Netflix: the best new TV and films in May (plus everything else)

Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 11:14 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 11:14 am

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May on Netflix brings us bombastic true-crime stories, dystopian dramas from Denmark and a Martin Freeman-led zombie movie.

Here are the best new TV and films coming in May to Netflix UK - along with a list of everything else.

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Dear White People (Season 2)

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What is it? Satirising a ‘post-racial’ America, Season 2 of Dear White People continues to follow a group of black students at a predominantly white school who face social injustice on a daily basis.

The show's first run debuted to rave reviews, and though it might not have been on the tongues of many viewers, it's an important show raising invaluable questions.

When can I watch it? May 4

The Rain

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What is it? The Rain - the streaming service’s first Danish co-production - is a dystopian survival thriller, and looks set to take a drastically different direction from the kind of police procedurals and murder mysteries that Denmark has become famous for.

Expect comparisons to survival dramas like 28 Days Later and The Walking Dead, while its theme of youngsters forming their own society from scratch is an obvious nod to William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

When can I see it? May 4

Poldark (Series 2)

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What is it? The second series of the show based on Winston Graham's novels - and starring Aiden Turner - comes to Netflix.

Following on from the first series, which is already on the streaming service, Poldark continues to rebuild his Cornish estate, battle social injustice, and content with an ever-complicated love life.

When can I see it? May 6

Evil Genius

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What is it? As far as engrossing true-crime stories go, it doesn't get more absorbing that Evil Genius (full title: 'Evil Genius - the True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist').

The docuseries investigates the true story of a pizza delivery man who robbed a bank, then was killed by a bomb fastened around his neck.

When can I see it? May 11

Cargo

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What is it? Martin Freeman stars in a Netflix original film about a desperate, infected father stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, seeking a new home for his infant child and a means to protect her from himself.

An updated version of director Yolanda Ramke's 2003 short of the same name, Cargo has been picking up favourable reviews, and has been dubbed a "zombie movie with soul and pathos".

When can I watch it? May 18

The Social Network

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What is it? In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal the world's eyes have never been fixed more firmly on social media giant Facebook.

David Fincher's Oscar nominated film - written by Aaron Sorkin - tells the story of founder Mark Zuckerberg's internet success, from a website rating the girls of Harvard on attractiveness to global social phenomenon. Jesse Eisenberg brilliantly plays a driven Zuckerberg, originally out for revenge after a less-than-amicable dumping.

When can I see it? May 18

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Everything else coming to Netflix in May:

May 1

SometimesJohn Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio CityMen Behaving Badly: Series 1Men Behaving Badly: Series 2Prime Suspect 5Prime Suspect 6Prime Suspect: The Final ActPrime Suspect 4Cold Feet: Season 5Cold Feet: Season 3Cold Feet: Season 4Some Like It HotWild Orchid 221Audrey RoseLove Rain: Season 1Iris: Season 1Boys Over Flowers: Vol. 1Lakeview TerraceiZombie: Season 4Prime Suspect 1Prime Suspect 2Prime Suspect 3Cold Feet: Season 2Cold Feet: Season 1Cold Feet: Season 6Men Behaving Badly: Last OrdersMen Behaving Badly: Series 3Men Behaving Badly: Series 4Men Behaving Badly: Series 5Men Behaving Badly: Series 6Case Closed: Season 1ALVINNN!!! And the ChipmunksThe Frankenstein Chronicles: Season 2Liquid Edge: Season 1Sing-a-long with PJ MasksLittle Boy Blue: Season 1Prime Suspect 1973: Season 1Sam Faiers: The Mummy Diaries: Season 1TeslaLove Island: Season 1Love Island: Season 2A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical MarijuanaMaigret Sets a TrapMaigret's Dead ManCameraman to the QueenRachel CarsonThe Race UndergroundThe Battle of ChosinStrattonKings of the SunEnter the NinjaQueens of Comedy: Season 1Swami Baba Ramdev: The Untold Story: Season 1Maya Angelou: And Still I RiseRinganOnaatah27: Gone Too SoonThe StandoffLe K BenzemaAnjaan: Special Crimes Unit: Season 1Gabru: Hip Hop Revolution: Season 1Khan: No. 1 Crime Hunter: Season 1Mere Papa Hero Hiralal: Season 1Simon: Season 1Love Ni BhavaiNibunanWaitingHombannaAbhinetriAjjiGurgaonRoberto Saviano: Writing Under Police ProtectionJewel's Catch OneThe Carter EffectLife, AnimatedLife, AnimatedPJ Masks: Season 1Pocoyo Halloween: Spooky MoviesPocoyo & CarsPocoyo CarnivalPocoyo Halloween: Space HalloweenPocoyo & The Space CircusPocoyo Special SportsDarcToc TocMy Perfect RomanceCIA: Comrade in AmericaFood On The GoCoffee for AllThe ClapperSi saben cómo me pongo ¿pá qué me invitan?Spiritual House: Season 1Duck Butter

