With the final and most festive of months approaching, what delights has Netflix popped under the Christmas tree for subscribers? Let’s take a look...
Updated 22-Nov-2021: The Steal (3rd Dec) - Russell Howard: Lubricant (14th Dec) - Puff: Wonders of the Reef (16th Dec) - Anxious People S1 (29th Dec) - Queer Eye S6 (31st Dec)
There’re a number of returning Netflix series in December, with some wrapping up their stories for good, as well as a stocking full of Netflix original films that also have theatrical releases to boost their awards opportunities alongside their streaming debuts.
Rather than concentrate on a barrage of light and frothy romcoms for Christmas, Netflix is bringing out a number of powerful dramas - although Single All the Way should satisfy those hankering after some seasonal saccharine.
Getting their teeth into hard hitting roles are Benedict Cumberbatch as a cruel, tormenting ranch owner in Western, The Power of the Dog as well as Sandra Bullock who returns to Netflix after Birdbox with The Unforgivable, a story about a woman released from jail after a violent crime who is attempting to get her life back on track. Meanwhile Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut sees Olivia Colman going through her own existential crisis in The Lost Daughter.
While it’s safe to say these Netflix Originals will be laugh free zones, the streamer’s final big-budget, all-star offering for 2021, Don’t Look Up, might provide a few wry giggles as Adam McKay directs the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio and Jennifer Lawrence in a tale about the end of the world with McKay continuing his run of mixing humour, satire and politics after Vice and The Big Short. And even though the impending apocalypse doesn’t sound like a barrel of laughs, always remember McKay brought us Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Recent Netflix international hit Money Heist (La casa del papel in its native Spain) drops with the second half of the fifth season bringing the heist saga to a close while the third season of Lost in Space will also be its finale, so no more “Danger! Will Robinson.”
Meanwhile, The Witcher and Emily in Paris return for their sophomore seasons with Henry Cavill donning the white wig once again as Geralt and Lily Collins slipping on more fabulous fashions for her jaunt around the French capital. And Cobra Kai is back for a fourth outing of martial arts based mid life crises.
So, here’s the rundown of what we know so far is coming to Netflix UK in December, bearing in mind that although we’ve tried to be as UK specific as possible, streaming dates can change, content can sometimes be territory specific and shows can even get changed by Netflix itself.
Make sure you come back as we’ll be updating the article when more films and TV shows get announced.
Pick of Netflix Original Movies
The Power of the Dog (2021, Drama, Romance, Western, R, Netflix Original Film, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dir. + Scr. Jane Campion)
In 1925 Montana, charismatic but domineering rancher Phil Burbank seemingly delights in waging a cruel war of intimidation and spite on his brother’s new wife, Rose, and her teen son. His furious and cunning taunting of Rose takes an unsettling form as Phil appears empowered by the control, but eventually long-hidden secrets come to light and when Phil appears to take the boy under his wing, no-one is sure if he is beginning to soften or merely lining up the next steps of his menacing behaviour.
The Power of the Dog, directed by Jane Campion and based on the novel by Thomas Savage, features real life partners Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst and will get a limited theatrical release from 17th November, ensuring it is in contention come awards season.
Single All the Way (2021, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Netflix Original Film. Philemon Chambers, Michael Urie, Kathy Najimy, Luke Macfarlane, Dir. Michael Mayer)
Desperate to avoid his family's judgment about his perpetual single status, Peter convinces his best friend Nick to join him for Christmas with his family and pretend that they're now in a relationship. But when Peter's mother sets him up on a blind date with her handsome trainer James, the plan goes awry and Peter and Nick are left examining their true feelings for each other.
3rd December (Friday)
Mixtape (2021, 2021, Romance, Comedy, Netflix Original Film. Julie Bowen, Gemma Brooke Allen, Jackson Rathbone, Kiefer O'Reilly, Dir. Valerie Weiss)
On the eve of Y2k, orphaned, awkward 12-year-old Beverly Moody discovers a broken mixtape crafted by her late teen parents. Raised by her grandmother Gail, a former teen mom herself who finds it painful to speak about her deceased daughter, Beverly sees this mixtape as a chance to finally learn more about the parents she never knew. So she sets out on a journey to find all the songs on the tape, along the way making friends with her quirky neighbour Ellen, intimidating tough girl Nicky, and Anti, an anti-everything record store owner who’s the key to finding these tracks.
