What’s new on Netflix UK in August 2021 – all the shows and movies coming up

Whether you're after some action from Jason Momoa or light-hearted laughs from The Kissing Booth 3, here's everything you can expect to arrive on Netflix this August.

Sweet Girl

August TV may be dominated by the likes of the Olympics 2021 and Love Island, but there’s plenty new coming to Netflix for an escape from all the sport and sun-soaked singletons.

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From Jason Momoa revenge thriller Sweet Girl to the slightly more light-hearted The Kissing Booth 3, it’s once again a strong month for Netflix Originals – with the streaming service also boasting Sandra Oh university comedy-drama The Chair and political thriller Beckett.

However, there’s plenty of past critical hits coming to the streamer also, – with Downton Abbey 2 soon coming to cinemas subscribers can now enjoy all six series of the prestigious ITV drama once more, while beloved adaptation Paddington and zany sequel The Lego Movie: Part 2 can keep the children (and adults!) entertained over the summer holidays.

Read on for all our picks of Netflix’s August releases – and you can always catch up on the July releases too!

Sunday 1st August

Ackley Bridge season 3 Hit Channel 4 drama about the merging of two schools in a Yorkshire town with a largely divided white and Asian community

Deputy Head Martin Evershed (Robert James-Collier) and Director of behaviour Sue Carp (Charlie Hardwick)

The Addams Family (1991) Name a more iconic family than the Addams in the genre of black comedy…we’ll wait

Black Mass (2015) Biographical crime drama film based on a true story of a criminal turned informant taking down the Mafia

Chaos (2006) Action thriller starring Jason Statham and Ryan Phillippe as mismatched cops pursuing an accomplished bank robber

Creed (2015) Boxing spin-off of the Rocky Franchise, where Mr Balboa himself coaches Adonis, the son of his late friend and former rival

Darwin’s Game season 1 Japanese anime series following a teenager who opens an app that starts a brutal fight for survival

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) John Hughes’s directorial classic, starring Matthew Broderick as Ferris, a young man skiving off with his mates

The Firm (1993) Tom Cruise stars as Mitch, a fresh-faced law graduate joining a revered law firm with a dark side

Ghostbusters (2016) Reboot of the 1984 favourite shows a long-awaited all female main cast, faced with ghostly invasion of Manhattan

Gosford Park (2001) Black comedy written by Julian Fellowes about a murder that takes place at a 1930s hunting resort

The Hitman’s Apprentice (2012) British crime comedy starring Tim Roth and Jack O’Connell

I Missed You: Director’s Cut (2021) Romance in which a woman reconnects with the two people she blocked on social media

Jackass 3D (2010) High-speed cameras capture the cast and their antics in this adult comedy

Masha and the Bear season 4 Russian children’s animated series about a little girl and her caring bear friend

Munich (2005) Five men are chosen to take revenge on the ones responsible for the Munich massacre at the ’72 Olympics in this action thriller

Once (2006) Love is in the air in this musical drama starring a pair who fall in love through their shared passion of song

Primal Fear (1996) Thriller involving the Catholic church where an altar boy has been accused of killing a priest

RockNRolla (2008) The UK capital’s criminal underbelly wants in on loot that’s worth millions in this action film written and directed by Guy Ritchie

Solomon Kane (2009) Action-adventure movie based on the pulp magazine character of the same name

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter partner with Tim Burton once again for this adaptation of the slasher musical

Time and Tide (2000) Hong Kong action film following an uneasy alliance between a mercenary and a bodyguard

Tommy (1975) Losing his father causes protagonist Tommy to lose three of his senses. This satirical family drama charts his success as a pinball player, reaching heights of fame and fortune

Wild Oats (2016) Comedy starring Shirley MacLaine as a woman who is mistakenly given millions in a life insurance cheque

World Trade Center (2006) Oliver Stone docudrama starring Nicolas Cage based on the experiences of police officers during the September 11th attacks

Young Guns II (1990) Western sequel starring Kiefer Sutherland and Emilio Estevez documenting the later years of Billy the Kid

Monday 2nd August

The Mule (2018) Crime drama written by and starring Clint Eastwood, following a 90-year-old Korean War veteran turned drug smuggler

Tuesday 3rd August

The Hole (2001) British psychological thriller about four teenagers at a private school who explore an underground bomb shelter

Ije: the Journey (2010) Nigerian drama about a young woman accused of murdering three people in Los Angeles

Pray Away (2021) Documentary following the survivors and former leaders of conversion therapy produced by Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum

’71 (2014) Historical action thriller following a British soldier inadvertently abandoned on the streets of Belfast during The Troubles

Shiny_Flakes: the Teenage Drug Lord (2021) Documentary about the teenager who ran a drug empire from his childhood bedroom who inspired Netflix’s How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

Wednesday 4th August

Aftermath (2021) Horror about a couple on the brink of breaking up who are offered a luxury home with a questionable past

Car Masters; Rust to Riches season 3 The reality show returns, with Gotham Garage overhaul more classic cars and tired trucks

Cocaine Cowboys: the Kings of Miami Docuseries telling the true story about two high school dropouts who became the most powerful drug kingpins in Miami

Control Z season 2 Mexican teen drama about a hacker that reveals the secrets of numerous students at school

Cooking with Paris season 1 Reality star Paris Hilton launches her own cooking show

Inventing David Geffen (2012) PBS documentary from its American Masters series chronicling achievements of record executive and film producer David Geffen

