This thread is partly for the purposes of seeking information but also for discussing how Irish broadcasters might be missing out on a source of revenue. I'm interested in finding out how many and which Irish TV programs have been exported and shown abroad over the years.
It is - in my humble opinion - a neglected area. Literature, music and theatre get far more attention despite the fact that the medium of television has a much greater reach.
It's a very effective means of challenging stereotypes of a country (something which the rash of Australian soaps don't seek to do!) and where appropriate, portraying a positive image.
I'm aware that Love/Hate has got some exposure abroad. The Clinic has also been sold to a few European countries. Are these the only ones in recent years? Raw doesn't seem to have been sold abroad despite showing the sort of production values I'd regard as being of an international standard. I recall how the Lyrics Board was a reasonable success and the format was adopted in about a dozen countries. In the dim and distant past, there was Strumpet City. Can anyone add to the list?
This article might offer a way forward for RTÉ should they be looking for ways to wean themselves off their reliance on the public purse.
A clue for RTÉ in Danish drama series - The Irish Times - Mon, Sep 17, 2012