If you’d rather bunker down and stay in than face those early end-of-year parties, check out the streaming highlights for November.
The Crown S6 Part 1 (16th)
It’s the beginning of the end for Netflix’s luscious royal drama but not before it tackles the death of Princess Diana and the ensuing reckoning for the Queen. The first four episodes of the final season drops this month with the next six to follow in December.
Robbie Williams (8th)
We’re in the age of celebrity docos. On the one hand, they’re often fascinating insights into our culture and the figures that have had an outsized influence. On the other hand, it’s frightening to realise it’s been 25 years since some seminal moment – eeep, the passage of time and all that. Robbie Williams is the latest to get the supposed tell-all treatment, charting his rise as a teenager and the heady days of Take That through to his global superstardom and days in rehab.
The Killer (10th)
Director David Fincher is renowned for his tightly wound thrillers. While the film itself is not as suspenseful as Seven or Zodiac, the titular character certainly is. Michael Fassbender plays an assassin who starts hunting his employers after an assignment goes haywire.
Scott Pilgrim Takes Off (17th)
Yes, there’s more Scott Pilgrim coming your way, but in animated form! The series features almost the entire cast of Edgar Wright’s movie – Michael Cera, Chris Evans, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brie Larson, Aubrey Plaza and more – lending their voices to a show on which Wright serves as executive producer.
Seriously, have you seen the trailer to this Adam Sandler animated film? It looks so cute. Sandler voices an old lizard who’s spent decades in a classroom tank yearning for new adventures. He finds a whole new world outside when he’s taken home by a student, especially when they realise he can talk.
The Artful Dodger (29th)
Jack Dawkins, aka the Artful Dodger, wasn’t the hero of Oliver Twist but he was certain the liveliest character. In this continuation of the Dodger story which picks up on an insinuation in Charles Dickens’ book, the rascally grifter has been shipped off to Australia. A few years later, he’s living a respectful life but when a familiar face (Fagin!) shows up, Dodger is engulfed again in a life of shenanigans and capers. Filmed in Sydney, it stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster and David Thewlis.
Faraway Downs (26th)
Australia may not be Baz Luhrmann’s most beloved movie, but he’s determined to at least make it the longest. Luhrmann has recut the 2008 film starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman to extend it into a six-part miniseries. Apparently, there was that much extra footage lying around.
Quiz Lady (3rd)
How much trouble do you think the combination of Sandra Oh and Awkwafina can get up to? In this comedy, they play a pair of estranged sisters who must try and work together to pay off their mother’s gambling debts. The plan involves winning a long-running TV game show. It’s fun, and co-stars Jason Schwartzman, Holland Taylor and Will Ferrell.
A Murder at the End of the World (14th)
An isolated location, a reclusive billionaire, a pool of sketchy characters and a dead body. Oh, yes, it’s a whodunit. A Murder at the End of the World is created by the team behind The OA (Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij) so you know it’s going to be a bit off-kilter, and has a cast led by Emma Corrin, Harris Dickinson, Clive Owen and Jermaine Fowler.
Who better to get in the festive spirit than charisma bomb Hannah Waddingham? The actor, songstress and all-round goddess will host a Christmas special at the London Coliseum with mystery special guests.
Sure, love can be testing, but it’s not literally a test. Except in the world of Fingernails, where it is. Couples’ biometric data can now be used to calculate if both, either or none are really in love with each other, but how definitive is it? Anna (Jessie Buckley) and Ryan (Jeremy Allen White) may have scored 100 per cent but that’s challenged when Anna meets Amir (Riz Ahmed).
The Buccaneers (8th)
If you wanted to be reductive, you could describe The Buccaneers as a cross between Dickinson and Bridgerton, with a touch of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. Of course, it is its own thing, a sassy story taken from Edith Wharton’s unfinished novel about a group of American women arriving in 19th century London. There will be side-eyed judgment, love and lots and lots of gowns. The series stars Kristine Froseth, Alisha Boe and Christina Hendricks.
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Fargo S5 (22th)
It’s been three years between seasons for the spin-off anthology series from Noah Hawley but finally there will be more Fargo in our lives. This season, which still shares the same universe as previous stories including the 1996 movie, will feature Juno Temple as a woman whose mysterious past catches up with her after she comes up against the law. The cast also includes Jon Hamm, Jennifer Jason Leigh and the hairtastic Joe Keery.
The Curse (11th)
When you hear Nathan Fielder (The Rehearsal, Nathan for You) and Benny Safdie (Good Time, Uncut Gems) have teamed up for a new TV series, you know you’re in for a very cool if not very confusing time. You just have to go with it. The esoteric filmmakers have a track record of challenging and unique projects and The Curse, which they co-star in with Emma Stone, looks like it’ll fit right into their respective oeuvres. The show follows a couple trying for a baby while starring on a home reno show, when they’re cursed by a young girl.
NCIS: Sydney (10th)
Leaving aside, for the moment, the jurisdictional issues one would hope would arise from American navy cops running around Sydney Harbour, NCIS: Sydney is the first international edition of the long-running procedural franchise. No Jethro Gibbs but many shots of Sydney’s glistening water.
The Great British Bake Off S14 (14th)
Is there anything more delectable than the soothing, low-level fretting of contestants worried about whether their cakes are going to be undercooked. The most comforting show on Earth returns for its 14th season with new presenter Alison Hammond and returning favourites Noel Fielding, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
Orphan Black: Echoes (3rd)
A follow-up to the cult sci-fi series about clones, Orphan Black: Echoes features Krysten Ritter as a woman who knows she wasn’t born but printed, a genetically created experiment for someone’s maybe altruistic, maybe nefarious plans.
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007: Road to a Million (10th)
When Amazon bought MGM, the studios behind the official James Bond movies, it was going to want something fresh for its streaming platform. Hence, 007: Road to a Million, an Amazing Race-style quest competition in which teams complete challenges and answer tough questions to win a million pounds, which is actually a lot of money considering the current exchange rate of Australian dollars to the sterling. And if you’re missing Brian Cox bellowing at his on-screen Succession kids, here, he’s the host.