The best new TV and films on Netflix in January

The best new TV and films on Netflix in January
Batman's sidekick Robin as you've never seen him before in 'Titans' (Photo: Netflix)

A whole new year is almost upon us, and as we say goodbye to the TV and films that made 2018 so great, it’s time to look ahead to what we’ll be enjoying in 2019.

Netflix has some intriguing content to cure the post-Christmas blues.

There’s an ambitious new comedy project, a “refreshing” superhero series, and a documentary on “The Greatest Party That Never Happened”.

Here’s everything coming to Netflix UK in January 2019.

Comedians of the World

COMEDIANS of the world
(Image: Netflix)

What is it? In Netflix’s most ambitious comedy project yet, 47 brand new stand-up specials make their way to the streaming service, with the half-hour sets grouped together into a series of episodes, starring a mix of established and newer acts from around the globe.

Representing the UK will be Nish Kumar, ‘I’m A Celebrity… Extra Camp’ presenter Joel Dommett, Ellie Taylor of The Mash Report, and Mae Martin.

It’s a lot of material to binge your way through – amounting to nearly 24 hours of fresh comedy – and the performances were filmed at comedy festivals around the world, most notably the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.

When can I watch it? 1 January

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Sex Education

Sex Education
(Photo: Netflix)

What is it? This new British comedy tells the story of a socially awkward high-school virgin who lives with his mother – a sex therapist.

Following in the footsteps of his mum, he teams up with friend Maeve to set up a clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems.

The cast features the young Asa Butterfield in the lead role, and Gillian Anderson as his mother.

When can I watch it? 11 January

Titans

Titans
(Photo: Netflix)

What is it? A new series from the DC Comics stable, Titans tells the story of a group of teen heroes – led by Batman sidekick Robin – who team up to tackle a sinister plot that threatens the entire planet.

The series first debuted in America in October 2018, where it picked up positive reviews (it currently holds an approval rating of 84% on reviews aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes), with critics praising its ensemble of characters, “crazy” twists and a refreshing direction.

When can I watch it? 11 January

Inception

INCEPTION
(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

What is it? Christopher Nolan’s cerebral blockbuster wowed audiences in 2010 with its mind-bending, MC Escher-like action sequences and special effects.

Now it makes an appearance on Netflix, giving viewers another chance to relive the dream-raiding escapades of Leonardo DiCaprio and his team as they plunge into the subconsciousness of their targets to plant ideas and steal industrial secrets.

When can I watch it? 15 January

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

FYRE
(Photo: Netflix)

What is it? Fyre Festival was supposed to transport its patrons to the Bahamian island of Great Exhuma, where the hottest DJs would soundtrack night-long beach parties, while the world’s ‘influencers’ rubbed shoulders with the bright and the beautiful.

But the event was quickly shut down when it turned out the social media hype was all a facade, and instead of luxury villas and gourmet food, guests were asked to pitch up tents and gorge on pre-packaged sandwiches.

This new documentary from VICE looks behind the scenes to find out how it all went so beautifully wrong.

When can I watch it? 18 January

Star Trek: Discovery (Season 2)

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY
(Photo: Netflix)

What is it? The second season of the Star Trek TV reboot follows the same cast of characters as the first, but tells a new story; an anthology-style first put forward by original showrunner Bryan Fuller.

This time the action is set 10 years before the events of the original 1960s series of Star Trek, and follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they “boldly go where no man has gone before.”

When can I watch it? 18 January

Polar

polar
(Photo: Netflix)

What is it? Prolific music video director Jonas Åkerlund (who has overseen films for artists such as Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Beyonce) turns his hand to a feature-length film with Polar, an adaptation of the action noir comics of the same name.

Mads Mikkelsen starts as a master assassin who comes out of retirement to contend with a group of young hitmen, and with the director’s music video past – and a soundtrack from EDM hitmaker deadmau5 – this is sure to be a highly stylised action-thriller.

When can I watch it? 25 January

And perhaps…The Punisher (Season 2)

The Punisher Netflix
(Photo: Netflix)

What is it? The long-awaited second season of the hard hitting comic book crime-drama is ‘coming soon’, according to Netflix’s January bulletin.

Could we see Jon Bernthal’s no-nonsense anti-hero making a return as early as the first month of 2019?

When can I watch it? TBC

Everything coming to Netflix UK in January:

1 January

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3
Pinky Malinky
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
The Ottoman Lieutenant
Slasher: Guilty Party
Murder Party
Zookeeper

4 January

And Breathe Normally
Lionheart
Ten Percent (Call My Agent!): Season 3
Heavy Rescue: 401:Season 2

9 January

GODZILLA The Planet Eater

10 January

When Heroes Fly

11 January

Friends from College: Season 2
The Last Laugh
ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium
Solo

13 January

The Bye Bye Man

15 January 

Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry

18 January

Carmen Sandiego
Close
Grace and Frankie: Season 5
IO
Soni
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 5

19 January

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4

21 January

Justice
Us and Them

24 January

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Robozuna: Season 1

25 January

Animas
Club de Cuervos: Season 4
Kingdom
Medici: The Magnificent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 Part 2

28 January

Assassin’s Creed

29 January

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All

TBC

Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 2

All listings correct at time of writing

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