What's new on Netflix UK for November 2021

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by Andy Bassett

With Halloween tucked back up in bed, the end of year seasonal snowball gathers apace with festive offerings, flagship series and some of Netflix’s more high profile films.

Updated 17-Nov-2021: Star Trek: Discovery S4 - removed (will appear on Paramount+ internationally in 2022, where available)

Among Netflix’s movie offerings in November are a trio of films directed by actors. There’s a duo of female led films that mark the directing debuts of Rebecca Hall and Halle Berry who helm Passing and Bruised respectively. There’s also Lin-Manuel Miranda who takes the reins for the very first time with tick, tick...BOOM!

Action fans have got Western revenge thriller The Harder They Fall alongside glamorous globe-trotting heist shenanigans in Red Notice, with both movies packed with A-list stars like Idris Elba, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot.

Returning series include Narcos: Mexico which is back for a concluding season while the divisive Burnham is back in Star Trek: Discovery season four. Meanwhile Cowboy Bebop has a lot to live up to given the fervent regard in which the original anime series is held and South Korea’s Hellbound will be looking to replicate the phenomenal global success of Squid Game.

Christmas gets an early look in with fluffy romantic comedies such as A Castle for Christmas and the perennial Love Actually and there’s Aardman’s Robin Robin which is sure to help viewers get the festive ‘feels’.

And somewhere in there, Tiger King is back too.

So here’s the rundown of what we know so far is coming to Netflix UK in November, bearing in mind that although we’ve tried to be as UK specific as possible, streaming dates can change, content can sometimes be territory specific and shows can even get changed by Netflix itself.

Make sure you come back as we’ll be updating the article when more films and TV shows get announced.

Pick of the Movies

3rd November

The Harder They Fall (2021, Action, Drama, Western, Netflix Original Film, R. Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors, Regina King, LaKeith Stansfield, Zazie Beetz, Dir. Jeymes Samuel)

When outlaw Nat Love discovers that the man who murdered his parents, ruthless Rufus Buck, has been broken out of prison, he reunites his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. His posse includes his former love Stagecoach Mary, his right and left hand men hot-tempered Bill Pickett and fast drawing Jim Beckworth, and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. But Buck wields his own fearsome accomplices and "Treacherous" Trudy Smith and Cherokee Bill are not to be trifled with.

Co-produced by Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter, who also contributed original music, The Harder They Fall’s impressive cast list at one point also included Cynthia Erivo, Wesley Snipes and Sterling K. Brown, who had to exit due to the delays caused by the pandemic.

5th November

Love Hard (2021, Romance, Comedy, Seasonal, Netflix Original Film. Nina Dobrov, Darren Barnett, Harry Shum Jr. Jimmy O. Yang, Dir. Hernan Jimenez)

Hopeless romantic but eternally single LA journalist Natalie thinks things are beginning to look up when she falls for Tag, a rugged East Coast guy on a dating app. Deciding to surprise him for Christmas, she gets on a flight for an unannounced hook up only to discover she's been catfished by Tag's childhood friend, Josh, who is equally unlucky in love. Josh offers to set things right by setting Natalie and Tag up, as long as she’ll agree to pose as his girlfriend for the holidays.

With more than a passing nod to Cyrano de Bergerac / Roxanne, Love Hard does sound like an X-rated, 'under the counter video' (we’re showing our age here) and the fact that it was produced by McG may go some way towards explaining the title.

10th November

Passing (2021 - Drama, Period, Netflix Original Film, PG-13. Tessa Thompson, Ruth Nega, André Holland, Alexander Skarsgård, Dir + Scr. Rebecca Hall)

In late 1920s New York, two black women, Irene and Clare, once childhood friends who went their separate ways, have a chance meeting and awkwardly rekindle their friendship. Both women can 'pass' as white but have chosen to live on opposite sides of the colour line with Irene married to a black doctor while Clare is now the wife of a wealthy but racially prejudiced white man. As their lives become more deeply intertwined, Irene finds her once-steady existence upended by Clare, threatening both of the women’s carefully constructed realities.

