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- J1 - Summer In The Sun
- Me, Myself, and I
- RTE 2, Monday Nights 21:30
A rite of passage for generations of Irish students; three months without lectures or exams, it’s just fun in the sun and, unless you have a very understanding bank manager or parents with deep pockets, a little bit of hard work along the way. It has to be J1 - Summer in the Sun.
What it’s all about!
In 2008, RTÉ Television followed three groups of 18-22 year old students as they headed Stateside for the ultimate J1 Summer. This observational documentary series got an “access all areas”, front-row seat during these so called ‘working holidays’.
Over the course of the series we get the inside track as these three very different groups share the summer of a lifetime.
- The Vital Ingredients
- We witness the tantrums, triumphs and tribulations of our wanderlust students as they leave the comforts of home behind to fend for themselves in the US. From personal hygiene to personal high jinks nothing will be sacred.
We follow each group as they search for a place to live for the summer, furnish these new digs with milk crates and plastic patio furniture, their creative efforts to find work and source the cheapest beer in North America.
So stay tuned for a journey of painful hangovers and occasional heartbreak, of minimum income jobs and of horrific cockroach infested accommodation. The ideal ingredients for the perfect J1 Summer.
J1 – Summer in the Sun, RTÉ Two, 21:30 Monday nights
- Whats Involved
- Could you live and work in the US of A as a camera followed your every move.
From starting the new job, to moving into a frat house, dealing with the crazy landlord, finding furniture, throwing a wild party, going on a blind date, the summer awards night, going broke, the long distance relationship, the essential road trip, tearful phone calls home, getting fired, getting hired, themed nights, the toga party, nosey neighbours, getting lost, getting laid, bad news from home…
From the surfer chic of San Diego, to the fishing boats of Hawaii, to the bright lights of Chicago. It has to be J1 - Summer in the Sun
- Get In Touch
- Let us know what you think of the show but be nice we don't take criticism very well.
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A rite of passage for generations of Irish students, three months without lectures or exams, it’s just fun in the sun and unless you have a very understanding bank manager or parents with deep pockets, a little bit of hard work along the way.
From the tacky chic of Wildwood New Jersey, to the fishing boats of Nantucket Massachusetts, to the bright lights and dry taps of Salt Lake City. It has to be a Summer in the Sun - The J1
In Summer 2008, Motive Television hopes to follow three groups of Irish students to America for the ultimate J1 Summer. This observational documentary series gets an access all areas, front row seat on these ‘working holidays’.
Each group will be appointed a crack director and camera person who over twelve weeks will document the J1ers adventures in America.
If your interested in taking part:
• You must be over 18, going on the ‘Summer 2008 J1 Visa and returning home to study the following September?
• You must be able to clothe, feed and wash yourselves without resorting to petty crime or looking for a lend from us?
• Learn how to ignore the camera’s and let the summer playout just as nature intended.
Over the course of the series we want to get the inside track as these three very different groups share the summer of a lifetime.
Hold onto your hat, Summer in the Sun – The J1.
CAST & CONTENT
The content of this series will follow a simple sequential narrative, observational in style peppered with landmark scenes. We follow the three groups right from the moment they leave Dublin/Cork/Shannon/Knock/Belfast Airport as we chart their progress Stateside from June till September.
We follow as you start the new job, find accommodation, find furniture, throw a wild party, go on a blind date, return home to repeat exams, the summer awards night, going broke, the long distance relationship, the essential road trip, brushes with the law, tearful phone calls home, getting fired, get hired, arrange theme nights, the toga party, the nosey neighbours, getting lost, getting lucky… The possibilities are endless!
The series will strive to balance the hedonistic with the enriching and edifying experiences each groups encounter over their twelve weeks in the States. Think Big Brother, The Real World, Laguna Beach and a little bit of Dan & Bec’s.
Summer in the Sun – The J1 will be an irreverent, pacy and edgy look at the Irish working holiday
IF YOU STILL WANT TO TAKE PART
We need you to sell yourself, why would you and your friends make good telly. Below is a series of questions, give as much detail as possible, packed full of your personality, these responses should give us a good idea of the type of people you are.
After that if you’re still mad keen and we like what we read, then its audition time. We will come meet you and some of your friends and get the camera’s rolling. As well as making sure your not camera shy we need to see your personality come across on camera.
Then, after all that, if you’re still mad keen and we like what we see, then roll on “Summer In the Sun – The J1’, coming soon to a screen near you.
• What’s your name and where do you come from. Tell us a little about yourself, include contact details (Max 200 words)
• What are you studying, what are your interests, hobbies, vices. (max 50)
• Most embarrassing moment, story, drama?
• Where in America are you going? Why there? (Max 100 words)
• Who are you heading away with, describe your friends, are they mad eejits or just mad. (Max 200 words)
• What party piece will you be bringing to America? Keep it clean.
• Would you describe yourselves as backpackers or flashpackers and why? What type of apartment, condemned building or Manhattan penthouse? (Max 100 words)
• Do you have any specific plans for the summer apart from the obvious? Do you plan to roadtrip, explore, volunteer
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