September 28, 2023
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Revealed: Top 10 new shows and films coming to Netflix this month

Medici – The Magnificent (pictured)
January 25
Following on from Medici: Masters of Florence, the second season of this period drama sees the show jump right into the Renaissance with the family’s powehaving been consolidated in the past 20 years as their grip on the Italian city tightens. Daniel Sharman plays Lorenzo de’Medici, who assumes leadership of the family-run bank, clashing with Sean Bean’s grizzled Jacopo de’Pazzi along the way.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 4
January 25
After five years of smiling in the face of pessimism and apathy, Ellie Kemper’s eternally optimistic Kimmy Schmidt is finally saying farewell. This long goodbye – which began with the first half of this season last May – saw Kimmy adjust to a life where her simple career aspirations of becoming a crossing guard were not fulfilled and her effervescent spirit began to flag, her sweet nature now tinged with the sour reality of life.

January 25
This Korean horror series follows the lives of the inhabitants of a town depleted by famine and destruction. When their king dies of a mysterious illness a rumour spreads about a plague that transforms the infected into flesh-eating zombies. The crown-prince decides to investigate the conspiracy and uncover the truth behind the hearsay in an attempt to prevent his people from heading towards total annihilation

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
January 24
This four-part docu-series directed by Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost – The Child Murders at Robin Hood HillsMetallica: Some Kind of Monster) uses original interview tapes with the serial killer during his time on death row. With his charismatic personality and his all-American, conservative, collegiate looks, Bundy was far from the Manson-style counterculture bogeyman the public were taught to fear. He was the psychopath who hid in plain sight, managing to assault and murder 30 women or more during the height of his reign of terror during the 1970s.

Grace and Frankie – Season 5
January 18
Dynamic duo Grace and Frankie are back for a fifth season. The odd couple are continuing on their journey to prove that aging disgracefully is just wonderful and that getting older doesn’t necessarily mean getting wiser, continuing to inject their golden years with the necessary IDGAF youthful attitude to cope with their new reality. This season sees our tenacious heroes trying to get their lives back in order after the chaos and colossal changes of the last series that ended with a sobering, sombre cliffhanger.

January 18
This film documents the fall-out from the ill-fated Fyre Festival that saw hundreds of “influencers” fly to an island in the Bahamas expecting to find Kardashian levels of opulence only to be chased by roaming wild dogs in the near barren landscape. Director Chris Smith (Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond) captures the fantasy of the tantalising Instagram images, the expectation of what the festival was supposed to be versus the disastrous reality. Featuring interviews with the now incarcerated organiser Billy MacFarland, spliced with first-hand accounts and social media content from festival-goers, it’s a cautionary tale about the artificiality of influencer culture and the hollow desperation in trying to attain an enviable life.

Trigger Warning with Killer Mike
January 18
Run the Jewels rapper and activist Killer Mike lands his own provocative documentary series exploring cultural taboos and challenging society’s conventions in his no-nonsense frank and irreverent style. From asking Crips gang members why they haven’t launched any merchandise or sold branded products like the KKK, to sitting in amused disbelief listening to an elderly white lady claim that most crimes are committed by black people, Killer Mike has an anarchic, wry, confrontational approach.

Sex Education

January 11
Gillian Anderson (X-Files) and Asa Butterfield star in this dramedy about the awkward teenage son of a sex therapist who, along with his bolshy classmate use information gleaned from his mother to set up a secret advice clinic for their fellow students answering all their embarrassing queries. Attempting to cast the confusing world of teen love and relationships in a more gentle light, away from the hand-wringing about “Generation Porn”, the show is an endearing look at how even those hard-wired to Google are still as clueless and vulnerable as ever.

The Last Laugh
January 11
If the concept of the new Chevy Chase vehicle, The Last Laugh, sounds very familiar it’s probably because in November Netflix launched Chuck Lorre’s almost identical sitcom The Kominsky Method, starring Alan Alda and Michael Douglas. The Last Laugh also deals with the relationship between a flinty-eyed talent agent (Chevy Chase)and his client, who is an old-school comedy legend (Richard Dreyfuss) with Chase’s character Al Hart trying to convince his client to escape their retirement home and join him back on the road.

And Breathe Normally
January 4
Set in the isolated Reykjanes Peninsula, And Breathe Normally sees the life of a struggling Icelandic single mother intertwine with a Guinea-Bissau asylum seeker. The two are both suspended in a melancholic space, a frustrating limbo that sees women dealing with poverty pushed to the side and pushed to their limits by the challenges of they face. The film’s director, Ísold Uggadóttir, breathes a human warmth into this story of invisible figures left out in the cold by an unfeeling society.



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