The BritBox UK Hot List: Films and classic shows to watch on BritBox in January

From Paddy Considine's Journeyman to Barbara Windsor biopic, Babs, and a bunch of BritBox exclusive films - BritBox gets 2022 off to a great start.

By James Descombes Updated: 30 December 2021 - 11.10am
StudioCanal/BBC Damian Lewis, Jaime Winstone, Paddy Considine

Discover what’s on BritBox this January – from classic shows to must-see films.

BritBox kicks off the new year with classic shows from the likes of Maid Marian & Her Merry Men  (January 6), Ballykissangel (January 13), and Bugs (January 27).

Plus, there’s some great films making their way to BritBox in January, including the Barbara Windsor biopic Babs; BritBox exclusive Last Orders, starring Michael Caine, Helen Mirren and Ray Winstone; and Journeyman with Paddy Considine and Jodie Whittaker.

Plus, don’t miss what’s on NetflixAmazon Prime VideoNOW and Sky Cinema this month.

New series coming to BritBox this month

January 6

A Little Princess S1 (1986-87)

Whizziwig S1-2 (1998-99)

Worzel Gummidge Down Under S1-2 (1987-89)

Maid Marian & Her Merry Men S3-4 (1993-94) + Christmas Special 1993 

The Saint S5-6 (1966-68)

January 13

Ballykissangel S5-6 (1999-2001)

How We Forgot to Save the Planet (2021)

January 20

Coupling S1-4 (2000-2004)

January 27

Maxwell (2007)

Bugs S1-4 (1995-99)

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The Escapist

The Escapist Damian Lewis Sky Pictures

Frank Perry (Brian Cox) is 14 years into a life sentence at a bleak London prison, with no chance of parole. But when his estranged daughter falls ill, he makes it his mission to make peace with her before it’s too late. He hatches an ingenious plan and recruits a band of escapees to help him find freedom beyond the jail bars, tunnels and sewers of the city. Stars Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes and Dominic Cooper. 

The Escapist is available to watch on BritBox on January 1.

Last Orders 

Last Orders Michael Caine Bob Hoskins Future Films

There’s nothing Jack Dodd (Michael Caine) enjoyed more than having a pint with his mates – and did so for over 50 years. When he dies he leaves a final request for his friends, called ‘Last Orders’ to scatter his ashes into the sea at Margate. Pals Bob (Bob Hoskins), Lenny (David Hemmings), Vic (Tom Courtenay) and son Vince (Ray Winstone) take a journey to the sea, reminiscing about Jack and his wife Amy (Helen Mirren). 

Last Orders is exclusively available to watch on BritBox from January 1.

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High Rise 

When a young doctor (Tom Hiddleston) moves into an apartment block in 1975 London, drugs, drink and debauchery turn to murder, mayhem and misogyny. Also stars Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller. 

High Rise is available to watch on BritBox on January 1.


Paddy Considine writes, directs and stars in this story about middleweight boxing champion Matty Burton. With his career coming to an end, he just needs to make enough money to support his wife Emma (Jodie Whittaker) and baby daughter Mia. But one punch changes everything and when Matty awakens from a coma the real fight begins. 

Journeyman boxes its way to BritBox on January 6.

More films on BritBox this January

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

A couple finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch's plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service. Starring Ewan McGregor and Damian Lewis

The Mercy (2017)

The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

The Sense of an Ending (2017)

A business owner reunites with his first love after his mother unexpectedly receives a letter from his ex-girlfriend which forces him to confront the past. Starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling.

Babs (2017)

Biopic about Dame Barbara Windsor starring Samantha Spiro and Jaime Winstone.

Martha, Meet Daniel, Frank and Laurence (1998) 

When Martha (Monica Potter), a beautiful young American girl arrives in London, the bond between three childhood friends is put at real risk. Also stars Joseph Fiennes, Ray Winstone and Tom Hollander.