The BT TV hot list: From Bancroft to Richard Hammond’s Big - what to watch in January 2020

Our pick of the best shows to watch on Freeview and BT TV’s extra entertainment channels in January 2020.

By Sophia Moir Published: 22 January 2020 - 10.37am
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There’s so much telly to get excited about this January on BT TV.

Bancroft returns to ITV for its highly-anticipated second season, plus Sex Education is back on Netflix with a bang. 

And if you’re looking to get your teeth into something new, Richard Hammond’s Big premieres on Discovery this month, and Our Man in Japan kicks off on Prime Video.

Keep reading for our must-watch guide for the month ahead.

Bancroft series 2

Bancroft image ITV

When is it on?

Bancroft is set to get the New Year off to a high-ratings start at ITV, with a launch date of New Year’s Day at 9pm and subsequent episodes airing on January 2 and 3.

What’s it about?

Created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge), leading actress Sarah Parish plays respected police officer DCI Elizabeth Bancroft, a woman with dark secrets in her past.

In the first season of Bancroft, we met the ruthless and courageous copper. In season 2, Bancroft has been building on her success and reputation as a good cop, but when a disturbing double murder brings her professional and personal life clashing together, she must face a chilling new enemy.

Why watch it?

The first season of Bancroft on ITV was one of the channel's best performing dramas of 2017.

Doctor Who series 12

Doctor Who image BBC

When is it on?

The twelfth season of Doctor Who premieres New Year’s Day on BBC One.

What’s it about?

We’ll be welcoming back Jodie Whittaker, who took up the mantle of being the first ever Doctor in series 11. Plot details for season 12 and why the opening episode - penned by show boss Chris Chibnall - is called Spyfall are yet to be confirmed.

Why watch it?

Famous faces including Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry, Robert Glenister and Goran Visnjic are set to appear.

Death in Paradise series 9

Death in Paradise S9 still BBC

When is it on?

Death in Paradise returns for its ninth season on Thursday, January 9 at 9pm on BBC One.

What’s it about?

Set on the fictional island of Saint Marie, this murder mystery series follows the adventures – and often misadventures – of a series of British-based detectives who are transferred from their gritty London jobs to the sunny Caribbean island of Saint-Marie.

Why watch it?

Ardal O’Hanlon has announced that he is waving goodbye to BBC crime drama Death In Paradise after three sun-soaked years, with Ralf Little joining the show as the replacement lead detective.

Richard Hammond’s Big

Big image Discovery

When is it on?

Richard Hammond’s Big premieres on the Discovery Channel (BT channel number 322 / 376 HD) on Wednesday, January 15.

What’s it about?

The new, epic engineering series will go global in its mission to get hands=on with size and explore the world's biggest structures and machines.

Why watch it?

Richard Hammond searches out the seriously supersized and gets hands-on as he climbs, flies and drives these engineering giants, getting directly involved with the people who help make these brilliant big things tick.

 

The BT TV hot list: From Bancroft to Richard Hammond’s Big - what to watch in January 2020