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New on Netflix UK in May


The UK has been on lockdown for over a month now, so you probably feel like you’ve watched everything half-decent there is to watch on Netflix. But don’t worry, each month there are dozens more movies, films and documentaries released on the streaming platform for our viewing pleasure. Here are our picks for the top 10 shows and movies coming to Netflix this May:

Hollywood (Limited Series)

Ryan Murphy’s seven-part series is set in post-war Los Angeles – the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood – introducing a group of aspiring actors and directors following their dreams of becoming stars of the silver screen. It stars Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon) in a leading role, while Samara Weaving, Queen Latifah and Patti LuPone add to an ensemble cast. This latest instalment from the producer of Nip/Tuck and Glee is one to keep an eye on.

Release Date: May 1

Medici (Season 3)

Another period drama, this British-Italian production is set in 15th century Florence during the Renaissance and follows the dramatics and political cunning of the influential Medici family. This latest season – the final one of the series – will continue to explore the intriguing rise of the young Lorenzo de Medici (Daniel Sharman) and his attempts to fight off a coalition of medieval forces.

Release Date: May 1

Dead to Me (Season 2)

After a highly successful opening season in 2019, Dead to Me is finally back this month and after ending on a dramatic cliffhanger last year, fans are desperate to find out what happens next. This dark-humoured comedy-drama follows the blossoming friendship between Jen and Judy, played by the magnificent Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, with plenty of deceit, sorrow, twists and turns thrown in for good measure.

Release Date: May 8

The Eddy (Season 1)

Another Netflix Original, this French musical drama will explore the gritty underworld of Paris as American protagonist (Andre Holland) tries to run a live jazz bar in the French capital. Directed by Damien Chezelle, winner of an Academy Award for his work on La La Land, this new series could be one of our new binge-worthy favourites.

Release Date: May 8

Restaurants on the Edge (Season 2)

This reality-documentary follows three experts – a restaurateur, a chef, and a designer – travelling the world to turn around struggling restaurant in stunning locations. After revamping glorious eating holes last season in such exotic countries as Malta, Costa Rica and St Lucia, we can’t wait to see where they fly off to this time, even if just for a bit of escapism while we’re stuck at home.

Release Date: May 8

Schitt’s Creek (Season 6)

The final season of this Emmy-nominated Canadian sitcom is out this month, giving us our last opportunity to see the loveable Rose family in action. Headed by the hilarious Eugene Levy and the brilliant Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek follows the trials and tribulations of the Roses since moving to the small titular town after the collapse of their fortune. With just 14 episodes left, be sure to savour them.

Release Date: May 14

White Lines (Season 1)

From Álex Pina - creator of the phenomenon that is Money Heist - this Spanish-British mystery thriller will explore the dark underworld of the legendary party-island of Ibiza. Made up of ten juicy hour-long episodes, the first instalment of White Lines promises to be full of crime, twists, shocks, and of course… sun!

Release Date: May 15

The Lovebirds (2020)

The only new film on our list is an upcoming romantic comedy, starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a couple on the run for a murder they didn’t commit. As they attempt to solve the mystery themselves in order to clear their names, expect a hilarious series of events to unfold in their search for the truth.

Release Date: May 22

Ted (2012)

Written and directed by Seth MacFarlane, this crude comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis is all about a man and his best friend, who happens to be a foul-mouthed, quick-witted, drug-abusing teddy bear. Other classic comedies released on Netflix today include Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983) and The Blues Brothers (1980).

Release Date: May 22

Space Force (Season 1)

From the makers of The Office (US), this mockumentary starring Steve Carrell is based on the team tasked with creating the United States Space Force – a real-life military branch established by Donald Trump in December 2019. Lisa Kudrow and John Malkovich will surely add humour and class to this much-anticipated satirical comedy.

Release Date: May 29

Fergus Cole
Fergus Cole

Fergus is a journalist specialising in the personal finance, energy and broadband sectors. He also has a passion for travel and adventure so tries to make the most of this in any spare time he gets.

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