New on Netflix UK: November 2020’s must-watch film and TV

Huge films, new shows and loads more

There’s a lot of choice on Netflix UK. In fact, each viewer spends 18 minutes (18 whole minutes!) on average trying to decide what to watch on the streaming platform. To put that into context, that’s almost as long as an episode of The Office.

But fear not, we’ve gone through all the new shows, docs and films arriving on Netflix UK this month and whittled them down to the very best.

Here’s what you should be watching on Netflix UK in November 2020:

The big one: Hillbilly Elegy

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What is it? Based on J.D. Vance’s best-selling memoir of the same name, the Netflix Original follows three generations of an Appalachian family. The book it’s based on looked at “a family and culture in crisis”, delving into the socio-economic issues prevalent in the area of Ohio, where it’s set, touching upon substance abuse problems and poverty.

Who’s in it? Glenn Close and Amy Adams lead the impressive cast, while Ron Howard directs

When’s it out? November 24

Underrated gem: Sorry to Bother You

What is it? Just like one of Atlanta’s more idiosyncratic episodes, this Lakeith Stanfield-led gem mixes social commentary, black comedy and surrealism in a brilliant way, as it follows the story of a career-climbing telemarketer who discovers that all might not be what it seems at his place of work.

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Who’s in it? Led by stellar performances from Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson, it also stars the likes of Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover and Armie Hammer, among others.

When’s it out? November 15

For the noughties nostalgists: Dawson’s Creek

What is it? Maybe you lived under a rock in the 2000s, or were too busy watching The OC, but Dawson’s Creek was perfect teen TV. It’ll be a nostalgic watch for many but there’s still plenty of comfort to be found for newcomers with its soft-focus depiction of high-school friend group dynamics and teenage growing pains.

Who’s in it? It’s widely known that James Van Der Beek’s Dawson isn’t the outright fan favourite here. But it doesn’t matter: there’s pre-fame Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson and Katie Holmes to make up for that.

When’s it out? November 1

Bingeable true-crime: Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta?

What is it? It’s hard to tell which true-crime doc is going to be the next to hook the entire streaming population, but this one has all the elements to reel you in: a case still unsolved of an Argentine socialite whose death in 2002 wasn’t deemed suspicious, until the autopsy suggested otherwise.

Who’s it about? The Spanish-language series investigates the death of Maria Marta García Belsunce, an Argentine sociologist of a prominent family.

When’s it out? November 5

Essential LGBTQ+ viewing: A Queen Is Born

What is it? While you wait for the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this Brazilian show may plug the gap. It features two stars of the local drag scene mentioning a group of aspiring performers.

Who’s in it? A Queen Is Born is presented by drag stars Gloria Groove and Alexia Twister.

When’s it out? November 11

The best of the rest:

The End of the F***ing World season two (November 4)

If you didn’t catch the second season of this incredible comic adaptation when it first hit Channel 4 last year then here’s your chance to binge it on Netflix. Season one followed the modern-day (but British and teenage) duo of Alyssa and James as they embarked on a nihilistic whirlwind trip in James’ dad’s car. Now, they have to deal with the consequences of the first outing.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (November 22) 

Netflix’s Christmas coverage can always be a bit delightfully OTT, so why not throw Dolly into the mix too? Parton stars as a literal guardian angel in this festive morality story to stop a redeveloper from evicting an entire village of townspeople. “Have a Dolly holiday,” indeed.

I Lost My Body (November 29)

From the writer of Amelie comes this critically-acclaimed French animated film (alternatively-titled J’ai perdu mon corps) about a severed hand trying to find its former body. It doesn’t sound like it would be, but it’s actually a beautiful tale. It was also nominated for Best Animated Feature at last year’s Oscars, eventually losing to Toy Story 4 – which can’t really be blamed. Back on Netflix after a brief period when it wasn’t available.

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