Irish free-to-air channel RTÉ2 has handed a series order to fact-ent format Then Comes Marriage? from Dublin-headquartered prodco Independent Pictures.
The 6 x 60-minute series features three couples on the verge of tying the knot as they decamp for a luxury three-day vacation. During their stay, each couple will confront one another with questions about finances, sex, intimacy, conflict management, family and communication.
The format first premiered last year as a pilot under RTÉ2 Global’s Format Farm, a creative incubator initiative that supports the production and broadcast of original TV formats for Irish and international broadcasters.
Elsewhere, RTÉ has opened a call to independent producers for the next round of Format Farm submissions, with a deadline of September 9.
Each submission will require prodcos to undergo the “e-commissioning” process. All ideas will be reviewed by RTÉ’s relevant genre head and head of formats, who will make recommendations to the channel controllers.