October is a big month for Netflix, as the streaming giant premieres uts first ever original feature film, Beasts of No Nation. While the Idris Elba-starring drama is already being talked about as an Oscars contender in 2016, it’s just one of string of major arrivals on Netflix.
From Hemlock Grove’s third season to Scream the TV series, not to mention Homeland Season 4 (just in time for Season 5) and Archer Season 6, there’s enough on the way in the coming 30 days to keep you entertained on a rainy autumn day.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in October 2015:
Scream: Season 1 – 1st October
This TV sequel to the US film franchise has been snapped up by Netflix in the UK and other territories. The show, created by Jill Blotevogel, Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, follows a cyber-bullying incident in the town of Lakewood that goes viral, leading to a murder with chilling echoes of the past.
Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand Up Ever – TBC
Everyone’s favourite anti-comedian has already annoyed or amused Netflix’s UK subscribers with his Comedy Vehicle arriving on the site recently. Now, it will be joined by Stewart Lee’s trio of stand-up shows, including Carpet Remnant World and If You Prefer a Milder Comedian (both arriving on the same day).
Atlantis: Season 1 – 1st October
The BBC’s fantasy adventure series was cancelled after its second run, but those who missed it on BBC iPlayer won’t have to dive into the depths of the ocean to find Season 1.
Return to Never Land – 2nd October
Disney’s sequel to the original Peter Pan catches up with Wendy Darling, who is now grown up and married.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – 3rd October
Johnny Knoxville brings his character Irving Zisman to a full-length feature alongside his “grandson”, as they travel across America and play the usual hidden camera tricks on unsuspecting people.
About Time – 3rd October
A time travel rom-com from Richard Curtis sounds promising enough, but this drama actually emerges as a tender study of the bond between father and son and the importance of making every moment count.
White God – 5th October
Like no other film you’ve seen, this allegorical horror sees a group of mistreated and outcast dogs revolt in Budapest and run through the streets. Rise of the Planet of the Dogs? It’s as great as it sounds. Read our interview with the film’s dog trainer here.
The New Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show: Season 1 – 9th October
Netflix is rebooting the movie Mr. Peabody and Sherman as a TV show, which will see the familiar pair host a late-night comedy show in front of a studio audience – an idea inspired by the original shorts that featured the duo in Jay Ward’s Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom – Friday 9th October
Chronicling events that unfolded over 93 days in 2013 and 2014, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, witnesses the formation of a civil rights movement in Ukraine. What started as peaceful student demonstrations supporting European integration morphed into a full-fledged violent revolution calling for the resignation of the nation’s president.
What We Do in the Shadows – 10th October
There’s one thing you need to know about Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s horror comedy, which follows a group of vampire flatmates in Wellington: it’s very, very, very funny.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits – 10th October
Brian Blessed. Parrots. Ham. This stop-motion sea adventure has something for everyone.
The Muppets – Sunday 11th October
Nostalgia. Noun. A warm, fuzzy thing that looks back on the past. (See also: The Muppets.) This 2011 update of everyone’s favourite puppets sees Jason Segel and Amy Adams trying to get the band back together. It’s most sensational, inspirational, celebrational and, indeed, Muppetational.
Homeland: Season 4 – 12th October
Season 4 of Showtime’s gripping spy thriller arrives just in time for Season 5’s broadcast on the telly. Rupert Friend, Mandy Patinkin and Claire Danes all reprise their roles in a surprisingly understated, character-driven season.
Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live! – 15th October
This web series, which follows puppet police comedy The Fuzz in being picked up by Netflix, sees Isabella Rossellini act out the mating rituals of animals and insects. As you do.
Archer: Season 6 – Thursday 15th October
LANA! More episodes of Archer is a prospect that remains as disturbing as it is exciting. Brace your funny bones for laughter as we re-enter the danger zone.
Super – 15th October
Rainn Wilson stars in James Gunn’s dark superhero comedy about an everyday guy, who is convinced that God has chosen him to become a vigilante and fight crime. With a pipe wrench.
Huntik: Season 1 & 2 – 15th October
Netflix has been expanding its anime line-up lately, but this animated series hails from Italy. It follows a high school student searching for his missing dad, only to join a secret group that teams up with aliens to protect the world from evil.
Monster Allergy: Season 1 & 2 – 15th October
Based on the best-selling comics of the same name, this other Italian animated series follows a 12-year-old boy, who discovers he can see the invisible monsters that live among us without us noticing.
Some Assembly Required: Season 2 – 16th October
This teen series, which originated in Canada and is distributed by Netflix everywhere else, returns for a new season. The show sees 14-year old Jarvis Raines, the owner of a toy company, hire a group of friends from school to help him create awesome new toys. Following the teens’ comic day-to-day adventures, the live-action series is created by Dan Signer (A.N.T. Farm, Mr. Young) and Howard Nemetz (Mr. Young, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody) and stars Young Artist Awards nominee Kolton Stewart, and 2015 Canadian Screen Awards nominee Charlie Storwick.
