RTÉ One (Irish: RTÉ a hAon) is the flagship television channel of
Raidió Teilifís Éireann
Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), and it is the most popular and most
watched television channel in Ireland. It was launched as Telefís
Éireann on 31 December 1961, it was renamed RTÉ in 1966, and it was
renamed as RTÉ 1 upon the launch of RTÉ 2 in 1978. RTÉ is funded
partly by the licence fee; the remainder of the funding is provided by
commercial advertising. Because RTÉ is funded partly by the licence
fee it shows considerably fewer advertisements than most other
channels available in
Ireland and Northern Ireland.
RTÉ One is available to 98% of the Irish population in High
Definition on the
Saorview DTT service. It is carried on all the
digital television services in the
Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland such as Sky
Virgin Media Ireland
Virgin Media Ireland and Magnet Networks. It is also
Northern Ireland via
Saorview overspill, the UK Freeview
service, satellite provider Sky, and cable provider Virgin Media. The
channel is also available online through RTÉ Live.
RTÉ One HD
RTÉ One +1
5.1 2015/2016 Season
News and current affairs
5.3.1 Cláracha Gaelige
Drama and comedy
5.6.1 Chat shows
5.6.2 Game shows/quiz shows
5.6.4 Reality TV
5.8 Young people's programmes
5.11 Imported programming
6 On-air identity
9 External links
RTÉ One began life as Telefís Éireann in 1961. It was renamed
simply as RTÉ in 1966, upon the renaming of the Radio Éireann
Authority as Radio Telefís Éireann, and became RTÉ 1 upon the
launch of RTÉ 2 in 1978. Originally the station broadcast in black
and white throughout the country using the European 625-line standard,
as well as on the
405-line television system
405-line television system in the northern and
eastern parts of the country; since the mid-50s, many people in these
areas already had 405-line TV sets receiving
BBC and UTV/HTV
transmissions from Wales and Northern Ireland. A standards
conversion unit was used to provide the 405-line service, but when
this electronic device failed, optical conversion was used, reportedly
by directing a 405-line camera at a 625-line monitor. The first
programme to be pre-recorded for the new television service was The
School Around the Corner, an interview/quiz show created and presented
Paddy Crosbie and produced by James Plunkett.
PAL colour transmissions began in 1968, and the first programme made
and transmitted in colour was "John Hume's Derry." The first outside
broadcast in colour for
RTÉ Television was the 1971 Railway Cup
Finals (Gaelic Athletic Association), and soon after that, the
Eurovision Song Contest 1971
Eurovision Song Contest 1971 from Dublin. In the 1970s the studios
in RTÉ's Television Centre started being equipped for colour, the
first was the news studio in 1974, studio 2 in 1975 and finally studio
1 (the largest studio, used for productions such as The Late Late
Show) in 1976.
RTÉ was also the sole
Irish TV channel until 1978, when RTÉ 2 (known
as Network 2 between 1988 and 2004) was created. The Irish language
TG4 began in 1996 as Teilifís na Gaeilge (TnaG). Since
RTÉ One also competes with TV3.
Since it began broadcasting,
RTÉ One has competed with
BBC One and
UTV and in 1980s RTÉ began competing with other satellite and cable
channels that are widely available across
Ireland through cable
subscription services due to the high take up of cable TV from
pan-European and UK channels since the 1960s, and the continued roll
MMDS and satellite during the 1980s and 1990s.
RTÉ Television would only broadcast from 17:35 until
around 23:30 during the Winter months. In 1975 this changed slightly
with transmission starting at around 15:30 and concluding around
midnight (00:00). 24-hour broadcasts began in the late 1990s. In 1988,
RTÉ One launched a schedule with a new news bulletin at 13:00. In the
RTÉ One did not offer "breakfast television" but since 2013 the
station now airs an early morning current affairs show called Morning
Edition which also simulcast on RTÉ
News Now, TV3 is the only
indigenous broadcaster in direct competition for this early morning
Ireland AM since 1999.
RTÉ One during the Olympics and
special breaking news or election coverage, will provide a special
bulletin in the mornings.
On 6 July 2017,
RTÉ One extended its on-air hours, the channel now
started at 6:00am rather than the later 6:20 am.
RTÉ One HD
RTÉ One HD was launched on 16 December 2013.
RTÉ One is now broadcast solely in High Definition (HD) on the
national DTT service Saorview, with the Standard Definition simulcast
ending on 2 April 2014. However RTÉ still provides a Standard
Definition (SD) output of
RTÉ One to pay television operators on
cable and satellite, for those subscribers who still have equipment
that does not support HD.
RTÉ Television decided to launch the new HD service just before the
Christmas period to draw audiences attention to the new service
available to viewers. RTÉ have started to convert their main
production studios to HD, the first being studio 5 in 2012, which is
used mainly for sports productions. Any programmes still made in
standard-definition are upscaled on the channel and it is intended
that the vast majority of the channel's output will be in
high-definition in due course.
RTÉ One in SD will continue to be
Virgin Media Ireland
Virgin Media Ireland until more of their customers have
upgraded to HD.
Sky Ireland launched the channel on 14 December 2015, as part of a new
long-term partnership with RTÉ, however the channel hasn't been made
available on Sky UK's
Northern Ireland EPG. In response to queries,
RTÉ currently advises
Northern Ireland Sky subscribers to contact Sky
on the matter whereas Sky replies that it's an issue for RTÉ as to
whether they make their HD channel available.
RTÉ One +1
A timeshift channel for
RTÉ One (
RTÉ One +1) was launched on 27 May
2011 and shares channel space with RTÉjr. The channel was
made available on
Saorview from its launch, UPC
Ireland replaced City
RTÉ One +1 on 13 March 2012.
Reeling in the Years
Reeling in the Years does
not broadcast on this channel.
It was referred to as
RTÉ One Deferred in the Easy TV commercial DTT
multiplex application, Easy TV was made up of RTÉ NL and UPC
Ireland. RTÉ had also plans to create a third channel called RTÉ
Three along with
RTÉ One Deferred as reported in the Sunday Business
Post in May 2008.
