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New on Netflix: best new movies and TV shows on Netflix UK - August 2020

New on Netflix: best new movies and TV shows on Netflix UK - August 2020
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If you spend more time browsing Netflix than watching it, then what you need is some inspiration. And we are here to provide it. If you've already ticked off the best TV shows available on Netflix and you're looking for a brand-new Netflix TV series or movie to enjoy, you're in the right place.

Every month, Netflix shakes up its catalogue with a new slate of titles, including old and new classics and cult gems, some of the world's most popular TV series, and its seemingly never-ending stream of fresh Netflix Originals.

Our picks of the best of the bunch hitting Netflix UK in August are as follows...

Anelka: Misunderstood (2020)

5th August

Covering 40 years of Nicolas Anelka's life in 94 minutes, Netflix's "unflinching documentary" promises unprecedented insight into one of the most famed and controversial figures in football history. It features interviews with Thierry Henry, Paul Pogba, Patrice Evra and Arsène Wenger, to name a handful, and will shed light on both his on-pitch talent and off-pitch legal battles.

The Rain (season 3)

6th August

The third and final season of the Danish post-apocalyptic drama will reveal the fate of Simone, Rasmus and the rest of the survivors – and has a fair amount of cliffhanger clearing up to do? What does Apollon want Rasmus for? And will he escape? Will Sarah, the latest victim of the virus, be cured? All will be revealed in the undoubtedly nail-biting finale.

Upgrade (2018)

7th August

An exhilarating sci-fi body horror that follows a technophobe who, after losing his wife and becoming paralysed in an accident, is given an experimental chip implant that allows him to regain his physical control and seek revenge. Darkly comic, brutally violent and well-paced, this is a blinder from the 2018 genre film circuit.

Lucifer (season 5 - part one)

21st August

Over a year after the dramatic fourth season finale, the first eight episodes of a two-part fifth series are almost here! From the trailer (above) it seems we're in for a twin takedown as Lucifer's twin brother, Michael, shows up on earth set to imitate Lucifer and destroy his previous life.

Project Power (2020)

14th August

 Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Foxx and Machine Gun Kelly star in this new summer blockbuster by Nerve directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman in which a mysterious pill circulates New Orleans and unlocks a variety of superhero powers to each consumer. When the pill escalates crime within the city, a cop, solider and teenage dealer team up to track down its creators.

John Was Trying To Contact Aliens

29th August

"A rural electronics whiz broadcasts radio signals into the stars and monitors for signs of alien civilizations while enduring a lonely personal life," reads Netflix's synopsis on this upcoming short.  John Shepherd spent three decades broadcasting music millions of miles into space in a bid to contact extraterrestrial beings, but when they went unanswered he gave up and found a new connection with life on earth.

Also new on Netflix UK in August

  • Friday Night Dinner (season 5) - 1st August
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - 1st August
  • The Fall (season 1, 2, 3) - 1st August
  • The NeverEnding Story (1984) - 1st August
  • The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter (1990) - 1st August
  • Pick of the Litter (2018) - 2nd August
  • Immigration Nation (season 1) - 3rd August
  • World’s Most Wanted (season 1) - 5th August
  • Selling Sunset (season 3) - 8th August
  • Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids (2020) - 11th August
  • Dirty John (season 2) - 14th August
  • Hoops (season 1) - 21st August
  • Rising Phoenix (2020) - 26th August
  • I AM A KILLER: Released (season 1) - 28th August

New on Netflix UK, June 2020

13 Reasons Why (season 4)

5th June

With the teen drama now beyond the original source material, Jay Asher's 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why, it's time for the closing chapter! As Liberty High School’s class prepares for graduation, they are forced to make life-changing and heartbreaking choices about how their past will impact their future.

Da 5 Bloods

12th June

Spike Lee's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman is a new war drama that follows four African American veterans who return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen Squad Leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

The Woods

12th June

Fans of Safe and/or The Stranger, rejoice! Another of the novels by renowned crime novelist Harlan Coben has been turned into a Netflix series. The Woods is a six-episode Polish original based on Coben's eponymous novel, and follows prosecutor Paweł Kopiński as he finds evidence on a new homicide victim that suggests his sister, who went missing in the woods 25 years ago, could still be alive.

Father Soldier Son

An intimate documentary from The New York Times that follows a military family over the course of ten years. When Sgt. First Class Brian Eisch is critically wounded in Afghanistan, it sets him and his sons on a journey of love, loss, redemption and legacy.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

26th June

Karaoke microphones at the ready, for Mamma Mia 2 is hitting the catalogue at the end of the month. The 2018 sequel picks up five years on from Sophie's (Amanda Seyfried) wedding and looks back at how her mother Donna (Meryl Streep) first met Bill, Harry and Sam on a series of adventures while travelling Europe.

Dark (season 3)

27th June

The final season of the German time-travel drama has some questions to answer following the major cliffhanger that season two left on last June. It lands on June 27th, lining up with the date of the last cycle and the apocalypse in the show's plot. Nice.

Also new on Netflix in June

  • Annabelle (2014) - June 1st
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown - June 1st
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians (Season 1 and 2) - June 1st
  • The Titan Games - June 1st
  • The Disaster Artist (2017) - June 1st
  • Dante’s Peak (1997) - June 1st
  • Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On - 2nd June
  • Spelling The Dream (2020) - 3rd June
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) - 5th June
  • Queer Eye (Season 5) - 5th June
  • Shameless (all 15 Seasons) - 15th June
  • Hereditary (2018) - 15th June
  • The Politician (Season 2) - 19th June
  • The Sinner (Season 3) - 19th June

New on Netflix UK, May 2020

Hollywood 

1st May

A new limited series from Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, Hollywood follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Los Angeles as they try to make it in big – no matter the cost.

