Series to Watch: January 2024

Series to Watch: January 2024

December 21, 2023

Ones to Watch

DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick 10 new series to watch this January, from a new Harlan Coben thriller and a Spanish fashion biopic to the latest instalment of True Detective and a military series from the makers of Band of Brothers.

Fool Me Once
From: UK
Original broadcaster: Netflix
Producer: Quay Street Productions
Starring: Michelle Keegan, Adeel Akhtar, Joanna Lumley and Richard Armitage
Launch date: January 1
The latest Netflix thriller from Harlan Coben, Fool Me Once follows Maya Stern (Keegan), who is trying to come to terms with the brutal murder of her husband, Joe (Armitage). But when Maya installs a nanny-cam to keep an eye on her young daughter, she is shocked to see a man she recognises in her house – Joe. Detective Sergeant Sami Kierce (Akhtar) leads the homicide investigation into Joe’s death while grappling with secrets of his own. Meanwhile, Maya’s niece and nephew, Abby and Daniel, are trying to find the truth about their mother’s murder several months earlier. Are the two cases connected?

Sanctuary: A Witch’s Tale
From: UK
Original broadcasters: Sundance Now, AMC+
Producer: Monumental Television
Starring: Elaine Cassidy, Hazel Doupe, Amy de Bhrun, Stephanie Levi-John, Valerie O’Connor, Kelly Campbell and Stephen Lord
Launch date: January 4
Based on the novel by VV James, this series is set in a contemporary world where witchcraft is real. It takes place in the idyllic English town of Sanctuary, where for hundreds of years witches have lived peacefully as valued members of society – until now. At the heart of the story is Sarah Fenn (Cassidy), Sanctuary’s resident witch, on whom the town relies to solve their problems when conventional remedies fail. When a local teen rugby star dies tragically in an apparent accident, his death exposes a terrifying undercurrent of suspicion and fear towards Sarah and her teenage daughter, Harper (Doupe). The mother of the dead boy, Abigail (de Bhrun), once Sarah’s closest friend, is wracked with grief, and to avenge her son’s death, launches a modern-day witch-hunt to get ‘justice,’ no matter what the cost.

Criminal Record
From: UK
Original broadcaster: Apple TV+
Producers: Tod Productions, STV Studios
Starring: Peter Capaldi, Cush Jumbo, Charlie Creed-Miles, Dionne Brown, Shaun Dooley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Zoë Wanamaker, Rasaq Kukoyi, Maisie Ayres, Aysha Kala, Cathy Tyson and Tom Moutchi
Launch date: January 10
Pitched as a powerful, character-driven crime thriller set in the heart of contemporary London, this series opens when an anonymous phone call draws two brilliant detectives into a confrontation over an old murder case — one a young woman in the early stages of her career, the other a well-connected man determined to protect his legacy.
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True Detective: Night Country
From: US
Original broadcaster: HBO
Producers: Pastel, Anonymous Content, HBO, Passenger
Starring: Jodie Foster, Kali Reis, Fiona Shaw, Finn Bennett, Isabella Star Lablanc, Aka Niviâna, Anna Lambe, Joel D Montgrand, Christopher Eccleston and John Hawkes
Launch date: January 14
When the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, detectives Liz Danvers (Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Reis) will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.
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From: Australia
Original broadcaster: Stan
Producer: Lingo Pictures
Distributor: Lionsgate
Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Rebecca Gibney, Ewen Leslie, Ming-Zhu Hii, Jacob Collins-Levy, Hayley McCarthy, Jordi Webber, Jacek Koman, Andrea Solonge, Brigid Zengeni, Alex Fitzalan and Alexander D’Souza
Launch date: January 18
Described as a razor-sharp drama, Prosper is set in the inner sanctum of evangelical megachurch U Star, run by the wealthy and powerful Quinn family. When their charismatic founder and pastor announces an impulsive US expansion, the collision between faith and ambition threatens to tear the family and church apart.
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Cristóbal Balenciaga
From: Spain
Original broadcaster: Disney+
Producer: Moriarti Produkzioak
Starring: Alberto San Juan, Belén Cuesta, Josean Bengoetxea, Cecilia Solaguren, Adam Quintero, Thomas Coumans, Gemma Whelan, Anouk Grinberg, Gabrielle Lazure, Patrice Thibaud, Nine d’Urso and Anna-Victoire Olivier
Launch date: January 19
This Spanish limited series, the first from award-winning directors Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga, begins when the titular designer presents his first haute couture collection in Paris in 1937. Behind him is a successful career in his ateliers in Madrid and San Sebastián, dressing the Spanish elite and aristocracy. However, the designs that set trends in Spain do not quite work in the sophisticated fashion empire that Paris has become, where Chanel, Dior and Givenchy are the benchmark of haute couture. Guided by his obsession for control in all aspects of his life, Cristóbal Balenciaga will go on to define his style and eventually become one of the most important couture designers of all time.
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From: US
Original broadcaster: Netflix
Producers: Latin World Entertainment, Grand Electric
Starring: Sofía Vergara, Alberto Guerra, Christian Tappan, Martín Rodríguez, Juliana Aidén Martinez and Vanessa Ferlito
Launch date: January 25
Modern Family star Vergara plays the title role in a series inspired by the life of the savvy and ambitious Griselda Blanco, who created one of the most profitable cartels in history. In 1970s-80s Miami, Blanco’s lethal blend of unsuspected savagery and charm helped her expertly navigate between business and family, leading her to become widely known as ‘The Godmother.’
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Sexy Beast
From: UK
Original broadcaster: Paramount+
Producers: AC Chapter One, Anonymous Content in association with PTIS
Distributor: Paramount Global Content Distribution
Starring: James McArdle, Emun Elliott, Tamsin Greig, Stephen Moyer and Sarah Greene
Launch date: January 25
A prequel to the cult 2000 crime thriller film, this series explores the origins of Gal (McArdle) and Don (Elliott)’s complicated relationship as they find themselves descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s, while Gal’s budding relationship with DeeDee threatens everything in their world.

Masters of the Air
From: US
Original broadcaster: Apple TV+
Producer: Apple Studios
Starring: Austin Butler, Callum Turner, Anthony Boyle, Nate Mann, Barry Keoghan, Rafferty Law, Edward Ashley, Jonas Moore, Elliot Warren, Matt Gavan, Branden Cook, Josiah Cross and Ncuti Gatwa
Launch date: January 26
From the team behind Band of Brothers and The Pacific – Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman – comes this action drama based on the true story of an American bomber group during the Second World War. It follows the men of the 100th Bomb Group (the ‘Bloody Hundreth’) as they conduct perilous bombing raids over Nazi Germany and grapple with the frigid conditions, lack of oxygen and sheer terror of combat conducted at 25,000 feet in the air.
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From: US
Original broadcaster: Prime Video
Producer: Blossom Films, Per Capita Productions
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sarayu Blue, Ji-young Yoo, Brian Tee and Jack Huston
Launch date: January 26
Creator, writer and director Lulu Wang’s Expats portrays a complex tapestry of Hong Kong residents. It focuses on a single encounter between a multifaceted group of women, which sets off a chain of life-altering events and leaves everyone navigating the intricate balance between blame and accountability. The series is based on the novel The Expatriates by Janice YK Lee.

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