Shot in monochrome Passing is adapted from the celebrated 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen and examines obsession, repression and the lies people tell themselves to get by. It marks the directorial debut of Iron Man 3 and Christine’s Rebecca Hall.

12th November

Red Notice (2021, Action, Comedy, Crime, Netflix Original Film, PG-13. Ryan Ryenolds, Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Dir. + Scr. Rawson Marshall Thurber)

An Interpol-issued Red Notice is a global alert to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted criminals and the latest Notice brings the FBI’s top profiler John Hartley on the case of two such targets. However, Hartley finds himself forced to partner with one; art thief Nolan Booth, in order to catch the other; the glamorous yet notorious “Bishop”, who’s always one step ahead of the authorities. As the three-way dance of cat and mouse escalates across the world, somehow the trio of antagonists always end up spending too much time in each other’s irritating company.

Red Notice reunites Skyscraper duo Dwayne Johnson and director Rawson Marshall Thurber and features Netflix’s highest ever production budget; a reported $200 million.

19th November

tick, tick...BOOM! (2021, Drama, Musical, Netflix Original Film, PG-13. Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp, Bradley Whitford. Dir. Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Jon is a promising young theatre composer about to turn 30 who’s waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990, while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he’s due to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon is feeling the pressure from everywhere as his girlfriend looks at life beyond New York, his friend Michael has already abandoned his dream and the artistic community is ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. With the clock ticking, Jon is at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with: What are we meant to do with the time we have?

Based on the semi autobiographical musical by Rent composer Jonathan Larson, tick, tick…BOOM! is the directorial debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda who has had a busy few years post Hamilton with projects such as In the Heights, Vivo and His Dark Materials. The film will have a limited theatrical release on Nov 12th before coming to Netflix a week later.

24th November

Bruised (2021, Drama, Sport, Netflix Distributed Film, R. Halle Berry, Shamier Anderson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Adan Canto, Dir. Halle Berry)

Jackie Justice is a mixed martial arts fighter who leaves the sport in disgrace after a humiliating defeat. Struggling to get by and simmering with rage and regret years after the fight, she’s coaxed into a brutal underground fight by her manager and boyfriend Desi with promises of a career back in the octagon. But the road to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when Manny - the 6 year old son Jackie gave up as an infant - shows up at her doorstep.

Originally earmarked with Blake Lively in the lead role and Nick Cassavettes in the director’s chair, this story of reclaiming power when everyone has counted you out has become star Halle Berry’s helming debut and also features current UFC Women's Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko.

Robin Robin (2021, Netflix Original Animated Short)

When her egg rolls into a rubbish dump, Robin is raised by a family of mice, but as she grows up her differences become clear. Desperate to prove she’s one of the family, Robin sets off to demonstrate that she can be a really good mouse - but ends up discovering who she really is in a tale that celebrates differences as strengths.

After its long standing relationship with the BBC, Aardman Animation finds a new home on Netflix for its first stop motion musical, serving as something of a tasty aperitif before the Netflix distributed sequel to Chicken Run hits the service. Robin Robin’s voice cast includes Gillian Anderson, Richard E Grant, Bronte Carmichael and Adeel Akhtar.

26th November

A Castle for Christmas (2021, Comedy, Romance, Family, Netflix Original Film. Brooke Shields, Cary Elwes, Vanessa Grasse, Mark Fleischmann, Dir. Mary Lambert)

Best selling author, Sophie Brown, travels to Scotland to escape a scandal and unwind. While there, she falls in love with a local castle and becomes determined to buy it. However, the prickly owner, Duke Myles, is reluctant to sell to a ‘foreigner’ and thus the two have to work to find a compromise, constantly butting heads but slowly finding they might just have something more in common than a countryside castle.

