What to stream on Netflix, the RTÉ Player and other services

What to stream on Netflix, the RTÉ Player and other services

Fleabag, Love/Hate and a poignant new documentary series are among the options available, writes Des O'Driscoll.

Fleabag

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge's smash hit began life as a one-woman play, and even after the success of the TV comedy, she returned to her stage roots for a run at the Soho Theatre last year.

A film of one of those performances is now available from the London venue's website, with most of the proceeds going to UK charities involved in Covid-19 issues.

Prices start at just £4 (about €4.60), but there are also options to donate more to the charities. Be warned that it's quite a different experience to watching a TV show, but the legions of Waller-Bridge fans will still enjoy it.

The Breakfast Club

Netflix

It's probably not as good as you remember it, but this 1985 comedy-drama will tick a few nostalgia boxes.

Emilio Estevez and Molly Ringwald were the breakout Bratpack stars from a film about a group of teenagers sharing a detention class on a Saturday afternoon. The theme tune of Simple Minds' 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' will also help transport you right back to the 1980s.

Owen Colgan Around the Fire

RTÉ Player

Colgan may be famiiliar to you from the Hardy Bucks series (he was Buzz McDonnell) but benefits from more of a free reign on this three-part online series.

He chats about such subjects as sex and climate to guests in front of his two-bar electric fire, all under the watchful gaze of his producer, Auntie Noreen. There are also plenty LOL moments in some of the related sketches.

The national broadcaster's Player is notoriously glitchy, but you may be lucky enough to get a smooth run. Guests include social media foodie James Kavanagh, Young Offenders star Demi Isaac Oviawe, and Dancing with the Stars pro Karen Byrne.

Money Heist

Netflix

Either there are a lot of au pairs locked-down and bored in Ireland, or the general public has finally jumped aboard this high-octane Spanish drama series. Season four arrived recently and it has consistently featured in the streaming service's 'most watched' list in this country.

This means Ireland is joining an international trend that has seen Money Heist top the charts as the most in-demand series in the world, The central event in the show is the robbery in the first series of €2.4 billion from the Spanish mint.

Originally titled 'La Casa De Papel', it may default to an English-dubbed version. If you don't mind subtitles, the show is much better in its original Spanish.

Love/Hate

RTÉ Player

Fancy bringing a bit of Nidge back in your life? The nation's favourite scumbag and his pals will soon be back on terrestrial TV as RTÉ is planning on re-running the show, but all five seasons are already available online.

In hindsight, you'll probably notice how the first series was a bit patchy. As time went on, however, Stuart Carolan's show evolved into one of the classics of Irish television.

American Hustle

Netflix

Perhaps this black comedy from 2013 doesn't live up to the potentiial of the incredible cast, but it does make for an extremely watchable film.

Set around an FBI sting operation in the late 1970s and early '80s, it features an ensemble of interesting characters on both sides of the law.

Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are among the standouts of a cast that also includes a short appearence from Robert DeNiro.

It's a real treat for those with an eye for the fashions of that era, and was nominated for several costume design awards.

The Innocence Files

Netflix (from Wednesday)

New nine-part documentary series looking at the some of the wrongful convictions that have been exposed by the Innocence Project in the US.

It raises some serious questions about America's justice system, and no prizes for guessing that the vast majority of the victims of these miscarriages of justice come from poor backgrounds, and race can also be a factor.

For instance, we see how Chester Hollman spent 25 years in prison from the age of 21 for a murder he didn't commit. And Kenneth Wyniemko was in jail for nine years before the Innocence Project exposed faults in his prosecution.

The series has been created by Alex Gibney, the renowned documentary maker who also did No Stone Unturned, about the 1994 Loughinisland massacre in Co Down.


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