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It’s hot, the kids are on holiday and you’re trying your best to avoid mindlessly snacking on leftovers.
As we consider our lazy start to 2023, here’s our pick of movies and TV shows streaming in January.
The Queen (January 7)
After a huge year for the British royals – most significantly marked by the death of Queen Elizabeth II – the fascination with all things royal continues.
TV viewers saw off 2022 with the controversial Netflix documentary series Harry and Meghan, but the appetite for royal content remains voracious.
Enter the 2006 British drama The Queen, starring Helen Mirren as the monarch – a role for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
The film depicts the events following the death in 1997 of the beloved Diana, Princess of Wales.
There are problems for the royal family as they try to navigate Diana’s death, the insatiable media and the grieving public.
Home and Away (January 9)
This year marks the 36th season of the ever-popular Channel 7 drama Home and Away.
Leah appears to be on the mend when the series returns.
In the 2023 flashback episode, she and Justin go off the road while trying to avoid Felicity and Eden – causing their car to fly before crashing into the ground.
Harry and Meghan: Becoming Royal (January 12)
This film about Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex proves that viewers are still hungry for royal content.
The 2019 film follows Harry and Meghan, played by Tiffany Smith and Charlie Field, in their first year of marriage.
Controversy and drama follow the couple wherever they go.
spider man (January 15)
The 2002 classic comes to 7Plus.
A star-studded cast of Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, JK Simmons and Joe Manganiello star in the first film in this iconic trilogy.
Watch as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man meets his greatest enemy, the Green Goblin.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (January 15)
This Quentin Tarantino film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning and the late Luke Perry.
Set in Los Angeles in 1969, the film follows a fading actor and his stunt double as they confront the unpredictable film industry with the looming threat of the infamous Tate murders.
The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip (January 17)
For the first time in Real Housewives, several women from the entire franchise come together in one show.
The housewives go on a luxurious vacation, filled with unexpected friendships, drama and fun.
The Real Housewives Ultimate girls tour premieres for free on 7Bravo and 7Plus.
below deck (January 18)
The Emmy-nominated TV series Below Deck takes sea adventures to a whole new level, following crew members who live and work on a superyacht.
All the excitement of the reality show will be on the screens of 7Bravo and 7Plus.
Australian Idol – (January 30)
After a 14-year hiatus, much-loved talent show Australian Idol is back in 2023.
Idol has launched the careers of many singers, including Guy Sebastian, Casey Donovan, Shannon Noll, Anthony Callea and Jessica Mauboy.
Judges Kyle Sandilands, Amy Shark, Meghan Trainor and Harry Connick Jr will help find Australia’s next superstar.
Kaleidoscope (streaming now)
A cast featuring Aussie Jai Courtney tries to break into the world’s most impenetrable vault.
Kaleidoscope provides a unique viewing experience.
There are eight episodes covering a timeline of 24 years – up to the day after the planned robbery.
Each episode’s title is a color and a time frame before or after the heist.
The fun part is that the episodes are non-linear – so as a viewer, you’re free to watch the eight episodes in any random order you want.
Vikings: Valhalla: Season 2 (January 12)
Vikings: Valhalla is a historical drama series, set 100 years after the events of the previous series “Vikings”.
Tensions rise between the Vikings and the English royals as they reach breaking point, clashing over Christian and pagan beliefs.
Our protagonists Leif Erikson, Freydís Eiríksdóttir and Harald Hardrada embark on a journey from the Kattegat to England and beyond.
They will travel across seas and battlefields as they fight for honor and survival.
That ’90s Show (January 19)
Following on from That ’70s Show, That ’90s Show follows Leia Forman, the teenage daughter of Eric Forman and Donna Pinciotti.
Leia visits her grandparents Red and Kitty in the summer and bonds with a new generation of Point Place Wisconsin children.
The original cast of That 70’s Show will appear in one episode of the season.
You people (January 27)
Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy star in this comedy film, which follows a new couple and their families.
In the trailer, we see Jonah Hill talking to Eddie Murphy and Nia Long, as he asks for their blessing to marry their daughter.
Funny, the longer the conversation goes on, the more difficult it gets.
The film explores modern love and family dynamics amid cultural clashes and generational differences.
Pamela, a love story (January 31)
This documentary follows the life of actress and model Pamela Anderson, and includes never-before-seen archival footage of the Baywatch man.
It delves into Anderson’s career and romantic history, and features her Broadway debut in 2022 in the musical Chicago.
If these walls could sing (January 6)
Directed by Mary McCartney in her feature film debut, the film traces the history of the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, and the success and obstacles it had to overcome.
Legends who have passed through the doors of the studio appear in the documentary, including Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, Elton John and Shirley Bassey.
Koala Man (January 9)
Koala Man is created by Australian Micheal Cusack, who has been creating cartoons on YouTube since 2012.
It follows a father who lives a not-so-secret identity as a hero, who has a passion for rooting out petty crime.
The series stars Hugh Jackman, Jemaine Clement, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto and Jarrad Wright.
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