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Netflix picks for August

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When you’re not busy soaking up the blazing sun this month, it’s nice to have new options of series and films to keep you occupied. Here are some of the best things coming to Netflix this August, perfect for when you’re chilling out on the couch and escaping the summer heat.

Hot Fuzz

If you’ve not grown tired of this one being repeated on ITV2 for the last few years, or you’ve somehow managed to avoid watching it completely, British classic Hot Fuzz is finally being added to Netflix.

The second installment of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s hilarious Cornetto Trilogy follows Pegg and fellow actor Nick Frost as a pair of police officers attempting to solve a series of mysterious deaths in the fictional Sandford, a village in the West Country. Expect lots of laughs, plenty of cringes, and definitely a Cornetto or two.

Better Call Saul

Everybody’s favourite sleazy lawyer from Breaking Bad is finally back in the fourth season of Better Call Saul.

Following the death of a prominent character last series, these new episodes follow Jimmy’s fast-approaching transformation into Saul Goodman as he takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer – and his relationship with Kim – in jeopardy.

With Breaking Bad villains Mike Ehrmantraut and Gus Fring once again returning to our screens, it’s almost like the much-loved series never ended.

Disenchantment

Created by Matt Groening of Futurama and The Simpsons fame, Disenchantment is a new adult animated fantasy sitcom commissioned by Netflix. Twenty episodes of the series have been created, with the first ten episodes scheduled for release on the 17th of this month.

The series follows the story of rebellious and alcoholic Princess Bean, her elf companion Elfo, and her "personal demon" Luci, who live in a medieval kingdom known as Dreamland. The series has a stellar cast of voice actors, from Futurama contributors John DiMaggio and Billy West (Bender and Fry), to Matt Berry, Rich Fulcher and Noel Fielding, an iconic trio last seen in The Mighty Boosh.

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Fans of a good old-fashioned romcom will be pleased to know that Bridget Jones’s Baby has finally arrived on Netflix. The film stars Renée Zellweger as the iconic Bridget Jones, who is unsure whether Mark Darcy, a role reprised by Colin Firth, or new boy on the scene Jack Qwant, played by Patrick Dempsey, is the father of her unborn child.

Loving Vincent

Focusing on the life of painter Vincent van Gogh and the circumstances of his death, Loving Vincent is the first fully painted animated feature film ever made.

Conceived as a 7-minute short movie back in 2008, Loving Vincent was fully realised by Dorota Kobiela, a painter herself, after studying the techniques and the artist's story through his letters.

Each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh and created by a talented team of 125 painters.

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