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It's Christmas, the biros are out. While the rest of your family might be keenly circling programmes they want to watch in the Radio Times, you can relax, safe in the knowledge that with Netflix, shows are always available, so you don't have to sit down at a set time.

Wondering what to watch? This lot should get you started.


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He might be President Obama to us, but to his friends he's just Barry. This film charts his journey as a young man coming to New York to join Columbia University for his junior year.

Set in 1981, when New York was riddled with crime and racial tensions were near boiling point, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres while also struggling to keep alive his relationships with his Kansas-born mother and his estranged Kenyan father.

Given the major political events we've seen in 2016, this film is undoubtedly more relevant now than when it was conceived.

The Crown

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Per hour of filmed content, this is the most expensive TV series ever made. So you'll be glad to hear it's also available in 4K, a resolution which is four times sharper than high definition.

Claire Foy plays Queen Elizabeth II (talk about the role of a lifetime), in this epic series which charts the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

The first series comprises 10 episodes, spanning the first decade of her reign (though fear not, many more series are planned). It's an all-star cast, including former Doctor Who Matt Smith as the Duke of Edinburgh, John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, and Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.

Undoubtedly more interesting than the Queen's Speech on Christmas Day.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

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The girls are back, nearly a decade after they last graced our screens in what was supposed to be their final series. A lot has changed since we last saw them. In fact, the girls are at a crossroads in their lives.

Lorelai's relationship with Luke has run out of steam, as has Rory's budding journalism career. But these problems are small fry compared to Emily's, whose world is turned upside down when her husband of 50 years dies.

There are also format changes at hand – the show is available in 4K, which was but a mere dream when the original series aired, and it airs in four 90-minute instalments, rather than like a traditional sitcom.

But some things never change: the girls are still hanging around the town of Stars Hollow, drinking coffee and talking incredibly quickly. We wouldn't have it any other way.

The Get Down

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This one isn't for family viewing. Set in the disco scene of 1970s New York, this coming-of-age story features some colourful outfits and some even more colourful language.

It was created by Baz Luhrmann (the man behind 'Moulin Rouge'), so needless to say it's ridiculously over-the-top. Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizan F Guiardiola, Skylan Brooks and Tremaine Brown Jr star as a ragtag group of teenagers who run wild in the streets of the Bronx. Expect grafitti, afros and dancing aplenty.

A Very Murray Christmas

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It might be a year old, but it's Christmassy and stars Bill Murray, and that's enough for us. Murray is putting on a Christmas special, but a snowstorm has caused his celebrities to be delayed.

Will they make it on time? Guests include George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock and Amy Poehler. It's a nod to the celebrity-packed Christmas specials of old, complete with tuxedos and someone playing the piano.

Bar a repeat of the 1980s classic 'Scrooged', it could be the funniest thing you see all Christmas.

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