Summer’s here and so is Netflix’s annual attempt to tempt you away from the lovely weather / rescue you from the fiery orb in the sky that threatens to burn us all. Its secret weapon? A whole heap of original shows, from the intriguing premiere of supernatural drama Stranger Things to the less intriguing second seasons of Marco Polo and Between.
There are original series to keep the kids entertained on school holiday too, such as Jim Henson’s Word Party and Home, which are accompanied by a side order of indie films for the adults: Brahman Naman and Tallulah (both acquired at Sundance this year). But in between the high-profile arrivals and underwhelming renewals are some shows that are perfect for binge-viewing on sweltering afternoons, from Season 2 of The Returned and Fargo to the UK premiere of Spotless Season 3 and 50 Cents’ Power.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in July 2016:
Note: This is official information provided by Netflix. All dates are subject to change – we will keep this page updated to reflect this.
Gilmore Girls: Seasons 1 to 7 – Friday 1st July
Not caught up with the Gilmore Girls before Netflix reunites them for its limited series? Good news: now you can.
Spotless: Season 1 – Friday 1st July
This French-British series, which premiered on Canal+ last year and aired on the Esquire Network in the US, finally makes it UK debut, courtesy of Netflix. The show follows Jean (Marc-André Grondin), who runs a crime-scene-cleaning business and is living in London with his family in peace. Until his estranged brother, Martin (Denis Ménochet), turns up from Paris with a dead body in the car and asks for help. The show has already been renewed for a second season.
Marco Polo: Season 2 – Friday 1st July
The battle for the Mongol empire will ignite this summer, with the arrival of the second season of Netflix’s original series. Lorenzo Richelmy will reprise his starring role as Marco Polo, accompanied by Michelle Yeoh (The Handmaiden), Benedict Wong (Kublai Khan) and Rick Yune (Kaidu).
Between: Season 2 – Friday 1st July
“What sets Between out from the crowd? For starters, it isn’t very good.” That was our verdict on the start of the first season of this survival thriller, co-produced with a Canadian broadcaster. Naturally, the programme is therefore returning for a second, following the aftermath of a disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under.
Jim Jefferies: Freedumb – Friday 1st July
Jim Jefferies’ second Netflix special, Freedumb unleashes his unapologetic take on a variety of topics that range from personal stories including how he is coping with fatherhood to political and social commentary about religion, freedom and Bill Cosby. Recorded in front of a sold out audience at Nashville’s James Polk Theater.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask – Friday 1st July
Netflix continues to build its Woody Allen collection with this entertaining comedy.
Belle – Wednesday 6th July
The brilliant Gugu Mbatha-Raw delivers a star-making performance in Amma Asante’s excellent period drama, inspired by the true story of the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a British admiral, who played an important role in the campaign to abolish slavery in England.
Brahman Naman – Wednesday 6th July
Fresh from Sundance, this coming-of-age comedy (set in Bangalore in the 1980s) follows Naman, a high school quiz champ, who leads his hopelessly nerdy friends on a trip to Calcutta for a major college quiz. Young, smart and full of heart, the trio are determined to win the top prize – and lose their virginity along the way.
Word Party: Season 1 – Friday 8th July
Word Party is a vocabulary building show from The Jim Henson Company that follows four baby animals as they sing, dance and play. The show invites young viewers to help teach the baby animals new words, learn these new words themselves, and celebrate these achievements with a “Word Party!”
Mono – Friday 8th July
Jarrett Lee Conaway’s comedy gets a worldwide release on Friday 8th July. It explores what happens when a mono virus outbreak at Highland Park High takes out the most popular kids, giving the outcasts the chance to rule the school. The film features a host of web celebs and vloggers, from Viner Christian DelGrosso and Brandon Bowen to Jake Paul and YouTuber Eric Ochoa.
The Invitation – Friday 8th July
Karyn Kusama’s tense, unsettling psychological thriller sees a dinner party take unexpected turns, as a man (Logan Marshall-Green) and his new girlfriend drive into the Hollywood Hills for an evening at his ex-wife’s house. Hashtag awkward is an understatement.
