New on Netflix UK: September 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 September 2020:

Critics’ choice: I’m Thinking Of Ending Things


What is it? The latest offering from the mind of Charlie Kaufman, who has brought us some of the most brilliant and bizarre movies of the past two decades (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, New York). I’m Thinking Of Ending Things is a psychological horror based around a woman’s stay with her boyfriend’s oddball family on a remote farm, leading reality to seemingly dissolve around her.

Who’s in it? Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, David Thewlis

When’s it out? 4 September

For fans of: Being John Malkovich, Mother!

Must-watch doc: The Social Dilemma


What is it? A new documentary all about the dark side of social media, how algorithms are controlling our lives and how much global power is invested in a small amount of tech engineers based in Silicon Valley.

Who’s behind it? Jeff Orlowski and Larissa Rhodes (Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral)

When’s it out? 9 September

For fans of: The Great Hack, The Internet’s Own Boy

For fright fans: Ratched

What is it? For anyone missing some Sarah Paulson action in the last few seasons of American Horror Story, fear not. Ryan Murphy teams up with Paulson once again for this One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest spin-off, telling the origin story of the “Big Nurse”, Nurse Ratched, with Paulson in the leading role, of course.

Who’s in it? Sarah Paulson, Jon Jon Briones, Cynthia Nixon, Sharon Stone

When’s it out? 18 September

For fans of: American Horror Story, Scream Queens

Vital LGBTQ+ viewing: The Boys In The Band

What is it? Another Ryan Murphy highlight – he produces this film adaptation of the seminal (and now somewhat controversial) gay culture Broadway play, about a birthday party set to the backdrop of prejudiced 60s New York City.

Who’s in it? Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory), Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells

What’s been said about it? “I feel like the world needs more LGBTQ history,” Ryan Murphy says. “It is a play that many people have looked on as problematic, when it’s seen through the current prism of, I guess, gay politics. But I was always interested in that. I thought that was a great jumping off point.”

When’s it out? 30 September

For Sherlock stans: Enola Holmes

What is it? Based on the young adult book series of the same name, it tells the story of Enola Holmes (yes, sister of one Sherlock) who goes in search of her missing mother, giving her famed detective sibling a run for his money in the process.

Who’s in it? Millie Bobby Brown, Helena Bonham Carter, Henry Cavill

When’s it out? 23 September

For fans of: All things Sherlock

The best of the rest

Love, Guaranteed (3 September)

A romcom about someone suing a dating app? It was only a matter of time. Love, Guaranteed  sees Damon Wayans Jr. playing a character who does that, finding (shock, horror) love in the process with the lawyer taking on the case (Rachael Leigh Cook).

Away (4 September)

Hilary Swank stars in this intergalactic-themed series about an astronaut bidding farewell to her family for a mission to Mars.

#Alive (8 September)

This one might be too close to home for some – a Korean thriller about a man housebound, alone and trying to escape after a virus ravishes the world.

Julie and the Phantoms (10 September)

Were you a fan of High School Musical? You’ll probably love this similar new musical series from HSM director Kenny Ortega.

The Duchess (11 September)

Katherine Ryan stars in this semi-autobiographical comedy about being a single mother in London.

The Devil All the Time (16 September)

This psychological thriller set in the backwoods of Ohio has no shortage of star power, with Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård and Robert Pattinson among the cast.

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (18 September)

A group of teenagers are the first to visit a new dinosaur theme park in this Jurassic World animated spin-off. What could possibly go wrong?