Ciara, Dennis, Ellen, Jorge. The UK has had it pretty rough when it comes to the weather recently. Which, of course, just means we’ve been hunkering down with a box set at even greater frequency than normal. Yes, spring may be around the corner but we’re pretty sure there are a few more storms coming our way as well. So, while we absolutely encourage you to go and check out the coolest things to do in London this month, we’ve also picked the Netflix films, shows and documentaries worth staying in for…
Spenser: Confidential, March 6
Mark Wahlberg lends his talents to the streaming service this month in Netflix Original film Spenser: Confidential. Adapted from the novel Wonderland by Robert B. Parker, the movie follows a former cop turned private investigator who is pulled deep into the Boston crime world when he uncovers the conspiracy behind a high profile murder and decides to take justice into his own hands. A gripping, action-packed and comedic detective story, this is the first of 48 Spenser novels (all of which were New York Times best sellers) to be adapted by Netflix – we sense the start of something big.
A Quiet Place, March 13
Before Birdbox and The Silence there was A Quiet Place – the original story of a family trying their best to survive in a world overrun by monsters who attack at the merest hint of a whisper. The sequel is due out later this year so if you haven’t seen the acclaimed first instalment now is your chance. Starring real-life husband and wife team Emily Blunt and John Krasinski (who also directs), this is nerve-jangling edge of your seat post-apocalyptic fare at its finest.
The English Game, March 20
It’s now a world dominating sport at the centre of a billion-dollar industry but have you ever wondered just how football came to be? Written and produced by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes, The English Game sets out to explore just that, documenting the origins of the sport, how it overcame class divides and became the world’s most popular sport. Told across six-episodes, the cast list is a role call of the UK’s most promising actors, including Edward Holcroft, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Kevin Guthrie and Charlotte Hope, whose acting credits span Games of Thrones to Line of Duty.
Self Made, March 20
Hit a bit of a slump at work? Netflix’s inspirational new limited series is just what you need to reignite your entrepreneurial fire. Fully titled Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, the series stars Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer in the titular role of the first self-made female millionaire. Watching Walker overcome turn-of-the-century racism, sexism, business rivalries and personal traumas to turn her hair care company into a business powerhouse is sure to put your corporate struggles into perspective and get you raring to work on that dream project.
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, March 25
Following the success of American Factory, Netflix’s first collaboration with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions which won an Oscar last month, Crip Camp will offer an equally uncompromising view of America and is already generating awards buzz. The documentary chronicles the series of events that started at a New York summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, led to the 1971 disability rights movement and culminated in 1990’s Americans with Disabilities Act. This is the one everyone will be discussing across dinner party tables this month.
Ozark Season 3, March 27
Jason Bateman and Laura Linney return for the third season of one of Netflix’s most successful original shows this month. If you’ve seen the first two seasons you’ll know Ozark follows the Byrde family as they’re forced to flee to the Ozarks after a money laundering operation in Chicago goes wrong – but things quickly become more complicated than they could imagine. Season three will likely see the Byrdes become even further embroiled with the Mexican drug cartel via their new casino boat while a host of new characters are set to cause a stir within the already very troubled family.
I, Tonya, March 30
Chances are you didn’t catch I, Tonya when it was doing the awards circuit back in 2017. Which is a shame because it ended up scooping six major awards, including a Best Actress Oscar for Margot Robbie and Best Supporting Actress for Allison Janney. The good news is, it’s joining Netflix’s slate at the end of the month so you can find out what you’ve been missing. Based on the life of figure skater Tonya Harding, the film follows Harding’s climb to success and dramatic fall after the attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994, all shot in an effective and comedic mockumentary style.
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