What’s new on Netflix UK in October 2020 – all the shows and movies coming up

October sees a new batch of Unsolved Mysteries, a powerful new documentary from David Attenborough, the long-awaited The Haunting of Bly Manor, plus a new version of Rebecca

Stills from Netflix's Rebecca with Armie Hammer and Lily James

In a year where just about everything’s been in a state of flux, there’s one thing that we’ve been able to count on – that Netflix will continue to keep us entertained with a steady flow of new TV series and films. October is no different, bringing one of the streaming platform’s most exciting slates of 2020 so far.

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With Halloween on the horizon, there are some scary treats to look forward – with the much-anticipated series The Haunting of Bly Manor (loosely based on Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw) arriving towards the beginning of the month, while later prolific Netflix favourite Adam Sandler returns in Hubie Halloween.

There are a number of exciting new series set to make their debuts in October, with top picks including the first season of Lily Collins-starring drama Emily in Paris, the start of French drama La Révolution and a new limited series with Anya Taylor-Joy called The Queen’s Gambit.

We can also look forward to the release of David Attenborough: a Life on our Planet, a reflective piece from the much-loved broadcaster on climate change and the future of our world.

As for returning programmes, there’s no doubting the highlight: after capturing the attention of millions of viewers earlier this year – turning them into private investigators in the process – Unsolved Mysteries is back for another set of cases. What’s more, we can look forward to a third run of sci-fi spin-off Star Trek Discovery a day after it airs across the pond.

It’s also a bumper month for new original films, with a string of high-profile releases spread out throughout October. Highlights include Ben Wheatley’s take on Daphne DuMaurier’s classic novel Rebecca, Aaron Sorkin’s historical drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 and a new animated title called Over the Moon.

And that’s not even mentioning Mank – David Fincher’s new biopic about Citizen Kane co-writer Herman J Mankiewicz, which doesn’t have an official release date but is expected to arrive at some point in October, and new series Tiny Pretty Things and The One, also set to debut at an unknown date during the month.

Read on for our pick of the October list – and if you’re after September’s Netflix releases, we have that covered, too.

Thursday 1st October

The Aliens season 1 Channel 4 sci-fi drama from 2016 starring Michael Socha, Jim Howick and Michaela Coel

All Because of You (2020) After falling for a guest, an unsuspecting hotel staff becomes embroiled in a hostage scheme

Banana Russell T Davies’s Channel 4 comedy drama from 2015

Carmen Sandiego season 3 Third run for the animated kids’ series about the adventures of the titular thieving villain

Code Lyoko French animated kids’ series

Elsewhere (2020) Canadian comedy drama starring Aden Young, Parker Posey, Ken Jeong and Beau Bridges

Familiar Wife season 1 Romantic fantasy series from South Korea about the fates of a married couple who find themselves suddenly living very different lives

Food Wars season 2 Japanese teen anime series

Good Morning, Verônica season 1 New Brazilian crime series about a a police clerk who investigates two cases on her own after witnessing a suicide

Journey of an African Colony season 1 Docuseries delving into the untold stories and unsung heroes that paved Nigeria’s road to independence, based on the books by Olasupo Shasore

Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood season 1 German drama about brewer Curt Prank, who uses brutal tactics on his quest to build a beer hall in 1900 Munich

Pose season 2 The second season of Ryan Murphy’s drama set against the backdrop of ball culture in New York

White Teeth season 1 Channel 4 comedy series from 2002 based on Zadie Smith’s novel

Ya Me Voy (I’m Leaving Now) Documentary about an undocumented immigrant who plans to return to Mexico after 16 years

Plus older films arriving on, or returning to, the platform:

Adaptation. (2002)

The Addams Family (1991)

Addams Family Values (1993)

A.M.I. (2019)

Beyond the Mat (1999)

Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire (2019)

Case 39 (2008)

The Conjuring (2013)

Corpse Bride (2005)

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

Dennis the Menace (1993)

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

Friday the 13th (2009)

Gangster Squad (2012)

Generation Revolution (2016)

Gone Too Far! (2013)

House at the End of the Street (2012)

