What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021

It’s the most wonderful time… of the streaming year

by Andy Bassett

Disney has a couple of Yuletide showstoppers, Amazon Prime Video’s output follows a suspiciously familiar pattern to last year while Apple prunes its end of year output.

Updated 30-Nov-2021 Apple TV+: Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne (10th Dec)

Updated 30-Nov-2021 Amazon Prime Video: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch removed as already available.

If you’ve been good boys and girls and are looking forward to the end of the year to open your Christmas streaming gifts, then Disney Plus might be the streaming service to look at this December. With the Marvel year completing with Hawkeye, Disney has turned its attention back to Star Wars and The Book of Boba Fett starts its run on 29th December - good to see the bounty hunter back with his own series especially at this time of year since Boba once said of Santa Claus - “He’s no good to me sled.”

Moviewise, Disney+ goes big with Ridley Scott’s latest The Last Duel, animated mayhem in Ron’s Gone Wrong and the literally-only-just-released-in-theatres Encanto, all providing the very latest in blockbuster films.

Amazon Prime Video’s platter for December has a similar feel with both The Grand Tour and The Expanse returning in a mirror of last year’s content menu. Sadly, in the case of The Expanse, it’s the series finale, so we won’t be seeing a return for Christmas 2022 but who knows how long Clarkson, Hammond and May will keep turning up each December like the perennial Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come!

Finally, Apple TV+ keeps things simple with a Christmas special from helium voiced songstress Mariah Carey and thought provoking sci-fi drama Swan Song.

As ever, 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 pulled or added at the very last minute by the streamers themselves as they sort out scheduling or licensing issues.

We’ll keep updating the article as new content gets announced, so please check back.

Disney+ UK

1st December (Wednesday)

Disney+ and Star Originals:

The Big Leap (2021, Disney+ Original Series, weekly episodes)

A group of diverse, down-on-their-luck people attempt to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-enhancing, or possibly life-ruining, reality dance show, featuring a modern reimagining of Swan Lake.

The Last Duel (2021, Action, Drama, Period, R. Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck, Dir. Ridley Scott, Scr. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Nicole Holofcener)

In the midst of the Hundred Years War, French nobleman Jean de Carrouges is a respected knight known for his bravery and skill on the battlefield while his compatriot and friend Jacques Le Gris is a squire whose intelligence and eloquence makes him one of the most admired members of court. When Le Gris viciously assaults Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite, she breaks her silence to accuse her attacker, an act of bravery and defiance that puts her life in jeopardy when de Carrouges demands a duel to the death - since if her husband loses, Marguerite will be burned at the stake.

The Last Duel is the true story of the claimed last trial by combat to take place in Medieval France. Based on Eric Jager’s book, screenwriters Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener each took a chapter and different protagonist’s viewpoint for their contribution.

Gabby Duran and the Unsittables (2021, S2, Ep1-12, Disney Family Comedy Series)

After living in the shadows of her successful mother Dina and smart younger sister, Gabby Duran finds her moment to shine when she gets a job from Principal Swift to babysit an unruly group of extraterrestrial children who have been hiding out on Earth disguised as humans. Gabby resourcefully and fearlessly steps up to the challenge to protect the children and their secret identities.

However, Dina tells Gabby she's in over her head and forbids her from babysitting the aliens.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
Gabby Duran and the Unsittables, S2A is on Disney+ UK in December 2021

Library Titles:

Da Vinci’s Demons (2013-15 S1-3, Starz Original Historical Fantasy Drama)
A fictionalised story exploring the early life of Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance in Italy. Presented as an eccentric genius who struggles to deal with his inner demons and unruly imagination, Da Vinci is guided by a mystic to unlock the hidden areas of his mind by accessing the 'Fountain of Memory'. Meanwhile, the mysterious cult known as the Sons of Mithras inform him that he has the power to not only see the future but also to shape it.

Devs (2020, S1, FX Sci-Fi Drama Series)
Lily Chan is a software engineer for Amaya, a secretive quantum computing company run by the enigmatic Forest. Lily soon becomes embroiled in the mysterious death of her boyfriend, who died on the first day of his new job at the company.

Devs was created by Alex Garland, the writer/director behind some of the more arresting Sci-Fi movies of recent times including Dredd, Ex Machina and Annihilation.