10th December (Friday)
Back to the Outback (2021, Animated, Adventure, Comedy, PG. Guy Pearce, Isla Fisher, Eric Bana, Tim Minchin, Dirs. Harry Cripps, Clare Knight)
Tired of being locked in a reptile house where humans gawk at them like they’re monsters, a ragtag group of Australia’s deadliest creatures plot a daring escape from their zoo to the Outback, a place where they’ll fit in without being judged. As Maddie the poisonous snake, self-assured Thorny Devil lizard Zoe, lovelorn hairy spider Frank and sensitive scorpion Nigel make good their escape, the zoo’s celebrity attraction Pretty Boy - a cute but obnoxious koala — unexpectedly joins their expedition to the wild. But in hot pursuit and determined to stop the critters at all costs is zookeeper Chaz.
The Unforgivable (2021, Drama, R, Netflix Original Film. Sandra Bullock, Jon Bernthal, Vincent D'Onofrio, Viola Davis, Dir. Nora Fingscheidt)
Released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime, Ruth Slater re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. Facing severe judgment from the place she once called home and the suspicion of those around her, Ruth struggles to move on with her life and her only hope for redemption is finding the estranged younger sister she raised and was forced to abandon when she was incarcerated.
Based on a 2009 British miniseries called Unforgiven, the project went through a number of iterations including a version that was to be tailored for Angelina Jolie with Chris McQuarrie on board as writer.
The movie is being granted a theatrical release from November 24th prior to its streaming release.
The Hand of God (2021, Drama, Coming-of-Age, Netflix International Film: Italy, Language: Italian. Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo, Massimiliano Gallo, Dir. + Scr. Paolo Sorrentino)
Set during the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s, young Fabietto Schisa pursues his love of football and finds his life full of unexpected joys - such as the arrival of football legend Diego Maradona - as well as equally unexpected tragedy. As fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine, and Fabietto’s future is set in motion.
From Academy Award-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, The Great Beauty, The Young Pope), The Hand of God is Italy’s official submission for International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.
24th December (Friday)
Don’t Look Up (2021, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, R, Netflix Original Film. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Dir. + Scr. Adam McKay)
When astronomy grad student Kate Dibiasky and her professor, Dr. Randall Mindy make the shocking discovery of a comet on a direct collision course with Earth, they find that no one really seems to care that a planet-killing ice cube the size of Mount Everest is headed our way. So Kate and Randall embark on a media tour that takes them from the office of an indifferent President to the airwaves of an upbeat morning show. With only six months until the comet makes impact, managing the 24-hour news cycle and gaining the attention of the social media obsessed public before it's too late proves harder than expected - just what will it take to get the world to look up?
The cast boasts five Oscar winners: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Mark Rylance along with two Oscar nominees: Timothée Chalamet and Jonah Hill and will get a limited theatrical release on 10th Dec.
31st December (Friday)
The Lost Daughter (2021, Drama, R, Netflix Original Film, Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, Jessie Buckley, Ed Harris, Dir. + Scr. Maggie Gyllenhaal)
Leda is a middle-aged divorcée devoted to her work as an English teacher and to her two children. When her daughters leave home to be with their father in Canada, Leda is surprised that the loneliness she feared actually manifests as a sense of liberation. Taking a holiday by the sea, in a small coastal town in southern Italy, Leda’s first few days of calm become increasingly fraught as she slips into an obsessive fascination with a young mother and her children staying at a nearby villa.
When a small, seemingly meaningless event occurs, Leda is overwhelmed by memories of the difficult, unconventional choices she made as a mother and their consequences for herself and her family as she finally has to face her unsettling past.
Marking the directorial debut of Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter is based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante and received a four minute standing ovation from Venice Film Festival attendees in the Sala Grande at its world premiere in September 2021.
Pick of the Netflix Shows
Lost in Space (2021, S3/Final, Netflix Original Sci-Fi Series. All ten episodes available )
As the end of the road approaches, the stakes are higher than ever and the Robinson family's survival instincts will be put to the ultimate test.
After being trapped on a mysterious planet, Judy, Penny, Will and the Robot must lead the young colonists in a harrowing evacuation - but not before secrets are unearthed that will change their lives forever. Meanwhile, parents John and Maureen must battle overwhelming odds as they try to reunite with their kids. Now, the entire Robinson family grapples with the emotional challenge of not just being lost - but being separated from the ones they love - as they face the greatest alien threat yet.
