What’s coming soon to Sky and NOW TV in January 2021?
James R | On 30, Dec 2020
Sky is kicking off 2021 in style with a host of new TV treats, including ZeroZeroZero, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and A Discovery of Witches.
Don’t have Sky? You can stream all of the above live and on-demand through NOW, Sky’s contract-free VOD service, which costs £9.99 a month for an Entertainment Membership.
Sky Cinema, meanwhile, boasts some of the standout movies of the past year, many of them notable digital releases during the coronavirus lockdown – including Rialto, The High Note and The King of Staten Island, plus Sky Originals Twist and Blithe Spirit.
Again, if you don’t have Sky, you can stream all of Sky Cinema live and on-demand through NOW, for £11.99 a month.
All of these you can stream in HD by adding a NOW Boost to your account, which costs an additional £3 a month.
Here’s your guide to what’s coming soon in January 2021:
Supersenses (8pm, Sky Nature) – 3rd January
Animals sense and interpret their world in ways that are far beyond our human capabilities. In the first of three parts, xplore a story of vision through some of the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom.
NCIS: LA: Season 12 (10pm, Sky One) – 3rd January
Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J return for another action-packed season of NCIS:LA, with a critical mission waiting for them as the season begins.
Magnum PI: Season 3 (9pm, Sky One) – 3rd January
Magnum and the gang explode back on to your screen for another season of fast cars, daring missions and Hawaii heat. And if you’re missing the gang from Hawaii Five-0 since that series ended earlier this year, you might be pleasantly surprised to see some familiar faces.
History’s Greatest Mysteries (9pm, Sky History) – 5th January
Hosted by Laurence Fishburne, History’s Greatest Mysteries will challenge everything we know about some of the world’s most well-documented and compelling mysteries.
A Discovery of Witches: Season 2 (9pm, Sky One) – 8th January
Dark times are coming in the second season of the hit supernatural Sky Original drama. Adapted from Deborah Harkness’ bestselling All Souls trilogy and set in a world where witches, vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, we join the second series as reluctant witch Diana Bishop and vampire Matthew Clairmont seek refuge in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London. There, they must find a powerful witch to help Diana control her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life. Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer are joined in the new season by Tom Hughes, Steven Cree, Sheila Hancock, James Purefoy and Paul Rhys.
Animals Decoded (8pm, Sky Nature) – 12th January
The animal kingdom is a noisy place that reverberates with a vast array of languages that reveal mind-blowing secrets about communication.
Room 104: Season 4 (10pm, Sky Comedy) – 12th January
The HBO comedy anthology returns.
Ant Middleton & Rebel Wilson: Straight Talking (9pm, Sky One) – 14th January
Former Royal Marines Commando Ant Middleton returns for the second of his unique interview specials. Last year, Ant travelled to the Namibian desert with One Direction’s Liam Payne, where the pair were able to open up about their respective experiences away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This time, Ant spends some one-to-one time with Australian-born actress Rebel Wilson for more honest conversation and self-discovery.
Pandora: Season 2 (SyFy UK) – 14th January
We’re returning to the year 2199 as the exciting sci-fi action series Pandora begins its second season, continuing the story of a resourceful young woman who has lost everything and finds a new life and friendships only to discover that she may lose everything again as she confronts the nature of her own identity. Is she humanity’s saviour or the instrument of our Armageddon?
The Simpsons: Season 32 (8pm, Sky One) – 15th January
America’s favourite family return to Sky for a thirty-second season of code yellow mayhem.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion (9pm, Sky Comedy) – 17th January
30 years later, we’re bringing the Banks family back together. Join Will Smith and his former co-stars for a funny and heartfelt night full of music and dancing in honour of the show that ran for six seasons and 148 episodes. All those episodes will also be available on-demand as a box set from 1st January 2021.
AP Bio: Season 3 (9pm, Sky Comedy) – 18th January
All right nerds, let’s start to shut up and listen to this… School is back in session in the third season of the Grade A comedy as Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt return as slightly sociopathic philosophy teacher trapped teaching biology in Tuledo, Ohio.
Made for Murder (9pm, Sky Crime) – 18th January
Using the work of a generation of new experts and forensic psychologists, Made for Murder examines the complicated journeys of ten British killers, delving into their paths to committing unspeakable crimes.
Bulletproof: South Africa (9pm, Sky One) – 20th January
Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters return as Bishop and Pike for a special three-part outing for the wisecracking London cops. Having spent two seasons bringing the series’ trademark cinematic action to the streets of London, this time the boys are heading overseas to dive deep undercover in a brand new case.
Boys (10pm, Sky Arts) – 20th January
Ashley Walters makes his directorial debut in this Sky Original short film written by newcomer Jerome Holder and produced by Walters’ SLNda in association with Sky Studios.
Euphoria: Special Episode 2 (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 25th January
In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, the first special episode of Euphoria followed Rue (Zendaya) as she celebrated Christmas. This second special episode, directed by Sam Levinson, follows Jules over the Christmas holiday as she reflects on the year.
Holocaust Memorial Season (Sky History)
Sky History commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day with a series of powerful new films. Experience the first ever eye-witness account of the life and legacy of the iconic child diarist, Anne Frank in Oscar-winning documentary Anne Frank Remembered; discover the deadly – and feigned -Syndrome K that was pioneered by three courageous Roman Catholic doctors to save the lives of Jews taking refuge in Italy’s Fatebenefratelli hospital in Escaping the Holocaust: Syndrome K; and in Cheating Hitler, we receive a powerful warning from history as three Canadian Holocaust survivors are given a last chance to solve lingering mysteries.
