#CatchupRoundup (18th October 2018)

Thinking of staying in tonight? Rest assured we have the perfect selections in place for you, as we bring you our guide to the best of the on demand telly services with our new weekly blog series #CatchupRoundup. So go make yourself comfy, and switch on to this little lot…

It’s a show that’s as engrained into British telly watching childhoods as The Chuckle Brothers and The Wombles, and now, Blue Peter, the weekly magazine show for kids that has all manner of uses for yogurt pots and sticky backed plastic, bring and buy charity sales, the chance to meet top celebs and all manner of hair raising daredevil stunts is celebrating its diamond anniversary.

On iPlayer now, you’ll find the live 60th birthday show from Tuesday presented by its current hosts Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya, along with many of the show’s former hosts plus The Vamps, Jonas Blue and Sophie Ellis-Bextor joining the party as special guests. Plus there’s another chance to see some historic BP episodes from the archives, including the unearthing of the 1971 and 1984 time capsules from 2000, and the infamous Thunderbirds Tracy Island make from 1993. 

It’s a nostalgic yet heart warming view that shows why the good ship Blue Peter is still going strong after six decades and inspiring generations of British children. (P.S My presenters when I watched it? Konnie Huq, Matt Baker, Simon Thomas and Katy Hill, in case you were wondering. The dream team)


Also on the feel good factor for us this week is the return of one of Channel 4’s best documentary series of last year. This time in the second run, the elderly residents of Lark Hall, a retirement complex in Clifton, Nottinghamshire, are bought together with a group of 4 year olds (hence the show’s title) to see if they can work and play together for six weeks. The results are heart warming – and in some cases quite moving – to see, and you’ll wonder why this isn’t done for real in care facilities up and down the country to bring generations together. The first series is also available to watch back too in case you missed it last year.


Top chefs Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix have joined forced for this hilarious new cooking come travelogue series, where each week, they’ll be heading to their home countries to head out on a road trip for some of the best cuisine that Italy, France and the UK has to offer. Gino’s trip to Italy is first, and from the second he turns up in a camper van to the sounds of Eiffel 65’s worldwide 1999 hit ‘Blue (Da Ba Dee)’ (with some colourful language from – who else? – Gordon on the music choice) it’s well worth a watch.


Any pastime or craft you can think of has had it’s own Bake Off style transformation into a TV contest format that has reignited the love of it amongst the Great British public. Could the same be about to happen with model railways? The hobby that has occupied enthusiasts for years up in attics and bedrooms is now the focus of this brand new Channel 5 series, as each week, teams of would be railway modellers compete to be crowned the best in the country – with some surprising twists along the way…

Leave your comments below or Tweet us with the hashtag #CatchupRoundup to let us know what you thought of our choices this week – and let us know if there’s a show you want to recommend for a future edition!

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