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5 things you have to watch on Netflix in January 2019

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Megan Murray
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Not sure what to start with first? Check out our five top suggestions on what to watch on Netflix this January. 

2019 is here, and although there’s a lot of ‘new year new me’ going around, we’re still feeling the need to stay cosied up indoors, enjoying the best of what Netflix has to offer in January. Because it might be a new year, but it’s still bloody cold outside.

That being said, snuggling on the sofa doesn’t mean you can’t be productive too. With the release of world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo’s new show, which sees her satisfyingly declutter the lives of her clients, you can still feel like you’re getting organised for a fresh start.

There are also some childhood throwbacks, brilliant female-led dramas and tear-jerking series, all guaranteed to keep you busy through the dark evenings. Here we’ve picked out five of our favourites to get you started.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

In her very own female-made eight-part reality TV show, Kondo helps her clients – many of whom seriously struggle to let go of clutter – get rid of any items that don’t “spark joy”. 

Expect satisfying catharsis that’s way more emotional than you might have anticipated.

Release date: 1 January 

Lionheart

When her father becomes ill, Adaeze (Genevieve Nnaji who both stars and directs) steps up to take control of the family business and quickly realises that it’s not doing as well as she thought – at all. As a young woman in a male-dominated environment, she struggles with the immense pressure of not only clawing back a failing business, but proving herself to her older uncles and business partners who instantly undermine her.  

Netflix describes this Nigeria-based comedy drama as “inspiring” and a quick peek at the trailer will show you why. 

Release date: 4 January 

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes 

This dark four-part documentary series gives viewers a unique portal into the twisted mind of serial killer Ted Bundy. With previously unheard interviews with Bundy from his time on death row in Florida, it makes for a fascinating but troubling watch.

Oh, and it’s being released 30 years to the day after he was executed for the murder of Kimberly Leach. Spooky. 

Release date: January 4

Sex Education 

Otis is an inexperienced and socially awkward teenager who lives with his mother, a sex therapist. He detests parties and prefers to spend time alone, qualities that haven’t exactly earned him popularity points at school. But thanks to the stacks of manuals, books and videos around his home (and his mum’s insistence on talking openly about sex), he’s a reluctant expert on the subject on intimacy. Something which has brought him to the attention of the ultra self-assured, coolest-girl-in-school, Maeve.   

Together the unlikely pair set up an underground sex clinic at their school, which as you can imagine, is hilarious but also surprisingly heartwarming. Along the way, Otis and his best friends discover who they are, who they want to be and how to accept themselves, even if their families aren’t as supportive as they would hope. 

Release date: 11 January 

Grace and Frankie: Season 5

Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, follows two badass women whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave their wives for each other. The pair come together and over the last four seasons have made us laugh, cry and showed us again and again how powerful female friendship is. 

Netflix’s hilarious announcement featured a GIF which spells out “I don’t give a f**k”, capturing the not-to-be-messed-with attitude of these women in the new series, which we can’t wait to see. 

Release date: 18 January 

The Witches

Just thinking about the 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s terrifying tale of The Witches gives us shivers, but we reckon it’s finally time to confront our fears and take those square-toed, children-eating monsters on as adults. 

From Anjelica Huston’s devilishly good performance, to haunting moments like watching a little girl disappear into her parents’ painting, this film is and always will be, an absolute classic. 

Release date: 1 January 

The evidence of stress in our lives is everywhere, from bad sleep to increased anxiety. So in January 2019, stylist.co.uk is dedicated to creating a life less frazzled. We’ll be focusing on uplifting news, feelgood features and recommendations for fun things to do, with the goal of making you feel calmer and more positive about the coming year.

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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