The Returned: Season 2 – Monday 11th July
The words “six months later” don’t normally leave viewers buzzing with excitement, but in the case of The Returned, it’s easy to make an exception. The French mystery show, which followed a sleepy village where dead people returned in fully corporeal form, is as haunting as ever in its second run, diving straight back into the same spooky waters. Not caught up? Season 1 is already on Netflix UK.
The Fault in Our Stars – Wednesday 13th July
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort bring John Green’s novel to life with a touching sincerity in this underrated film, as we see two teenagers living with cancer fall in love.
Fargo: Season 2 – Wednesday 13th July
Noah Hawley’s darkly comic crime anthology continues with a new bunch of characters, but the same balance of quirky humour, bloody violence, ice-cool backdrop and a superb cast.
Stranger Things: Season 1 – Friday 15th July
This Netflix original, previously called Montauk, is set in 1980 Indiana, where a young boy mysteriously vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into a mystery involving top secret experiments, supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl. Alongside a global cast of kids, Winona Ryder and David Harbour play Joyce, a working class single mother reeling from the disappearance of her 12-year-old son, and the town’s chief of police.
Rebirth – Friday 15th July
Karl Mueller’s thriller follows a man on a weekend retreat that takes a turn for the strange…
The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 3 – Friday 15th July
Netflix’s spin-off from the feature film returns for a third time. (The movie also arrives on Netflix UK on the same day, along with several Shrek sequels.)
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru – Friday 15th July
This documentary, from director Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind of Monster), follows world-renowned life coach, business strategist and best-selling author Tony Robbins. Annually, more than 200,000 people attend one of Robbins’ programs, but once a year, an ambitious 2,500 people from around the globe make the journey to Florida to attend his most intimate and intensive instruction. The film goes behind the scenes of this “mega annual seminar”, Date With Destiny, the first time Robbins has allowed a crew to film the event as well as its production.
Power: Season 3 – Monday 18th July
Ghost, Tommy, Kanaan and co. are back. Following Netflix’s exclusive acquisition of 50 Cents’ TV show for the UK, the streaming site brings British viewers each new episode of Power’s third season within 24 hours of their US broadcast on Starz – starting from 18th July. (Seasons 1 and 2 are already available to stream.)
Labyrinth – Wednesday 20th July
“I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.” If you’ve never seen David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King in this 1986 fantasy, this is your chance.
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Wednesday 20th July
Bryan Singer’s prequel, sequel and reboot all in one is a mind-bending piece of sci-fi that manages to give every X-fan the ending – or beginning – they deserve.
BoJack Horseman: Season 3 – Friday 22nd July
Everyone’s favourite alcoholic, washed-up equine celebrity is back for one more hit. In Season 3, BoJack is grappling with his legacy while trudging through an increasingly turbulent Oscar campaign for his star-making turn in the Secretariat biopic. BoJack struggles with how he’ll ultimately be remembered by his fans and what lasting impact he’s made on those closest to him.
The Tenant – Wednesday 27th July
Roman Polanski stars in the final part of the director’s apartment trilogy (see Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby), which follows the descent into madness of a mild-mannered occupant of a Parisian flat, previously rented by a woman who committed suicide, who decides that his neighbours are plotting to kill him.
Home: Season 1 – Friday 29th July
DreamWorks’ latest feature film spin-off sees Home’s dynamic duo – Oh (a misfit alien who conquers Earth) and Tip (an adventurous teen girl, who helped save the day) – reunite for a series that promises to be “jam-packed with outrageous laughs, tons of heart and contemporary urban pop music performed by teen singing sensation Rachel Crow”. Picking up where the 2015 movie left off, the show sees Oh move in with Tip and her human family and finally discover the true meaning of home.
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One: Season 2 – Friday 29th July
Based on the popular LEGO Bionicle franchise and line of action figures, Netflix’s original series takes place on the mythical island of Okoto, where the forces of darkness are on the move and the evil Makuta is working to cast the world into darkness. Classic Makuta.
Tallulah – Friday 29th July
Written and directed by Sian Heder, who’s worked on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, this excellent indie drama was snapped up by the streaming giant at Sundance this year. The film follows a young drifter (Ellen Page), who takes a baby from a negligent mother, with Allison Janney co-starring as a woman who thinks she’s the baby’s grandmother.
