Grab that remote. April’s TV highlights include the return of Veep’s Selina Meyer, John Cleese and Killing Eve’s dazzling female leads, an interactive experience with Bear Grylls and the latest in Serial’s Adnan Syed case. Oh, and a little show called Game of Thrones is back for its last hurrah.
You vs Wild (Netflix, April 10)
After the success of its first interactive offering Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Netflix’s next move is You vs. Wild, an eight-part series starring adventurer Bear Grylls. Viewers will be able to pick which survival method the Man vs Wild star employs to make it out of various wilderness scenarios alive. Do you walk across a frozen lake or crawl? At this stage, it’s still unclear if “drink your own urine or die of dehydration?” is among the options.
The Case against Adnan Syed (SBS, April 7)
The four-part HBO documentary picks up from the wildly popular 2014 podcast Serial, further examining the 1999 murder of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee and the controversial conviction of her teenage boyfriend Adnan Syed for the crime. It promises new discoveries with exclusive access to the Syed family, friends and teachers of both Lee and Syed, law enforcement officers as well as Syed from prison.
Killing Eve, (ABC iView, April 8 and ABC TV, April 19)
Season two of the cat-and-mouse thriller about an MI5 officer (Sandra Oh, who won a Golden Globe for her performance) who takes her obsession with catching an assassin (Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer) to the next level, picks up right where things left off in season one’s heart-pumping finale.
Game of Thrones (Fox Showcase, April 15)
Winter is here. After eight seasons, the brutally epic saga of power is coming to its end. Who will end up on the Iron Throne? With six episodes left, “this season is bloodier than ever,” star Sophie Turner (who plays Sansa Stark) has teased. “It’s full of betrayal, full of war, full of danger.” Bonus: Before the carnage, check out the comedy chops of Kit Harington (aka Jon Snow) as he hosts Saturday Night Live (The Comedy Channel, April 13).
What We Do in the Shadows (Fox Showcase, April 2)
Based on the feature film of the same name from Flight of the Conchords funnyman Jemaine Clement and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, the 10-part series takes a documentary-style look into lives of four vampires who have shared a house for hundreds of years in Staten Island, New York. True Blood meets The Office.
Hold the Sunset (UK TV, April 17)
In his first starring role in a sitcom since his iconic 12-episode turn in Fawlty Towers, John Cleese plays a retiree whose plans to start a new life “somewhere sunny and foreign” with his neighbour and new fiancée (Alison Steadman) are derailed when her middle-aged son (Jason Watkins) moves back home. It aired in 2018 to mixed reviews in the UK but most agree Cleese is still utterly watchable and a second season is on its way.
Our Planet (Netflix, April 5)
Filmed in 50 countries with more than 600 crew members, the four-year project from the creators of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet focuses on the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America. “This is the story of our planet,” narrator David Attenborough says. “And what we can do to make it thrive.”
The Meaning of Vanlife (Stan, April 26)
The documentary takes a close look at a nomadic “houseless” community that has chosen to convert vans into rolling homes, including more than 450,000 worldwide followers of social media’s Vanlife Diaries, which has tapped into a growing society of people living on the road and off the grid.
Barry (Fox Showcase, April 2)
Bill Hader and Henry Winkler both scored acting Emmy Awards for season one of the black comedy about a depressed, low-rent hitman (Hader) who finds salvation in a community theatre group and his acting teacher (Winkler).
Veep (Fox Showcase, April 2)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has scored six consecutive Emmy wins in her role as cynical, acerbic and flub-prone Selina Meyer, the former vice president and president of the United States, who in this final season is looking to get back to the Oval Office as she runs for president, again. Top tip? Switch on the subtitles to catch every syllable of scathingly brilliant dialogue.