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May is our favourite month of the year. Not only is it getting sunny outside, but with two Bank Holidays on the cards, there’s optimum time for some box set bingeing. Netflix UK has you more than covered, with a whole host of ITV and BBC gems old and new on the way, from Little Boy Blue and Prime Suspect to Poldark, Love Island and Cold Feet.
Netflix’s classic collection gets a much-needed boost, too, with Some Like It Hot and Taxi Driver both racing onto the service – joined by, most exciting of all, Hayao Miyazaki’s debut film, The Castle of Cagliostro, the only Miyazaki film ever released on digital platforms in the UK (it’s currently available on iTunes).
There’s more cartoon magic in the form of Disney documentary Life, Animated, as well as the return of several Netflix’s kids originals, including Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters. May also sees Netflix take on Horrible Histories with its new educational sketch series, The Who Was? Show.
Adults won’t be left wanting for entertainment, though, with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt back for round 4, a second helping of sharp social satire Dear White People, and Michelle Wolf’s talk show, The Break, getting its debut run. All that and a dose of Scandi survival horror The Rain? Those Bank Holidays can’t come soon enough.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in May 2018:
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Some Like It Hot – 1st May
When two musicians accidentally witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, they get out of town the only way they know how – dressed as women. Never seen Billy Wilder’s comedy classic? Well, nobody’s perfect.
Maigret – 1st May
Rowan Atkinson stars in ITV’s increasingly impressive reboot of the classic French detective, with both Maigret Sets a Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man arriving on Netflix UK.
Little Boy Blue: Season 1 – 1st May
Jeff Pope’s sensitive true crime drama explores the murder of an innocent child amid a wave of gang violence. The child in question? 11-year-old Rhys Jones, who was shot in a car park on the way to football practice. We learn about the murder at the same time as mother Melanie (Sinead Keenan), and the drama doesn’t let up from there, gently teasing out the impact of Rhys’ death in moving fashion. Stephen Graham is superb as DS Dave Kelly, who leads the police investigation.
Prime Suspect 1973: Season 1 – 1st May
As the original Prime Suspect arrives on Netflix UK, don’t miss the chance to catch up with this intriguing period spin-off, which takes us back to the days of WPC Jane Tennison in the 1970s, played with charisma by Stefanie Martini.
Life, Animated – 1st May
When Owen Suskind was three years old, he suddenly stopped talking. Diagnosed with autism, it was “like he’d been kidnapped”, say his parents. But then they discovered something remarkable: Owen had learned all of the Disney movies they owned on VHS off by heart. This documentary is a magical, powerful watch.
Cold Feet: Season 1 to 6 – 1st May
After ITV’s successful revival of the hit drama, go back to the very beginning to hang out with James Nesbitt, Helen Baxendale, John Thomson, Fay Ripley, Robert Bathurst and Hermione Norris.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise – 1st May
Poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is celebrated using her own words set over rare photographs and video illustrating her remarkable life.
Sometimes – 1st May
Seven strangers anxiously waiting for their HIV test results decide to bribe the clinic receptionist to get them early, learning one is positive.
The Rain: Season 1 – 4th May
After a brutal virus wipes out most of the population, two young siblings embark on a perilous search for safety. A Scandinavian thriller series.
Dear White People: Season 2 – 4th May
Romantic dilemmas, a social media troll and big changes at Armstrong-Parker House push Sam, Lionel and friends to the breaking point.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: Tina Fey – 4th May
Tina Fey opens up about her family, the changing culture at “SNL” and the one moment she wishes she could take back. Plus, blues icon Buddy Guy.
Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences – 4th May
Netflix celebrates the Bluth family’s classic holiday Cinco de Cuatro with a recut version of Arrested Development Season 4, with each individual character’s episode chopped together in the classic Arrested Development format of the older (better) seasons. Creator Mitch Hurwitz describes the result as “funny in a whole new way”.
End Game – 4th May
Facing an inevitable outcome, terminally ill patients meet extraordinary medical practitioners seeking to change our approach to life and death in this short documentary.
Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2 – 4th May
Lukas and friends explore a lost world full of prehistoric beasts, uncover clues to Kong’s past and race to stop a robot uprising led by Botila.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – 4th May
Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen are on hilarious form in this racing comedy.
A Little Help with Carol Burnett – 4th May
In this original unscripted series starring comedy legend Carol Burnett, kids dish out advice to celebrities and everyday people in front of a live audience.
Busted!: Season 1 – 4th May
A hilarious panel of Korean entertainment icons team up with some of the biggest names in K-Drama in this madcap whodunit variety show. More “Keystone Cops” than “Sherlock Holmes,” each episode sees our cast of bumbling detectives solve a different mystery based on vignettes presented by famous Korean actors and comedians. An overarching plot unfolds throughout the series, and the tension mounts as the panel edges closer to the awful truth.
Manhunt – 4th May
A Chinese pharmaceutical lawyer framed for a vile crime teams up with a sharp-witted Japanese detective to stop a dangerous corporate plot in John Woo’s return-to-form thriller.
Forgive Us Our Debts – 4th May
Threatened by creditors, a newly unemployed man agrees to work for a debt collector, but soon discovers his deal with the devil has unexpected costs.
Poldark: Season 2 – 6th May
Because you never have enough Aidan Turner taking his top off.
Safe: Season 1 – 10th May
After his teenage daughter goes missing, a widowed surgeon in an affluent neighborhood begins unearthing dark secrets about the people closest to him. Michael C Hall stars in Netflix’s new drama, from the mind of Harlan Coben and pen of Danny Brocklehurst.
Taxi Driver – 11th May
Robert De Niro stars as Travis Bickle, an unstable Vietnam war veteran working as cabbie in New York, where the sleazy nightlife drives him to try and save a young prostitute (Jodie Foster). Scorsese’s iconic tracking shot highlights the violence of Bickle’s mind, but it’s Bernard Herrmann’s soundtrack that gives the film its power, as a mournful sax sings notes of false romance and redemption – and true alienation.
Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3 – 11th May
Bill and his guests explore the future of food, the science of addiction and more in a new set of episodes of the Emmy-nominated series.
The Kissing Booth – 11th May
When teenager Elle’s first kiss leads to a forbidden romance with the hottest boy in high school, she risks her relationship with her best friend.
Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist – 11th May
This docuseries investigates the true story of a pizza delivery man who robbed a bank, then was killed by a bomb fastened around his neck.
Spirit Riding Free: Season 5 – 11th May
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, DreamWorks’ series sees Spirit meets a girl named Lucky whose courage matches his own. Together they push limits, harness the power of friendship and discover what it means to be free. With their best friends by their side, they explore a world filled with endless rides, magnificent horses and never-ending fun.
The Who Was? Show: Season 1 – 11th May
Netflix’s answer to Horrible Histories, this live-action sketch comedy show for kids stars the greatest names in history. Based on the best-selling book series.
I Am Not a Witch – 15th May
Following a misunderstanding with villagers, an eight-year-old Zambian girl is sent to a witch camp, where she faces a heartrending choice, in this superb debut film from director Rungano Nyoni.
Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro: Special Edition – 15th May
Hayao Miyazaki is officially coming to Netflix UK, as the Japanese director’s very first film (based on the popular manga series) serves up action, humour and a hint of magic that would soon become the filmmaker’s signature.
13 Reasons Why: Season 2 – 18th May
The tapes were just the beginning. Season 2 picks up in the aftermath of Hannah’s death and the start of our characters’ complicated journeys toward healing and recovery. Liberty High prepares to go on trial, but someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth surrounding Hannah’s death concealed. A series of ominous polaroids lead Clay and his classmates to uncover a sickening secret and a conspiracy to cover it up.
Cargo – 18th May
Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately seeks a new home for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his own changing nature
Catching Feelings – 18th May
A Johannesburg professor and his journalist wife find their relationship tested in new ways when a famous, hard-partying writer enters their lives.
The Social Network – 14th May
There has never been a more relevant time to re-watch David Fincher’s masterpiece, which charts the founding of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg).
Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here – 22nd May
One Mississippi may have been axed by Amazon Prime Video, but Tig Notaro isn’t about to disappear from our screens, dispensing chuckles, wry wit and wise words to live by in this new stand-up special recorded for Netflix.
Mob Psycho 100: Season 1 – 22nd May
There’s an organization gathering espers for a nefarious purpose. Powerful psychic Mob, however, is just trying to be the protagonist of his own life.
Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2 – 22nd May
Netflix’s answer to Love Island returns for the second half of its latest series, matchmaking Japanese teens in unassuming, endearing fashion.
Explained: Season 1 – 23rd May
This weekly series spotlights topical and timely issues that impact our lives — from the gender wage gap to geopolitical politics.
Fauda: Season 2 – 24th May
This Israeli TV series, exclusively snapped up as an original by Netflix, follows a top Israeli agent, who comes out of retirement to hunt for a Palestinian fighter he thought he’d killed, setting a chaotic chain of events into motion. Season 2 sees Doron team up with his old undercover unit when a militant who has targeted him for revenge also launches a more ambitious covert plan.
The Toys That Made Us: Season 2 – 25th May
Netflix’s nostalgic toy documentary returns to give us the behind-the-scenes origins story of Star Trek, Transformers, LEGO and Hello Kitty.
Ibiza – 25th May
When Harper’s two best friends tag along on her work trip to Barcelona, they ditch work and fly to Ibiza for Harper, who against her better judgement, falls for a hot DJ.
Trollhunters: Part 3 – 25th May
The fate of both trolls and humans hangs in the balance as the final chapter begins. Will Gunmar succeed in shrouding the world in darkness?
Sara’s Notebook – 26th May
A woman embarks on a harrowing search for her missing sister that brings her into the depths of the treacherous, war-torn Congolese jungle.
12 Monkeys: Season 3 – 26th May
It seems like only next week that Season 2 of this time-travelling gem landed on Netflix UK. It’s always a good time to catch up.
Pan – 27th May
Hugh Jackman stars in this underrated, misunderstood take on the classic tale of Peter Pan.
The Break with Michelle Wolf: Season 1 – 27th May
After working on The Daily Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers, comedian Michelle Wolf takes a deserved centre stage in her own weekly talk show that pokes fun at everything and everyone.
Maggie’s Plan – 28th May
A woman (Greta Gerwig) falls in love with a married man (Ethan Hawke), then devises a strategy to reunite him with his former wife (Julianne Moore) three years later in Rebecca Miller’s underseen romantic drama.
Arrested Development: Season 5 – 29th May
The Bluths are back to win the Family of the Year Award… given to them by themselves.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 – 30th May
Kimmy gets a job at a tech startup, Titus pretends to have a TV show to impress Mikey, and Jacqueline starts a talent agency. What could possibly go wrong?
Trump: An American Dream: Season 1 – 30th May
From the world of business to the White House, Channel 4’s four-part documentary charts the story of America through the lens of the influential tycoon-turned-US President, who has embodied many of modern society’s changing preoccupations, from turbo-capitalism to celebrity and reality TV. After airing in the UK last year, Netflix promptly stepped in to snap up the rights.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: Howard Stern – 31st May
The groundbreaking radio personality takes the stage in the latest installment of Letterman’s in-depth, wide-ranging interview series.
