With Christmas on the horizon, Netflix is preparing to unwrap all sorts of treats, including A Christmas Prince sequel A Royal Wedding, but as much as it gives, the streaming service also takes away every month, as rights expire and things don’t get renewed. The winter nights are about to get colder with the imminent removal of Rick and Morty – which has slipped back from the start of November to the 10th, then the 17th and now the 21st, giving hope that it might eventually be renewed for longer – but there’s also the sad departure of 90s kids TV staple Goosebumps, This Is England’s TV follow-up and a bunch of ITV and BBC titles, which may or may not end up being rescued.
Watch this space for updates on any of the below dates. But as it currently stands, this month is your last chance to stream the following:
Goosebumps – 19th November
The balance between spooky and traumatising is hard to judge – so much so that there are few shows around these days that cater to scaring older kids. Goosebumps, the 1990s adaptation of R.L. Stine’s books, gets it just right.
Rick and Morty – 31st December
Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s irreverent, dark, twisted, dark, hilarious, dark, disturbing, dark animated comedy follows the misadventures of an alcoholic scientist and his grandson – think Back to the Future, but with more time-travelling, universe-hopping portals, aliens and rude jokes.
10 Cloverfield Lane – 25th November
Dan Trachtenberg knocks this sequel out of the park, as Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in an underground shelter built by Howard (John Goodman). He says there’s an alien attack outside that means she can’t leave. Is he telling the truth? This nerve-jangling psychological thriller deliberately keeps you guessing right up until its superb finale.
Pan – 27th November
A rip-roaring romp crammed with derring-do, Joe Wright’s underrated Pan has enough spectacle, visual verve and ingenuity that one suspects J.M. Barrie would be watching with a big smile on his face.
Anchorman 2 – 28th November
“Why does the news have to tell people what they need to hear? Why can’t we tell them what they want to hear?” This surprisingly not-bad sequel to the 2004 comedy sees Will Ferrell return as everyone’s favourite moustached newsreader, Ron Burgundy, who is hired to present on America’s first 24-hour news channel. What follows is an unexpectedly sharp satire of the modern media – and, if that’s not your bag, a laugh-out loud performance from Steve Carell.
Maggie’s Plan – 28th November
The ever-brilliant Greta Gerwig stars in this sharp romantic comedy about a woman determined to have a baby on her own. But her plans take a detour when she falls in love with married John (Ethan Hawke), destroying his volatile marriage to Georgette (Julianne Moore).
This Is England ’90 – 1st December
Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne return to their gritty British stomping ground for this final chapter in the TV series spun off from the film of the same name. Don’t miss the chance to catch up with Woody, Shaun and the gang, as the rave scene hits England.
Blue Velvet – 1st December
An innocent man gets mixed up in a small-town murder mystery involving a kinky nightclub singer and a kidnapper with a penchant for snorting helium in David Lynch’s seminal, surreal satire.
Victoria – 6th December
Jenna Coleman is magnificent in ITV’s royal drama. Before Season 3 arrives, don’t miss your chance to catch up.
Detectorists – 7th December
A sitcom about metal detectorists? You could be forgiven for skipping past this unassuming BBC Four series, but Mackenzie Crook delivers his script – about two show ground-gazing friends – with an endearingly downbeat charm, supported by the excellent Toby Jones, who manages to be both socially inept and amusingly sympathetic. Dig past the quiet surface and there’s treasure here.
Ghostbusters (2016) – 7th December
This highly entertaining reboot of the paranormal franchis, starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, is so busy doing its own thing that it’s impossible to hate. Watch out for Kate McKinnon, whose scene-stealing turn is destined to live on in memes and fan fantasies for years.
Jawbone – 8th December
Ian McShane and Ray Winstone deliver knockout performances in this British sports drama about former youth boxing champion Jimmy McCabe, who, after hitting rock bottom, returns to his childhood boxing club and his old team.
Triangle – 12th December
The Shining meets Titanic in this underrated horror flick.
The Fits – 13th December
Anna Rose Holmer’s striking debut about a dance troupe that experiences strange fainting fits is an original coming-of-age drama that marks out both her and star Royalty Hightower as talents to watch.
Back to the Future Trilogy – 14th December
Great Scott! Don’t miss your chance to rewatch one of cinema’s great movie trilogies for the umpteenth time.
Anthropoid – 15th December
Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy deliver cracking performances in this gripping wartime story of the Czechoslovakian government’s mission to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich.
The Awakening – 15th December
Rebecca Hall is on excellent form as a 1920s ghostbuster in this classic haunted house tale that packs emotion and chills aplenty.
Other titles leaving Netflix UK in November and December 2018:
Dictator: One Crazy Job
Global Waste: The Scandal of Food Waste
Go Back to Where You Came From
Goldman Sachs: The Bank That Runs the World
Putin’s Hidden Treasure
Meet the Mormons
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Just My Luck
Dig Two Graves
The Adventures of Food Boy
Beavis and Butt-head Do America
The Gabby Douglas Story
The Last Showing
Red Riding Hood (1989)
Rhymes for Young Ghouls
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Some Kind of Wonderful
King Solomon’s Mines
5 Children and It
I Dream Too Much
The 10 Year Plan
Art Basel: A Portrait
The Big Wedding
Britain’s Darkest Taboo
Exotic Invaders: Pythons of the Everglades
Fannie’s Last Supper
Great British Meny
Great Interior Design Challenge
Loreena McKennitt: Nights of the Alhambra
Most Valuable Players
One Night in Istanbul
Return to the USS Atlanta
Searching for Augusta
Tales of Masked Men
World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements
Worst Cooks in America
The Butterfly Effect
Jules and Dolores
Life of Crime
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery
The Age of Adaline
Marias: Faith in Womanhood
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
A Five Star Life
Bianco Come Il Latte, Rossa Come Il Sangue
Bindi’s Boot Camp
Brighton Rock (2010)
Josie and the Pussycats
On the Beach
Stephen Fry: More Fool Me
This Is the Life
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Universal Saoldier: Regeneration
With thanks to uk.newonnetflix.info for some of the information.