The Crown, Netflix
As the 1970s draw to a close, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain's first female prime minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the royal family is becoming increasingly divided.
Available from 15th November
In Disney+’s holiday comedy Noelle, Kris Kringle’s daughter (played by Anna Kendrick) is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something important like her beloved brother Nick (Bill Hader), who will take over from their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away – but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.
Available from 27th November
Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta?, Netflix
Netflix’s newest true-crime series flies the viewer to South America to investigate one of Argentina’s most controversial criminal cases. In 2002, at the exclusive Carmel country club, Maria Marta was found dead in her bathtub. Her family told doctors who attended the scene it was an accident and police never bothered to visit. Then Maria’s step-brother pushed for an investigation and it came to light that five bullets had been found at the scene. Maria’s husband fell under suspicion, but could not be conclusively placed at the crime scene. As well as telling that story in full, the series explores a shortlist of possible alternative killers, inviting viewers to decide for themselves exactly what happened 18 years ago.
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We Are The Champions, Netflix
Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute in the American version of The Office) might just be the perfect narrator for this series-long exploration of the world’s most weird, ridiculous and occasionally dangerous sports. The first episode is given over to the lunacy that is the annual cheese rolling championships in Gloucestershire. Later episodes see masochistic contestants taking on the Carolina Reaper (aka the world’s hottest chilli) in the inaugural Pepper Eating Challenge, while New Orleans is the destination for a Fantasy Hair Competition that inspires some of the most OTT hairdos on the planet. Ohio hosts the world’s most prestigious yo-yo competition, while it turns out California is the epicentre of the global Frog Jumping scene.
Available from 17th November
Hillbilly Elegy, Netflix
Ron Howard, the Happy Days actor turned Oscar-winning director (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), is in the chair for this Netflix Original film. Based on the 2016 memoir of JD Vance, Hillbilly Elegy tells the story of three generations of his Appalachian family. Vance himself (Gabriel Basso) is an ex-Marine and Yale law student about to land his dream job when he’s forced back home by a family crisis. In trying to deal with his mother’s addiction, he’s reminded of the resilience of his grandmother and the film opens up to become a window onto a family story that spans three generations. Glenn Close and Amy Adams head up a starry cast.
Available from 24th November
Love & Anarchy, Netflix
This eight-part series features Sofie, a career-driven consultant and married mother of two. When Sofie gets an assignment to modernise an old publishing house, she meets young IT tech Max, and an unexpected flirting game begins. Sofie and Max secretly challenge each other to do things that question modern day life. It starts innocently enough, but as the game gets more and more daring the consequences grow beyond proportions.
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The Life Ahead, Netflix
In seaside Italy, a Holocaust survivor with a day care business, Madame Rosa (screen legend Sophia Loren), takes in 12-year-old street kid Momo, the boy who recently robbed her. Soon, the two loners become each other’s protectors, anchoring an unconventional family.
Available from 12th November
The Vow, Now TV
The first season of The Vow went big in the States over the summer and it has just been renewed for a second season. Happily, Sky has now picked the true-crime show up for UK audiences. For its nine-part debut season, the cameras are trained on NXIVM, an organisation that self-describes as a multi-level marketing company, but might be more widely recognised as a cult. Indeed, NXIVM’s leader Keith Raniere was eventually convicted of sex trafficking and conspiring to racketeer, among other crimes. The Vow tracks the work of the investigative journalists who helped build the case against Raniere and hears first hand from various former members, who listened to his promises of self-improvement then experienced the abuse he orchestrated.
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Voices of Fire, Netflix
Voices of Fire follows Pharrell Williams’ hometown community as it builds one of the world’s most inspiring gospel choirs. Pharrell’s uncle and a well-respected musical genius in the area, Bishop Ezekiel Williams and his core team of influential gospel leaders venture out into Hampton Roads to find undiscovered talent. With the belief that diverse backstories can give their collective voice a greater meaning, the bishop and his team search for people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds, to create the ultimate choral group.
Available from 20th November
Dolly Parton On The Square, Netflix
Super-rich Regina Fuller returns to her small hometown after her father’s death to evict everyone and sell the land to a mall developer – right before Christmas. However, after listening to stories of the local townsfolk, reconnecting with an old love, and accepting the guidance of an actual angel, Regina starts to have a change of heart. This is the story about family, love, and how a small town’s Christmas spirit can warm even the coldest of hearts. Starring Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski and Jenifer Lewis, and directed and choreographed by three-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner Debbie Allen, this much-needed feel-good film features 14 original songs with music and lyrics by Parton.
Available from 22nd November