievements of the participants, Road To Rio also drew a clearer picture of these exceptional people and how they balance a world-class training regimes with living their everyday lives. You can keep up to date with the progress of our athletes by following @RTERoadToRio on Twitter- and you can see the feed below!
"Road to Rio: A rare glimpse of the human frailty behind Olympic dreams There’s a fascinating moment, among quite a few, in the first episode of RTÉ’s documentary Road to Rio... in which an Irish athlete wins a bronze medal long after he thought his race was lost – when “irregularities” are found in a Russian competitor’s “biological passport” – and another when a cyclist crashes out of Olympic contention, with an explosion of anger, through clerical error. You might tune in to a sports documentary for nail-biting anticipation and heart-pounding finish, but programme makers Darragh Bambrick and Dhruba Banerjee actually manage to exalt both its beauty and banality, its preparation and process." Peter Crawley- Irish Times
TMI TMI is the next generation of hidden camera show pranking internet-obsessed 18-25 year olds who share far too much information online. These millennials, who post almost every detail of their lives on the internet, will be perfect candidates for the TMI team who’ll use this digital footprint to confuse, bemuse and thrill. Using the online commentary of regular social media users, TMI will harvest their information to gently prank the internet obsessed generation while entertaining and informing the audience on the perils of posting Too Much Information online. Co- funded by DRG, this entertainment format was launched at MIPCOM 2016.
Playing Straight This hour long programme was first broadcast on Wednesday November 16th 2016 at 930pm on RTÉ2. Stephen Byrne is a television presenter, radio host, winner of YouTube’s Next Up Competition, a keen footballer and massive Chelsea fan. He is also gay. The ‘lack’ of gay footballers has long troubled him, and in Playing Straight he explored why soccer players from the grassroots to the highest leagues don’t come out, and tried to find out what makes the ‘people’s game’, a straight game. Featuring Stephen meeting Graeme Le Saux, Gareth Thomas, Robbie Rogers, Amal Fashanu and Alan Pardew, what he found was a game that is willing to push another generation of footballers back into the closet.