Dystopias, peacekeepers, and show tunes: Seven things coming to Netflix this October

With the nights getting longer, here's how Netflix plans to divert our attentions the next few weeks

Netflix, October

Chris O'Dowd stars in 'Mascots' [Scott Garfield/Netflix]

The Siege of Jadotville (Streaming from October 7th)

Fresh from its (admittedly very fresh) cinematic release in Ireland, this gripping true story of incredible bravery against impossible odds has the whole country talking. Telling the story of the 150-strong company of Irish peacekeepers left isolated in the Congolese countryside in 1961, facing down an attack by 3,000 mercenaries trying to kill them, Northern Irish star Jamie Dornan plays Commandant Pat Quinlan, arguably the most forgotten Irish military hero in the history of the Republic of Ireland.

Mascots (Streaming from October 13th)

From comic genius Christopher Guest, best known for the classic mockumentaries This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, comes a new Netflix Original film. Working with many of actors regularly appearing in his movies (Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Jennifer Coolidge) as well as the many new and rising stars (Zach Woods, Sarah Baker, Chris O’Dowd), Guest turns his off-beat style to a new comedy about the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots, battling it out for the most prestigious award in their field, the Gold Fluffy.

Haters Back Off! (Streaming from October 14th)

A comedic gamble from Netflix, with the company having ordered an eight-part series based entirely on the character Miranda Sings, a popular YouTube creation devised and performed by Colleen Ballinger-Evans. In Haters Back Off!, the show takes the leap from short to longer form, telling the story of the oddball family life of Miranda Sings, an incredibly confident star whose rise to fame is powered entirely by her assured belief that she was born to be famous, even if she has no talent.

Glitch (Streaming from October 15th)

Starring Irish actress Genevieve O’Reilly, this Australian drama proved to be a critical darling down under, claiming two of the country’s most prestigious awards for TV drama in 2015. When Senior Constable James Hayes, a policeman from the small town of Yoorana, is called out to the local cemetery in the middle of the night, he makes a discovery that turns the lives of everyone in the town upside down – six people have inexplicably risen from the dead.

Black Mirror (Streaming from October 21st)

Charlie Brooker’s brilliantly dark look at how technology has transformed all aspects of our lives returns for a third season on Netflix, paying homage to classic anthology shows like The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt. Back for another run of 12 episodes exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia, the show features performances from Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis, Jerome Flynn, James Norton, Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Kelly McDonald, and Michael Cole.

Crazy Ex Girlfriend (Season two episodes streaming week by week from October 23rd)

The CW show is among the first to benefit from the network’s agreement with Netflix, with audiences in Ireland able to access new episodes only two days after they broadcast on the other side of the Atlantic. An all-singing, all-dancing ode to classic musicals and a surprisingly insightful examination of mental health, Crazy Ex Girlfriend’s first season turned its writer/star Rachel Bloom into a new force to be reckoned with, claiming the Golden Globe for ‘Best Actress’ in a comedy at the start of the year.

Into the Inferno (Streaming from October 28th)

Visionary weirdo Werner Herzog teams up with volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer to embark upon a global journey exploring some of the most mythical volcanoes on Earth. With locations in North Korea, Ethiopia, Iceland and the Vanuatu Archipelago, the stunning footage sees Herzog speak to scientists and indigenous communities alike, seeking to understand the complex relationship between mankind and one of nature’s most savage wonders. Equal parts history, science, and philosophy, Into the Inferno promises a riveting cinematic experience.

[Netflix]

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