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Ozark. Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore in episode 402 of Ozark. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2021

TV guide April 2022

The best of TV this April

SLOW HORSES

Fri 1 April

Apple TV+

 

Gary Oldman effortlessly slides into another role as a grumpy intelligence chief. But abandon hopes that this could signal the return of George Smiley… When an MI5 agent fails on a mission, they’re relegated to the inert surroundings of Slough House, where they sort documents until they quit out of sheer boredom. 

 

Suddenly the office is implicated in a plot much bigger than any of its agents are equipped for. Jack Lowden, Olivia Cooke and Jonathan Pryce join Oldman in this darkly funny espionage drama. Led by their brilliant but irascible leader, a group of hapless spies must navigate the espionage world’s smoke and mirrors to defend the realm.

 

ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL

Fri 15 April

Netflix

 

Based on the bestselling novel by Sarah Vaughan, this psychological thriller stars Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery. A government minister is unwittingly thrust into the spotlight after some serious revelations arise about past misadventures. This six-part drama infiltrates Britain’s unchallenged elite, where the truth lies somewhere between justice and privilege. 

 

James and Sophie Whitehouse live in a blissful and rarefied world, and it seems that his career could go all the way, but this scandal tears their world apart. Barrister Kate Woodcroft has her own stellar trajectory, but her prosecution threatens to unsettle Westminster power, the Whitehouse’s marriage and her own personal esteem.

 

ROAR

Fri 15 April

Apple TV+

 

This dark comedy anthology comes from the creators of the much-missed Glow and finds inspiration in a short stories collection by Cecelia Ahern. It promises to be an insightful, poignant and sometimes hilarious portrait of what it means to be a woman today. 

 

Starring Nicole Kidman, Issa Rae, Betty Gilpin, Cynthia Erivo, and Merritt Wever, it features a unique blend of magical realism, familiar domestic and professional scenarios, and futuristic worlds. Eight stories mirror the dilemmas of ordinary people in accessible, and often surprising, ways. How they each emerge from their respective journeys speaks to the resiliency which exists within themselves, and with all women.

 

BETTER CALL SAUL

Tues 19 April

Netflix

 

We already know what’s coming, but that doesn’t stop us being excited about the final season of Vince Gilligan’s grubby and gritty crime drama. Attorney Jimmy McGill is finally donning his Saul Goodman guise and immersing himself ever deeper in the criminal underworld. But there’s bound to be a few surprises left in this deft and more nuanced Breaking Bad prequel.

 

We already know the fates awaiting capable crime boss Gus Fring and taciturn fixer Mike Ehrmantraut, but there’s still a wealth of obstacles on the way to meeting the iconic meth chemist Walter White. There are also several questions around McGill’s future vocation as an unassuming donut shop manager.

 

THEY CALL ME MAGIC

Fri 22 April

Apple TV+

 

It’s a golden age for sports documentaries, and now we get a four-part look at basketball’s first international icon. The legendary Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson dominated as the LA Lakers’ Point Guard and went on to have an even bigger impact off the court.

 

The series features intimate interviews with Magic, his family, and an all-star line-up and explores a remarkable journey. From humble beginnings to cementing his position as an all-time NBA legend, and then on to shifting the conversations around HIV and transforming himself into a successful entrepreneur and community activist, it’s impossible to overstate Magic’s impact on the sport.

 

GASLIT

Sun 24 April

Starz

 

Julia Roberts plays Martha Mitchell, who became an early Watergate whistle-blower. A big personality with an even bigger mouth, Martha is a celebrity Arkansan socialite and wife to Nixon’s loyal, but foul-mouthed, Attorney General (played by Sean Penn). Despite her party affiliations and a range of repercussions, she’s not afraid to reveal the awful truth.

 

This drama focuses on the untold stories and long-forgotten characters from the scandal, which revolved around a break-in at the offices of a political rival, and a subsequent attempted cover-up. From the president’s bumbling and opportunistic subordinates to the deranged zealots aiding their numerous crimes and those who uncovered this massive conspiracy.

 

OZARK

Fri 29 April

Netflix

 

Draw the curtains, grit your teeth and let’s get this done. After a brief mid-season break, Netflix’s gritty crime thriller resumes hurtling to an unpredictable end. We’ve been captivated, scared and appalled by the Byrde family’s journey, as they moved from a suburban Chicago life to becoming involved in an increasingly dangerous criminal enterprise.

 

Emmy Award winners Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner take us to the lakes of rural Missouri for an extraordinary exploration of capitalism, familial structures and survival. The stakes are higher than ever, as local interests, the Cartel and FBI all begin to tighten their grips. Loyalties have shifted and there’s no easy way out.

 

SHINING GIRLS

Fri 29 April

Apple TV+

 

Lauren Beukes’ popular time-twisting novel gets a big scale TV adaptation, complete with the considerable talents of the mighty Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, The West Wing) and Wagner Moura (Narcos).

 

Several years after a savage attack, Kirby Mazrachi lives within a strangely shifting reality. She then learns that events surrounding a recent murder have fundamental parallels with her own traumatic experience. In an attempt to uncover the truth, she teams up with veteran reporter Dan Velazquez. But will these investigations offer the answers they need? Can she even begin to understand her ever-changing present and finally confront her past? And who is hunting the ‘Shining Girls’?

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