What’s leaving Netflix UK in March / April 2020?
James R | On 19, Mar 2020
This month sees the arrival of Disney+, the latest rival to take on Netflix UK, but it’s also the month when BritBox, the little British streamer that launched last year, begins to take a BBC-sized chunk out of Netflix’s library, as TV shows’ rights expire and don’t necessarily get renewed.
All that and one of the best romantic and coming-of-age movies of the past decade? This is your last chance to stream the following on Netflix UK:
Call Me by Your Name – 26th March
This swooning ode to first love is impossibly ravishing cinema.
John Wick: Chapter 2 – 28th March
John Wick’s kick-ass action sequel is armed with a lethal sense of humour.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – 29th March
Eyebrow-raising, expertly acted and archly self-aware, this is a complex, kinky and enjoyably provocative drama.
The Great British Bake Off – 30th March
Like a good old Victoria sponge, you know exactly what you’re going to get with this feel-good, warm baking contest, even if you haven’t seen it. Don’t miss your chance to binge it from the very beginning with Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry judging the cakes.
War & Peace (2016) – 30th March
Andrew Davies achieves the almost Herculean task of abridging Tolstoy’s literary classic into six hours of television with an impressively zippy drama, which introduces us to 19th century Russia, as the country is drawn into war with France – and young idealist (and illegitimate son) Pierre Bezukhov finds himself the unexpected heir to his father’s wealth. Paul Dano is excellent as the hot-headed male, a nervy counterpart to the suave Prince Andrei, who wants to use the war to escape his wife. and a potential partner for the equally earnest Natasha Rostova (Lily James).
That Mitchell and Webb Look – 30th March
From snooker commentators to Numberwang, don’t miss the chance to relive some of David Mitchell and Robert Webb’s best sketches.
The Trip – 30th March
Michael Winterbottom’s BAFTA-nominated The Trip sees Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on mouth-watering form as they play themselves going on a culinary journey through the Lake District and, in Season 2, Italy.
Other BBC gems – 30th March
Other BBC favourites are also departing Netflix on the same day, including A Bit of Fry and Laurie, David Attenborough’s Life, Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail and Porridge.
Ghost Stories – 30th March
This chilling and entertaining adaptation of the stage play is a theatrical triumph.
The Ritual (2018) – 30th March
This low-budget British flick is a fantastic, creepy slice of indie horror.
The Wailing – 30th March
This stunning South Korean horror film sees a policeman and a shaman team up to solve a mysterious sickness spreading through a village. Furiously weird and unsettlingly unpredictable.
A Fistful of Dollars – 31st March
Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name swaggered into the saloon of cinema back in 1964 and became an instant icon of the Western, with Sergio Leone cementing himself as a master of the genre.
Chappie – 31st March
Ignore the haters: Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi about a sentient robot is an enjoyable, underrated and thought-provoking blockbuster.
Dirty Dancing – 31st March
“I’ve had the time of my life…”
Four Weddings and a Funeral – 31st March
“Is it still raining? … I hadn’t notice.”
The International – 31st March
Clive Owen is clinically good in this thriller about an Interpol agent tracking down dodgy bankers. Watch out for a stunning set piece in in the Guggenheim museum.
Layer Cake – 31st March
If you were ever in doubt about Daniel Craig playing James Bond, this Brit gangster flick was proof that he would be a perfect fit. Matthew Vaughn directs with enough style to set it apart from the usual Guy Ritchie-esque fare – style that would see him go on to make Kick-Ass and Kingsman.
The Mask of Zorro – 31st March
Antonio Banderas is iconic in this superbly old-fashioned update of the legendary masked sword swinger.
Platoon – 31st March
Oliver Stone’s war film deserves its reputation as one of the greats.
Thelma & Louise – 31st March
Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon are on iconic form in Ridley Scott’s road trip that sees two friends head out on a fishing trip, only for their journey to become a fast-paced flight from the law.
Residue – 7th April
What do you think of when you hear the word “residue”? The stuff at the bottom of a glass? That mouldy patch on your ceiling? You certainly don’t think of a sci-fi series starring people from Game of Thrones. Well, not until now. The sci-fi mini-series, which was shot mostly in Leeds, has the binge-watching hook of a show with 10 times its budget. Natalia Tena stars as photo-journalist Jennifer, who is investigating a mysterious explosion that occurred one New Year’s Eve. With people starting to die in increasingly violent ways, and strange, dark material appearing on the death scenes, the centre of the town is cordoned off from the public. Jennifer’s gradual discovery of the weird truth behind events leaves you gripped, while director Alex Garcia (Channel 4’s Utopia) nails the sinister vibe with some eerie, excellent set pieces.
