OK, we can’t ignore it’s pretty sunny outside but we all know what we have to do in this time of international emergency – stay indoors.
We really hope you’re adjusting well to this weird time, and as we’re not going out, we thought we’d make a list of some entertaining and light-hearted shows that you can check out right now online. Some of these are on paid subscription channels like Netflix or Prime video but most are available for free online. And with all the episodes of Fr Ted and the lads on Craggy Island available, there’s enough content here to keep you entertained for two pandemics.
Check out this TV Show List!
1. Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way – RTE Player
There are three episodes of this enjoyable documentary that takes you to some of the best spots along Ireland’s wild West coast. From Cork to Donegal, get a taste of Ireland’s dramatic and beautiful coastline as brought to you by John Creedon.
Here’s the link to Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way – RTE Player
2. Blue Planet – Netflix
Netflix has some incredible series on its books; Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Night on Earth. We’re not going to recommend watching A Plastic Ocean right now. Not because it isn’t excellent but because it will probably just frustrate you that you’re unable to go outside and do a beach clean and save the planet! And anyway, you’re saving the human race by staying indoors – one heroic thing at a time!
This month, instead, just bask in the majesty of our incredible Blue Planet from the comfort of your own home. It’s truly incredible!
Find it on Netflix.com
3. Islanders – VirginMedia Player
There are three episodes of this documentary that follow the everyday lives of people on Arranmore, Inish Inishturk, Whiddy Island. Filmed in 2014, it’s a real taste of island life.
Watch Islanders on Virgin Media Player
4. Puffin Rock
A great cartoon that the kid will love! Based on the island ‘Puffin Island’ which is situated off the Irish coast, the series follows a young puffin named Oona and her little brother Baba as they explore their world. Narrated by Chris O’Dowd no less!
Watch this on Netflix
5. Great Lighthouses of Ireland
Now, this was great when it was first shown on RTE. It doesn’t seem to be on the RTE players which is fairly disappointing.
We did a decent search for it online as we know you’ll enjoy it but it’s a tricky one to find. We did come across it on the US version of Prime Video. So if you’ve got Amazon’s Primevideo AND a VPN you can watch this fascinating series. Otherwise, keep scrolling!
Watch US Prime Video
6. Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover – Season 2, Episode 6
Chef Anthony Bourdain, now sadly passed, visited Ireland on a number of occasions with his travel show and from this episode, it sure looks like he enjoyed his time here.
He goes all over the country and eats plenty of food. Of particular coastal interest is his visit to Howth where he has lots of good things to say about the seafood.
Find it on Youtube
7. Bádóirí – TG4 Player
If you love traditional boats and sailing, this one is a must. There are two seasons of this fantastic show which focuses on the iconic Galway Hooker and the communities that are keeping the tradition alive. All episodes are As Gaeilge with English subtitles available.
Watch it on TG4 Player
8. Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar – Ireland’s Wild Coast – TG4 Player
This jaw-dropping two-part series explores the beauty of Ireland’s Atlantic edge creating a breathtaking portrait of the wildlife that inhabits this incredible landscape. The show is filmed beautifully and features the stunning birdlife of Skellig Islands and the incredible humpback giants off the Blasket Islands.
Watch it on TG4 Player
9. 60 minutes of Ambient Relaxing RNLI Lifeboat Footage & Music
Need to wind down and relax for a bit, the RNLI has got you covered! They’ve have put together 60 minutes of relaxing lifeboat footage alongside some beautiful ambient music. The footage features one of their lifesaving Shannon-class lifeboat cutting through the waves. It’s soothing and hypnotic, I could watch it all day!
Watch it on Youtube
10. Tracks and Trails
Walking is off the cards but if you are suffering from wanderlust right now check out the whole series of videos from Tracks and Trails which features the best walks from around the country including some amazing coastal routes including the Beara Peninsula, Glengarriff Nature Reserve and Garnish Island and the Bray to Greystones Cliff walk.
Start creating your bucket list for when we’re allowed to roam free again.
Watch it here
11. The Island: Ireland from the Air
Filmed entirely from the air, this is Ireland shown from a unique perspective. A visually stunning journey.
Watch it on Primevideo
12. Fr. Ted
Nothing like a visit to Craggy Island for a good laugh! With every single episode here, you’ll be entertained for days with this. Go on, go on!
Watch it on Channel 4 Online (This is not a paid subscription service, you just have to sign up. Though like RTE media player, there will be adverts.)