The Netflix hot list: From Wine Country to What/If - what to watch in May 2019 and coming soon

We round up the best TV and movies highlights coming to Netflix and available through your BT TV box in May and the rest of 2019.

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Netflix is home to thousands of TV shows and movies, including award-winning dramas like The Crown, binge-worthy documentaries like Making a Murderer and original movies like Bird Box.

But if you're up to date with your Netflix watchlist, now’s the perfect time to get your teeth into something new.

From brand new TV shows, films and documentaries including Wine Country, What/If and When They See Us, to the highly-anticipated return of Lucifer this month and all new Stranger Things in July, we round up the best of what’s coming soon to Netflix customers.

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Available in May 2019

Knock Down The House

Knock down the house

When is it on?

Documentary film Knock Down The House is streaming on Netflix from Wednesday, May 1.

What’s it about?

Go behind the scenes as four determined women with no political experience challenge big-money politicians in the 2018 race for Congress.

Filmed during a moment of volatility in American politics after Donald Trump’s election, these four women decided to fight back, setting themselves on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever.

Why watch it?

The documentary film won the US Documentary Audience Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Flinch

flinch

When is it on?

Comedy game show Flinch is streaming on Netflix from Friday, May 3.

What’s it about?

Harrowing and hilarious tests await the brave and foolhardy, as well as the judges, in this brand new comedy game show.

If they flinch, they feel the pain...

Why watch it?

Flinch has been described as “Jackass meets Wipeout meets a little bit of Come Dine With Me” by the show's co-host, Lloyd Griffith.

Lucifer season 4

Lucifer

When is it on?

Lucifer season 4 will be released on Netflix on Wednesday, May 8.

What’s it about?

Lucifer Morningstar has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles - the City of Angels - where he teams up with a police detective to solve crimes.

Why watch it?

Lucifer was cancelled by Fox after three seasons, before Netflix picked it up for a fourth. Just search #LuciferOnNetflix on Twitter to see how excited the fans are for its return!

The Society

The Society

When is it on?

All episodes of The Society season 1 will be streaming on Netflix from Friday, May 10.

What’s it about?

The Society comes from director Mark Webb (500 Days of Summer), and follows a group of teenagers who struggle to survive after they're mysteriously transported to a replica of their wealthy town with no trace of their parents.

Why watch it?

The Society is “a modern take on Lord Of The Flies with a Gossip Girl edge” according to Cosmopolitan.

Wine Country

Wine Country

When is it on?

Comedy film Wine Country is streaming on Netflix from Friday, May 10.

What’s it about?

It’s Rebecca’s 50th birthday, and while she’s reluctant to celebrate the milestone, her best friend Abby has decided to throw her a party with some of their closest friends.

The group of women are heading to the scenic Napa Valley for the weekend to enjoy some wine in each other’s company, and Abby has put together a strict itinerary to make sure they have the best time possible.

But each guest turns up with their own issues. Workaholic Catherine, post-op Val, homebody Jenny, and weary mother Naomi, are all looking forward to a relaxing weekend, but find Abby’s plans the opposite of soothing.

As the alcohol flows, the women start to question their friendships with each other and what their futures are going to be.

Why watch it?

Have you seen the cast? Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph are among the all-female line-up.

When They See Us

When They See Us

When is it on?

Four-part true crime series When They See Us is streaming on Netflix from Friday, May 21.

What’s it about?

Created, written and directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma), this series exposes the breakdown of the US criminal justice system during the Central Park Five case.

According to RadioTimes.com, the drama will tell the story of the Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise - a group of teenagers from Harlem who were arrested in 1989 for the assault and rape of Trisha Meili, and endured a 25-year-long fight to prove their innocence.

Why watch it?

When They See Us is thought to be a potential awards season contender, especially with Oscar-nominated DuVernay at the helm.

What/If

What/If

When is it on?

Season one of new anthology series What/If will be released worldwide on Netflix on Friday, May 24.

What’s it about?

What/If will explore "the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things", with the first series focusing on Anne, a mysterious wealthy woman.

Why watch it?

Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger (Chicago, Cold Mountain, Bridget Jones's Diary) will play Anne in the brand new series - her first lead role in a TV show.

Confirmed for 2019

Stranger Things season 3

Stranger Things

When is it on?

Stranger Things season 3 is returning to Netflix on Thursday, July 4, and it will be set in 1985.

The season 3 titles were confirmed in a tweet from the show’s Twitter account in December 2018:

The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.

Why watch it?