Hunger (2008)

Into the Storm (2014)

Kangaroo Jack (2003)

Labor Pains (2009)

The Last Tree (2019)

Life as We Know It (2010)

The Lucky One (2012)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

A Moving Image (2016)

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

Paranormal Activity: the Ghost Dimension (2015)

Problem Child (1990)

The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan 2: England Away (2013)

Rock On!! (2008)

Rocks (2019)

Selma (2014)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

Skyline (2010)

Super 8 (2011)

The Three Musketeers (2011)

Tucked (2018)

28 Days (2000)

The Ugly Truth (2009)

A United Kingdom (2016)

Vampire Academy (2014)

White Chicks (2004)

Zarafa (2012)

Friday 2nd October

A Chaster Marriage Turkish romantic comedy

A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween Seasonal special for the animated children’s show about the talking car

Dick Johnson Is Dead! Documentary about director Kirsten Johnson’s dad – who has dementia – staging different ways in which he could die

Emily in Paris season 1 Romcom series starring Lily Collins as an American who has just landed her dream job in Paris

Oloture (2019) Nigerian crime drama in which a journalist goes undercover as a prostitute to expose human trafficking

Song Exploder: How Music Gets Made volume 1 Documentary series based on the music podcast by Hrishikesh Hirway looking at the creative process behind music-making

Vampires vs the Bronx (2020) Comedy horror film about a group of teenagers who are forced to protect their neighbourhood when vampires invade

Saturday 3rd October

Good Game: the Beginning (2018) Turkish teen sports film

Sunday 4th October

David Attenborough: a Life on our Planet Powerful new documentary from the natural historian, looking back on his 94 years on Earth and sending a desperate appeal for help in securing its future

Sir David Attenborough in A Life On Our Planet on Netflix
Sir David Attenborough in A Life on Our Planet on Netflix
Netflix

Monday 5th October

Bad Boy Billionaires: India Docuseries exploring the greed, fraud and corruption that built up – and ultimately brought down – the country’s most notorious tycoons

Line of Duty season 5 The fifth series of the hit crime drama following AC-12 as they investigate “bent coppers” arrives on Netflix, having originally aired on BBC One in 2019

Tuesday 6th October

Inheritance (2020) Crime thriller starring Lily Collins and Simon Pegg

Wednesday 7th October

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol season 1 Korean romantic drama series

Hubie Halloween Adam Sandler returns for his latest original comedy film – this time providing his take on Halloween

The Rest of Us (2020) Four women must contend with their own grief, truths, flaws and secrets while ultimately deciding if the past will dictate their future

To the Lakes season 1 Russian sci-fi drama in which a group struggles to survive when plague strikes

Thursday 8th October

Bigflo & Oli: Hip Hop Frenzy Music documentary about the French rap duo

Desmond’s s1-6 Channel 4 sitcom set in a Peckham barber’s shop

Enterprice series 1 BBC comedy starring Kayode Ewumi and Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge

Now You See Me 2 (2016) Crime thriller sequel starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe and Morgan Freeman

Friday 9th October

Deaf U season 1 Brand-new reality series following a tight-knit group of deaf and hard-of-hearing students

The Haunting of Bly Manor Loosely adapted from Henry James’s classic ghost story The Turn of the Screw, this series follows 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House

The Forty-Year-Old Version Comedy film about a woman who is trying to find her true voice while working in the worlds of both hip-hop and theatre

Saturday 10th October

Start-Up season 1 Korean series, airing weekly, about a group of young people passionately pursuing their dreams in the world of start-up companies

Sunday 11th October

The Grinch (2018) Benedict Cumberbatch voices the curmudgeon who steals Christmas in this computer-animated take on the Dr Seuss classic

Tuesday 13th October

The Cabin with Bert Kreischer The US stand-up comic hosts a series that’s a blend of chat show and reality TV

I Am Vengeance: Retaliation (2020) Action film starring Stu Bennett, Vinnie Jones and Mark Griffin

Wednesday 14th October

BLACKPINK: Light up the Sky Documentary following the rise to stardom of the mega-successful K-Pop girl group BLACKPINK