What's new on Netflix UK for November 2021
A Castle for Christmas is on Netflix UK in November 2021

Pick of the Shows

5th November

A Cop Movie (2021, Documentary, Crime, Netflix Original Documentary, International: Mexico. Language: Spanish)

Director Alonso Ruizpalacios sheds light on one of Mexico's most controversial institutions, the police force, looking at the causes of the impunity crisis plaguing the justice system.

Two actors portray cops Teresa and Montoya in this original and unpredictable documentary which confounds expectations and plays with the boundaries of nonfiction and narrative storytelling to immerse the audience into the human experience of police work within a dysfunctional system.

Narcos: Mexico (2021, S3/Final Netflix Original Drama Series)

Budding off from the third season of Netflix’s original Narcos project, Narcos: Mexico moved the focus of attention away from Columbia’s narcotics trade and examined the growth of the drugs business in Mexico when, prior to the establishment of the powerful and deadly cartels, the Mexican trafficking world was a loose confederate of independent weed growers.

Set in the 90s, after Félix Gallardo had taken the helm and unified the traffickers just as the global drug business ignited, Season 3 concentrates on the war that breaks out after Félix's empire splinters. As newly independent cartels struggle to survive political upheaval and escalating violence, a new generation of Mexican kingpins emerge.

The Unlikely Murderer (2021 Netflix Limited Drama Series, International: Sweden, Language: Swedish)

On the 28th February 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is walking home from the cinema with his wife Lisbeth Palme when a gunman approaches and shoots him dead. Stig Engström, a graphic designer, presents himself as a witness but his accounts change and no-one can really remember him being there. Could it be that Engström is using smoke and mirrors to hide the truth or is he just an attention seeker?

Based on Thomas Pettersson’s book of the same name, The Unlikely Murderer is a 5-part fictional interpretation of how Stig Engström was eventually named as the prime suspect in the killing twenty years after Palme's slaying and how he managed to elude justice right up to his death through a combination of audacity, luck and a perplexed police force.

6th November

Arcane (2021, S1, Netflix Original Anime Series, 9 episodes available in weekly batches of three)

Set in the utopian Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun, the story follows Vi as she searches for her lost sister whom she had sworn to protect from the monsters that took her.

A deeper dive into the world of League of Legends, charting the rise of two of its most iconic champions and the power that will tear them apart. Featuring the voices of Hailee Steinfeld, Harry Lloyd, Kevin ALexander and JB Blanc.

10th November

Gentefied (2021, S2, Netflix Original Series, Language: Spanish, English)

The Morales are three Mexican-American cousins who are chasing the American Dream while remaining loyal to their culture, community and family. As gentrification threatens their grandfather’s taco shop, the relatives have to acknowledge the impact of their ambition while staying true to their heritage.

Based on the digital series of the same title which gained acclaim at the 2017 Sundance Festival.

Trailer for season 1 below.

17th November

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2021, S2, Netflix Original Docuseries)

The public’s fascination with narcissists, eccentrics and oddballs and their sociopathic behaviour came to a head at the beginning of the global lockdown in spring 2020 when the outlandish characters involved in rival big cat breeding and conservation enterprises clashed chaotically in season 1 of Tiger King, which became a cultural phenomenon for Netflix.

Now, even with one of the central players subsequently incarcerated for a ‘murder for hire’ plot and suspicion falling on the other for a separate killing, the producers feel there’s more story io tell in season 2. Whether the now not-so-captive-audience thinks the same after 18 months will be interesting to see.

What's new on Netflix UK for November 2021
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, S2 is on Netflix UK in November 2021

19th November

Cowboy Bebop (2021, S1, Netflix Original Sci-Fi Series, 10 episodes)

A ragtag crew of space-faring bounty hunters aka ‘cowboys’ chases down the galaxy's most dangerous criminals. They’re long on style, short on cash and as different as they are deadly - but Spike Spiegel, Jet Black and Faye Valentine are a scrappy, snarky crew ready to kick or quip their way out of trouble. They'll save the world - for the right price... and hopefully before their dodgy pasts catch up with them.

