Netflix is bringing out its blockbuster hits for the summer, with August finally bringing us Season 4 of Better Call Saul. It’s not the only high-profile series making a return, as awards favourite Ozark debuts its second season, Gotham drops Season 4 and Top of the Lake serves up a sophomore run.
From an Orson Welles classic to a triple-bill of Hong Kong action and the funniest British movie ever made, there’s an impressively diverse line-up of films, topped off by the hand-painted gem Loving Vincent.
With school out for another month, families can enjoy everything from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Voltron: Legendary Defender to Kubo and the Two Strings and The Secret Life of Pets. Adult animation, meanwhile, gets a double dose of Netflix originals, from cop series Paradise PD to Matt Groening’s new series, Disenchantment. Throw in new British sci-fi The Innocents and Indian horror series Ghoul and you have more than enough reason to stay indoors until September.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in August 2018:
Touch of Evil – 1st August
Orson Welles’ 1958 classic isn’t just a technical masterpiece, but a dark slice of thrilling noir to boot, featuring an explosive opening scene (shot in one take) that is worth watching for alone.
A Fish Called Wanda – 1st August
A crooked quartet commits the heist of the century, but one gets arrested. Can the others persuade their friend’s lawyer to reveal the loot’s locale? Jamie Lee Curtis seducing a straight-laced John Cleese keeps you hooked, but it’s Kevin Kline’s Oscar-winning performance as her idiot brother, Otto, that makes you laugh every time.
Switched: Season 1 – 1st August
High schooler Ayumi’s perfect world evaporates when her envious classmate Zenko somehow steals her body, her boyfriend and her life.
Infernal Affairs – 1st August
Enjoyed Martin Scorsese’s The Departed? Check out all three films from the Hong Kong crime thriller trilogy that inspired it, arriving on the same day.
Hero – 1st August
Zhang Yimou’s martial arts gem sees a nameless defence officer summoned by the King of Qin to retell how he succeeded in beating three legendary assassins. It may be headlined by Jet Li, but the real star of the show is the visuals; colour-coded and beautifully choreographed, it’s a stunning masterpiece of direction.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – 1st August
Oh you, pretty Chitty Bang Bang…
Like Father – 3rd August
After she’s left at the altar, a workaholic executive ends up on her honeymoon cruise with her estranged father. Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer star.
Cocaine Coast: Season 1 – 3rd August
In 1980s Galicia, Spain, a young fisherman becomes a prosperous cocaine smuggler by providing Latin American suppliers with a European entry point.
Marching Orders – 3rd August
Follow the Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats as they fight to keep their spots on the field, memorize routines, balance their academic careers, and maintain their social lives.
Brij Mohan Amar Rahe – 3rd August
Faking his death to escape the realities of his uneventful life worked out well for Brij Mohan — until he was sentenced to death for his own murder.
Dinotrux Supercharged: Season 3 – 3rd August
Whether by land, air or sea, the Dinotrux tackle some of their biggest builds ever while facing the double threat of brothers D-Structs and D-Stroy.
On Children – 4th August
These uncanny tales reveal a world where individuals face the tragic consequences of social pressure, parental oppression and family dysfunction.
Pride & Prejudice (2004) – 4th August
Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightley bring Jane Austen’s classic romance to life with wonderfully understated chemistry.
Flavors of Youth: International Version – 4th August
Memories in a bowl of steaming noodles, a fading beauty finding her way and a bittersweet first love — all in these stories of city life in China.
Flavors of Youth: International Version – 4th August
Memories in a bowl of steaming noodles, a fading beauty finding her way and a bittersweet first love – all in these stories of city life in China.
Loving Vincent – 5th August
This hand-painted biopic about Vincent Van Gogh is a breathtakingly unique piece of art.
Better Call Saul: Season 4 – 7th August
Better Call Saul returns after the dramatic events of Season 3, which catalyse Jimmy McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman. Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer — and his relationship with Kim — in jeopardy. Howard and Kim find themselves increasingly on opposite sides of a battle once sparked by the Brothers McGill, while Mike Ehrmantraut takes a more active role as Madrigal Electromotive’s newest (and most thorough) security consultant. It’s a volatile time to be in Gus Fring’s employ, as Hector sends shock waves throughout the Albuquerque underworld and throws the cartel into chaos — tearing apart both Gus and Nacho’s well-laid plans.
Perdida – 9th August
A policewoman whose childhood friend disappeared in Patagonia years ago starts a new search to find answers, and soon finds her own life in danger.
The Package – 10th August
When five teens go on a spring break camping trip, an unfortunate accident sets off a race against time to save their friend’s most prized possession.
Insatiable: Season 1 – 10th August
In this darkly comic series, a disgraced civil lawyer turned beauty pageant coach takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client. Starring Debby Ryan, the series is already sparking controversy for casting a thin actress in a fat suit, with over 100,000 people signing a petition to cancel the show.
La Casa de Las Flores – 10th August
The outward perfection of a family-run flower business hides a dark side rife with dysfunctional secrets in this dark comedy.