Documentary/Factual/Reality/Kids Shows:

Drain the Oceans (2020, S3, National Geographic Docu-series)

India From Above (2020, S1,National Geographic Docu-series)

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (2020, S1, Hulu, Cooking/Lifestyle series)

3rd December (Friday)

Disney+ and Star Originals:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2021, Animation, Comedy, Drama, PG, Disney+ Original Film. Voices: Brady Noon, Hunter Dillon, Brenda Crichlow, Erica Cerra, Dir. Swinton O. Scott III)

Greg Heffley is a scrawny middle schooler who struggles with an overactive imagination and a desperate ambition to be famous when he's older. On the other hand, Greg’s best friend Rowley just breezes through life without any hardship and just seems to be successful without too much effort. As Greg fills his journal with his trials and tribulations, he starts to realise that the hilarious, disastrous and sometimes painful events he experiences are helping him learn to appreciate his real friends and get the satisfaction of doing what is right.

The first book in Jeff Kinney’s worldwide bestselling series comes to Disney+ in an all-new animated adventure which is the first 20th Century Studios film to be branded as a Disney film.

The Rescue (2021, National Geographic Documentary, Dirs. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi)

The heart stopping, daring, against-all-odds story of the rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand that transfixed the world in 2018. With never-before-seen material and exclusive interviews, the film shines a light on the high-risk world of cave diving, the astounding courage and compassion of the rescuers, and the shared humanity of the international community that united to save the boys.

Library Titles:

Die Hard (1988, Action, Thriller, R, Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Alan Rickman, Dir, John McTiernan)
Hoping to spend Christmas with his estranged wife Holly, detective John McClane arrives in LA and surprises her at her workplace. However, he becomes embroiled in a hostage situation when ‘terrorists’ take Holly and her co-workers prisoner in the office building. Undetected and alone, McClane has to work behind the scenes to take out the gang and free the hostages.

This genre defining action classic is firmly part of the Christmas movie watching schedule for many fans. Altogether now, “Ho, ho, ho… now I have a machine gun!”

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
Welcome to the Christmas party pal!

Christmas Again (2021, Adventure, Comedy, Family. Scarlett Estevez, Gary Anthony Williams, Daniel Sunjata, Dir. Andy Fickman)
Rowena isn’t handling her parents’ divorce well and wants her dad’s new girlfriend and son out of the picture, the family back together and their Christmas traditions the way they were. She makes a wish to a neighbourhood Santa for a “do-over” and unexpectedly finds herself reliving Christmas day over and over. Now, in order to break the strange magical loop, Ro must learn to appreciate her loving family as it is and discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Pearl Harbor (2001, Action, War, Drama, PG-13. Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, Jennifer Garner, Dir. Michael Bay)
Against the backdrop of Japan’s devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. As the attack unfolds, the pair must put aside their differences to defend their country and their loved ones against the surprise attack.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
Pearl Harbor is on Disney+ UK in December 2021

The Day After Tomorrow (2004, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, PG-13. Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Ian Holm, Dir. Roland Emmerich
As tornadoes flatten Los Angeles, a tidal wave engulfs New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begins to freeze solid, paleoclimatologist Jack Hall undertakes a dangerous trek to save his son and a small band of survivors who must ride out the growing superstorm and stay alive in the face of an enemy more powerful and relentless than any they've ever encountered: Mother Nature!

Now 17 years old, and despite being full of scientific inaccuracies, The Day After Tomorrow becomes preciently less fanciful each year.

Documentary/Factual/Reality/Kids Shows:

Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas (2021, Animation short, Adventure)
After a series of mishaps, Mickey, Minnie and the gang are separated all over the world and must try to get back to Hot Dog Hills by Christmas Eve.

5th December (Sunday)

Documentary/Factual/Reality/Kids Shows:

The First Wave (2021, National Geographic Docuentary)
Follow the harrowing first four months of COVID-19 with brave health care workers at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, N.Y., as they risk their lives in the battle to keep the virus at bay.

8th December (Wednesday)

Disney+ and Star Originals:

Welcome to Earth (2021, S1, National Geographic Docu-series, all six episodes available)

Will Smith places himself in the hands of seasoned, elite explorers who take him to the edge of what we know about the Earth… and beyond, getting up close and personal with some of the most thrilling spectacles on the planet - from volcanoes that roar in silence to deserts that move beyond our perception to animal swarms with minds of their own.

Produced by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and featuring breathtaking cinematography and Will Smith's boundless curiosity and enthusiasm, the series is an exciting, multisensory ride through Earth’s most mind-bending portals.

