All this week’s Netflix Originals (Available from Friday 20th March 2020)

One of the great things about Netflix is their Netflix Original content – be it films or series made by Netflix themselves or exclusive content available only on Netflix after it airs on regular TV. Every week we will give you a round-up of the new Netflix Originals becoming available in the next week. We will aim to post every week on Thursday evening with what will be available over the coming week. Perfect if you’re looking to check out what new Originals are available to watch over your weekend or if you’re planning a week-long Netflix binge-watch! This area is exclusively for Netflix Originals, for general Netflix additions and removals or to view the current full catalogue check out your regional New On Netflix website.

Love Netflix Originals? Well here’s our list of ‘Top Picks’ for this week. Check out the trailers below and let us know what you’re looking forward to this week -full list of this week’s additions and regional availability at the end of the post. Netflix aren’t always that clear about geographical availability so please bear with us as we try to be as precise as possible about where Netflix Originals will be available. If in doubt titles will be listed simply as [Original] in the full list at the end of the post and as ‘available in selected regions’ within the post.

So here we are. A large part of the world are in lockdown and other parts are soon to follow in this almost dystopian reality we find ourselves in thanks to ‘Covid-19’ aka ‘Coronavirus’. Of course, Netflix is here to soothe our worries and with over twenty new or continuing Netflix Originals, there’s no way we can say the streaming platform is short on new original material this week! Let the binge-watching commence!

The English Game

Firstly we have sport combined with period drama! ‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes delivers this new British mini-series ‘The English Game’. The six-episode period drama is set in mid-1880s England and follows the story of football at its inception and how it evolved despite the class divide. The series is directed by Birgitte Stærmose and Tim Fywell and stars Edward Holcroft and Kevin Guthrie join Craig Parkinson, James Harkness, Sam Keeley, Gerard Kearns, Daniel Ings, Henry Loyd Hughes and Ben Batt but it’s not a male-dominated story by any means. Women played pivotal roles at the time and Fellowes has been commended for demonstrating that throughout and stars Niamh Walsh, Charlotte Hope, Kerrie Hayes and Lara Peake. 

Available regionally from Friday 20th March 2020

The Letter For The King

A young man is tasked with delivering a letter of the utmost importance to the king that will have far-reaching consequences should he not fulfil his quest. Based on the novel  ‘De Brief Voor de Koning’  by Tonke Dragt, Amir Wilson plays Tiuri, a young man on a quest with a mission to be knighted. He must pass through three kingdoms and meet perilous situations along the way but his one quest is to deliver ‘The Letter To The King’. 

Available globally from Friday 20th March 2020

The Platform

A psychological/thriller/horror-basically a mind meddler of a film arrives this week on Netflix. Imagine a prison that is built vertically. A prisoner’s survival is dependent on those imprisoned above them. A platform of food – not dissimilar to a banquet fit for royalty- descends through the central levels of the prison. Each level of prisoners must rely on those above them not to take more than they need. Ironic or perfectly timed by Netflix? We can’t help but ask the question as this disturbing film arrives as we see panic-buying on our news channels. If those at the top only took what they need, those below would have enough to survive!

Available regionally from Friday 20th March 2020

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

In 1970s America, teenagers with disabilities suffered discrimination and for many, their future was bleak facing adult life in institutions. Camp ‘Jened’ was a festival set up for those who were classed as ‘disabled’ at the time and gave the campers an experience beyond society’s expectations. The disability revolution was born. Those previously ostracised could enjoy everything from sports to relationships.  Co-directed by award-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and filmmaker (and former camp attendee) Jim LeBrecht. What grew from a camp for disabled kids was a movement that changed things for the better.

Available regionally from Wednesday 25th March 2020

Unorthodox

Another mini-series (we should be storming through these this week in lockdown) ‘Unorthodox’ is a mere four-episode series. Shira Haas plays Esther Shapiro a young Jewish woman who runs away from her Ultra-Orthodox community and her arranged marriage. After escaping with help, she flees to Berlin and has an encounter with a group of musicians who take her under their wing. Showing her another side to life, being free, Esther struggles internally as she learns who she is and who she wants to be. The series is based on the memoir by Deborah Feldman published in 2012.

Available regionally from Thursday 26th March 2020

Here’s the full list of additions to the Netflix Original content from Friday 20th March -Thursday 26th March 2020.

Friday 20th March 2020
“A Life of Speed: The Juan Manuel Fangio Story” Sports Documentary [Original]
“Archibald’s Next Big Thing”
 Animated Series (Season Two) [Original]
“Buddi”
  Animated Series (Season One) [Original]
“Dino Girl Gauko”
Animated Series (Season Two) [Original]
“The English Game”
Series (Season One) [Original]
“Greenhouse Academy”
Series (Season Four) [Original]
“The Letter For The King”
Series (Season One) [Global Original]
“The Platform”
Film [Original]
“Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam CJ Walker”
Limited Series [Global Original]
“She”
Series (Season One) [Original]
“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”
Stand Up Comedy Special [Global Original]
“Ultras”
Film [Original]
“Vampires” Series (Season One) [Original]  
Saturday 21st March 2020
“J-Style Trip” Series (New Episodes) [Global Original]
Monday 23rd March 2020
“Freud” Series (Season One) [Global Original]
Tuesday 24th March 2020
“Tom Segura: Ball Hog”
Stand Up Comedy Special [Global Original]
Wednesday 25th March 2020
“Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” Documentary Series (Season One) [Original]
“YooHoo To The Rescue”
Animated Series (Season Three) [Original]
“Curtiz”
Film [Original]
“The Mire”
Series (Season One) [Original]
“The Occupant”
Film [Original]
Thursday 26th March 2020
“Unorthodox” Limited Series [Original]
“7 Seeds”
Series (Part Two) [Original]
“The Worst Witch”
Series (Season Two) [Original]

A number of series have been given the go-ahead for subsequent seasons this year. Check out the coming soon page on our websites (UK, USA, Can, Aus) to find out which new seasons will arrive in your region in 2020.

Thanks for visiting and let us know in the comments what you’ve enjoyed (and what you haven’t) and what new Netflix Originals and season updates you’re looking forward to. Don’t forget to check out the blog next week on Thursday evening (Thursday 26th March 2020) at our usual time of 8.15 pm for more information and throughout the week for updates and general news.

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