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

11th May

A-list celebrities, comedians and musicians recount their best and worst real-life mind-bending trips through animations, reenactments and more in what's bound to be an amusing documentary.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs the Reverend

12th May

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt gets its own interactive special, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch style! Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's sitcom finale sees Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) set off on her biggest adventure yet across three states – and you will be able to make choices for the characters and explore different story branches. Kemper is joined by cast members Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane as well as Daniel Radcliffe.

White Lines

15th May

From the creator of Money Heist comes this Balearic Islands-set drama (expect gorgeous backdrop aplenty) in which Zoe Walker leaves her quiet life to investigate the disappearance of her DJ brother in Ibiza 20 years prior.

Space Force 

29th May

The Office fans, rejoice. The US sitcom's creative duo Steve Carrell and Greg Daniels have teamed up for a new satirical workplace comedy centred around a group of generals, scientists and pilots tasked with creating a sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces (undoubtedly inspired by Trump's Space Force initiative). Their goal? “To defend satellites from attack” and “perform other space-related tasks.”

Also new on Netflix UK in May

  • All Day and a Night – May 1st
  • Almost Happy (season one) – May 1st
  • Get In – May 1st
  • Into the Night (season one) – May 1st
  • Children of Men (2006) - May 1st
  • Mrs Serial Killer – May 1st
  • Blues Brothers (1980) - May 1st
  • Funny Girl (1968) - May 1st
  • Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983) - May 1st
  • Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill - May 5th
  • The Hollow (season two) - May 8th
  • The Eddy - May 8th
  • Schitt's Creek (season six) - May 14th
  • The Big Flower Fight (season one) - May 18th
  • Selling Sunset (season 2) - May 22nd
  • Spelling the Dream - May 23rd

New on Netflix UK, April 2020

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

1st April

Let's be honest, we all need this movie in our lives right now. John Hughes' seminal '80s hit, which, for the tragically uninitiated, sees high-school teen Ferris Bueller live out the best fake sick day ever, is coming to Netflix to cheer us all up. Oh Yeeaah, chicka chicka.

Howl’s Moving Castle 

1st April

Studio Ghibli is behind a number of the highest grossing anime films in Japan, with Spirited Away taking top honours in the country's box office history. Since February, Netflix UK has been dropping Studio Ghibli titles by the bunch, and April's dump will take the total to 21. Expect the likes of Pom Poko (1994), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008), From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) and – our pick – Howl’s Moving Castle (2004).

La casa de papel (Money Heist) (Part 4)

April 3rd

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Professor and the gang are back for part four, and the beloved Spanish heist thriller has some loose ends to tie up after the season three finale left us some excruciating cliffhangers. A Money Heist: The Phenomenon docufilm examining the impact of the show around the world will also air on 3rd April.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer 

5th April

Another overwhelming feat from director Yorgos Lanthimos – the guy who brought us The Favourite, Dogtooth and The Lobster – this spine-tingling chiller about a charismatic surgeon (Colin Farrell) whose mentoring relationship with a young buy turns sinister is a masterfully controlled exercise in suspense.

The Circle France 

9th April

The French version of the much-hyped social media reality series is coming to Netflix following its British, American and Brazilian seasons. A social media competition where online contestants flirt, befriend and catfish their way toward the highest profile rating (and a €100,000 cash prize), The Circle is very much a reality show for this era.

Sergio

17th April

A decade after the release of his documentary about United Nations human rights diplomat Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Greg Barker is releasing a theatrical film that dramatises Sérgio's last assignment in the chaotic Baghdad following the US invasion of Iraq.

The Last Dance

20th April

Good news, Ballers: Netflix has brought the release date of the Michael Jordan and 90's Chicago Bulls documentary forward by two months. The story of how Phil Jackson's NBA team (featuring MJ and of course other legends Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen) came to dominate basketball includes never-before-seen footage. Netflix UK has tweeted that the 10 episodes will be released over five consecutive Mondays, two at a time – starting on 20th April.

Peaky Blinders (season 5)

22nd April

Missed the BBC's airing of the latest season of Britain's favourite gangster drama last summer? Or have just finished binging the first four series on Netflix? All four episodes of season five are dropping this month.

After Life (season 2)

24th April

Following a happy-go-lucky guy whose life perspective and attitude upends after his wife's death, Ricky Gervais' six-episode, self-starring drama was among the very best things on TV last year. If the highly anticipated second series has even a third of the first's ingenious dark humour and emotional poignancy, it will be a triumph.

Extraction

24th April

A fearless black market mercenary is enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. With a screenplay from a Marvel Universe director, and Chris Hemsworth in the leading role, this has killer action thriller written all over it.

Also new on Netflix UK in April

  • Community (season one-six) – 1st April
  • Nailed It! (season four) – 1st April
  • Sunderland 'Til I Die (season two) – 1st April
  • Coffee and Kareem – 3rd April
  • Brews Brothers (season one) – 10th April
  • Tigertail – 10th April
  • Chris D'Elia: No Pain – 14th April
  • The Innocence Files (season one) – 15th April
  • Fauda (season three) – 16th April
  • Mauricio Meirelles: Generating Chaos – 16th April
  • Rising High – 17th April
  • Earth and Blood – 17th April 
  • Too Hot to Handle (season one) – 17th April
  • Cooked With Cannabis (season one) – 20th April 
  • The Midnight Gospel (season one) – 20th April 
  • The Willoughbys – 22nd April 
  • Extracurricular – 29th April

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