Tuesday 20 August 2019

Your festive TV schedule sorted - here's what's new to Netflix for December

The Crown, Love Actually, Bridge of Spies and lots of originals

The Crown Season 2 lands on December 8
The Crown Season 2 lands on December 8
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

In between all that partying you'll be doing this month you'll need to take a breather (and perhaps recover) in front of the telly and Netflix obliges with a host of treats for the festive season.

There are Christmas flicks galore from the wonderful Arthur Christmas to Love, Actually as well as the second series of The Crown, The Back to the Future trilogy, The Avengers, Spotlight, and a host of original films and series.

Here's what's new to Netflix in December:

If you fancy a cheesy Christmas binge to get you in the right frame of mind for the season ahead, Netflix has added all these festive flicks, available now:

A Wish for Christmas

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It's a family TV movie with 'Christmas' in the title so expect little and you might be surprised (but we're not promising anything).  Lacey Chabert and Paul Green star.


Arthur Christmas

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A wonderful animated flick the whole family will enjoy from Aardman.


Last Holiday

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Queen Latifah and Timothy Hutton star in this remake about a woman with a terminal illness who decides to head off on a dream holiday where she transforms into the best version of herself. 


Jingle all the way

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Arnie stars in this patchy (and that's being kind) 1997 flick which might just be worth a look for 90s nostalgia.


Deck the Halls

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It's a bit of a festive buzz-kill this one, but if you're a bit of a grinch it's worth a look.


Miracle on 34th street

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The 1994 remake is another one for 90s kids to enjoy.  John Hughes wrote the screenplay and it stars the lovely Mara Wilson.



Emelie - our own Sarah Bolger stars in this thriller about a disturbed babysitter who strikes terror into the three kids she's minding.  Probably not one to watch before you head off to that Christmas party leaving your little ones behind...

Kick-Ass - Matthew Vaughn's brilliant high octane superhero flick stars Aaron Taylor Johnson, Chloe Moretz, and Christopher Mintz Plasse.  A treat.

Meet Joe Black - Brad Pitt plays Death who toys with Anthony Hopkins before his demise and falls in love with Hopkins' daughter Claire Forlani.

Midnight Run - De Niro and Charles Grodin play a bounty hunter and an embezzler who has fallen foul of a mobster (Dennis Farina).  Brilliant.

Romantic Comedy - a 1983 romcom with Dudley Moore and Mary Steenburgen.

Sharknado - The original 2013 film needs no introduction.  It revels in its awfulness and ha spawned a sequel.  Tara Reid stars.

Daddy's Home - entertaining flick starring Mark Wahlberg as the macho dad who comes back to town to see his kids and ex-wife who is now married to the wimpy Will Ferrell. THe sequel is out in cinemas now.

Voyeur (Netflix Original documentary)


Legendary journalist Gay Talese investigates one of the most controversial stories of his career -- a motel owner who spied on his guests for decades.

Dark: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series)


A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers. Their search for a culprit unearths a small town’s sins and secrets.  10 episodes.

Actors: Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jordis Triebel, Maja Schone, Sebastian Rudolph, Anatole Taubman, Mark Waschke, Karoline Eichhorn, Stephan Kampwirth, Anne Ratte-Polle, Andreas Pietschmann, Lisa Vicari, Angela Winkler, Michael Mendl

Easy: Season 2 (Netflix Original series)

Returning characters and new faces navigate the ups and downs of relationships, friendships, family and more. 8 episodes

Actors: Kate Micucci, Jane Adams, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Evan Jonigkeit, Elizabeth Reaser, Jacqueline Toboni, Dave Franco, Aya Cash and Marc Maron. Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer, Danielle Macdonald

A StoryBots Christmas (Netflix Original series for kids)

Bo thinks her holiday gift-giving isn't good enough, so she heads north to study under Santa Claus -- only to find he's missing.

All Hail King Julien: Season 5 (Netflix  Original Series for kids)

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Ted's alter ego Snake returns, social media comes to the jungle, Uncle King Julien tries to take over the kingdom again, and wedding bells ring.

DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays (Netflix series for kids)

Oh takes it upon himself to introduce Christmas joy to his fellow Boovs. Unfortunately, his well-meaning mission nearly destroys the city.



Designated Survivor: Season 2

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With the conspiracy more alarming than ever, a fiery lawyer joins President Kirkman's staff and Agent Wells forms an alliance with a British spy.  22 episodes to binge upon.

Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Ben Lawson, Zoe McLellan, Paulo Costanzo



Doctor Who Season 9

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Wallander Season 4


Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight (Netflix Original Comedy)

Roguish comic Craig Ferguson reveals the world's oldest joke -- but first he has some unwholesome thoughts on beards, magic and suicidal hamsters.



Riverdale: Season 2 - weekly episodes

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If Jason Blossom’s murder revealed the slimy underbelly beneath Riverdale’s surface, as we enter season two, the shooting of Fred Andrews threatens to plunge the entire town into utter darkness.

Actors: K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mädchen Amick,  Luke Perry, Skeet Ulrich, Mark Consuelos

Dynasty: Season 1 - weekly episodes

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With a new face poised to join the family, the Carringtons and the Colbys feud for control over their fortune -- and their children's lives.

Starring Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley, Grant Show, James Mackay, Robert Christopher Riley, Alan Dale. Sam Adegoke. Rafael De La Fuente



The Crown: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

As a new era begins, Queen Elizabeth struggles to uphold longstanding traditions while navigating a world that's changing around her. Ten glorious episodes will land with Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Matthew Goode, Victoria Hamilton, Michael C Hall, and Jodi Balfour.

El Camino Christmas (Netflix Film)

Stuck in a liquor store during an alleged robbery, a group of strangers shares hidden truths and forms an unexpected bond on Christmas Eve.

Actors: Vincent D'Onofrio, Jessica Alba, Dax Shepard, Tim Allen




Peaky Blinders Season 3

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Nowhere Boy - Sam Taylor Wood's John Lennon biopic charts his early life.  Her husband Aaron Taylor Johnson stars. 

Manhunt: Unabomber (Netflix Original Series)

Faced with few clues and an increasingly panicked public, the FBI calls on a new kind of profiler to help track down the infamous Unabomber.

Actors: Paul Bettany, Sam Worthington, Mark Duplass, Rebecca Henderson, Elizabeth Reaser, Keisha Castle- Hughes, Brian d’Arcy James, Trieste Dunn, Jane Lynch, Chris North, Lynn Collins, Jeremy Bobb, Brian F. O’Bryne, Katja Herbers, Michael Nouri, Ben Weber, John Berchtold

Judd Apatow: The Return (Netflix Original Comedy)

Renowned producer, director and writer Judd Apatow makes his long-awaited return to stand-up comedy with this new special shot in Montreal.



Maid in Manhattan - romance starring JLo as a maid in a Manhattan hotel who poses as a guest and wins the affections of politician Ralph Fiennes.

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Love Actually - Several stories intertwine against a festive backdrop in this Richard Curtis flick.  But worth watching if only for Emma Thompson's heartbreaking Christmas present scene.  Starring Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Martin McCutcheon and a whole lot more.

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Back to the Future 1, 2, 3 - there's never a time NOT to watch the Back to the Future trilogy...



Marvel's The Avengers - if you're struggling to keep up with who is who and what is happening in the Marvel Universe it's worth going back to basics with the excellent first instalment.  Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner.

Wormwood (Netflix Original documentary)


Errol Morris reconstructs the mysterious death of a Cold War military scientist involved in a secret biological warfare program.

The Foreigner (Netflix film)

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When a terrorist bomb detonates in London, an unassuming father seeks retribution, and exposure of those responsible for the death of his daughter.  It's the film in which Pierce Brosnan plays a man who looks very like Gerry Adams.

Actors: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Lui Tao, Katie Leung, Manolo Cardona, Rory Fleck Bryne, Charlie Murphy, Simon Kunz, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Dermot Crowley

Christmas Inheritance (Netflix Film)

To inherit her father's company, socialite Ellen must first visit his small hometown, where she learns the value of hard work and helping others.

Actors: Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy, Andie MacDowell, Neil Crone,

Trollhunters Part 2 (Neflix series for kids)


Backed by loyal friends, once-ordinary teen Jim Lake Jr. advances his battle to protect Arcadia and the Troll world he's pledged to keep safe.

The Ranch: Part 4 (Netflix Original Series)

New business ventures, relationships and challenges keep the Bennett men on their toes -- and at odds with the women in their lives.

Actors: Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott, Debra Winger and Elisha Cuthbert

Erased: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series)

After his mother is killed, a man travels 18 years back in time and has a chance to stop a kidnapping that took the lives of three of his classmates.



2 Guns - Violent thriller starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as two crooked undercover cops who unknowingly investigate each other.  Directed by Baltasar Kormakur.