RTÉ Three was dropped for the alternative RTÉ Plus/RTÉjr. RTÉ Plus
would have initially been a time shift channel for RTÉ One's prime
time schedule, starting each night at 7 pm after
RTÉjr ends for
the night. This "Phase 1" of RTÉ plus was to begin broadcasting in
May 2011. "Phase 2" of RTÉ Plus was to be made up of an entirely
different schedule to that of RTÉ One, RTÉ had hoped that this would
be made available in May 2012. Minister Pat Carey gave the go
RTÉ One +1 for a maximum of 4 years at which point it will
be reviewed. He did not give permission for the second phase in the
channel as he was advised by the BAI that it may cause problems for
commercial service providers such as TV3.
As part of a new long-term partnership with Sky,
RTÉ One +1 launched
on Sky channel 115 on 14 December 2015, moving
RTÉ2 HD down to
The following figures were issued by RTÉ as part of their Annual
reports 2008 and 2012
Network and other related costs
Profit and Loss
Breakdown of Irish Productions
The table below outlines RTÉ One's total in-house and commissioned
programming by genre in 2008 and 2012:
News, Current Affairs and Weather
Young Peoples Programming
On 13 August 2015,
RTÉ One revealed its 2015/2016 line-up. As part of
the new schedule two new dramas will debut on the channel these
include the four-part drama series Clean Break (2015) and five-part
drama series Rebellion (due in 2016). The 2015/2016 schedule has a
stronger focus on documentaries and a lesser focus on domestic drama
when compared to previous seasons.
RTÉ One airs a variety of programmes each week, both homegrown
programming and imported programming. A typical week of programming on
RTÉ One would be as follows: On Sunday night RTÉ's flagship talent
The Voice of Ireland
The Voice of Ireland airs at 18.30, with the results show
following soap opera
Fair City at 20.30. Dragon's Den airs at 21.30 on
Sunday nights. On Monday nights at 21.35, there is a questions and
answers style show called
Claire Byrne Live hosted by Claire Byrne.
The long running chat show The Late Late Show hosted by Ryan Tubridy
airs Friday nights from 21.35, it is the longest running chat show in
the world. On Saturday night, game show The Million Euro Challenge
airs at around 20.15,
The Saturday Night Show
The Saturday Night Show airs at around 21.45,
similar to The Late Late Show it has a variety of celebrity guests and
music performances. Irish soap opera
Fair City airs four times a week
on RTÉ One, it airs Sundays at 20:30, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at
20.00, and Wednesdays at 19.30,
Fair City is similar to the British
format for soap operas such as Coronation Street.
RTÉ One also airs
British soap opera
EastEnders weekly at the same times as
RTÉ One also air a host of films throughout the week including the
midweek movie on Wednesday at 21:30 and the big big movie (usually a
children's film) Saturdays at 18:30.
RTÉ One also air news coverage
throughout the week including a 13:00, 18:00, and 21:00 news broadcast
News and current affairs
Main article: RTÉ
News and Current Affairs
News and Current Affairs provides all of RTÉ One's
Current Affairs Programming.
News and current affairs television programmes include:
RTÉ News: One O'Clock
RTÉ News: Six One
RTÉ News: Nine O'Clock
RTÉ News: Headlines (broadcast at regular intervals in the morning,
early afternoon and at night)
News with Signing
Current Affairs Programming
Prime Time Investigates
Claire Bryne Live
The Week in Politics
One To One
News and Current Affairs coverage of all major political events
such as General Elections, Budgets, Local and European Elections and
Referendums. Since 2000 RTÉ has covered the US Presidential Elections
live. It also covers major political stories from the Northern Irish
Assembly, including elections.
RTÉ as a public service broadcaster is committed to providing
awareness about the diverse communities found within Ireland. RTÉ
aims to providing access to different groups through different
RTÉ Diversity provides awareness of Ireland's multicultural society.
From 2002, RTÉ produced a weekly multicultural show called Mono.
The show aired between 2002 and 2005 and had a similar format as
Nationwide; but focused more on multicultural issues and had reports
from all parts of the country. The show was produced by Kairos
Communications for RTÉ and was presented by Shalini Sinha.
RTÉ Diversity commissions a monthly show for individuals with hearing
impairments or deafness. Hands On (originally called Sign of the
Times) airs every Sunday morning. The show is presented using Irish
Sign Language. The show is also subtitled using Irish or English
subtitles. In 2009, the number of Hands On programmes were reduced by
60%, from 20 to 7.
Diversity has also been showcased on RTÉ Dramas:
The Riordans and
Glenroe featured several characters from the Irish Travelling
Fair City and The Clinic have showcased a broader range of
diversity which includes members of the Roma community,
African heritage, Eastern Europe and other ethnic minorities groups in
In April 2010, RTÉ revealed a new multicultural programme which will
air from March 2011. The show has a budget of €45,000 per
In 1967 RTÉ produced a number of Irish programmes to help people
learn the Irish Language,
Buntús Cainte was presented by Máire
O'Neill and Aileen Geoghegan. In the early 1990s they co-produced
a similar show with
Northern Ireland called Now You're Talking it
was based around the Ulster Dialect of Irish. In they early 2000s they
produced a new series called Turas Teanga presented by newsreader
Sharon Ní Bheoláin.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) continuity is
provided through the Irish Language. During this week they also have a
range of shows that promote the learning or use of the Irish language.
In 2010 they produced An Cór with Fiachna O Braonáin.
RTÉ also produce the highly successful Irish Language documentary
strands Leargás, Scannal and CSÍ (These are first shown on RTÉ One
with repeats on TG4).
Nuacht RTÉ provides a round-up of the day's
events at 17:40 each weekday.
In the early years of Teilifís Éireann most of the educational shows
were aimed at children such as Dáithí Lacha. In more recent years
they have produced literacy programmes for adults such as Read, Write,
Now presented by Derek Mooney.
Nationwide is RTÉ's main regional programme, in 2010 Gala began
sponsoring the show. The shows average audience for 2009 was 400,000
viewers. The show began airing in the early 1990s. In 1999
RTÉ tested opt out for Dublin, Cork and Galway on UHF signals,
however Chorus (a
Dublin cable operator at the time) aired the Galway
edition, while NTL (the other
Dublin cable operator aired the Dublin
version). RTÉ do not provide local opt-out or regional news.
However RTÉ Cork produces a number of other Irish shows. Capital D
was a programme for
Dublin (similar in style to Nationwide), presented
by Anne Cassin, it took a look at issues in Dublin. The programme did
not return in 2012.
