New to Netflix UK: August 2019
From the dark, psychopathic pleasures of Joe Penhall's Mindhunter to the puppet-fighting fantasies of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Netflix in August is filled with adventure
UK Netflix release date: 2nd August
Parental smothering ends when the kids leave home, right? In the directorial debut from Sex and the City writer Cindy Chupak, three mothers cope with the disconnect from their adult sons. They don’t call or anything!
But Mother’s Day is coming up, and they decide enough is enough - driving up to New York to surprise their children, all grown up. What could possibly go wrong?
Otherhood stars Angela Bassett (Avengers: Endgame), Felicity Huffman (When They See Us), and Patricia Arquette (Toy Story 4).
Mindhunter season 2
UK Netflix release date: 16th August
This delectably dark series from writer Joe Penhall (King of Thieves) and director David Fincher (Gone Girl) returns to Netflix after nearly two years - delayed after Fincher claimed the scripts weren’t yet good enough.
A fictionalised account of the ‘70s investigation into serial killers, Mindhunter is gruesome without being all that violent. FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) question imprisoned serial killers such as Ed Kemper and Richard Speck to gain a scientific understanding of their psychoses.
Season 2 mostly investigates the 1979 – 1981 Atlanta Child Murders. This season, the confirmed killer interviews include cult leader Charles Manson (Daniel Harriman, who’s also playing Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood), and the ‘Son of Sam’ killer David Berkowitz (casting to be confirmed).
Glow season 3
UK Netflix release date: 9th August
Two seasons of GLOW turned a mismatched team of variously dissatisfied women into something altogether more glittery. The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (as they call themselves) fought hard for their success, and season three sees them grappling with the afterglow.
The most exciting addition to the upcoming season comes in the shape of Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own) as Sandy, a new Entertainment Director on the scene. The stakes are higher – as the stars have been reached and what matters now is figuring out how to stop getting burned.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
UK Netflix release date: 30th August
In the days of million-dollar CGI, don’t puppets look a bit cheap? Not if they’re done well.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a new 10-part prequel series set years before the events of Jim Henson's 1982 cult film The Dark Crystal. On the mythical, puppet planet of Thra, the Crystal of Truth maintains the peace – but its power is being corrupted by the evil, vulture-like Skeksis. The Gelflings discover this is taking place, and they gather a rebellion to stop it.
Age of Resistance will feature some eclectically famous voices, including Anya Taylor-Joy, Helena Bonham Carter, Simon Pegg, Taron Edgerton, Natalie Dormer, and Mark Hamill.