Gods of Egypt - Sprawling epic adventure... actually, it's absymal.  Gerard Butler stars.  Next!

Gerard Butler in 'Gods of Egypt'.



Patriots Day - Mark Wahlberg again.  Not to be confused with the 2004 film it's the story of the Boston Marathon bombing.  Wahlberg plays a police sergeant who is tasked with investigating the bombing.

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Russell Howard: Recalibrate (Netflix Original Comedy)

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Comedian Russell Howard brings his manic energy to a new stand-up special that tackles politics, childhood and why he's a jerk.

The Indian Detective: Season 1 (Netflix Original series)

In this comedy series, a Canadian cop feels out of touch with his heritage when he investigates a murder case while visiting his father in Mumbai.

Actors: Russell Peters, William Shatner, Anupam Kher, Christina Cole



Bridge of Spies - Steven Spielberg directs, Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance star in this excellent Cold War spy thriller.  Rylance is particularly brilliant.


La Casa de Papel: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series)

Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.

Actors:  Úrsula Corberó, Itziar Ituño, Álvaro Morte



Bright (Netflix Film)

In an alternate present-day where magical creatures live among us, two L.A. cops become embroiled in a prophesied turf battle. Stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, and Noomi Rapace.

Director: David Avey

The Toys That Made Us: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series)

For the casual to the hardcore collector, Toys is an international journey through parts of our history and culture shaped by popular toys.

Dope: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series)


Filmed from the perspectives of dealers, users and the police, this vivid series offers a bracing look at the war on drugs.

Fuller House: Season 3, New Episodes (Netflix Original Series)

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Fuller House

With teen romance, family barbecues, a wedding abroad and (just maybe?) a brand-new baby, it's shaping up to be the fullest summer yet.

Actors: Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber

72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America: Season 1 (Netflix Original series)

Powerful cats, indestructible arachnids and flesh-melting pit vipers are just the beginning in this series about Latin America’s deadly fauna.


DECEMBER 24 (Christmas Eve)

Mad Max: Fury Road  - visually stunning, relentlessly tense actioner from the mind of George Miller.  Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult.  Spectacular.  It boasts a 97 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


DECEMBER 25 (Christmas Day)

Las Chicas del Cable: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

Six months later, new management shakes things up, the friends commit a dark deed, Lidia faces romantic backlash, and Sara suffers an identity crisis.

Actors: Blanca Suárez, Ana Polvorosa, Ernesto Alterio, Maggie Civantos, Nadia de Santiago, Iria del Rio


El Vato: Season 2

Trapped in his contract with Pollo but given no paying gigs, El Vato enlists his friends' and father's help in a series of wild moneymaking schemes.

Actors: El Dasa, Cristina Rodlo, Ricardo Polanco

Travelers: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

FBI agent Grant MacLaren and his team investigate a mysterious fellow traveler while resisting the Faction, a renegade splinter group from the future.

Actors: Eric McCormack, Jared Abrahamson, Nesta Cooper, Reilly Dolman, Patrick Gilmore and MacKenzie Porter

Todd Barry: Spicy Honey (Netflix Original Comedy)



Ultraviolet - Milla Jovovich stars in this rahter awful sci-fit from 2006.



Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 2: Part 1 (Netflix Original series)

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Bill Nye Show

The Emmy-nominated series returns as Bill talks sleep, drugs, internet security and more with a fresh batch of famous guests and science experts.

The Climb (Netflix film)

Actors: Ahmed Sylla, Alice Belaïdl, Kevin Razy, Nicolas Wanczyski, Waly Dia, Umesh Tamang



Goosebumps  - competent big screen adaptation


Spotlight - The gripping true story of the Pulitzer Prize winning Boston Globe investigation into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church which led to the uncovering of a decades long cover up which went to the highest levels. Tense, dramatic, disturbing, it stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber and Brian d'Arcy James.  Directed by Tom McCarthy.

Mark Ruffalo’s performance in Spotlight has earned him an Oscar nomination


DECEMBER 31 (New Year's Eve)

Another Mother's Son - Set in Jersey in 1942 as The Channel Islands fall into occupied hands a local woman hides an escaped Russian soldier but can she rely on her friends and neighbours to help her keep her secret?  Starring Jenny Seagrove and Julian Kostov).

Now You See Me 2 - The sequel nobody wanted sees the four horsemen reunite for a performance they hope will expose the unethical practices of a tech magnate.  Daniel Radcliffe joins returning faces Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Lizzy Caplan.

Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (Netflix Original Comedy)

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