What To Watch Online This Month
Your Christmas or Mine?, Prime Video
Students Hayley and James are young and in love. After saying goodbye for Christmas at a London train station, they both make the same mad split-second decision to swap trains and surprise each other. Passing each other in the station, they are completely unaware that they have just swapped Christmases. Stars Sex Education’s Asa Butterfield, Cora Kirk, Daniel Mays and Angela Griffin.
My Unorthodox Life – Series 2, Netflix
After fleeing her ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, Julia Haart inspired millions around the world with her story of liberation, instantly becoming a spearhead for the modern women’s movement. In this second season of My Unorthodox Life, Julia is forced to navigate another avalanche of personal and professional challenges. When she and her husband surprise the world with a blindsiding removal as CEO – followed by filing for a divorce – Julia is left to battle for control of her business empire, which quickly turns contentious.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Netflix
Emma Corrin’s newest role is the infamous Lady Chatterley. Marrying Sir Clifford Chatterley, Connie’s life of wealth and privilege seems set as she takes the title of Lady Chatterley. Yet this idealistic union gradually becomes an incarceration when Clifford returns from WWI with injuries that have left him unable to walk. When she meets and falls for Oliver Mellors, the gamekeeper on the Chatterley family estate, their secret trysts lead her to a sensual, sexual awakening. But as their affair becomes the subject of local gossip, Connie faces a life-altering decision: follow her heart or return to her husband and endure what Edwardian society expects of her.
Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) and award-winning, stop-motion legend Mark Gustafson have reimagined the classic Carlo Collodi tale of the fabled wooden boy with a whimsical tour de force that finds Pinocchio on an enchanted adventure that transcends worlds and reveals the life-giving power of love. Great for adults and children.
Who Killed Santa?, Netflix
Murder in Successville’s senior detective Terry Seattle (Will Arnett) is back, and this time the case is critical. Along with his two celebrity guest stars, Jason Bateman and Maya Rudolph, he’s on a mission to figure out who killed Santa. But here’s the catch: Bateman and Rudolph aren't being given the script. They have no idea what’s about to happen to them. Together with Terry (and many surprises), they will have to improvise their way through the case... but it will be up to both of them to name the killer.
Emily In Paris – Series 3, Netflix
One year after moving from Chicago to Paris for her dream job, Emily (Lily Collins) finds herself at a crucial crossroads in every aspect of her life. Faced with two very different paths, Emily will have to decide exactly where her loyalties lie – at work and in her romantic life – and what those decisions mean for her future in France, all while continuing to immerse herself in the adventures and surprising twists and turns that life in Paris provides.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Netflix
In the follow-up to Rian Johnson's Knives Out, Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colourful suspects. Tech billionaire Miles Bron invites his friends for a getaway on his private Greek island. Then someone turns up dead. Also stars Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr, Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista.
Trained and groomed by MI6, Adam Lawrence’s career seems set. But when the past catches up with him in the form of Kara, a Russian spy with whom he shares a complicated past, he is forced to question everything and everyone in his life. A triangular relationship forms between Kara, Adam and his wife, Maddy; three people who are trying to expose each other’s secrets, navigate political and diplomatic relationships, all while hanging onto their personal lives, and those they love most.
Idina Menzel: Which Way To The Stage?, Disney+
Beloved Tony award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel’s many triumphs include iconic Broadway roles in productions of Rent and Wicked as well as the legendary voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen. Yet, one dream goal has evaded her grasp: to headline a concert at the world-famous Madison Square Garden in her hometown of New York. In Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage?, filmmaker Anne McCabe follows Menzel on a national tour over the course of 16 shows as she juggles the challenges of being a working mum with a gruelling travel schedule, all while preparing finally to realise her dream.
The Unofficial Science of Home Alone, Now
Comedians James Acaster, Guz Khan and Alex Brooker have all been obsessed with the classic 1990 comedy Home Alone since they were kids. But there’s one big burning question that all Home Alone fans need answering: would Harry and Marv survive those traps in real life? Guz and James will be stepping into the shoes of the Wet Bandits and will be assisted by an engineer as they build their own versions of some of the most memorable boobytraps from the film such as ‘The Blowtorch to the Head’ and ‘The Swinging Paint Can’. They’ll find out what damage they would do in real life, figure out how science can help them survive the traps, then use what they’ve learned to take on the stunts themselves as they attempt to catch their very own Kevin McAllister.
I Hate Suzie Too, Now
This month sees the return of child star turned actress Suzie Pickles (Billie Piper). Suzie has a new agent, new PR and a new job – dancing for likes on Dance Crazee, a reality TV competition that has the audience hooked. Having lost everyone that matters to her, Suzie returns to her first love – the public. In this three-part anti-Christmas special, Suzie fights to regain the love of the British public while her personal life spirals out of control. Will she win their hearts and votes, and restore her reputation? And at what cost?
White Noise, Netflix
Based on the novel by Don DeLillo, White Noise stars Oscar nominees Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig and Don Cheadle. A Noah Baumbach film, it will land on Netflix on 30th December. At once hilarious and horrifying, White Noise dramatises a contemporary American family's attempts to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world.
Emancipation, Apple TV+
Apple’s big Christmas release is Emancipation – directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) and starring Will Smith (King Richard, Ali). It tells the triumphant story of Peter, a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom. The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of ‘Whipped Peter’, taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper’s Weekly. One image, known as ‘The Scourged Back’, ultimately contributed to growing public opposition to slavery. The film will premiere globally on 9th December.
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