Zion – 10th August
Born without legs and stuck in foster care for years, teenager Zion Clark hopes to overcome his circumstances and become a competitive wrestler.
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 7 – 10th August
Netflix’s anime reboot reaches its penultimate season. After saving Shiro and defeating Lotor, the Paladins are finally able to set a course for Earth. After a perilous journey, they discover that their home planet is not how they left it.
72 Dangerous Animals: Asia – 10th August
From fangs to claws to venomous stings, they all wield deadly weapons. But which creature will be crowned the fiercest of all?
Afflicted: Season 1 – 10th August
Baffling symptoms. Controversial diagnoses. Costly treatments. Seven people with chronic illnesses search for answers — and relief.
All About The Washingtons: Season 1 – 10th August
Hip-hop icon Rev. Run stars opposite wife Justine in this scripted comedy about one couple’s attempts at balancing work, romance and family chaos.
The Ponysitters Club: Season 1 – 10th August
A young horse enthusiast teams up with her best friends to rescue and rehabilitate animals on her family’s beloved ranch.
The Party – 12th August
Sally Potter’s black comedy sees Janet host a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as planned.
Gotham: Season 4 – 15th August
Season 4 of Gotham witnesses the emergence of the criminal landscape for which Gotham City is best known, with GCPD Detectives Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains – Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor); Edward Nygma/The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Barbara Kean (Erin Richards), Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas), as well as the future Catwoman, Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova). Also in the shadows this season are Butch Gilzean/Solomon Grundy (Drew Powell), Dr. Lee Thompkins (Morena Baccarin), and Sofia Falcone (Crystal Reed).
Kubo and the Two Strings – 16th August
A young boy with a magical gift sets out on a thrilling quest to discover his family’s legacy in Kubo and the Two Strings, a moving, visually stunning animation from LAIKA.
Top of the Lake: Season 2 – Date TBC
Jane Campion’s series returns with Elisabeth Moss reprising her role as Detective Robin Griffin. The ne crime mystery finds Griffin recently returned to Sydney and trying to rebuild her life. When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin discovers ‘China Girl’ didn’t die alone. Also stars Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie.
20th Century Women – 17th August
Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig are superb in drama about Dorothea Fields, a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women – Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie, a savvy and provocative teenage neighbour – to help with his upbringing.
Spirit Riding Free: Season 6 – 17th August
Lucky and the PALs canter into more adventures with a new chapter of the Frontier Fillies. With each new challenge, Lucky, Spirit and the PALs work together as they run wild and live free.
Magic For Humans – 17th August
From baffling people on the street to orchestrating elaborate tricks, Justin Willman blends good-natured magic with grown-up laughs.
Disenchantment: Season 1 – 17th August
This animated series from Matt Groening follows the misadventures of a hard-drinking princess, her feisty elf companion and her personal demon
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – 17th August
Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control when her secret letters to every boy she’s ever fallen for are mysteriously mailed out.
Ultraviolet: Season 1 – 17th August
In this offbeat crime series, an online community of amateur sleuths uses an unconventional mashup of high-tech and low-tech methods to solve cases.
Stay Here: Season 1 – 17th August
Designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer show property owners how to turn their short-term rentals into moneymaking showstoppers.
The Motive – 17th August
An aspiring writer with no imagination seeks inspiration for his novel by manipulating the lives of his neighbors so that he can write about them.
Pinky Malinky: Season 1 – Date TBC
Pinky Malinky sees the bright side of everything, including being born a hot dog. With his BFFs in tow, this little wiener takes a bite out of life in this Nickeloedon animated series.
The Secret Life of Pets – 22nd August
In his Manhattan apartment block, terrier Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) is used to being top dog… until his kind-hearted owner brings home the lumbering mongrel Duke (Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet) from the pound. But when their rivalry leaves them adrift in the big, bad city, the mismatched mutts must pull together to escape the clutches of both animal control and an underground army of abandoned pets led by a barmy bunny called Snowball (Kevin Hart). Animated family fun from the director of Despicable Me.
Marlon: Season 2 – 22nd August
Amicable exes Marlon and Ashley settle into co-parenting duties and continue to work out where they stand as friends, former flames and a family.
Great News: Season 1 – 23rd August
Ambitious cable news producer Katie faces a whole new set of problems when her overbearing mother lands an internship on the very same show.
Deadwind: Season 1 – 23rd August
Just months after a tragic loss, detective Sofia Karppi investigates the murder of a woman with ties to a Helsinki construction company.
Follow This: Season 1 – 23rd August
Follow the reporters at BuzzFeed as they probe topics ranging from quirky internet crazes to safe injection spaces for opioid users.
Ghoul: Season 1 – 24th August
A newly minted military interrogator arrives at a covert detention center to discover that some of the terrorists held there are not of this world in this groundbreaking Indian horror series.
The Innocents: Season 1 – 24th August
When a teenage couple runs away to be together, the extraordinary gift they possess unleashes powerful forces intent on dividing them forever in this British sci-fi thriller.
