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January 2022 Watchlist: The TV shows to watch this month

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Netflix. Amazon Prime Video. BBC iPlayer. NOW. Walter Presents. Apple TV+. There’s so much TV to watch these days in so many places that it can be hard to keep up. Every month, we boil down what’s on the box to the essentials you need in your streaming queue.

We’ve sorted through All The TV to bring you your January watchlist – what’s worth watching and where you can stream it online in the UK:

Taskmaster’s New Year Treat

The contestants hoping to impress Greg Davies and Alex Horne are: broadcaster and journalist Adrian Chiles (BBC Radio 5 Live), television and radio presenter Claudia Winkleman (Strictly Come Dancing, BBC One), double Paralympic, World & European 100m Champion Jonnie Peacock MBE (Jonnie’s Blade Camp, Channel 4), rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, and TV personality Lady Leshurr (Don’t Hate the Playaz, ITV 2), and lawyer, businesswoman, campaigner and Ex Cabinet Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi (Have I Got News for You, BBC One), who will each compete for a chance to win a coveted Taskmaster trophy in the most ridiculous game show on television.

UK air date:

When? 1st January (10pm) What channel? Channel 4

Watch online in the UK:

All 4 Available live and on-demand

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson join filmmaker Chris Columbus and other esteemed cast members across all eight Harry Potter films as they travel back to Hogwarts for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which premiered 20 years ago. The retrospective special will tell an enchanting making-of story through all-new in-depth interviews and cast conversations, inviting fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time.

UK air date:

When? 1st January (12am) What channel? Sky Max

Watch online in the UK:

Sky / NOW (£9.99 a month) Available weekly live and on-demand

Gossip Girl: Season 1, Part 2

Starring Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak and Savannah Lee Smith, this reboot takes us back to the Upper East Side, where a new generation of private school teens are introduced to social surveillance nine years after the original blogger’s website went dark.

UK air date:

When? 1st January (12am) What channel? BBC iPlayer

Watch online in the UK:

BBC iPlayer Available all at once on-demand

Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks

Following the finale of Doctor Who: Flux, The Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and friends Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop), kick-start 2022 with a new special, which is the first of three featuring Whittaker before she steps out of the TARDIS for good. Featuring guest stars Aisling Bea (This Way Up) and Adjani Salmon (Dreaming Whilst Black), it sees them trapped in a time-looping battle against the Daleks in a self-storage unit on New Year’s Eve.

UK air date:

When? 1st January (7pm) What channel? BBC One

Watch online in the UK:

BBC iPlayer Available live and on-demand

The Tourist

In the glowing red heart of the Australian outback, a man (Jamie Dornan) is pursued by vast tank truck trying to run him off the road. Later, when he wakes up in hospital, hurt but somehow alive he realises he has no idea who he is. Helen Chambers (Danielle Macdonald), a local rookie cop, is sent to check on The Man, and as there are no immediate clues as to his identity she promises to help him find the answers. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, The Man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback. Idiosyncratic characters including Luci Miller (Shalom Brune-Franklin), a waitress in a sleepy one-horse town, are drawn to this curious new arrival. When somebody from his past contacts him out of the blue, The Man must race to find them before it’s too late.

UK air date:

When? 1st January (9pm) What channel? BBC One

Watch online in the UK:

BBC iPlayer Available all at once on-demand

Saved by the Bell: Season 2

This revival of the 1990s sitcom sees Zack Morris as California governor, who – after getting into hot water for closing too many underfunded high schools – proposes they send the affected students to the most well-funded schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the privileged Bayside kids (who never have a problem that can’t be solved in 22 minutes) a much-needed dose of reality.

UK air date:

When? 1st January (00.01am) What channel? Peacock

Watch online in the UK:

Sky / NOW (£9.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

Anne

15 April 1989. Anne (Maxine Peake) says goodbye to her son Kevin (Campbell Wallace) as he goes to Hillsborough for a football match. When he doesn’t return home, and following reports of fatalities from the terrible overcrowding at the game, Anne and Kevin’s step-dad Steve (Stephen Walters) drive to Sheffield to try to find him. They will never see him alive again. This four-part drama airs on consecutive nights in the first week of the new year.