ZeroZeroZero (Sky Atlantic) – Date TBC
Based on the novel ZeroZeroZero by Roberto Saviano, this fast-paced and edgy series directed by Stefano Sollima (Gomorrah) and Janus Metz (True Detective) and created by Sky Studios follows the buyers, sellers and brokers who drive the frenzied and lethal world of international drug trafficking. Filmed across three continents (North America, Europe and Africa) and in six languages (English, Spanish, Italian, French, Wolof and Arabic), the eight-episode series revolves around the violent Mexican cartels, power hungry Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta and corrupt American businessmen who are all competing for supremacy over the world’s cocaine trade.
Klopp: End of the Storm (Sky Documentaries) – Date TBC
In a year when sport came to a standstill, Liverpool Football Club finally lifted the trophy that had eluded them for thirty years. Chronicling their extraordinary title-winning 2019/20 season, Klopp: The End of the Storm gives us the definitive inside story of Liverpool’s journey to that astonishing winning run in a season unlike any other.
Bruno v Tyson (Sky Documentaries) – Date TBC
Profiling the staggering highs and lows of one of sport’s most iconic rivalries, Bruno v Tyson explores what happened when America’s ‘baddest man on the planet’ Mike Tyson, came up against his friend, enemy and Britain’s gentle giant, Frank Bruno.
The Great Elephant Tale (Sky Nature) – Date TBC
Through the lives of three vastly different herds of African elephants, go on a journey that reveals how this species has conquered a continent.
Kingdom of the Tides (Sky Nature) – Date TBC
In the space at which the ocean meets the land, lies one of the toughest environments on earth – the intertidal zone. Locked in a struggle for survival, the creatures who inhabit the realm at the ocean’s edge must fight the battle for existence and adaptation.
Bad Boys for Life – 1st January
What you gonna do? The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are back together for one last ride in the third outing of the explosive action-comedy series.
The Whole Truth – 2nd January
Keanu Reeves and Renee Zellweger star in the gripping story of a defence attorney who enlists the aid of a young lawyer during a difficult case, trying to get a teenage client acquitted for the murder of his father.
She’s in Portland – 5th January
Starring Tommy Dewey and Francois Arnaud, this film follows a 30-something businessman who is aiming to reconnect with his disillusioned college buddy on a road trip to find “the one that got away.”
Blindfire – 7th January
Lives are left in pieces after a white cop responds to a hostage call and kills the black suspect, only to learn he may have been set up. Facing trial, he must find the person responsible while examining his own accountability and racial biases.
Greed – 8th January
Steve Coogan partners up once again with Michael Winterbottom (The Trip series, 24 Hour Party People) for a thinly veiled satire on the super-rich.
The High Note – 9th January
Maggie is the overworked personal assistant to Grace Davis, a superstar singer whose talent and ego have reached unbelievable heights. Stuck running errands, Maggie still wants to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming a music producer…
Miss Juneteenth – 10th January
Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman’s BBQ & Lounge. But underneath it all, Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen. She was once crowned Miss Juneteenth – a title commemorating the day slaves in Texas were freed – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Life didn’t turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.
Magical Adventures in the Forbidden City – 11th January
In this gripping fantasy, a young girl lives in a city gripped by an epidemic but while searching for her father, she learns she has magical abilities and has her world turned upside down.
Rialto – 13th January
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is heart-achingly good in this moving domestic tragedy from the director of Daphne.
Blithe Spirit – 15th January
Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann, Isla Fisher, Adil Ray and Dame Judi Dench lead this starry adaptation of Noel Cowards classic comic play. Crime novelist Charles Condomine (Stevens) is struggling with writer’s block, and with a deadline looming he turns to psychic medium Madame Arcati (Dench) to arrange a séance. What could go wrong?
Volition – 19th January
In this sci-fi thriller, a man afflicted with clairvoyance tries to change his fate when a series of events leads to a vision of his own imminent murder.
The King of Staten Island – 22nd January
Judd Apatow goes for the heart in this semi-autobiographical tale of Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson. Scott has been a case of arrested development since his firefighter father died in the 9/11 attacks when he was seven. He’s now reached his mid-20s having achieved little, chasing a dream of becoming a tattoo artist that seems far out of reach.
The Swerve – 28th January
In this debut from writer/director Dean Kapsalis, a woman seems to have it all: two kids, a nice house, a good job as a teacher, and a husband with his career on the way up. But there are troubling signs that all is not right in her world.
Twist – 29th January
The Charles Dickens classic is brought thrillingly up to date in this Sky Cinema Original film, where in the teeming heartland of modern London a group of street-smart young hustlers plan the heist of the century. Michael Caine and Raff Law star.
Irresistible – 30th January
It’s like a family trip to the cinema, but available to watch now, at home. Political comedy set in a small town. Steve Carell and Rose Byrne star.
Other films coming soon to Sky Cinema in January 2021
Adventures of Rufus: The Fantastic Pet
She’s in Portland
The Death and Life of John F Donovan
Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart
Windows on the World
All These Small Moments
I Used to Go Here
Thank You for Your Service