3rd December (Friday)
Money Heist (2021, S5b, Netflix Original Drama Series, International: Spain, Language: Spanish)
The final five episodes of one of Netflix’s biggest series brings Money Heist to its conclusion with the long road the gang has travelled coming to its final destination as the embattled Professor races to get the gold - and more importantly, his team - out of the bank.
There will be more though as the series is currently being re-made as a Korean adaptation.
Titans (2021, S3, Netflix Original Fantasy Series)
This gritty take on the Teen Titans franchise follows the young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find where they belong. Season three sees the Titans, led by Dick Grayson, return to Gotham City after the death of a colleague where they set about protecting the city in the absence of Bruce Wayne. However, the team is targeted by the ruthless Red Hood and are forced to turn to an old enemy for guidance.
Titans is executively produced under the watchful eye of the prolific Greg Berlanti who is also the creative force behind many film and TV projects including Free Guy, The Flash, Green Lantern, Love Simon, Arrow, Doom Patrol, Stargirl and The Flight Attendant.
17th December (Friday)
The Witcher (2021, S2, Netflix Original Fantasy Series,all eight episodes available)
Henry Cavill returns for his coins as Geralt of Rivia, the solitary monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than monsters and beasts.
Convinced Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.
Now renewed for a third season.
Emily in Paris (2021, S2, Netflix Original Series)
Season 2 of Netflix’s surprise wish-fulfilment hit Emily in Paris sees Emily getting better at navigating the city of Paris as she gets to grips with the French approach to life. However, there are still some idiosyncrasies that are beyond her and the awkward love triangle involving her neighbour and her first real friend on French soil isn’t helping either, so she decides to throw herself into her work. Then, there’s the fellow expat in French class, who both infuriates and intrigues her.
Lily Collins return in the central role and also as series producer with Sex and the City creator Darren Star showrunnng and writing.
31st December (Friday)
Cobra Kai (2021, S4, Netflix Original Series)
As middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find their rivalry continues 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, they have to form an unlikely partnership which sees the Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang dojos joining forces to take down Cobra Kai at the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament... and whoever loses must hang up their gi. Can Daniel and Johnny bury their decades-long hatchet long enough to defeat the wily Kreese and his allies? Or will Cobra Kai become the face of karate in the valley?
Fear not, martial art fans, season five of the resurgent Karate Kid spin off recently completed production meaning there will likely be a few more “kiais’’ coming in 2022.
Stay Close (2021, Netflix Original Limited Series, all eight episodes available)
Three people each conceal dark secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect: Megan, a working mother of three; Ray, a once-promising documentary photographer; and Broome, a detective unable to let go of a missing person’s cold case. When Lorraine, an old friend of Megan's delivers some shocking news, it impacts on all of them as the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them,
A United Kingdom production of Harlan Coben’s novel of the same name made as part of Coben’s deal with Netflix which will see 14 of his novels serialised. Starring Cush Jumbo, James Nesbitt, Richard Armitage, and Sarah Parish, Stay Close questions how much you really know someone and follows on from recent adaptations of The Stranger, The Woods and The Innocent.
Constantine (2005, Action, Fantasy , Horror, R. Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Djimon Hounsou, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Dir. Francis Lawrence)
Based on the DC Hellblazer comics, John Constantine is a private detective with the darkest of pasts and a penchant for solving supernatural mysteries - he’s also dying of lung cancer. When he’s asked to investigate the apparent suicide of a cop’s twin sister, he unearths a plot which leads him directly to Satan, a path he’s willing to take for the sake of his soul.
Underrated dark fantasy with Keanu Reeves in a role that should have led to another of his many franchises... woah!
Executive Decision (1996, Action, Thriller. Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Steven Seagal, Dir. Stuart Baird)
When terrorists hijack a 747 and turn it into a nerve gas bomb aimed at Washington, D.C., commandos led by Colonel Austin Travis (Steven Seagal) use an experimental plane to try and intercept them mid flight and get Kurt Russell’s US Army intelligence consultant onboard.
I am Belmaya (2021, Documentary)
Feature length documentary about a young Dalit woman in Nepal who studies filmmaking to break free of the oppression and subjugation that has dominated her life.