UK air date:

When? 2nd January (9pm) What channel? ITV

Watch online in the UK:

ITV Hub Available nightly live and on-demand

Four Lives

Written by Neil McKay exec-produced by Jeff Pope (the team behind The Moorside and Appropriate Adult), Four Lives will go beneath the headlines to shed new light on the four young men – Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor – who were murdered by Stephen Port. Based on extensive research and multiple sources, Four Lives focuses on the fight to uncover the truth about what had happened to their lost sons, brothers and loved ones in the face of a now widely condemned police investigation, telling it from the point of view of the men’s families and friends.

UK air date:

When? 3rd January (9pm) What channel? BBC iPlayer

Watch online in the UK:

BBC iPlayer Available nightly live and on-demand

Pen15: Season 2, Part 2

Comics Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star in this adult comedy as lightly fictionalised versions of their thirteen-year-old selves, navigating the trials of middle school in the year 2000 – when the best day of your life can turn into the worst with the stroke of a gel pen.

UK air date:

When? 4th January (9pm) What channel? Sky Comedy

Watch online in the UK:

Sky / NOW (£9.99 a month) Available weekly live and on-demand

Toast of Tinseltown

Toast of Tinseltown will see Matt Berry reprise his role as the middle-aged actor Steven Toast, as he moves to Hollywood and attempts to become a movie star.

UK air date:

When? 4th January (10pm) What channel? BBC One

Watch online in the UK:

BBC iPlayer Available all at once on-demand

Big Sky: Season 2

When private detectives Cassie Dewell and Jenny Hoyt reunite to investigate a car wreck outside of Helena, Montana, they soon discover that the case may not be as straightforward as it seems. As they unravel the mystery of the accident, their worlds will collide with a band of unsuspecting teens, a flirtatious face from Jenny’s past, and a vicious outsider hellbent on finding answers.

UK air date:

When? 5th January (8.01am) What channel? Disney+ UK

Watch online in the UK:

Disney+ UK (£7.99 a month) Available weekly on-demand

This Is Us: Season 6

Everyone has a family. And every family has a story. This Is Us chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s to their kids (the big three), Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) searching for love and fulfilment in the present day along with Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson). Season 6 premieres weekly after its US broadcast on both Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ UK, with Season 1 to 5 also arriving on Disney+ UK on the same day.

UK air date:

When? 5th January (8.01am) What channel? Disney+ UK / Amazon Prime Video (£5.99 a month)

Watch online in the UK:

Disney+ UK (£7.99 a month) / Available weekly on-demand

Screw

Rob Williams’ darkly comic crime drama portrays prison as you’ve never seen it before: through the embattled and inspiring characters who work there.

UK air date:

When? 6th January (9pm) What channel? Channel 4

Watch online in the UK:

All 4 Available weekly live and on-demand

A Discovery of Witches: Season 3

In the third and final instalment of this spellbinding adaptation of Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy, vampire Matthew (Matthew Goode) and witch Diana (Teresa Palmer) return from 1590 to find tragedy at Sept-Tours. They must find the missing pages from the Book of Life and the Book itself before it’s too late, but a monster from Matthew’s past is lying in wait for his return. Episodes arrive all at once on-demand.

UK air date:

When? 7th January (9pm) What channel? Sky Comedy

Watch online in the UK:

Sky / NOW (£9.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

Euphoria: Season 2

Created, written, and directed by Sam Levinson, and starring Emmy winner Zendaya, the eight-episode drama series returns. Amidst the intertwining lives in the town of East Highland, 17-year-old Rue (Zendaya) must find hope while balancing the pressures of love, loss, and addiction. Episodes arrive weekly.

UK air date:

When? 10th January (2am/9pm) What channel? Sky Atlantic

Watch online in the UK:

Sky / NOW (£9.99 a month) Available weekly live and on-demand

Cheer: Season 2

Netflix’s hit sporting docuseries returns for a surprise second season that promises not to shy away from the scandal surrounding the first.

UK air date:

When? 12th January (8.01am) What channel? Netflix UK

Watch online in the UK:

Netflix UK (£9.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

After Life: Season 3

UK air date:

When? 14th January (8.01am) What channel? Netflix UK

Watch online in the UK:

Netflix UK (£9.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

The House

From the leading voices in independent stop motion animation – Emma de Swaef & Marc Roels, Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Paloma Baeza – this Netflix stop-motion anthology centres on a house and the three surreal tales of the individuals who made it their home. Featuring the voices of Mia Goth, Jarvis Cocker, Susan Wokoma and Helena Bonham Carter.

