The shows you need to watch on Netflix this December

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With the temperature dropping and the sun setting faster, Netflix is even more appealing during the cold winter months. Whether you’re looking for an all-night binge-watching session or a film to cuddle up on the sofa with, the ever-reliable platform is providing the goods in December.

Dark | December 1

German drama Dark documents the disappearance of two children, who seemed to vanish without a trace. The story, unfolding through subtitles for those of us who don’t speak German, with the search for the kids unearthing further mysteries and supernatural events. If you’re looking for something intense, and the trailer hasn’t managed to scare you off already, this one’s for you.

Voyeur | December 1

Gay Talese’s 2016 story “The Voyeur’s Motel” about motel owner Gerard Foos, who watched his guests from an “observation platform”, was met with great controversy. It led to Talese disavowing, and later re-avowing, his piece. The infamous journalist has been accused of failing his obligation reveal Foos’ behaviour, having been aware of it since as early as 1980. Watch Gay Talese take back the narrative in the Netflix documentary Voyeur. 

The Crown | Season 2 | December 8

Get your fix of royalty with the second instalment of Netflix’s The Crown. Starring original cast members Matt Smith and Claire Foy, the new series will also welcome newcomers such as Michael Hall and Jodi Balfour as John and Jackie Kennedy. The story continues to tell Queen Elizabeth II’s story, this time from 1957 to 1964, before the complete change of cast for Season 3 to replace the young ensemble. If it’s anything like the award-winning first series released last year, binge-watching the second series of The Crown is guaranteed to be an excellent use of your time.

Wormwood | December 15

American film director Errol Morris is set to add to his portfolio of documentaries after winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2004 for The Fog of War. Wormwood is a six-part miniseries telling the true tale of the CIA, LSD experiments, mind-control that eventually result in the death of a family man. The story is presented through a mixture of interviews, scripted scenes and archival footage, setting it up to defy conventions.

Judd Apatow: The Return | December 12 

If you need a break from all of the serious crime shows, period dramas and voyeurism, check out Judd Apatow’s return to stand-up comedy for the first time in 25 years. Famous for directing, writing and producing This is 40 and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Apatow’s special will not only feature his stand-up show shot in Montreal, but interactions with other famous comedians.

Bright | December 22

Bringing some light amongst the dark is the upcoming fantasy/crime film Bright featuring a man who needs no introduction: Will Smith. The film centres around a world where humans live alongside the non-human (think: orcs, elves and fairies). The movie is directed by David Ayer and also features Joel Edgerton, made famous by The Great Gatsby (2013) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). It brings a future blockbuster to the small screen, perfect for a cosy night in on Christmas eve!

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