The Netflix hot list: From Selling Sunset to Lucifer - what to watch in August 2020

What’s on Netflix in August? Project Power, The Fall, Anelka: Misunderstood and Dirty John are just some of the best TV and movies highlights coming to Netflix this month.

By Sophia Moir Published: 28 July 2020 - 11.55am
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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, August 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, films and documentaries including the return of Selling Sunset, Lucifer and Dirty John.

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.

The Umbrella Academy season 2

The Umbrella Academy tells the story of the gifted Hargreeves siblings - raised as superheroes by their eccentric adoptive father - who reunite as adults to stop an apocalypse.

In season 2, the Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop the other apocalypse. 

The Umbrella Academy season 2 premieres Friday, July 31 on Netflix.

Season 1 of The Umbrella Academy is on Netflix now.

The Fall seasons 1-3

The Fall arrives on Netflix this month, a former BBC crime drama that depicts the deadly game of cat and mouse between serial murderer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) and DSI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson).

Anderson's enigmatic and alluring performance as policewoman-with-issues DSI Stella Gibson has garnered many fans, while Dornan’s two-series role as Belfast strangler Paul Spector earned him a Bafta nomination in 2014.

The Fall seasons 1-3 are available to watch on Netflix from Saturday, August 1.

Anelka: Misunderstood (documentary film)

Famed French footballer Nicolas Anelka’s controversial legacy is explored in this in-depth Netflix sports documentary.

The feature-length film will give fans an insight into the career of the former striker, who played for football teams including Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Chelsea.

Anelka: Misunderstood premieres Wednesday, August 5 on Netflix.

Selling Sunset season 3

The reality series from the makers of The Hills returns, following the lives of real estate agents selling high-end Los Angeles properties.

Expect to see Chrishell Stause and Justin Hartley's divorce play out in series 3, as well as Christine Quinn's extravagant wedding - and more fabulous homes, of course. 

Selling Sunset premieres Friday, August 7 on Netflix.

Selling Sunset seasons 1-2 are on Netflix now.

Project Power (film)

Project Power is a brand new action sci-fi film starring Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and written by Mattson Tomlin (The Batman). 

In the film, set in New Orleans, an ex-soldier, a teenage dealer and a local cop collide as they hunt for the source behind a dangerous new pill that grants users temporary superpowers.

Project Power premieres Friday, August 14 on Netflix.

Dirty John season 2

The second series of anthology series Dirty John, subtitled The Betty Broderick Story, launches on Netflix this month following its premiere on USA Network.

Dirty John season 2 explores a story that spans the 1960s to the ’80s, through the breakdown of a marriage that Oprah deemed one of “America’s messiest divorces” even before it ended in double homicide. 

Dirty John season 2 is available to watch on Netflix from Friday, August 14.

Dirty John season 1 is on Netflix now.

Lucifer season 5, part 1

Fantasy series Lucifer is returning to our screens for part one of its two-part fifth season this month, after Netflix revived the former Fox show from series 4 onwards.

In part one, Lucifer (Tom Wllis) makes a tumultuous return, Chloe rethinks romance, Ella finally finds a nice guy, and Amenadiel adjusts to the whole fatherhood thing.

Lucifer season 5 part 1 premieres Friday, August 21 on Netflix.

Lucifer season 4 is on Netflix now.

Plus, here is a list of films and TV shows - old and new - coming to Netflix in August: