Netflix UK October 2021: best new film, series and documentary releases - including You season three

From Musicals to horrors and comedy dramas, Netflix has everything covered for a night of binge-watching TV as the cold, dark nights begin

‘You’ will return for a third season, this October

Netflix has premiered some of TV gold in the past few weeks, from Sex Education season three to the final series of Money Heist.

As the dark nights creep in and Halloween falls upon us, the UK’s most popular streaming service has several new shows that provide all the horror and laughs we need.

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So, what is slated for release on Netflix during October 2021? This is all the original shows and films due to be released in the UK.

Maid - season 1

1 October

Maid tells the story of a single mother who overcomes adversity

Maid is a new 10-part series based on Stephanie Land’s  New York Times best-selling memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive.

It follows the story of single mother Alex, as she attempts to make ends meet by house cleaning. Alex overcomes an abusive relationship and faces homelessness, but she is determined to create a better life for her daughter, Maddy.

This series promises to be emotional, eye-opening and funny, while showcasing the inspiring and difficult determination of a mother.

The Guilty (2021)

1 October

Jake Gyllenhall stars in

This gripping film takes place in a single morning, as 911 emergency-service call handler Joe Baylor (Jack GGyllenhaal) attempts to save a caller from danger, in what first appears a routine case.

However, he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.

Diana: The Musical

1 October

The musical tells the story of the Princess of Wales’ life through music and lyrics

Diana: The Musical tells the life of diana through lyrics and dance, with lyrics by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro.

The landmark musical showcases Princess Diana of Wales’ extraordinary life, as one of the most beloved women of modern times.

On My Block (season 4)

4 October

On my Block is a coming-of -age comedy

On My Block is a coming of age comedy about a group of bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through high-school in the rough inner city. Season 4 finds our friends two years later, having gone their separate ways. When a secret is unburied, they quickly learn you can’t run from the past and they will need to stick together to survive.

Baking Impossible

October 6

This show pairs creative bakers and innovative engineers to produce one of a kind bakes

Baking Impossible is the latest baking show to test innovation, style, taste and… able to withstand engineering stress tests.

The new series partners bakers with engineers, whom they have never met before, in a bid to design and bake creations that are required to not only taste delicious, but also survive intense engineering stress tests.

Challenges include making an edible boat that floats, edible mini golf courses or an edible skyscraper that must withstand a simulated quake.

Pretty Smart (season 1)

October 8

Pretty Smart follows Harvard-grad Chelsea as she moves in with her happy-go-lucky sister and her flatmates

This 10-part series follows a Harvard-educated, aspiring noveling who, after being dumped by her boyfriend, resorts to moving in with her easy-go-lucky sister and her flatmates.

Starring Emily Osment as high-brow sister Chelsea, and Olivia Macklin as bubbly, carefree, not-so-intellectual West Coast sister, Claire, the series promises to be funny, thoughtful and easy watching.

The cast also includes Claire’s roommates - Grant (Gregg Sulkin), a distractingly handsome personal trainer, Solana (Cinthya Carmon), a former lawyer turned healer, and Jayden (Michael Hsu Rosen), a social media influencer.

The Babysitters club (season 2)

October 11

The babysitters club return for another series of juggling a growing business, friendships and all the other quirks of life

Following from season one’s success, the seven friends from Connecticut are back and welcoming a groin business, new relationships and important lessons about friendship, work and life.

Based on the best-selling book series by Ann M. Martin, The Baby-Sitters Club is a drama which follows seven friends - Kristy Thomas, Mary-Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer, Mallory Pike and Jessi Ramsey - as they found their own babysitting business in Stoneybrook.

Convergence: Courage in a Crisis

12 October

This feature length documentary follows the real-life heroes of the pandemic

In this pandemic documentary, English film director Orlando von Einsiedel tells the story of individuals across the globe.

While COVID-19 exacerbates vulnerabilities across the world, unsung heroes in all levels of society help the tide turn toward a brighter future.

Bright: Samuri Soul

12 October

This anime film is a spin-off of Bright directed by Kyōhei Ishiguro from a script by Michiko Yokote.

This anime film is a spin-off of Bright directed by Kyōhei Ishiguro from a script by Michiko Yokote.

A Rōnin samurai named Izo and an orc named Raiden, work together to bring a young elf and the powerful wand she wields to the land of the Northern Elves.

The film is based in the period between the fall of the Shogunate and the rise of the Meiji era, as

Izou, who has lost his reason to live, and Raiden, an orc who detests murder and hopes to leave a life of thievery behind, separately meet a young elf girl named Sonya, who poses a powerful wand.

Together, they go on a journey along the Tokaido road to bring her and the wand she holds safely to the land of the elves in the north. The wand must be protected in order to bring an end to the period of bloodshed.

Little Things (season 4)

October 15

In the final season of Little Things, Dhruv and Kavya grow together from young lovers to form a stronger, more mature relationship.

