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The connection plan

Shiny and soapy… The Hook Up plan. Photography: Stéphanie Branchu / Netflix

The third and final season of this charming French romantic comedy stars Zita Hanrot as the wacky but likable Elsa, with Sabrina Ouazani and Joséphine Draï as well-meaning but intrusive friends. As we left the trio, the show decided to incorporate Covid-19 into its plot and the women were trying to maintain their connection through the lockdown despite a romantic upheaval threatening their friendship. Will we see reconciliation and freedom? Expect a broader focus on the nature of friendship, new love interests, and a pregnancy test. Shiny and soapy but beautifully executed and the settings – alternating Parisian glamor and bucolic rural France – are a seductive escape. PH
Netflix, available now


Banksy: the most wanted

Elusive… Banksy: Most Wanted.
Elusive… Banksy: Most Wanted. Photography: Britbox

Over the past two decades, one gets the impression that graffiti artist Banksy was both everywhere and nowhere: a constant ambient presence in British life, but also an absence where the detail should be. Wisely, the Aurélia Rouvier and Seamus Haley documentary largely avoids endless speculation about Banksy’s real identity and instead asks what Banksy is, how Banksy works, and why everyone should care. This is probably the only realistic approach from an artist that continues to both occupy a prominent place and evade categorization. PH
BritBox, available now


Eat with my ex

Problem to start… Eating with my ex.
To begin with… Eating with my ex. Photograph: BBC / Thames TV

There’s something undeniably odd about an ex-couple deciding to go on TV to openly discuss why their relationship ended. But this show has now reached season four, so it’s clearly an itch that people want to scratch. This new series begins with three former couples: Flame and Alex, Jade and Higor, and Jack and Indigo. What will their televised therapy sessions reveal over meals? The issues discussed include text dumps, emotional inarticulation and, of course, the corrupting effects of social media. PH
BBC Three, from Sunday January 2


Rebel

Musical youth… Rebelde.
Musical youth… Rebelde. Photography: Mayra Ortiz / Netflix

Netflix’s cheesy manual telenovela, which begins the year with this trashy, soapy melodrama set in a high school in Mexico – albeit a remake of an Argentinian show from the early 2000s. The Story follows a new group of students who bond, connect, and prepare for a Battle of the Bands contest while taking on various elaborate hazing rituals from a shady group known as The Lodge. No cliché goes untapped and no chord comes loose, but it’s undemanding and potentially addicting – especially at a time of year when it’s all too easy to fall into a guilty frenzy. PH
Netflix, from Wednesday January 5


El Deafo

El Deafo
Superhero inside… El Deafo. Photography: Apple TV +

Based on Cece Bell’s New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor-winning graphic novel memoir, here’s a charming three-part animation about a girl who loses her hearing and finds her inner superhero – El Deafo. Aware of wearing a hearing aid on her chest at school, Cece (voiced by newcomer Lexi Finigan) quickly embraces her “superpowers” – like being able to use her aid to detect when the teacher is coming back from the bathroom (she takes the flush). Sweet, funny, poignant and certainly not just for children. TIME
Apple TV +, from Friday January 7


The Hype House

The Hype House
Influencers… The Hype House. Photography: Netflix

For anyone not on TikTok (basically, if you’re over 25), you’ll first need an education on what the Hype House is: a gen Z collective of the creators of the platform. -social media form created in 2019 and based in a bizarre and collaborative LA mansion. Netflix has now given the group the documentary treatment, promising to show the gory details of life as an influencer and how they relate to each other. Considering that every moment of their life is already shared with millions of people, is it even possible to get closer? If you can handle it, log on to find out. TIME
Netflix, from Friday January 7


Defense

Legal displacements… Magdalena Cielecka in The Defense.
Legal displacements… Magdalena Cielecka in The Defense. Photograph: All4

A gritty Polish legal drama curated by arm Walter Presents, starring Magdalena Cielecka as lawyer Joanna Chylka in season two. As we join Chylka, the nation is outraged by the arrest of the son of Piotr Langer Sr, a successful businessman. Langer Jr is the heir to a huge fortune but is also accused of a brutal double murder. Chylka finds herself defending the young man, which is unfortunate as her father has decided to publicly sever ties. Chylka smells of a rat but Langer Jr seems oddly unwilling to try to defend himself. PH
Every 4th, from Friday January 7


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