Beasts of No Nation – 16th October
Idris Elba stars in Netflix’s first ever original feature film. Directed by Cary Fukunaga, the drama is based on the novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala and brings to life the tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. It arrives on Netflix worldwide after wowing festival audiences in Venice and Toronto. (It will also be released in UK cinemas.)
All Hail King Julien: Season 2 – 16th October
Netflix’s Madagascar spin-off, part of the streaming site’s deal with DreamWorks Animation for original cartoons, first arrived last year, presenting us with the misadventures of King Julien, long before the Zoosters arrive on Madagascar. Now, prepare for another batch of episodes, as Season 2 arrives.
Alfie (2004) – 17th October
Jude Law shines in this remake of the Michael Caine classic.
Tenkai Knights: Season 1 – 19th October
This Canadian-Japanese anime is set on a planet named Quarton, where Tenkai (shape-shifting bricks) are caught in a war between two opposing forces. When good prevails, peace seems guaranteed – until the bad guys return one year later…
American Horror Story: Freak Show – 21st October
Ryan Murphy’s disturbing anthology series continues its creepy ways with this tale of outcasts and freaks at a travelling circus.
Kung Fury – 22nd October
If you’ve ever wished that life contained more time travel, punching, Norse gods and Nazis, then Kung Fury is for you. The short film, which began on Kickstarter, sees a renegade cop in 1985 Miami “hack time” to travel back and kill Hitler.
How to Get Away with Murder: Season 1 – Thursday 22nd October
ABC’s highest rated new series from the 2014/15 season finally arrives on subscription VOD, hot on the heels of success at the Emmys. The show stars Academy Award-Nominee Viola Davis as the brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating, who gets entangled with four law students from her titular class. Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in what turns into a suspense-driven legal thriller.
Results – 22nd October
Andrew Bujalski’s comedy drama stars Kevin Corrigan, Guy Pearce and Cobie Smuldersa as two fitness trainers and one rich client. The company the trainers work for is Power 4 Life, which promotes a sound body, heart, mind, and spirit – but it becomes increasingly clear that these people are far from healthy in almost every department. Amusingly awkward stuff.
Hemlock Grove: Season 3 – 23rd October
The Netflix original series, created by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, returns for another bonkers story about werewolves and vampires.
Saving Mr. Banks – 24th October
“That’s not a word,” declares Mrs. Travers during the writing of Disney’s Mary Poppins, based on her books. “We made it up,” say the Sherman brothers, halfway through singing a song. “Then un-make it up,” comes the curt reply. Featuring a hilariously abrupt turn from Emma Thompson, and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney himself, John Lee Hancock’s drama may be formulaic, but it has a merry tune to toot, one that wins you over, animated penguins, tuppence and all.
Stonehearst Asylum – 25th October
Jim Sturgess and Ben Kingsley star in this enjoyably trashy piece of horror hokum, as young Dr. Newgate arrives at Stonehearst Asylum to find the doctors as eccentric and disturbing as the inmates…
Capitalism: A Love Story – 28th October
Michael Moore’s response to the financial crisis is familiar and predictable, but, thanks to the still-topical subject and the director’s likeable style – including one stunt that sees him cordon off the whole of a bank with police tape – this is an enjoyable documentary.
Manson Family Vacation – 27th October
Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass strengthen their ties with Netflix, as their latest endeavour arrives on the site. The film follows a pair of bickering brothers as they go on a tour of the LA sites where the Manson Family committed its worst crimes.
Other new releases on Netlflix UK in October 2015
Thursday 1st October
Wakufu: Season 1
Andy Parsons: Slacktivist
Gangsters: Faces of the Underworld: Season 2
Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God / Contraband
Rufus Hound: Being Rude
Shushybye: Season 1
Terra Nova: Season 1
Transformers: Rescue Bots: Season 3
Benidorm: Season 1 to 6
Hell’s Kitchen: Season 11 to 12
Code Name: The Cleaner
The Lesser Blessed
Street Food: Season 1 to 2
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
American Experience: The Poisoner’s Handbook
Art & Copy
Bigger Than T. Rex
Emperor’s Ghost Army
First Man on the Moon
Ken Burns: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Season 1
Nova: Ben Franklin’s Balloons
Nova: First Air War
Nova: Killer Landslides
Nova: Rise of the Hackers
Nova: Surviving Ebola
Nova: Vaccines: Calling the Shots
Richard Pryor: Icon
Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special
Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service
The Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story
Why Planes Vanish
Jimmy Goes to Nollywood
Mike Epps Original Standup Special
Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy
A Sinner in Mecca
Team Hot Wheels: Build the Epic Race
Theresa is a Mother
Hum Aapke Hain Koun
Winter on Fire
Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground
Reign: Season 3
Babes in Toyland
First Comes Love
Gardeners of Eden
Whispers: An Elephant’s Tale
Anthony Jeselnik Special
Black Lagoon: Season 1 & 2
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Season 1
Ask Me Anything
Ghosts of Mars
Mona Lisa Smile
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Hum Saath-Saath Hain
Man of La Mancha
The Prince and the Pauper
Popples: Season 1
Air Bud: Golden Receiver
Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch
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