Istanbul (1985, Thriller, Drama. International: Belgium, Languages: Dutch , English, French. Brad Dourif, Dominique Deruddere, Ingrid De Vos, Dir. + Scr. Marc Didden)
While traveling through Belgium, an American named Martin saves a waiter named Willy from a fight with a customer. Martin invites Willy to come to Istanbul with him since he needs to be there next week for "business". Willy agrees and they begin hitchhiking…
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (2021, S5, Netflix Anime Series)
This show chronicles the struggles of the cursed Joestar family who possess intense psychic strength they use against the forces of evil.
When Jolyne Cujoh and her boyfriend get in an accident while out on a drive, she is framed for a crime and sentenced to 15 years at the state-run maximum-security Green Dolphin Street Prison. Needing all the help she can get to survive this ‘stone ocean’, she receives a pendant from her father that causes a mysterious power to awaken inside of her.
Switch (2013, Action, Adventure, Crime. International: China, Language: Mandarin. Andy Lau, Chi-Ling Lin, Jingchu Zhang, Dawei Tong, Dir. + Scr. Jianjun Sun)
A Chinese agent has to battle Japanese Yakuzas and British mercenaries as he searches for an ancient Chinese scroll.
The Cleanse (2016, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, R. Johnny Galecki, Anna Friel, Angelica Huston, Oliver Platt, Dir. + Scr. Bobby Miller)
Paul Berger is an unemployed, down on his luck, heartbroken man searching for happiness. When he sees an ad for a spiritual retreat promising to 'restart your life', he signs up, hoping to cleanse himself and fix his problems. But after only a few days, he and his fellow attendees discover ‘the cleanse’ is releasing more than just everyday toxins… there are inner demons that are no longer ‘inner’ to deal with.
The Whole Nine Yards (2001, Comedy. Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Clarke Duncan. Dir. Jonathan Lynn)
When hit man Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski moves into a comfy suburb under a witness protection scheme, his arrival sparks a chain reaction in which just about everybody wants to clip somebody else, with hapless dentist Oz Oseransky managing to a way to get on the Tulip's good and bad sides.
Tokyo Godfathers (2003, Anime, Adventure, Comedy. International: Japan. Dir. + Scr. Satoshi Kon)
On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo discover a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents.
White Snake 2: (The Tribulation of the) Green Snake (2021, Animated, Fantasy, Adventure. Dir. Amp Wong)
While trying to free her sister from Fahai’s clutches, Xiao Qing winds up in a dystopian city and meets a mysterious man who can’t recall his past.
Villain (2020, Action, Crime, Drama, R. Craig Fairbrass, George Russo, Izuka Hoyle, Mark Monero, Dir. Philip Barantini)
When gangster Eddie Franks is released from prison after a 10 year stretch, he attempts to make amends and help his family by reconnecting with his daughter and clearing his brother’s debt. Despite his best efforts though, he finds himself drawn back into a life of crime, with devastating consequences.
Rain or Shine (2017, S1, Korean Drama Series)
After a major accident takes the lives of 48 people, the survivors and those who lost loved ones are bound together in grief while those who share the burden of blame for the tragic event are also changed forever.
The Coyotes (2021, Limited Netflix Drama Series, International: Belgium, Language: French)
A scout patrol stumbles upon diamonds during a summer camp and faces a moral dilemma of whether to report the find or keep the gems. But no matter what they decide, the former owners of the stash will stop at nothing to get them back, putting all their lives in danger.
The Whole Truth (2021, Horror, Netflix Original Film, International: Thailand, Language: Thai)
Two siblings stumble on a strange hole in the wall of their grandparents’ house revealing sinister secrets about their family.
3rd December (Friday)
Black Ice (2013, Action, Crime, Sport, PG. Jane McGrath, Killian Scott, Dermot Murphy, Michael Harding, Dir. Johnny Gogan)
A story of youthful misadventure set against the backdrop of a lawless border terrain during the last gasps of the Irish boom sees schoolgirl Alice seduced by a troubled speed racer into the hypnotic world of local car racing.
Cobalt Blue (2021, Drama, Romance, Netflix Original Film. International: India, Language: Hindi. Prateik, Anjali Sivaraman, Anant Joshi, Dir. + Scr. Sachin Kundalkar)
When a brother and sister fall in love with the same man, ensuing events shatter a traditional Marathi family.
