The Netflix hot list: From Sex Education to The Stranger - what to watch in January 2020 and coming soon

We round up the best TV and movies highlights coming to Netflix and available through your BT TV box in January and the rest of 2020.

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But if you're up to date with your Netflix watchlist, now’s the perfect time to get your teeth into something new.

From brand new TV shows, films and documentaries including Spinning Out and The Stranger, to the highly-anticipated return of Sex Education this month, we round up the best of what’s coming soon to Netflix customers.

Keep reading for our must-watch Netflix TV guide for the month ahead, and what’s coming to the streaming service soon.

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What to watch in January 2020

Spinning Out

Spinning Out

When is it on?

TV drama series Spinning Out, starring Skins’ Kaya Scodelario and The Hunger Games’ Willow Shields, streams January 1 on Netflix.

What’s it about?

After a disastrous fall during an important performance, a competitive ice skater dealing with family issues and her own inner demons struggles to revive her career.

Why watch it?

The series was created by Samantha Stratton - a former competitive figure skater herself.

Messiah

When is it on?

Messiah premieres worldwide on Netflix on Wednesday, January 1.

What’s it about?

When CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) uncovers information about a man (Mehdi Dehbi) gaining international attention through acts of public disruption, she begins an investigation into his origins. 

As he continues to cultivate followers who allege he's performing miracles, the global media become increasingly beguiled by this charismatic figure. Geller must race to unravel the mystery of whether he really is a divine entity or a deceptive con artist capable of dismantling the world’s geopolitical order.

Why watch it?

As the story unfolds, multiple perspectives are interwoven including that of an Israeli intelligence officer (Tomer Sisley), a Texas preacher (John Ortiz) and his daughter (Stefania LaVie Owen), a Palestinian refugee (Sayyid El Alami) and the journalist (Jane Adams) who covers the story.

Sex Education series 2

Sex Ed

When is it on?

A second series of Sex Education was announced in early 2019, with filming starting in May 2019.

The first series was released in January 2019 - and season 2 arrives Friday, 17 January 2020.

What’s it about?

Sex Education is about Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mother, Jean. In season 1, Otis and his friend Maeve Wiley set-up a sex clinic at school to capitalise on his intuitive talent for sex advice. 

In season 2, as a late bloomer Otis must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola whilst also dealing with his now strained relationship with Maeve.

Why watch it?

Sex Education has been described as the best British teen drama since Skins”.

Next In Fashion

next in fashion

When is it on?

Next In Fashion is streaming on Netflix from Wednesday, January 29.

What’s it about?

Next In Fashion is a high-stakes competition series featuring some of the world’s best and quietly innovative designers who compete for a chance to become the next big name in fashion. 

Why watch it?

Tan France (Queer Eye) and Alexa Chung will host the brand new fashion competition series with special guest judges that include celeb stylist Elizabeth Stewart and Instagram’s fashion guru Eva Chen.

The Stranger

richard armitage

When is it on?

The new eight-part series is streaming on Netflix from Thursday, January 30.

What’s it about?

The Stranger is an adaptation of the Harlan Coben novel of the same name. The description reads as follows:

“Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

“Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corrine, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all.

“Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corrine's deception, and realizes that if he doesn't make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he's stumbled into will not only ruin lives - it will end them…”

Why watch it?

Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), above, will lead the upcoming psychological thriller from the makers of Safe.

Looking further ahead - TV shows we can’t wait for

Narcos: Mexico season 2

Narcos Mexico

When is it on?

Narcos: Mexico season 2 premieres Thursday, February 13 on Netflix.

What’s it about?

Narcos: Mexico explores the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, starting at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a disorganised group of independent growers and dealers. The plot for season 2 has not yet been announced.

Why watch it?

It features an entirely new cast and separate storyline from the original Narcos series of the same name, so you can get stuck into Narcos: Mexico straight away without having to catch up.

Ozark season 3 

ozark

When is it on?

Ozark season 3 premieres Friday, March 27 on Netflix.

What’s it about?

A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.

Why watch it?

You might know Jason Bateman largely as a comedy actor (Arrested Development, Horrible Bosses), but his ‘gripping’ dramatic performance has been praised by critics. The show also has a 92% approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

After Life series 2

after life

When is it on?

The second series of After Life is coming to Netflix in 2020. Season 1 is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Ricky Gervais (The Office, Extras) stars as a features writer for a local newspaper who adopts a gruff new persona after struggling to come to terms with his wife's death, in an effort to push away those trying to help him.

Why watch it?