Based on the beloved anime series, the live action version of Cowboy Bebop was developed by André Nemec and used original anime series director Shinichirō Watanabe as a consultant along with returning original composer Yoko Kanno. John Cho, who grew his hair long to match his anime character Spike, stars alongside Mustafa Shakir as Jet and Danielle Pineda as Faye.

Hellbound (2021, S1, Netflix Original Fantasy Drama, International: Korea, Language: Korean)

On an alternative Earth, people are forewarned of their demise and when the designated time comes, otherworldly Angels of Death appear and drag the unlucky individual to Hell.

As these supernatural events increase, causing fear and panic among the population, a religious group called The New Truth begins to grow in influence proclaiming those that are condemned to be Hellbound are deserving sinners and these are acts of God to make humans more righteous. But even as the cult’s followers begin to enact their own retribution against those that question the divine will, a few people become suspicious and begin investigating The New Truth’s involvement in these mysterious events.

Then one day, an infant born two days prior is condemned, making it difficult to believe the dogma that only sinners become Hellbound.

After Squid Game, all eyes will be on this similarly high concept Korean fantasy thriller to see whether it also captures the imagination of global Netflix viewers. The fact that Yeon Sang-ho, the director behind Train to Busan is writing and helming the episodes will help. Hellbound premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and was the first Korean drama to do so.

24th November

True Story (2021, Netflix Limited Drama Series, 7 episodes)

When Kid, one of the world’s most famous comedians, makes a hometown tour stop in Philadelphia, the resulting night spent with his wayward older brother becomes a matter of life and death when the consequences threaten to destroy everything he’s built.

Continuing his dalliance with dramatic roles after the recent Fatherhood film (also on Netflix) Kevin Hart stars with Wesley Snipes as the two siblings who come together on a fateful night. Written by Narcos creator Eric Newman, the first three episodes are directed by Watchmen's Stephen Williams while Star Trek: Picard's Hanelle Culpepper picked up the other four.

What's new on Netflix UK for November 2021
True Story (limited series) is on Netflix UK in November 2021

25th November

Super Crooks (2021 S1, Netflix Original Anime Series, International: Japan, Language: Japanese)

Now out of prison, Johnny Bolt recruits a group of ragtag super powered villains for one last take-down to set them up for retirement. Their target: a ruthless super-powered crime boss with a terrifying reputation who is spending his ill gotten gains in Spain.

From comic book legend Mark Millar, this super-powered heist story is told in 13x 30-minute episodes.

Also Streaming

5th November

Big Mouth (S5, Netflix Original Animation)

Season 5 of the US coming-of-age adult animated sitcom which follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through puberty with their developing urges, which manifest themselves as over-sexualized shoulder angels and hormone monsters. The often confusing and contradictory information the friends receive only serves to make their journey to sexual maturity all the more torturous.

What's new on Netflix UK for November 2021
Big Mouth S5 is on Netflix UK in November 2021

We Couldn’t Become Adults (2021, Drama, Romance, International: Japan, Language: Japanese. Takehiro Hira, Rich Ting(voice), Masahiro Higashide, Dirs. Yoshihiro Mori, Hayato Kawai)

Spurred on by an online friend request, an aimless forty-something recalls his past relationships from the 90s onward, looking for his vanished hopes and dreams when life seemed to burn a little brighter.

9th November

Your Life is a Joke (2021, S1, Netflix Comedy Docuseries)

German stand-up comedian Oliver Polak spends a day with each of his famous guests at some of their favourite places to really get to know them and then roasts them with good natured stand up sets.