About Time – 10th April
Richard Curtis’ deceptively serious comedy is an honest, moving piece.
Hanna – 10th April
Joe Wright’s stylish Euro-thriller is bold and disarming, with a killer turn from Saoirse Ronan.
Happy Gilmore – 10th April
Adam Sandler stars in this amiable comedy about a rejected hockey player who turns his slapshot skills to the golf course.
Inside Man – 10th April
Spike Lee’s studio blockbuster is a slick, smart, spikily subversive thriller, which sees a tough detective match wits with a cunning bank robber, as a tense hostage crisis unfolds.
Jaws – 10th April
Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller about a shark terrorising a beach village may not be thought of as a classic horror, but this stripped down creature-feature is swimming with suspense.
Kick-Ass – 10th April
Why so serious? Kick-Ass is a fun, thrilling and violent take on superhero stories.
Les Miserables – 10th April
Do you hear the people sing? You soon will do after Tom Hooper’s fabulously heart-breaking adaptation of the stage musical. The decision to record the cast singing live on set made headlines when the movie was first released – and you’ll understand why when you hear Anne Hathaway’s understated I Dreamed A Dream. Once you’ve stopped crying, that is.
The Fugitive – 14th April
Back before action movies were complex and full of high concepts, Andrew Davis’ 90s action thriller stripped down its plot to a simple, timeless premise: an innocent man accused of murdering his wife goes on the run while trying to track down the real, one-armed killer. Harrison Ford has rarely been more charismatic.
Pretty Little Liars – 18th April
If you’re a teen drama fan, don’t miss your chance to catch up with one of the definitive modern high school mysteries, which follows four friends whose darkest secrets come to light.
Kong: Skull Island – 18th April
This vibrant, violent King Kong reboot mixes the thrill of monsters and the fun of world-building in one hairy package.
Other titles leaving Netflix UK in March / April 2020:
Althorp – The Spencers
Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Secrets of Highclere Castle
Secrets of Scotland Yard
Secrets of Selfridges
Secrets of the Tower of London
Secrets of Underground London
Secrets of Westminster
Big Dreams, Small Spaces
Love Your Garden
Mary Portas: Secret Shopper
Monty Don’s French Gardens
Monty Don’s Italian Gardens
Night of the Comet
Call of Heroes
Dead Man Walking
God of War
Margarita, with a Straw
He Who Dares: Downing Street Siege
21 and Over
Bottom of the World
Covered: Alive in Asia
French and Saunders
The Hunt (2015)
Jason Byrne: Cirque Du Byrne
Jason Byrne: Special Eye
Joe and Caspar Hit the Road
Joel & Nish vs The World (Tribal Bootcamp)
The Lady Vanishes (2013)
Prostitution: What’s the Harm?
Ram Teri Ganga Maili
Rock & Chips
The Royle Family
The Royle Family: Christmas Special
The Royle Family: The New Sofa
The Royle Family: The Queen of Sheba
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Simon Amstell: Numb
Sir Chris Hoy: From Velodrome to Le Mans
Stupid Man, Smart Phone
The Two Ronnies
Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV
The Bad Kids
30 Minutes or Less
Black Water (2018)
Catching the Sun
Chuck Norris vs. Communim
Dil Hai Tumhaara
Don’t Look Down
Fiddler on the Roof
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
Great Interior Design Challenge
Historias del Canal
The Human Factor
Let’s Be Cops
Once Upon a Time in Venice
Prince: It’s Showtime
Save Our Shelter
The Working Girl
Worst Cooks in America
Wolf Warrior II
Ask Tesadufleri Sever
Strike a Pose
El fine de ETA
The Basement (2018)
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile
The Grudge 2
I Do… Until I Don’t
Ip Man 2
The Little Rascals
Meet Joe Black
The Road to El Dorado
The World’s End
Good Luck Chuck
Radical: The Controversial Saga of Dada Figueirego
Love in a Cold Climate
Over the Garden Wall
Chasing the Dragon
Iron Cowboy: The Story of the 50.50.50