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The festive period has come early to Sky Cinema and NOW this month with the release of A Boy Called Christmas, in which Gil Kenan — director of the Poltergeist remake — helms a reimagined origin story for Father Christmas. Elsewhere, Phoebe Dynevor portrays famous ceramicist Clarice Cliff in The Colour Room and Ralph Fiennes leads pandemic drama Beat the Devil.
On the TV front, the revival of Dexter is finally upon us, with Michael C. Hall returning to play the serial killer after eight years off screen.
Elsewhere, the indefatigable Grey's Anatomy juggernaut rumbles on and the world of Dan Brown comes to the small screen in The Lost Symbol.
New movies on Sky Cinema and NOW in November 2021
Beat the Devil (11 November)
In March 2020, playwright David Hare caught COVID-19 just as the UK was plunged into lockdown for the first time. When theatres first reopened their doors in August of that year, Hare enlisted Ralph Fiennes to play a fictionalised version of the writer in 50-minute satirical monologue play Beat the Devil.
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A filmed version of that monologue is now arriving via Sky Cinema, with Fiennes reprising the role he performed on stage.
The Colour Room (12 November)
Phoebe Dynevor takes on her first major role since Bridgerton catapulted her into the A-list with The Colour Room, in which she portrays the famous ceramic artist Clarice Cliff. It's Dynevor's feature debut and a huge leading role for the star, with Aussie filmmaker Claire McCarthy in the director's chair. The cast also includes Matthew Goode and David Morrissey.
A Boy Called Christmas (26 November)
Based on Matt Haig's 2015 children's book, A Boy Called Christmas follows newcomer Henry Lawfull as Nikolas, who travels off into a frozen wilderness to find his father. Poltergeist remake director Gil Kenan is behind the camera, with a script by Kenan and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again director Ol Parker. The cast is a who's-who of British acting royalty, including Sally Hawkins, Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent and Toby Jones.
New TV on Sky Cinema and NOW in November 2021
A.P. Bio S4 (2 November)
After debuting on Peacock in the States, the latest run of this high school sitcom now arrives on UK shores via Sky and NOW. Glenn Howerton returns to play the philosophy professor turned biology teacher, who doesn't actually teach any biology. This season, according to the synopsis, features a tornado and a fake cult.
The L-Word: Generation Q S2 (3 November)
Set a decade after The L-Word, this series follows a new ensemble of LGBT+ characters as they navigate modern life. Not every show can boast that they've featured Megan Rapinoe in a cameo.
Station 19 S5 (3 November)
With Grey's Anatomy back on screens once again, its firefighter spin-off Station 19 is also back for a fifth season, focused on the Seattle-based team.
Catch & Kill: The Podcast Tapes (4 November)
Ronan Farrow's 2019 book Catch and Kill was a blockbuster, well-reviewed take on the sexual abuse and rape allegations made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Farrow subsequently spun off a podcast from the book, and it's that podcast which sits at the centre of The Podcast Tapes — a limited series in which Farrow interviews investigators, whistleblowers and others linked to the Weinstein story.
Shark with Steve Backshall (7 November)
This four-part series sees adventurer Steve Backshall travel the world in order to illustrate the diversity of sharks, showing that there's more to them than the "doll's eyes" described by Quint in Jaws. Naturally, it also focuses on the threats posed to the world's oceans by the actions of human beings.
Dexter: New Blood (8 November)
Dexter is back. Eight years after one of the most maligned TV finales ever — move over Game of Thrones and Line of Duty — Michael C. Hall is once again on screen playing the serial killer who investigates other serial killers. The show is set a decade after the original finale and sees Dexter's new, secret identity threatened when strange things begin to happen in the town.
Hotspots (9 November)
After four successful series, this show about the business of investigative journalism returns, with experienced reporters Alex Crawford and Stuart Ramsay guiding viewers through their processes.
Grey's Anatomy S18 (10 November)
The longest-running scripted primetime show on the ABC network returns for its 18th season, again following the staff and patients of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
Life & Rhymes S2 (10 November)
Poet Benjamin Zephaniah highlights the best of modern British spoken word performance with this series, showcasing work on sensitive and important issues affecting the country today.
Sort Of S1 (11 November)
Bilal Baig and Fab Filippo's Canadian sitcom follows Baig as genderfluid millennial Sabi, trying to navigate life and work as a nanny for a hipster couple's children. Sabi has been referred to as the first non-binary lead character on Canadian TV, with Baig at the centre of a cast containing many trans and non-binary performers, foregrounding very welcome on-screen diversity.
American Rust (18 November)
This eight-part drama is a classic tale of moral quandary, with Jeff Daniels as a chief of police who must try to reconcile his important duties with the fact his partner's son has just been accused of murder. It marries complex ethical questions with the paranoia of small town life.
Royal Bastards: Rise of the Tudors (22 November)
The only thing that British history teaching and programming loves more than the Second World War is the Tudor period. But this docudrama finds a slightly different angle by focusing on Lady Margaret Beaufort — grandmother of King Henry VIII. Sheila Atim, Philip Glenister and Sophie Rundle are in the cast.
The Lost Symbol S1 (24 November)
Tom Hanks has portrayed Dan Brown's symbologist Robert Langdon in three movies, which have received — it's fair to say — rather mixed reviews. But now the world of Brown and Langdon has made the jump to TV, with Ashley Zukerman portraying Langdon in this adaptation of the 2009 novel The Lost Symbol. Langdon is hired by the CIA to solve a series of complicated puzzles. Just the way he likes it.
Murdered & Missing in Montana (28 November)
This two-hour documentary special with attorney and investigative journalist Loni Coombs traces the cases of three women found dead on Native American reservations in Montana. All of their cases remain unsolved.
Private Eyes S5 (30 November)
The fifth and final season of this Canadian crime-comedy sees Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson return as private investigators working in Toronto.
Yellowjackets (November TBC)
This high-concept series sounds like a fascinating one, telling the story of a girls' football team who survive a plane crash only to descend into cannibalism while trapped in the wilderness. The Book Thief actor Sophie Nélisse heads up a cast which also includes Juliette Lewis and Christina Ricci.
Other movies and TV on Sky Cinema and NOW in November 2021
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Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)
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The Matrix trilogy (1999-2003)
Mortal Kombat (2021)
Military Wives (2019)
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