Netflix Sets Documentaries ‘How to Rob a Bank’, ‘Buy Now: The Shopping Conspiracy’ & ‘Secret Lives of Orangutans’ for Release in 2024

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Netflix Sets Three New Documentaries For Release In 2024

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Three more documentary feature films are set to be released in 2024, What’s on Netflix has learned. Below, we’ll walk you through all three: How to Rob a Bank, Buy Now: The Shopping Conspiracy, and Secret Lives of Orangutans.

The following documentaries weren’t included in the initial 2024 preview but have been subsequently confirmed to be in the works with more information due to be released in due course. In a similar manner, we recently told you about another four new documentaries lined up for the year, including Apollo 13: Survival, Mysteries of the Terracotta Warriors, and the Sir Patrick Stewart historical documentary Secrets of the Neanderthals.

Here’s our complete list of new documentaries released on Netflix in 2024, plus what’s coming next in our Netflix docs preview slate.

Now, let’s get into the three new documentaries, which are all confirmed to be released sometime in 2024 (May or beyond).


How To Rob A Bank

Seth Porges Stephen Robert Morse How To Rob A Bank

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Seth Porges, who put together the brilliant HBO Max documentary Class Action Park, is teaming with Stephen Robert Morse (Amanda Knox for Netflix, EuroTrump) for a new crime documentary that partially covers the story of Scott Scurlock also known as the Hollywood bandit but ultimately goes far beyond that. More to come on this one soon we’re told!


Buy Now: The Shopping Conspiracy

Nic Stacey Netflix Documentary Buy Now The Shopping Conspiracy

Picture: Getty Images / NicStacey.com

Director Nic Stacey will make his Netflix documentary debut with Buy Now: The Shopping Conspiracy. He previously worked on documentaries for HBO, National Geographic, BBC, Disney, and PBS. His best-known work is teaming up with Jeff Goldblum on the Emmy-nominated series The World According to Jeff Goldblum. Other credits include A World of Calm and One Strange Rock.

Per Netflix, here’s what you can expect from this new doc:

“The lies you’ve been sold will cost you. This unpredictable and revelatory documentary special from a two-time Oscar-winning team pulls back the curtain on the secretive world of the most influential brands, as insiders and whistleblowers expose the covert manipulation tricks to keep you buying, no matter the cost. This is the story big business don’t want you to know.”


Secret Lives of Orangutans 

Secret Lives Of Orangutans Huw Cordey

Picture: Huw Cordey – Netflix / Our Planet

Serving as a spin-off of sorts to Our Planet season 1, this new documentary picks up on animals first introduced in season 1 – episode 3 titled Jungles. Huw Cordey will be returning to direct the documentary with Wild Horizons producing.

Here’s the full synopsis for the follow-up doc:

“Lisa is having a baby. At thirty two years old, it will be her third. Her second, Louis, is about to leave home.After ten years of learning from Lisa, it’s finally time for him to make his own way in life. Our Planet first introduced us to Lisa and Louis, along with Ellie and her three year old daughter Eden, back in 2018. By picking up the story of these two youngsters, and Lisa’s new arrival, this film will show the extraordinary journey eachbaby orangutan must take to become fully independent.”


Will you check out any of the above docs on Netflix when they hit in 2024? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Founder of What's on Netflix, Kasey has been tracking the comings and goings of the Netflix library for over a decade. Covering everything from new movies, series and games from around the world, Kasey is in charge of covering breaking news, covering all the new additions now available on Netflix and what's coming next.