Netflix is thinking big this Christmas, with two ambitious big-hitters arriving on the service in time for holiday viewing: Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar contender Roma and Andy Serkis’ The Jungle Book competitor Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. It’s original film push doesn’t stop there, with A Quiet Place companion Bird Box also touching down, alongside Jennifer Aniston drama Dumplin’.
December’s also a month with a veritable sleigh-full of original titles from around the world, including Indian cricket drama Selection Day, US teen comedy Alexa & Katie, Mexican supernatural series Diablero, Guillermo del Toro’s animated family epic 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, international panel show The Fix, US true crime doc The Innocent, Canadian sci-fi Travellers, Turkish fantasy The Protector, German thriller Dogs of Berlin, French rom-com The Hook Up Plan and Bruce Springsteen Broadway show Springsteen on Broadway.
And, to top it off, Netflix is unwrapping a host of festive versions of its own series, from Nailed It! Holiday! and Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s seasonal special. All that plus festive favourite The Holiday, modern gem Fences, stunning indie horror The Endless and moving family drama A Monster Calls? If all you want for Christmas is a Netflix subscription, you’ll definitely be getting your present’s worth.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in December 2018:
The Memories of Alhambra – 1st December
While looking for the cryptic creator of an innovative augmented-reality game, an investment firm executive meets a woman who runs a hostel in Spain. New episodes weekly
Russell Brand Re:Birth – 4th December
How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents? Russell Brand dissects growing up and growing older in his new stand-up comedy special.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle – 7th December
Acclaimed actor and director Andy Serkis reinvents Rudyard Kipling’s beloved masterpiece, in which a boy who would become a legend, wants nothing more than to find a home. Torn between two worlds, that of the jungle and that of humankind, Mowgli must navigate the inherent dangers in each on a journey to discover who he really is. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Freida Pinto, Matthew Rhys and Naomie Harris lead an all-star cast along with newcomer Rohan Chand (“Mowgli”) in this visually spectacular and emotionally moving adventure. It will also be dubbed in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali.
The American Meme: Season 1 – 7th December
Follow four social media disruptors – Paris Hilton, Josh Ostrovsky, Brittany Furlan and Kirill Bichutsky – as they hustle to create online empires.
Dumplin’ – 7th December
Forthright Texas teen Willowdean Dickson enters a local beauty pageant to honor her beloved late aunt and spite her ex-beauty queen mom.
Nailed It! Holiday! – 7th December
It’s the “Nailed It!” holiday special you’ve been waiting for, with missing ingredients, impossible asks and desserts that look delightfully sad.
Dogs of Berlin: Season 1 – 7th December
Two cops investigate the murder of a famous Turkish-German soccer player, but their ethnic and underworld connections mire the case in controversy.
Bad Blood – 7th December
This sprawling crime drama follows the true story of the Rizzuto family and its associates, who presided over organized crime in Montreal for decades.
The Hook Up Plan: Season 1 – 7th December
When Parisian Elsa gets hung up on her ex, her best friends secretly hire a male escort to help her move on. But their plan works a little too well.
ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? – 7th December
As a groundbreaking ’80s rap act, Run-D.M.C. brought hip-hop to the mainstream. But the murder of the group’s DJ, Jam Master Jay, remains a mystery.
El Recluso – 7th December
An ex-Marine poses as an inmate inside a Mexican prison in order to infiltrate a gang suspected of kidnapping an American judge’s teen daughter.
Pine Gap – 7th December
At top-secret US-Australian joint defense facility Pine Gap, fissures appear in the critical alliance as spies work with, and against, each other.
The Ranch: Part 6 – 7th December
Colt confronts the challenges of running a ranch as he and Abby get ready to become parents. And a second new arrival keeps the Bennetts on their toes.
Super Monsters and the Wish Star – 7th December
Deck the halls with holiday magic and get ready for a fun, festive time. It’s a gift from the Super Monsters … to you!
Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas – 7th December
As Bright Fields preps for its Mistletoe Ball, a broken ornament leads Zoe to a family secret, while Gaby finds herself at the mercy of new boss Mia.
The Holiday – 7th December
Iris is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda realises the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6,000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Come for the cast that includes Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. Stay for the pretty interior decor.
The Big Lebowski – 7th December
Jeff Bridges is on hilarious form as Jeff Lebowski, aka. “the Dude,” a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of dangerous people a whole bunch of money…
5 Star Christmas – 7th December
Away from their spouses. Away from the paparazzi and nosy reporters. It’s a foolproof, Christmastime tryst – what could go wrong?
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas – 7th December
The holidays take a hit as Kaz juggles the Secret Santa competition, his Aunt Angelique’s visit and his nemesis Arcangelo’s Christmas plotting.
A Monster Calls – 9th December
Juan Antonio Bayona confirms himself as one of Spain’s best modern directors with this masterful adaptation of Patrick Ness’ novel, which sees a 12-year-old boy trying to come to terms with his mother’s terminal illness.
How to Get Away with Murder: Season 4 – 9th December
Because who doesn’t want more of Viola Davis as brilliant criminal defense attorney and law professor Annalise Keating, who, along with five of her students, became involved in a twisted murder case?
Out of Many, One – 12th December
As they prepare for their naturalisation tests, several legal immigrants discuss what drove them to seek better opportunities in America.
Wanted: Season 3 – 13th December
A witness protection deal lands Lola in Adelaide, where a murder sends her and Chelsea on the run through South Australia in search of a missing woman.
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 8 – 14th December
A team of teenagers continues to work together, fighting the forces of evil amid an epic intergalactic battle to protect the universe in the final season of Netflix’s anime.
The Fix: Season 1 – 14th December
Comedians Jimmy Carr, D.L. Hughley and Katherine Ryan tackle the world’s woes in the panel show, with help from a rotating crew of funny guests and actual experts.
Travellers: Season 3 – 14th December
Now a Netflix original, this underrated Canadian time-travel thriller returns for a third season. With the truth exposed to the world, MacLaren and his team must cover their tracks, partner with the FBI, and find Traveler 001.
Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle – 14th December
Teddy’s never missed the Festival of Lights, but the bowling alley’s been snowed in! Not to worry – Emil insists the Christmas moose will save the day.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale – 14th December
As the winter solstice approaches, everyone’s favourite teenage witch orchestrates an emotional séance with serious consequences, and Susie’s merry plans turn menacing.
Roma – 14th December
This tiny masterpiece from Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
Tidelands – 14th December
Ex-con Cal McTeer’s return to her hometown Orphelin Bay blows the lid off a generations-long conspiracy of silence around murder, drugs and sirens.
The Innocent: Season 1 – 14th December
In the 1980s, the small town of Ada, Oklahoma, was the site of two horrific crimes with conclusions that remain controversial to this day.
Sunderland Till I Die: Season 1 – 14th December
This docuseries follows English soccer club Sunderland through the 2017-18 season as they try to bounce back after relegation from the Premier League.
The Endless – 14th December
Spring directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead tap into the creepiness of the everyday in this cult horror slice of stunningly ambitious cinema.
The Protector: Season 1 – 14th December
Discovering his ties to a secret ancient order, a young man living in modern Istanbul embarks on a quest to save the city from an immortal enemy.
Fuller House: Season 4 – 14th December
The Tanner-Fuller-Gibblers are back, as DJ and Steve rekindle their flame – and a new member of the family is on the way…
Springsteen on Broadway – 16th December
In this acclaimed show based on his best-selling autobiography, Bruce Springsteen performs acoustic versions of his music and shares personal stories.
Tomb Raider (2018) – 16th December
Alicia Vikander makes for a likeable Lara Croft in this fun start to a promising new franchise.
Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 5 – 18th December
Japan’s answer to Love Island continues to weave its low-key charm, as Takayuki and Aya keep going on dates, but Takayuki’s heart may be set on someone else. New member Shunsuke, meanwhile, begins a journey of self-discovery…
Peaky Blinders: Season 4 – 19th December
Cilliam Murphy and the gang return for the fourth bout of super-stylish crime drama in period Birmingham.
Bird Box – 21st December
Netflix’s answer to A Quiet Place takes place 50 years after a wave of mass suicides decimates the population, as a woman and her two children embark on a desperate, dangerous quest for sanctuary.
Legally Blonde – 21st December
Bend… and snap!
3Below: Tales of Arcadia – 21st December
Guillermo del Toro follows Trollhunters with this new entry in his DreamWorks Animation saga. After crash-landing in Arcadia, two royal teen aliens struggle to blend in as they evade intergalactic bounty hunters.
Back With The Ex: Season 1 – 21st December
After years apart, four singles will reunite with the exes they just couldn’t forget. But will their past loves feel the same way about them?
The Casketeers: Season 1 – 21st December
A docuseries about the wife-and-husband team at Waitakere Funeral Services, as they work with grieving families in an insightful and emotional way.
Perfume: Season 1 – 21st December
A perfumer with a superhuman sense of smell begins killing female students at a boarding school to distill their essence and create the perfect scent.
Diablero: Season 1 – 21st December
A supernatural fight between good and evil unfolds on the colorful streets of Mexico when a priest enlists the help of a crew led by a legendary demon hunter.
BORU (Wolf): Season 1 – 21st December
Tasked with risky operations across Turkey, members of a special security unit confront danger and tragedy both on the field and at home.
Tales By Light: Season 3 – 21st December
Season 3 follows a trio of image-makers on voyages of discovery into neighborhoods of India, the reefs of Indonesia, and the backcountry of Australia.
7 Days Out: Season 1 – 21st December
This docuseries captures the excitement and drama that play out behind the scenes in the days leading up to major live events like the Kentucky Derby.
Sing – 22nd December
This animatd musical comedy is a charming animation packed with overwhelming positivity.
T2: Trainspotting – 22nd December
It’s been 20 years since heroin addict Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) ripped off his lowlife friends and fled to Amsterdam with all the proceeds from a drug deal. Now clean, he returns to Edinburgh to make amends but finds that little has changed.
Alexa & Katie: Season 2 – Boxing Day
For best friends Alexa and Katie, sophomore year brings budding romance, a major breakup, a birthday milestone – and big lessons they’ll never forget.
You: Season 1 – Boxing Day
Obsessed with an aspiring writer, a brilliant bookstore manager begins quietly and strategically removing all obstacles that keep her from him.
Avengers: Age of Ultron – Boxing Day
Because nothing says day-after-Christmas like sitting on the sofa, stuffed with food, watching a Marvel flick with the family.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch – 28th December
In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a sprawling fantasy novel into a video game and soon faces a mind-mangling challenge. Welcome back to Black Mirror, as Charlie Brooker’s tech anthology unleashes its first feature film, which is expected to be a choose-your-own interactive experience.
Selection Day: Season 1 – 28th December
Between an overbearing father and an underhanded system, a cricket prodigy and his brother grapple with their own ambitions, demons and identities.
Murder Mountain – 28th December
A man goes missing in Humboldt County, California, exposing a dangerous and untenable web of violence, drugs and police apathy.
Fences – 30th December
Denzel Washington’s directorial debut, starring Viola Davis, crafts a moving drama fuelled by two powerhouse performances.
Silence of the Lambs – New Year’s Eve
Anthony Hopkins is on iconic form as Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan Demme’s chilling, gripping psychological thriller, starring Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling trying to track down a serial killer.
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in December 2018:
Crossroads: One Two Jaga
Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager
Borderline: Season 2
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4, Episode 7
Great Interior Design Challenge: Season 2
The Sound of Your Heart: Reboot Season 2
Riverdale: Season 3, Episode 7
About a Boy
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The Memories of Alhambra: Season 1, Episode 2
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4, Episode 8
Dynasty: Season 2, Episode 8
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