Library Titles:

Brickleberry (2012-15, S1-3, Fox adult animated series)
Brickleberry National Park is facing its demise as a tourist attraction and, with its future in the hands of a dysfunctional group of forest rangers, top ranger Ethel Anderson is summoned from Yellowstone to help. However, her arrival threatens the already shaky status quo.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
Brickleberry S1-3 are on Star on Disney+ UK in December 2021

Black-ish (2012, S7, ABC Studios Comedy Series)
Dre Johnson has it all: a great job, beautiful wife Rainbow, four kids, and a big house in a classy neighbourhood. But as a Black man, he questions whether all his success means he and his family have lost touch with their heritage. With the help of his father, Dre tries to create a sense of ethnic identity for his family that will allow them to honour their background while preparing them to embrace the future.

Documentary/Factual/Reality/Kids Shows:

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (2021, S2, Hulu, Cooking/Lifestyle series)

10th December (Friday)

Library Titles:

Juno (2007, Comedy, Drama, Coming of Age, PG-13. Elliot Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Dir. Jason Reitman)
Sixteen year old, social misfit Juno protects herself with a whip sharp wit, but her unplanned pregnancy has the teen getting more involved in the lives of her baby’s adoptive parents than she expected.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
Juno is on Disney+ UK in December 2021

No Sleep ‘Til Christmas (2018, Comedy, Romance. Odette Annable, Dave Annable, Dir. Steve Smith)
After literally bumping into each other, Lizzie, an engaged woman, and Billy, a bartender, discover they both have insomnia but can finally fall asleep when they’re next to each other. Despite the fact they’re both in other relationships, Lizzie suspects it may be more meaningful than either would like to admit.

The Heat (2013, Action, Comedy, Crime, R. Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Michael McDonald, Demián Bichir, Dir. Paul Feig)
Uptight FBI agent Sarah Ashburn prefers to work as a lone operative and is sent to Boston to track an elusive drug lord. However, during an attempt to interrogate a local drug dealer, she comes up against another solo specialist, loudmouth cop, Mullins. The two women's professional styles clash horribly but Ashburn reluctantly agrees to work with Mullins to take down the crime kingpin they’re both after.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
Yes, it's that infamously airbrushed movie poster

What a Man (2011, Comedy, Romance, R. International Film: Germany, U.S., Language: German, English. Matthias Schweighöfer, Mavie Hörbiger, Thomas Kretschmann, Paul Alhäuser, Dirs. Matthias Schweighöfer, Torsten Künstler)
When 30-year-old, nice-guy school teacher Alex discovers that his girlfriend Carolin is having an affair with their hunky neighbour, he moves out of their shared flat and in with his friend, Nele, for whom he once had feelings. Nele, however has a long-distance-relationship with her French boyfriend Etienne who lives in China. As Alex tries to work out what went wrong between him and Carolin, and asks if he’s all the man he ought to be, he starts to fall in love with Nele again.

Prior to his safe cracking shenanigans in Zack Snyder’s Netflix zombie universe, this is what Matthias Schweighöfer got up to.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
What a Man is on Disney+ UK in December 2021

Documentary/Factual/Reality/Kids Shows:

Disney Holiday Magic Quest (2021, Disney Original Christmas Special)
The stars of Disney’s Zombies franchise return for a second outing where they have to compete in a high-stakes holiday adventure. Hosted by actress and comedian Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), the contestants will have to navigate a series of new challenges and obstacles through a variety of iconic and immersive Walt Disney World attractions.

From the Ashes (2020, National Geographic Documentary)
How burning coal affects our economy, health, and climate.

The Last Ice (2020, National Geographic Documentary)
Inuk communities in the Arctic fight to protect what will remain of their world.

15th December (Wednesday)

Disney+ and Star Originals:

Ron’s Gone Wrong (2021, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, PG. Voices: Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney, Dirs. Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine, Octavio E. Rodriguez)

Barney is a socially awkward middle-schooler who wants nothing more than to fit in. And to do that he needs what everybody else has - a walking, talking, digitally connected B-Bot companion. When Barney receives Ron, his very own B-Bot, he finally thinks he’ll be just like everybody else. However, some of Ron’s code begins to malfunction causing him to behave in unusual ways and drawing the attention of a shady executive who wants to protect his company’s stock price at all costs. As Ron’s increasingly unpredictable antics escalate, boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship.

Released under the 20th Century Studios name, it’s the studio’s first full animated feature since the closure of Blue Sky Studios.

Library Titles:

Malcolm in the Middle (2000-06, S1-7, Fox Television Comedy Series)
Malcolm, a bright and intelligent boy, lives with his dysfunctional family while dealing with the troubles of being the middle child and a teenager.

Documentary/Factual/Reality/Kids Shows:

Foodtastic (2021, S1, Disney Original Reality Game Show, all eleven episodes available)
Competition series in which highly skilled artists create extravagant scene work and larger-than-life sculptures made entirely out of food and based on iconic Disney properties.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
Foodtastic S1 in on Disney+ UK in December 2021

Atlas of Cursed Places (2020, S1, National Geographic Docu-series)
Explore the haunting history and fascinating folklore of various locations.

