Hey guys, so you may have read the first part of this blog were I suggested a few live streams, gigs, Netflix and creative channels to keep you entertained (you can read back here! ) but this week I have a curated a list of subscription channels and podcasts which I discussed on today’s Vinny Hurrell Show on BBC Radio Ulster you can listen back here (recorded from both our homes, see please forgive my mic!!) As always with a limited amount of time I couldn’t fit everything in the show, so here a few more suggestions below. Happy reading and I hope you find something you enjoy, stay safe!

Emer D xx

Things I’m loving on BBC iplayer:

Noughts and Crosses – based in the Malorie Blackmen young adult novellas. Romeo and Juliet set in an alternative 21st century. The RSC did a stage version with Richard Madden  Dominic Cooke and Ony Uhiara.

Talking about Richard Madden you can also catch up The Bodyguard before it returns also highly recommend Line of Duty, Fleabag and Killing Eve!

New on the iplayer a true story with a lot of humour written and produced in NI- My Left Nut, telling the story of a testicular cancer diagnosis but with a lot of humour.

Coming to the BBC this week (and I’m genuinely excited to see this, not just because it’s Vinny!) Your new to show My First Home, I’m saving for my first house so will be glued to this one starting Monday at 10.40.

BBC Sounds

Desert Island Discs-I would love to give my castaway playlist and the guests on this are fab Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thom Yorke, Derren Brown, Louis Therox etc 2251 to listen to, it first started in Jan 1942😮

Sound of the 90s with Fearne Cotton get nostalgia and relive the era with songs like Everbody from Backstreet Boys, Blur, Spice Girls, Madonna, Reef and TLC etc.

From here to there and Stories in Sound: Fly on the wall both really interesting listens from local DJ Mairead Campbell.  Esp. Annie Macs interview.

And my guilty secret, Elaine page on a Sunday listen back and belt out the show tunes in the safety of your own home! Love The Ticket on Radio Ulster as well for some homegrown talent.


Schitts Creek returns with its finale, fabulous funny but touching comedy about a rich family who loose all their money but find wealth of a different kind in a small town. Sixth season starts 14 May so catch up now!

Queer Eye season 5 is about to make its return so make sure your up to date but also check out Tan Frances side hustle next in fashion! Perfect escapism, if you watched project runway and love the great sewing challenge this is for you!

Have you watched Love is Blind? If not why not it’s cringe but fantastic viewing!!

Next on my watch list Tiger King!


My favourite at the moment for a little time out is Where is my mind by Niall Breslin, Voice Ireland judge and frontman Bressie is so comforting and reassuring but with a bit of craic. He’s also doing live meditation sessions on his Instagram at the minute nightly at 9.

Need a break from the kids CBeebies Radio podcast is the perfect mix of education and entertainment for them pop it into your home schooling schedule!

And of course last but not latest Disney+ what can I say The Mandolrian for Star Wars fans, Frozen 2, Classic Simpsons, 10 things I hate about you, Avengers:Endgame, Moana and all of Micky Mouse and friends. The parks maybe closed but there is a lot to entertain!!


Good Friday

Felt like today should be a #flashbackfriday📸 as yesterday was #nationalunicornday and this was definitely one of my favourite looks from last summer! So today’s challenge show me your #stayathome fancy dress!.This unicorn won’t be out partying this Easter but I will be eating lots of chocolate (need to go get me an Easter egg with my essentials), watching films and continuing the second weekend of my #stayathomefest.

So if you need an update on live streams and entertainment for this weekend here you go: Headliners

#GarethMalones Great British Home Chorus at 5.30pm on Youtube

#Simon Neill of @biffy_clyro is back on Facebook at 6pm

#CreamfieldsLockdown on Facebook at 7.30pm

#Coachella: 20years in the Desert on YouTube from 8pm

#JaredLeto of @30secondstoMars will be live on Instagram at 9pm

#JimmyEatWorld streaming on YouTube at 9pm

#Slipknot at 11pm on the Knotfestwebsite!


Peter Pan the musical watch it live on the @lyricbelfast website!

Jesus Christ Superstar watch it live on YouTube channel ‘The Show Must go on!


80s classics The Breakfast Club and Sixteen candles have both been added to Nerflix today!

Or fancy giving the kids a cinema-at-home feeling you can now live stream the #trollsworld tour on Prime or Google movies!

Easter Saturday

Eggcited that tomorrow is Easter! But please remember to #stayathome! Enjoy the sunshine in your garden and eat lots of eggs! Here are todays top picks of #livestreams as part of my #athomefest:


@petesnodden has the tunes to go with this gorgeous sunny day from 5pm on Facebook and 6pm on Instagram.

