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GREASE: RISE OF THE PINK LADIES 

Photo Credit: Eduardo Araquel/Paramount+

Fri 7 April , Paramount+

Grab those dancing shoes and get your prom date sorted out daddio, because we’re about to head back where it all started. A prequel to the iconic Grease, Marisa Davila (Atypical, I Am Not Okay With This), Cheyenne Isabel Wells, Ari Notartomaso (Paranormal Activity) and Tricia Fukuhara (Loot) star in this all-singing, all-dancing reinvention of the perennial coming of age musical. 

It’s 1954, four years before the events of Grease, and we meet a group of fed-up, rebellious students. They band together to trigger a moral panic which will change Rydell High forever and become the founding mothers of the legendary Pink Ladies.

SCHMIGADOON! 

Apple TV+

Fri 7 April, Apple TV+

This unlikely hit returns for another liberal dose of exposition through song and dance. A couple on a backpacking trip become trapped in a magical town in which everyone acts like they’re in a classic musical.

We now find the pair reconciled and trying to return to their former life, when they stumble upon a new world known as Schmicago. This slightly less wholesome township seems based around the darker, jazzier musicals of the 60s and 70s. All your favourites from the first season, including Ariana DeBose, Dove Cameron, Jaime Camil, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Ann Harada, Jane Krakowski and Aaron Tveit all return – only in brand new roles.

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS 

coming to Disney+

Fri 7 April , Disney+

Based on the best-selling collection by Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things follows Clare (Kathryn Hahn), a floundering writer who becomes a revered advice columnist while her own life is falling apart. Her marriage is barely limping along, her teenage daughter, Rae, is pushing her away, and her once-promising career is nothing to write home about. 

Clare starts exploring her most pivotal moments; from childhood through present day, and excavating the beauty, struggle and humour in her unhealed wounds. She starts to show her readers and herself that we are not beyond rescue, and that our stories can ultimately save us. And, perhaps, bring us back home.

THE MARVELLOUS MRS. MAISEL

Prime Video

Fri 14 April, Prime Video 

Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards, Manhattan) stars as Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel in the final season of the show about a 1958 New York City woman, who discovers she has a talent for stand-up comedy. Midge finds herself closer than ever to the success she’s dreamed of, only to realise that ‘closer than ever’ is still so far away. 

After burning bridges and being cut from a lucrative tour, Midge persisted and rebuilt her career and reputation. The last season culminated with Midge leaving Carnegie Hall reinvigorated and ready to fight for her ascent to stardom.  Now, equipped with quick wit and a sharp tongue, she’s determined to conquer the world.

DEAD RINGERS 

Prime Video

Fri 21 April, Prime Video

This modern take on David Cronenberg’s 1988 classic psychological thriller features Rachel Weisz (The Bourne Legacy, The Favourite, Black Widow) playing the double-lead roles of Elliot and Beverly Mantle. These twins who share everything: drugs, lovers, and an unapologetic desire to do whatever it takes. 

This unrestrained pair are pushing the boundaries on medical ethics, in an effort to challenge antiquated practices and bring women’s health care to the forefront. While much of the story will be different from the source material, you can expect it will be tonally very similar – with lots of dark humour, shocking body horror and themes around hubris, celebrity and errant sexuality.

HEARTSTOPPER 

Netflix

Sat 22 April, Netflix

This coming-of-age drama became a global phenomenon last year, and its first season received nine nominations and five wins at the inaugural ceremony of the Children’s and Family Emmy Awards. Based upon Alice Oseman’s critically-acclaimed graphic novels, it’s a story of boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. 

When gentle Charlie (Joe Locke) and rugby-loving Nick (Kit Connor) meet at secondary school, they quickly discover that their unlikely friendship is blossoming into an unexpected romance. The pair and their circle of friends must navigate the ever-relatable journey of self-discovery and acceptance, supporting each other as they learn to find their most authentic selves.

THE AFTERPARTY

Apple Tv+

Fri 28 April, Apple TV+ 

We’ve all been there. You all pile back to a mate’s house for some after-hours refreshment, and a crime occurs. Season two of Academy Award-winning duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s comedy moves its winning formula to a brand new setting. Each episode explores a different character’s account of one fateful evening, all told through the frame of different popular film genres to match the storyteller’s perspective. 

This time, a wedding is ruined when the groom is murdered, and every guest is a suspect. Detective Danner returns to solve this whodunnit by questioning family members, star-crossed lovers and business partners, each story retold with their own unique perspective and visual style.

CITADEL

Richard Madden as Mason Kane, Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Nadia Sinh

Fri 28 April, Prime Video

Eight years ago, Citadel fell. This global spy agency was destroyed by operatives of Manticore, a powerful syndicate manipulating the world from the shadows. Elite agents Mason Kane (Richard Madden) and Nadia Sinh (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) had their memories wiped after narrowly escaping with their lives. 

They’ve remained hidden ever since, building new lives and unaware of their pasts. Until one night, when Mason is tracked down by his former colleague, who desperately needs his help to prevent Manticore from establishing a new world order. Mason and Nadia’s new mission takes them around the world, while forcing them to contend with a relationship built on secrets, lies and undying love.

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