Disney Insider Ep112
Examine the creation of the latest Star Wars: The Black Series action figures inspired by The Book of Boba Fett. Plus, celebrate the 30th anniversary of animated classic Beauty and the Beast with the filmmakers and artists involved.

Gigantosaurus (2021, S3, Ep1-10, Disney Children’s Animated Series)

Gordon Ramsey: Uncharted (2020, S2, National Geographic Docu-series)
Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay continues to travel around the world to immerse himself into different cultures and cuisines in the pursuit of culinary inspiration.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
Gordon Ramsey: Uncharted S2 is on Disney+ UK in December 2021

17th December (Friday)

Library Titles:

Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas (2019, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy. Aisha Dee, Kimiko Glenn, Jazz Raycole, Kendrick Sampson, Dir. Theresa Bennett)
Jess is on her way home after her best first date ever but is involved in an accident and dies, waking up as a ghost. With unfinished business, Jess needs the help of her best friend Kara to move on.

Jojo Rabbit (2019, Comedy, Drama, War. Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell. Dir & Scr. Taika Waititi)
Lonely, ten-year-old Jojo occupies himself with his dedication to the Hitler Youth but is shocked to discover his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in the attic at home. He starts to question his blind nationalistic beliefs, while dealing with the intervention of his idiotic imaginary friend Adolf Hitler, and the harsh realities around him.

Adapted from Christine Leunens’ book Caging Skies, Waititi brings his off the wall charm to a difficult subject and earned himself his first Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2020 Oscar ceremony.

King Arthur (2004, Action, Adventure, Historical. PG-13. Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Kiera Knightly, Mads Mikkelsen Dillane, Ioan Gruffudd, Dir, Antoine Fuqua)
As the declining Roman Empire is withdrawing from Britannia in 5AD, half-British Roman commander Artorius Castus, known as "Arthur", and his men are tasked with one final mission before they can return home - save an important Roman family from an advancing army of invading Saxons.

A refreshingly de-folklore’d version of the Arthurian tales, with Clive Owen in the title role, recalibrated for a Roman setting and marketed as a more historically accurate take than the romanticised medieval tales.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
King Arthur is on Disney+ UK in December 2021

The Joy Luck Club (1993, Drama, R. Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Ming-Na Wen, Lauren Tom, Dir. Wayne Wang)
Now settled in America but with a massive generational divide separating their upbringings, four young Chinese women along with their mothers, delve into their different pasts and learn to better understand each other and the complex relationships they share with each other.

Documentary/Factual/Reality/Kids Shows:

Being the Queen (2020, National Geographic Documentary)
A treasure trove of never-before-heard interviews with people who have known Queen Elizabeth II personally.

Eyewitness D-Day (2019, Documentary)
Five eyewitnesses accounts and personal testimonies of D-Day.

22nd December (Wednesday)

Disney+ and Star Originals:

The Wonder Years (2021, S1, ABC Comedy Drama Series)

A coming-of-age story set in the late 1960s that takes a nostalgic look at a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, through the point-of-view of imaginative 12-year-old Dean Williams. Recalled with the wisdom of his adult years (and Don Cheadle’s voice), Dean’s hopeful and humorous recollections show how his family found their ‘wonder years’ in a turbulent time.

A reworking of the popular original series which ran from 1988-1993 starring Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold.

Library Titles:

American Housewife (2016- 21, S1-5 ABC Comedy Series)
Katie Otto tries to be the best wife and mother possible as she raises her imperfectly normal family in their new hometown of Westport, Connecticut while dealing with the town’s wealthy, pretentious, arrogant housewives and their privileged children.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
American Housewife S1-5 are on Disney+ UK in December 2021

Documentary/Factual/Reality/Kids Shows:

Chicken Squad (2021, S1, Ep14-20, Disney Children’s Animated Series)
Sibling chicken trio (Coop, Sweetie, and Little Boo) is a team of eager community helpers and clever problem-solvers.

Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist (2017, S1, National Geographic Docu-series)
Three decades after Dian Fossey was murdered in a remote mountain cabin in Rwanda, National Geographic looks back at her life and legacy.

Dog With a Blog (2012-15, S1-3, Disney Channel Comedy Series)
A family adopts a dog named Stan in the hope that two feuding step-siblings will bond over the pet. It works when the siblings soon find out that the dog can talk and write.