The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo – Mexican true crime documentary about a mother’s quest to see her daughter’s murderer imprisoned

Thursday 15th October

Babylon (1980) Ground-breaking British film about contemporary black life in London

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (2020) Family film starring Tamara Smart, Oona Laurence and Tom Felton

The Bureau of Magical Things season 1 Australian fantasy series starring Kimie Tsukakoshi

Centurion (2009) Neil Marshall’s action thriller, with Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko

Matangi/Maya/MIA (2018) Documentary portrait of the British-Sri Lankan rapper

Social Distance Eight-part anthology series from the team behind Orange Is the New Black

Tattoo Fixers season 5 More ink disasters are corrected

Teachers season 1-4 Channel 4 comedy drama starring Andrew Lincoln

3 Non-Blondes seasons 1-2 Tameka Empson, Jocelyn Jee Esien and Ninia Benjamin star in this hidden-camera series

Time Is Illmatic (2014) Behind-the-scenes look at the making of Nas’s debut album

Friday 16th October

The Da Vinci Code (2006) Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou star in this thriller based on Dan Brown’s popular novel

Dream Home Makeovers season 1 Property renovation series

Grand Army season 1 Teen series about students at the largest public high school in Brooklyn taking on a chaotic world

La Révolution season 1 French-language drama set in 1787 and following the future inventor of the guillotine as he uncovers a disease that drives the aristocracy to murder commoners

Star Trek: Discovery Series three of the space spin-off arrives, with episodes dropping the day after the US airing

Star Trek: Discovery season 3
The crew of the Discovery in Star Trek Discovery (CBS)
CBS

The Trial of the Chicago 7 Aaron Sorkin’s new legal drama based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged for taking part in countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention

Trial Chicago Seven
The Trial of the Chicago Seven (Netflix)

Saturday 17th October

About Time (2013) Richard Curtis’s romantic comedy, with Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy

Game Night (2018) Black comedy, starring Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen and Sharon Horgan

Kick Ass 2 (2013) Second outing for teenage superheroes Kick-Ass and Hit Girl

Rampage (2018) Fantasy adventure, starring Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris

Ready Player One (2018) Steven Spielberg brings Ernest Cline’s hit sci-fi novel to life

Monday 19th October

Unsolved Mysteries volume 2 Another set of cold cases are explored in the second volume of the hit true-crime docuseries

Tuesday 20th October

Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2019) Canadian thriller

Wednesday 21st October

Brave Blue World: Racing to Solve Our Water Crisis Documentary examining the world’s water crisis, featuring Matt Damon, Liam Neeson and Jaden Smith

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman season 3 More interviews from the chat show king

Rebecca Lily James and Armie Hammer star in this new film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s iconic gothic thriller

Thursday 22nd October

The Alienist season 2 Return of the period crime drama The Alienist, starring Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans

Cadaver Norwegian horror film about a starving family who are lured to a strange play in which audience members mysteriously vanish, set in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster

You Me Her season 5 Fifth run for the romantic drama

Friday 23rd October

Apollo 13 (1995) Ron Howard’s fact-based drama about the ill-fated 1970 Apollo 13 mission to the moon, starring Tom Hanks

Barbarians season 1 German historical drama set during the battle of the Teutoburg Forest

The Bourne film franchise: The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Legacy (2012), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason (2004) Second film in the popular franchise

Over the Moon Animated original film about a bright young girl who builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary moon goddess

The Queen’s Gambit Limited series starring Anya Taylor-Joy as orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon, who struggles with addiction as she tries to become the greatest chess player in the world

Sunday 25th October

The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Thriller about a possessed teenager

Wednesday 28th October

Holidate (2020) Romantic comedy film starring Emma Roberts, in which two strangers agree to be each other’s platonic plus-ones all year long, only to develop real feelings for each other

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Friday 30th October

His House (2020) Film starring Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku and Matt Smith – a young refugee couple from war-torn South Suda struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town

Check out our lists of the best TV shows on Netflix and the best movies on Netflix, or see what else is on with our TV Guide. You can also get ahead and watch The Conjuring movies in order.