What would happen if the boss of your company was sent away? And if the rank and file workers were left to run the business, any way they choose?
The Takeover is RTÉ’s new format series that sees the boss of a company surprise their employees and leave them entirely on their own for two weeks to make the changes they’ve always dreamed of. This six-part series originated as a pilot initially aired as part of RTÉ’s Format Farm scheme last year.
In every company across Ireland, bosses struggle to find ways to think outside the box and keep their companies profitable while workers fantasise about what they would do if they were in charge. The Takeover challenges both boss and staff to put their money where their mouth is!
Will the workers come together to answer the challenge? Or will chaos ensue? They’ll be out of their comfort zone, but no one knows the company better than them.
What happens when they encounter the harsh realities of running a business? How do shop floor staff cope with life in top level management? And does it breathe new life into the company?
Business expert Norah Casey is on hand but it’s not her role to save the day. It’s her job to help the staff be the experts.
When the boss returns at the end of fortnight they come face to face with their employees to find out whether this move has benefitted them in the long term, or if it’s done long term damage.
Episode one – Navan Golf and Racecourse
In episode one of The Takeover, Darren Lawlor of Navan Golf and Race Course, and Norah Casey surprise the staff with the news that for 10 working days, the employees will be calling the shots.
With Darren out of the picture, the staff attempt to turn the racecourse’s facilities into a venue for parties and weddings, try out some innovative marketing ideas for their golf club and boost Race Day attendance by targetting groups of very young and very old potential customers. All with very mixed results…
With one of their biggest and most high-profile race days of the year taking place in the middle of their takeover, they may struggle to cope with life without their boss.