Two TV Treats to catch-up on - November 2016

 My regular look at what's good to watch on TV via catch up.

After the boys have gone to bed, I’m always looking for something to watch on catch-up TV? If you are too, then here’s my Top 2 Things to watch this month.

This month it's a 'Series 2' double, with the return of a nature documentary and  a thrilling drama to our screens …

Planet Earth

The series is presented and narrated by Sir David Attenborough - the best narrator on earth - is gaining the highest TV viewing figures ever for a nature documentary. But let us admit it, Planet Earth is not just any old nature documentary it is extraordinary, amazing and so much better than any of the words I could use to describe it.

So far viewers have been fortunate to see some truly astounding footage of animals living their lives on remote islands, hostile mountains, and, most recently, in clouded and flooded jungles. Who knew that sloths swim (and slowly at that), flamingos skate on ice, dolphins swim in the middle of the jungle, bears can dance and  that a jaguar can easily kill a caiman?

I also love the ‘making of’ snippets. The film crews are awesome! I don’t even mind that some of the sound effects are added in the editing suite. It is still the best thing on TV.

The only problem I have is how will I cope when the series, of just six episodes, ends.

At least it will be Christmas.

Watch on BBC IPlayer

The Missing

I know I’m really late to this one, and already watching it on catch-up myself. But basically, its is a drama which starts with the return of someone who has been missing. And after one episode I’m hooked.

Its got a great cast too. I always seem to like any drama that has either Keeley Hawes or David Morrisey in it.

The story flips between 2014 and the present time, which can be a little confusing but aided by visual clues in the appearances of central characters. It is based on a British army base in Germany. It features Sam and Gemma Webster, whose daughter Alice went missing in 2003.

However, the police inform the parents that Alice has reappeared and mentioned when found another girl, Sophie Giroux, a French girl who disappeared at about the same time. A French detective Julien Baptiste was in charge of the Giroux investigation, and although now retired, he becomes involved again and travels to both Germany and Iraq to find answers.

At the end of the first episode, we discover that Alice died not long after returning. There are many unanswered questions, what happened to her brother, where did the scars on the dad come from.

I’m definitely expecting plenty of false leads and plot twists in this drama which has gripped audiences nationwide.

 After just one episode I am gripped. But luckily for me, as I’m watching on catch-up I can watch nearly all of it all in one go without having to wait a week for the next episode.

Watch on BBC Iplayer

What have you watched on TV this week that you'd recommend? No spoilers mind!

Deb x