Enforcement aka Shorta (2020, Action, Crime, Drama, International Film: Denmark, Language: Danish. Jacob Lohmann, Simon Sears, Özlem Saglanmak, Dulfi Al-Jabouri, Dirs. Frederik Louis Hviid, Anders Ølholm)
Jens and Mike are two police officers on routine patrol who are caught up when unrest spreads and they find themselves trapped in a maze of buildings, with few options for escape and a gang after their blood.
Exploring The Snow – The Final Volume
Follow up documentary to Exploring the Snow - The Journey which tracks the snowmobilers to Romania, Colorado and Sweden.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, PG-13. Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Dir. Michael Dougherty)
The crypto-zoological agency Monarch and its members face off against a legion of god-sized monsters when these ancient super-beasties - thought to be mere myths - rise again. As the mighty Godzilla collides with Mothra, Rodan and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah, humanity’s very existence hangs in the balance as the titans all vie for supremacy.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (2021, S4, Netflix Original Animated Series)
The campers set sail away from Isla Nublar only to discover a new island full of mysterious threats.
Kilimanjaro: Going for Broke (2004, Documentary)
Four disabled climbers tackle Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
King George VI: The Man Behind the King’s Speech (2011, Documentary)
The definitive background story of George VI, a man unexpectedly thrust into the public gaze at the point the nation needed an inspirational touchstone at the commencement of the Second World War but who was plagued with shyness and a speech impediment when speaking to his subjects. This is the story of his battle to move past these limitations.
Meltdown: In The Shadow of Nepal’s Lost Glaciers (2003, Documentary)
A look at how global warming is impacting dangerously on one of the most beautiful and distant parts of the world - even 18 years ago. This film follows a UN trip to look at the glacial melt that is forming huge lakes behind moraine dams in Nepal.
Princes of the Palace (2016 Documentary)
If The Crown isn’t enough for you on Netflix, this documentary takes a closer look at the lives of the various British Royal Princes.
Sea of Lies (2018, Thriller. Victor Alfieri, Fiona Horsey, Kevin Leslie, Natalia Celino, Lauren Denyer, Dir. Wolfgang Büld)
Julia wants to save her marriage with Tony and ends her affair with Mathew so she and Tony can take an intimate boat trip and rebuild their relationship. But her plans go awry when she discovers their young daughter has stowed away on the yacht and during their voyage they encounter another boat stranded at sea and decide to investigate.
The Steal (1995, Comedy, Thriller, Alfred Molina, Helen Slater, Stephen Fry, Peter Bowles, Dir. John Hay) - added 22-Nov-2021
A lawyer and a hacker set out to get revenge on a developer that cheated the residents of an island out of their land.
True North (2020, Adult Animation. Voices: Sammy Anderson, Michael Sasaki, Joel Sutton, Ann Smith, Dir. + Scr. Eiji Han Shimizu)
After his father disappears, a young boy from Pyongyang and the rest of his family are sent to a notorious political prison camp in North Korea where they face daily atrocities. The boy must learn to survive the harsh conditions, find meaning in his perilous existence, and maybe even escape as his belief in the innate goodness of others is tested beyond breaking point.
David and the Elves (2021, Family, Seasonal. International: Poland, Language: Polish. Cyprian Grabowski, Jakub Zajac, Anna Smołowik, Monika Krzywkowska, Dir. Michal Rogalski)
A jaded, overworked elf runs off to the real world where he tries to experience the magic of Christmas with the help of a newly befriended young boy.
Centaurworld (2021, S2, Netflix Original Animated Series)
The continuing adventures of a warhorse - called Horse - who is separated from her rider and transported to a strange land inhabited by colourful, singing centaurs of all species, shapes, and sizes.
Nicole Byer: BBW - Big Beautiful Weirdo (Netflix Original Standup)
Netflix original standup special from US comic Nicole Beyer, who has made appearances in 30 Rock, The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and hosts Netflix’s own Nailed It!
Caroline Krebus: The Last Christmas Special (2021, Netflix Stand Up Special)
In Netflix Germany's first Christmas themed stand up special, Carolin Kebekus, one of the biggest comedians in the country, mixes festive nostalgia and social commentary as she pokes fun at 'the most wonderful time of the year'.
