Ryan Tubridy obliterates the competition in a preview image from ‘The Late Late Toy Show’ of 2014, the most-watched programme on Irish television this century. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

As a television extravaganza, The Late Late Toy Show scores top marks. Not only was last November’s show, with an audience of 1.55 million, the most-(...)

Legal drama ‘Striking Out’ starring Amy Huberman (centre), made for RTÉ by Blinder Films, was shown earlier this year. It will return for a second series.

RTÉ received 884 pitches for television programmes from independent production companies last year and commissioned 130 of them, or about one in seven(...)

“Architect-next-door” Dermot Bannon with ‘Room To Improve’ homeowners Aoife Sheridan (left) and Melissa Furze.

As RTÉ head of lifestyle, Gráinne McAleer oversees about 20 television series every year, including RTÉ One viewer magnets Room to Improve and Operat(...)

RTÉ One’s three-part documentary 1916 has not only been picked up by 120 PBS stations in the US, it has been acquired by SBS in Australia, TF1 Histoir(...)

‘The Voice of Ireland’ judges Una Foden, Kian Egan, Rachel Stevens and Bressie: the singing contest is made for RTÉ by Screentime Shinawil.

RTÉ spent €40.9 million on commissions from independent production companies in 2014. This was up fractionally on 2013 and came in ahead of its statut(...)

Michael Fassbender attends  2014’s  much-criticised Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta) ceremony in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Iftas, aka the Irish Film and Television Academy awards, generated a heap of chatter last year and not only in the hotel function room where it wa(...)

Pat Kenny: ‘Pat Kenny in the Round’ will continue for another four weeks before returning in the autumn for an eight-week run. Photograph: Barry McCall

Mondays were already the most important night of the week – by some distance – for UTV Ireland, and the debut of Pat Kenny’s new interview show, Pa(...)

From left: actor Kevin Shackleton, Sky Arts manager Freya Murray, Maverick TV’s Claire McArdle and actor Liam Carney

How do you market an opera on social media? For Sky Arts, which has funded Rough Magic and the Opera Theatre Company’s production of The Rise and F(...)