Made in a Day (2020, S1 National Geographic Docu-series)
Day in, day out, our favourite products are manufactured on an unthinkable scale and for these global brands the conveyor belt, never stops.

The Con (2020, S1, ABC Docu-series)
Whoopi Goldberg narrates this series exploring the tales of people taken in by claims and promises that proved too good to be true, from identity fraud and misleading romance to the high-profile college admission scandal and Fyre Festival.

24th December (Friday)

Disney+ and Star Originals:

Encanto (2021, Animation, Adventures, Comedy, PG. Voices: Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo, Mauro Castillo, Dirs. Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith)

The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal - every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family's last hope.

Far From The Tree (2021 Disney animated short)

A young raccoon will learn that while there is reason to be fearful, as danger lurks around every corner, it is still possible to live with an open heart.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
Far From The Tree is on Disney+ UK in December 2021

Library Titles:

Downhill (2020, Comedy, Drama. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Zach Woods)
Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other after husband Pete attempts to get to safety while ignoring his loved ones.

Life of Pi (2012, Adventures, Drama, Fantasy, PG. Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Rafe Spall, Dir. Ang Lee)
Pi Patel is a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, adrift in the middle of nowhere, his fight against the odds is complicated by the company of a fearsome male Bengal tiger with whom he forms an unexpected connection.

Same Time, Next Christmas (2019, Lea Michele, Charles Michael Davis, Bryan Greenberg, Nia Vardalos, Dir, Stephen Herek)
Olivia Henderson is a young woman who met her childhood sweetheart during her family’s annual Christmas visit to Hawaii. After being separated by distance and years, the two reunite at the same Hawaii resort years later and the old chemistry between them flares up anew, even when Olivia’s boyfriend unexpectedly shows up.

The Man with One Red Shoe (1985, Comedy, Crime, PG. Tom Hanks, Lori Singer, Dabney Coleman, Carrie Fisher, Dir. Stan Dragoti)
As government official Cooper plays a nasty game of one-upsmanship with his rival in hopes of landing a promotion, he is deceived into believing that unassuming violinist Richard Drew is involved in international espionage. Cooper sends his top operative, the beautiful Maddy, to charm Richard into giving himself away.

Documentary/Factual/Reality/Kids Shows:

30 for 30:
A series of documentaries highlighting interesting people and events in (mainly US) sporting history across American football, basketball, lacrosse, hockey and surfing:

Fantastic Lies (2016) looks into a Duke University lacrosse team party in 2006 that changed lives and ruined careers.
Silly Little Game (2010) looks at the ten people who came together to form the first Rotisserie League.
This Magic Moment (2016) follows the basketball partnership between Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway.
Al Davis vs. the NFL (2021) is the story of the feud between Raiders owner Al Davis and NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle.
Big Shot (2013) explores how Dallas businessman John Spano bought the failing New York Islanders hockey team.
Bryan and the Boz (2014) is a documentary about former Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth and the mistakes he made as his alter ego ‘The Boz’.
The Legend of Eddie Aikau (2013) is a look at Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau.

Life and Death in Paradise: Crocs in the Caribbean
Documentary looking at life in the Caribbean.

29th December (Wednesday)

Disney+ and Star Originals:

Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett (2021, S1, eight weekly episodes. LucasFilm Original Series)

Legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigate the galaxy’s underworld when they return to the sands of Tatooine to stake their claim on the territory formerly ruled by the deceased crime lord Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate.

The Book of Boba Fett spun out from The Mandalorian, in which the characters of both Fett and Shand appeared. Star Wars fan favourite Temuera Morrison returns as Boba Fett with Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand while Jon Favreau returns to the director’s chair along with Robert Rodriguez, Bryce Dallas Howard and Dave Filoni.

Library Titles:

Bless This Mess (2019-20, S1-2, ABC Comedy Series)
A newlywed couple, Mike and Rio leave their home, jobs and lives in New York and move to a farm in Nebraska, left to Mike as part of an inheritance. They find it badly neglected and already occupied by a senile old man. Finding the simple life is anything but, they decide to stay and restore the ranch and run the farm. Gradually they adapt to the strange, tightly knit community of colourful eccentrics.

A single-camera, fish out of water comedy featuring Lake Bell, Dax Shepard, Pam Grier, Ed Begley Jr. and David Koechner, which was cancelled after two seasons.

The Salisbury Poisonings (2020, BBC Limited Series)
When emergency services receive a call to attend to Sergei and Yulia Skripal who have been found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury city centre, they can’t possibly foresee that what greets them will lead to an international accusations of chemical poisoning.

Documentary/Factual/Reality/Kids Shows:

Airport Security: Brazil (2019, S5 National Geographic Docu-series)
The security officials at the Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, undertake a constant vigil against the criminals that try to smuggle drugs into the country.

