What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ and ‘Red Dwarf’


Seeking amusement at the end of a tense week, sweetie darlings? “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” arrives on HBO. Keep up the British theme all weekend with full seasons of “Catastrophe” and “Red Dwarf.”

What’s on TV

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Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley in “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.”

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ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE (2016) 8 p.m. on HBO. Pull out the Champagne flutes and snuggle up to Patsy (Joanna Lumley) and Edina (Jennifer Saunders), those hard-partying London fashionistas, as they adapt their BBC series for the big screen. The story hangs on Eddy’s efforts to revive her public relations career, but it’s really just a good excuse for air-kissing the likes of Stella McCartney, Kate Moss and Jon Hamm. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times called it “a happily self-conscious feature-length goof.” For more of the duo when they could still fit into their Lacroix, check out the original series on Amazon and iTunes.

WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS 8 p.m. on NBC. Ashley Wagner, the world silver medalist, and her American teammates Karen Chen and Mariah Bell, chase after Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia, the reigning world champion, in Helsinki, Finland.

What’s Streaming

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Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney in “Catastrophe.”

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CATASTROPHE on Amazon. Season 1 of this sweet and filthy British comedy found Sharon and Rob — the Irish schoolteacher (played by Sharon Horgan) and the American ad man (Rob Delaney) — consciously coupling in London after a weeklong hookup led to an unplanned pregnancy. In Season 2, they’re coping with a baby sister for the toddler, Frankie, and the attendant struggles: postpartum ick, a visiting monster-in-law (Carrie Fisher) and a languishing career. And sex, or the lack thereof. “‘Catastrophe’ has the raw honesty of a mom on her second martini at a play date,” James Poniewozik wrote in The Times. Catch up before Season 3 arrives on April 28.

RED DWARF on BritBox. All 11 seasons of the British cult sci-fi space comedy land on this new streaming service from BBC Worldwide and ITV.

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Kate Hudson in “Almost Famous.”

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DreamWorks Pictures

ALMOST FAMOUS (2000) on Hulu. Cameron Crowe reflects on his career as a teenage journalist in this coming-of-age story about William Miller (Patrick Fugit), a 15-year-old from San Diego who makes a fairy-tale ascent from nerdy schoolboy to Rolling Stone reporter. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the critic Lester Bangs; Billy Crudup is Russell Hammond, the lead guitarist whom William can’t quite resist; and Kate Hudson is Penny Lane, the ringleader of a troupe of groupies who call themselves the Band-Aids. “We don’t have intercourse,” she says. “We inspire the music.”

BREATHLESS (1961) on FilmStruck. Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave classic follows two erratic days in the lives of star-crossed young lovers living in Paris: Jean-Paul Belmondo, playing a hoodlum on the lam after killing a cop, and Jean Seberg a an American expatriate newspaper vendor. As sordid as the film is, Bosley Crowther wrote in The Times, it is no cliché — rather “more a chunk of raw drama, graphically and artfully torn with appropriately ragged edges out of the tough underbelly of modern metropolitan life.”

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