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The shortest month of the year could have the shortest list of national program premieres of the year, too. But it’s still 17 new titles, so it’s not single-digit short.

British TV Premieres in Feb 2021

For updates about shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland added to US linear TV and streaming channels throughout the month, see the British TV Viewing Guide.

Programs and dates are subject to change without prior notice.

Videos below may contain content that is not suitable for everyone.

NATIONAL PREMIERES

The Pembrokeshire Murders (UK)

The pursuit of the most notorious serial killer in Welsh history is the focus of this true-crime drama. In 2006, DCS Steve Wilkins (Luke Evans, The Hobbit) reopened two unsolved double murder cases from the 1980s. In addition to forensic evidence, he and his team were aided in the killer’s capture by an unlikely source: an ITV game show. The Pembrokeshire Murders, a BritBox Original series, premieres in North America with its first episode (of three) on Tuesday, February 2, exclusively on BritBox. New episodes will debut weekly.

The Pembrokeshire Murders: Catching the Gameshow KillerThe Pembrokeshire Murders: Catching the Gameshow Killer (UK)

Go behind the scenes of The Pembrokeshire Murders in this documentary and meet the real people who played key roles in bringing serial killer John Cooper (pictured) to justice. The Pembrokeshire Murders: Catching the Gameshow Killer premieres in the US on Tuesday, February 2, exclusively on BritBox. (Photo courtesy of BritBox)

The School That Tried to End Racism (UK)

At the center of this documentary is a pioneering British school that helps 11- and 12-year-old students uncover and eradicate hidden racial biases by giving them a series of activities designed to challenge everything they thought they knew about race. The School That Tried to End Racism premieres in the US on Tuesday, February 2, on Hulu.

Europe’s New Wild (UK)

Viewers can explore the resurgence of iconic wildlife and natural processes across Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes — from the Arctic Circle to rich river wetlands, from deep forests to rugged mountain peaks — in this 4-part documentary. Europe’s New Wild premieres in the US on Wednesday, February 3, at 10 PM ET, on PBS.

The Murders (Canada)

This police procedural revolves around Kate Jameson (Jessica Lucas, Gotham, Melrose Place), a rookie homicide detective in Vancouver who, after making a fatal mistake on her first day, seeks redemption in her investigations alongside Detective Nolan Wells (Dylan Bruce, Orphan Black, Arrow). For further details, read this article. The Murders premieres in the US on Thursday, February 4, exclusively on Sundance Now.

Winterwatch (UK)

In this nature series broadcasting from Cairngorms National Park in Scotland, presenters Chris Packham, Megan McCubbin, Gillian Burke, and Iolo Williams take a look at how Britain’s wildlife is faring through the coldest, toughest months of the year. Winterwatch premieres in North America with its first episode (of eight) on Monday, February 8, exclusively on BritBox. New episodes arrive daily. (Video is from Live Winterwatch)

Diana: The Interview That Shook the World (UK)

In 1995, BBC Panorama aired a candid interview with Princess Diana, in which she opened up to Martin Bashir about her marriage to Prince Charles and life as a royal. Twenty-five years later, this documentary looks at how the broadcasting event was orchestrated and what the interview revealed about modern society, and provides new insights into the psychological portrait of Diana herself. Diana: The Interview That Shook the World premieres in North America on Tuesday, February 9, exclusively on BritBox.

Nadiya Bakes (UK)

Nadiya Hussain, a Great British Baking Show winner, returns to her happy place — baking cakes, breads, and other goodies — in this series that also spotlights creative kindred spirits. Nadiya Bakes, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Friday, February 12, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

Saint Maud (UK)

Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials) stars in this horror film as Maud, a newly-devout Roman Catholic and hospice nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of a former dancer in her care — but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling. Saint Maud premieres in the US on Friday, February 12, at 8 PM ET, exclusively on Epix.

The Luminaries (UK-NZ)

Based on Eleanor Catton‘s Man Booker Prize-winning novel, this adventure-mystery series set in the 1860s follows Anna Wetherell (Eve Hewson, The Knick), who has a romantic encounter with Emery Staines (Himesh Patel, EastEnders) on their voyage to New Zealand to join the gold rush. But fortune-teller Lydia Wells (Eva Green, Penny Dreadful) lays a trap for them. Anna is drawn into a blackmail plot and finds her framed for murder. The Luminaries premieres in the US on Sunday, February 14, at 9:30 PM ET/PT, on Starz.

