What to watch on the BBC, ITV, C4 and Netflix

The Christmas and New Years holidays may be over, but there is still a lot to talk about with a crisp TV coming up this month. What are the best dramas in January 2021?

Here you will find everything you need to cheer up in an often cold, close-up and sober month. And that was before the pandemic!

Keeley Hawes plays a recently widowed widow in Finding Alice (Image credit: ITV)

January 2021 best dramas: what to see on the top channels

The Pembrokeshire Murders, ITV1

The Pembrokeshire Murders will air over three nights, beginning Monday January 11th and continuing on January 12th and 13th.

Luke Evans – Sexy Hollywood Actor Alert! – Stars as conscientious, recently divorced detective Steve Wilkins.

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He investigates the cold case of two double homicides and eventually brings “bullseye killer” John Cooper to justice.

The actor Keith Allen, also father of the singer Lily Allen, plays the serial killer who eluded justice for years.

His most arrogant mistake was appearing on the TV dart game show Bullseye, after which the police were able to reconcile him with an artist’s impression of the killer.

The other star of the show, of course, is the capricious Welsh landscape.

Luke Evans in the Pembrokeshire murders
Luke Evans stars in The Pembrokeshire Murders (Image credit: ITV)

Find Alice, ITV1

The always likeable Keeley Hawes plays mother Alice, whose life is torn apart by the untimely death of her husband (Jason Merrells).

In the search for Alice, the new widow has to relearn how to live her life without her 20 year old husband.

Alice soon discovers that her late husband Harry is not quite what he seemed.

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She finds clues about debt, secrets and crime.

The six-part drama will be broadcast in the week from Saturday, January 16, 2021.

It was written by the authors of The Durrells and will no doubt be a huge hit.

TV legends Joanna Lumley and Nigel Havers also star in the dark comedy drama.

The generic photo of the cast of Bay ITV
January 2021 Best Dramas: The Bay returns with a second series and an impressive cast (Credit: ITV)

The Bay, ITV1

Like Finding Alice, The Bay is due on ITV1 the week of Saturday, January 16, 2021.

A second series of the crime thriller follows the success of the first, which aired in 2019.

Morven Christie returns as the DS Lisa Armstrong Police Family Liaison Officer on a brand new case.

But things have changed – she was downgraded after her suspension for withholding important evidence.

As if that wasn’t humiliating enough, she is now responsible to Taheen Modak’s character DC ‘Med’ Kharim – the newbie she trained in the first series.


Daniel Ryan returns as DI Tony Manning, as does former EastEnders star Lindsey Coulson as Lisa’s mother Penny.

An impressive new cast includes Stephen Tompkinson, Joe Absolom, James Cosmo, Sunetra Sarker, Julia Haworth and Sharon Small.

New hair, new location, new danger – Anna Friel is back as Marcella on ITV1 (Credit: ITV)

Marcella, ITV1

Anna Friel returns as Marcella at the end of January / beginning of February.

After the dramatic conclusion to the previous series, the new eight-part star sees Marcella in Belfast as an undercover detective.

She has assumed the new identity of Keira and infiltrated the notorious Maguire family.

But as she examines her activities, questions come to the fore about how much she adopted the Keira personality and left Marcella behind.

Amanda Burton, Ray Panthaki and Hugo Speer can also be seen in the third series.

See trailer below.

Olly Alexander in It's a Sin
Long-time singer Olly Alexander (center) plays Richie Tozier in It’s a Sin (Credit: Channel 4)

It’s a sin, channel 4

Russell T Davies’ new series – his first in years and years – is loosely based on his own experiences from the early 80s.

The drama, which airs in mid-January, takes us back to London in 1981 when the AIDS virus hit.

Like many of his dramas, including Queer as Folk, it will focus on one serious topic without missing the fun of the time – including relationships and music.

The five-part stars Years and Years singers Olly Alexander (not affiliated with the BBC One drama), Keeley Hawes, Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Fry.

Russell said of the new series, “I’ve looked the other way for years. After all, I put AIDS at the center of a drama. “

Stephen Fry stars in It's a Sin on C4
Stephen Fry stars in It’s a Sin (Image credit: Channel 4)

February 2021 best dramas: what’s coming?

James Nesbitt plays a Northern Irish detective searching for an assassin on Bloodlines on BBC One, due to air in February.

So Jed Mercurio, executive of Line of Duty, makes promises to be decent.

Unforgotten will return to ITV in mid-February.

The fourth series brings Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar back together as they solve the case of a dead Millwall supporter.

The main characters are accompanied by Sheila Hancock, Susan Lynch and former Easties star Lucy Speed.

Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar meet in the fourth series of Unforgotten (Credit: ITV)
Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar meet in the fourth series of Unforgotten (Credit: ITV)

The drowning will air on Channel 5 in February.

It’s a four-part thriller set in Dublin starring Jill Halfpenny, Jonas Armstrong and Rupert Penry-Jones.

We see Jodie catch sight of the teenager Daniel who she believes is her missing son.

But is he? And how far will she go to find out the truth?

Meanwhile, Katherine Kelly is on ITV’s Innocent series two.

It portrays an English teacher who is involved in scandals and accused of murder.

And Ben Miller leads the cast in Professor T, a crime drama about an eccentric criminology professor who helps the police.

The Pembrokeshire murders begin at 9 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021 on ITV1.

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