Friday 6th August

Hit & Run season 1 Thriller series from Israel following a man looking for answers after his wife is killed in a hit and run

The Mustang (2019) Drama following a violent prisoner who enters a rehabilitation program training wild mustangs

Navarasa season 1 Anthology series exploring Indian aesthetic theory

The Swarm (2020) French horror about a woman who develops an obsessive relationship with her grasshoppers who soon develop a taste for blood

Vivo (2021) Sony Pictures Animation featuring the songs and voice of Lin Manuel Miranda

Saturday 7th August

Paddington (2014) Live-action film based on the iconic bear that has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike

Paddington

Takizawa Kabuki ZERO 2020 the Movie (2021) A movie adaptation of annual stage production Takizawa Kabuki

Sunday 8th August

Vendetta (2013) Danny Dyer action thriller about a special ops officer hunting down a gang who slaughtered his parents

Tuesday 10th August

Gabby’s Dollhouse season 2 Animated children’s show following five cats who live in a magical dollhouse

Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang Stand-up special

Untold: Malice in the Palace (2021) Docuseries examining pivotal moments in sporting history

Wednesday 11th August

Asphalt Goddess (2020) A rock star returns to her slum hometown in this Spanish musical

Bake Squad season 1 Reality cooking series in which star bakers compete to have their dessert served at a client’s special occasion

The Kissing Booth 3 (2021) Elle has to choose between the Flynn brothers one last time in this much-anticipated threequel – will she go to Harvard with boyfriend Noah or Berkeley with best friend Lee?

Thursday 12th August

AlRawabi School for Girls season 1 High school series following bullied students who plot revenge against their tormentors

Don’t Let Go (2019) Sci-fi horror starring David Oyelowo as a man who starts receiving phone calls from his dead niece

Lokillo: Nothing’s the Same (2020) Stand-up special starring the Colombian comedian

Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild (2021) Anime movie based on the hit Capcom video game following a young hunter who fights to save his village from a dragon

Riverdale season 5 Archie and the gang return in the latest round of episodes

Archie (KJ Apa) in Riverdale
Archie (KJ Apa) in Riverdale (Netflix)
The CW

Friday 13th August

Beckett (2021) Thriller starring John David Washington stars as an American tourist who becomes embroiled in a dangerous political conspiracy while holidaying in Greece

Brand New Cherry Flavor season 1 Horror drama about an aspiring film director who goes on a mind-altering journey in 1990s Los Angeles

Fast & Furious Spy Racers season 5 Animated spin-off of the mega blockbuster Fast & Furious franchise following Dom’s cousin Tony

Gone for Good The most important people in a man’s lie keep disappearing in this French crime drama based on the Harlan Coben book

Valeria season 2 Spanish comedy-drama following a writer who finds herself at a dead end in her life

Sunday 15th August

Downton Abbey seasons 1-6 All six series of the prestigious period drama from Julian Fellowes

Grace: the Possession (2014) A fresher has a rough introduction to university when a demon invades her body in this horror

I Give It a Year (2013) British romcom following a couple who get married despite friends and family predicting that they won’t last

Monday 16th August

American Girl Lea to the Rescue (2016) Family drama following a girl who heads into the Brazilian rainforest in search of her missing older brother

Bride of Chucky (1998) Dark comedy-horror following the possessed doll as he finds the perfect mate.

The LEGO Movie 2: the Second Part (2019) Zany animated sequel based on the classic construction to starring the voices of Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks

Lego Movie 2 (trailer screenshot, EH)

Mr Peabody and Sherman (2014) Animated sci-fi comedy following a time-traveling canine and his adopted son

Tuesday 17th August

Black Island (2021) Polish thriller following an orphaned student who finds dark secrets on a seemingly peaceful island

The Defeated season 1 An American policeman searches for his brother in 1946 Berlin in this crime series starring Taylor Kitsch and Logan Marshall-Green

Diaries of an Exchange Student (2020) Brazilian romcom following two best friends who embark on an exchange programme to the US

Out of My League (2020) Italian romcom following an unwell orphan who falls for a beautiful boy

Wednesday 18th August

Memories of a Murderer: the Nilsen Tapes (2021)  British documentary about serial killer Dennis Nilsen who narrates his life in audiotapes recorded from his jail cell

Friday 20th August

The Chair season 1 Sandra Oh stars as the new Chair of an English department at a prestigious university in this comedy-drama

The Loud House Movie (2021) Animated comedy film based on Nickelodeon series The Loud House

Sweet Girl (2021) Jason Mamoa stars as a vengeful widower out to bring justice to those responsible for the death of his wife while also protecting his daughter in this action-thriller

Monday 23rd August

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf Animated film, part of the Witcher franchise

Wednesday 25th August

Clickbait When a family man is abducted in a crime with a sinister online twist, those closest to him race to uncover who is behind it and why

Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes season 1 Norwegian supernatural drama following a funeral parlour worker who comes back from the dead with a taste for blood

Friday 27th August

He’s All That (2021) Gender-swapped remake of the beloved 90s teen-comedy in which a girl accepts a challenge to turn the school’s least popular boy into the prom king

Tuesday 31st August

Good Girls season 4 Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman return to a life of crime for a fourth season

Christina Hendricks, Rette and Mae Whitman in Good Girls
Christina Hendricks, Rette and Mae Whitman in Good Girls (Netflix)
NBC Universal

Check out our lists of the best series on Netflix and the best movies on Netflix, or see what else is on with our TV Guide.

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