At home without plans because you can’t with the pandemic? Don’t worry, November’s here and platforms are packed with boredom-fighting novelties

Prepare the blanket, popcorn, or better still, chestnuts and sweet potatoes: November comes to the platforms filled with novelties. Netflix and HBO play leading lights in outstanding series premiered in November. For analysts, the coming months of global crisis will be crucial in determining the direction that the influx of audiences in movie theaters will take and the number of people who will stay at home to soak up fictions as provided by the small screen.

In that sense, it was a no-brainer for Netflix in terms of whether they’d continue with the series ‘The Crown’ as an important incentive to generate fresh subscribers, since in its day, it was one of the most expensive series on the platform and one of the most popular. On November 15th, Netflix will offer season four of the show created by Peter Morgan and where, as the promo footage tells, we’ll be blessed with an appearance of both Princess Diana of Wales and Maggie, “The Iron Lady” Thatcher.

Suspense is another of Netflix’s bets this month, which materializes in the form of miniseries available a couple of days earlier than the royals on the 13th. Canary Island’s director Mateo Gil champions “The Minions of Midas” the principal attraction of which is Luis Tosar as the star. The story is an adaptation of a novel by Jack London, only set in modern-day Madrid, where a businessman is blackmailed into paying a large sum of money by a gang. If he fails to obey, they’ll beginning a random killing-spree of one persona after another until Tosar falls into line. 

Luis Tosar in ‘The Minions of Midas’

Like its historic competitor, HBO presents the sequel to a series along with two original ideas, one of them also originally from Spain. On the 10th, ‘Girls’ (2012) creator Lena Dunham –and one of the most critically acclaimed series of the past decade from the platform–, tells of a group of young financiers hell-bent on breaking into the complicated world of London banking post-2008 crisis. ‘Industry’ is also available on HBO Max.    

The second batch of episodes of ‘His Dark Materials sees the light of day on November 17th, where we’ll continue the adventures of young Will and Lyra through these enchanted worlds plagued with menace. Showrunner Jack Thorne set out to conceive a somewhat fantasy related series of this caliber to fill the void after “Game of Thrones” disappeared from television, in conjunction with other products from Amazon, Apple TV and Netflix.    

‘His Dark Materials’

And finally Álex de la Iglesia, after the success of Isabel Coixet and ‘Foodie Love’, has also decided to interfere in the vast field of seriality to present ‘30 Coins’, a miniseries available on the 29th. In advance, the synopsis is disjointed, as it combines elements of terror and supernatural in an intrigue that has its roots in the pieces of silver for which Judas betrayed Jesus Christ. However, 2000 years later, one of them is found and will ultimately unleash an earthly curse that threatens to uncover the secrets of the Vatican and annihilate the human race. According to critics Luis Martínez, in El Mundo, and Manu Yáñez in Fotogramas, the pilot episode embraces some remarkable set pieces to set up the hilarious fast-paced dialogue in the purest Álex de la Iglesia style.

Arnau Martín Camarasa. Student of Audiovisual Communication at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. My high-school major was in the Arts at Sant Adrià del Besòs. My main goal is to become a critic, analyst or teacher specializing in film and television series. I have more specific objectives that would help me including attending film festivals, being part of the jury and contacting specialized critics to gradually learn to master the art.