Asakusa Kid (2021, Drama, Biography. International film: Japan, Language: Japanese. Yûya Yagira, Yô Ôizumi, Mugi Kadowaki, Dir. + Scr. Gekidan Hitori)
The moving tale of legendary Japanese comedian and auteur Takeshi Kitano, in a true story of dreams, failures, love and loyalty as Kitano shadows and learns from his mentor Senzaburo Fukami during the 1960s.
10th December (Friday)
A Dozen Summers (2015, Comedy, Drama, Family. Scarlet Hall, Hero Hall, Ewen MacIntosh, Colin Baker, DIr. + Scr. Kenton Hall)
Maisie and Daisy McCormack are two ordinary 12-year-olds finding out it isn’t easy being twelve as they tackle life in the 21st century. Oh, and they may have just hijacked a children’s movie in order to tell their own story too.
Anonymously Yours (2021, Drama, Romance, Netflix International Film: Mexico, Language: Spanish. Harold Azuara, Annie Cabello, Estefi Merelles, Alicia Vélez, Dir. Maria Torres)
After an accidental text message turns into a digital friendship followed by online romance, Vale and Alex are still unaware that they know each other in real life.
Aranyak (2021, S1, Netflix International Series: India, Language: Hindi)
Political ploys, personal agendas and a dark myth all surface as two mismatched hill station cops navigate a web of suspects after a puzzling murder.
Between Two Women (2004, Drama, Romance. Barbara Marten, Andrina Carroll, Andrew Dunn, Bruce Alexander, Dir. + Scr. Steven Woodcock)
In mid 1950s Northern England, Ellen Hardy is unhappily married to Geoff but is close to her ten-year-old son, Victor. She becomes friendly with Victor’s teacher, Kathy, who is keen to encourage his art and Ellen finds herself drawn to the vivacious educator.
Blue Lips (2014, Drama, International Film: Spain, Argentina, Languages: English, Spanish. Dudu Azevedo, Malena Sánchez, Simone Castano, Avi Rothman, Dir. Daniela De Carlo)
Six characters in 6 different cities around the world experience events in their life that kills the spark inside them. Lost and without meaning, they drift towards Pamplona during the San Fermin Festival 2012 whereupon their chance meeting forces them to confront their inner trauma and rekindle a desire for happiness.
Candlelight in Algeria (1944, Drama, Mystery, War. James Mason, Carla Lehmann, Dir. George King)
An American woman in wartime Britain gets mixed up with a British agent and a Nazi spy who knows that a top-secret meeting of Allied military leaders will be taking place in Algeria.
Cleft Lip (2018, Drama. Miranda Benjamin, Reece Douglas, Keith French, Dir. + Scr. Erik Knudsen)
Set in a society where donor eggs and sperm are freely traded as increasing numbers of people have to resort to fertility treatment, the relationship between a younger man and an older woman comes under strain when she cannot conceive.
Cradle of Fear (2001, Horror. Dani Filth, Emily Booth, Stuart Laing, Dir. + Scr. Alex Chandon)
Even though child killer Kemper is locked up in an asylum, he finds a way to continue his bloody spree through his devoted servant, who’s eager to exact vengeance on those who put away his master.
Glow Up (2020, S2, Reality Show)
The BBC’s reality show which puts aspiring makeup artists under the spotlight.
How to Ruin Christmas (2021, S2, Netflix International Series: South Africa, Languages: Zulu, English, Sotho, Tswana)
More adventures and mishaps with free spirited Tumi who has returned home for the holidays for her sister’s wedding on Christmas Day. Can she make it through the family reunion without turning it into a disaster?
Roaring Twenties (2021, S1 - Netflix Original Reality Series)
Eight twenty-somethings set out to find success in life and love in Austin, Texas while experiencing the highs and lows that come with being an adult. After all, your twenties are a crazy, weird, and special time, and you only get to live them once.
Saturday Morning All Star Hits! (2021, S1, Netflix Original Series)
An adult animated and live action hybrid series celebrating all that is 80's and 90's television. Wildly irreverent, intentionally awkward and slightly disturbing, twin hosts Skip and Treybor (both played by Kyle Mooney) take us on a trip through the archetypal, zero budget, cobbled together Saturday Morning cartoon experience of our youth
Seberg (2019, True Life, Drama, Thriller. Kristen Stewart, Jack O’Connell, Vince Vaughn, Anthony Mackie, Dir. Benedict Andrews)
It’s the late 1960s and while on a flight from Paris to Hollywood, French New Wave icon Jean Seberg meets and starts a relationship with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal. This draws the eye of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI which starts a campaign of surveillance and harassment in an effort to suppress and discredit Seberg.