What's new on Netflix UK for November 2021
Your Life is a Joke S1 is on Netflix UK in November 2021

16th November

Love Actually (2003, Comedy, Romance, Drama, R. Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Dir. + Scr. Richard Curtis)

A loose series of interconnected tales of very different people dealing with their complicated (or nonexistent) love lives in the run up to Christmas, which has somehow now become a polarising festive classic. Looking past the yuletide fluff and problematic objectification of some of the female characters, all it really serves to do is remind us how much we miss Alan Rickman.

What's new on Netflix UK for November 2021
Love Actually is on Netflix UK in November 2021

17th November

Riverdale (2021, S6 Netflix Original Series, weekly episodes)

While navigating the troubled waters of romance, family, school and beyond, Archie and his gang become entangled in dark mysteries that surround their small town of Riverdale.

18th November

Earwig and the Witch (2020, Animation, Adventure, Family, PG. Voices: Taylor Paige Henderson, Vanessa Marshall, Richard E. Grant, Dan Stevens, Kacey Musgraves, Dir. Gorô Miyazaki)

Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.

Earwig and the Witch is Studio Ghibli’s first 3D CG animated project and is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones.

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star (2021, Romance, Comedy, Drama, Netflix Original Film, TV-13. Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Sagar, Amanda Donohoe, Will Kemp, Dir. Mike Rohl)
When a priceless Christmas relic is stolen, Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy enlist the help of Margaret’s look-alike cousin Fiona who teams with a dashing, mysterious man from her past to retrieve it... rekindling the sparks of a tantalising Christmas romance and resulting in a very unexpected switch.

The third movie in the Princess Switch franchise was filmed in Scotland in late 2020 - wonder if they ran into the Grand Tour trio!?

What's new on Netflix UK for November 2021
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star is on Netflix UK in November 2021

19th November

Blown Away: Christmas (2021, Netflix Original Reality Game Show)

Five fan favorite glass blowing artists return to the hot shop to compete in a series of festive-themed challenges in the quest to become The Best in Holiday Blow (!?). In the spirit of Christmas giving, the winner will not only receive a $10,000 cash prize, but an additional $10,000 will also be donated to their charity of choice.

What's new on Netflix UK for November 2021
Blown Away: Christmas is on Netflix UK in November 2021

23rd November

Master of the Universe: Revelation (2021, S1b, Netflix Original Animated Series)

The concluding batch of episodes drops for Kevin Smith’s homage/sequel to the beloved 80s cartoon as the war for Eternia continues. With Skeletor now wielding the Sword of Power, the weary heroes of Eternia must band together to fight back against the forces of evil.

What's new on Netflix UK for November 2021
Masters of the Universe: Revelation S1b is on Netflix UK in November 2021

29th November

14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible (2021, Netflix Original Documentary)

This documentary follows climber Nims Purja as he leads a team of Sherpas to climb all 14 of the world’s 8000m+ peaks in 7 months, shattering the previous record of 7 years.

Date TBC

7 Prisoners (2021, Drama, Thriller, R, Netflix Original Film, International: Brazil, Language: Portuguese. Christian Malheiros, Rodrigo Santoro, Josias Duarte, Vitor Julian, Dir. Alexandre Moratto)

To provide a better life for his family, 18-year-old Mateus leaves the countryside and accepts a job, along with some other hopeful workers, in a junkyard in São Paulo. Once there, Mateus and the boys realise they’re victims of a modern slavery system run by boss Luca. With escape seemingly impossible Mateus is forced to make the difficult decision between working for the man who enslaved him or risking his and his family's futures if he does not cooperate

A follow up to director Alexandre Moratto’s 2018 Socrates, 7 Prisoners was produced by Ramin Bahrani who was also behind Netflix’s White Tiger.

So that’s Netflix’s content for November so far. Leave a comment and let others know what you’re planning on watching / missing. We'll keep adding to the list as new shows and movies are announced, so keep an eye out for updates to the article.

Source: Whats-On-Netflix.com, Geektown

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