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in May 2018:
Love Island: Season 1 and 2
Some Like It Hot
Little Boy Blue: Season 1
Maigret Sets a Trap
Maigret’s Dead Man
Cold Feet: Season 1 to 6
Prime Suspect 1973: Season 1
Prime Suspect: Season 1 to 6
Prime Suspect: The Final Act
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Sam Faiers: The Mummy Diaries: Season 1
27: Gone Too Soon
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City
Wild Orchid 2
Love Rain: Season 1
Iris: Season 1
Boys Over Flowers: Vol. 1
iZombie: Season 4, Episode 9
Case Closed: Season 1
ALVINNN!!! And the Chipmunks: Season 1
The Frankenstein Chronicles: Season 2
Sing-a-long with PJ Masks
A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana
Cameraman to the Queen
The Race Underground
Kings of the Sun
Enter the Ninja
Queens of Comedy: Season 1
Swami Baba Ramdev: The Untold Story: Season 1
Le K Benzema
Anjaan: Special Crimes Unit: Season 1
Khan: No. 1 Crime Hunter: Season 1
Mere Papa Hero Hiralal: Season 1
Simon: Season 1
Love Ni Bhavai
Roberto Saviano: Writing Under Police Protection
Jewel’s Catch One
The Carter Effect
PJ Masks: Season 1
Pocoyo Halloween: Spooky Movies
Pocoyo & Cars
Pocoyo Halloween: Space Halloween
Pocoyo & The Space Circus
Pocoyo Special Sports
My Perfect Romance
CIA: Comrade in America
Coffee for All
Spiritual House: Season 1
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments: Season 3, Episode 7
Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast: Season 2, Episode 7
Miracles from Heaven
The Angry Birds Movie
Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story
The Durrells: Season 1
Riverdale Season 2, Episode 20
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 10, Episode 7
Dany Boon: Des Hauts-De-France
No Estoy Loca
Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo
Kakegurui: Season 1
Pup Star: World Tour
Dynasty Season 1, Episode 21
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale: Season 1, Episode 12
Prince Jai Aur Dumdaar Viru: Season 2
Sab Jholmaal Hai: Season 2
Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives
iZombie: Season 4, Episode 10
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments: Season 3, Episode 8
Daddy Day Care
Bad Neighbours 2
Jeepers Creepers 3
Riverdale Season 2, Episode 21
Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast: Season 2, Episode 8
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 10, Episode 8
Carlos Ballarta: Furia Ñera
Dynasty Season 1, Episode 22 (Finale)
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale: Season 1, Episode 13
Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife
The Legend of Wu Kong
iZombie: Season 4, Episode 11
Brain Games: Season 2
Drugs, Inc.: Season 4
Unusual Cultures: Season 1
Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries: Season 1
The Game 365: Season 15 and 16
Disaster Earth: Season 1
Inside Cocaine Wars: Season 1
Doomsday Preppers: Season 1
Invaders: Season 1
Lockdown Oz: Maximum Security
Party Like: Season 1
Crimes Against Nature: Season 1
Wild Australia: Season 1
Animal Intervention: Season 1
How Big Can It Get: Season 1
Chalay Thay Saath
Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas: Season 1
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments: Season 3, Episode 9
Asian Provocateur: Season 2
Riverdale Season 2, Episode 22 (Finale)
Designated Survivor: Season 2 Finale
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 10, Episode 9
The Social Network
Dance & Sing with True
Episodes: Season 5
Men On A Mission: 2018
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments: Season 3, Episode 10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Making Fun: The Story of Funko
Survivor’s Guide to Prison
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 10, Episode 10
Reign Over Me
Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life
Fernando Sanjiao: Hombre
Lockup: Raw: Collection 1
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments: Season 3, Episode 11
Explained: Season 1, Episode 2
Queen of the South: Season 2
Hwarang: Season 1
Blood: Season 1
The Producers: Season 1
Love in the Moonlight: Season 1
Uncontrollably Fond: Season 1
Liquid Edge: Season 1
Men Behaving Badly: Last Orders
Men Behaving Badly: Season 1 to 6
The Battle of Chosin
Gabru: Hip Hop Revolution: Season 1
Food On The Go
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O Renascimento do Parto
Ha Unlimited 1
Ha Unlimited 2
Project Runway: Season 9 and 10
The Traffickers: Season 1
Whisker Wars: Season 1
Project Runway: Junior: Season 1 and 2
The Fashion Fund: Season 1
Catching Hell: Season 1
I Own Australia’s Best Home: Season 1
Martha Bakes: Season 5 and 6
The Art Of…: Season 2
Healer: Season 1
Oh My Venus: Season 1
Who Are You: School 2015: Season 1
Beauty and the Bitches: Season 1 and 2
Blood & Treasures: Season 1
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