Inspired by real events in Jean Seberg’s life, Benedict Andrews’ noir-ish thriller was acquired by Amazon Studios when it was called Against All Enemies and subsequently retitled.
Still Out of My League (2021, Comedy, Drama, Romance. Netflix International Film: Italy, Language: Italian. Ludovica Francesconi, Giancarlo Commare, Dir. Claudio Norza)
Having broken up with her dreamboat Arturo, Marta is now in a relationship with Gabriele. But out of the blue, life throws in a wrinkle when things go wrong between the seemingly happy couple and a compatible donor for the ailing Marta is found.
The Enemies (1968, Drama, WWII, International Film: Belgium, Netherlands, Language: Dutch)
An American soldier travels through Belgium during the Ardennes offensive to get back to his unit. His trip is not made easier by the young Belgian soldier and the German prisoner that accompany him.
The Raven on the Jetty (2014, Drama, Family. Anne Fraser, Anne Lees, Connor O'Hara, Rob O'Hara, Dir. + Scr. Erik Knudsen)
On his ninth birthday, Thomas travels with his mother to visit his estranged father who, since their acrimonious divorce, has abandoned urban living in favour of an isolated rural life in the English Lake District. During this time, Thomas comes to understand the pivotal connection he provides for his, ultimately lonely, parents which leads to realisation and the power to change things.
The Yukon Assignment (2018, Documentary)
As a British father and his son undertake a five hundred mile canoe journey through the Canadian wilderness.
Two aka: Dos (2021, Drama, Thriller. Netflix International Film: Spain, Language: Spanish. Pablo Derqui, Marina Gatell, Esteban Galilea, Anna Chincho Serrano, Dir. Mar Targarona)
Two people, a man and a woman, wake up naked and with their abdomens sewn together. They are further shocked to discover who is behind their horrifying ordeal.
While Aya Was Sleeping (2016, Drama, International Film: Bulgaria, Language: Bulgarian. Stefan Denolyubov, Emil Emilov. Dir. + Scr. Cvetodar Markov)
Seven year old Aya spends a lot of time in the theatre where her actor father, Asen, works. One night at the end of the show, intrigue, betrayal and tension in the company gradually escalate and Asen has to rediscover himself with the unreserved support of his wife and the selfless love of his daughter.
Bad Boys For Life (2020, Action, Comedy, Crime. Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Dirs. Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah)
Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett return to investigate a string of murders linked to Lowrey’s troubled past and find themselves up against mother-and-son drug lords who wreak vengeful havoc on their city. Meanwhile, Mike and Marcus have to face up to the fact that even Bad Boys can’t stop the aging process.
The Hungry and the Hairy (2021, S1, Netflix International Reality Series: Korea)
Rain and Ro Hing-chul are two buddies undertaking the motorbike trip of their dreams as they delight in the tasty cuisine and scenic locales around South Korea.
Russell Howard: Lubricant (2021, Netflix Comedy Special) - added 22-Nov-2021
Filmed during his August UK tour, Bristolian comic Russell Howard takes a break from his Sky Max show, The Russell Howard Hour for his latest stand up special where he tries to make sense of a world that is spinning out of control.
StarBeam: Beaming in the New Year (2021, Netflix Kids Animated Special)
Zoey and the Beam Team face Summersette’s biggest baddies on New Years’ Eve.
The Future Diary (2021, S1, Netflix International Reality Series: Japan)
Two people who have never met before are cast to live out a romantic storyline by following a “script" in the diary that is handed to them containing only a rough outline of a story. Their semi-fictional exchange, based on the casts' own words, takes them through an experience that could ultimately lead to love.
Elite Short Stories: Phillipe, Caye, Felipe (2021, S1, Netflix Short Stories)
A collection of shorts based around characters from the popular Netflix show Elite.
A California Christmas: City Lights (2021, Drama, Romance, Seasonal, PG-13, Netflix Original Film. Amanda Detmer, Josh Swickard, Lauren Swickard, Ali Afshar, Dir. Shaun Paul Piccinino, Scr. Lauren Swickard)
It’s been a year since Callie and Joseph fell in love, and they’re happier than ever running their dairy farm and winery, until business and family obligations call Joseph back to the city - putting a strain on the couple and threatening to derail their romance.
