Box Set Binge: Unsolved, Bates Motel and Life in Pieces

(Image credit: BBC/Adam Patterson)

Stuck for something to watch this weekend? Sit back and enjoy streaming stand-outs Unsolved (BBC iPlayer), Bates Motel (Netflix) and Life in Pieces (Amazon Video)

Have a peek at these top shows available on streaming services BBC iPlayer, Netflix and Amazon Video...

Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared (BBC iPlayer) After a night out with friends in November 1996, 16-year-old Damien Nettles vanished. There have been no sightings of the Isle of Wight teenager and his body has never been found. This eight-part documentary series, available now on BBC iPlayer, explores the mysterious disappearance and turns up new leads.

The investigation is led by reporters Alys Harte and Bronagh Munro, who moved to the Isle of Wight for several months to piece together the events surrounding Damien’s disappearance. As well as speaking to Damien’s friends and people linked to the case, they delve into the dark underbelly of the island and unearth shocking evidence about the fateful night the teenager vanished...


Investigative reporters Bronagh Munro and Alys Harte set out to uncover the truth (Image credit: BBC/Adam Patterson)


Bates Motel (Netflix)

Dark drama Bates Motel, a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller Psycho, centres on the lives of tormented teenager Norman Bates and his domineering mother Norma.

Set in the modern day, the series opens with widow Norma (Vera Farmiga) and son Norman (British actor Freddie Highmore) moving from Arizona to the fictional US town of White Pine Bay, Oregon, where they purchase a rundown motel. Norma plans to reopen the motel and build a new life for her and her son, following the death of Norman’s father.

Norma and Norman’s fresh start is quickly derailed, however, by a brutal murder, the unexpected arrival of a volatile figure from the past and a shock discovery in one of the motel rooms.

Follow Norman's downward spiral, Norma's desperate attempts to protect him, and the sinister goings-on in White Pine Bay in the first three series of Bates Motel on Netflix now.

Bates Motel

Bates Motel's Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore (Image credit: A E/Everett/REX/Shutterstock)

Life in Pieces (Amazon Video)

Dianne Wiest, James Brolin and Colin Hanks (Roswell, Fargo, son of Tom) head the starry cast of US comedy series Life in Pieces. The sitcom charts the lives of the Short family – matriarch Joan (a therapist), her retired pilot husband James, and their three adult children: Greg (who becomes a dad in the series opener), Heather (a mum of three) and Matt (recently divorced and living with his parents).

There’s never a dull moment for the Shorts, whose comedic crises and awkward encounters include the unexpected consequences of childbirth, a tooth-shattering game of ping-pong and a mock funeral.

Each episode is just 21-minutes long and consists of four stories, following a different branch of the family. The entire first series is available on Amazon Video now, with a second series due later this year.

Life in Pieces

Life in Pieces cast, including Colin Hanks (far left) and Dianne Wiest (fourth from left) (Image credit: Startraks Photo/REX/Shutterstock)