19 New Shows To Stream In October

Whether you’re after something to keep you company on your commute or a series to entertain you at home, a variety of new releases across Netflix, Now TV, Amazon and Apple TV are set to see you through the autumn.

Song Exploder, Netflix

Based on the acclaimed podcast of the same name, each episode of Song Exploder features some of the world's greatest musicians as they reveal how they brought one of their songs to life. The series weaves together in-depth interviews, archival footage, and raw recordings as each artist breaks down their song layer by layer, sharing intimate insight into the personal inspiration behind the music and lyrics. Featured artists include Alicia Keys, who breaks down ‘3 Hour Drive’ from her 2020 album Alicia; composer, lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, who delves into the creation of ‘Wait for It’ from Hamilton; and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers R.E.M., who open up about the influences behind ‘Losing My Religion’.

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Dick Johnson Is Dead, Netflix

A lifetime of making documentaries has convinced award-winning filmmaker Kirsten Johnson of the power of the real. But now she’s ready to use every escapist movie-making trick in the book – staging inventive and fantastical ways for her 86-year-old psychiatrist father to die while hoping that cinema might help her bend time, laugh at her pain and keep her father alive forever. The darkly funny and wildly imaginative Dick Johnson Is Dead is a love letter from a daughter to a father, creatively blending fact and fiction to create a celebratory exploration of how movies give us the tools to grapple with life’s profundity.

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David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, Netflix

Produced by award-winning wildlife filmmakers Silverback Films and global environmental organization WWF, this feature documentary tells the story of life on our planet by the man who has seen more of the natural world than any other. In more than 90 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Addressing the biggest challenges facing life on our planet, the film offers a powerful message of hope for future generations. 

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The Forty-Year-Old Version, Netflix

Radha, a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her last shot at success, she’s left with no choice but to reinvent herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime. The Forty-Year-Old Version follows Radha as she vacillates between the worlds of Hip Hop and theatre on a quest to find her true voice. A fresh addition to the New York City slice-of-life canon shot in lush black and white 35mm, Radha Blank’s film is an ode to the unfulfilled, and those whose adversity gives them a one-of-a-kind story to tell.

Available to watch 9th October

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Emily in Paris, Netflix

New from the creator of Sex & The City, Emily In Paris hit Netflix last weekend. After landing her dream job in Paris, Chicago marketing exec Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) embraces her adventurous new life while juggling work, friends and romance. With a supporting cast including Ashley Park, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold, Camille Razat, and Bruno Gouery, this fashion-focused drama looks primed to fill that Gossip Girl-shaped hole in your life. 

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Social Distance, Netflix

Set in the initial months of the Covid-19 pandemic, Social Distance is an eight-part anthology series that showcases the power of the human spirit in the face of uncertainty and isolation. Each standalone episode is told through a virtual lens and captures the unique emotional experience of being forced apart by circumstance and having no choice but to communicate remotely and rely on technology to maintain any sense of connection. Through these varied and deeply human stories, the series aims to provide some much-needed catharsis during a tumultuous time while also capturing a snapshot of this singular moment in history.

Available to watch 15th October

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Cadaver, Netflix

In the starving aftermath of a nuclear disaster, Leonora, Jacob and their daughter Alice are on the edge of survival. One day, the local hotel invites survivors to attend a theatre play, with a meal included, as a charitable effort to help those in need. Left with no choice, the family of three decide to go to the hotel, where the director, Mathias, introduces the entire hotel as the stage. Attendees are given masks to help separate them from actors, but the play takes an eerie turn when audience members start to disappear. The line between reality and theatre quickly gets blurred, until Alice disappears in front of Leo and Jacob, and there’s no longer room for doubt: something is very wrong with Mathias’ hotel. Perfect for anyone after a light fright in the lead up to Halloween.

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The Trial of the Chicago 7, Netflix

What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organisers of the protest – including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale – were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in US history. Directed by The Social Network’s Aaron Sorkin, this drama stars Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, Michael Keaton and tonnes more famous faces.

Available to watch 16th October 

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Holidate, Netflix

Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) hate the holidays. They constantly find themselves single, sitting at the kids table, or stuck with awkward dates. But when these two strangers meet one particularly bad Christmas, they make a pact to be each other’s ‘holidate’ for every festive occasion throughout the next year. With a mutual disdain for the holidays and assuring themselves that they have no romantic interest in the other, they make the perfect team. However, as a year of absurd celebrations come to an end, Sloane and Jackson find sharing everything they hate may just prove to be something they unexpectedly love.

