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What to watch on Netflix this Autumn

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Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas star in Rebecca (Netflix)

Even with filming and production stalled, Netflix is set to deliver an impressive slate of new content this autumn.

From the return of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown to new work from Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher, here’s our guide to what’s coming up.

The Crown (Season four), 15 November

To call The Crown the highlight of Netflix’s autumn season would be an understatement. After all, even the release of the official trailer – due any minute now incidentally – is usually enough to send the internet into a tizzy. For those who don’t already know, this year’s outing – covering the 1980s – sees the introduction of the two most influential women of the decade, with Gillian Anderson’s highly-awaited turn as Margaret Thatcher and newcomer Emma Corrin as Princess Diana. Roll on the nostalgia.

Mank, TBD (October)

Amanda Seyfried in Mank (Netflix)

Gone Girl director David Fincher polishes off an unfinished screenplay from his late father, Jack Fincher, to tell the story of Herman Mankiewicz, the legendary screenwriter whose feud with Orson Welles over who deserved credit for Citizen Kane raged for years after the film’s release. Fresh from playing the great Winston Churchill, Gary Oldman stars as Mankiewicz – known at the time as the funniest man in Hollywood – as he and Welles (played by West End regular Tom Burke) embark on what is destined to become one of most fractious relationships in film history.

Hillbilly Elegy, TBD (November)

Amy Adams stars in Hillbilly Elegy

Back in 2016, JD Vance’s memoir about growing up in white working-class America raced up the New York Times bestseller list as America’s cultural elites sought to understand the political resentment that had fuelled the rise of Donald Trump. Now the book gets its much-anticipated film adaptation, as Ron Howard assembles a cast of impeccably glamorous Hollywood types – led by Glenn Close and Amy Adams – who believe they can get under the skin of flyover America.

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