New to Netflix UK: November 2022
From the already-controversial return of The Crown starring Imelda Staunton to the fun, feministic sequel to Enola Holmes starring Millie Bobby Brown, Netflix in November delves into many histories
UK Netflix release date: Wednesday 9 November
Peter Morgan’s excellent series, dramatically tracing the history of our current monarchy, has always been slightly controversial. But recently, it's gained even more bombastic reactions. For many people, the royal family is too sacred to be treated with scrutiny or even dramatisation – especially after the Queen's death. And yet, a critical view of the royals is rarely seen with a Netflix budget and only layers the latest season with anticipation and excitement.
Olivia Colman’s reign has ended, and now the great Imelda Staunton takes the throne. Season five covers the Windsor saga during the 90s Britpop era, which includes the infamous Panorama interview with Diana by Martin Bashir. Taking over from Emma Corrin, Elizabeth Debicki plays the late Princess. Jonathan Pryce is playing Prince Philip, Dominic West takes on Prince Charles, and Lesley Manville plays Princess Margaret.
UK Netflix release date: Wednesday 16 November
With Disobedience and A Fantastic Woman, the Chilean director Sebastián Lelio became a significant modern voice – challenging conservative forces and ideals. But for his latest film The Wonder, he enters different territory: going back in time to rural Ireland in the 1860s.
Florence Pugh plays Lib Wright, a British nurse who observes a young religious girl in the community who claims to have starved herself for months. The 11-year-old Anna believes she’s surviving only on ‘manna from heaven’, attracting many pilgrims and tourists to the area. Sceptical journalist Will Byrne (Tom Burke) joins Lib, convinced that somebody is slipping Anna some food.
Enola Holmes 2
UK Netflix release date: Friday 4 November
Shortly after leading the globally popular Stranger Things 4 this year, Millie Bobby Brown returns to another hot Netflix property. Based on the YA novels by Nancy Springer, Enola Holmes crafted a Sherlock Holmes spin-off that was sprightly, feministic and charismatic.
In this new sequel, the little-known Holmes sister Enola (Brown) sets up her own detective agency. But she's never treated seriously, and her brother Sherlock (Henry Cavill) gets all the good cases. Fortuitously, a young girl comes into the agency – wanting Enola to find her missing sister. The case connects to the match-girls’ strike of 1888, unfurling a deeper conspiracy. Helena Bonham Carter also stars.
UK Netflix release date: Thursday 3 November
Considering Netflix ignited the streaming revolution, an Original Series about the demise of Blockbuster Video feels a bit harsh. For those old enough to remember, these places fill a nostalgic space in their hearts – along with VHS tapes and Woolworths pick ’n’ mix.
Fictionalising the story of the last remaining Blockbuster in Oregon, this 10-part comedy series follows enthusiastic manager Timmy (Randall Park) trying to keep the shop alive and his friends employed. His USP for the store is staying connected in a disconnected digital age, bringing the community together again. Also stars Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Melissa Fumero.
UK Netflix release date: Thursday 17 November
There have been a fair few frightening vessels on TV recently, sailing into unknown (often freezing) waters and discovering various terrors along the way. Just look at The Terror and The North Water. The new Netflix horror series 1899 embodies a similar scenario, looking like a confluence of Titanic and John Carpenter’s The Thing.
steamship Kerberos is crossing the Atlantic, carrying hopeful European
emigrants to New York for a new life. But the journey is disrupted when they
pass a near-identical steamship, the Prometheus, which had gone missing.
The Kerberos crew investigate the ship, and realise it's empty of people. Where is everyone?
The full Netflix in November slate:
Young Royals, season 2
Thursday 3 November
The Dragon Prince, season 4
Friday 4 November
Enola Holmes 2
Manifest, season 4, part 1
Saturday 5 November
Orgasm Inc: The Power of One Taste
Tuesday 8 November
Neal Brennan: Blocks
Wednesday 9 November
The Crown, season 5
Thursday 10 November
Falling for Christmas
Last Bullet 2
Motherland, series 3
Warrior Nun, season 2
Friday 11 November
Capturing the Killer Nurse
Is That Black Enough for You?!?
Monday 14 November
Tuesday 15 November
Deon Cole: Charleen’s Boy
Run for the Money
Wednesday 16 November
One of Us is Lying, season 2
Thursday 17 November
Christmas with You
Dead to Me, season 3
I Am Vanessa Guillen
Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?
Friday 18 November
Elite, season 6
Tuesday 22 November
Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would
Wednesday 23 November
Thursday 24 November
The Noel Diary
Wednesday 30 November
My Name is Vendetta
Snack VS. Chef