Last Chance U – Friday 29th July
A six-part, behind-the-scenes look at the world of college football. Directed by Greg Whiteley (Mitt), this Netflix original follows a group of young men training to become the future stars of the NFL. These players are the latest recruits to East Mississippi Community College (EMCC), an undefeated team with 3 National Championship wins over four years under their belt. The EMCC Lions have become a phenomenon in junior college sports. The series follows them as they enter another season of crushing their opponents, courting recruiters and enduring the physical intensity of this level of football. As their season takes an unexpected turn, the methods of this unconventional team are deeply called into question.
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1 – Date TBC
This 1998 anime from director Shinichirō Watanabe manages the impressive, stylish task of fusing Westerns, film noir and jazz together into one tale. A landmark series that introduced a large number of Western viewers to anime, it’s an undoubted classic.
Donald Trumps’ The Art of the Deal: The Movie – Date TBC
Funny or Die’s fake biopic of Donald Trump surprised everyone when it popped up online earlier this year, starring none other Johnny Depp as the presidential wannabe. The movie purports to tell the story of the billionaire, who has it all: money, power, respect, and an Eastern European bride. Taking its title from Trump’s 1987 book, the movie claims to have been made in the 1980s with Trump as writer, director, producer and star – until it ended up locked away in a vault. Now, Ron Howard (playing himself as the narrator) has unearthed it to show the world.
The real story is no less bizarre, with the cast including such names as Alfred Molina, Patton Oswalt, Henry Winkler, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Lloyd and Kristen Schaal – all of whom kept their mouths shut on the project before its unexpected release.
Other titles coming soon to Netflix UK in July 2016
The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 (1998)
Willie Barcena: The Truth Hurts
Akeelah and the Bee
Jem and the Holograms: Season 1 to 3
Daughters of Mother India
The Future of Water: Season 1
Kate and Mim-Mim: Season 1
X: Past Is Present
My Friend Rockefeller
Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives Presents: The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue
Horrid Henry: Season 4
Dwayne Perkins: Take Note
The Killer Elite
III: The Ritual
Road to Yesterday
To Russia with Love
Daft Punk Unchained
Bill Hicks: Revelations
Eastsiders: Season 1 and 2
Sam Kinison: Family Entertainment Hour
Operation Proposal: Season 1
A Decent Arrangement
Kya Kool Hain Hum 3
Fittest On Earth
The End (TV, season 1)
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
The Wicker Man (2006)
Welcome To The Punch
You Carry Me
Kuromukuro: Season 1
Chelsea: Episode 25
Scream: Season 2, Episode 6
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7, Episode 3
Chelsea: Episode 26
The Armor of Light
Chelsea: Episode 27
PAW Patrol: Season 2
Chelsea: Episode 28
Scream: Season 2, Episode 7
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7, Episode 4
Chelsea: Episode 29
Magi: Adventure of Sinbad: Season 1
Six Degrees Of Separation
The Wiggles: Ready, Steady, Wiggle! Season 2
Puss in Boots
Shrek the Third
Shrek Forever After
A Good Rain Knows
Small Is Beautiful
International Street Art
Gavin & Stacey: Season 3
The Lava Field: Season 1
The Purge: Anarchy
The Human Experiment
Resident Evil: Retribution
The Mirror Has Two Faces
Chelsea: Episode 31
Scream: Season 2, Episode 8
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7, Episode 5
The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland
Chelsea: Episode 32
Before We Go
Chelsea: Episode 33
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 2
Million Dollar Arm
QI: Season 12
Popples: Season 3
Power: Season 3, Episode 2
The Burning Plain
It Started in Naples
Chelsea: Episode 34
Scream: Season 2, Episode 9
April Fool’s Day
Chelsea: Episode 35
Chelsea: Episode 36
A Family Affair
Indie Game: Life After
Kurt Seyit & Sura: Season 1
Kacak: Season 1
Love and Marriage: Season 1
The Pink Mirror
Can’t Run from Love: Season 1
Karadayi: Season 1
Ezel: Season 1
Tajja: Shinui Son
Man on High Heels
The Exclusive: Beat the Devil’s Tattoo
Queen of the Night
Tazza: The Hidden Card
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