New in streaming October 2023: Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Prime Video, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, NOW, ITVX
From returning French gentleman thief Assane Diop (Omar Sy) in Lupin to Brie Larson cooking up a feministic feast in Lessons in Chemistry, here's the best in October streaming
BBC release date: Sunday 1 October
Despite having a very similar premise to The Bear, Boiling Point came first… sort of. The latter culinary drama started as a 90-minute adrenaline rush set inside a London restaurant kitchen, filmed in one shot to capture that pressure. Two years after the film's release, a sequel series is coming to the BBC. Was this extension inspired by The Bear’s success? It's possible…
Changing hands from former head chef Andy (Stephen Graham), the series follows his mentee Carly (Vinette
Robinson). While the hospitality industry is in crisis, she opens a new restaurant with her old kitchen staff. Balancing the creation of decent dishes with
the maintenance of difficult finances, Boiling Point lives up
to its name.
Lupin Part 3, Netflix
Netflix UK release date: Thursday 5 October
George Kay’s thievish thriller Lupin dropped during a universal moment. The first part of the series arrived on Netflix four days after Boris Johnson announced another lockdown, keeping people inside again. It was perfect timing for this flawed but escapist treasure, loosely based on the Maurice Leblanc novels. Assane Diop (Omar Sy) models himself on France’s infamous gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, but with a modern flair.
After exposing his nemesis Hubert Pellegrini (Hervé Pierre) at the end of part two, Assane is on the run after being framed for murder. As the most wanted man in France, he goes into hiding. But being away from his ex-wife Claire (Ludivine Sagnier) and son Raoul (Etan Simon) is too much, and he returns to Paris with an offer for them: leave the country and start again elsewhere.
Read our review of part two.
Fair Play, Netflix
Netflix UK release date: Friday 6 October
The successful BBC/HBO series Industry (and The Wolf of Wall Street before it) showed the world of high finance as one with a high sex drive. Sex is like a reliever to the anxiety of stock trading. It’s no surprise, then, that Netflix bought the psycho-sexual financial thriller Fair Play for a massive $20 million, following the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Let’s hope it's worth the investment.
Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor stars as Emily, a
financial analyst at One Crest Capital who’s secretly engaged to fellow hedge
fund colleague Luke (Alden Ehrenreich). But their power dynamic shifts when the
firm’s founder Campbell (Eddie Marsen) offers a coveted promotion to Emily and
not to Luke, pushing their hidden relationship to its limits.
Lessons in Chemistry, Apple TV+
Apple TV+ UK release date: Friday 13 October
Bonnie Garmus’s debut novel Lessons in Chemistry continues to pile on the tables in bookshops everywhere. Its summer-read popularity is more than demonstrated by the quick turnaround for a TV adaptation: only 18 months elapsing between the book and the series. Brie Larson takes a break from the Marvel and Fast and Furious franchises to play a disrespected scientist in the early 60s who becomes a TV chef.
Elizabeth Zott (Larson) is a skilled chemist, but the prominence of men and patriarchal values in the field leads to her sacking. Reluctant but with a desire for revenge, Elizabeth accepts a job as a TV cooking host – using her knowledge and experience to teach housewives more than the kitchen allows.
Paramount+ UK release date: Friday 13 October
The character of Dr Frasier Crane, as played by Kelsey Grammer, first appeared on the screen via the Cheers bar in 1984. It became his regular Boston haunt before the classic sitcom concluded in 1993. But Frasier didn’t need to mourn for long: he moved across to the country to Seattle in Washington state for his own spin-off. Sitting alongside Friends and Seinfeld, Frasier became a historic staple in the golden decade for American TV network NBC. And now, after almost 20 years of silence from the clumsy elite psychiatrist, he returns for a new series.
Crane has returned to his televisual roots in Boston, Massachusetts, to
surprise his son Freddy (Jack Cutmore-Scott), subsequently moving there. But because of their differing personalities and lifestyles, Freddy isn’t overly delighted to see his father. The series also stars another staple
in sitcom culture: Nicholas Lyndhurst, aka Rodney from Only Fools and Horses.
Netflix UK release date: Thursday 19 October
Paul Tomalin’s first TV writing job was on Torchwood, the bloody and sexy Doctor Who spin-off about the dashing time agent Captain Jack Harkness. Eighteen years later, everything comes full circle: Tomalin’s new genre-bending crime/sci-fi drama Bodies investigates four murders… of one man… over 160 years. Confused? You should be.
same dead man appears in London’s East End over four different time periods: 1890,
1941, 2023 and 2053. Much like Cloud Atlas, these periods clang
together in a confusing, concurrent investigation across past, present and
future. Each year has its own detective, all with a part to play in
uncovering what exactly is going on. The only consistency is the political
leader Mannix (Stephen Graham), who may have something to do with the murder.
The full streaming in October 2023 slate:
Boiling Point (BBC iPlayer)
Dear Mama (Disney+)
Donyale Luna: Supermodel (NOW)
After Everything (Prime Video)
Make Me Scream (Prime Video)
Race to the Summit (Netflix)
Soldier (BBC iPlayer)
Loki, season 2 (Disney+)
Everything Now (Netflix)
Lupin Part 3 (Netflix)
A Deadly Invitation (Netflix)
Fair Play (Netflix)
Desperately Seeking Soulmate: Escaping Twin Flames Universe (Prime Video)
Totally Killer (Prime Video)
House of Kardashian (NOW)
Last One Standing, season 2 (Netflix)
Mr Dress Up: The Magic of Make-Believe (Prime Video)
Once Upon a Star (Netflix)
Das Boot, series 4 (NOW)
Awareness (Prime Video)
The Fall of the House of Usher (Netflix)
GOOD NIGHT WORLD (Netflix)
COBRA: Rebellion (NOW)
Lessons in Chemistry (Apple TV+)
The Conference (Netflix)
The Burial (Prime Video)
Everybody Loves Diamonds (Prime Video)
The Devil on Trial (Netflix)
Crypto Boy (Netflix)
The Burning Girls (Paramount+)
The Pigeon Tunnel (Apple TV+)
Elite, season 7 (Netflix)
Old Dads (Netflix)
Surviving Paradise (Netflix)
Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose (Prime Video)
Upload, season 3 (Prime Video)
Lions of Sicily (Disney+)
Life on Our Planet (Netflix)
The Other Mrs Jordan – Catching the Ultimate Conman (ITVX)
Pain Hustlers (Netflix)
Sister Death (Netflix)
Fellow Travellers (Paramount+)
Bosch: Legacy, season 2 (Amazon Freevee)
Breeders, series 4 (NOW)
The Greatest Show Never Made (Prime Video)