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What to stream this week: Jack Whitehall, Briarpatch, Staged and more

From two thespian buddies to adventures with Jack Whitehall and his father, there’s a raft of great stuff to watch this week.SOMETHING TENNANT & SHEENStaged: Of all the pandemic-driven projects to have emerged in the past few months, this is one of the most solid – and the most charming.David Tennant and Michael Sheen’s real-life…

From two thespian buddies to adventures with Jack Whitehall and his father, there’s a raft of great stuff to watch this week.

SOMETHING TENNANT & SHEEN

Staged: Of all the pandemic-driven projects to have emerged in the past few months, this is one of the most solid – and the most charming.

David Tennant and Michael Sheen’s real-life friendship anchors this scripted series where they portray exaggerated versions of themselves rehearsing (but not rehearsing) for a West End play.

They’re petulant and often bickering, but it’s all in the spirit of comedy.

Filmed from their homes and featuring their partners plus celebrity guests Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson, Staged plays off the pair’s delightful chemistry over six 20-minute episodes. It’s the easiest two hours you’ll spend this week. Watch it: ABC iview

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Good Omens: It’s hard to believe that Good Omens was the first time David Tennant and Michael Sheen had worked together because they have serious onscreen fireworks. In this TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s book, they play an angel and a demon trying to stop the end of the world. It’s wild, over-the-top and a hell of a lot of fun. Watch it: Amazon Prime Video

SOMETHING MYSTERIOUS

Briarpatch S1: There are many TV shows anchored by the mystery of a violent death leading to a bigger revelation about corruption in a small town.

But those other shows don’t have the talented Rosario Dawson, who plays a woman returning home to Texas after her estranged sister is killed in a car bomb.

Briarpatch is full of oddball townies with shady connections and secrets. A dramedy with a touch of noir. Watch it: SBS On Demand

A Few Good Men: If all you remember of A Few Good Men is Jack Nicholson bellowing “You can’t handle the truth” then it’s time to revisit the legal drama about two Marines accused of murder. And the timing is kind of perfect because after almost three decades, Aaron Sorkin has another courtroom thriller out in select cinemas this weekend, The Trial of the Chicago 7. Watch it: Binge*

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SOMETHING HORRIFYING

The Walking Dead: World Beyond: If after 10 years of zombie-watching The Walking Dead has left you hungry for more – as bewildering as that sounds – there’s now a second spin-off out this week. World Beyond is set 10 years after the apocalypse and centred on two teen sisters who has to come of age as everything crumbles around them. Watch it: Amazon Prime Video, from Sunday, October 4

The Comey Rule: Look, The Comey Rule isn’t a horror movie, but it may as well be. If this two-part miniseries had been a fictional political thriller, it would’ve been fine. But it’s not. Instead, it’s a dramatisation of the battle of wills between former FBI director James Comey (Jeff Daniels) and Donald Trump (Brendan Gleeson) which feels too soon and too triggering. Watch it: Stan

SOMETHING FRENCH

Emily in Paris S1: This Netflix series follows Emily, a doe-eyed American marketing exec who is transferred to her company’s new Parisian acquisition to give an “American perspective” – something her French colleagues obviously love. It’s created by Darren Star (Sex and the City) so you know it’s going to be frothy, unrealistic and full of enchanting outfits the main character couldn’t possibly afford. But the gorgeous shots of Paris will make you wish you could use your passport right now. Watch it: Netflix, from Friday, October 2 from 5pm AEST

Delicatessen: The opposite of Emily in Paris, Jean Pierre-Jeunet’s apocalyptic comedy has a dark and carnivorous soul. Set in a French apartment building owned by the ground floor butcher, it’s a fight for survival when food resources are scarce and unsuspecting new workers find themselves in a meat grinder. There are underground vegetarian rebels, a biblical flood and kind-hearted circus clowns. Embrace the absurdism, it’s worth it. Watch it: SBS On Demand

SOMETHING TRAVEL-Y

Travels With My Father S4: British comedian Jack Whitehall’s adventures abroad with his conservative dad has been a source of great joy for three seasons. And now they’ve brought their brand of spark and bickering to Australia – wrestling emus, going on camel rides, touring nudist beaches and speed dating at a winery. Guaranteed fun times. Watch it: Netflix

Street Food Asia: It’s hard to not salivate over slow-motion close-ups of okonomiyaki, Singapore chilli crab and slippery noodles, without thinking about the last time you wandered past those lively food stalls on a trip to Asia, the smells seducing your tastebuds. And until we can do that again, at least we have gastronomic travel shows. Watch it: Netflix

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