UK air date:

When? 14th January (8.01am) What channel? Netflix UK

Watch online in the UK:

Netflix UK (£9.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

Queens

Queens follows four women in their 40s who reunite for a chance to recapture their fame and regain their swagger they had as the Nasty Bitches, their 90s group that made them legends in the hip-hop world.

UK air date:

When? 19th January (8.01am) What channel? Disney+ UK

Watch online in the UK:

Disney+ UK (£7.99 a month) Available weekly on-demand

Servant: Season 3

The 10-episode third season picks up three months after we left the Turner household and things appear to be back to normal. Dorothy and Sean dote on Jericho, Julian has a new girlfriend, and Leanne has moved back into the brownstone. With the threat of the cult looming and suspicious visitors staked out in a nearby park, Leanne does everything she can to feel secure – ultimately causing more chaos for the family. As Sean starts trusting in Leanne’s power, Dorothy feels increasingly threatened and worries for Jericho’s safety. While the Turners struggle to keep their family whole, they must come to terms with the costs of Jericho’s return. Episodes arrive weekly.

UK air date:

When? 21st January (00.01am) What channel? Apple TV+

Watch online in the UK:

Apple TV+ (£4.99 a month) Available weekly on-demand

Ozark: Season 4, Part 1

This crime drama, directed and produced by Jason Bateman, revolves around financial planner Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) and their family’s sudden relocation from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Rather than the familiar skyscrapers and trading floors, Netflix’s drama explores capitalism, family dynamics, and survival, through the eyes of (anything but) ordinary Americans. Season 4 is its final chapter and promises to be as dark as ever, with another mess for the Byrdes to try and clear up.

UK air date:

When? 21st January (8.01am) What channel? Netflix UK

Watch online in the UK:

Netflix UK (£9.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

As We See It

A coming-of-age dramedy with a fresh perspective, As We See It follows Jack (Rick Glassman), Harrison (Albert Rutecki), and Violet (Sue Ann Pien), twenty-something roommates on the autism spectrum, as they strive to get and keep jobs, make friends, fall in love, and navigate a world that eludes them. With the help of their families, aide, and sometimes even each other, these roommates experience setbacks and celebrate triumphs on their own unique journeys towards independence and acceptance.

UK air date:

When? 21st January What channel? Amazon Prime Video

Watch online in the UK:

Amazon Prime Video (£5.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

Snowpiercer: Season 3

Season 3 of TNT’s series based on the sci-fi film of the same name picks up with the cast divided once again into two camps, as Layton (Daveed Diggs) and his small circle of loyal followers hope to find a way to restart civilisation, while Sean Bean’s Mr Wilford consolidates his position of power.

UK air date:

When? 28th January (8.01am) What channel? Netflix UK

Watch online in the UK:

Netflix UK (£9.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

The Gilded Age

Julian Fellows, the creator of Downton Abbey, presents a new drama set on the brink of the modern age. It’s 1882 and the Gilded Age is in full swing when Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson), a young, orphaned daughter of a Southern general, moves in with her rigidly conventional aunts in New York City. With the help of Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), an African-American woman masquerading as her maid, Marian gets caught up in the dazzling lives of her rich neighbours as she struggles to decide between adhering to the rules or forging her own path. Also starring Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Carrie Coon and Morgan Spector. Episodes arrive weekly.

UK air date:

When? 25th January (9pm) What channel? Sky Atlantic

Watch online in the UK:

Sky / NOW (£9.99 a month) Available weekly live and on-demand

Billions: Season 6

The dust has cleared to reveal a world that has evolved. With Michael Prince (Corey Stoll) now the big dog in town, Chuck (Paul Giamatti) must develop a new strategy that is keener and more sophisticated than before. All the players, from Wags to Wendy, from Taylor to Sacker, and of course Senior must sharpen their weapons and look for new alliances in order to survive. The ground is ever shifting and the stakes absolute. New king, new war, new rules. Episodes arrive weekly.

UK air date:

When? 26th January (2am/9pm) What channel? Sky Atlantic

Watch online in the UK:

Sky / NOW (£9.99 a month) Available weekly live and on-demand

The Sinner: Season 4

Shortly after retirement, Detective Ambrose (Bill Pullman) travels to Maine, where he becomes invested in a new mystery he must solve.