Where do we start? A one-of-a-kind TV show, Stranger Things has pierced pop culture with its homage to the 1980s, as well as the stellar acting by its young cast including breakout star Millie Bobby Brown.

Watch the trailer for Stranger Things season 3

The Politician

The Politician key art

When is it on?

TV series The Politician will launch globally on Netflix on Friday, September 27.

What’s it about?

Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he's going to be President of the United States.

But first he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School.

To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image.

Why watch it?

The Politician is created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan - known respectively for their work on creating/co-creating/producing shows including Glee, American Horror Story and Scream Queens.

[The Politician: When is it released? Who is in the cast? Everything you need to know]

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Dark Crystal

When is it on?

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance TV series will be streaming in 2019, Netflix confirms on its official website.

What’s it about?

A prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal, Age of Resistance will explore the world of Thra created for the original movie.

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, previously said in a statement.

“I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

Why watch it?

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has an all-star voice cast, including Helena Bonham-Carter, Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, Caitriona Balfe and Taron Egerton.

Orange Is the New Black season 7

OITNB

When is it on?

Orange Is the New Black’s final season will be streaming in 2019, although a release date has yet to be confirmed by Netflix. The first six seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Privileged New Yorker Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling) ends up in a women's prison when a past crime catches up with her.

Why watch it?

One for fans of dark humour and flawed characters, OITNB is one of Netflix’s most popular original TV shows and has garnered a whole heap of awards since its 2013 inception.

The Crown season 3

The Crown

When is it on?

Series three of The Crown started filming in July 2018 and it is expected to be released on Netflix in early 2019, although a release date has not been confirmed. The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Award-winning drama that follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

Why watch it?

Season three brings in a whole new set of actors, including Olivia Colman in the title role and Tobias Menzies as her husband Prince Philip.

[Read more: Everything you need to know about The Crown season 3]

The Irishman

the irishman

When is it on?

Original film The Irishman will be streaming on Netflix later this year.

What’s it about?

According to IndieWire.com, The Irishman is based on the 2003 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, which recounts the years Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran spent as a mob hitman.

Brandt interviewed Sheeran over a five-year period, during which the mobster confessed to being involved in more than 25 hits for the mob.

Sheeran was allegedly involved in the death of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, who went missing in July 1975 and was never found.

Why watch it?

Directed by Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas), Robert De Niro is taking on the role of Sheeran, while Al Pacino is playing Hoffa. Both actors are playing the characters across several decades, and so Scorsese is using special technology to de-age the actors.

Green Eggs & Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

When is it on?

Netflix’s TV adaptation of the Dr. Seuss story is coming to the streaming service this autumn.

What’s it about?

Friends Guy and Sam go on a cross-country road trip to save an endangered animal, learning to try new things like hope, friendship, and a certain delectable dish.

Why watch it?

The adaptation has a voice cast including Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Eddie Izzard and Adam DeVine.

[Read more: Everything you need to know about Green Eggs and Ham on Netflix]

Rumoured for 2019

GLOW season 3

GLOW

When is it on?

Season 3 was officially renewed on August 2018, and judging by the fact the previous two seasons landed on Netflix in June 2017 and June 2018 respectively, we can expect to see season 3 land in June 2019. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits - including struggling actress Ruth 'Zoya the Destroya' Wilde, played by Alison Brie - reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Why watch it?

GLOW is an Emmy-winning comedy by the team behind fellow Netflix Original series, Orange Is the New Black.

Jessica Jones season 3

Jessica Jones

When is it on?

Netflix has confirmed a third season of Jessica Jones, with DenOfGeek.com predicting an early-to-mid 2019 release. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Why watch it?

Jessica Jones is one of the many Marvel TV shows on Netflix, including Iron Fist, Daredevil and The Punisher, but according to Vanity Fair it’s one of the most popular Marvel ventures.

13 Reasons Why season 3

13 reasons why

When is it on?

A third series of 13 Reasons Why has been confirmed and is thought to be premiering on Netflix in 2019. The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

13 Reasons Why follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah Baker, and her decision to end her life.

Why watch it?

The original run of the Netflix original was one of the most talked-about series of 2017, according to Forbes.com.

Black Mirror season 5

Black Mirror

When is it on?

Black Mirror season 5 is thought to be coming to Netflix in 2019. Seasons 1-4 are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

This sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Why watch it?

Black Mirror was created by Charlie Brooker, who developed the series to highlight topics related to humanity's relationship with technology. He told the Guardian: “[The episodes] are all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy.”

Ozark season 3

Ozark

When is it on?

