Embrace autumnal entertainment this November with our rundown of top TV, music, movies and sport to stream over the month ahead...
Hearty soups, open fires, Guy Fawkes Night, and chunky knitwear – there’s a lot to celebrate this November, but we can add even more, by helping you unlock a whole new world of entertainment when you sign up to one of our brilliant Red Value Bundles.
Do that, and you can choose from Spotify Premium, Sky Sports Mobile TV, or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass to help you make the most of colder nights. And, to help you choose, here’s what’s coming up on each service this month…
NOW TV Entertainment
Whether you’re keen to fall back into the comfort of your old favourites or dive into something new, there’s plenty to choose from on NOW TV Entertainment – including live coverage of the 2016 MTV European Music Awards in Rotterdam on 6 November. Settle in for show-stopping performances from Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes and Zara Larsson, all hosted by American singer, songwriter and producer Bebe Rexha.
Looking for laughs? Hit US comedy Atlanta is also winging its way to NOW TV this month. Created by and starring Donald Glover – best known for his role in Community – Atlanta tells the story of two cousins as they make their way up through the Atlanta rap scene. The series was recently described by Variety TV critic Sonia Saraiya as “a finished, cinematic, and beautiful production that may be one of the best new shows of the fall.” Definitely one to watch.
Now for a bit of a flashback. Remember when Grey’s Anatomy first hit our screens? Well, this month Dr Meredith Grey and the team from Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital return for their 13th season. Featuring all your favourite medical staff (minus Sara Ramirez as Dr Callie Torres), season 13’s 24 episodes are jammed full of the love triangles, sibling squabbles and hospital happenings that we’ve come to know and love. Perfect for lazy days’ viewing.
Speaking of returning series, The Blacklist is back for season 4. Starring James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington, one of the FBI’s most wanted turned informant, the American crime drama is set to take a whole new set of twists and turns this season after the shock return of Liz (Megan Boone). And, of course, The Walking Dead will continue to shuffle on through its brilliant seventh season.
November’s Artist of the Month is the incredibly talented R&B singer/songwriter Emeli Sande. Sande’s set to release her second album on 11 November, and has released two tracks so far – the emotionally explosive ‘Hurts’ and electronic-infused ‘Garden’ featuring Ainey Zion. Described in a statement by the singer as “real talk,” we’re preparing for an impassioned album that holds nothing back. Listen to Emeli Sande’s full Spotify playlist below.
From heart-felt to heavy metal, Metallica is also releasing a new album on 18 November. Hardwired… to Self Destruct is the band’s 10th studio album and the first in eight years. Music reviewer Dom Lawson of The Guardian described first single ‘Hardwired’ as “the best thing Metallica have released in a long time,” but if you’re expecting short and sweet, you’ve got another thing coming – at 80 minutes long, this album’s a monster. Listen to second single ‘Moth Into Flame’ below.
Nearly four years on from the release of Unorthodox Jukebox, the highly anticipated 24K Magic will be the first we’ve heard from Bruno Mars since he dominated the charts with Mark Ronson and ‘Uptown Funk’ in 2014. Mars’ bass player Jamareo Artis offered a bit of insight into what we can expect when interviewed by Bass Player Magazine earlier in the year saying “it’s going to have a new sound, and so far the material is very groove-oriented.” Rumour has it there’ll be some great collaborations, including a track with Skrillex. Have a listen to first single and stay tuned for the full release on 18 November.
Others to listen out for include the release of Alicia Keys’ new album Here on 4 November and Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings on 11 November.
Everyone’s favourite mother-daughter duo, Lorelei (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel), return to screens this November for four brand new 90 minute episodes of the Gilmore Girls. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres globally on Netflix on 25 November, with each episode representing one of the four seasons. While little has been revealed about storyline to date, we do know Rory will be returning to the fictional town of Stars Hollow from her new life in London, and Bledel promises all those burning questions about her love life will be answered. But, for those who need a refresher, all seven seasons of the original series are up on Netflix now and you can take a look at the trailer for the new series below:
Ten-part drama The Crown is also set to premiere this month and, at a cost of £100 million to produce, it’s Netflix’s most expensive series to date. The drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, promising to tell “the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.” Season one hits Netflix on 4 November.
Netflix is fast becoming the go-to for great documentaries and The Ivory Game is no exception. With the same level of suspense as any good thriller, The Ivory Game traces the ivory trade back to its grisly roots as wildlife activists take on poachers in an effort to end the illegal trade and save the African Elephant. Directed by Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s a raw and real tale coming to Netflix on 4 November.
Sky Sports Mobile TV
With no one team yet to take charge, we’re at the stage of the Premier League season where every match counts. But match of the month undoubtedly goes to Manchester United vs. Arsenal at Old Trafford on 19 November. Tune into Sky Sports 1 at 12.30pm to see the teams battle it out on and off the field, as United manager Jose Mourinho comes face to face with the man he famously called a “specialist in failure” – will he be eating his words?
In other sporting fixtures, England’s cricketers are in for a busy month as they wrap up a compelling test series against Bangladesh on November 1, before taking on India in a series made all the more interesting by India’s recent agreement to use DRS (Decision Review System) on a “trial basis” – that’s after long-standing concerns around the ball-tracking technology. Tune in from November 9.
Over in Rugby Union, the autumn internationals are back. Watch England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland face the best of the best from the southern hemisphere, kicking off with England vs. South Africa at Twickenham on 12 November.