True crime, eyeliner and Covid complications: RTÉ factual chief on its new season

Documentaries have evolved as audience tastes shift, says Seán Mac Giolla Phádraig

RTÉ’s group head of factual, Seán Mac Giolla Phádraig. ‘Obviously, the ultimate objective would be to become a growhouse for original formats we can export.’ Photograph: Andres Poveda

RTÉ’s group head of factual, Seán Mac Giolla Phádraig. ‘Obviously, the ultimate objective would be to become a growhouse for original formats we can export.’ Photograph: Andres Poveda

From murder and imprisonment to competitive make-up artistry and Irish wedding speeches, few subject limits apply to the pitches that land on the desk of Seán Mac Giolla Phádraig, group head of factual at RTÉ.

Documentary highlights in RTÉ’s new season line-up include The Irish Wedding from director Alex Fegan, testimony of life in the Magdalene laundries in Ireland’s Dirty Laundry, Ken Wardrop’s pandemic-themed Cocooned and Keelin Shanley: Faraway, Still Close, co-directed by the late broadcaster’s husband Conor Ferguson.

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