Ask The StoryBots: Season 2 – 24th August
How do ears hear – and why can’t I eat dessert all the time? The StoryBots tackle these and other tough questions in an all-new season of asks.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 3 – 24th August
As the trolls turn a new enemy into a friend, Poppy trains Branch in “hair-jitsu,” Smidge woos a crush and DJ Suki learns to throw the best party ever.
The After Party – 24th August
When an aspiring rapper goes viral for the wrong reasons, he thinks his career is sunk. But a wild party gives him one more chance to make it right.
Bad Moms – 26th August
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn are let loose in this raucously entertaining comedy.
Ozark: Season 2 – 31st August
The Byrdes face danger from every side as the cartel, the Snells and the Langmores all threaten to bring down the new life they’ve built in the Ozarks.
Paradise PD: Season 1 – 31st August
From “Brickleberry” creators Roger Black and Waco O’Guin comes this adult animated comedy about a backwater Southern-fried police department.
Ultimate Beastmaster Great Britain: Survival of the Fittest – 31st August
Netflix’s sports endurance contest heads to the UK, as a group of British contestants who have overcome significant adversity take on the world’s toughest obstacle course.
Inside The Criminal Mind – 31st August
Missing Mindhunter? Explore the psychological machinations and immoral behavior that define the most nefarious types of criminals.
Las Leyes de la Termodinámica – 31st August
Jilted by his girlfriend, a man likens his lack of luck in love to the laws of thermodynamics in this documentary-like romantic comedy.
The Comedy Lineup: Part 2 – 31st August
A cadre of promising up-and-coming comedians delivers a rapid fire series of stand-up performances.
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in August 2018:
Touch of Evil
A Fish Called Wanda
Switched: Season 1
Infernal Affairs II
Infernal Affairs III
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
QB1: Beyond the Lights: Season 1
All I See Is You
Edge of Fear
A Few Less Men
Legend of The Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
Justice, My Foot!
Love In The Buff
A Chinese Odyssey (Part I)
A Chinese Odyssey (Part II
Doubles Cause Troubles
Little Dragon Maiden
P Se PM Tak
Tikli and Laxmi Bomb
History of Joy
Minnaminugu the FireFly
Mythily Veendum Varunnu
Oru Vishsheshapetta Biryani Kissa
Becoming Champions: Season 1
Discovery of Love: Season 1
Sudani from Nigeria
Suits: Season 8, Episode 3
Meet the Blacks
Shooter: Season 3, Episode 7
Meteor Garden: Episodes 21 to 26
Mr. Sunshine: Season 1, Episode 9
Howard the Duck
Bring It On: In It to Win It
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish
Mr. Sunshine: Season 1, Episode 10
Chesapeake Shores: Season 3, Episode 1
Power: Season 5, Episode 6
To the Beat
Suits: Season 8, Episode 4
Unforgotten: Season 2
The Most Unknown
Shooter: Season 3, Episode 8
Meteor Garden: Episodes 27 to 32
Demetri Martin: The Overthinker
The Birth Reborn
Beyond the Clouds
Mr. Sunshine: Season 1, Episode 11
Mr. Sunshine: Season 1, Episode 12
Uncle: Season 3
My Little Pony: The Movie
Anjaan: Special Crimes Unit: Season 1
Chesapeake Shores: Season 3, Episode 2
Power: Season 5, Episode 7
Better Call Saul: Season 4, Episode 2
Out of Thin Air
Gotham: Season 4
Blackadder: Season 3 to 4
Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate
Mere Papa Hero Hiralal: Season 1
Swami Baba Ramdev: The Untold Story: Season 1
Comedy High School: Season 1
Sudani from Nigeria
For Here or To Go?
Suits: Season 8, Episode 5
My Best Friend’s Girl
Shooter: Season 3, Episode 9
Meteor Garden: Episodes 33 to 38
Mr. Sunshine: Season 1, Episode 13
Mr. Sunshine: Season 1, Episode 14
Selfie From Hell
Chesapeake Shores: Season 3, Episode 3
Power: Season 5, Episode 8
Coming to My Senses
Better Call Saul: Season 4, Episode 3
That Awkward Moment
Suits: Season 8, Episode 6
Death in Paradise: Season 6
Shooter: Season 3, Episode 10
Meteor Garden: Episodes 39 to 34
Bert Kreischer: Secret Time
The Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Mr. Sunshine: Season 1, Episode 15
Mr. Sunshine: Season 1, Episode 16
Chesapeake Shores: Season 3, Episode 4
Power: Season 5, Episode 9
Being Dad: Season 1
Better Call Saul: Season 4, Episode 4
Suits: Season 8, Episode 7
Bridget Jones’ Baby
The Surrounding Game
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan: My Life’s Journey Through Music
Martial Arts of Shaolin
Disciples Of The 36th Chamber
The Young Vagabond
Weeds on Fire
The Mad Monk
Look Out, Officer
The Bare-Footed Kid
Love on Delivery
Casino Tycoon 2
Opium and the Kung Fu Master
Anjaan: Rural Myths: Season 1
The Could’ve-Gone-All-the-Way Committee: Season 1
Yes or No
Yes or No 2
Yes or No 2.5
Black Money Love: Season 1
Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone: Season 1
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