Available to watch 28th October

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The Right Stuff, Disney+

The Right Stuff by National Geographic explores the incredible story of the early days of the US space program, based on the bestseller by Tom Wolfe. At the height of the Cold War, newly formed Nasa selects seven of the military’s best test pilots to become astronauts. Competing to be the first in space, these men achieve the extraordinary, inspiring the world to turn towards a new horizon of ambition and hope. The eight-episode show is based on Wolfe's 1979 book about the Mercury 7 astronauts, and stars Patrick J. Adams as John Glenn and Jack McDorman as Alan Shepard.

Available to watch 9th October

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On The Rocks, Apple TV

Acclaimed filmmaker Sofia Coppola brings a light touch to this blend of an exuberant love letter to New York, a generation-clash comedy about how we see relationships differently from our parents, and a funny celebration of the complications that bind modern families even as they tie us in knots. Laura (Rashida Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new co-worker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight: her charming, impulsive father Felix (Bill Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship.

Available to watch 23rd October

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Seberg, Now TV

In the late 1960s, French new wave actress and Breathless star Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) becomes the target of the FBI due to her support of the civil rights movement and her romantic involvement with Hakim Jamal – a Black Panther activist. She soon finds her life and career in jeopardy as the overreaching surveillance and harassment starts to take a toll on all she holds dear. This political thriller, which came out in cinemas last year, also follows an ambitious young agent played by Jack O’Connell, plus Anthony Mackie and Vince Vaughn.

Available to watch 11th October

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The Secret Garden, Now TV

This new film starring Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Dixie Egerickx will offer a fresh take on the beloved classic novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in England during a different time period of 1947 – rather than 1900 – the film follows young orphan Mary Lennox who, after being sent to live with her uncle at Misselthwaite Manor, discovers a magical garden on the grounds of his estate. But there are other, more frightening, secrets to uncover within the house itself, which she explores under the watchful eye of housekeeper Mrs Medlock and friendly maid, Martha.

Available to watch 23rd October

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The Lighthouse, Now TV

From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. A black and white sensation, The Lighthouse sees Robert Pattinson cement himself as one of the most interesting actors of his generation, and sees Willem Defoe give a truly unnerving performance.

Available to watch 25th October

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The Invisible Man, Now TV

Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in this terrifying modern tale of obsession. Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister, their childhood friend and his teenage daughter. But when Cecilia’s abusive ex commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Available to watch 30th October

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The Undoing, Now TV

Nicole Kidman reunites with Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelly for this drama, also starring Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland. Grace and Jonathan Fraser are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must now dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family.

Available to watch 26th October

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Brave New World, Now TV

Based on Aldous Huxley’s ground-breaking 1932 novel, Brave New World imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. Conditioned from birth at the Hatchery, residents of New London are assigned a letter of the Greek alphabet and relegated to predetermined life roles in accordance with expectations for their bio-engineered caste. As members of society's upper echelons and those on the marginalised fringes begin to question the so-called faultless rules of their reality, perfection gets flipped on its head. Jessica Brown Findlay and Demi Moore star.

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Catching a Serial Killer: Sam Little, Now TV

In this compelling true crime documentary, former prosecutor/investigative journalist Beth Karas follows Sam Little’s trail of terror. As she learns more about Little – a prolific US serial killer who confessed to murdering more than 90 women in 17 states – she hopes to figure out how he got away with murder for so long.

Available to watch 18th October

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Riviera – Season 3, Now TV

A year has passed since the explosive finale of last season. Georgina (Julia Stiles) has abandoned the Riviera, leaving all its devastation and damage behind, and has started her life over again. Now a rising star in international art restitution, having reinvented herself as Georgina Ryland, she has partnered up with the charismatic and charming Gabriel Hirsch (Rupert Graves). Georgina and Gabriel share a passion for justice, a keen sense of adventure, and an intoxicatingly notorious reputation, and together they scour the world for stolen works of art. Cut to Venice, where Gabriel confiscates an apparently random artefact from a corrupt art dealer and throws them both headlong into a dark and dangerous conspiracy.

Available to watch 15th October

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