Television Time: BBC Shows – January 2021
It’s not just a new month; it’s a new year, as the BBC presents a slew of new television shows to kickstart your January with. Begin the month with BBC’s latest nature documentary series – A Perfect Planet. Narrated by renowned presenter Sir David Attenborough, this five-part series will feature how Earth’s forces of nature shape its great diversity of life and what we can do to make a difference for our perfect planet.
Catch Game of Thrones star Richard Dormer in the brand-new sci-fi fantasy series, The Watch. Centred around a team of misfits and social outcasts, discover how this unlikely squad bands together to form a police force and protect the world from certain destruction.
Make a sweet start to January with the Great British Bake Off‘s signature recipe for the best baking contest on TV, now in its 11th season on air: 12 budding bakers, 3 intricate challenges, 1 elimination every week and an endless array of treats in every shape and size.
For the little ones, join adorable JoJo and her grandmother as they head on more adventures in new episodes of Jojo and Gran Gran. From visiting a hairdresser to catching the bus, there’s always something to learn from the series.
A Perfect Planet
A Perfect Planet – in a unique fusion of blue chip natural history and earth sciences – explains how the living planet operates. This five-part series will show how the forces of nature – weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes – drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of life. In doing so, it will reveal how animals are perfectly adapted to whatever the environment throws at them.
A Perfect Planet premieres 4th January 2021, 12pm on BBC Player and 11th January 2021, 8pm on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407).
The Persians: A History of Iran
Discover the complex and fascinating history of Persia, the world’s first empire. This series reveals historical and cultural sites across Iran that few westerners have ever seen. Learn about the Shahnameh, one of the most important books in Iran’s history, used by kings as propaganda, but also modern-day Iranians as a way of connecting with their Persian heritage. And see the ancient Zoroastrian fire temple, home to a fire said to have been burning for over 1,500 years. Welcome to a world of kings and invaders, epic poets, and exceptional artists.
The Persians: A History of Iran premieres 26th January 2021 at 9pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
Melding fantasy, comedy and crime, The Watch is a modern and inclusive series with broad appeal. Inspired by the characters created by Sir Terry Pratchett.
In this comedic yet thrilling series, an unlikely group of misfits – The City Watch – find the guts to save the world, surprising even themselves in the process. Trolls, werewolves, wizards and other improbable heroes are pitted against an evil plot to resurrect a great dragon that would lead to the destruction of life as they know it.
The Watch premieres 4th January 2021, express from the US. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.
Dublin Murders Series 1
A brilliantly tense, smouldering police noir, based on the worldwide best-selling novels of Tara French. In the woods outside Dublin, the body of a young girl is found. The mysterious murder harks back to a decades-old case, and for the investigating officers, it unlocks secrets long hidden. We follow partners Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox as they investigate the murder, but the complicated web of intrigue and secrecy quickly leads them into dark, sinister territory. With nail-biting tension, each officer is led to their own reckoning as they are forced to confront their own connections to the case and find out what lengths they will go to keep their dark pasts well buried. This is atmospheric, edge-of-your-seat viewing, essential for any lover of chilling crime drama.
Dublin Murders Series 1 premieres 22nd January 2021. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.
The Great British Bake Off Series 11
The multi-award-winning phenomenon returns, with Matt Lucas joining Noel Fielding as co-host, following Sandi Toksvig’s retirement from the show. This is the ultimate baking battle, where passionate amateurs compete to be crowned Britain’s best. In every episode, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith set brand new challenges to test a different baking skill, each becoming more difficult as the competition unfolds. The Signature, Technical and Showstopper bakes push the competitors to the limits of their baking ability. Each week only one can claim Star Baker, while another must leave the Bake Off tent. On your marks… get set… bake!
The Great British Bake Off Series 11 premieres 2nd January 2021 at 11am. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.
George Clarke’s Old House New Home Series 6
In this brand new series George Clarke will show you how to turn the inside of a tired old home into a stunning modern interior. People love to live in old houses with character and the UK is full of them, but generations of previous owners, developers and DIYers have wrecked them and left owners confused about what to do next. Each week George will show that it is possible to tear out terrible taste and make the most of a home’s history; from a 400-year-old cottage to a 1930’s semi, we can all create fabulous homes that are fit for the future.
George Clarke’s Old House New Home Series 6 premieres 19th January 2021 at 9.20pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.
Donal’s Super Food in Minutes
Donal’s Super Food in Minutes is Irish cook Donal Skehan’s brand new series – serving up meals for the modern cook that are also good for you! Quick cooking, as any busy home cook will know, is an essential skill. With growing interest in veg-forward eating, health conscious cooks are looking for new ways to bring food to the table without the fuss!
Donal’s Super Food in Minutes premieres 29th January 2021 at 7pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.
Lee Mack stars in this farcical family sitcom about a divorced couple living on the same street.
Playing out in real time, this madcap sitcom is packed with exquisitely timed mayhem. With each episode, a new crisis kicks off in Stuart’s life. Stuart hasn’t exactly made it easy for himself. His ex-wife lives across the street, his alcohol-swilling dad lives in the bedroom next door and his new girlfriend, not to mention his daughter, can be a tad dramatic. Whatever happens (and everything will happen), only one thing remains certain: Stuart has absolutely no idea what to do.
Semi-Detached premieres 1st January 2021. Available on BBC Brit and BBC Player.
JoJo and Gran Gran Set 2
A delightful and heartwarming animated series celebrating the special relationship between an inquisitive girl and her fun and active Grandmother.
Join JoJo and Gran Gran in their bustling London neighbourhood as they find joy in the everyday – from baking a cake to catching the bus and visiting the hairdressers for the first time. JoJo adores spending time with her energetic Gran Gran, who is always ready with a ‘Gran Gran Plan’ when JoJo comes to visit. This is a series about love, family and community. In each episode, there’s a short live action segment featuring real children taking part in a practical activity that mirrors the animated story.
JoJo and Gran Gran premieres 18th January 2021 at 6.35pm. Available on CBeebies (StarHub Channel 303) and BBC Player.