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November. A month of cold nights in with the telly. And you can tell we’re back in peak TV season, because Netflix is snapping up US exclusives all over the shop. On top of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2 arriving every weekend, the month also sees the premiere of the freshly acquired Shooter TV series, Brazilian post-apocalyptic thriller 3% and sci-fi smash The Expanse.
But really, it’s all about the two big hitters that book-end November: at the start, epic royal drama The Crown, and at the end, the long-awaited reunion of the Gilmore Girls for four feature-length specials.
This is what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in November 2016:
The Crown – 4th November
Claire Foy and Matt Smith star in Netflix’s most expensive series yet. Written by Peter Morgan, the show focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed, faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy, while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (John Lithgow). Expect magnificent things.
Cowboy Bebop – 1st November
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.
Shameless (US): Season 1 to 5 – 1st November
Transporting the action from Manchester to Chicago, the US remake of the British series may not be as good as the original, but it boasts an impressive William H. Macy in its lead role of Frank Gallagher, the single dad of six, who spends his time drinking and, erm, drinking.
The Expanse – 3rd November
Based on the international best-selling book series of the same name, Syfy’s smash hit is set 200 years in the future, after mankind has colonised the solar system. A hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait) come together for what starts as the case of a missing young woman and evolves into a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. The first season spans 10 episodes, with Season 2 set to arrive exclusively on Netflix UK in January.
The Ivory Game – 4th November
From directors Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson and exec produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, this documentary goes into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking. Filmed undercover over 16 months with a crack team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists, this is life on the frontline of ending African elephant extinction.
World of Winx: Season 1 – 4th November
World of Winx follows the girls embarking on an undercover journey all around the world looking for talented kids in art, sports, music and science. These kids have their own kind of magic, and the Winx Club fairies are enchanted by them, although it doesn’t take long before trouble sets in and a new and dangerous mystery arrives for Bloom and the others to solve.
Capote – 5th November
Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers a remarkable performance in this biopic about the author researching the Clutter family murders for his landmark novel, In Cold Blood.
All Hail King Julien: Season 4 – 11th November
Netflix’s animated Madagascar spin-off returns to continue the misadventures of King Julien.
True Memoirs of an International Assassin – 11th November
Hot on the heels of Netflix’s deal with Adam Sandler for four films comes this original comedy from Kevin James. True Memoirs of an International Assassin stars James as Sam Larson, a mild-mannered would-be author, who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire, when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. With the book a huge success, he is suddenly kidnapped, taken out of the country, and forced into an assassination plot.
Tales by Light – 11th November
Uniting exploration, photography and the natural world, this series, produced by Canon and National Geographic, follows photographers from Australia and around the planet, as they push the limits of their craft and show us the world in a new light.
Estocolmo, Identidad Perdida: Season 1 – 11th November
Translating as Stockholm: Lost Identity, this Argentine series, starring Luciano Caceres and created by Nacho Viale and Diego Palacio, follows an attorney general, an undercover agent and a journalist, who all get caught up a police plot.
Roman Empire: Reign of Blood – 11th November
Narrated by Sean Bean, this six-part historical mini-series from director Richard V. Lopez, starring Aaron Jakubenko, Edwin Wright, Mike Edward, Genevieve Aitken and John Bach, is set to be epic, sexy stuff.
Shooter: Season 1 – 16th November
Based on Stephen Hunter’s novel, Point of Impact, and the 2007 film starring Mark Wahlberg, this TV series stars Ryan Philippe as Bob Lee Swagger, a former marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Needless to say, things go wrong. Find out more.
Das Boot: Theatrical Cut – 16th November
Wolfgang Petersen’s claustrophobic, gripping thriller set on-board a WWII U-boat is a veritable classic.
Skiptrace – 17th November
What do Johnny Knoxville, Fan Bingbing and Jackie Chan have in common? They all star in this 2016 action comedy directed by Renny Harlin. Premiering in China this summer, before hitting US cinemas last month, it’s headed straight to Netflix over here.
Lovesick: Season 2 – 17th November
The second season of Lovesick (the series formerly known as Scrotal Recall) sees Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas and Daniel Ings all return for more fun, romance and comedy. Season 2 consists of eight episodes.
