The best new Netflix UK series, films, and documentaries to binge in November 2020, courtesy of Secret Birmingham.
Welp, the unwelcome return of a lockdown means it’s high time to head back to the warm embrace of Netflix. Thankfully, plenty of blockbuster films, hot new series, and though-provoking documentaries being unleashed this month, so here’s the best of what to watch on Netflix UK in November 2020, as well as some winners available now. Plus, a tantalising glimpse at what lies in store later in the year! (Don’t forget, you can watch Netflix with pals using this nifty Internet extension.)
New to Netflix UK in November 2020:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (November 6)
A critically-acclaimed animated foray into the Spidey universe, this film weaves a tangled web of heroes from multiple dimensions, with an equally dazzling voice cast.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (November 13)
An original Christmas adventure featuring a magical town, whimsical inventions, and original songs from the likes of John Legend and Usher, Jingle Jangle looks like a real Christmas cracker. Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, and Phylicia Rashad star.
The Crown, Season 4 (November 15)
How nice of them to time the lockdown so that we can binge The Crown throughout it! As the series moves into the 1980s, Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) encounters new challenges, family drama, and the arrival of Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson).
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (November 19)
Have I been waiting for this since the moment the credits rolled on The Princess Switch? Of course! Vanessa Hudgens will be reprising her leading roles in the sequel to Christmas hit The Princess Switch – this time, she’s playing three characters, and I frankly cannot wait to see how it all unfolds.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square (November 22)
Dolly Parton plays a literal angel in this festive flick, which sees Mamma Mia and The Good Wife alum Christine Baranski as the Scrooge-like millionaire aiming to sell the town she owns, consequences be damned. Oh, and it’s a musical too!
Shawn Mendes: In Wonder (November 23)
Charting the rise and rise of Shawn Mendes, this Netflix original documentary film offers a whole new level of access into the star’s life and career. Superfans are going to love it!
The best of the rest – coming to Netflix UK in November 2020
There’s a proper smorgasbord of films to enjoy from November 1, with Music and Lyrics, Police Academy, National Lampoon’s Vacation, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Seven Pounds, Daddy’s Home, and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie all available to stream. You’ll see the film that tempted Sophia Loren out of retirement with The Life Ahead (13th), whilst there are shenanigans aplenty in Road Trip (19th) and Scott Pilgrim vs The World (22nd). Finally, two brand new releases will have you contemplating the hard grind of life (Hillbilly Elegy, arriving November 24) and celebrating the miracles of Christmas (The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two, arriving November 25).
There’s only one place you need to go in TV land this month: Capeside, Massachusetts. All six seasons of Dawson’s Creek are streaming on Netflix from November 1, and if you think there’s a better place to spend lockdown than in 90s small town America with a bunch of hyper-verbose teens, then you’re lying to yourselves. Also pitching up on the 1st are season eight of Modern Family, whilst season two of The End of the F***ing World arrives on the 4th… kind of a timely one, isn’t it?
Now streaming – new to Netflix UK in October 2020:
They’re already here, so check ’em out!
Triumphant, but hard to watch, Rocks sees a young woman thrust into the role of carer when her mother abandons her and her brother.
Pose, Season 2
The category is… “Brilliant Ballroom Realness”, back for a second season. Pose takes a fascinating look at the dreamers and drag queens of the 80s NYC ballroom scene, and makes for gripping stuff – especially when Billy Porter is stealing the scene.
I dread to think where we’d be without Sir David Attenborough, really. In this new documentary, the veteran broadcaster reflects on his impactful career for the first time ever, sharing just some of the devastating changes he’s witnessed in his lifetime, as well as some of the most defining moments. Read all about it here.
Loosely based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, The Haunting of Bly Manor is a bone-chilling sequel of sorts to The Haunting of Hill House. Find out more here.
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Inspired by the events of August 1968, when anti-war activists protested against the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Aaron Sorkin’s star-studded film looks at the fight for democracy and the legendary trial which followed.
Netflix is on a run of good form with original films, and they’ve got a good ‘un on their hands here. Lily James and Armie Hammer star in a new adaptation of Rebecca, with Manderley appearing in all its Gothic glory.
The best of the rest for October 2020
The month began with a cadre of top films, including Selma, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Adaptation., The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Super 8. And it just got better from there, with brilliant British films About Time, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Notting Hill, watchable sequels Now You See Me 2 and Kick-Ass 2, sweet animated adventure Over The Moon, and the Bourne collection all following. Spooky season brought new Adam Sandler flick Hubie Halloween, Corpse Bride, The Conjuring, The Addams Family, and His House. Finally there are festive flicks in the form of Holidate and the 2018 version of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – oh, and there’s The Rock and giant gorilla on the loose in Rampage, which is not festive but is definitely pretty badass.
The month kicked off with a third season of animated hit Carmen Sandiego, and there’s also a third season for Star Trek: Discovery now available to watch. A group of high school kids navigate sexual, racial and economic politics in Grand Army, and you can also catch the return of a crime-solving trio in The Alienist: Angel of Darkness. Finally, Anya Taylor-Joy is the chess prodigy whose thirst for freedom threatens to outpace her play in The Queen’s Gambit.
Coming to Netflix UK soon
Impatient, are we? Fear not, for we’re a forward-thinking bunch too. We’ve sifted through the rumours, hearsay, and snippets of information to take a look forward to Netflix arrivals later in 2020 and into 2021. They don’t have streaming dates yet, but keep your eyes peeled for the highly-anticipated fourth season of Stranger Things (check out a tantalising teaser trailer here), and the rumoured return for Russian Doll. We’ll of course keep you updated with the new arrivals!
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