The BritBox UK hot list: From Sherlock to This Is England – what to watch in January

What’s on BritBox UK in January? All Creatures Great And Small and a collection of classic children’s TV shows are just some of the highlights coming to BritBox this month.

By Becky Gamester-Newton Updated: 31 December 2020 - 5.27pm
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It’s time to celebrate the very best of British content.

BritBox has unveiled what’s on the service in January, and it’s a treasure trove of content for subscribers in the UK.

As a new year begins, cosy up for an evening on the sofa with a must-watch show – including classic kids’ TV shows and hit comedy Miranda.

There are also classic dramas like Sharpe and Cadfael to watch.

So what are you waiting for? We list the best of what’s coming up for the month ahead in our must-watch BritBox TV guide.

Plus, don’t miss what’s on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, NOW TV and Sky Cinema this month.

This is England (film)

This iconic Shane Meadows drama is gritty and uncomfortable with stellar performances.

A portrayal of urban life in Thatcher’s Britain in the 1980s, it follows 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) who makes an unlikely friendship with a group of skinheads – but things take a turn for the worse when violent racist Combo (Stephen Graham) is released from prison.

This Is England is available from January 1 on BritBox.

Old School Classics: New Term

Roll back to your school days with even more cult kids’ TV shows.

Children of the 70s will love Grange Hill, Mr Benn, Rentaghost and Worzel Gummidge, while 80s and 90s kids can relive Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, The Borrowers and the original Demon Headmaster.

King Rollo, The Secret Service, Press Gang, Tots TV, Catweazle and Stingray are also being added.

The latest Old School Classics are available from January 7 on BritBox.

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Sharpe

Sean Bean fans can relive his finest moments as maverick British rifleman Sharpe. This collection of 15 episodes includes feature-length TV films set during the Napoleonic Wars, including the special Sharpe: The Legend, which showcases the best clips from the long-running ITV drama.

Sharpe is available from January 7 on BritBox.

Miranda

BritBox brings you every episode of the hit Miranda Hart sitcom, including the first three series and the two-part special finale.

After a public-school education, socially inept Miranda (Hart) has trouble fitting in with her peer group, especially her childhood nemesis Tilly (Sally Phillips). She constantly finds herself in awkward situations around men - in particular, ex-university chum Gary (Tom Ellis).

Miranda is available from January 14 on BritBox.

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Sherlock

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Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Sherlock Holmes alongside Martin Freeman’s Watson.

This crime caper – created by Steven Moffat (Dr Who) and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen) - is a fun rollercoaster ride, with head-scratching twists to keep you entertained.

Sherlock is available from January 21 on BritBox.

Cadfael

The legendary Derek Jacobi stars as Brother Cadfael, the mystery-solving monk. This fictional historical series is a real classic for murder mystery fans.

Cadfael is available from January 21 on BritBox.

River

Follow Detective Inspector John River (Stellan Skarsgård), who struggles along with his work while he’s being haunted by visions of his late partner Jackie (Nicola Walker).

Chief Inspector Chrissie Reid (Lesley Manville) grows increasingly worried about his state of mind.

River is available from January 28 on BritBox.

All Creatures Great And Small

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You can enjoy all 91 episodes of the 1980s BBC drama series, which follows a veterinary practice supporting the local farming community in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s. 

Based James Herriot's autobiographical books, the series stars Christopher Timothy as James Herriot, Robert Hardy as Siegfried Farnon, Peter Davison as his brother Tristan Farnon and Carol Drinkwater as James's wife Helen.

All Creatures Great And Small is available from January 28 on BritBox.

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