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Got a little time on your hands? Recommendations for online content

Being in isolation has us all looking for things to do. While keeping active is always something we advocate, we all need something for those in-between times when we need to just be. Here are a few of our suggestions for the online world of TV, Talks and Podcasts... If you have some you'd like to share please send them to us and we'll add them to this post.


There are free and paid services for streaming TV and films.

Free options include BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4,

Paid subscription options include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, NowTV

On to our suggestions...

Killing Eve on BBC iPlayer

Noughts + Crosses on BBC iPlayer

Friday Night Dinner on All4

Sherlock on BBC iPlayer and Netflix

Life on Mars on BBC iPlayer

Ashes to Ashes on BBC iPlayer

Fleabag on BBC iPlayer

Foyle’s War on ITV Hub

The Good Karma Hospital on ITV Hub

Outlander on Amazon Prime Video

Vikings on Amazon Prime Video


TED is well known for it's collection of talks on all manner of subjects. It's a great way to expand your mind and learn some new things, or new takes on things you already think you know!

Some of our favourites are

Bill Gates on the Coronavirus

Brene Brown on the Power of Vulnerability

The Story of Life in Photographs

The Beautiful Mysterious Science of How You Hear


Podcasts are audio programmes that can be funny and witty or educational and mind expanding. There are masses to choose from and we encourage you to explore and search on topics that interest you. There are a few ways of accessing podcasts including apps such as BBC Sounds, Stitcher, Spotify, iTunes or SoundCloud.

Some of our recommendations are:

Evil Genius with Russell KaneChanging the way we see heroes and villains in history.

13 Minutes to the Moon

Gossipmongers - David Earl, Joe Wilkinson and Poppy Hillstead read out unsubstantiated rumours sent in by listeners. At the end of each episode they choose their favourite piece of gossip and help spread it further by getting Poppy to shout it out the window.

Brain Games Links

Shared by our very own Abbie:

Challenge yourself to guess the location from the picture

Strategy game where you need to rearrange tiles to complete the level

This is a tricky one - if you manage it take a video and send it to us! Make the athlete run the track

We all love a bit of Sudoku - now you need never run out of fresh puzzles!

This one has a bit of everything: Brain Teasers, Riddles, Trivia, Games and more...

My family love a crossword - here's a daily one to keep you thinking

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