After Life was praised by critics for its portrayal of grief, with Brian Lowry from CNN writing that Gervais’ mix of comedy and grief in the script makes for a "bittersweet and melancholy series".

Stranger Things season 4

stranger things
 
When is it on?

There's no confirmed release date, but we're hoping it's on Netflix in the latter half of 2020.

What’s it about?

Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the early 1980s, Stranger Things follows a group of teenagers and the strange, supernatural events that occur around the town.

Why watch it?

Series 3 ended on a MAJOR cliffhanger for one particular character, and we cannot wait to find out what happens!

The Crown season 4

the crown
 
When is it on?

There's no confirmed release date but hopefully we can look forward to the next season of The Crown in November or December 2020.

What’s it about?

The Crown is a historical drama series that follows the reign and personal life of Queen Elizabeth II (played by Claire Foy in seasons 1 and 2, and Olivia Colman in seasons 3 and 4).

Why watch it?

Series 4 will introduce Lady Diana Spencer - played by Emma Corrin - the future wife of Prince Charles, and later known as the Princess of Wales.

The Haunting of Bly Manor

haunting

When is it on?

The Haunting of Bly Manor is landing on Netflix on 2020.

What’s it about?

Following on from The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor is the second season in The Haunting anthology series on Netflix.

Bly Manor is an adaptation of classic gothic literature novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, according to whats-on-netflix.com.

Why watch it?

The Haunting of Hill House was the Netflix sleeper hit of 2018, reinvigorating the TV horror genre.

Dead To Me season 2

dead to me

When is it on?

Dead To Me has officially been renewed by Netflix for a second series. The first series premiered on May 3, 2019 so if there is going to be a follow up, we would expect it to stream in 2020, probably late spring or early summer.

What’s it about?

Recently bereaved Jen (Christina Applegate) is determined to solve her husband’s hit-and-run murder, but her quest takes an unexpected turn when she joins the Friends of Heaven support group.

There, she meets Judy (Linda Cardellini), who is suffering her own grief over losing a partner, but is also hiding a pretty huge secret.

Why watch it?

Dead To Me marked Anchorman star Applegate’s first TV work 'in seven years, revealing that the show’s ‘unique presence’ was what took her out of ‘semi-retirement’.

The English Game

The English Game

When is it on?

The English Game is launching on Netflix in 2020.

What’s it about?

The mini-series traces the invention of football and how it quickly rose to become the world's game by crossing class divides.

Why watch it?

The English Game has been written and executive produced by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow

Goop

When is it on?

The show premieres Friday, January 24 on Netflix.

What’s it about?

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle and wellness brand is expanding its original content efforts with a new Netflix docuseries, with the Goop editorial team working with experts, doctors, and researchers to examine issues relating to physical and spiritual wellness.

Why watch it?

Goop’s chief content officer Elise Loehnen hopes the docuseries will “dial up the quality of storytelling surrounding issues like mental, physical and sexual health”.

Altered Carbon season 2

altered carbon

When is it on?

The second series of Altered Carbon went into production in early 2019, so the earliest we could expect it is late 2019.

What’s it about?

Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent.

Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned – on ice – for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder… that of Bancroft himself.

Why watch it?

Altered Carbon is based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan.

Lucifer season 5

lucifer

When is it on?

Lucifer has been renewed for a fifth and final season on Netflix, although a release date has not been confirmed.

What’s it about?

Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles - the City of Angels - where he teams up with a police detective to solve crimes.

Why watch it?

Lucifer was cancelled by Fox after three seasons before Netflix picked it up for a fourth. Just search #LuciferOnNetflix to see how excited the fans are for its return.

Roald Dahl animated TV series

Roald Dahl

When is it on?

Netflix has confirmed production of an animated series will start in 2019, which makes the likely release date at some point in 2020. Find out everything you need to know about the series so far.

What’s it about?

Roald Dahl's classic children’s books, including the Twits, the BFG, and Matilda, are being adapted for a new animated TV series exclusive to Netflix.

"Netflix is known for innovative and high-quality storytelling,” said Gideon Simeloff, Strategy Director for The Roald Dahl Story Company.

“There is no other place in the world that can deliver animated entertainment for the whole family at such quality and scale.”

Why watch it?

Roald Dahl's unique work has inspired award-winning films and smash hit stage musicals, so it will be wonderful to see how the streaming service adapts the famous novels into animation.

Space Force

Space Force

When is it on?

TV series Space Force was announced in January 2019, and Netflix doesn’t have a release date although the trailer says “coming soon”.

What’s it about?