Club Mickey Mouse (2021, S4)
Follow the journey of new Mouseketeers as they create new music and choreography and build friendships.

Ice Road Rescue (2020, S5)
More nail biting real life rescues as specialist workers in Norway face several obstacles during the winter while helping stranded people and trying to keep the roads safe and open.

The Ghost and Molly McGee (2021, S1 E1-10, Disney Children's Animated Series)
Tween optimist Molly McGee and a grumpy ghost named Scratch become bound to each other when one of Scratch’s spells backfires. Despite their differences, the two form an unlikely friendship and find themselves helping each other through the ups and downs of their respective worlds.

T.O.T.S. (2021, S3 E1-10, Disney Children's Animated Series)
A penguin and a flamingo respectively work at the Tiny Ones Transport Service, where they deliver newborn baby animals and birds to their parents.

The Choe Show (2021, S1, FX Network Docuseries)
From his childhood home, world-renowned artist David Choe takes his guests on a journey where he is a motivational interviewer and compassionate listener. He uses the acts of art and play to depart on a journey of shared emotional experience getting people to laugh, cry and think deeply about themselves such that Choe is able to bring forth an of-the-moment honesty with them. His guests include; Val Kilmer, Rainn Wilson, Steve-O, Will Arnett and Maya Erskine.

31st December (Friday)

Library Titles:

A Hidden Life (2019, Drama, Period, True Life, PG-13, International Film: UK, US, Germany, Language: English, German, Italian. August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Michael Nyqvist, Bruno Ganz, Dir. + Scr. Terrence Malick)
When Austrian peasant farmer Franz Jägerstätter, a devout Catholic, is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive.

Derek Delgaudio’s In & Of Itself (2020, Hulu TV Special)
Storyteller and Conceptual Magician Derek DelGaudio attempts to understand the illusory nature of identity and answer the deceptively simple question 'Who am I?'

Paddington (2014, Animation/Live Action, Adventure, Comedy, PG. Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Voice: Ben Whishaw, Dir. Paul King)
A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kind Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Paddington 2 (2017, Animation/Live Action, Adventure, Comedy, PG. Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Grant, Voice Ben Whishaw, Dir. Paul King)
While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Documentary/Factual/Reality/Kids Shows:

30 for 30:
More sports based documentaries, including:

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010) is about a brawl that broke out at a bowling alley in Hampton that sharply divided the city along racial lines.
The Best That Never Was (2010) follows sought-after high school football senior Marcus Dupree whose career was cut short.
Run Ricky Run (2010) is an intimate look at Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams, one of football’s most fascinating athletes and misunderstood persons.
Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL (2009) is a documentary about the fledgling 80s Football League that dared challenge the NFL.
The Band That Wouldn’t Die (2009) Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson, probes the surprise relocation of the Baltimore Colts to the city of Indianapolis and how the band kept the spirit of a professional football team alive.
Slaying The Badger (2014) Before Lance Armstrong and his fall from grace, there was Greg LeMond, who is now the first and only American to win the Tour de France.
Angry Sky (2015) In 1965, at the height of the space race, Nick Piantanida launched the first civilian space program.
Broke (2011) A look at why so many professional athletes end up in financial difficulties.

Surviving the Mount St Helens Disaster (2020, National Geographic Documentary)
The remarkable story of the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption of 1980 told by first hand witnesses who survived and using rare remastered archive material.

Amazon Prime UK

1st December

Sleepless in Seattle (1993, Comedy, Drama, Romance, PG. Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Bill Pullman. Dir. Nora Ephron)

Eight-year-old Jonah Baldwin sets off a series of events for his recently widowed dad, Sam, when he calls a late night radio phone-in show on Christmas Eve. Many women are touched by Sam’s story but across the airwaves, Annie Reed feels there’s a special connection and decides she wants to meet him.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
Sleepless in Seattle is on Amazon Prime Video UK in December 2021

Premier League Fixtures

Wolves v Burnley - 7.30pm
Southampton v Leicester - 7.30pm
Watford v Chelsea - 7.30pm
West Ham v Brighton - 7.30pm
Aston Villa v Man City - 8.15pm
Everton v Liverpool - 8.15pm

2nd December

Premier League Fixtures

Spurs v Brentford - 7.30pm
Man Utd v Arsenal - 8.15pm

3rd December

Harlem (2021, S1, Amazon Original Comedy Series, all ten episodes available)

Harlem follows a group of four stylish and ambitious best girlfriends who pursue their career ambitions and dreams of love and after graduating from college together. There’s Camilla, a rising star anthropology professor struggling to make space for her love life even with her extensive knowledge of human relationships, plus Tye, a tech savvy entrepreneur developing a dating app who’s always seeing someone new. Then there’s Angie, a confident no-filter singer who lives with Quinn, a hopeless romantic fashion designer. Together, they support each through good and bad as they move on to the next phase of their lives.

Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021, Crime, Horror, Mystery, R. Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols. Dir. Darren Lynn Bousman)

Working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran, brash Detective Ezekiel "Zeke" Banks and his rookie partner take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the centre of the killer's ghoulish game.

Spiral is the ninth installment of the Saw film franchise and came about from a meeting between Chris Rock and Lionsgate with Rock developing the idea and keen to pursue the project as a way of moving into the horror genre.

5th December

The Great (2021, S2, Hulu Comedy Series - StarzPlay - Requires subscription)

A royal woman living in rural Russia during the 18th century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor.

Season 2 sees a pregnant Catherine gaining the upper hand in her war against Peter who is still deeply in love with Catherine and their unborn child. However, this does little to dissuade her from attempting to take his throne.

This satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia's history is fictionalised and plays fast and loose with the facts as it depicts Catherine in her youth, focusing on the plot to kill her deranged husband Peter.

9th December

The Ferragnez (2021, S1 Amazon Original Reality Series, International: Italy, Language: Italian, weekly episodes)

Reality series following the lives of Italian celebrity couple: Chiara Ferragni, a digital entrepreneur and fashion icon with over 25 million followers on Instagram; and Fedez, an artist with over 60 platinum records and 13 million Instagram followers.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
The Ferrangnes S1 is on Amazon Prime Video UK in December 2021

10th December

Encounter (2021, Sci-Fi, Thriller, R. Riz Ahmed, Octavia Spencer, Lucian-River Chauhan, Aditya Geddada, Dir. Michael Pearce)

A decorated Marine goes on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from a non-human threat. As their journey takes them in increasingly dangerous directions. Now, pursued by the military, the boys will need to leave their childhoods behind.

The Expanse (2020, S6 /Final Amazon Original Series)

Hundreds of years in the future, the Solar System has been colonised by humanity. The three largest powers are the United Nations of Earth and Luna, the Martian Congressional Republic on Mars, and the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA), a loose confederation of the asteroid belt and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Amongst the shifting political sands of this triumvirate, a disparate band of antiheroes unwittingly ends up at the centre of a conspiracy which threatens the system's fragile state of Cold War.

Season six sees Holden and the crew of the Rocinante fight alongside the Combined Fleet of Earth and Mars to protect the Inner Planets from Marco Inaros and his Free Navy’s campaign of death and destruction. Meanwhile, on a distant planet beyond the Rings, a new power rises.

Wrath of Man (2021, Action, Crime, Thriller, R. Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Josh Hartnett, Rocci Williams. Dir. Guy Ritchie)

The latest recruit to a security firm that is responsible for transporting hundreds of millions of dollars around LA each week stuns his new colleague when he mercilessly thwarts a heist with cold hearted and deadly precision. The security crew is left wondering just who it is they’re working with and it doesn’t take long for the mysterious employee’s motives to become clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.

Wrath of Man is a remake of the French thriller Le convoyeur aka Cash Truck (2004), which starred Jean Dujardin. It is Ritchie's third remake following Swept Away (2002) and Aladdin (2019).

17th December

The Grand Tour: Carnage a Trois (2021, S4, Amazon Original Series)

The season 4 specials continue with Clarkson, Hammond and May travelling across England and Wales as they look to answer a burning question - “Just what is it about French Cars…?” Join the trio as they explore all the weird and wonderful things French cars can offer whilst exercising their frothy mix of motor-based entertainment and light-hearted schoolboy xenophobia.

With Love (2021, S1, Amazon Original Comedy/Romance Series, all five episodes available)

Lily and Jorge Diaz are brother and sister who are both on a mission to find love and purpose and look out for each other as they do so. Over the course of 12 months and 5 different holiday periods they experience the highs and lows of life during some of the most heightened days of the year.

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
With Love S1 is on Amazon Prime Video UK in December 2021

19th December

The Town (2010, Crime, Thriller, Drama, R. Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Dir. Ben Affleck)

In Boston, the bank robbery capital of the US, a proficient group of thieves made up of life long friends, rob a bank and hold Claire, the assistant manager, hostage. Things begin to get complicated when one of the crew members falls in love with Claire and seeks her out after the heist, hoping she might help him move away from his criminal ways. But does that mean betraying his brothers in arms?

