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Welcome to 2021! If you're reading this, you made it through 2021, and that's certainly something to celebrate – perhaps by taking a look at what BritBox has on offer this January. While the number of new releases for January pales in comparison to the 70+ period drama extravaganza of December, there are definitely some good ones – particularly Series 2 of The Bay.
Don't have a BritBox account? You can sign up for one HERE on their website, or HERE on Amazon Video. If you have a Roku Smart TV, Roku device, Amazon Fire device, or Chrome, you should have no trouble signing up for a direct subscription on their website. If you have a different kind of smart TV, you may find it easier to subscribe through Prime Video and use the Amazon Video app on your smart TV. Feel free to ask questions in the comments.
New British TV Shows on BritBox in January 2021
January 1st Premieres
Mrs. Brown's Boys New Year Special: Mammy's Memories
The new year gets off to a rough start when Winnie's place is robbed and a family heirloom goes missing. At the same time, Cathy obsesses about an upcoming birthday.
January 5th Premieres
Traces, Series 1
New chemistry graduate Emma Hodges begins work at The Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy, but when she joins an online course to build professional skills, she notices the case is eerily familiar. It's the case of how her mother's body was found eighteen years earlier.
Along with her new bosses and a committed detective, Emma begins following up the clues – leading her right into the middle of a live investigation. Stars include Molly Windsor (Three Girls), Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), Martin Compston (Line of Duty), and Jennifer Spence (The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco).
January 8th Premieres
Benidorm, Series 6-10
This unapologetically tacky series about Brits on cheap holidays in Spain returns for another 5 seasons of sun-drenched fun. For those who've not seen the series before, it follows the same basic group of bargain-hunters each year as they leave the dreary UK to revisit their favourite all-inclusive resort in Benidorm.
January 10th Premieres
This long-running series celebrates the best of country life throughout Great Britain. A variety of hosts visit the people and places that make the British countryside so special.
January 15th Premieres
Peter Davison (The Last Detective) and Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey) star in this series about a woman released from prison after serving 15 years for the murder of two police officers. Having spent half her life in jail, Ruth must build a new life for herself in spite of the damage she's done. Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey), Jemma Redgrave (Cold Blood), and Douglas Hodge (MI-5) also appear in this thriller.
January 20th Premieres
The Bay, Series 2
Picking up where Series 1 left off, Series 2 of The Bay sees DC Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie of Grantchester fame) assisting with a gruesome murder case. She's now taking orders from a previously lower-ranked colleague, and things are complicated by the arrival of a familiar face from her past.
January 26th Premieres
Red Dwarf, Series 1-8 (Remastered)
This quirky British space comedy is back and looking better than ever in this remastered edition. The series follows Dave Lister, a low-ranking technician who awakens after three million years of suspended animation, only to find out he's the last living human. Now, he travels the universe on board the Red Dwarf mining craft with only a hologram of his deceased bunkmate and a strange cat-man creature.
Which of the New Shows on BritBox Will You Be Watching in January 2021?
We're excited to see Traces again, but even more excited about The Bay, Series 2. What's going on your BritBox watchlist for January?
Don't have a BritBox account? You can sign up for one HERE on their website, or HERE on Amazon Video (particularly useful if you prefer to manage subscriptions through Amazon or you don't have a smart TV that supports BritBox). Not sure about the BritBox vs. Acorn TV decision for your British TV watching needs? We compare the two HERE.
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After founding I Heart British TV in 2016 as a resource for her granny, Stefanie has grown I Heart British TV into a resource that serves millions of British TV fans every year. When not writing posts or editing contributions to the site, you can probably find her working on the latest print edition of the British TV Streaming Guide.