Easily Ben Stiller’s best work as a director thus far, the seven-part dramatic series Escape at Dannemora was only up to episode five at press time but will be available in its entirety on Stan by the time you read this. It’s based on the true story of a pair of inmates at the eponymous upstate New York prison who use sex to persuade an unhappily married civilian supervisor to help them escape. The show’s writers, Brett Johnson ( Mad Men, Breaking Bad) and Michael Tolkin (who wrote/directed the creepy 1991 film The Rapture) have created vivid characters from these working class unfortunates that are inhabited in career-best turns by Benicio Del Toro, Paul Dano and Patricia Arquette. This is one of the past year’s best series. For the fifth year, the college gridiron champion will be determined via a subjective bracketed competition that culminates in the College Football Playoff. Weirdly, the contest isn’t officially sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the reasons for that are enervatingly complicated. The match will be broadcast from the five-year-old Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco area, and will pit the December 29 winners of the Orange Bowl (Albama Crimson Tide vs. Oklahoma Sooners) and Cotton Bowl (Clemson Tigers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish) for bragging rights. Sensible money’s on Alabama. The Day the Rock Star Died: Jimi Hendrix Thursday, 8.30pm, Foxtel Arts Shows such as this series of 15 succinct biographies and untimely ends of popular musicians have upped demand for digitally revitalised film clips. Innovative guitarist Jimi Hendrix died in London at the peak of his success in 1970 under mysterious circumstances, thought to be a barbituate overdose. But the show is more interested in his legacy: Veteran journalist Mick Wall modestly refers to Hendrix’s rendition of Wild Thing as “a sex ritual which invokes the gods in a realm beyond space and time”, while author Barney Hoskyns merely calls him “the Paganini of the Fender Stratocaster”. Hendrix sets his guitar on fire during 1967’s Monterey Pop festival and it all looks and sounds terrific. As we all know, actor Bill Murray is not only immensely popular, but also notably eccentric. The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (streaming on Netflix from Tuesday) is an anthology of those odd sightings of Murray photo-bombing wedding photos, showing up unannounced at parties and generally surprising strangers with his genial, patently zonked-out presence. Actors-turned-writer/ directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein ( Horrible Bosses, Vacation) scored a comic thriller hit last year with Game Night (streaming now on FoxFlicks). Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams play an otherwise happily married couple whose competitiveness gets them involved in a simulated reality competition that becomes increasingly less simulated and frighteningly real — or does it? As the horror film genre continues adapting to heightened expectations, it had a banner year in 2018, led by the critical and box office success of actor John Krasinski’s directorial effort, A Quiet Place (streaming now on FoxFlicks). In a postapocalyptic America overrun by blind monsters with enhanced hearing, a family tries to survive by making no sound whatsoever.