As the season progresses, they navigate questions around commitment, health, ambition and family, and in doing so, must be honest and intimate with each other and maintain the love they have for each other.

You (season 3)

October 15

Joe’s devotion to his role as a father and husband is tested when another woman turns his head

In Season 3, Joe and Love have moved to the balmy Northern California enclave of Madre Linda, where they’re surrounded by privileged tech entrepreneurs, judgemental mommy bloggers, and Insta-famous bio-hackers.

Now married and raising their kid, Joe  tells himself he is a committed husband and dad but the he meets the woman next door, could she be the real woman of his dreams?

Coupled with Love’s lethal impulsiveness, can they stick together despite tests on their relationship?

The Four of Us (2021)

October 15

After a four-week partner swap, two couples meet again in a remote beach house and discover that everything has changed.

Starring Paula Kalenberg as Maria, Jonas Nay as Nils, Nilam Farooq as Janina and Louis Nitsche as Ben, the couples must face the deeper truths of their relationships and determine whether their life choices and expectations can be put aside for love. In the end they must decide, who do they really love?

Karma’s World (season1)

October 15

Karma’s World is a children’s animated series about a middle-schooler with a passion for music and rap

This new Netflix animated children’s show follows Karma Grant, an aspiring musical artist and rapper with big talent and an even bigger heart.

The middle-schooler uses her raping talents to solve problems and pours her soul into songwriting, channelling her feelings into whip-smart rhymes with passion, courage and her signature brand of humour.

The series comprises of forty 11-minute long episodes, the show written by rapper Ludacris and Karma is inspired by his eldest daughter.

Stuck Together (2021)

October 20

Seven French families as ‘stuck together’ in this exploration of how neighbours supported one another in the pandemic

This French Netflix-orignal movie tells the story of seven fictional families living in Paris at the beginning of the Covid pandemic.

The neighbours of apartment building at 8, Rue de l’Humanite didn’t escape to the countryside at the arrival of the coronavirus and must stick together in order to make it throught the initial lockdown.

The film stars actors Some of the actors Yvan Attal ("Seberg"), François Damiens ("Heartbreaker"), Laurence Arné ("The Perfect Date"), Liliane Rovère ("Call My Agent!"), Elie Semoun ("Ducobu 3"), and Jorge Calvo ("The Man Who Killed Don Quixote").

Night Teeth (2021)

October 20

When a student is lured into a world blood thirsty vampires, he must fight to survive

This horror is released just in time for Halloween, as a student attempts to earn some quick cash as a chauffeur, but nothing is as it seems.

Benny (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.) picks up two mysterious young women (Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry) and drives them across Los Angeles, as they enjoy a night of partying.

However, he is taken captive by his clients’ charm and soon learns that his passengers have their own plans for him, an insatiable thirst for blood.

Benny is thrust into a clandestine war in the centre of the city of Angels, as rival tribes of vampires and the protectors of the human world fight against one another.

Found (2021)

October 20

In Amanda Lipitz’s documentary film, Found, three adopted American teenage girls - Lily, Sadie and Chloe - discover that they are blood-related cousins. Their online meeting inspires the young women to confront complicated and emotional questions, and embark on a once in a lifetime journey to China together in search of answers, connections, and their lost history.

Inside Job

22 October

Inside Job is an adult animated comedy about anti-social tech genius Reagan Ridley (Lizzy Caplan), who works at Cognito Inc. where a dysfunctional team coin up the world’s conspiracies.

From convoluted coverups to secret societies to masked orgy etiquette, navigating office culture at Cognito Inc. can be tricky, as she’s seen as the odd one out for believing the world could be a better place.

Reagan thinks she can make a difference, if only she could achieve a promotion in a company full of unhinged coworkers.

Luis Miguel: the series (season 3)

28 October

Diego Boneta stars as Luis Miguel

Featuring new characters, the third and final season of Luis Miguel: The Series follows Luis Miguel (Diego Boneta) along two timelines — in one, he seeks to bolster his career in the English-speaking markets, and in the other, he faces new challenges that threaten all he has worked for.

Army of Thieves (2021)

October 29

Guz Khan, Matthais Schweigh and Stuart Martin star in this comedy drama

Army of Thieves is a prequel to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, where small-town bank teller Dieter (Matthais Schweigh) is drawn into a dark adventure of Interpol’s most wanted criminals.

He is recruited by a mysterious woman who sends him on an adventure of attempting to heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe.

Colin in Black and White (season 1)

October 29

Colin in Black and White is a docu-drama, revisiting the hurdles Colin Kaepernick overcame as a Black in a white family

American civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick co-created this series in which he tells the story of his coming of age as a black child adopted into a white family.

The six-part docu-drama, co-directed by Ava DuVernay, looks back at the obstacles he faced before reaching the highest levels of American football as an NFL quarterback and becoming a cultural icon and activist.

Colin in Black & White stars Jaden Michael as Young Colin, Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker as his well-meaning parents Rick and Teresa; and Colin Kaepernick himself, who appears as the present-day narrator of his own story.