January TV Picks

As award season is around the corner, there are so many brilliant television programmes that have aired. I thought it would be a good idea to start a new series where I talk about my favourite programmes from the month and what better time to start than January.



My blog has mostly focused on Sherlock over the past month but for very good reasons. Series 4 aired on the 1st January and finished on the 15th January. All three episodes are available on BBC iPlayer and if you haven’t already seen them, I urge you to watch. Series 4 is one of my favourite series’ and I have watched it many times since it aired. I will link my Sherlock posts for those interested:

The Six Thatchers

The Lying Detective

The Final Problem

Ranking of Every Episode

Apple Tree Yard


This is a new show that started on the 22nd January and there are three more episodes on Sundays at 9 pm on BBC One. Apple Tree Yard is a four-part thriller, adapted from the novel of the same name by Louise Doughty. The story follows Dr Yvonne Carmichael, an unhappily married forty-something scientist, who begins a secret affair with Mark Costley, whilst being completely unaware of his true identity. This show is truly engaging in a way that you don’t want to look away and keeps you wanting more. I would recommend catching up on BBC iPlayer if you missed the first episode as it’s not one to miss.



This is another new show that premiered on the 7th January and is an eight-part series. The story is set in 1814 and follows James Delaney as he returns to Britain after 12 years in Africa with fourteen stolen diamonds. Four episodes are currently on BBC iPlayer so I’d recommend watching them as soon as possible so you don’t miss out as this is another series that is simply unmissable.

The Affair


The Affair premiered in 2014 and currently has three seasons. Season three returned in November, however, the second half started on the 1st January and will finish on the 29th. You can watch the box set on Sky Go or Now TV. The Affair follows the emotional pain and trauma caused when two married adults have an affair. This show is so gripping and almost emotionally draining to watch as you feel so involved and as if you are a part of the whole story. I have loved this show throughout January and really hope we will get to see a fourth season.



I know Skins is not new but it celebrated its 10th anniversary on the 25th January so I think that deserves a mention. For those of you who are not familiar, Skins is a British teen drama that followed the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol through the two years of sixth form. The controversial storylines explored issues such as mental illness, adolescent sexuality, dysfunctional families, gender, substance abuse, death and bullying. This show is very different and focuses a lot on teenage stereotypes yet it explores issues that teenagers have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. I loved this show when aired on television and still continue to watch it today. I am currently re-watching to celebrate its 10th anniversary and would recommend everyone else to do so. You can watch Skins on Netflix or All4. Happy 10th anniversary!


What shows have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments.


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