New to Netflix UK: July 2022
From the final stretch of Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul with Bob Odenkirk to a new Jane Austen adaptation starring Dakota Johnson, Netflix in July has many summer treats
UK Netflix release date: Tuesday 12 July
Here it is: the final stretch. After these concluding episodes of Better Call Saul, audiences will have to say farewell to the Breaking Bad Universe again – perhaps for the last time. It’s been a gradual but worthwhile journey, in which a cheap but well-meaning lawyer (Bob Odenkirk) falls into disillusionment and instead represents the less desirable. And all with the backdrop of New Mexico drug cartels and distributors, including the near-psychopathic boss Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).
Call Saul is lining up to
connect with Breaking Bad, re-introducing familiar locations and
characters. And with Part 1’s shocking finale, Jimmy McGill’s former life is truly slipping away to a point of no return. But how will the series bring back TV's favourite
meth-makers, Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul)? Both the actors have advanced
in years considerably – maybe de-ageing can sort that out. Hopefully, in the capable hands of
Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, the end will be potent and
Stranger Things 4, Vol. 2
UK Netflix release date: 1 July
It was a long, long wait for the return of horror/sci-fi series Stranger Things, but writer/creators Matt and Ross Duffer have more than delivered on their fourth season. It’s the most epic, ambitious and emotionally exhilarating series since Game of Thrones – and, more importantly, it’s elevated Kate Bush to the top of the charts.
The conclusion in Volume 2 looks to achieve something even better and even bigger. The last episode is the longest of the entire series at two hours 20 minutes. Is that too long? Regardless, put your trust in the Duffer Brothers: their aptitude to reach beyond what has never been done is exciting in itself. But considering the power of the mentally torturous villain Vecna, there could be casualties along the way.
UK Netflix release date: Friday 15 July
Period dramas need to evolve to survive, particularly when tackling classic authors. Innovations include colourblind casting and increased sexual tension (see Armando Iannucci’s David Copperfield, Autumn de Wilde’s Emma and Netflix’s Bridgerton). Carrie Cracknell’s new adaptation of Persuasion, the last novel by Jane Austen, wields many familiar elements but takes a more Gentleman Jack approach: breaking the fourth wall.
This Austenian heroine is Anne Elliot (Dakota Johnson), a 27-year-old single woman scrutinised for not having a husband. At 19, she was engaged to naval officer Frederick Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis) but his lower social status made Anne’s family persuade her to break it off. But when he suddenly re-enters Anne’s life, she must decide what’s important to her. Also stars Richard E Grant and Henry Golding.
UK Netflix release date: Friday 29 July
Darren Star is the writer/creator behind some of the most popular TV shows of all time – including Sex and the City and its less acclaimed sequel And Just Like That. He even broke the streaming world with the colourful guilty pleasure Emily in Paris on Netflix. Now, he returns to the platform with another romcom delight starring Neil Patrick Harris.
with Modern Family writer Jeffrey Richman, Uncoupled follows a 40-something
New York estate agent who seems to have everything. Michael (Harris) has good friends, a great family, a stable career, and he’s in a wonderful 17-year-strong
relationship. But when his partner Colin (Tuc Watkins) suddenly walks out, Michael falls into a
crisis. On the one hand, he’s crestfallen by the breakup; on the other, he’s
now free and single in NYC.
The Gray Man
UK Netflix release date: Friday 22 July
Ryan Gosling! Chris Evans! Ana de Armas! The Gray Man, a starry action movie from Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Endgame), is Netflix's latest and most expensive effort to shatter the Hollywood blockbuster market. Considering the platform's recent financial woes, let’s hope the $200 million budget is worth it.
plays the former CIA operative Court Gentry, aka Sierra Six, who accidentally
discovers dark agency secrets and is hunted down. The assassin Lloyd
Hansen (Evans) is tasked with taking him out, presumably meeting each other during one of nine action sequences. Also stars Billy Bob Thornton and Regé-Jean Page.
The full Netflix in July slate:
Friday 1 July
A Civil Action
A Day to Die
Cult of Chucky
The Last Castle
Stranger Things 4, Vol. 2
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Up in the Air
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
Sunday 3 July
Oh My Baby
Wednesday 6 July
Girl in the Picture
King of Stonks
Friday 8 July
Dangerous Liaisons (2022)
How to Build a Sex Room
The Longest Night
Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls
The Sea Beast
The Phantom of the Opera
Run to Ground
Better Call Saul, season 6, part 2
Bill Burr: Live At Red Rocks
How to Change Your Mind
My Daughter’s Killer
D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?!
Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres
Under the Amalfi Sun
Friday 15 July
Remarriage & Desires
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
13 Factors that Saved Apollo 13
India’s Forgotten People
The Saturn V Story
Wednesday 20 July
Virgin River, season 4
Blown Away, season 3
The Gray Man
Saturday 23 July
My Dad’s on Death Row
Thirteen Hours That Saved Britain
Dream Home Makeover
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
The Most Hated Man on the Internet
Friday 29 July