Television

Red Pepper Productions has produced several rating winners for RTÉ, TV3 and TG4, three of Ireland’s national broadcasters. ‘Only Fools Buy Horses’ was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) in 2004 (Best Entertainment Series) and aired in Ireland, the UK and Australia. ‘How the Irish Have Sex’ was nominated for an IFTA in 2009 (Best Documentary Series). Our critically acclaimed travel series for TG4, ‘Ó Tholg go Tolg’ (‘From Couch to Couch’) won a Celtic Media Award in 2011. Series 2 won a Gold Remi Award at the Houston International Film Festival and was also nominated for an IFTA and a Celtic Media Award. Series 3, which was aired in the Autumn of 2014, yet again won a nomination at the 2015 Celtic Media Awards, which makes it a perfect 3 out of 3 for the Festival.

 

Behind the Crime, The Untold stories.

Presented by journalist Alison O'Reilly, Behind the Crime: The Untold Stories is a two-part documentary for TV3, part-funded by the BAI, that tells the exclusive stories how families deal with having a convicted criminal in their midst. Instead of focusing on the victims of crime, these programmes look at the people who are often stigmatised and left in limbo to no fault of their own.

 

Tar Abhaile (6x25’, TG4/BAI)

 

Ó Tholg go Tolg, series 1, 2 and 3 (10x25’, TG4)

This unique and award winning TV format sees two Irish speaking girls 'couchsurf' their way across Europe, getting with the weird, the wonderful and the downright crazy.

 

Behind the Crime, The Untold Stories (2x1hr, TV3/BAI)

 

Back To School (4x1hr, TV3/BAI)

A revealing and insightful series that explores how Ireland's education system has evolved over the past 5 decades. Seen through the eyes of students past and present, teachers, principals and parents, one of Ireland's leading TV critics hailed 'it's depth and diversity of the recollections' as 'it's greatest strength'.

 

How the Irish Have Sex (6x1hr, TV3/BAI)

'How the Irish Have Sex' (TV3/BCI, 2009), a frank and uncompromising look at how the Irish have explored and dealt with sexuality since the Sexual Revolution in the late 60's, was critically acclaimed and earned a nomination for Best Documentary Series at the 2009 Irish Film and Television Awards.

 

Ireland in the Spotlight (1x1hr, TV3)

Produced for TV3 and broadcast before the 2007 World Cup, this programme chronicles the successful journey of the Irish rugby squad between the 2003 and 2007, a four year span that yielded 3 Triple Crowns and victories against arch rival England, Southern Hemisphere giant Australia and theteam that went on to win the RWC that year, South Africa.

 

The Millionaire, the Builders and the Shantytown (1x1hr, RTÉ)

Niall Mellon, an Irish property developer and philanthropist, was little known until we produced this documentary about his work in Imizamu Yethu, a shantytown on the hill overlooking the affluent Llandudno, near Capetown. His tireless work and efforts to provide roofs over the heads of as many shack dwellers as possible has since been recognised internationally.

 

Only Fools Buy Horses (6x25', RTÉ)

Hector Ó hEochagáin's first RTÉ project in which he steals the hearts of thousands as a punter turned horse owner. His enthusiasm is stuff of legend and he managed to get the whole nation rooting for Traverse, the colt he bought for 2 grand in Newmarket. The series was nominated for an IFTA but was pipped at the post. Shame!

 

What Traverse Did Next (1x40', RTÉ)

A Christmas Special following Hector and Traverse on their travails once the cameras stopped rolling on 'Only Fools…' And as by wonder, he won… twice (Traverse, that is). Jubilant scenes galore!

 

Island Life (1x25', RTÉ)

An endearing half hour programme about Tony Smith, a man from Clogherhead near Drogheda as he tries to fulfil his dream of opening a hostel on Inisboffin, a rugged island off the Donegal coast.

 

Desert Showdown (1x25', TV3)

Red Pepper's first ever TV programme, in which we follow the GAA football Allstars to Dubai. Gaelic football never looked better!

 

Hurlers on the Pampas (1x25', RTÉ)

A year later, we followed the GAA hurling Allstars to Buenos Aires in Argentina where they played their Allstar game. The programme unearths some incredible links between the two countries.

 

If you like our programmes and you have an idea for one, please don't hesitate to give us a call or drop us a mail – the first skinny latte is on us!

 

And for any overseas Producer who might be reading this: we also co-ordinate for and assist International Production Companies who wish to produce in Ireland. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience in finding the best crews and/or locations!

 

Tar Abhaile

Only Fools Buy Horses

Hosted by broadcaster Evelyn O'Rourke, Tar Abhaile is an inspirational six part series on TG4, part-funded by the BAI, that follows local Irish communities as they welcome people from across the globe in search of their Irish ancestors. For the descendants, it proves time and time again to be an extremely moving and humbling experience: as the stories of their forefathers are revealed to them, they walk in the footsteps of their ancestors, visit the homesteads where they lived or bow their heads at their graves. And it often brings a tear to the eye. The series originally aired in the Autumn of 2013 and re-ran in the Spring of 2015.

Ó Tholg go Tolg

Ó Tholg go Tolg

The third instalment of our award-winning travel format for TG4 sees Ciara Ní Bhroin and Bláithín de Burca ‘couchsurf’ their way across the Baltic coastline and the North of Europe to explore how its people live and what they have to offer to the intrepid traveller. Together, they visit both well-known cities and far-flung destinations in search of unique experiences. Similar to series 1 and 2, this series again notched up a nomination at the 2015 Celtic Media Awards, which makes it a perfect 3 out of 3!

Born Addicted

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Born Addicted’ is a revealing look at the often devastating effects to children born from mothers who suffer from an addiction to methadone, a substitute for class A drug heroin. The documentary explores this issue from all angles: expectant mothers, an addicted couple who are desperate for a child having already experienced a number of failed pregnancies and some of the children -now adults- who were born into addiction children themselves.