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This weekend I have … and hour, and I’m fragile
‘All Creatures Great and Small’
When to watch: Sunday at 9 p.m., on PBS. (Check local listings.)
When someone on a gentle British period drama earnestly pleads for another character to “give the boy a chance,” you know you’re in for some sweater-clad breakthroughs. “Masterpiece” is not immune to reboot mania, and this new adaptation of James Herriot’s memoirs has all the farm wisdom and charm one could want. James (Nicholas Ralph) finally lands a job as a veterinarian in Yorkshire, where he learns a lot about animals and a little about people. If you’re a PBS lifer, or if you’ve been thinking about incorporating baggier pants into your winter wardrobe, watch this.
… an hour, and I’m fragile in a different way
When to watch: Sunday at 9 p.m., on HBO.
This terrific two-part documentary about Tiger Woods is rich and well-paced, and along with “Last Chance U” and “Cobra Kai,” completes a “what’s up with dads and sports?” trifecta so potent that Freud might as well have a show on ESPN. There are a ton of interesting, illuminating details here, but the doc is even more intriguing as a meta-textual commentary on sex and gender roles, growth and change, and especially celebrity and intimacy. Part 2 is scheduled for Jan. 17.
… several hours, and I am a third kind of fragile
When to watch: Arrives Friday, on Netflix.
For those who just want to be swept away for a few hours, this zippy French drama (in French, with subtitles or dubbed) is a perfect binge, serious but not too miserable, clever in all the fun ways. Assane (Omar Sy) is a huge fan of Arsène Lupin, the fictional genius thief created in 1905 by Maurice Leblanc — so much so that he sets up a jewel heist himself. But like all the best heists, it’s not just a job: It’s also revenge. If you like “Sherlock,” or if you want something recreationally bleak but not wall-to-wall violent, watch this.
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