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These are the best films and TV shows coming to Netflix UK in October

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We can look forward to a couple of big specials, plus a new season of ‘Making a Murderer’ and plenty of Halloween-flavoured films

As we enter October, the days will get shorter and our time huddled in front of the TV with Netflix at the ready will only grow.

September has seen the return of BoJack Horseman and The Good Place, among others, and October will bring us more original series and films, as well as big-hitters from years past.

It’s also Halloween at the end of the month, which means more vampires and witches than usual.

Here’s a selection of what you can look forward to.

Making a Murderer (Season 2)

The first 10-episode run of the docuseries, focusing on the arrest and conviction of Steven Avery in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, was one of the most-watched shows of its kind when it dropped just before Christmas 2015. Now it’s back with a fresh run, and a fair bit has happened in relation to the case in the years since.

Coming to Netflix on 19 October

Derren Brown: Sacrifice

The latest special from the illusionist is his first full-length made-for-Netflix project, and his first TV special of any kind since 2016.

We haven’t been given too many details of what to expect – Brown likes to keep things a little under wraps, after all – but the broad premise involves him trying to convince someone to sacrifice their life for a complete stranger.

Coming to Netflix on 19 October

Adam Sandler 100% Fresh

Brown isn’t the only big name with a Netflix special on the way: Sandler – fresh from his well-received performance in Netflix original film The Meyerowitz Stories – has his first stand-up special in more than 20 years.

Oh, and did we mention Oscar-winning director Paul Thomas Anderson is involved?

Coming to Netflix on 23 October

Better Call Saul (Season 4 finale)

Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito
Running time: 45+ minutes per episode

The fourth season of Better Call Saul is considered by many to be its best yet, with Guillermo Del Toro going as far as claiming it has surpassed Breaking Bad in quality.

Episodes have been released on a week-by-week basis, and anyone up to date with the show will be dying to know how creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will leave things.

Coming to Netflix on 2 October (episode 9) and 9 October (episode 10)

Big Mouth (Season 2)

Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mullaney, Jessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate
Running time: 10x30 mins

One of the most underrated Netflix original series, the animation returns with a second season after its first earned a 100% score Rotten Tomatoes.

Following a group of teenagers as they navigate puberty, this comedy is the sort of show which could easily fall flat, but the great writing, not to mention a star-studded voice cast, ensures it’s a success.

Coming to Netflix on 5 October

Platoon

Cast: Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker
Running time: 120 minutes

Another month, another Best Picture Oscar winner available on Netflix.

If you haven’t seen Oliver Stone’s Vietnam war movie, here’s your chance. You’ll likely recognise a few scenes from the countless times it’s been referenced elsewhere, but it still more than holds up in its own right.

Coming to Netflix on 1 October

Private Life

Cast: Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Shannon
Running time: 123 minutes

Paul Giamatti has been in a number of fantastic films – Sideways, Cinderella Man and 12 Years a Slave to name but three – and his latest looks very promising too. It’s Tamara Jenkins’ first feature film as director since 2007’s critically acclaimed Savages, and has all the ingredients needed to be a triumph.

Coming to Netflix on 5 October

Nocturnal Animals

Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher
Running time: 116 minutes

Tom Ford’s 2016 film is a difficult watch at times, but features some haunting performances from a fantastic cast.

It focuses on an art gallery owner recalling similarities between her ex-husband’s novel and her relationship with him, and features some gripping storytelling and genuinely bleak and upsetting moments.

Coming to Netflix on 13 October

Apostle

Cast: Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen
Running time: 129 minutes

Described as ‘truly gobsmacking’, this Netflix Original horror movie looks like being properly frightening and gripping. It’s directed by Gareth Evans (The Raid; The Raid 2), and has already got a lot of people talking.

Coming to Netflix on 12 October

Red Dragon

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Ralph Fiennes
Running time: 124 minutes

A natural Halloween choice, this. A prequel to The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon gives us a chance to revisit Anthony Hopkins at his creepy best as Hannibal Lecter.

When it was released in 2002, there might have been an oversaturation of this kind of film. However, more than a decade later, it’s well worth coming back to.

Coming to Netflix on 13 October

The Twilight Saga

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Running time: 115-130 minutes per film

All five parts of the Twilight saga are coming back to Netflix in time for your Halloween movie nights. It might be a teen movie series in theory, but if you can’t watch it at this time of year then when can you?

Coming to Netflix on 9 October

Sixteen Candles

Cast: Molly Ringwald, Paul Dooley, Justin Henry, Anthony Michael Hall
Running time: 93 minutes

Not a scary film or even a supernatural one, but it’s a classic. If you’re unfamiliar with John Hughes’ films, or even if you’ve seen this before, it’s tough not to want to watch this teen movie staple and get all misty-eyed about the 80s.

Coming to Netflix on 5 October

The Land Before Time

Cast: Gabriel Damon, Candace Hutson
Running time: 68 minutes

Speaking of nostalgia kicks, every child of the 80s or 90s is likely to have seen The Land Before Time a bunch of times as a pre-teen but never again. 

Fix that by watching it on Netflix and finding out if it’s (a) as good as the first time or (b) even better. There is no third option. 

Coming to Netflix on  5 October

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