The newest streaming behemoth, Discovery+, debuts Monday with a library of more than 55,000 episodes of nonfiction TV as well as new nature series with hosts as disparate as David Attenborough and David Schwimmer. Particularly alluring, though, is this two-part documentary featuring the noted thespian and orangutan groupie Judi Dench, who is irresistible, whether describing her first sight of true jungle (“it is like flying over broccoli”) or introducing her companion in life and adventure travel, the conservationist David Mills (“I’m here with my chap”). (Discovery+, Monday)

France’s gift to the police-procedural genre begins its eighth, and final, season. Caroline Proust and Thierry Godard complete their series-long runs as the cops Laure and Gilou, while Clara Bonnet joins the cast as a new investigating magistrate, in the show’s rough parallel to the “Law & Order” formula. (MHz Choice, Tuesday)

Change comes for everyone, even ViacomCBS. With its somewhat naturalistic style and its general avoidance of episodic procedural formulas, this six-episode thriller starring Michael Chiklis as a recently retired border-patrol officer stands out among the old-school CBS crime dramas and “Star Trek” spinoffs that populate Viacom’s streaming service. (CBS All Access, Thursday)

“The Morning Show,” with its big stars, and “Ted Lasso,” with its pandemic-salving sentimentality, have gotten the attention. But the best Apple TV+ shows have been two relatively under-the-radar series: “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” about a chaotic video game studio; and “Dickinson,” Alena Smith’s Transcendentalist teen comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as the poet Emily Dickinson, which begins its second season. (Apple TV+, Jan. 8)

The gentleman thief Arsène Lupin has been played by actors as diverse as John Barrymore, Jean-Claude Brialy and Ken Uehara. Joining that distinguished lineup is Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”), whose Lupin is the son of a Senegalese chauffeur who was unjustly accused of theft. The French series, set in Paris, was created by the British screenwriter George Kay (“Killing Eve”). (Netflix, Jan. 8)



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