The best things to check out whilst you’re stuck inside during lockdown (updated daily):
The world’s normal life has been flipped upside down, but the online world has come alive and is thriving more than ever. A chef has become the nation’s PE teacher for kids, Grandparents are using WhatsApp and FaceTime and the creative community has risen to the challenge of keeping us all entertained.
Very few of us have experienced a lockdown before, so we hope this page can introduce you to some of the wonderful things that the world has to offer during these strange and unprecedented times.
Wednesday 27th May
Sport and Fitness / Verse One Federation
Verse One Federation (V1F) is a YouTube channel with over 95k subscribers that transforms traditional 1-on-1 street basketball into an organized professional sport with height categories, player rankings, and professional video production.
V1F’s goal is to reach talent across the globe so that we can showcase the absolute best 1-on-1 basketball players in the world.
Their archive of videos is more than enough for any avid basketball fan to stay busy after the postponement of the NBA season.
Music / Make Friends
Dispensing hook laden and infectious indie-pop, Bristol’s Make Friends have already earned favourable comparisons to the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Bloc Party and have been keeping everyone well and truly entertained throughout lockdown.
First, following their tour being cancelled, two of the band’s members decided to put on a house tour where they would perform Instagram Live gigs from different rooms of their house.
Then last week, in support of Mental Health Awareness Week, they released an Isolation Sessions cover of You Make My Dreams by Daryl Hall & John Oates onto as the third in the series.
Film and TV / The Ranganation
Award-winning stand-up comedian, actor and writer Romesh Ranganathan discusses topical issues with his very own focus group of twenty-five ordinary Brits of all ages, backgrounds, and from all walks of life, as well as other comedians, expert guests, and his own mum.
With his signature deadpan humour and borderline-misanthropic wit, Romesh explores what the nation really thinks about a wide range of topics and takes a light-hearted look at the latest news and current affairs.
Radio and Podcasts / Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast
Bill Burr is an American comedian who having first gained notoriety for his recurring role on the second season of Chappelle’s Show, Bill developed a comedic style of uninformed logic that has made him a regular with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel.
His Monday Morning Podcasts (which he releases twice a week!) are one hour episodes in which he speaks without reservation and off-the-cuff about his past and recent experiences, current events, going on tour, sports, and offers advice to questions submitted by listeners.
And sometimes joined by his wife, Nia, and has many other featured guests and interviews with other comedians.
Food / Christina Tosi Baking Club
If you’re craving something sweet, join American pastry chef Christina Tosi, who you might recognise from the first episode of Chef’s Table: Pastry back in 2018.
She’s created a series called Baking Club, where every day at 7pm, she concocts delicious treats using ingredients that you’ll probably already have on hand.
Get your sweet tooth fix from oat cookie bars, cereal meringues, brown butter Nilla wafers, hot fudge and soft pretzels.
YouTube and Gaming / Mark Rober
Mark Rober is a former NASA engineer turned current YouTuber and friend of science with over 11 million subscribers.
Since lockdown, Mark decided to put up a bird feeder in his garden so he could pass some time bird watching… but whichever “squirrel-proof” feeder he decided to buy, the nifty animals managed to find a way through.
So Mark being Mark, he decides to build the perfect 8 step obstacle course for four very furry contestants!
English National Ballet believes that ballet is for everyone, everywhere, and are continuously working hard to give the nation free access to great content to keep people dancing, active, and inspired.
Their new series #WednesdayWatchParty returns tonight with Derek Deane’s iconic Swan Lake featuring Lead Principals Isaac Hernández as Prince Siegfried and Jurgita Dronina as Odette/Odile.
Tuesday 26th May
Sport and Fitness / Kidz Bop
Kidz Bop is a brand of compilation albums featuring children singing and covering contemporary and clean pop songs, made more kid appropriate by changing explicit lyrics.
But over lockdown, their YouTube channel has been the centre for daily Dance Party in your living room to help kids get the wiggles out!
Music / The Rolling Stones
As part of YouTube’s #StayHome campaign, The Rolling Stones have launched a weekly series entitled “Extra Licks”.
Each YouTube Premiere will stream the bonus features of six concert films from throughout their career, including performances from the 1994 Voodoo Lounge Tour and the 2016 Latin America Ole! Tour.
Available digitally for the first time, this six-part weekly series will feature bonus footage from some of the band’s most memorable concerts around the world.
Film and TV / Sea Wall
Sea Wall, written by Simon Stephens for Andrew Scott has mesmerised audiences since its launch in 2012.
Since then, Andrew has won a BAFTA for his portrayal of Moriarty in Sherlock and Simon picked up a Tony for his acclaimed stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
But Sea Wall remains a unique, fascinating piece that is special to both the writer and the actor and for the first time it has been made available to stream free to a global audience.
Radio and Podcasts / Bad Friends
Bad Friends is a comedy podcast with hosts Bobby Lee & Andrew Santino.
In the latest podcast, Bobby tests podcast guest Rudy’s loyalty; Andrew defends his Joe Biden video; and Rudy thinks David Dobrik is funnier than both the boys.
Food / Pro Home Cooks
Over the past seven years YouTube personality Mike G has been on a mission to spread his passion of home cooking through educational and entertaining digital food content.
Through his YouTube channel with over 1.4 millions subscribers and online course, he has inspired thousands of people to overcome their fears of the kitchen and take back the art of cooking.
His most popular series is The Sandwich Series in which he’s on the path to find and recreate the best sandwiches from around the world and craft every element from scratch.