Ear to the Ground
Ear to the Ground is a farming magazine show.
Nationwide is produced by RTÉ Factual while
Ear to the Ground
Ear to the Ground is
produced by Independent Films for RTÉ.
Drama and comedy
In 1961 as Teilifís Éireann got ready to begin broadcasting it
Hilton Edwards as head of Drama, he was heavily involved in
Irish theatre at the time. At this early stage they produced many
international and local plays for television audiences such as
Antigone, The Wild Duck, The Fire Raisers, The Government Inspector,
The Physicists, Martine, The Well of the Saints, Candida, The Man of
Destiny, In the Shadow of the Glen, Church Street, The Field, The
Plough and the Stars,
The Shadow of a Gunman and The Hostage. Both of
Edwards' successors Jim Fitzgerald and Chloe Gibson would continue
with stage play adaptations but would also look for original dramas
Hugh Leonard adapted James Joyce's
Dubliners under the
Dublin and in 1966 he wrote
Insurrection an 8-part real-time
series which depicted the events of the
1916 Easter Rising
1916 Easter Rising which was
broadcast on Easter Week on the 50th anniversary of the rising, it was
RTÉ biggest drama production of the 1960s, involving on location
filming and the Army. In its first ten years on the air RTÉ produced
103 plays of which 66% were Irish and 50% began life as stage plays.
Half of the drama produced came from serials such as the
Tolka Row which began broadcasting in 1964 and finished in
1968. In terms of population RTÉ was one of Europe's biggest
producers of television drama.
The Riordans began broadcasting, this would begin the Wesley
Burrowes trilogy of Irish Agrisoaps (Agricultural based dramas), it
was followed by
Bracken in 1978 (and was aired on RTÉ One) as Gabriel
Byrne's character (Pat Barry) moved from
Wicklow and in
1982 two of Bracken's main characters Dinny and Milie Byrne moved to
Glenroe which ran until 2001.
In the 1970s RTÉ produced several urban dramas set outside Dublin.
'The Burke Enigma began in 1975 and was RTÉ's first police procedural
something that they did not return to very often. Partners in Practice
was RTÉ's first medical drama and was loosely based on successful TV
formats from aboard such as Emergency Ward 10, Dr. Finlay's Casebook,
Marcus Welby M.D. and Dr. Kildare. Partners in Practice was set in the
new sprawling suburban
Dublin in the fictional town of Sallybawn.
Sallybawn was based on the new 1970s sprawling developments such as
Tallaght. The series was set in the fictional Sallybawn Health Centre.
It ran for one season in 1972 and was written by Carolyn Swift. In
Louis Lentin became head of RTÉ
Drama having produced Uncle
Vanya (1970), King of Friday's Men (1967) and King of the Castle
(1977). He started Thursday Playdate, these were once of plays
which dramatized current events and current affairs in Ireland. He
would also be responsible for The Spike a controversial drama that was
to run for 10 weeks only to be taken of the after the fifth episode.
Problems surrounded both the content (A very critical look at the VEC
system in Irish Education) and poor scriptwritting to deal with major
RTÉ One had a major success with 1980s
Strumpet City based on the
James Plunkett about the 1913
Dublin Lockout. It was
successfully sold around the world to various countries including the
USSR. The Year of The French was a major follow up period drama with
twice the production budget as Strumpet City, however it was not as
successful. The Year of The French was one of the many co-productions
that RTÉ produced during the 1980s, it was co-produced with the UK's
Channel 4 and France's FR2.
In 1983 RTÉ produced a
World War II
World War II drama titled Caught in a Free
State. The four-part series was set against the backdrop of Irish
Neutrality during the Second World War. It surrounded the true stories
of German Spies in Ireland. The series was a co-production with
Channel 4. Other Channel 4/RTÉ co-productions from the 1980s include
The Irish R.M. and Echoes.
In the mid-1980s RTÉ developed a sitcom called Leave It to Mrs
O'Brien which centred on the housekeeper of a Parish Priest. It is
often quoted as one of the comedies which shows that RTÉ cannot
produce good comedy. The series was a critical and audience failure.
RTÉ would not produce another sitcom until the mid-1990s, while being
criticized for not commissioning another series that featured a Parish
In 1989, RTÉ returned with a new drama series based in
called Fair City. In 2010, the show has celebrated its 20th
anniversary since it first broadcast. The show continues to air four
nights a week on RTÉ One.
RTÉ One began to broadcast TG4's soap Ros na Rún. The show
initially broadcast for a short season each year. The show no-longer
airs on RTÉ One, but instead airs each night on TG4. The show also
airs on television in Scotland and America. In 1994 RTÉ broadcast
Family by Roddy Doyle, a co-production with the BBC.
In 1993 RTÉ produced a sitcom set in a newspaper office called Extra!
Extra! Read All About It! (also known as Extra! Extra!). It was poorly
received, critics stating the scripts lacked any humour and that the
direction was poor. Reviewing the programme for the Sunday
Colm Tóibín called it "probably the worst
programme RTÉ has ever shown". The Irish Times' Brendan Glacken
was equally scathing: "Speaking of Extra! Extra!, as I am afraid we
still must, even seasoned RTÉ observers seem unable to answer the
question why a series so pathetically weak should have been allowed to
reach the screen at all". The
Irish Independent later listed it as
one of the worst
Irish TV shows ever.
In the mid-1990s RTÉ return to sitcom with the development of
Upwardly Mobile which ran for 3 seasons. The series was a critical
failure but it often land in RTÉ top programmes each week. At the
same time British station
Channel 4 commissioned Father Ted, which
RTÉ is often incorrectly accused of turning down. RTÉ would not
return to sitcoms until 2001 when The Cassidys appeared on RTÉ Two
this was also a failure however two other successive comedies appeared
in the same year on RTÉ Two,
Bachelors Walk and Paths to Freedom.
RTÉ One's next comedy series would not appear until 2003 with the
arrival of Killinaskully.
In the late 1990s RTÉ co-produced many period dramas based on novels
by significant modern day Irish novelists, such as Falling for a
Dancer and Amongst Women. They also produced the police procedural
Making the Cut and its spin-off series DDU.
