New to AMC+ in January

The Walking Dead Origins (AMC+, January 2)

A series of four special programmes exploring the journeys of the most celebrated characters in The Walking Dead. Spotlighting Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), each episode charts the story of the zombie apocalypse from the point of view of a single character and features new interviews and narrations from the actors that portray these iconic characters, interwoven with clips from the most pivotal moments of their journeys in the series.

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The Good Karma Hospital S4 (Acorn TV, January 2)

In S4 of the tropical Indian hospital drama, the fierce and passionate Dr Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman) is forced to confront her complex past and has to handle some home truths to save Greg (Neil Morrissey) from deportation – and perhaps even their future together. Ruby (Amrita Acharia) is struggling to see into an uncertain future and makes rash decisions as she vents her fury. Two new doctors arrive: the charismatic British Asian Dr Samir Hasan (Doctor Who’s Harki Bhambr) and Dr Nikita ‘Niki’ Sharma (Awake’s Rebecca Ablack), the epitome of a young, privileged Indian woman who finds herself well out of her comfort zone. As the series opens, Ruby breaks protocol when visiting a sick girl who has a deadly virus.

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Shetland S6 (Acorn TV, January 9)

Douglas Henshall (Outlander) returns as DI Jimmy Perez in the whodunit set on Scotland’s remote Shetland Isle. When Perez attends his mother’s funeral on the neighbouring Fair Isle, he faces family worries when it appears that his father is having trouble with his memory. However, when Tosh (Alison O’Donnell) calls to inform him of a murder – the shooting of a prominent and controversial Shetlander on their doorstep in broad daylight – he rushes back to lead the investigation. Was this a tragic accident, or was the victim silenced before they could speak? Perez senses the hand of organised crime but getting answers could prove very difficult indeed.

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The Paradise S2 (Acorn TV, January 16)

“Nordic noir collides with the sunny Mediterranean in this Finnish-Spanish drama,” Drama Quarterly said of the series aka Paratiisi. It’s set in Fuengirola, Spain, where a tight-knit Finnish community enjoy their idyll until horrific murders turn it on its head. When a Finnish man is murdered on Spanish soil, veteran Finnish detective Hikka and Spanish detective Andrés reunite from across their respective borders. As more young bodies turn up, an international trafficking ring that preys on the most innocent of children and most desperate of refugees is revealed. Our detectives are determined to put an end to these brutal crimes – but how much are they willing to sacrifice to save others?

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Vera S11 (Acorn TV, January 30)

Brenda Blethyn  returns as DCI Vera Stanhope for two feature-length episodes set against the backdrop of the UK’s North East. S11 opens when respected local builder is found beaten to death on the steps of the Collingwood Monument. Vera questions how such a seemingly beloved and imposing figure could be attacked so viciously. The mystery deepens when she discovers that he was due to testify in court as the key witness in a violent assault. Could these two crimes be connected? As Vera delves deeper into his life, she discovers unresolved bitterness between his estranged wife and doting son, while tensions with old family friends also threaten to spill over. Vera must see through the web of family grievances, jealousies and lies to ensure justice is done.

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Sorry About the Demon (Shudder, January 19)

After being dumped by his girlfriend Amy, broken hearted Will is offered a massive house at a very low rent. What’s the catch? The restless spirit haunting the place needs a human sacrifice and the prior owners must find one or else their young daughter is toast. So, Will must figure out how to make things right with his ex-girlfriend AND banish the sacrifice-seeking demon residing in his house.

The Lair (Shudder, January 26)

Royal Air Force pilot Lt. Kate Sinclair (Charlotte Kirk) is shot down over Afghanistan and finds refuge in an abandoned underground bunker where deadly man-made biological weapons – half human, half alien – are awakened. Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, Hellboy) directs a screenplay he wrote with Kirk (The Reckoning).

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10 Responses to “New to AMC+ in January”

  1. Mayfair Witches has disappeared to another broadcaster because me and my Dad wanted to subscribe to AMC+ but shocked it was removed at the last minute.

  2. I was there at the start (of TWD) and I watched until the end (I wish I hadn’t), even though it had lost its magic after series 6, but talk about flogging a dead horse, I for one will not be subscribing to AMC+ on this slate, it smacks of what Disney has unashamedly done to its own IP, Marvel and Star Wars/Lucasfilm.

  3. Agree with you there, Darren. TWD in the latter half of the seasons was a grind. FTWD was good in season 1-2 but a decline thereafter. AMC+ has lost me on the shameless milking of the franchise.

  4. Mayfair Witches is definitely on AMC+ in New Zealand. They are advertising it as coming soon 😁

  5. Maybe so, Trevor, but the publicists have asked NZ media not to cover the series “until further notice” and it was conspicuously absent from the January highlights issued yesterday. It wasn’t even included with a TBA caveat. But hopefully it’s just a matter of the initial January 5 premiere date being wrong and it still going ahead day&date with the US (either January 8 on AMC linear channels or January 12 on AMC+ etc).

  6. Actually, Darren, AMC+ does have some fantastic originals, like Dark Winds and Kin, a great back catalogue (from the familiar — Mad Men — to overlooked gems like Halt and Catch Fire, Turn and Manhattan), and an impressive slate of UK dramas and horror movies. The biggest downside is the sub-par PQ and audio — only 720p and 2.0 — which isn’t good enough in an era of 4K streaming (even Neon and TVNZ offer up to full HD). And the subsequent loss of series like Shetland from their superior presentation on Netflix.

  7. I actually agree, Philip, that AMC has been a great content creator. I often watched it while living in N. America. Breaking Bad was brilliant, Into the Badlands was great the first season, I will not lie, I never watched Mad Men, but Preacher, Turn: WS, The Killing etc were all brilliant scripted series, but, AMC+ will need content and what’s cheaper? New IP or copy and paste the Disney model? Full disclosure, I subscribe to Netflix and Neon via Spark and also Prime and Disney, so I think that’s enough for now. P.S. I’ve just started Jack Ryan and it’s just as good a series 1 & 2.

  8. I’m really loving Fear the Walking Dead. Season 6 is brilliant, hopefully season 7 will be added soon 🤔

  9. Seeing the new Doctor Who promo makes me feel excited for 2023, it’s so good having David Tennant back. I do hope Disney+ will add all of the episodes from the classics to the present. I know Prime Video have got the new episodes but it would be brilliant having all of them together in the one place 😁

  10. At the moment on iTunes The Batman is only $10, it also has extras so I decided to buy it. I know it’s on Neon but I prefer to have my own copy. I hear it’s really good 😁

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