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
The Town is on Amazon Prime Video UK in December 2021

21st December

Being the Ricardos (2021, Drama, Biography, R. Amazon Original Film. Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, Nina Arianda, J.K. Simmons, Dir. + Scr. Aaron Sorkin)

As America’s darlings on the I Love Lucy show, real life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are threatened by shocking personal accusations, a political smear and cultural taboos during one critical production week of the groundbreaking sitcom. Can the couple, and their beloved show, survive this potentially devastating series of revelations?

Sing (2016, Animation, Comedy, Musical, PG. Voices: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Dirs Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet)

In a world of anthropomorphic animals, dapper koala Buster Moon is a hustling theatre owner and impresario. With mounting financial problems Buster decides to produce the world’s greatest singing competition, However, things go awry when the promotional fliers, which have a printing error showing two extra noughts added to the prize money of $1,000, are accidentally blown out of Buster's office into the city streets before they can be corrected.

Across its 108 minute running time, Sing features a total of 85 hits from the 1940s to 2016.

23rd December

The Big Short (2015, Comedy, Drama, True Life, R. Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Dir. Adam McKay)

When four financial outsiders see what the big banks, media and government refuse to, the global collapse of the economy, they have an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything to expose the corrupt and decrepit system that benefits only a few at the top.

Oscar winning The Big Short is based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and is directed by Adam McKay. It consists of three separate but concurrent stories, loosely connected by their actions in the years leading up to the 2007 housing market crash.

28th December

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021, Action, Comedy, Crime, R. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Dir. Patrick Hughes)

Bodyguard extraordinaire Michael Bryce is on a strict, medically-sanctioned ‘no-bodyguarding’ sabbatical after his run in with lethal hitman Darius Kincaid. In this midst of this calm, he is forced back into action by Darius’s even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid. Now as Bryce is driven over the edge by his two most dangerous protectees, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman.

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard was orginally titled The Law of Diminishing Returns... just kidding.

Premier League Fixtures

Arsenal v Wolves - 12.30pm
Southampton v Spurs - 3pm
Crystal Palace v Norwich City - 3pm
Watford v West Ham - 3pm
Leeds United v Aston Villa - 5.30pm
Leicester City v Liverpool - 8pm

29th December

Premier League Fixtures

Chelsea v Brighton - 7.30pm
Brentford v Man City - 8.15pm

30th December

Premier League Fixtures

Everton v Newcastle - 7.30pm
Man Utd v Burnley - 8.15pm

31st December

The Protégé (2021, Action, Crime, Thriller, R. Maggie Q, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Malahide, Dir. Martin Campbell)

Rescued as a child by the legendary hitman Moody, Anna learns about trust and survival and is trained by the man she now sees as a father figure to become a skilled assassin. But when Moody is brutally killed, Anna vows revenge. As she becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer Rembrandt, whose attraction to her goes way beyond cat and mouse, their confrontation turns deadly and the loose ends of a life spent killing weave themselves tighter and tigher.

Apple TV+

3rd December

Mariah's Christmas: The Magic Continues (2021, Apple TV + Seasonal Special Original)

After last year’s special, the Queen of Christmas returns with another festive musical outing and brings together Khalid and Kirk Franklin in a new holiday special to perform their new single, "Fall in Love at Christmas".

What's new on UK streaming services for December 2021
Mariah's Christmas: The Magic Continues is on Apple TV+ in December 2021

10th December

Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne (2021, TV Special, Apple TV+ Original Animation) - added 30-Nov-2021

After finding out her grandmother won't be visiting for Christmas and wondering whether it’s something to do with her, Lucy decides to cheer herself up by throwing the ultimate New Year's Eve party. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown tries to fulfill one of his resolutions before the clock strikes midnight.

After Apple acquired the streaming rights to the Peanuts holiday specials, including options for producing brand new ones, For Auld Lang Syne becomes Apple TV Plus’s first original Peanuts special and the first Peanuts special since 2011’s Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.

17th December

Swan Song (2021, Sci-Fi Drama, R. Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Glenn Close, Awkwafina, Dir. + Scr. Benjamin Cleary)

In the near future, when loving husband and father Cameron Turner is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he is presented with an experimental and controversial alternative solution to shield his wife and son from grief by replacing himself with a carbon copy clone.

Swan Song explores the nature of identity and how far we will go, and how much we’re willing to sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people we love.

So, that's it as far as Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+ go for UK subscribers. What do you think of the streaming services’s Christmas lineup so far? Let us know in the comments section what you may be looking forward to in particular.

We’ll keep the article updated when more content is announced, so make sure you come back to keep up to date.

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