May 2

Jailbreak

May 3

Hyori's Bed & Breakfast: Season 2Miracles from HeavenThe Angry Birds MovieStagecoach: The Texas Jack StoryThe Durrells: Season 1

May 4

A Little Help with Carol BurnettMy Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina FeyBusted!: Season 1End GameAnonManhuntForgive Us Our DebtsDany Boon: Des Hauts-De-FranceRuPaul's Drag Race: Season 10Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky BobbyNo Estoy LocaLo más sencillo es complicarlo todoFamily BloodKakegurui: Season 1Thi MaiThe Good Cop: Season 1

May 5

Pup Star: World Tour

May 7

Prince Jai Aur Dumdaar Viru: Season 2Sab Jholmaal Hai: Season 2

May 8

Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives

May 9

Daddy Day Care

May 10

Bad Neighbours 2Jeepers Creepers 3O Renascimento do Parto

May 11

The Kissing BoothCarlos Ballarta: Furia ÑeraBill Nye Saves the World: Season 3Taxi DriverLondonHa Unlimited 2Ha Unlimited 1Spivak

May 13

Ali Wong: Hard Knock WifeThe InternKickboxer: Retaliation

May 14

The Legend of Wu Kong

May 15

Project Runway: Season 10Project Runway: Season 9Brain Games: Season 2Drugs, Inc.: Season 4Unusual Cultures: Season 1Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries: Season 1The Game 365: Season 15The Game 365: Season 16Disaster Earth: Season 1Inside Cocaine Wars: Season 1Doomsday Preppers: Season 1The Traffickers: Season 1Whisker Wars: Season 1Project Runway: Junior: Season 1Project Runway: Junior: Season 2Invaders: Season 1Lockdown Oz: Maximum SecurityParty Like: Season 1Crimes Against Nature: Season 1Wild Australia: Season 1Animal Intervention: Season 1How Big Can It Get: Season 1The Fashion Fund: Season 1Catching Hell: Season 1I Own Australia's Best Home: Season 1I Own Britain's Best Home: Season 1Martha Bakes: Season 5Martha Bakes: Season 6The Art Of...: Season 2Je ne suis pas une sorcièreAadu 2Chalay Thay SaathSaint Seiya: The Lost Canvas: Season 1Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro: Special Edition

May 16

Asian Provocateur: Season 2

May 17

The Meddler

May 18

Catching FeelingsThe PunisherMidnight ExpressTrue Music (Working Title): Songs (Working Title)

May 20

Episodes: Season 5

May 22

Tig Notaro Happy To Be HereMob Psycho 100: Season 1Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2Men On A Mission: 2018Maze

May 23

Explained

May 24

Fauda: Season 2KillersTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2Making Fun: The Story of FunkoSurvivor's Guide to Prison

May 25

IbizaSteve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your LifeFernando Sanjiao: HombreThe Toys That Made Us: Season 2MindhuntersReign Over Me

May 26

Sara's Notebook12 Monkeys: Season 3The Darkness

May 27

The Break with Michelle WolfPan

May 28

Maggie's PlanLockup: Raw: Collection 1

May 30

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4Wish UponTrump: An American Dream: Season 1

May 31

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard SternQueen of the South: Season 2Healer: Season 1Full HouseOh My Venus: Season 1Who Are You: School 2015: Season 1Hwarang: Season 1Blood: Season 1The Producers: Season 1Love in the Moonlight: Season 1Uncontrollably Fond: Season 1Beauty and the Bitches: Season 2Blood & Treasures: Season 1Beauty and the Bitches: Season 1