The organisations best placed to withstand the juggernaut of streaming services like those of Netflix and Disney are the incumbent public service broadcasters or mainstream commercial ones who have an audience and a place on the programme guide.

Even they though are increasingly moving towards their own streamed content exckusive to their Players and available on demand.

RTÉ is celebrating the arrival of the Spice Girls in Dublin tonight by commissioning a series of short films tapping into stories from those for whom the 90’s stars were truly game changers.

20 years on they introduce us to some of the die-hard fans who feel like life was never quite the same again. Friendship, Love, Loss, Ambition, Heartbreak, Travel, Bullying – the Spice Girls influenced their lives irreversibly and made these fans who they are today.

Spice Up Your Life, 5 short docs which are available on the RTÉ Player, is a nostalgic trip down memory lane, exploring how the message of one girl-group can leave an enduring effect on the lives of many.

Presented as five individual short documentaries, viewers can click on each story to find out about Niamh & Caitriona, Anthony, Alex, Lisa and Clara.

Former Fair City actor Anthony Delaney 35- Kilkenny/London:

Growing up gay in rural Kilkenny, The Spice Girls’ message of individualism guided Anthony Delaney through the tough times.

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Niamh Kelly & Caitriona O’Brien – 37 – Rathfarnham:

Through thick and thin, Niamh Kelly and Caitriona O’Brien’s love of The Spice Girls has formed a close friendship lasting over 25 years.

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Lisa Curran– 31 – Vocal Coach – Tralee, Kerry:

Lisa Curran’s son Christopher has autism. The Spice Girls’ message helped her accept that he was different.

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Alex Le Moss– 30 – SUPERFAN – Dublin via Brazil:

New Irish Citizen, Alex Le Moss, grew up in Brazil with dreams of travelling across the world to meet The Spice Girls. His mother’s translations of Spice Girls lyrics were his introduction to English.

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Clara Caslin– 27 – Dublin:

Clara Caslin was at the Spice Girls concert back in 1997 on a ticket bought by her Dad. Now he has passed away but this year she was first in the queue to get tickets for the Croke Park concert.

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