As a replacement for the axed rural soap
Glenroe RTÉ commissioned On
Home Ground, surrounding a rural GAA club. The series was not well
received and was replaced in 2003 by The Clinic. The Clinic was an
award-winning primetime television medical drama series produced by
Parallel Film Productions for RTÉ. The show ran for seven seasons
between September 2003 to November 2009. The last ever episode aired
RTÉ One on Sunday, 15 November 2009. The show was so successful
that it also aired in Finland, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland,
Scotland and Portugal.
Since 2000 RTÉ has increased its output of specialized dramas. These
drama's have discussed a broad range of issues such as the Irish
Hepatitis C scandal in No Tears (2002) which featured Academy
Award Winner Brenda Fricker.
In 2003 RTÉ returned to comedy with the rural based Killinaskully
series. The series was produced by Irish Comedian Pat Shortt. The
series was a critical failure but according to one critic this was due
to the rural/urban divide and "because TV critics tend to stand very
firmly on one side of that gap, they have seldom attempted to
understand the popularity of something so old-fashioned, predictable
and lazy.". The series was a huge audience success for the channel
often getting over 500,000 every Sunday night, with its Christmas
specials becoming some of Ireland's most watched TV programmes during
In 2004 RTÉ co-produced with Denmark's TV2 a gritty drama series
based on criminality in
Dublin City. Proof aired for two seasons and
starred Orla Brady. In 2006 RTÉ broadcast a fictional drama based on
a nuclear fallout called Fallout. Following this another drama
RTÉ One in September 2006, the docudrama about the
Stardust disaster, entitled Stardust, to mark the 25th anniversary of
In 2007, RTÉ began the drama series Single-Handed. Three episodes of
the series ran over the course of three years when ITV bought the
rights to the show in 2009, which led to the co-production of the 4th
series with Britain's ITV.
In 2007, RTÉ aired Damage a drama which focused on rape and sexual
abuse. In 2008, RTÉ produced Whistleblower this drama highlighted
irregular obstetric practices within Irish hospitals. Another drama in
2008 included Bitter Sweet. This drama follows the difficulties
encountered by three female friends who undergo difficult changes to
their respective lives.
In 2009 RTÉ commissioned a second
Pat Shortt comedy titled
Mattie. Mattie initially centred on the move of a rural Garda to
the big city, however the series received poor reviews and audience
figures were lacklustre. RTÉ attempted to re-launch the show asSTG
Mattie the following year this time keeping Garda Mattie in country
surrounding and adding a laughter track.
In June 2009 RTÉ broadcast Father & Son co-produced with ITV.
Live Aid biopic When Harvey met Bobby (surrounding the
Bob Geldof and Harvey Goldsmith) was co-produced
with the BBC.
Wild Decembers based on the novel by
Edna O'Brien aired
at Christmas 2010.
In 2010 their drama series Raw moved from
RTÉ Two to RTÉ One. RAW
ran for 5 season with its final season airing in 2013. The series
centred on a busy
The series Love/Hate (starring Aidan Gillen) detailing the lives of
the Dublin's criminal underworld began in 2010. Love/Hate has since
gone on to become one of
Ireland most respected TV drama's, a 5th
season is due to air on
RTÉ One in 2014.
In 2011 RTÉ co-produced Brendan O'Carroll's
Mrs. Brown's Boys
Mrs. Brown's Boys with
BBC Scotland for
BBC One. The series airs first on RTÉ One
BBC One is largely available across Ireland.
BBC Two detective drama The Fall starring
Gillian Anderson was
produced in association with RTÉ and aired on RTÉ One. RTÉ will
also air Quirke a Dublin-based detective series, starring Gabriel
Byrne and commissioned by the
BBC and The Irish Film Board.
A drama surrounding the disappearance of a young girl aired in 2014,
titled Amber. It is directed by
Thaddeus O'Sullivan and stars Eva
Birthistle and David Murray. Due to financial difficulties at RTÉ
the series broadcast date was postponed for 2 years, the four-part
series aired across 4 consecutive days. The four-part caused
controversy with viewers and critics due its open ending.
It was reported that a 5th season of Single Handed was to be produced
by RTÉ and ITV, however the series did not get the required funding.
A drama surrounding the Irish banking crisis has yet to be
A series surrounding the life of former
Charlie Haughey is
expected in 2015.
Aidan Gillen will play the title role in Haughey.
For the first time in nearly 30 years RTÉ returned to the Television
play in 2014. Three Irish writers Fiona Looney,
Deirdre Purcell and
Pat McCabe wrote 3 different plays for Play Next Door. The writers
were sent to different parts of the country and were told to set their
work in a building in the locality. A documentary followed each of the
writers as they lived in the towns, it was followed by the play.
RTÉ's flagship chat show is The Late Late Show. It has aired on the
channel since the summer of 1962. It is the second longest-running
chat show and the Europe's longest-running chat show. From 1962 until
1999 it was presented by Gay Byrne. In September 1999,
Pat Kenny took
over the role and after hosting nine seasons as Late Late host he
stepped down to host a new political programme. In September 2009,
Ryan Tubridy took over as host. In its early years the show was known
for its controversies. Most Irish chat shows continue to use a similar
formula to The Late Late Show, most shows are live and contain a mix
of serious and entertaining interviews.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s the biggest rival to The Late Late
Show was The Live Mike, hosted by Mike Murphy. The show was a mix of
comedy sketches and interviews. Mike Murphy decided to leave the show
and it was replaced by Saturday Live in the mid-1980s, the series had
a new host each week. It in turn was replaced by Kenny Live hosted by
Pat Kenny, who had been a guest presenter on Saturday Live. Kenny Live
was more entertainment focused then The Late Late Show, however
towards the end of the show
Pat Kenny would do a one-to-one interview
on topical subjects, e.g. Families of missing people.
Most summers RTÉ provide a chat show. They have included Limelight
hosted by Carrie Crowley, Good Grief Moncreiff hosted by Sean
Moncreiff, BiBi hosted by Bibi Baskin, Kennedy hosted by Mary Kennedy
and the most recent series Saturday Night with Miriam with Miriam
O'Callaghan. The show is well known for its wide variety of guests,
which often include musicians, who usually perform on the show. The
Duckworth Lewis Method made their television debut on Saturday Night
with Miriam in 2009's season opener.
