What To Watch Online This Month

There are plenty of exciting TV shows and films to keep you entertained over the coming weeks. With a variety of new releases across Netflix, Now, Disney+ and Apple TV+, here’s what to add to your December watch list.
By Sherri Andrew /

Welcome to Chippendales, Disney+

This new series is based on the book Deadly Dance: The Chippendales Murders by K Scot Macdonald and Patrick MontesDeOca – a story about the group of male strippers who shot to fame in the 80s and the rise and fall of its founder, Somen ‘Steve’ Banerjee. Somen was an Indian immigrant who became the unlikely founder of the world’s greatest male-stripping empire – and let nothing stand in his way. Money, drugs, arson and murder were all a means to making millions of dollars, while thousands of women and fans cheered on – none the wiser – from the side of the stage. 

Available to watch now. 

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A Romantic Getaway, Now

Alison (Katherine Ryan) and Deacon (Romesh Ranganathan) are desperate to have a child. After countless IVF attempts, they are faced with the possibility it might not happen. Unable to afford more rounds and with mounting debts, the pressure on their relationship begins to show. Their solution? Steal. After defrauding their dodgy boss Alfie (Johnny Vegas) of £500k, the couple are sat in their car, buzzing with adrenaline. But after the buzz wears off, they must not only contend with the gruelling process of IVF, but also figure out how to use the money without getting caught…

Available to watch now. 

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The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker, Netflix

Kai Lawrence was a happy-go-lucky nomad who went viral back in 2013 after a video of him boasting about preventing a murder circulated online. He stopped a man from killing a woman after smashing him around the head with a hatchet. Kai was labelled a hero and became famous overnight, appearing on chat shows and receiving requests for music collaborations from popstars like Justin Bieber. However, just a few months later, he was on trial for the murder of a New Jersey state attorney, claiming it was self-defence. This series charts Kai’s bizarre overnight success followed by his swift downfall that resulted in imprisonment.

Available to watch now. 

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The Pale Blue Eye, Netflix

Based on the novel by Louis Bayard, The Pale Blue Eye is set in 1830s New York at the West Point military academy. With a star-studded cast including Christian Bale, Gillian Anderson, Timothy Spall, Toby Jones and Harry Melling, the story begins in the early hours of a grey winter morning when a cadet is found dead. After the body arrives at the morgue, tragedy becomes savagery when it’s discovered that the young man’s heart has been skilfully removed. Fearing irreparable damage to the fledgling military academy, its leaders turn to a local detective, Augustus Landor (Bale), to solve the murder. Blocked by the cadets’ code of silence, Landor enlists the help of one of their own to pursue the case, an eccentric cadet with a disdain for the military and a penchant for poetry – a young man named Edgar Allan Poe (Melling). 

Available to watch now. 

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Spector, Now

Spector is a new four-part documentary series about enigmatic, legendary music producer Phil Spector and what happened on the fateful night of 3rd February 2003 when actress Lana Clarkson was shot dead in his mansion. The series has been executive produced by Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man) and Oscar-winning director James Marsh (Man on Wire, The Night Of). In episode one, a chance encounter between Clarkson and Spector ends in the shooting that forever warps his legacy. The series then peels back the layers of one of Hollywood’s most tragic crimes to paint a more human portrait of Clarkson and the deeply disturbed man convicted of her murder.

Available to watch now. 

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The Last of Us, Now

This much-anticipated new drama takes place 20 years after modern civilisation has been destroyed. Starring Pedro Pascal (Game of ThronesThe Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (the actor who played kick-arse Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones), it’s based on the popular video game of the same name – but you don’t need to have played it to enjoy this dystopian thriller. A hardened survivor is hired to smuggle a 14-year-old girl out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heart-breaking journey, as they both must traverse the US and depend on each other for survival.

Available to watch now. 