@thewanderingheartsmusic are live on Instagram from 5pm

@nkotb live streaming on YouTube from 8pm

Pete Tong headlining Ibiza needs Ibiza beats live streaming from stayathomefestival.org at 5pm


@big_telly and @creationtheatre are live streaming #theTempest all this weekend!

Tickets are currently sold out but join the reserved list for Monday!

Alternatively catchup on @brassnecktheatres entertaining back catalogue on their Facebook page.


Starting shortly #chittychittybangbang on Channel 5 4.40pm

#NottingHall on 5* tonight at 10.05pm


I had a day off #wfh life today, so to get me in the Friday mood, I had an afternoon bath!! Very indulgent and rarely happens in the post-lockdown schedule! I felt very #blanchedubois a hot bath to sooth the nerves! Maybe I’m strange but I always make an event of a bath, you know what I mean? Light some candles, use the smelly bath oils, pour myself a drink and bring in a good book! I’m currently reading @marian_keyes Grown ups my suggestion for the first @shesaidclub Book club and I’m loving it. Can’t decide if I’m Nell or Cara?! Anyway I put on a face mask, drank a mimosa and put on some tan. I now feel ready for my #friday night video call plans! And of course my stay #athomefest entertainment. Here are today’s top picks:


Pink Floyd streaming live on YouTube at 5pm

Nathenial Rateliff streaming live on Facebook at 6pm

New Order streaming live on YouTube at 6.30pm

Rita Ora and Liberty X part of Manchester Pride in your living room at 8pm on YouTube

Alessia Cara streaming live at 8pm on Facebook

Third Eye Blind streaming live on YouTube at 8pm

Barenaked Ladies streaming live on Facebook at 10pm

Lewis Capaldi streaming love on YouTube at 23.59


Tonight’s #andrewlloydwebber ‘The Show Must Go On’ is The Phantom of the Opera live on YouTube from 7pm

Also check out @nationaltheatre lives Treasure Island available until next Thursday!

Four weddings and a funeral Film 4 tonight at 9pm!


Been making some #lockdownfairycakes on my instastory today as it’s my mum’s birthday! Unfortunately because shes quite a few miles away from me and because of self-distancing I’m not going to see her to celebrate. So far I’ve missed my mum, my dad and lots of friends birthdays and I’m sure I’m going to miss lots more. I’m sure you all have missed quite a few as well!So as well as sending her a card and a pressie in the post, I thought I’d share this little post and bake some treats just for me (she couldnt eat them anyway, shes gluten free 😂) If you have a loved ones bday coming up why not give the #lockdownfairycake recipe a try as well! And before I go off to get ready for a family Zoom party here are your #athomefest top picks for tonight: HeadlinersMarcus Mumford (Mumford & sons) will be streaming live on Instagram at 6pmThe massive One World together at home with Lady Gaga, Elton John, Billie Eilish and so many more will have a pre show live stream at 7pm and then the main show will kick off at 1am on Globalcitizen.org 🎉🙌🍹 The Killers will be going live at 8pm on Instagram! ArtsIt’s getting mixed reports but Disney On Broadway charity concert including a performance of Frozen is now live on YouTube! FilmMissed it in the cinema? Danny Boyles musical comedy Yesterday, yes the one about The Beatles songs is now on Sky Cinema/Now TV!


I call this piece she used to be a bit of a rock chick but now she settles for a cup of tea on the sofa with @lionelrichie! Yes I have far too much time on my hands 🤦‍♀️ I recently rediscovered this #Gunsnroses tee in the back of my wardrobe from when I saw them 4 years ago! #coachella But I also realised I have a lot of band tees collected over the years some I still wear and some are just mementos. So today’s #stayathome challenge, show me your band tees! My top picks of today’s live streams coming up: Headliners@passengermusic live streaming on YouTube from 7pmCatch up on all the amazing #togetherathome streams from last night on global citizen YouTube.Sophie Hunter the Jazz/folk singer will be streaming from the Royal Albert home sessions from 7.30 at royalalbert hall.comArtsThe record-breaking exhibition, Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams, can now be relived virtually with a guided tour available free of charge on the Dior YouTube channel.Today is the last day you can watch The Globes 2018 production of Hamlet. Shakespeare’s Globe will then be live streaming their 2009 production of Romeo and Juliet from tomorrow. Watch at shakespearesglobe.com.Today Matthew Bourne’s amazing (all male swans) Swan Lake is now available to stream on Sky Arts, it’s unmissable! FilmThe Lego Batman Movie is on ITV2 at 4.30pmGrease is on Channel 4 at 5.50pm!Spiderman Far from home has been added to Now TV and Sky cinema today! I, Tonya, The Two Popes, Uncut Gems and Dunkirk are all on Netflix!That’s all for this weekend, check back next week! Stay safe and stay home!

Hope you find something you enjoy!

Emer xx