The show’s star, director and executive producer Jason Bateman confirmed Ozark had been renewed for a third series in a tweet he shared in October 2018, below:

There’s no word on a release date yet, but DigitalSpy.com predicts it could land towards the end of summer/September 2019. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.

Why watch it?

You might know Jason Bateman largely as a comedy actor (Arrested Development, Horrible Bosses), but his ‘gripping’ dramatic performance has been praised by critics. The show also has a 92% approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

Spinning Out

Spinning Out

When is it on?

TV drama series Spinning Out, starring Skins’ Kaya Scodelario and The Hunger Games’ Willow Shields, is thought be streaming in 2019.

What’s it about?

After a disastrous fall during an important performance, a competitive ice skater dealing with family issues and her own inner demons struggles to revive her career.

Why watch it?

The series was created by Samantha Stratton - a former competitive figure skater herself.

The Witcher

The Witcher

When is it on?

TV series The Witcher is thought to be on Netflix in 2019/2020.

What’s it about?

Based on the books by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher tells the story of Geralt, a mutated monster hunter played by Henry Cavill, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

Why watch it?

Netflix shared a first look at Cavill in The Witcher and it was a far cry from his famous role as the Man of Steel:

Mindhunter season 2

mindhunter

When is it on?

The second season of Mindhunter will be released in the first half of 2019, predicts RadioTimes.com.

What’s it about?

In season 1 of Mindhunter, two FBI agents expanded criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters.

The second season is set to cover the Atlanta child murders of 1979-81.

Why watch it?

Mindhunter is directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl, The Social Network).

Goop docuseries

Goop

When is it on?

Goop’s as-yet-untitled streaming series will hit Netflix in autumn 2019, according to Variety.

What’s it about?

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle and wellness brand is expanding its original content efforts with a new Netflix docuseries, with the Goop editorial team working with experts, doctors, and researchers to examine issues relating to physical and spiritual wellness.

Why watch it?

Goop’s chief content officer Elise Loehnen hopes the docuseries will “dial up the quality of storytelling surrounding issues like mental, physical and sexual health”.

Looking further ahead

Narcos: Mexico season 2

Narcos Mexico

When is it on?

Narcos: Mexico season 2 has just started filming in Mexico, so we expect it to be streaming in 2019/2020. Season 1 of Narcos: Mexico is available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Narcos: Mexico explores the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, starting at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a disorganised group of independent growers and dealers. The plot for season 2 has not yet been announced.

Why watch it?

It features an entirely new cast and separate storyline from the original Narcos series of the same name, so you can get stuck into Narcos: Mexico straight away without having to catch up.

Roald Dahl animated TV series

Roald Dahl

When is it on?

Netflix has confirmed production of an animated series will start in 2019, which makes the likely release date at some point in 2020. Find out everything you need to know about the series so far.

What’s it about?

Roald Dahl's classic children’s books, including the Twits, the BFG, and Matilda, are being adapted for a new animated TV series exclusive to Netflix.

"Netflix is known for innovative and high-quality storytelling,” said Gideon Simeloff, Strategy Director for The Roald Dahl Story Company.

“There is no other place in the world that can deliver animated entertainment for the whole family at such quality and scale.”

Why watch it?

Roald Dahl's unique work has inspired award-winning films and smash hit stage musicals, so it will be wonderful to see how the streaming service adapts the famous novels into animation.

Space Force

Space Force

When is it on?

TV series Space Force was announced in January 2019, and Netflix doesn’t have a release date although the trailer says “coming soon”.

What’s it about?

In June 2018, the US government announced the creation of a 6th major division of the United States Armed Forces - Space Force.

This brand new comedy is the brainchild of Greg Daniels and Steve Carell (The Office), telling the fictional story of the men and women who have to figure out how to defend satellites from attack and other space-related tasks.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

Why watch it?

Despite rumours of a potential reunion, Steve Carell has always ruled out a return to NBC’s The Office - so this is the next best thing for Michael Scott fans!

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

When is it on?

Shadow and Bone was only announced in January 2019, and a release date has not yet been confirmed.

What’s it about?

Based on Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone is a fantasy series about sinister forces plotting against a young soldier when she reveals a magical power that might unite her world.

Why watch it?

The TV series will hail from Bird Box and Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer (pictured), who will also serve as head writer and showrunner.

Ratched

Ratched

When is it on?

TV drama series Ratched was announced in 2017, but a release date on Netflix has not been confirmed.

What’s it about?

Based on the character of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ratched is an origin story following her evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster.

Why watch it?