Before hosting The Late Late Show,
Ryan Tubridy hosted his own
Saturday night chat show between 2004 and 2009, called Tubridy
Pat Kenny left Kenny Live RTÉ produced a similar
series to the 1980s Saturday Live this time called Saturday Night Live
again with a different host each week, the series last until 2002. In
2003 The Late Late Show went into competition with Dunphy Live on TV3,
however it only lasted until December 2003. Though RTÉ had stopped
producing a Saturday Night chatshow that year, TV3 decided to air
Dunphy Live on a Friday Night.
RTÉ produced two pilot shows for Saturday Night in 2010. The Saturday
Night Show (2010–2015) and Tonight with
Craig Doyle (2010). Both of
these shows are aimed to replace the highly successful Tubridy Tonight
which ended in 2009,
Hosted by Brendan O'Connor called
The Saturday Night Show
The Saturday Night Show it was given
an initial run of 8 weeks, it now airs every Saturday night.
Craig Doyle was also given his own chat show. It replaced The
Saturday Night Show. Tonight with
Craig Doyle and ran on
RTÉ One from
18 April 2010 for 8 weeks.
Gay Byrne returned with For One Night Only. It started with an
hour-long interview with boyband Westlife, which included many of
their hits, similar episodes included
Imelda May and Christy Moore.
Imelda May returned for her own music show The Imelda May
Game shows/quiz shows
In the 1960s and 1970s RTÉ ran the Quicksilver quiz show presented by
Bunny Carr. The show would tour the country and visit different towns.
The contestants were picked at random to answer the questions, due to
this random selection process the show is fondly remembered for
questions such as "What the term for a male bee?" and the answer "a
wasp?". It also coined an Irish phrase "stop the lights", usually
stated when something is surprising.
In the 1980s RTÉ produced game shows like Play the Game, and Gerry
Ryan's Secrets and quiz shows "Murphy's Micro-Quiz-M" (hosted by Mike
Murphy), Where in the World? (hosted by Theresa Lowe), Rapid Roulette
(hosted by Maxi) and Know Your
Sport (hosted by George Hamilton).
Since 1989 RTÉ have produced a game show with the Irish National
Winning Streak was the first such show originally hosted by
Mike Murphy, who had had previous success with his chat show The Live
Mike and the Irish version of Candid Camera. He had also present
Mike's Micro Quiz a family quiz show that included a "hi-tech" games
machine. Winning Steak started off as a half-hour show on Friday
nights in the late 1980s and by the mid-1990 was an hour-long Saturday
night game show. In the mid-1990s
Winning Streak was joined by other
National Lottery game shows including Millionaire and
Fame and Fortune
hosted by Marty Whelan,
Telly Bingo hosted by Liz Bonnin.
In the 1990s RTÉ had international success with The Lyrics Board,
while it was derided by the critics the format was sold in many
European countries. The show was originally presented by Aonghus
McAnally during its initially run and in the 2000s by Linda Martin.
Quiz shows included Challenging Times (hosted by Kevin Myres) and
Dodge The Question (hosted by Jonathan Philbin Bowman). The 1990s saw
RTÉ's version of Talkabout hosted by Ian Dempsey and later by Alan
After Gay Byrne's decision to leave The Late Late Show, he was brought
back by the station to host the Irish version of Who Wants to be a
Millionaire however after two seasons the show was drop as RTÉ were
unable to find a sponsor after
Eircell pull its sponsorship,
the producers (Tyrone Productions) and RTÉ were in discussions with
the National Lottery for a scratch card version of the show,
ironically the National Lottery had defended the use of the term
Millionaire a number of years previously due to its scratch card and
TV game show Millionaire hosted by
Marty Whelan for RTÉ. RTÉ One
broadcast two editions of the Irish version of Test the Nation
presented by Miriam O'Callaghan in 2006 and 2007.
RTÉ One has shown many Irish traditional music shows including The
Pure Drop and Come West Along The Road.
Number 1 was a pop music quiz show from the 1980s and they also aired
Top of the Pops.
During the 1980s they had several live music shows with famous Irish
stars of the time including The Sandy Kelly Show.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s
Marty Whelan hosted a popular talent
search called GFI: Go For It. In the mid-1990s RTÉ co-produced a
talent series with
Northern Ireland called Let Me Entertain You
hosted by Gerry Ryan, a 16-year-old
Samantha Mumba was one of the
RTÉ One has also several documentaries about Irish Country
the Showband era entitled A Little Bit Country/Showband, hosted and
produced by Shay Healey. In 2009 they broadcast All
Since the start of the 2000s RTÉ have produced several Reality TV
programmes for RTÉ One. In 2001,
RTÉ One broadcast the successful
Popstars format to find Ireland's next top pop band. The eventual
winners were the band members of Six, including on Nadine Coyle,
however due to her age at the time she had to be drop from the band,
she went on to appear in Popstars: The Rivals on
ITV1 and through that
became a member of the girl band Girls Aloud. Due to the success
Popstars format RTÉ set about looking for a new series for
You're a Star was a similar show to
American Idol and The X
Factor, running from 2002 to 2008, during which they select acts to go
Eurovision Song Contest. In 2008 it was replaced by the All
Ireland Talent Show. The All
Ireland Talent Show has since been
replaced by the international Singing format The Voice of Ireland
which begins on
RTÉ One in January 2012. In 2010 they broadcast Fame:
The Musical a reality TV talent search for stars of the stage version
of the highly successful film and TV series Fame.
Other reality shows include two seasons (2001 and 2002) of Treasure
Island similar in format to Survivor. Senator Mark Daly appeared in
the second series, coming third overall. Cabin Fever (2003) which
had a group of people set sail around the Irish coast, this caused
controversy when the ship ran aground halfway through the series.
RTÉ One has also produce celebrity versions of their reality TV
shows. Charity You're a Star,
Celebrity Farm and
Fáilte Towers have
all gained respectable audiences but critics have been less than
impressed. RTÉ's most successful celebrity reality TV is The
Garda Patrol ran for a number of years on RTÉ One. It was a
fifteen-minute weekly show asking for help with crimes from the
public. In the early 1990s RTÉ revamped the show as a monthly
hour-long show called Crime Line, hosted by David Harvey and Marian
Finucane (Towards the end of the series was hosted by Anne Doyle).
