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16 brilliant films and TV shows you can watch on your UPC right now

Nothing on the telly? Fear not.

UPC RECENTLY LAUNCHED My UPC Prime, an on-demand service available to UPC customers.

The service works like Netflix and presently boasts a few dozen films and TV box sets available to stream on-demand for no extra cost.

So, how does it compare to Netflix? Well, the offering is more limited for now, but there are still a number of terrific films available to watch when there’s nothing on the box, including a healthy selection of Irish films.

Here’s the best of the bunch.

1. Winter’s Bone

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AKA the film that propelled Jennifer Lawrence to stardom.

In the film, J-Law plays a teenaged girl who must locate her missing father and protect her family against eviction. Gritty as hell, but well worth a gander.

2. Swingers

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Contrary to what the title might suggest, this isn’t a raunchy film about swingers. Starring Jon Favreau as an unemployed actor nursing some serious break-up angst, it’s a sweet and funny bromantic comedy.

Perfect if you’re looking for something that isn’t too taxing.

3. Pilgrim Hill

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Before Glassland, Gerard Barrett made Pilgrim Hill, a quiet rural drama set in Co. Kerry. Widely regarded as one of the best Irish films of recent years, you won’t regret watching this one.

4. McCullin

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Powerful documentary about renowned war photographer Don McCullin. McCullin is responsible for some of the most iconic war imagery of the twentieth century and here recounts his experiences working in the thick of it.

Fascinating.

5. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is one of the most extensive examinations of the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church. Filmmaker Alex Gibney offers an unflinching look at how the scandals have affected the United States, Ireland and more.

Powerful, essential viewing.

6. Kisses

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Gorgeous coming-of-age drama about two young teenagers who run away from home and spend a night in Dublin together. It’s a little bit magical.

7. Garage

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Perhaps not one to watch if you’re in a fragile state of mind, Garage is one of the most respected Irish films of recent years. You’ll be awestruck by Pat Shortt’s performance alone.

8. Archipelago

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Starring a pre-Avengers Tom Hiddleston, Archipelago is the story of a family holiday gone awry. Expect tension, resentment, bitterness and awkwardness in abundance.

9. Doubt

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Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Viola Davis and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman star in this drama about a nun who raises suspicions about a Catholic priest and his relationship with a student.

10. Gone Baby Gone

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Ben Affleck’s directorial debut will have you doing Boston accents all night long.

11. My Summer of Love

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Featuring Emily Blunt when she was a young ‘un, this acclaimed British film follows two girls as they go from friends to more-than-friends over the course of a summer. A little gem.

12. Sensation

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Before he was gallivanting around in Star Wars, Domhnall Gleeson was busy playing socially awkward farmers and the like. In Sensation, Gleeson plays a farmer who teams up with a New Zealand call girl to open a brothel.

As quirky/dark as it sounds.

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TV Shows

The service also carries a number of television box sets to binge on.

Scandal

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Find out what all the hype is about – the first three seasons of this addictive/occasionally ridiculous drama are available on demand now. You’ll be calling yourself a Gladiator in no time.

The Walking Dead

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Do you still not watch The Walking Dead? Get your zombie on immediately.

Revenge

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If you’re a fan of dramatic looks and like characters that have names like Conrad, Revenge is the show for you.

The epitome of guilty pleasure television.

Prisoners of War

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If you want to know where Homeland came from, you ought to get acquainted with the Israeli series that inspired it. The first season is available to stream on My UPC Prime now.

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