TV Highlights – April 2017

Better Call Saul
Tues 11 April

Better Call Saul (above) returns for a third series on Netflix. The Breaking Bad prequel follows small time attorney Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) on the struggles of his career that lead to his transformation into Walter White’s morally challenge lawyer, Saul Goodman. Last series left viewers on a double cliff hanger as Chuck (Michael McKean) secretly recorded Jimmy confessing to a crime to prevent him from practicing law. Elsewhere, Mike (Jonathan Banks) set his sights on a sociopathic cartel boss but an ominous intervention stops him from pulling the trigger. This season shows the repercussions of Chuck’s scheme on Jimmy and Kim’s (Rhea Seehorn) law practices and relationship, causing Jimmy’s faltering moral compass to be pushed to the limit. New characters are introduced and expect more meaningful nods to the Breaking Bad universe.

Thurs 13 April

A brand new six-part drama with an all star international cast hits Sky Atlantic this month. Guerrilla will star Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Rory Kinnear, Zawe Ashton, Daniel Mays and Idris Elba. The show has been written by Academy Award-winning John Ridley, creator of 12 Years A Slave. The story follows politically active lovers Jas (Pinto) and Marcus (Ceesay), along with their friends, as political becomes personal. It is based in 1970s London where the group are going head-to-head with the racist police force. It asks the question: what if the original Black Power movement in London had used violence? Golden Globe winner Idris Elba has an executive producer role alongside his portrayal of Kent, a second generation Brit dedicated to achieving equality for black people in Britain through peaceful and intellectual methods.

Doctor Who

Doctor WhoDoctor Who returns for its tenth series this April, with more Daleks, Ice Warriors and Movellans than ever. The 12-part series will be PeterCapaldi’s last outing at The Doctor, having been the 12th actor to take the role. His three-series run in the sci-fi TV sensation has been loved by fans and critics alike. It is yet unknown who will replace him, however it is likely to be either the first black or female Doctor. He will star alongside new companion Bill Potts played by Pearl Mackie and comedian Matt Lucas will revive his role as Nardole becoming a recurring character. The series will also be writer and executive producer Steven Moffat’s final run, having been writing scripts for over seven years. His last hoorah will be the 2017 Christmas special.

Dear White People
Fri 28 April

Dear White PeoplePicking up where the acclaimed film of the same name left off in 2014, Dear White People is a parody of post racial America. It is a universal story of finding one’s own identity and forging a unique path. Set upon the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university, viewers see the racial tensions bubbling below the service. The satirical comedy will star Marque Richardson, Antoinette Robertson and Ashley Blaine Featherson. A group of Winchester University students of colour navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness and misguided activism in the millennial age. The show will be released on Netflix.

Bill Nye Saves The World

Bill NyeBill Nye executes a long-awaited return to television with a 13-episode talk show. Bill Nye Saves The World will welcome celebrity guests, conduct experiments and ultimately let the facts lead the argument. Each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths and refuting anti-Semitic claims. He will cover subjects such as politics, society and pop culture. Guests will include electro house DJ Steve Aoki, supermodel Karlie Kloss and Scrubs stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison. Nye first emerged as a household name in 1990s as the creator and star of Emmy Award-winning Bill Nye The Science Guy. He is well known as an American science educator, television presenter and mechanical engineer.

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