In the mid-2000s RTÉ replaced CrimeLine with a similar show Crime
Crime Call is presented by
Anne Cassin and Con Murphy.
Radharc (an Irish term for view, vision, spectacle or sight) aired
from the 1960s and the 1990s. They were documentaries filmed by
Catholic priests. The series produced 400 documentaries which focused
on some regional stories but mainly international stories about
Missionaries around the world and world events. The series
came about during the 1950s as public discussion centred on the new
television services. The documentaries all took a religious angle on
events. The Irish Film Institute (IFI) are the custodians of the
To the Waters and the Wild
Who Do You Think You Are?
Blood of the Irish
Reeling in the Years
Reeling in the Years is one of RTÉ most popular history strands, it
provides a history of
Ireland from 1962 to 2009, it began as part of
RTÉ Autumn 1999 schedule as
Reeling in the Years
Reeling in the Years 1980s, 1990's in
2000, 1970's in 2002, 1960's in 2004 most recntly 2000's in 2010 its
possible a future series on the 2010's will be in 2020. It was archive
clips from Irish and international archives showing the big events of
the world from an Irish perspective including 2
Eurovision wins, 3
Irish general elections in one year, the Recession, Migration,
Delorean Motor Company, GUBU, Ronald Reagan's visit to Ireland, All
Ireland Championship wins etc. 1960 - 1969, 1970–1979 and 1990 -
1999 were all broadcast, events included the Dublin/Monaghan bombings,
U2's first TV appearance, Slane Concerts, the axing of The Riordans,
Riverdance, Miley and Fidelma's hay shed love in Glenroe, Twin Peaks
to more serious news such as the
Omagh bombings, The Good Friday
Agreement, The resignation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs Ray
Burke and the inauguration of president
Mary Robinson etc.
Arts Lives is a series of arts documentaries produced by independent
producers for RTÉ. They may also be co-funded by other broadcasters
from around Europe. Some of the documentaries include: The Riordans:
Tea, Taboos & Tractors about the successful rural soap opera, John
O'Conor's Beethoven Boot Camp, Hugh Leonard: Odd Man In, Patrick
Collins: Through Sligo Eyes,
Graham Linehan - Funny Business and
Ronnie Drew - September Song.
The View was a weekly arts and cultural review programme broadcast
each Tuesday night up until 2011. It was original broadcast on RTÉ
Two as Later on 2.
Young people's programmes
Main article: RTÉ Young People's Programmes
Up to 1988 the majority of RTÉ's children's programmes were aired on
RTÉ One. In the early years these shows included
Dáithí Lacha an
Irish Language animated series about a duck. In the 1970s they
Wanderly Wagon which was developed for RTÉ by Eugene Lambert
and a spin-off show in the 1980s called Fortycoats & Co. however
Eugene Lambert is on the record as saying that he was not involved and
that RTÉ just rehashed old
Wanderly Wagon stories. The 1980s saw
RTÉ's first Saturday morning children's strand called Anything Goes,
this was followed by Action Station Saturday and Pajo's Junkbox. In
the 1990s their Saturday mornings included Pajo's The Whole Shabang
and Scratch Saturday which included The
Fanta Roadshow Chart with Andy
Ruane, various changes took place on Saturday mornings during the
1990s with the final
RTÉ One children's morning strand coming from
RTÉ Cork called The Swamp. In the late 1990s all children's weekend
programming was fully moved to Network 2 with T/X and The
Dempsey's Den aired on the channel from 1986 to 1988, Zig and Zag made
their debuts on RTÉ One. Since 1988 the majority of RTÉ's children
programming airs on its sister channel RTÉ Two.
RTÉ Two provide
different strands of programming tailored at different age groups
RTÉjr (1- to 6-year-olds),
TRTÉ (7- to 15-year-olds),
TwoTube (16- to 22-year-olds). Since 2011 RTÉ has a dedicated service
for preschoolers called RTÉjr.
Every Saturday night
RTÉ One at 18:30 airs The Big Big Movie this
strand features movies which a tailored towards a family audience.
In the early 1980s, RTÉ began testing daytime television for
audiences on RTÉ One. This was a major commitment since
RTÉ Two was
failing to gain audience that it required. Their first daytime show
was hosted by
Thelma Mansfield - one of their regular continuity
announcers - Good Afternoon was a mix of live interviews, music,
children's television and soap operas.
In 1986, RTÉ debuted its new afternoon show which featured a mixture
of daytime chat and children's television. In September the channel
aired Live at 3 broadcasting from 15:00 each weekday. This was
followed by a new children's series Dempsey's Den. Live at 3 was
Derek Davis and
Thelma Mansfield from 1986 to 1997. It
included a broad range of topics (healthcare, cookery, DIY, fashion
and culture). It was a major departure for the daytime schedule and in
an interview with TV Now
Derek Davis described how many other European
broadcasters were travelling over to
Ireland to visit this mix genre
daytime TV chat show.
In 1997 with the departure of Derek Davis, Live at 3 was merged with
another TV series called 12 to 1. 12 to 1 was similar in style to Live
at 3 only it concentrated on Light chat with hosts
Marty Whelan and
Ciana Campbell. Ciana Campbell had prior to this tested out a live
afternoon phone in show (called Over to You), similar in format to
RTÉ Radio's successfully Liveline, this eventually led to 12 to
In the late 1990s Marty Whelan, Ciana Campbell and Thelma Mansfield
all remained as part of the daytime TV line-up and featured on PM
Live. In 1999,
Thelma Mansfield retired from RTÉ to concentrate on
her art career. This later led to the demise of PM Live, which was
replaced in September 1999, with Open House.
Open House was the first time that RTÉ had an independent producer
produce their daytime TV service. Tyrone Productions produced the show
in the RTÉ studios and it was hosted by
Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan
from 1999 to 2003.
In 2004, RTÉ revamped their daytime schedule and axed Open House and
replaced it with two new shows,
The Afternoon Show
The Afternoon Show and The Big Bite.
The Big Bite was an unusual departure for RTÉ's daytime schedule as
it had heavier content than previous shows which aired in this
time-slot, it was hosted by economist David McWilliams. The Big Bite
was replaced with
Seoige and O'Shea, which was also produced by Tyrone
Joe O'Shea and
Grainne Seoige presented the show together
for 2 seasons until
Joe O'Shea left in 2007, he was replaced by
Síle Seoige and the show was rename Seoige. Seoige
lasted one season and was replaced by an extended version of The
Afternoon Show produced by Green Inc Productions for RTÉ.
