From a flashback to one of The Beatles’ most iconic concerts to new Scandi noir Partisan, the best on demand TV to watch this week
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The Beatles: Get Back
Peter Jackson spent three years restoring 60 hours of footage and 150 hours of audio of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
The material is from January 1969 as The Beatles were filmed making what became their final album, Let It Be.
The three-part, six-hour result also features – in its entirety – the iconic rooftop concert. There are larks and arguments, and film from 50 years ago looks as if it was shot yesterday. Disney+, from Thursday
Peter Jackson spent three years restoring 60 hours of footage and 150 hours of audio of John, Paul, George and Ringo (above)
In her directorial debut, Halle Berry plays Jackie Justice, a mixed martial arts fighter who left the sport in disgrace. After competing in a brutal underground fight to make some money, she’s offered the chance to get back into the game. Netflix, from Wednesday
The Marvel Universe has become increasingly complicated for the casual viewer to follow, but you don’t need in-depth knowledge to enjoy this seasonal offering. Jeremy Renner is Hawkeye, on a mission to get back to his family for Christmas, and Hailee Steinfeld is trying to help him. Disney+, from Wednesday
A surprise hit last year, this addictive reality TV show centres on luxury real estate firm The Oppenheim Group and its insanely glamorous agents, including Christine Quinn, in Los Angeles. Netflix, from Wednesday
The Oppenheim Group features insanely glamorous real estate agents, including Christine Quinn (above), in Los Angeles
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Andrew Garfield is fabulous in this all-singing, all-dancing adaptation of the musical by Jonathan Larson. Garfield plays Larson, and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda steps up to direct.
And for those asking, Jonathan who? Larson’s final musical was the box-office sensation Rent. The 35-year-old New Yorker died the day it opened. Netflix, now
The maker of the critically acclaimed Narcos is back with a new crime thriller. Eric Newman’s latest follows a comedian called Kid (Kevin Hart) who wakes up to learn he is the suspect in a murder case alongside his brother Carlton (Wesley Snipes).
In Hart’s first serious role, will his character be able to clear his name overnight before he loses everything he has worked for? Netflix, from Wednesday
Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em
Michael Crawford was so perfect as the disaster-prone Frank Spencer that it’s hard to believe he was third choice for the role after Norman Wisdom and Ronnie Barker.
Audiences were mesmerised by man-child Frank’s blunders and Michele Dotrice as his ever-patient wife Betty, subject of his famous catchphrase ‘Ooh, Betty!’
Michael Crawford (above) was so perfect as the disaster-prone Frank Spencer that it’s hard to believe he was third choice for the role
The show was famed for its Buster Keaton-esque stunts, performed by Crawford himself, including one famous scene that turned roller-skating into an extreme sport. Britbox, from Thursday
Author Irvine Welsh’s first TV series stars Dougray Scott as Ray Lennox, an Edinburgh detective who is battling demons.
That cliche aside, this is a dark, gripping crime drama with quotable dialogue and terrific performances, particularly Scott’s. Lennox is obsessed with catching a paedophile serial killer nicknamed Mr Confectioner, who has been operating for a long time and has now struck again. Britbox, now
All Creatures Great & Small
This popular reboot is a charming diversion and features a touching performance from Nicholas Ralph as vet James Herriot, as well as Jessica Clark and Patricia Hodge.
The show’s second series features a touching performance from Nicholas Ralph as vet James Herriot, as well as Jessica Clark and Patricia Hodge (above)
The second series sees him struggling with a dilemma – should he remain in Yorkshire or take a job with a forward-looking practice in his native Glasgow? Perhaps the woman he loves, Helen, will help him decide… Acorn TV, from Monday
The third and final season of the action/coming-of-age drama about the eponymous teenage assassin.
Esmé Creed-Miles is in the title role as the highly trained killer now trying to destroy Utrax, the organisation that created her. Mireille Enos is the former CIA agent who is foe turned friend. Amazon, from Wednesday
Charming Christmas short from the celebrated Aardman studio. Robin has been raised by a family of mice. As she grows up, she has an identity crisis and tries to prove her mouseness.
Robin (above), who has been raised by a family of mice and suffers an identity crisis, is voiced by Bronte Carmichael
Bronte Carmichael is Robin, Adeel Akhtar is Dad Mouse and Gillian Anderson voices Cat, villain of the piece. Netflix, from Wednesday
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The Shrink Next Door (Apple TV+)
An eight-episode show starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, who appeared in the Anchorman films together, is bound to be hilariously funny, right?
Well, there are laughs in The Shrink Next Door but they’re of the distinctly nervous variety because this is a disturbing series – based on a true story.
The new show, based on a true story, stars Paul Rudd (above) and Will Ferrell
Ferrell plays Marty Markowitz, a well-off New Yorker, who, in 1982, struggles to cope after his parents’ deaths.
His sister Phyllis (Kathryn Hahn) persuades him to see psychotherapist Dr Isaac Herschkopf (Rudd, above), an unthreatening-looking chap in a pink argyle tank top.
Yet the predatory Herschkopf is a ninja-level master of passive aggression, and the series tells how the devious shrink comes to isolate Marty from his family and friends and exploit him financially over three decades.
The showrunner is the British writer Georgia Pritchett, veteran of Succession and Veep.
BBC iPLAYER & ALL4
If you enjoyed – or perhaps ‘admired’ would be a better word to describe such an odd film – the folk-horror movie Midsommar, then this offbeat Scandi noir from Sweden should also appeal.
Partisan stars Sofia Karemyr and Ylvali Rurling (above) as Nicole and Maria, two foster girls in a gated community in Sweden
It takes place within a gated community, where Kent and his wife run a successful organic farm. New arrival Johnny is tasked with picking up two foster girls, Nicole and Maria (Sofia Karemyr and Ylvali Rurling), who will be joining them.
However, he begins to suspect that beneath the community’s seemingly wholesome veneer lies something far darker, especially when one of the girls tries to escape and he’s asked to dig a grave.
But Johnny himself also appears to have something to hide… All4, from Sunday
Dolly: The Sheep That Changed The World
Created in 1996 from a single cell in a mammary gland (hence the name Dolly, after the chesty country singer Parton), Dolly the white-faced Dorset sheep was the world’s first successful cloned mammal, living for six years and producing six lambs.
And in a way, she achieved immortality: she was stuffed and put on display in Edinburgh. BBC iPlayer, from Tuesday
All The President’s Men
Outstanding political thriller starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Washington Post journalists who broke the Watergate scandal that resulted in US President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974.
Robert Redford (above) stars alongside Dustin Hoffman as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in this outstanding political thriller
It’s directed by Alan J. Pakula from an Oscar-winning screenplay by William Goldman. Jason Robards also won an Oscar for his portrayal of editor Ben Bradlee. BBC iPlayer, from Thursday
The series based on the famous Enid Blyton books is back for its second term. Once again, the focus is on Darrell Rivers as she navigates life at an all-girls boarding school in post- Second World War Britain. Midnight feasts, pranks and the odd ghost abound. BBC iPlayer, from Monday
Each of the best-selling Strike novels penned by J. K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith has been adapted into a compelling mini-series starring Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger.
Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger (above) are business partners in Strike, based on the best-selling novels panned by J. K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith
Burke plays Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street, who solves cases that have eluded the police, along with his assistant, and later business partner, Robin Ellacott (Grainger). BBC iPlayer, now