The Netflix hot list: From Rebecca to David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet - what to watch in October 2020

What’s on Netflix in October? The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Unsolved Mysteries Vol 2 are just some of the best TV and movies highlights coming to Netflix this month.

By Sophia Moir Published: 28 September 2020 - 4.38pm
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Netflix is home to thousands of TV shows and movies, including award-winning dramas, binge-worthy documentaries and original movies.

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

So what’s new on Netflix UK this month? There’s brand new TV shows and documentaries, including David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, Unsolved Mysteries Vol 2 and The Haunting of Bly Manor.

It’s also a bumper month for Netflix Original films, with The Trial of the Chicago 7, Rebecca and Over The Moon all launching.

We list the best of what’s coming up for the month ahead in our must-watch Netflix TV guide.

Plus, don’t miss what’s on Amazon Prime Video, NOW TV and Sky Cinema this month.

Emily in Paris

Emily in Paris is a brand new TV series from the creator of Sex and the City and starring Lily Collins.

After landing her dream job in Paris, Chicago marketing executive Emily Cooper (Collins) embraces her adventurous new life while juggling work, friends and romance.

Emily in Paris premieres Friday, October 2 on Netflix.

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

In this unique feature documentary, celebrated naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime and the devastating changes he has seen. 

The film addresses some of the biggest challenges facing life on our planet, providing a snapshot of global nature loss in a single lifetime. 

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet premieres Sunday, October 4 on Netflix.

Line of Duty series 5

After premiering on BBC One in early 2019, all six episodes of Line of Duty series 5 finally make their way to Netflix.

Jed Mercurio's smash hit police procedural follows the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anti-corruption unit, but the key question surrounding the events of series 5 is: Who is H?

Line of Duty season 5 is available to watch on Netflix from Monday, October 5.

The first four seasons are available to watch on Netflix now, along with on BBC iPlayer.

The Haunting of Bly Manor

From the producers of The Haunting of Hill House comes a new ghost story - The Haunting of Bly Manor.

An au pair plunges into an abyss of chilling secrets in this gothic romance starring Victoria Pedretti, Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and more.

The Haunting of Bly Manor premieres Friday, October 9 on Netflix.

The Haunting of Hill House is available to watch on Netflix now.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (film)

Written and directed by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Molly's Game), The Trial of the Chicago 7 is based on the notorious 1968 Democratic National Convention and its subsequent trial.

What was intended to be a peaceful protest turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard, and went down in history. Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mark Rylance all star.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 premieres Friday, October 16 on Netflix.

Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2

Real cases of perplexing disappearances, shocking murders and paranormal encounters fuel this gripping revival of the iconic documentary series.

According to, Volume 1 shot up the top 10 lists in multiple countries including the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom following its launch, so there's a lot of excitement around Volume 2.

Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 premieres Monday, October 19 on Netflix.

Volume 1 is available to watch now on Netflix.

Rebecca (film)

Rebecca is a modern film adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's gothic novel starring Armie Hammer, Lily James, and Kristin Scott Thomas. 

A young newlywed arrives at her husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house long after her death. 

Rebecca premieres Wednesday, October 21 on Netflix.

Over The Moon (film)

Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. 

There she ends up on an unexpected quest, and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures, in this animated musical adventure.

Over The Moon is available to watch on Netflix from Friday, October 23.

It's also available to watch in UK cinemas from Friday, October 16.

The Queen’s Gambit

The Queen’s Gambit follows a young chess prodigy’s rise from an orphanage to the world stage. But genius comes with a cost...

A riveting adaptation of Walter Tevis’ groundbreaking novel starring Anya Taylor-Joy (Peaky Blinders, Emma).

The Queen’s Gambit premieres Friday, October 23 on Netflix.

His House (film)

After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface.

Critics have called the film "harrowing but bracingly creative", "persuasively terrifying" and “an accomplished debut from writer-director Remi Weekes”.

His House premieres Friday, October 30 on Netflix.