Beat Bugs: Season 2 – 18th November
This year, all you need is… animated insects singing covers of songs by The Beatles? That’s the premise behind Netflix’s original kids series, which follows a gang of bugs through animated shorts based around Beatles lyrics.
Divines – 18th November
Winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes, Houda Benyamina’s directorial debut tells the story of Dounia, a tough, but naive teenager, who sees getting rich or dying trying as her most viable option. Set in a ghetto near Paris where drugs and religion reign supreme, Dounia is hungry for her share of power and success. Enlisting the help of her best friend she decides to follow the footsteps of a respected dealer. When Dounia meets a young, sensuous dancer, though, her life takes a surprising turn.
River – 19th November
The always-excellent Nicola Walker stars in this BBC cop series, but there’s a twist here that makes River far from your typical cop show. Stellan Skarsgard is on stellar form as the troubled eponymous detective, who is haunted by murder victims and failures – something that doesn’t get any easier, when he finds himself under scrutiny and calls for his resignation. He’s obsessively tracking a suspect across London, but it’s the relationship between Stellan’s veteran and Nicola’s upbeat sidekick that brings complexity and comedy to proceedings.
Mercy – 22nd November
Chris Sparling’s home invasion thriller, snapped up by Netflix as an original film, sees the bond between four estranged brothers tested, when a visit to see their dying mother surfaces old secrets and turns into a fight for survival.
3% – 25th November
The first Netflix original series filmed in Brazil, this thriller sees the country drowning in chaos and misery, while a select few are allowed to join a privileged society, after undergoing an intense and competitive process. If given the chance to live a better life, how far would you go for it? Directed by Oscar nominee Cesar Charlone (Cidade de Deus).
Other new releases on Netflix UK in November 2016:
Dead Man Down
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures: Season 2
Limmy’s Show!: Season 3
Sabras que Hacer Conmigo
Under Arrest: Season 3
The Beginning of Life: The Series: Season 1
16 and Missing
Don’t Wake Mommy (Dark Intentions)
Dot 2 Dot
Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party
In Their Shoes
David Blaine: Real or Magic?
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life
Don’t Worry Baby
Ku’damm 56: Season 1
Mutant Busters: Season 1
When Two Worlds Collide
Pac’s Scary Halloween
Love You: Season 1
Love Me or Leave Me: Season 1
Love Around: Season 1
Just You: Season 1
Inborn Pair: Season 1
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 3, Episode 10 (Finale)
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 73
The Darkest Hour
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
What’s Your Number?
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 74
Frequency: Season 1, Episode 5
Designated Survivor: Season 1, Episode 5
Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 75
Tsumiki No Ie (The House of Small Cubes)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2, Episode 3
Dead Rising: Watchtower
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 76
Frequency: Season 1, Episode 6
Designated Survivor: Season 1, Episode 6
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 77
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 78
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2, Episode 4
History of the Eagles
W1A: Season 2
Dieter Nuhr: Nuhr in Berlin
Jedi Junior High
Fireflies in the Abyss
Let Her Cry
Million Pound Motors
Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child
Stephen Fry in America
Last Chance to See: Season 1
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 79
Scorpion: Season 2
The Dark Crystal
Frequency: Season 1, Episode 7
Designated Survivor: Season 1, Episode 7
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 80
Colin Quinn: The New York Story
Avec Eric: Collection 1
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 81
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2, Episode 5
Shooter: Episode 2
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 82
Road Trip: Beer Pong
Days of Heaven
Frequency: Season 1, Episode 8
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 83
Mother Goose Club: Season 2
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 84
Michael Che Matters
The Adventures of Food Boy
Bellas De Noche
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2, Episode 6
Shooter: Episode 3
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode
I Dream Too Much
Chelsea: Season 1, Episode 85
A Syrian Love Story
Love Family: Season 1
Very Big Shot
Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines
The Negro Soldier
Know Your Enemy: Japan
Nazi Concentration Camps
Let There Be Light
Prelude to War
The Battle of Midway
Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia
WWII: Report from the Aleutians
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
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