A follow up to last year’s A California Christmas which debuted on Netflix for the seasonal holiday period.
Aggretsuko (2021, S4, International: Japan, Language: Japanese)
The anime series about the raging red panda with a penchant for death metal returns for a fourth season.
Puff: Wonders of the Reef aka Microworlds: Reef (2021, Netflix Original Documentary) - added 22-Nov-2021
Actress Rose Byrne narrates this look into the extraordinary world of a baby puffer fish learning to survive and thrive through its first year of life on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. For the first time, scientists, cinematographers and documentary filmmakers have combined their skills to transport us into Puff’s tiny world - a world where drama unfolds on scales too fast, too slow, or too small for the human eye to perceive.
Elite Short Stories: Samuel, Omar (2021, S1, Netflix Short Stories)
A collection of shorts based around characters from the popular Netflix show Elite.
Grumpy Christmas (2021, Comedy, Seasonal. International: Mexico,, Language: Spanish)
A sequel to the 2016 comedy Un Padre No Tan Padre sees Don Servando and his family travel to the beach for Christmas only for things to quickly become awkward and uncomfortable.
Elite Short Stories: Patrick (2021, S1, Netflix Short Stories)
A collection of shorts based around characters from the popular Netflix show Elite.
Thousand Miles from Christmas (2021, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Netflix International Film: Spain, Language: Spanish. Tamar Novas, Verónica Forqué, Andrea Ros, Peter Vives, Dir. Álvaro Fernández Armero)
An auditor in his thirties who completely despises Christmas is sent to a small town for work during the seasonal period. There he meets a woman determined to turn his view around and he slowly comes to learn what the Christmas spirit has to offer.
Minnal Murali (2021, Action, Comedy, Adventure, Netflix International Film: India, Language: Malayalam.Tovino Thomas, Guru Somasundaram, Benzi Mathews, Sneha Babu, Dir. Basil Joseph)
Jaison is a small town tailor who develops superpowers after being struck by lightning and has to learn to become the superhero his community needs.
Stories of a Generation – with Pope Francis (2021, Netflix Original Documentary Series)
Pope Francis and other men and women all over the world aged 70+, both famous and everyday people, share their life stories of love , pain, work and dreams with young filmmakers.
Anxious People (2021, Netflix Original International Series: Sweden, Language: Swedish. All six episodes available) - added 22-Nov-2021
After a bank robber fails miserably by robbing a cashless bank he ends up at an open house showing and takes eight people hostage, including a real estate agent, two IKEA addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal millionaire and... a rabbit.
When the situation ends, Jack and Jim, the attending father and son police officers, enter the building and find no trace of the perpetrator. Upon questioning the former hostages, they find that each one gives a different, often contradictory story, making the whole scenario one huge puzzle that needs unravelling as it becomes clear the hostage are keeping something to themselves.
Anxious People is based on the best-selling book by Fredrik Backman.
Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer (2021, S2, True Crime Docu Series)
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger, a pioneer of the true crime genre, follows up Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel with a look at how one man committed unthinkable acts in a nearly-lawless area of New York, rife with drugs and sex work, during the late 70s and early 80s.
Kitz (2021, S1, Netflix International Drama Series: Germany, Language: German)
A year after the tragic death of her brother, 19-year-old Lisi enters the decadent world of a Munich clique which visits a luxury ski resort every season. But Lisi soon kicks off an avalanche that uncovers the truth behind the facade full of glamour, money and hedonism - with uncontrollable consequences.
Queer Eye (2021, S6, Netflix Original Reality Show) - added 22-Nov-2021
The Fab 5, each with their different speciality, look to give the folks of the Lone Star State a makeover as they head to Texas.
The Silent Sea (2021, S1, Netflix International Series: South Korea. Language: Korean)
In a precarious future where Earth is running out of water, a group of explorers and scientists undertake a perilous mission to an abandoned research station on the Moon to retrieve important samples. The facility though is shrouded in mystery and secrets.
So that’s Netflix’s content for December so far. Leave a comment and let others know what you’re planning on watching / missing. We'll keep adding to the list as new shows and movies are announced, so keep an eye out for updates to the article.