If you are looking for something to keep you occupied throughout Level 5 restrictions, here are some of the biggest new releases across streaming platforms for the month... 

Carmel - Who Killed Maria Marta?

True crime has certainly found its place as a genre that is here to stay, and far from being just a fad it has borne numerous podcasts and documentaries that have dominated the charts and kept true crime fanatics engrossed. And while you may think that the genre is oversaturated at this present moment, every now and then a new true crime story comes along that may make you rethink this position. Carmel - Who Killed Maria Marta is a new four-part Spanish docu-series that has arrived on Netflix, detailing one of the most controversial criminal cases in Argentina; the 2002 murder of sociologist María Marta García Belsunce. If you are looking for a documentary to keep you firmly planted on the edge of your seat, then look no further. 

The Life Ahead

While in most years you could expect to watch Oscar-worthy films from the big screen, in 2020 that just wasn't to be, with many films opting for a soft release across streaming platforms. One such film is The Life Ahead which notably brought Italian icon Sophia Loren out of her decade-long hiatus, but is also hotly tipped for this award season. The Life Ahead will premiere on Netflix on November 13th, so prepare yourself for the inspiring tale of a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business, known as Madame Rosa, who takes in 12-year-old street kid called Momo, the boy who recently robbed her. The two loners become each other's protectors, anchoring an unconventional family. The Life Ahead is the tale of an unlikely partnership between two troubled souls that will most likely have you reaching for the mansize tissues. 

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Becoming You 

If you haven't quite got your fix of Olivia Coleman's frightfully posh accent with The Crown, you can tune into Apple TV+ on November 13th to hear her narrate a new global child development series exploring how our first 2,000 days on Earth shape the rest of our lives. We all know how important the early years are for children, so this six-part series will help you gain a greater understanding of this process through the eyes of over 100 children from all corners of the world. This lighthearted watch will offer you a thought-provoking insight into how children learn to think, speak and move from when they are born, through the terrible twos and up until they reach the grand age of five. 

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James May: Oh Cook 

They say that celebrities are just like the rest of us, and James May, formerly of the hit motoring show Top Gear, is proving this to be true with his new series Oh Cook, where he shows us that there is hope for the more culinarily challenged. Forget your microwavable ready-made meals and takeaways from the local chipper, because May will provide you with a unique perspective on cooking for the clueless, full of recipes that you'll be sure to add to your repertoire. The new series will be available to stream on Amazon Prime from November 13th. 

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The Crown 

Many of us have been holding onto our hats in anticipation of the fourth season of The Crown and it's certainly shaping up to be more drama-filled than the previous three seasons with the introduction of the infamous Margaret Thatcher, played by the brilliant Gillian Anderson, and the young Lady Diana Spencer, played by Emma Corrin. Although we all know there is no fairytale ending to that story, watch all the finer details unfold before your eyes - because if there's one thing we know, the royal family are never too far apart from the sort of drama and scandal that makes for great television. Cancel your plans for November 15th, because this Netflix smash is a proper telly event.

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We are the Champions

If you've ever wanted to learn more about some of the lesser-known competitive sports, such as cheese rolling, chilli eating, fantasy hair-styling, frog jumping or dog dancing, then does Netflix have the perfect show for you! On November 17th, We Are the Champions will explore some of the quirkiest, most charming and oddly inspirational competitions that you never knew existed. By the end of each episode you will have a newfound admiration for the competitors who have become heroes in their own unique and extraordinary worlds - they might even inspire you to take up a new hobby to get through this lockdown. 

The Pack 

While many of our lives have been left with a Crufts-shaped hole since the Channel 4 series ended in March, Amazon Prime are coming out with a new series called The Pack featuring some of the world's most talented dogs. Prepare for cuteness overload as on November 20th, as 12 pooches and their human companions compete in an array of challenges with $500,000 dollars at stake for the winning dog, plus $250,000 to their favourite animal charity. 

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Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square

Forget It's a Wonderful Life, because this Christmas Dolly Parton is here to save the day (via Netflix) with Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square. With her voluminous blonde locks and no shortage of diamonds, Dolly flips the traditional guardian angel trope on its head and comes to the rescue of a small town at risk of being sold to a land developer who wants to turn it into a shopping mall. This is just the type of cheer that everyone needs in the run-up to the Christmas season to remind us all of what it's really all about - so snuggle up this November 22nd.

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Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

While going to the theatre to see a performance now feels like a distant memory, this November 27th Netflix is bringing the theatre experience straight to you with Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. The film spotlights the career of award-winning entertainer Debbie Allen as she leads her young group of dancers in preparation for the annual 'Hot Chocolate Nutcracker' production. This film serves as a great reminder of the joys that live performance brings, and will make you eagerly anticipate the next time you can get dressed up and head out for a night at the theatre. 

The Witches 

Based upon Roald Dahl's classic children’s novel, The Witches has been reimagined for a modern audience and are back with a fiery vengeance. A game Anne Hathaway stars as the creepy Cruella de Vil-like Grand High Witch who leads the coven of child-hating witches. The film is set in late 1960's America and involves an evil master plan by the witches to turn all of the children into mice! It's a movie for both adults and children alike to enjoy together and is available now to stream via Amazon Prime or YouTube movies. 

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Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm 

Borat, the highly controversial Kazakh TV anchor is back with his second film, following on from the 2006 hit film starring Sacha Baron Cohen. It seems that wherever Borat goes, controversy is not too far behind - this time involving former mayor of New York and personal attorney to current US president Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, who was caught on the film in a highly compromising position. Both Borat films are the type of social satire that makes you squirm and that you hate to laugh at but just can't help yourself. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is available to stream across Amazon Prime now. 

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