Bad Habits, Holy Orders (UK)

Narrated by Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey), this reality series follows five party girls who abandon booze, boys, and smartphones and move into a Catholic convent for four weeks of life-changing spiritual guidance. How will the two groups cope when the wild, materialistic lifestyle of the millennials collides with the devoted, simple existence of The Daughters of Divine Charity? Bad Habits, Holy Orders premieres in the US on Tuesday, February 16, on Hulu.

Honour (UK)

Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard) stars as DCI Caroline Goode in this historical drama, which tells the true story of Banaz Mahmod, a London woman killed by her family because of a relationship they considered shameful, and of the detective intent on getting justice for Banaz. Honour, a BritBox Original, premieres in North America on Tuesday, February 16, exclusively on BritBox.

Behind Her EyesBehind Her Eyes (UK)

Based on Sarah Pinborough’s novel of the same name, this psychological thriller sees single mom Louise (Simona Brown, Grantchester) entering a world of twisted mind games when she begins an affair with her psychiatrist boss while secretly bonding with his mysterious wife. Behind Her Eyes, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Wednesday, February 17, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.) (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

It’s a Sin (UK)

Created and written by BAFTA winner Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who), this 1980s-set drama follows three young lads who leave home at 18 and head to London with hope and ambition and joy… and walk straight into a virus that most of the world ignores. For further details, read this article. It’s a Sin, a Max Original series, premieres in the US in its entirety on Thursday, February 18, exclusively on HBO Max.

I Care A Lot (UK)

Rosamund Pike (State of the Union) stars in this dark comedy film as Marla Grayson, a professional and crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards. When she tries to swindle a seemingly perfect client, she discovers they are more than what they first appear to be. I Care A Lot, a Netflix Film, premieres in the US on Friday, February 19, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

Murdoch Mysteries: Season 14 (Canada)

Opening in 1908, the new season of this hit period mystery finds Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) continuing his inventive detective work with Ogden’s unflinching support — even after an investigation leads him to a family member that he never knew about. For further details, read this article. Murdoch Mysteries: Season 14 premieres in the US with its first episode (of 11) on Saturday, February 20, at 7 PM ET, on Ovation TV.

8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown: Season 18 (UK)

A mashup of topical hit 8 Out of 10 Cats and words-and-numbers game Countdown, this hilarious, comedian-filled panel show is hosted by Jimmy Carr with team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson, math wiz Rachel Riley, and word wiz Susie Dent. 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown: Season 18 premieres in North America on Tuesday, February 23, exclusively on BritBox.

The Baroness von Sketch Show (Canada)

Fans of this all-female-cast comedy series can rejoice that the fifth and final season, which started back in October 2020, has 5 bonus episodes coming. They begin airing on Wednesday, February 24, at midnight, on IFC.

ADDITIONAL PREMIERE PROGRAMS TO CONSIDER

Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham (US)

Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish go on an epic adventure through Scotland in this half-hour travelogue series, exploring their heritage and meeting people who showcase what it means to be Scottish. Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham premieres with its first episode (of 8) on Sunday, February 14, at 8 PM ET/PT, on Starz.

LOCAL/REGIONAL PREMIERES

Select public TV stations and regional networks will begin airing the program below on or after February 1. Check you local listings or contact the station that serves your area for air dates and times. To request the show, contact your public TV station or American Public Television.

Zoo MumZoo Mum (UK)

This half-hour documentary looks at the essential work undertaken by the staff of the UK’s Colchester Zoo during the Covid-19 pandemic to protect and conserve the future of endangered species. Zoo Mum is confirmed for airing on Idaho Public Television, KERA, KLRU, KQEH, KTWU, WCET, WFYI, and WIPB. (Photo courtesy of APT)

NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS BEING ADDED TO STREAMING SERVICES

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Titles in this section begin streaming on the dates shown below on Acorn TV and its digital channels, including Acorn TV on Amazon.

Just William (UK)

Based on the classics by Richmal Crompton, this BAFTA Award-winning drama series follows the exploits of mischievous 11-year-old William Brown (Daniel Roche, Outnumbered) and his band of adventurous “outlaws” in 1950s England. Costarring Rebecca Front (The Other One), Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant), Lily James (Cinderella), Caroline Quentin (Doc Martin), and Warren Clarke (Dalziel and Pascoe), Just William begins streaming Monday, February 1.

Muse of Fire: A Shakespearean Road Movie (UK)

This documentary follows actors Giles Terera and Dan Poole over the course of four years as they journey around the world to get to the heart of Shakespeare. Along the way they meet Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Ralph Fiennes, and Jude Law. Muse of Fire: A Shakespearean Road Movie begins streaming Monday, February 8.

