New movies and TV in January 2023

New movies and TV in January 2023

Extraordinary, Welcome to Chippendales and The Bad Batch are coming to Disney+ UK in January 2023. (Hulu/Disney)

Extraordinary, Welcome to Chippendales and The Bad Batch are coming to Disney+ UK in January 2023. (Hulu/Disney)

As Disney+ UK welcomes in the new year, Star Wars fans can enjoy a fresh set of episodes of the animated series The Bad Batch, as Hugh Jackman takes center stage in an animated sitcom aimed at a distinctly older audience.

Elsewhere, Kumail Nanjiani plays the man behind an empire of male strippers in Welcome to Chippendales, which starts as a story of business before spiraling into crime and murder. There is also the British series Extraordinary, in which a young woman is the only person in the world without a superpower.

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And on the film front, there are three exciting National Geographic documentaries on offer, including Matthew Heineman’s Oscar hopeful Afghanistan tale Retrograde.

Here’s everything we know is coming to Disney+ UK in January…

Original films coming to Disney+ UK in January 2023

The menu (January 4)

Successor director Mark Mylod delivers a sharp-edged satire set in the world of haute cuisine with The Menu. Ralph Fiennes plays a world-renowned chef who invites a selection of guests to his island restaurant to taste a unique menu, which turns out to have something very dark behind it. Nicholas Hoult and Anya Taylor-Joy are among the guests thrown into Fiennes’ characters’ unique culinary nightmare.

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If These Walls Could Sing (January 6)

Fronted by Paul McCartney’s daughter Mary McCartney, this documentary delves into the history of London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios.

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The film traces nine decades of history and just about every kind of music as it reaches deep into the bowels of the longest-running studio on earth.

The Flagmakers (January 13)

Award-winning directing duo Cynthia Wade and Sharon Liese helm this short, which looks at the modern resonance and impact of the American flag. It follows a selection of people responsible for making flags of various sizes – some of them American, while others are immigrants or refugees. They discuss their own perception of the flag and what it might mean in the future.

Retrograde (January 13)

Matthew Heineman is one of America’s most celebrated documentary filmmakers, having garnered accolades and awards for documentaries including Cartel Land and City of Ghosts. He also made the transition to narrative features in 2018 with A Private War, which starred Rosamund Pike as war reporter Marie Colvin.

Retrograde, which is one of the front-runners for the Oscar for best documentary film, delves into the last nine months of the war in Afghanistan and the US withdrawal from the country. Heineman tells the story from multiple perspectives, including American troops, Afghan soldiers and civilians just trying to keep themselves and their families safe.

The Territory (January 13)

The continued deforestation of the Amazon in Brazil is one of the biggest environmental destructions happening today. This Nat Geo documentary spotlights the struggles of the Uru-eu-wau-wau indigenous people of Brazil as they attempt to protect their land, including establishing their own news operation to bring further attention to their cause.

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Original TV series coming to Disney+ UK in January 2023

Star Wars: The Bad Batch S2 (January 4)

Set in the aftermath of the Clone Wars, this animated series from Dave Filoni follows an elite group of genetically mutated clone troopers. They first appeared in Filoni’s beloved Clone Wars animated series, but this show follows what they did next, taking on secretive missions in the aftermath of the conflict. Dee Bradley Baker returns to provide the voices of the soldiers.

Reservation Dogs S2 (January 4)

This series from creators Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi returns to the characters for a new season, following a group of troublesome young indigenous teenagers on a reservation in North America. Still dealing with grief after their friend’s death, they are now spread across the country, dealing with adult problems and responsibilities.

Koala Man (all episodes from January 9)

Michael Cusack and Hugh Jackman voice the lead roles in the adult superhero animated sitcom Koala Man.  (Hulu)

Michael Cusack and Hugh Jackman voice the lead roles in the adult superhero animated sitcom Koala Man. (Hulu)

Australian animator Michael Cusack created this superhero sitcom for adults, in which he also plays the title role of a family patriarch who’s also some sort of secret koala-based superhero whose only power is a steadfast devotion to the rules. Hugh Jackman is also in the cast as Big Greg – head of the city council.

The show’s executive producer is Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, who is also behind Koala Man’s Hulu bedmate Solar Opposites.

Chasing Waves (January 11)

Chasing Waves explores the people and places at the center of surfing culture in Japan.  (Disney)

Chasing Waves explores the people and places at the center of surfing culture in Japan. (Disney)

Surfing emerged during the recent Tokyo Olympics, marking its debut at the world’s biggest sporting exhibition. This docu-series explores surfing culture in Japan – 18,000 miles of coastline are very tempting for surfers, of course – and its impact on the sport globally, with contributions from some of the most notable professional surfers on the planet.

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Welcome to the Chippendales (all episodes from January 11)

Indian entrepreneur Somen “Steve” Banerjee rose to fame in the late 1970s when he added a group of male strippers to his nightclub in LA – Chippendales. Kumail Nanjiani plays Banerjee in this series, which explores his rise and then Banerjee’s subsequent involvement in a series of murders, becoming a true crime. That’s quite a dramatic fall from grace.

Little Demon (all episodes from January 18)

This adult animated series comes with an impressive star-studded voice cast, led by Aubrey Plaza and also including Danny DeVito and Michael Shannon. Plaza voices a woman who was impregnated by Satan 13 years ago and is now raising her daughter – the Antichrist. They try to live a normal and drama-free life in Delaware, but face various problems, not least the fact that Satan (DeVito) wants custody of their daughter’s soul.

Extraordinary (all episodes from January 25)

This British comedy series is set in a world where every citizen gets a superpower when they turn 18. However, Jen (Máiréad Tyers) is 25 and doesn’t have a glimmer of a special ability yet. The film finds her struggling with this problem with the help of her flatmates and embarking on a journey with a clinic that may help uncover her hidden power.

Other movies and TV coming to Disney+ UK in January 2023

January 1st

Modern Family (S10)

11 January

Snowfall (S5)

18 January

NCIS (S20)

Peppa Pig (S1-2)

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