December is definitely a month where cosying up to your favourite TV show or movie is pretty much a prerequisite. As usual, Netflix can provide in this hour of need and have a whole load of great content arriving on the streaming service for the festive season.
TV highlights for Netflix this Christmas include the much-anticipated final season of 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' (with some special cameo appearances, we might add), as well as period drama series 'Bridgerton', and docuseries 'The Ripper'.
While those who are in the mood for the inevitable dosing off in front of the odd film this year, movie highlights include 'The Prom', 'The Midnight Sky', and 'Angela's Christmas Wish'.
Take a look at some of the best on offer below:
NETFLIX ORIGINAL TV
'THE HOLIDAY MOVIES THAT MADE US' | DECEMBER 1
Unwrap the real stories behind these iconic Christmas blockbusters, thanks to insider interviews and behind-the-scenes peeks.
'SELENA: THE SERIES' | DECEMBER 4
This is a coming-of-age story about the real-life Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla. The drama series follows Selena, a young girl from Texas, as she chases her dreams, and the heart-wrenching and life-changing sacrifices she and her family make as they navigate the highs and lows of success, loss, love, and music.
'SONG EXPLODER' VOLUME 2 | DECEMBER 15
The Killers, Natalia Lafourcade, Dua Lipa and Nine Inch Nails pull back the curtain on their personal song writing experiences as the series continues.
'THE RIPPER' | DECEMBER 16
If true-crime binges are your type of Christmas, then the four-part series 'The Ripper' is the tonic you'll need. Investigators and witnesses recall how a modern-day Jack the Ripper, real name Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, terrorized the north of England during the late 1970s.
'HOME FOR CHRISTMAS' SEASON 2 | DECEMBER 18
When love rings your doorbell, are you ready? Follow Johanne through another December as she continues her pursuit for eternal, warm and real love. When her family and the world around her fall apart, how can she still believe in real and bottomless love? Does it even exist and will she find the one true love for Christmas this year?
'London Hughes: How To Catch A D*ck' | December 22
A definite watch, but one to wait until the easily-offended are gone to bed over the holidays, is this new London Hughes stand-up comedy show. London is awesome, successful, attractive, and in this hilariously provocative, empowering show, she will unravel the mystery of why the world is full of desirable, brilliant but yet single, women.
'BRIDGERTON' | DECEMBER 25
From Shondaland and Creator Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dyvenor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Be warned - the drama series will certainly not be one to watch for all the family due to its adult nature. Starring Nicola Coughlan from 'Derry Girls'.
'EQUINOX' | DECEMBER 30
In 1999, young Astrid saw a bus full of students disappear. In 2019, Astrid tries to solve this mystery, only to discover she ends up changing the past.
'CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA' PART 4 | DECEMBER 31
The witching hour is upon us for one more final jaunt around Greendale. Over the course of Part 4’s eight episodes, The Eldritch Terrors will descend. But can the Spellmans and their friends make it out alive...? This will mark the dramatic conclusion to the teenage drama series.
NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILMS
'MANK' | DECEMBER 4
1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing wit and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish 'Citizen Kane'. Read our review of the movie here.
'ANGELA'S CHRISTMAS WISH' | DECEMBER 11
Written and directed by Brown Bag Films’ Damien O’Connor, the new special revisits seven-year-old Angela and her family and takes us on a brand-new holiday adventure. Sure to be a heart-warming tale, the story is based on characters from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt.
'THE PROM' | DECEMBER 11
Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. In order to make themselves relevant again, they get the lending hand of a few friends (Nicole Kidman and Andrew Rannells) in order to try and help a much-needed teenager in Indiana who has been kicked out of her prom. Read our review of the musical here.
'MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM' | DECEMBER 18
Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award winner Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music.
'ariana grande: excuse me, i love you' | December 21
The Netflix documentary film follows the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum singer-songwriter around the globe on her sold-out 2019 Sweetener World Tour. Will the #hotasballsDublin feature on the film? Let's hope so.
'THE MIDNIGHT SKY' | DECEMBER 23
Nope, it's not a Mylie Cyrus song, this post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. Starring and directed by George Clooney.
'We Can Be Heroes' | December 25
If teenage superheroes are you kind of jam, then 'We Can Be Heroes' will be one for the family to watch this Christmas Day. When alien invaders kidnap Earth's superheroes, their kids are whisked away to a government safe house. But Missy Moreno (YaYa Gosselin) will stop at nothing to rescue her superhero dad, Marcus Moreno (Pedro Pascal from 'The Mandalorian'). Missy teams up with the rest of the super kids to escape their mysterious government babysitter, Ms. Granada (Priyanka Chopra Jonas).