UK air date:

When? 26th January (8.01am) What channel? Netflix UK

Watch online in the UK:

Netflix UK (£9.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

Marvel’s Hit-Monkey

A Japanese snow monkey, aided by the ghost of an American assassin, goes on a revenge quest through the Tokyo underworld, and becomes the famous “killer of killers” in one of the few Hulu adult animated Marvel projects to actually make it to the screen. All episodes arrive at once.

UK air date:

When? 26th January (8.01am) What channel? Disney+ UK

Watch online in the UK:

Disney+ UK (£7.99 a month) Available weekly on-demand

Hotel Portofino

Starring Natasha McElhone, Hotel Portofino follows a British family who open a hotel for upper class travellers on the magical Italian Riviera during the Roaring 20s. The Hotel has only been open a few weeks, but the guests including the imperious Lady Latchmere (Anna Chancellor), are demanding and hard-to-please. Bella Ainsworth (McElhone) the co-proprietor and moving spirit behind the hotel, quickly finds herself being targeted by a scheming and corrupt local politician, Signor Danioni (Pasquale Esposito), who threatens to drag her into the red-hot political cauldron of Mussolini’s Italy.

UK air date:

When? 27th January (8.01am) What channel? BritBox UK

Watch online in the UK:

BritBox UK (£5.99 a month) Available weekly on-demand

Frayed: Season 2

Having escaped from her native Australia, Sammy’s (Sarah Kendall) situation is barely improved. Now living in a tiny London flat while frantically trying to prove that her lawyer (Robert Webb) has stolen her house, she’s barely able to make ends meet working in ‘exhaust management’ (read: working as a secretary in a muffler repair shop). Season 2 finds Sammy desperate to find a way to reclaim her opulent London life, while keeping her kids far away from Australia and hiding the truth about what happened to their neighbour.

UK air date:

When? 27th January (9pm) What channel? Sky Max

Watch online in the UK:

Sky / NOW (£9.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

The Afterparty

Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The LEGO Movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, 21 Jump Street) turn the murder mystery on its head in this comedy, which centres on a murder mystery at a high school reunion. Each of the eight episodes features a retelling of the same night told through a different character’s perspective, each with its own visual style and genre to match the teller’s personality. Starring Tiffany Haddish, Ben Schwartz, Jamie Demetriou, Dave Franco and John Early. The first three episodes are released together, then arrive weekly.

UK air date:

When? 28th January (00.01am) What channel? Apple TV+

Watch online in the UK:

Apple TV+ (£4.99 a month) Available weekly on-demand

The Legend of Vox Machina

This adult animated fantasy-adventure series, from Critical Role and Titmouse, is based on Critical Role’s first live-streamed tabletop RPG campaign. It follows Vox Machina, a band of misfits with a fondness for boozing and brawling. In a desperate attempt to pay off their mounting bar tab, these unlikely heroes end up on a quest to save the realm of Exandria from dark magical forces. From a sinister necromancer to a powerful curse, the group confronts a variety of obstacles that not only test their skills, but also the strength of their bond.

UK air date:

When? 28th January What channel? Amazon Prime Video

Watch online in the UK:

Amazon Prime Video (£5.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window

This satirical thriller, which riffs on Netflix’s panned film The Woman in the Window, as well as other modern potboilers such as Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, stars Kristen Bell as Anna, for whom every day is the same. She sits with her wine, staring out the window, watching life go by without her. But when a handsome neighbour (Tom Riley) and his adorable daughter move in across the street, Anna starts to see a light at the end of the tunnel. That is until she witnesses a gruesome murder… Or does she?

UK air date:

When? 28th January (8.01am) What channel? Netflix UK

Watch online in the UK:

Netflix UK (£9.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

All of Us Are Dead

A high school becomes ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak in this Korean series. Trapped students must fight their way out — or turn into one of the rabid infected.

UK air date:

When? 28th January (8.01am) What channel? Netflix UK

Watch online in the UK:

Netflix UK (£9.99 a month) Available all at once on-demand

Station Eleven

Spanning multiple timelines, Station Eleven tells the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost. The 10-episode series is based on the international bestseller by Emily St. John Mandel. Episodes arrive weekly on Sundays.

UK air date:

When? 30th January What channel? STARZPLAY

Watch online in the UK:

STARZPLAY UK (£4.99 a month) Available weekly on-demand

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