The Real Prince Philip (UK)

This documentary celebrates the life and achievements of Prince Philip. The film draws upon a rare interview with the Duke of Edinburgh on his WWII experiences, along with archival footage and interviews with historians and royal experts. The Real Prince Philip begins streaming Monday, February 15.

The Cry (UK-AU)

Adapted from Helen FitzGerald‘s novel of the same name, this psychological thriller stars Jenna Coleman (Victoria) and Ewen Leslie (Safe Harbour) as Joanna and Alistair, a couple whose infant son disappears while they are in Australia. The apparent abduction is the catalyst for a journey into Joanna’s disintegrating psychology, as she and Alistair must deal with the tragedy in both their private lives and under the glaring white light of public scrutiny. The Cry begins streaming Monday, February 22.

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Titles in this section begin streaming on the dates shown below on BritBox and its digital channels, including BritBox on Amazon.

Waiting For God: Seasons 4-5 (UK)

Starring Graham Crowden (The Way We Live Now) and Stephanie Cole (Still Open All Hours) as Tom and Diana, this classic Britcom follows the two spirited retirement home residents as they run rings around the home’s oppressive management and their own families and refuse to grow old gracefully. Waiting For God: Seasons 4-5 begins streaming Friday, February 5, exclusively on BritBox.

Cold Feet: The New Years: Season 4 (UK)

This popular reboot of the long-running comedy-drama series Cold Feet returns for a fourth season filled with sharp humor and closely-observed emotional truths. Faced with retirement and the prospect of empty nests, the gang can finally kick back and enjoy the fruits of their labor — if only mid-life were that simple. Cold Feet: The New Years: Season 4 has its SVOD premiere on Friday, February 12.

Silent Witness: Seasons 1-21 (UK)

Created by ex-policeman Nigel McCrery, this flagship BBC pathology procedural was first broadcast in 1996 with Amanda Burton (The Commander) starring as pathologist Sam Ryan. Dr. Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox, The Trial of Christine Keeler) took over leading the forensic investigations (in Season 8), in which she and a team of devoted pathologists delve deep into a variety of mysterious and suspicious deaths and unravel clues that help to find and identify the killers. Silent Witness: Seasons 1-21 begins streaming Friday, February 26.

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Chewing Gum (UK)

Created and written by BAFTA winner Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You), this award-winning breakthrough comedy series follows the life of Tracey Gordon (Coel), a 24-year-old shop assistant and religious virgin, along with her boyfriend, friends, and family. Chewing Gum begins streaming Monday, February 1.

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Titles in this section begin streaming on the dates shown below on Prime Video.

19-2: Season 1 (Canada)

This character-driven cop drama revolves around the lives of two incompatible partners in the Montreal Police Department: Officers Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes, Arrow) and Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso, Letterkenny), whose different temperaments and life experiences initially cause mistrust and antagonism, which over time give way to mutual respect and true partnership. 19-2: Season 1 begins streaming as a no-additional-charge title for Amazon Prime members on Prime Video from Monday, February 1, through the end of the month.

Safe House: Season 1 (UK)

Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) and Marsha Thomason (Cobra) star in this crime thriller as former cop Robert and his teacher wife Katy, who are convinced by his former colleague, Mark (Paterson Joseph, Noughts + Crosses), to turn their guest house into a police safe house. Robert soon finds himself drawn into a game of cat and mouse between a dangerous offender and the family he is trying to protect. Safe House: Season 1 begins streaming as a no-additional-charge title for Amazon Prime members on Prime Video from Monday, February 1, through the end of the month.

The White Princess: Season 1 (UK-US)

Based on the fifth title in Philippa Gregory’s “Plantagenet and Tudor Novels,” this historical drama tells the story of Elizabeth of York (Jodie Comer, Killing Eve) and her marriage to Henry VII (Jacob Collins-Levy, Young Wallander), which effectively ends the Wars of the Roses. But their mutual enmity and distrust, combined with the political plots of their mothers, threaten to tear the marriage and the kingdom apart. The White Princess begins streaming as a no-additional-charge title for Amazon Prime members on Prime Video from Monday, February 1, through the end of the month.

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Did you miss any of the new shows from previous days, weeks, or months? Check out the British TV Viewing Guide and Archives to find out.

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For details about the February premieres of shows from Australia and New Zealand, visit The Down Under TV Place. For those about the debuts of original-language, English-subtitled programs from Europe, visit The Euro TV Place.

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