YouTube and Gaming / 3Blue1Brown
3Blue1Brown is a math YouTube channel created by Grant Sanderson with over 2.8 million subscribers.
The channel focuses on higher mathematics with a distinct visual perspective and covers topics such as linear algebra, calculus, neural networks, the Riemann hypothesis, and more.
Since lockdown, a new series called “Lockdown Math” has started in which Sanderson can teach maths lessons to students that are unable to get to lessons at the moment.
Culture / Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
Victoria and Albert museums official YouTube has released a series of films that take you on a personal curator tour of the exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk.
Captured as the museum was closing its doors for a while, curator Anna Jackson guides you through the exhibition spaces, providing a personal insight into the making of the show, star exhibits and the fascinating history of the kimono.
Sometimes perceived as traditional, timeless and unchanging, Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk counters this conception, presenting the garment as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion.
Monday 25th May
Sport and Fitness / KP: Story of a Genius
He entertained, amazed, infuriated and divided… but for many England cricket fans, Kevin Pietersen is the greatest batsman they have ever seen.
He delivered four Ashes wins, a first ICC World Trophy, almost 14,000 international runs and was involved in his fair share of controversy.
In KP: Story of a Genius – has now been uploaded in full to Sky Sports Cricket’s YouTube – Nasser Hussain charts the highs and lows of Pietersen’s England career, as well as his upbringing in South Africa and plans for the future.
Music / HAIM
With their third studio album, Women In Music Pt. III, coming soon, HAIM have been utilising Zoom to bring their fans weekly dance classes.
The classes will take those that sign up through the band’s “most iconic choreo”. Taking place weekly on Sundays, they will focus on four tracks in particular: “Want You Back”, “Little Of Your Love”, “If I Could Change Your Mind”, and the recently-released “I Know Alone”.
They also hold the classes at a later time on Sunday via their Instagram for those who couldn’t make the Zoom class.
Film and TV / Normal People
The new BBC Three show Normal People, also an adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, follows Marianne and Connell, normal people from different backgrounds but the same small town in Ireland, as they weave in and out of each other’s romantic lives and start to grow up.
Radio and Podcasts / Coffee Break Languages
The Radio Lingua Network is a Scottish company that provides various language courses through free podcasts and online training courses.
Founded in 2006 by former French and Spanish teacher Mark Pentleton, the network now broadcasts a number of free podcasts weekly covering French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and more.
Food / Good Eatings
Welcoming every new viewer with open arms, the home of Good Eatings contains wholesome plant based vegan food free from gluten and brought to you with love and care by Malin Nilsson.
YouTube and Gaming / Eboys
Eboys is the newest YouTube group to emerge from lockdown consisting of WillNE, ImAllexx, James Marriott and Memeulous.
Talking about anything remotely interesting on the internet and putting and even more interesting spin on it, the boys have already gained over 800k subscribers after just over a month.
Culture / DriveTribe
From pub quizzes to critiquing some of YouTube’s greatest cars, DriveTribe is the reformed home of epic motoring and pulse-racing adventure for former Top Gear trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
Sunday 24th May
Sport and Fitness / 2015 Ashes Watchalong
England’s Stuart Broad ran amok to stun Australia on day one of the fourth Ashes Test in 2015, his figures of 8-15 wowing the cricketing world.
Broad himself talks everyone through every ball of that devastating spell at Trent Bridge in the latest watchalong on Sky Sports Cricket.
Guests will not only give us a unique insight into what it was like to be part of that incredible morning, but also share their memories of a cracking series which saw England, under Alastair Cook’s captaincy, regain the Ashes in just 14 days.
Music / Virtual Big Weekend
BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2020 has been taking place this weekend but with a twist: it’s a virtual festival.
Radio 1 and the world’s biggest artists will be joining you remotely while you stay at home.
The likes of Sam Smith and Jonas Brothers will be performing from their homes and maybe even home studios and BBC will be replaying the most memorable performances from Big Weekends gone.
Film and TV / After Life Outtakes
Join the nation in watching (and laughing at) the full 19 minutes of outtakes from the second season of After Life, starring, written and directed by Ricky Gervais.
The video ends with various cast members struggling to eat a birthday cake in the newspaper office set and once the scene’s finally in the can, Gervais shouts in the background: “Got It! Well done… f*** me!”
Radio and Podcasts / The Joe Rogan Experience
The Joe Rogan Experience is an audio and video podcast hosted by American comedian, actor, sports commentator, martial artist, and television host, Joe Rogan.
The show was initially launched back in 2009, by Rogan and comedian Brian Redban, who also produced and co-hosted and has grown to become one of the world’s most popular podcasts, regularly receiving millions of views per episode.
A self-confessed food geek, Alex aka French Guy Cooking isn’t afraid to try new things in the kitchen and discover the science behind his creations.
Part of Jamie Oliver’s Food Family, he keeps on sharing recipes and tips with his growing number of subscribers who he welcomes with open arms.
YouTube and Gaming / Cracking The Cryptic
Hosted by Mark Goodliffe (12 times winner of The Times Crossword Championship) and Simon Anthony (former record holder for consecutive Listener Crossword solves), the duo upload daily videos show the tips and tricks needed for solving sudokus, as well as the World’s most prestigious daily cryptic.
Each week there will be something for everyone, from beginner through expert.
Culture / Matilda Cast
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical has released a video of some of the current young performers along with Miss Honey (Gina Beck) singing ‘When I Grow Up’ from their homes during theatreland shutdown.