What’s on TV Saturday: ‘The Beatles’ and ‘Fences’

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘The Beatles’ and ‘Fences’


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The Beatles in 1963.

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Apple Corps

Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary has its broadcast debut. And Denzel Washington’s adaptation of an August Wilson play streams on Amazon and Hulu.

What’s on TV

THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK — THE TOURING YEARS (2016) 8 p.m. on P.B.S.; also on Hulu. Ron Howard’s film documents the formative years of the British group, from early success until retirement from touring before the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The story might be familiar, but the candid footage humanizes the Fab Four, with moments like George Harrison’s ashing his cigarette on an unaware John Lennon’s head in the middle of an interview. In grainy footage midway through the film, a reporter asks Paul McCartney, “What place do you think this story of the Beatles is going to have in the history of Western culture?” Mr. McCartney responds: “You must be kidding me with that question. Culture? It’s not culture.” The reporter presses: “What is it?” Mr. McCartney: “A good laugh.” You’ll almost want to believe him; the film shows it to be both.

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Daniel Radcliffe in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

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Murray Close/Warner Brothers Pictures

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (2005) 5:40 p.m. on Freeform. After the notably dark “Prisoner of Azkaban,” Potter went PG-13 with the fourth film in the series, in which Harry and his compatriots navigate a dangerous magical tournament, and the snarling Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is seen fully formed for the first time. For those wanting to catch up on the series, the first three films air at 7 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017) 8 p.m. on HBO. Those in need of some escapist action this holiday weekend can gaze at the latest digital reboot of the world’s most famous gorilla. This version stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly and John Goodman. In her review for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis wrote that the infamous ape “turns our gaze back on ourselves” and that “Kong is the beast we know, the beast we deny, the beast we fear, the beast we kill.”

What’s Streaming

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Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in “Fences.”

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David Lee/Paramount Pictures

FENCES (2016) On iTunes, Amazon and Hulu. Denzel Washington plays an aging father in this film adaptation of the August Wilson play, directed by Mr. Washington. The story is centered on an African-American family in 1950s Pittsburgh. In his review for The Times, A. O. Scott described Mr. Washington’s voice as “a mighty instrument.” “If you closed your eyes and just listened to ‘Fences,’” he wrote, “you would hear a verbal performance of unmatched force and nuance.”

BLOOD ROAD (2017) On Red Bull TV. In this adventurous documentary, the endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch, along with the Vietnamese cyclist Huyen Nguyen, bikes the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam in search of the site where Ms. Rusch’s father’s plane crashed during the Vietnam War. It’s a tribute, a search for answers and, perhaps, an education.



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