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Relaxing TV shows to watch right now

Relaxing TV shows to watch right now


We could all do with some help unwinding right now, so why not check out these tranquil telly treats?

By Virgin TV Edit

If you’re feeling a bit tense at the moment, we don’t blame you. But what if we told you your TV has the power to help you chill out and regain some balance during these tricky days?


Fast-paced thrillers? Raucous reality TV? Blindingly colourful kids shows? We’re not talking about any of that. Instead, there are plenty of shows out there that embrace the quiet, the calm, and the sedate. And they’re ready to help you destress. Here are five to watch right now...


1. Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere

Find season 1 on Netflix

The laid-back master of mild, Bob Ross is the hero we all need right now. Sit back, relax, and let Ross help you forget about your worries and your strife, as he paints gorgeous landscapes in his unmistakable style.


2. Some Good News With John Krasinski

Find it on YouTube (CH 198)

Watching the news right now can feel pretty rough, so why not give yourself a shot of informed positivity instead? Hollywood star John Krasinski (A Quiet Place) now has his own show on YouTube, delivering funny, touching and upbeat stories for these challenging times.


3. Gardeners’ World

Monty Don in Gardeners' World

Fridays, 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer

You don’t need a garden or green fingers to enjoy the chilled charms of this BBC institution, which first aired in 1968. With the genteel Monty Don at the helm, Gardeners’ World is the perfect way to end the week.


4. Fireplace For Your Home

Find season 1 on Netflix

Staring into a fire on your television screen might be a sign of madness to some, but there’s something oh-so therapeutic about this Netflix curiosity. There are three one-hour variations to choose from, with or without music.


5. Handmade

Find it in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer

From the forging of a steel knife to the creation of a glass jug, these 30-minute shorts are beautifully blissful. Featuring no narration, they simply follow the process of objects being made. Trust us, you’ll be mermerised from the off.


How to watch YouTube on Virgin Media

If you have a TiVo® box or Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®:


Press Home on your remote

Select Apps & Games

Select All Apps 

Select YouTube

How to watch Netflix with Virgin TV

If you have a TiVo® box or Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®:


Press home on your remote

Select Apps & Games

Select All Apps 

Select Netflix


If you’re already a Netflix subscriber, you can also access the app through Search & Discover or by pressing Red on channel 204. Just sign in with your existing login and start watching. And you’ll only have to log in the first time you use it. 


If you’re new to Netflix, then you’ll need to subscribe to use the app. The easiest way to do this is by going to You can also subscribe using the Netflix app in Apps & Games.


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Image credits: Gardener's World ©  BBC - Photographer: Glenn Dearing