10 of the best new DVDs out in January

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Maggie Smith is back as the Dowager Countess of Grantham, and she's as acidic as ever. Fellow British icon, Vanessa Redgrave co-stars alongside Timothy Spall in the acclaimed biopic of artist T. S. Lowry. Plus we have dæmons! January is exploding with top quality entertainment, out now or later this month on DVD. What will you watch next?

 

Downton Abbey

ITV’s smash hit television series followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house.

In this movie spin-off, the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives.

A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt.

Watch out for Imelda Staunton, who makes a dramatic and unforgettable entrance!

Out on 27th January

 

His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman’s bestselling books have been adapted into a lavish BBC/HBO series starring Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy and Lin-Manuel Miranda – plus a host of daemons!

These thrilling adventures tell the story of Lyra and Will – two ordinary children on a perilous journey through shimmering haunted otherworlds. They will meet witches and armoured bears, fallen angels and soul-eating spectres. And in the end, the fate of both the living – and the dead – will rely on them.

Out on 27th January

 

Gavin & Stacey 2019 Chrismas Special

The iconic, multi-award-winning sitcom returns after 10 years. It’s Christmas in Barry and Billericay and the Shipmans and Wests are getting together for the festivities.

One family member has taken it upon themselves to do all the cooking. Pete and Dawn have a problem. Stacey’s not sure whether to go for romance or practicality when it comes to buying presents. Pam forgets an important Christmas Day ingredient and Nessa offers some sound advice.

Plus Smithy’s Dad is joining the festivities this year – will Smithy Senior get along with the others? Or will his presence ruffle a few turkey feathers?

Out on 6th January

 

Hotel Mumbai

Dev Patel, Jason Isaacs and Armie Hammer start in this dramatization of the devastating attack in India, in 2008.

Hotel staff at a luxury five star hotel in Mumbai, India, risk everything to keep guests safe during a heinous attack on their glamorous facility.

The terrifying assault brings together the guests and staff of the luxurious hotel including wealthy new parents David and Zahra, Russian businessman Vasili and newly promoted waiter Arjun in a desperate fight for survival. This story celebrates humanity, compassion, courage, resilience and the unwavering desire to survive

Based on the true story of the 2008 Taj Mahal Palace hotel terrorist attack.

Out on 27th January

 

Mrs Lowry & Son

Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall play the title characters in this film biopic of a national treasure, the painter LS Lowry. The film deals with his struggle to devote time to his art while caring for his elderly, and difficult, mother.

Out on 20th January

 

Cold Call

Sally Lindsay stars as June, a single mother who finds herself swindled out of a large sum of money when she answers the phone to a cold call scammer.

After selling a house and having the entire sum of money stolen, June sets out to discover who is responsible, forcing her to make difficult decisions that put her in danger.

Out on 13th January

Cloak and Dagger

Spy thriller directed by Fritz Lang and starring Gary Cooper as an American science professor who is parachuted into Germany on a covert mission during WWII.

Tasked with thwarting German efforts to build an atomic bomb Alvah Jasper travels through Italy under an alias where he befriends Italian partisan Gina, played by Lilli Palmer, and does all he can to discover the advances being made in Nazi Germany's nuclear programme.

Out on 27th January

 

The Mallorca Files

The BBC’s latest crime caper is proving to be a smash hit! It’s a stylish, energetic detective duo take on the world of crime, set in stunning Mallorca.

Ambitious British detective DC Miranda Blake is sent to the Spanish island of Mallorca to apprehend a known criminal, responsible for a series of gangland murders, and escort him back to the UK so he can testify against his former bosses.

After arriving on the Balearic island, Blake's investigation leads her to form a mismatched partnership with flamboyant, laid-back German detective Max Winter, who has a complete disregard for police procedure.

They are the perfect time – if only they could see it! But as this mismatched partnership starts to solve some of the island’s most mysterious cases, the chemistry starts to build.

Out on 13th January

 

Seance on a Wet Afternoon

Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough star in a claustrophobic and brilliant drama about an unhinged clairvoyant.

After the death of her son, a medium begins to unravel.

Craving money and publicity, Myra concocts a scheme with her weak-willed husband, Bill.

The pair kidnap a wealthy young girl, collect the ransom, then use Kim's pretend powers to help the parents locate the child.

Out on 13th January

 

The Nightingale

 

From the director of The Babadook, comes a blood-soaked, radical redress of history.

Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows Clare, a 21-year-old Irish convict. Having served her 7-year sentence, she is desperate to be free of her abusive master and rejoin her husband and child. However Lieutenant Hawkins refuses to release her from his charge.

Clare’s husband Aidan retaliates and she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his cronies.

She hires indigenous guide Billy to stalk him and his company and enact revenge. Grudgingly he takes her through the rugged wilderness to track down Hawkins.

A special jury prize winner at Venice, The Nightingale is unflinching in realising the forces that drove colonisation of Australia and Clare's mission of vengeance. Every bit as unsettling as The Babadook, it’s a horror story that also asks deep questions about race.

Out on 27th January

 

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