Winter has officially come, and with the season, also comes a host of holiday viewing to watch during the dark evenings ahead. Almost two years since its triumphant second season, The Crown is back on Netflix from the 17th of November, with Oscar-winner Olivia Colman at the helm alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Charles Dance. Also coming to Netfilix on 29th November, is the highly-anticipated documentary series The Movies That Made Us. The episodes will chronicle the production of generational defining films such as Home Alone, Dirty Dancing and Die Hard. 

One to watch out for during the Christmas season is the New Year’s Special of the Great British Bake-off which will feature the stars of Derry Girls including Nicola Coughlan and Saoirse-Monica Jackson. 

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This Christmas also brings a plethora of new releases in the cinema – Jumanji: The Next Level, which stars Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It will be released on the 11th of November. Just a week later sees the return of Star Wars with The Rise of Skywalker. This latest installment will feature the late Carrie Fisher through unreleased footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. On 20th December, the now infamous film adaptation of Cats will be released. It features a star-studded cast including Taylor Swift and James Corden.

Of course, with Christmas, comes cheesy Christmas movies. This year is no exception with The Knight Before Christmas featuring Vanessa Hudgens and the third film in the Christmas Prince series, The Royal Baby, coming to Netflix in the coming weeks. Also, the long awaited sequel to Frozen will be released in late November. Finally, in what is said to be the biggest Christmas Rom-Com since ‘Love Actually’, Emma Thompson’s Last Christmas hits our screens this month. It stars Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke and featuring the songs of the late George Michael.


Gemma Farrrell – Film & TV Writer