As Disney+ UK welcomes in the new year, Star Wars fans can enjoy a fresh set of episodes from The Bad Batch animated series, while Hugh Jackman takes center stage in the animated sitcom aimed at a distinctly older audience.
Elsewhere, Kumail Nanjiani plays the man behind an empire of male strippers in Welcome to Chippendales, which begins as a business story before progressing to crime and murder. There is also the British series Extraordinary, in which a young woman is the only person in the world without a superpower.
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And when it comes to cinema, National Geographic has three thrilling documentaries, including Matthew Heineman’s Oscar-winning tale of Afghanistan Retrograde.
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Original movies coming to Disney+ UK in January 2023
Menu (January 4)
Succession director Mark Mylod delivers a sharp satire set in the world of fine dining on The Menu. Ralph Fiennes plays a world-renowned chef who invites select guests to his island restaurant to sample a unique menu that turns out to have something very dark about it. Nicholas Hoult and Anya Taylor-Joy are among the guests thrown into the unique culinary nightmare of the Fiennes characters.
If These Walls Could Sing (January 6)
Led by Paul McCartney’s daughter Mary McCartney, this documentary delves into the history of London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios.
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The film traces nine decades of history and almost every type of music, delving deep into the bowels of the longest-running studio on Earth.
Flag Makers (January 13)
Award-winning directorial duo Cynthia Wade and Sharon Liese make this short film that looks at the contemporary resonance and impact of the American flag. It follows the selection of people responsible for making flags of various sizes – some of them are Americans, others are immigrants or refugees. They discuss their own perception of the flag and its significance in the future.
Retrograde (January 13)
Matthew Heineman is one of America’s most famous documentary filmmakers, having won acclaim and awards for documentaries including Cartel Land and City of Ghosts. In 2018, he also transitioned to narrative functions with A Private War, in which Rosamund Pike played war reporter Marie Colvin.
One of the favorites for the Academy Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary, Retrograde delves into the last nine months of the Afghan war and America’s withdrawal from that country. Heineman tells the story from multiple perspectives, including U.S. soldiers, Afghan soldiers, and civilians just trying to keep themselves and their families safe.
Territory (January 13)
The ongoing deforestation of the Amazon in Brazil is one of the greatest environmental destructions happening today. This Nat Geo documentary chronicles the struggles of the indigenous people of Uru-eu-wau-wau in Brazil as they try to protect their land, including setting up their own information operation to bring more attention to their cause.
Original TV shows coming to Disney+ UK in January 2023
Star Wars: The Bad Batch S2 (January 4)
Set in the aftermath of the Clone Wars, Dave Filoni’s animated series follows an elite group of clone troopers with genetic mutations. They first appeared in Filoni’s beloved animated series The Clone Wars, but this series shows what they did later, taking part in secret missions after the conflict. Dee Bradley Baker returns to provide the voices of the soldiers.
S2 Reservation Dogs (January 4)
Following a group of troubled young Native teenagers on a North American reservation, the series from creators Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi returns to the heroes for a new season. They’re still dealing with grief over the death of a friend, and now they’re scattered across the country dealing with adult issues and responsibilities.
Koala Man (all episodes from January 9)
Australian animator Michael Cusack created this adult superhero sitcom in which he also plays the titular role of the family patriarch who is also secretly a koala superhero whose only power is to stick to the rules steadfastly. Hugh Jackman is also in the cast as Big Greg, the president of the city council.
The series is executive produced by Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, who is also responsible for Koala Man’s Hulu bedfellow Solar Opposites.
Chasing the Waves (January 11)
Surfing made its debut at the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo, making its debut at the biggest sporting event in the world. This documentary series explores the surfing culture in Japan – 18,000 miles of coastline is obviously very enticing for surfers – and its impact on the sport around the world, featuring some of the world’s most famous professional surfers.
Welcome to the Chippendales (all episodes from January 11)
Indian entrepreneur Somen “Steve” Banerjee rose to fame in the late 1970s when he added a stripper group to his Los Angeles nightclub, the Chippendales. Kumail Nanjiani plays Banerjee in this series which explores this rise and then Banerjee’s involvement in a series of murders becoming a true crime thriller. It’s quite a dramatic fall from grace.
Little Demon (all episodes from January 18)
This adult animated series features an impressively stellar voice cast, led by Aubrey Plaza as well as Danny DeVito and Michael Shannon. Plaza voices a woman who was impregnated by Satan 13 years ago and is now raising a daughter, the Antichrist. They try to live a normal and non-dramatic life in Delaware, but encounter various problems, including the fact that Satan (DeVito) wants custody of his daughter’s soul.
Extraordinary (all episodes from January 25)
This British comedy series is set in a world where every citizen gets a superpower when they turn 18. However, Jen (Máiréad Tyers) is 25 years old and has not yet the hint of a special ability. In the film, she struggles with this problem with the help of her roommates and embarks on a journey with a clinic that may help her discover her hidden power.
More movies and TV shows coming to Disney+ UK in January 2023
1st of January
Modern Family (S10)
Peppa Pig (S1-2)
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