Prepping your epic list of entertainment for the (usually) boring but cosy festive period? Netflix has been on fire this year, and they haven’t let their standards drop for the final month of the year. From drama-filled series to brand new, heart-warming and hard-hitting movies, here’s everything worth a watch this December on Netflix UK.
Troll, December 1
An epic Norwegian action-adventure film from Roar Uthaug, who directed Tomb Raider and The Wave, Troll is the first of many movies rolling onto Netflix this month. Deep inside the mountain of Dovre, something gigantic awakens after being trapped for a thousand years. Destroying everything in its path, the creature is fast approaching the capital of Norway. But how do you stop something you thought only existed in Norwegian folklore? Watch it from December 1st.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, December 2
Marrying Sir Clifford Chatterley, Connie’s life of wealth and privilege seems set as she takes the title of Lady Chatterley (played by Emma Corrin). Yet this idealistic union gradually becomes an incarceration when Clifford returns from the First World War with injuries that have left him unable to walk. When she meets and falls for Oliver Mellors (Jack O’Connell), 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. Watch it from December 2nd.
I Hate Christmas, December 7
The first of many Christmas films and television series to arrive on Netflix this month, this one is a little different… A classic festive rom-com is what some of us need as we curl up with a blanket and hot chocolate on the sofa. Pilar Fogliati stars in Netflix’s first Italian Christmas series, a comedy about a young woman looking for love. The question how can someone possibly hate Christmas? Stream it from December 7th.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, December 9
Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro and award winning, stop-motion legend Mark Gustafson reimagine 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. With Guillermo del Toro at the helm we’re expecting a spooky twist on the original, having directed the likes of Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone and Hell Boy. Watch it from December 9th.
Who Killed Santa? A Murderville Murder Mystery, December 15
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 is on a mission to figure out…who killed Santa? But here’s the catch: Jason Bateman and Maya Rudolph aren’t being given the script. They have no idea what’s about to happen to them. Together, with Terry Seattle (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. Watch it from December 15th.
A Storm for Christmas, December 16
December 2022. A group of people arrive at Oslo airport. Some to welcome their loved ones, some to travel home to their families, and some to fly away and escape Christmas. But in one way or another, their Christmas mission goes awry. They are all stranded at the airport and the clock is ticking – only 24 hours til Christmas – so what do they do? In real life, I don’t wish this kind of festive drama on anybody. Watch it on December 16th.
The Recruit, December 16
New Netflix series The Recruit centres around Owen Hendricks (Noah Centineo), a young CIA lawyer whose first week on the job turns upside down when he discovers a threatening letter by former asset Max Meladze (Laura Haddock), who plans to expose the agency unless they exonerate her of a serious crime. Owen quickly becomes entangled in a dangerous and often absurd world of power politics and mischievous players, as he travels the world in hopes of completing his assignment and making a mark at the CIA. Watch it from December 16th.
Emily in Paris (S3), December 21
Netflix’s marmite Emily in Paris is back for ‘amour’, with more berets, love triangles and work dramas to laugh, cry and cringe at. In true Patricia Fields style (the original stylist for Sex and the City, as fashionistas will know already), fans can expect plenty of gorgeous outfits, light-hearted comedy and beautiful Paris scenes. 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. Find out what she decides on December 21.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, December 23
Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) returns to peel back the layers in a new Rian Johnson whodunit. This fresh adventure finds the intrepid detective at a lavish private estate on a Greek island, but how and why he comes to be there is only the first of many puzzles. Blanc soon meets a distinctly disparate group of friends gathering at the invitation of billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) for their yearly reunion. Among those on the guest list are Miles’ former business partner Andi Brand (Janelle Monáe), current Connecticut governor Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn), cutting-edge scientist Lionel Toussaint, fashion designer and former model Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson) and her conscientious assistant Peg, and influencer Duke Cody and his sidekick girlfriend Whiskey. As in all the best murder mysteries, each character harbours their own secrets, lies and motivations. When someone turns up dead, everyone is a suspect. Find out who dunnit from December 23rd.
Other Netflix UK highlights this December:
- Sr, December 2
- The Most Beautiful Flower, December 7
- Cook At All Costs, December 16
- Treason, December 26