The RTÉ Player team share their top picks to watch on RTÉ Player this week.
St. Patricks Festival & The Best of Ireland
The world turned green this weekend and RTÉ Player provided a window to the festivities at home and abroad for St. Patricks Day. Viewers around the world were able to watch the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade live from Dublin for free with RTÉ Player as well as catch up on regional parades from across the North, South, East and West of Ireland and see cities around the world go green in a series of special news reports. To continue the Irish ‘love in’, celebrate all that Ireland has to offer with RTÉ Players ‘Best of Ireland’ collection including fantastic entertainment with The Rubberbandits Guides, The Nathan Carter Show, Garda Down Under, a look back on Ireland’s legendary TV soap in The Riordans: Tea, Taboos and Tractors and interview clips from The Late Late Show featuring some of Irelands greatest including the nations sweetheart, Saoirse Ronan. Immerse yourself in RTÉ Player’s St. Patrick’s Day offering of top Irish programmes, documentaries and lots more.
Hardy Bucks returns to RTÉ2 with a brand-new series beginning Thursday, 22nd March at 10.35pm. However! The first episode of the brand-new series will be available to watch a whole 2 days before when it premieres exclusively on RTÉ Player Tuesday 20th March at 8pm. You can follow Eddie Durkan and his certified nymphomaniac girlfriend Ciara in the brand-new series of Hardy Bucks as they dip their toe in the water of the West Irish swinging scene. Join ‘the greatest minds in Castletown’ aka Frenchtoast, Salmon, Cowboy and Buzz as they venture into Virtual Reality and embark upon a tech start-up in the shape of ‘The Virtual Pub’. Cruise on down to Shady Town with the Viper in his new business, an Ice Cream van or… ‘hash cream van’ depending on what you’re after. If you can’t wait until Tuesday night to get your Hardy Bucks fix, you can box set binge your way through the Bank Holiday weekend with series 1 to 3 available to watch now on RTÉ Player!
What Not to Miss?
Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge returned for a new season this week exploring the big news stories making the headlines alongside the colourful nuggets that may have escaped the public’s attention. Joining Brendan for the first episode of the new series was Maia Dunphy, Jennifer O’Connell and Niall Boylan who shared his extraordinary story of his experiences with the Catholic Church and a Mother and Baby home. Watch Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge now on RTÉ Player
Pick of the Week
Grow Cook Eat is the first series on RTÉ to respond to the burgeoning interest in growing your own food. Presented by Michael Kelly and Karen O’Donohoe of Grow it Yourself (GIY), each programme focuses on a particular vegetable and takes you through the entire process, from sowing the seed, to harvesting and to cooking. As well as the step-by-step guides to growing vegetables, there are features on building raised beds, making a compost heap, improving soil fertility and recipes. We find out what happens to the rubbish that is put into brown bins and visit inspiring community, school and workplace gardens to see how popular growing is becoming all over the country – even with people who don’t have their own gardens. GIY (Grow It Yourself) is a powerful and growing movement that is definitely ‘on trend’ as people become more aware of food miles and the impact they are having on the environment. Vegetables you grow yourself don’t come smothered in plastic, or sitting in a non-recyclable plastic tray. Programme one shows viewers how to grow Ireland’s most popular vegetable, the potato, from start to finish. Watch it now on RTÉ Player!