If booze and chocolate aren’t enough, try bingeing on these

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If booze and chocolate aren’t enough, try bingeing on these

Weekends are for streaming: here are five serial winners

Tymon Smith

Succession (Showmax)Created by Veep and Peep Show writer Jesse Armstrong, HBO’s new black comedy family saga follows the billionaire global media family, the Roys (who Armstrong claims should not be taken as a thinly veiled approximation of the Murdochs). When media baron Logan Roy (Brian Cox) finds himself suffering from ill health, his children begin to manoeuvre him and each other out of the way in an effort to take over his multibillion-dollar empire. So far it’s mostly a dry and darkly comic look at rich people behaving very badly.The Staircase (Netflix)One of Netflix’s earliest documentary true crime series gets a reboot with an additional two episodes as we follow writer Michael Peterson and his trial for the murder of his wife in 2001. He says she fell down the stairs but what will the jury say? It’s a fascinating and thoroughly detailed examination of the US justice system and still a classic in the genre.Casting JonBenet (Netflix)Twenty years after the death of child beauty pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado, this highly intelligent, innovative and inventive documentary examines the effect of her death through a casting call for locals to play characters in a supposed documentary reenactment of the events. Kitty Clark’s documentary is not about solving the mystery but rather about rumour mongering and acting and the way in which lives are changed by the media spotlight.Sacred Games (Netflix)Set in Mumbai, this Indian cop drama provides plenty for the eye and the head with a combination of dark humour and choreographed violence as it takes the well-worn hardened cynical cop vs criminal mastermind trope to new heights of stylish neo-noir satisfaction.Jim Jefferies: This is Me Now (Netflix)There’s something invigorating, refreshing and downright gobsmacking about the irreverence and don’t-give-a-shit attitude of the Australian comedian and Comedy Central late-night show host that, whether you love him or hate him, you certainly can’t ignore.

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