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Truth Be Told, Series 3, Apple TV

Series three of the US drama Truth Be Told offers a glimpse into America’s obsession with true crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is put on a public stage. After investigating a string of unsolved murder cases, Poppy (Octavia Spencer) is frustrated by the lack of media attention for several young missing Black girls. She teams up with an unorthodox principal (Gabrielle Union) to keep the victims' names in the public eye while chasing down leads to a suspected sex trafficking ring that may have ensnared them.

Available to watch on 20th January.

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Extraordinary, Disney+

Extraordinary is set in a world where everyone develops a power on their 18th birthday – everyone, that is, except for Jen. She’s turning 25 and is still waiting to get hers. She’s not even fussy about what it could be. Super speed? Laser eyes? She’ll take them. Like a caterpillar surrounded by butterflies, Jen feels unable to move forward, stuck in a dead-end job in a party shop and occasionally hooking up with Luke, a flaky young man with the irritatingly cool ability to fly. Luckily, Jen has best friend Carrie to stop her from wallowing in her own self-pity. Together they share an east London flat with Carrie’s long-term boyfriend, Kash. Adrift in a big, confusing world and armed with nothing but a bit of hope and a lot of desperation, Jen begins her journey to find her superpower. 

Available to watch on 25th January.

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Shotgun Wedding, Amazon Prime

Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel play a happy couple who are moments away from tying the knot in front of all their friends and family on a luxury tropical island. As the ceremony approaches, the couple start to wonder if they are really meant to spend the rest of their lives together when the wedding party is taken hostage by criminals. Together, the bride and groom must work together to free their loved ones before they lose everything that is precious to them. 

Available to watch on 27th January.

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Shrinking, Apple TV

Shrinking is Apple’s new ten-episode comedy starring Jason Segel and written by Emmy-winning Ted Lasso co-creators Bill Lawrence and Brett Goldstein. Also starring Harrison Ford in one of his first major television roles, the show follows a grieving therapist (Segel) who starts to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks. Ignoring his training and ethics, he finds himself making huge, tumultuous changes to people’s lives – including his own.

Available to watch on 27th January.

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Pamela, A Love Story, Netflix

After the release of Pam & Tommy last year (starring Lily James and Sebastian Stan), actress and model Pamela Anderson finally tells her story in her own words. An intimate and humanising portrait of one of the world’s most famous bombshells, the film follows the trajectory of Pamela Anderson’s life and career from small-town girl to international sex symbol, actress, activist and mother. Discussing her rise to fame on 80s show Baywatch to her turbulent relationship with heavy metal singer Tommy Lee, Pamela discusses the highs and lows of her career, and what it’s like being one of the most famous women on the planet. 

Available to watch on 31st January.

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The Diplomat, Now

Sophie Rundle (Gentleman Jack, Peaky Blinders) plays Laura Simmonds, a career-driver diplomat stationed in Barcelona. With help from her friend Alba (Serena Manteghi) she fights to protect British nationals who find themselves in trouble in the Catalan city. Mixing the roles of lawyer, counsellor and detective, Laura and Alba's diplomatic skills are stretched to the limit by the stream of cases that walk through the Consul's doors. Their first case is the unexplained death of a young British barman working on a yacht in Barcelona's notorious marina. While the Spanish police believe that the death was a tragic accident, Laura supports the boy's grieving father, who is convinced something more sinister took place that night.

Available to watch on 1st February. 

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Dear Edward, Apple TV+

Based on the novel of the same name by Ann Napolitano, Dear Edward begins one summer morning when a flight is about to take off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 191 passengers on board: among them a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a Wall Street millionaire; an injured soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents with their teenage sons. When the plane suddenly crashes in a field in Colorado, the younger of these boys, 12-year-old Edward Adler, is the sole survivor. As Edward comes of age against the backdrop of sudden tragedy, he must confront some of life's most profound questions: how do we make the most of the time we are given? And what does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

Available to watch on 3rd February. 

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