The Afternoon Show
The Afternoon Show was first presented by Anna Nolan, Blathnaid Ni
Chofaigh and Sheana Keane.
Anna Nolan left the show after a year to
focus on more serious TV such as RTÉ's Would You Believe series of
documentaries. Blathanid and Sheana both worked on the show together
for a number of years until 2008 (when it was reported they had had a
falling out), various presenters stepping into either Blathanid's
or Sheana's shoes, with the final series being presented by Sheana and
Maura Derrane (former
Ireland AM presenter).
RTÉ One revamped its afternoon schedule, which will debut in
September 2010. RTÉ set about seeking tenders from independent
producers, as a consequence of this process RTÉ axed The Afternoon
Show. Two new afternoon shows began in September 2010, 4 Live and
The Daily Show. 4 Live was presented by
Maura Derrane (former
co-presenter of The Afternoon Show), while The Daily Show was
Dáithí Ó Sé and former TV3 News
presenter Claire Byrne. Both shows were broadcast from 16:00 to 17:45
GMT. Both new daytime shows are produced by Green Inc. for
RTÉ. The programmes were axed in March 2012. In October 2012 RTÉ
moved their main afternoon programmes to Cork. Today is hosted by
Maura Derrane and Dáithí Ó Sé, while
Claire Byrne moved to Prime
Time and RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday with Claire Byrne. On Friday's
Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh
Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh and Norah Casey (Dragon's Den Ireland).
In January 2013 RTÉ launched their first morning TV news service on
RTÉ One and
RTÉ News Now
RTÉ News Now Morning Edition, the programme airs from
9 am to 11 am Monday to Friday. Morning Edition is presented
by Keelin Shanley.
In the 1980s RTÉ One's lifestyle programming consisted of shows such
Check Up - A weekly health show
Head 2 Toe - A weekly fashion series
See Here - A weekly consumers show
Family Matters - A weekly issue based show for parents, hosted by
Eamon Lawlor and Caroline Murphy.
Much of RTÉ's lifestyle output was produced in-house until the 1990s
when Independent Producers began producing shows such as: -
About the House
About the House - An Educational/Lifestyle show about home renovations
Ear to the Ground
Ear to the Ground - A weekly Agricultural magazine show
Beyond The Hall Door - A studio based Interior design show by the
2000s it had left the studio to do up homes
Bon Voyage - A travel show
Darina Allen - A cookery Show
Most of RTÉ's Lifestyle programming is air Monday to Friday between
19:00 and 21:00, and repeated on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Their
current set of lifestyle programmes include About the House,
Showhouse, Heat and Rachel Allen: Bakes.
RTÉ One has always relied on a certain amount of programming from
abroad and they have also always been under pressure from UK TV
channels to provide programming from other countries. The 1960s on
RTÉ is characterized by American and British imports such as Annie
Oakley, Everglades, Have Gun Will Travel, The Donna Reed Show, The
Adventures of Robin Hood, Batman, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Andy
Williams Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Robinson Crusoe, Lucy Show, Dr.
Finlay's Casebook, The World Around Us,
The World of Wooster
The World of Wooster and
Sherlock Holmes. Children's programming at this time consisted of such
shows as The Road Runner Show, The Flintstones, Skippy and Quick Draw
McGraw. In 1963 they also broadcast Italian lessons Parliamo
RTÉ began expanding its schedule during the 1970s with educational
and children's programming being broadcast from 11 am. Children's
shows imported for the channel included Tarzan, Modern Madcaps, The
Road Runner Show, Land of the Giants, Apple's Way, Babar, Noddy,
Sesame Street, Gemini Man,
Clue Club and Scooby-Doo, while educational
programming included Education: Zarabanda, First Steps in First Aid
and German Lesson other daytime shows included South Riding, The
Pallisers and Thrill Seekers. Prime time imports included Lights Out,
The Spanish Farm, The Brady Bunch, Bridget Loves Bernie, Fawlty
Towers, Little House on the Prairie, "The Waltons", "Poldark" The
Muppet Show, Anne of the Thousand Days, Midnight Is a Place, Are You
Being Served?. In 1978
RTÉ One began broadcasting many UK TV show
such as ITV's
Sale of the Century
Sale of the Century and
Match of the Day
Match of the Day which was
simulcast with the BBC.
RTÉ Two began broadcasting on 2 November
During the 1980s many of the language courses on during daytime hours
moved to the weekend, children's was presented first as Good Afternoon
with many adult daytime shows mixed in, until 1986 when Dempsey's Den
started to broadcast, imports for Children included The World of Jules
Verne, Ludwig, Yogi's Treasure Hunt, Danger Bay, Arthur and the Square
Knights of the Round Table, Supergran, European Folk Tales, Kaboodle
and The Real Ghostbusters. Other daytime shows included Upstairs
Emmerdale Farm. Prime time imports included American
shows such as The
Cheryl Ladd Special, Here's Lucy, Ride on Stranger,
Falcon Crest, Miami Vice, Benson," Dallas", Magnum, P.I., The Paul
Anka Show, Remington Steele, Murder, She Wrote, Spenser for Hire, The
Cosby Show, The Twilight Zone, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,
Evening Extra, Turning Point, On the Town, Our House, The Ray Bradbury
Theatre. British imports included Are You Being Served?, Codename
Icarus, The Paper Lads, Dempsey and Makepeace,
Tomorrow's World and
RTÉ Two re-branded as Network 2 which saw RTÉ move many of
its children's and imported shows over to Network 2.
Children's shows remained on RTÉ 1 on Saturday morning for most of
the 1990s imports included DuckTales, Batman, Family Ties, The Disney
Hour, Katts and Dog, Nellie the Elephant and The Pink Panther Show.
