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New releases on Netflix UK for this weekend, including Ozark and The Puppet Master

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A weekend doesn’t go by without some form of desperate scrolling through Netflix for the next new film or TV series to watch. You’ll be happy to hear, though, that we’ve handpicked the very best new releases coming to the UK streaming service this weekend. Thank us later… 

Allow me to paint a familiar scene. It’s the dawn of the weekend. You’ve got plans – brunch, a coffee date, perhaps a visit to a gallery – but it’s winter so you also want to indulge in the cosy warmth of your sofa, bundled up and ready to wile away an hour or two watching the very best that Netflix has to offer.

The familiar, reassuring glow of that bold red ‘N’ is enough to signal the weekend relaxation that we’re all deserving of but the sheer amount of choice is enough to overwhelm. Trust us, we’ve been there. 

You’re not in the mood to return to a familiar series that you’re halfway through, you’re nervous to commit to a brand new TV show that might not be worth your precious time, and who really has the time to scroll through that entire list of ‘recommended’ films?

Fear not, my friend. We’re here to help. We’ve done the (relatively) hard work for you and picked out a selection of fresh films and TV shows that are landing on Netflix UK this January weekend. There’s a variety awaiting any mood or need you stumble upon. Enjoy.

TV: Ozark, released Friday 21 January

It’s been a long old wait but the Byrde clan are back on our screens with a continuation of their usual addictive drama. After that very surprising execution at the end of season three, fans can expect more of the same twists, edge-of-your-seat tension and Byrde versus Navarro cartel action that has seen this series become a firm favourite of ours.

Film: Munich: Edge Of War, released Friday 21 January

If you’re a fan of a historical drama, this latest Netflix film release will be the perfect weekend watch for you. Jeremy Irons (House Of Gucci), George MacKay (Private Peaceful) and Jannis Niewöhner (Rubinrot) all star in the gripping movie – based on the international bestselling novel from Robert Harris – which chronicles the days leading up to the second world war.

The synopsis reads: “At the tense 1938 Munich conference, former friends who now work for opposing governments become reluctant spies racing to expose a Nazi secret.” It all sounds very covert, mysterious and if you’ve got a lazy Sunday afternoon spare, should make for some ideal (and enlightening) viewing.

TV: The Puppet Master: Hunting The Ultimate Conman, released Wednesday 19 January

If you’ve been anywhere near social media this week, you’ll have likely seen conversations and shocked reactions to Netflix’s true crime documentary The Puppet Master: Hunting The Ultimate Conman. From the creators of Don’t F*** With Cats, this latest three-part series tells the truly wild story of Robert Hendy-Freegard, a 51-year-old British man who masqueraded as an MI5 agent in order to control his victims.

Without giving too much away, what ensues is manipulation, financial extortion and two siblings who are at a loss to the whereabouts of their mother. Trust us, you’ll binge watch this one with ease, but in the meantime, the shocking true story behind the documentary will certainly whet your appetite. 

TV: Archive 81, released Friday 14 January

OK, OK. This may have landed on Netflix last week but with all of the great content coming out at the start of January, there are some shows that you may have missed. Archive 81 is loosely inspired by the popular horror podcast series of the same name but blends together the supernatural with a thriller format we know and love. 

As we follow archivist Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie), he becomes fascinated with reconstructing the work of a documentary filmmaker Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi). Her investigation of a dangerous cult at the Visser apartment building is something that he wants to explore further and as the season unfolds, one question is at its centre: what happened to Melody?

Film: Emma, released Saturday 22 January

What’s a weekend without a period drama to soothe you through that smidgin of idle time? Allow us to offer up a modern Jane Austen adaptation that sees Anya Taylor-Joy play the titular heroine alongside a star-studded cast featuring Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy and Miranda Hart.

Film: The House, released Friday 14 January

Animated movies aren’t all Disney or Pixar. These days, Netflix is treating us to a more mature animation in the form of The House

Following three visionary tales in one “unforgettable place”, this film centres on the house in question and three surreal tales of the individuals who made it their home. Stop motion is, arguably, an inherently creepy medium of cinema but combined with dystopian twists, The House promises to be a mind-bending satire far from any of the usual themes you expect of an animated movie.

TV: Midnight Asia: Eat, Dance, Dream, released Friday 21 January

What’s better than a programme focused on travel, food and fun? Nothing, right? 

Escape the doom and gloom of the UK for half-hour instalments of this new documentary that showcases “the most playful side of Asia’s metropolises”. Whether you’re building up your bucket list of places to explore in the future or just need something enjoyable to stick on in the background this weekend, Midnight Asia looks like just the perfect slice of escapism. 

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