Sarah Paulson (pictured above) has been cast as the murderous nurse, in a series created by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story).

The Haunting of Bly Manor

haunting

When is it on?

The Haunting of Bly Manor is landing on Netflix on 2020.

What’s it about?

Following on from The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor is the second season in The Haunting anthology series on Netflix.

Bly Manor is an adaptation of classic gothic literature novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, according to whats-on-netflix.com.

Why watch it?

The Haunting of Hill House was the Netflix sleeper hit of 2018, reinvigorating the TV horror genre.

Merry Happy Whatever

dennis quaid

When is it on?

A release date for the eight-part comedy series hasn’t been announced, but as it’s Christmas-themed, we’d predict a December 2019 release.

What’s it about?

Merry Happy Whatever follows Don Quinn, a strong-willed patriarch who has to balance the demands of his complicated family with the stress of the Christmas season when his youngest daughter brings home a new boyfriend, according to HollywoodReporter.com.

Why watch it?

Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow, Fortitude) plays the lead role - his first appearance in a Netflix Original.

The Devil All The Time

the devil all the time

When is it on?

Original film The Devil All The Time does not currently have a release date on Netflix.

What’s it about?

The film is an adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 novel and is set in a fictional town called Knockemstiff, Ohio, where a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews, according to Variety.com.

The story, told across two decades, centers on a bullied child who becomes a man who knows when to take action, a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff.

Why watch it?

Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) is starring in the lead role after Chris Evans had to depart due to scheduling conflicts.

Sex Education series 2

Sex Ed

When is it on?

A second series of Sex Education was announced in early 2019, with filming due to start in spring 2019.

The first series was released in January 2019, so we predict a January 2020 release for series two.

What’s it about?

In season 1 of Sex Education, we met Otis Milburn - an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, a sex therapist (Gillian Anderson).

Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis is a reluctant expert on the subject. When his home life is revealed at school, Otis realizes that he can use his specialist knowledge to gain status.

He teams up with Maeve, a whip-smart bad-girl, and together they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems. Through his analysis of teenage sexuality, Otis realises he may need some therapy of his own.

The plot for season 2 hasn’t been announced yet.

Why watch it?

Sex Education has been described thebest British teen drama since Skins”.

Altered Carbon season 2

altered carbon

When is it on?

The second series of Altered Carbon went into production in early 2019, so the earliest we could expect it is late 2019.

What’s it about?

Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent.

Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned – on ice – for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder… that of Bancroft himself.

Why watch it?

Altered Carbon is based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan.

You season 2

You season 2

When is it on?

The second series of You went into production in early 2019, so the earliest we could expect it is late 2019.

What’s it about?

Series 1 introduced us to Joe (Penn Badgley), a brilliant bookstore manager who crosses paths with an aspiring writer. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle – and person – in his way.

Series 2 is about Joe moving to Los Angeles to start over, to forget about what happened in New York.

Why watch it?

You is based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, with the sequel being based on its follow-up; Hidden Bodies. It’s described as “a lot darker” than the first book.

The Stranger

richard armitage

When is it on?

The new eight-part series doesn’t have a release date on Netflix at present, but it’s going into production in March 2019, according to RadioTimes.com.

What’s it about?

The Stranger is an adaptation of the Harlan Coben novel of the same name. The description reads as follows:

“Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

“Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corrine, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all.

“Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corrine's deception, and realizes that if he doesn't make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he's stumbled into will not only ruin lives - it will end them…”

Why watch it?

Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), above, will lead the upcoming psychological thriller from the makers of Safe.

Eurovision

Eurovision

When is it on?

It looks as though Eurovision is some way off yet - Netflix has only just announced that the director will be David Dobkin, who was at the helm of comedy hit Wedding Crashers.

What’s it about?

The plot has not yet been released, but it’s about the Eurovision Song Contest, which is legendary throughout Europe for its eccentric performers, odd songs, passionate fans and tactical voting.

Why watch it?

Will Ferrell is writing, producing, and also starring in the film - as what we don’t yet know, but we’re hoping to see him as one of the song contest performers.

Untitled Thai cave rescue series

netflix logo

When is it on?

The untitled scripted series does not yet have a release date, but it was announced in March 2019 by the Hollywood Reporter.

What’s it about?

Netflix is is partnering with SK Global to co-produce a miniseries about last summer's sensational cave rescue mission in Northern Thailand.

The original scripted series will tell the story of the 12 Thai boys and football coach who were trapped two miles below the earth for two weeks in 2018.

Why watch it?

The series looks set to focus on its direct access to the boys at the heart of this incredible story.

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