Daytime TV consisted of repeats and daytime soaps such as Little House
on the Prairie, The New Adventures of Black Beauty, CHiPs, Delia
Smith's Cookery Course, Emmerdale, Knots Landing, A Country Practice,
Perry Mason, Carson's Law, The Love Boat, G. P., The Sullivans, Santa
Barbara, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Take the High Road, Forever
Green and Highway to Heaven. American prime time show imported at the
time included Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mancuso, F.B.I., The
Cosby Show, St. Elsewhere, MacGyver, Masquerade, Father Dowling
Mysteries, Dallas, Midnight Caller, Home Improvement, Space: Above and
Beyond, JAG, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, RoboCop, Lois & Clark: The
New Adventures of Superman, ER and The Practice. British shows
broadcast included Bergerac, Agatha Christie's Poirot, After Henry,
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries,
An Audience with... Victoria Wood,
Lovejoy, Hearts and Minds,
Ballykissangel and from 1992 to 2001
Coronation Street. Educational programming at the time moved to Sunday
morning including Espana Viva, A Vous La France and Russian Language
and People. 28 January 1991 saw the last episode of cult favourite
Twin Peaks broadcast on RTÉ 1.
Since the late 1990s RTÉ One's prime time schedule is made up of
nearly 100% Irish programming, some exceptions include EastEnders, The
Midweek Movie, The Big Big Movie and with a few classic repeats
intermittently such as
Fawlty Towers and Only Fools and Horses. RTÉ
One's other daytime imports are made up of soap operas (such as the
Neighbours and Home and Away, the New Zealand soap
Shortland Street, the British soaps Doctors and EastEnders), American
detective dramas (including the highly repeatable Murder, She Wrote)
and since 2001 they have broadcast American daytime chat shows
(including The Doctors and Doctor Phil, they also broadcast Oprah but
that is now shown on TV3). American dramas broadcast from 2000 to 2009
included ER, The Practice, Prison Break, Damages, Shark, Angel, Two
and a Half Men, Medium, Mad Men, and The West Wing. British dramas
Spooks and Waking the Dead have also aired on the Channel. During
the 2000s RTÉ broadcast the ITV soap
The Bill over two half-hour
episodes Monday to Friday at 17:30, rather than the original hour-long
RTÉ One also broadcast the revived ITV soap,
RTÉ One launched its 2010 schedule with
The Mentalist as a
replacement for the long running Sunday night drama ER. Other imports
included Who Do You Think You Are? both the British and American
versions which coincided with their broadcast of the Irish version. On
4 August 2010, RTÉ launched its schedule which included imports Mad
Men and Masterchef Australia.
RTÉ One also broadcast Packed to
the Rafters, The Bill, Medium and McLeod's Daughters. Daytime repeats
now include Desperate Housewives, The Good Wife and Brothers &
Sisters. New episodes of The Good Wife move to
RTÉ One in 2013.
A&E's Longmire began airing in 2013. Late Night TV consists
largely of imported programming such as Australian drama serials
Blue Heelers and Tangle.
Original Teilifís Éireann logo
Raidió Teilifís Éireann
Raidió Teilifís Éireann logo
RTÉ One's logo used from 2006–2013
Throughout the years,
RTÉ One has gone through many changes to its
on-air identity, mostly in tune with the changing of the statutory
logo of the cooperation that operates it, as in the early years. The
average life of an
RTÉ One ident is around three years, with
modifications and changes along the way.
Early idents prominently featured the original name of Telefís
Éireann, and the St. Brigid's Cross which would become the symbol of
the channel for years to come.
In 1966, the radio and television stations adopted the common brand
Radio Telifís Éireann in line with the renamed broadcasting
authority, and the ident used the acronym RTE, with no síneadh
fada diacritic over the E of Éireann. The 1995 logo was the first to
read RTÉ rather than RTE.
The station became RTE1 in 1978, when RTE 2 was launched but RTE1 same
logo used until 1980.
A new ident in 1980 featured the characters "RTE1" wrapped within a
stylized St. Brigid's Cross. Black in colour with yellow letters.
A blue indent was used with the same logo used since 1980.
This design, along with a variant with slight colour changes, were
used until 1987, when another ident was formed. The ident featured the
St Brigid's Cross, which was blended into the "T" in "RTE". The "T"
also resembled the digit 1 of the channel's number.
A green indent with yellow letter indent was used.
The first time the channel left out the St Brigid's Cross from its
idents was in 1989, when an ident that featured the letters "RTE"
revolving around the number 1, against an emerald green background,
was released. This was to last until 1993, with minor revisions.
1993 saw the return of the St.
Brigid's cross to the
RTÉ One Idents.
It was seen floating across a stone background that resembled cave
walls. This ident lasted until September 1995, when a new ident that
featured the new corporate logo was released. The logo also saw the
return of the fada on RTÉ's "E" in a stylistic manner. The ident
started with a misty background, with the new RTÉ logo peering
through, eventually fading into the station's name. At the beginning,
the St. Brigid's Cross was left out, but it was restored to the
screens after viewers complained.
1998 saw the end of single ident templates for RTÉ One. In a
rebranding, three idents were released, and all revolved around
nature. The St. Brigid's Cross continued to grace the screen, but now
has to share its airtime with other idents. During this time, a
special ident for overnight programmes and the celebration of the
millennium were created. The original three idents were gradually
phased out in late 2000, but was featured in other new idents
In September 2000, a new set of idents were gradually introduced to
RTÉ One, with all the old idents from 1998 phased out by December of
that year. The new idents featured Irish places and people, and all
were set to a common set of background music. One of the original
three idents were featured in seven of the new idents, subtly playing
in the background.
A promotions video, featuring snippets of the idents, was shown as a
part of the campaign.
On 1 September 2003,
RTÉ One launched a new set of idents, with a new
style for its "RTÉ One" branding. The ident showed Ireland's old face
first, and then flashed into images of
Ireland today. New ident sets
were introduced in 2004, and deviated from the "
Ireland Old And New"
theme. Subsequent edits on the original idents also took away the
"old" element from the idents.
As was before, a promotions video was aired before the launch of the
At 6:00 am on 3 November 2006,
RTÉ One unveiled its basic set of
new idents, designed by Red
A new appearance and ident of
RTÉ One (including the "ONE" in a new
font) launched on 1 January 2014. The channel is now referred to as
'RTÉ ONE HD' on Saorview. The design was produced in-house by
RTÉ Graphic Design. On 14 December,
RTÉ One HD was launched on
Sky+HD on channel 101 & SD on 277.
RTÉ One + 1 also launched on
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