Netflix UK releases in December 2021 – new movies and TV shows
Last Christmas Netflix brought us something for everyone, from the first season of Bridgerton and the musical The Prom, to the famous Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the latest on-screen performance by the late Chadwick Boseman.
Equally rich and varied is this year’s December roster, from Jane Campion’s upcoming Oscar nominee The Power of the Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a brutal cowboy, to Sandra Bullock’s The Unforgivable and the highly anticipated Don’t Look Up, the disaster movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio.
There’s also the long-awaited second season of The Witcher, the fantasy adaptation starring Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan, plus an all-new heartwarming festive dish including Single All the Way.
And if that’s not enough, you can ring in the New Year with the upcoming psychological thriller The Lost Daughter, adapted from the book of the same name by Elena Ferrante, and directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Read on for our pick from the December roster – and if you’re looking for November Netflix releases including A Boy Called Christmas and Aardman’s Robin Robin, we’ve got that covered as well.
Wednesday 1 December
The power of the dog Jane Campion’s first feature film in years is already being hailed as an Oscar nominee for next year. Starring Kirsten Dunst and Benedict Cumberbatch, it’s a brutal and radical story about the Old West.
This way up Irish comedian Aisling Bea plays an English teacher who comes out of a short stay in a mental health facility at the start of the series.
Lost in Space season 3 The Robinson family return for their third and final outing, but the dangers of deep space surround them.
JoJo’s bizarre adventure season 5 Over time, the Joestar family battles supernatural villains.
I am Belmaya A documentary on the titular Belmaya, a young Dalit woman from Nepal, who decides to embark on the cinema.
Green snake A Netflix original, this film follows Xiao Qing, who sets out on a quest to save his sister and finds himself in a dystopian city.
Constantine Based on the Hellblazer comic book, this film takes place in a supernatural world and follows a private investigator.
Executive decision This thriller sees commandos using an experimental aircraft to try to thwart a terrorist attack in Washington DC.
The end of the journey A 40-year-old mother suffers from empty nest syndrome.
Thursday 2 December
Single until the end Singleton Peter (Michael Urie) dreads going home for the holidays and facing his family’s judgment of being single, so he brings his best friend – with surprising results.
coyotes An original Netflix series, which follows a group of kids at summer camp whose lives change when they stumble upon diamonds in the nearby woods.
#ABTalks Anas Bukhash hosts a YouTube series featuring brutally honest conversations with top stars.
Rain or sun After a building collapses, two survivors find comfort and meaning in each other’s company.
All the truth A creepy new original film about two siblings who set off a series of horrific events.
Friday 3 December
Money Heist Series 5b The hit drama followed by a group of thieves determined to empty the coffers of the Royal Mint of Spain returns. One of theirs is dead, and the enemy still roams the Bank of Spain, wounded but still just as dangerous.
Colton Exit Bachelor star Colton Underwood speaks openly about his identity as a gay man in this moving new documentary.
Exploring the Snow – The Last Volume This festive documentary about the wonders – and dangers – of snow-capped landscapes follows a group of snowmobilers through Romania, Sweden and beyond.
Kilimanjaro: Going for Broke Four disabled climbers set out to climb the famous summit.
King George VI: The Man Behind The King’s Speech A historical documentary exploring the real story behind the Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech.
Saturday 4 December
The True North The poignant story of a young boy wrongly imprisoned in a labor camp.
Monday 6 December
Our beloved summer When a decade-old documentary about two high school sweethearts unexpectedly goes viral, the exes find themselves in front of the camera in this sweet South Korean series, starring Choi Woo-shik from Parasite.
David and the Elves A festive family original following a cynical elf who must rediscover the true meaning of the end of the year celebrations.
See One for moviegoers, this is a visual essay series celebrating the best in cinema.
Tuesday, December 7
Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo) The comedian’s first Netflix comedy special explores “Karens,” the lockdown and more.
Wednesday 8 December
Titans season 3 Former Batman sidekick Robin emerges from the shadows of Gotham City to lead a new group of heroes.
Carolin Kebekus: The Last Christmas Special This Netflix original comedy special explores the many quirks and contradictions of the holiday season.
Thursday, December 9
Shaman king An original animated series, following Yoh Asakura as he competes in an age-old contest to become The Shaman King.
Friday December 10
The unforgivable An original film starring Sandra Bullock as a convicted murderer recently released from prison and determined to find her sister.
How to ruin Christmas season 2 Tumi returns hoping to make things right after ruining her sister’s Christmas wedding.
Aranyak Mismatched cops must work together in the wake of a seemingly intractable murder.
Glow Up season 2 Makeup artists compete to create the most original beauty looks.
Still out of my league Teenage Marta (Ludovica Francesconi) suffers from a fatal illness, but her positivity shines through, especially when it comes to her search for love.
Anonymously yours Vale and Alex embark on an exclusively digital relationship, without realizing that they already know each other.
Saturday 11 December
Bad boys for life A Miami cop’s retirement plan is compromised when his partner is targeted by a drug cartel.
The hungry and the hairy South Korea’s answer to The Hairy Bikers, friends Rain and Ro Hong-chul tour Korea on motorbikes and sample the country’s best food.
Tuesday 14 December
Season 4 Family Bonus A Swedish comedy drama about a blended family.
Newspaper of the future A brand new Netflix reality show, in which contestants receive a diary with their own love story.
Wednesday 15 December
Superstore season 6 America Ferrera and Ben Feldman return to the Cloud 9 hypermarket in the sixth and final season of the popular comedy show.
God’s hand Set in Naples, Italy in the 1980s, this original film follows an aspiring young filmmaker.
Twinkled A film about the rise of three sisters as a Motown girl group in the 1960s.
Thursday, December 16
Salisbury poisonings Anne-Marie Duff and Rafe Spall star in a three-part drama about the actual Skripal incident.
Aggretsuko season 4 The fourth installment of the Japanese comedy series.
A Californian Christmas: the city lights A year after the original, Callie and Joseph leave home for new adventures – and there’s the faint sound of wedding bells…
Friday 17th December
The witcher season 2 The highly anticipated second installment of the fantasy adaptation, starring Superman’s Henry Cavill as the dreaded Geralt of Rivia.
Decoupled A mismatched married couple face their impending divorce in this Netflix original.
5 seconds of summer: so perfect A new documentary following the tour of the boy band 5 Seconds of Summer.
Monday, December 20
Elite Short Stories: Samuel Omar The latest in a series of short preludes to the upcoming Elite season.
Tuesday, December 21
Grumpy Christmas A family Christmas trip to the beach turns sour as family members fight for control of the vacation.
Wednesday 22 December
Emily in Paris season 2 The Marmite TV series follows Chicago-based marketing director Emily, who moved to Paris in the first season.
Friday 24 December
Do not seek This star-studded original disaster film stars Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, and Ariana Grande in its ensemble cast.
Minnal Murali An Indian superhero movie in Malayalam about a tailor who gains unexpected powers.
1,000 Christmas Miles An upcoming Spanish Netflix movie about a curmudgeonly listener heading to a small town for Christmas.
Friday December 31
The lost girl Olivia Colman (The Crown, The Favorite) stars in this captivating original film about a woman on vacation who becomes obsessed with a young mother.
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