In June 2018, the US government announced the creation of a 6th major division of the United States Armed Forces - Space Force.

This brand new comedy is the brainchild of Greg Daniels and Steve Carell (The Office), telling the fictional story of the men and women who have to figure out how to defend satellites from attack and other space-related tasks.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

Why watch it?

Despite rumours of a potential reunion, Steve Carell has always ruled out a return to NBC’s The Office - so this is the next best thing for Michael Scott fans!

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

When is it on?

Shadow and Bone was only announced in January 2019, and a release date has not yet been confirmed.

What’s it about?

Based on Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone is a fantasy series about sinister forces plotting against a young soldier when she reveals a magical power that might unite her world.

Why watch it?

The TV series will hail from Bird Box and Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer (pictured), who will also serve as head writer and showrunner.

Ratched

Ratched

When is it on?

TV drama series Ratched was announced in 2017, but a release date on Netflix has not been confirmed.

What’s it about?

Based on the character of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ratched is an origin story following her evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster.

Why watch it?

Sarah Paulson (pictured above) has been cast as the murderous nurse, in a series created by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story).

The Devil All The Time

the devil all the time

When is it on?

Original film The Devil All The Time does not currently have a release date on Netflix.

What’s it about?

The film is an adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 novel and is set in a fictional town called Knockemstiff, Ohio, where a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews, according to Variety.com.

The story, told across two decades, centers on a bullied child who becomes a man who knows when to take action, a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff.

Why watch it?

Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) is starring in the lead role after Chris Evans had to depart due to scheduling conflicts.

Eurovision

Eurovision

When is it on?

It looks as though Eurovision is some way off yet - Netflix has only just announced that the director will be David Dobkin, who was at the helm of comedy hit Wedding Crashers.

What’s it about?

The plot has not yet been released, but it’s about the Eurovision Song Contest, which is legendary throughout Europe for its eccentric performers, odd songs, passionate fans and tactical voting.

Why watch it?

Will Ferrell is writing, producing, and also starring in the film - as what we don’t yet know, but we’re hoping to see him as one of the song contest performers.

Rebecca

rebecca keeley hawes

When is it on?

A streaming date for Rebecca hasn’t been announced as production only just started in the UK and France in June 2019.

What’s it about?

Rebecca is the latest adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 gothic novel of the same name.

It’s told by the second Mrs de Winter, a 20-something who met a wealthy widower in his 40s on holiday and agreed to marry him after just a couple of weeks, moving with him to an imposing Cornish estate called Manderley.

But their marriage can't escape the 'ghost' of de Winter's first wife, Rebecca, who died in mysterious circumstances. 

Why watch it?

Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty), above, and Lily James (Cinderella) are among the confirmed cast.

Good Morning, Midnight

george clooney

When is it on?

Unfortunately we are a long way off a release date for Good Morning, Midnight on Netflix as it was only announced in July 2019.

What’s it about?

The post-apocalyptic film follows the parallel stories of Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to make contact with the crew of the Aether spacecraft as they try to return home to Earth. 

Why watch it?

Good Morning, Midnight stars George Clooney, above, who also directs the flick. The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith adapted the screenplay. 

The Prom

meryl streep

When is it on?

It’s thought that The Prom will be released in cinemas in autumn 2020 before it airs on Netflix.

What’s it about?

The Prom is the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. The story follows four long-ago famous Broadway actors as they travel to the fictional conservative town of Edgewater, Indiana, after reading about a lesbian student who was not allowed to bring her girlfriend to high school prom. 

Why watch it?

The musical is being adapted by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), and will star Meryl Streep, above, Nicole Kidman and Ariana Grande.

Hollywood

ryan murphy

When is it on?

A release date for the TV series Hollywood on Netflix has not yet been announced.

What’s it about?

The plot for Hollywood is being kept under wraps, but the show’s creator Ryan Murphy, above, described the show as “a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown”.

Why watch it?

Hollywood marks Murphy’s first original TV series under his $300 million deal at Netflix.

Untitled Thai cave rescue series

netflix logo

When is it on?

The untitled scripted series does not yet have a release date, but it was announced in March 2019 by the Hollywood Reporter.

What’s it about?

Netflix is is partnering with SK Global to co-produce a miniseries about last summer's sensational cave rescue mission in Northern Thailand.

The original scripted series will tell the story of the 12 Thai boys and football coach who were trapped two miles below the earth for two weeks in 2018.

Why watch it?

The series looks set to focus on its direct access to the boys at the heart of this incredible story.

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