Netflix new arrivals | Our top picks this week

What are the top five new movies and TV shows streaming this week?

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 2

This stylish, enjoyably dark and ever-so-slightly camp teen horror ended its first season with half-witch/half-mortal Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) signing the book of the Dark Lord and officially entering The Church of Night, and the nine new episodes which make up part 2 are all the better for it.

There’s still quite a bite of teenage drama, but now it’s mostly set at the Academy of the Unseen Arts the vibrant, interesting world of dark magic is much more heavily explored. We also thankfully dive deeper into two of the show’s best side characters, Miss Wardwell/Lilith (a brilliantly over-the-top Michelle Gomez) and cousin Ambrose (Chance Perdomo).

Our Planet

A talented team of over 600 crew members spent more than four years shooting across 50 different countries to create this beautifully shot and thought-provoking new documentary series which is perfectly narrated by living legend Sir David Attenbourough. 

Adorable, breath-taking shots of a huge variety of wildlife are mixed in with much darker sequences as, even more so than Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, Our Planet really takes steps to make the viewer sit up and take notice of the awful damage humans continue to do to the natural world.

Quicksand season 1 

Netflix’s intense new Swedish original from Camilla Ahlgren, who served as the head writer for scandi-noir favourite The Bridge, is very reminiscent of the fantastic first season of The Sinner in the way that it gradually unravels a shocking crime through flashbacks to create an incredibly chilling and suspenseful whydunnit. 

We begin by seeing 18-year-old Maja (Hanna Ardéhn) being arrested for her as-of-yet unknown role in a mass shooting at her elite Swedish high-school. As both the trial and the flashbacks start exploring her relationship with the enigmatic Sebastian (Felix Sandman) it’s clear that nothing is quite as it seems.

Chambers season 1

Uma Thurman is the latest major Hollywood star to make the jump to Netflix in this sinister new psychological horror series which manages to perfectly balance cleverly exploring the way in which we metabolise trauma with crafting a hugely unsettling, creepy atmosphere. 

When student Sasha (Sivan Alyra Rose) suddenly suffers a heart attack she’s saved by a donor organ from the recently deceased Becky (Lilliya Reid). Upon meeting her grief-stricken parents, Nancy (Thurman) and Ben (Tony Goldwyn), Sasha slowly starts to become caught up in the terrifying mystery surrounding Becky’s death. 

Unicorn Store

Fresh off the back of starring in Marvel’s first female-fronted superhero movie, Brie Larson’s directorial debut about aimless art school dropout Kit (also Larson) who’s promised her very own unicorn by the mystical Salesman (Samuel L. Jack) arrives on Netflix this month.

It might be a bit to twee for some and does definitely verge into manic pixie dream girl territory on occasion, but it’s sweet, very funny and possesses such a bright bouncing energy that fans of quirky indie comedies will leave with a big smile on their face.

How much is Netflix?

There's three tiered Netflix packages available, Basic, Standard and Premium, all of which come with their own advantages and disadvantages.

The Basic package is just £5.99 a month but only allows you to watch on one screen (whether that be a laptop, TV, phone or tablet) at a time and doesn't give you access to HD or 4K Ultra HD. With the Standard package at £7.49 a month, you're able to watch on two screens at a time in (providing your bandwidth is adequate) HD or 4K Ultra HD.

For £8.99 a month, the top Premium package, you're able to enjoy content on up to 4 screens at the same time (a perfect option for families) in both HD or 4K Ultra HD.

How can I watch Netflix?

You can either access Netflix on a browser on a standard desktop or laptop computer or through the reliable Netflix app which is available across a whole range of devices including smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

Netflix have recently introduced the offline viewing feature which allows you to download a TV show or film to watch when you're offline. Unfortunately, not everything is available to watch in this way but it's easy to check what is by selecting the “Available for Download” option from the dropdown menu.

What else is on Netflix?

Netflix is home to an absolutely staggering range of content across every genre from riotously funny comedy to to your children's favourite cartoons and a fantastic mix of both American and British TV shows.

It's own selection of original programming is constantly growing, buoyed by the success of shows like House Of Cards, Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black

How often is new content added?

There's no real time schedule for when new content is added to Netflix, but it doesn't usually go longer than three days without adding anything new. 

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