As the days we must use social distancing and stay inside to tackle COVID-19 stretch on, there are a number of different streaming services offering a variety of content – films, exclusive TV shows and boxsets – should you want to diversify your at-home viewing. We've rounded up some choices from RTÉ Player, Amazon Prime, NowTV as well as Netflix. Some are old, some new and some worth re-watching
Among the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country-western singer who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo. Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats, and the status and attention their dangerous menageries garner. But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business. You won't believe what you're watching.
Available now on Netflix
Take a walk down memory land with the entire boxset of the now-cult series available to watch on the RTÉ Player. Set in Chicago, this medical drama deals with the personal and professional crises of the doctors in the emergency room at County General Hospital. We've got Geroge Clooney before he became a bonafide superstar and Julianna Margulies pre-The Good Wife. Think Grey's Anatomy, but with a nineties vibe. Still worth binge-watching.
Available now on RTÉ Player
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer stars as Madam C.J. Walker, the trailblazing African American haircare entrepreneur who was America’s first female self-made millionaire. Inspired by the book, On Her Own Ground, written by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles, the Netflix original series brings the uplifting story of this cultural icon to the screen for the first time. Against all odds, Walker overcame post-slavery racial and gender biases, personal betrayals, and business rivalries to build a ground-breaking brand that revolutionised black haircare, as she simultaneously fought for social change.
Available now on Netflix
The Good Fight
Great news for fans of The Good Wife its spin-off series, aptly titled The Good Fight is just as watchable. The new series picks up one year Diane Lockheart (played by the ever-charismatic Christine Baranski) decided to part ways with the Florricks and is poised to enter retirement. However, life sees her take another path thanks to a scheme that seeks to destroy both her reputation and that of her goddaughter (played by Rose Leslie). The show was helmed by Good Wife creators Michelle and Robert King and will see a familiar face or two make an appearance throughout. Underrated and excellent.
Available now on Amazon Prime
In the Canadian Rockies, a recently emigrated, former undercover police sheriff (played by a superb Tim Roth) and his family try their best to survive in a charming mountain town. Sheriff Jim Worth struggles with the ghosts of his past – and a dual personality he calls Jack – as he attends AA meetings, and his wife, Angela, tries to integrate into the town of Little Big Bear. At the same time, a massive oil company, North Stream Oil, opens a refinery just out of town, bringing with it a swath of migrant workers, rising crime levels, and pollution. Tragedy strikes and the Worth family's idyllic new life is that no longer. Gripping and brilliant.
Available now on NowTV
Making The Cut
The highly-anticipated fashion competition series Making The Cut hosted and executive produced by Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, will fill the fashion-shaped hole in your life. The 10-episode series, which brings together a diverse group of 12 talented entrepreneurs and designers, will premiere two new episodes each week, with the finale on April 24th, 2020. During the course of the season, those who do not “make the cut” will be eliminated, with the winning designer from the finale receiving one million dollars. A dozen designers featured will visit three of the world’s fashion capitals – New York, Paris, and Toyko – and face challenges and assignments that will test not only their design skills but also their ability to run all aspects of a business.
Available on Amazon Prime on March 27th