Netflix: the best new TV and films in April (plus everything else)

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 21 March, 2018, 09:05

It's a mix of gritty drama, outlandish comedy and epic space adventures next month on Netflix UK.

April brings with it everything from an eagerly anticipated sci-fi reboot, to a mighty onslaught of all things Monty Python.

Here are the best TV shows and films hitting the service.

American Psycho

Hip to be square: Christian Bale in American Psycho (Photo: Lionsgate)

What is it? Christian Bale stars as murderous Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman in this blackly comic adaptation of the infamous Bret Easton Ellis novel. A gleefully deranged take-down of '80s excess, vacuous materialism and rampant ego, Mary Harron's satirical slasher is a masterpiece that will make you both howl with laughter, and recoil in horror

When can I see it? April 4

Money Heist: Part 2

Money Heist - from Spain - is just one of many inventive European thrillers on Netflix (Photo: Netflix)

What is it? The Spanish heist saga revolves around an audacious plan by a gang of thieves to lock themselves in the Royal Mint, and make off with a fortune. But such efforts are rarely straightforward. The second batch of episodes land next month.

When can I see it? April 6

Lost in Space

What is it? A fresh version of the classic '60s saga of the same name, Lost in Space sees the galaxy-faring Robinson family stranded on a strange alien planet when their ship encounters a wrinkle in the fabric of the cosmos. Parker Posey co-stars as the morally dubious Dr Smith, in an interesting gender swap from the original show.

When can I see it? April 13

Dr Strangelove

What is it? Stanley Kubrick's hilarious yet terrifying Cold War satire remains all-too relevant in an age of renewed tensions with the Kremlin. Starring Peter Sellers in a trio of classic comedy roles - including the titular ex-Nazi scientist - the movie's take on the lunacy of nuclear war is as biting as it is funny.

When can I see it? April 13

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

What is it? Arguably the greatest of all the Monty Python works, the anarchic ensemble's journey into the world of Arthurian legend is wonderfully farcical, surreal and endlessly quotable. Highlights include the slapstick gore of the Black Knight scene, and the famous conflict with a French castle. Lots of other Python stuff, including TV series, other films and documentaries, lands on Netflix the same day. So grab your coconut shells and get galloping.

When can I see it? April 15

The Alienist: Season 1

An all-star cast are on the case (Photo: Netflix)

What is it? A serial killer thriller set in 1890s New York, starring Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning. Bruhl plays an obsessive psychiatric expert on the tail of a ritualistic murderer; Evans a newspaper illustrator and Fanning an ambitious secretary, all drawn deep into the case. This could well be a series to binge.

When can I see it? April 19

3%: Season 2

What is it? The return of Brazil's fascinating dystopian drama. Set in a world where society is divided between the wealthy off-shore and over-populated inland slums, season one followed the annual contest to select a fresh batch of hopefuls to join the fortunate, titular '3%'. Season two will take us to the off-shore proper, expanding this ruthless world yet further.

When can I see it? April 27

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Everything else coming to Netflix in April:

April 1:

LifeHarley Davidson and the Marlboro ManReturn to MeHumanoids from the DeepJoeyExtremitiesDoomThe Blues BrothersAlvin and the Chipmunks Meet FrankensteinSave Me (1994)FlawlessThe Return of the Living DeadMad Men: Season 7Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: Season 1Highway Thru Hell: Series 5Angry Birds: Season 3PaulInto the NightSmokin' AcesPublic EnemiesBrewster's MillionsAmerican Pie Presents: The Naked MileI Now Pronounce You Chuck and LarryKnocked UpAmerican Pie Presents: The Book of LoveMy Big Fat Greek Wedding 2Charlie St. CloudThe Little RascalsLand of the LostJawsHannaGreat Interior Design Challenge: Season 3Great British Menu: Season 7Worst Cooks in America: Season 9Worst Cooks in America: Season 10Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldThaskara VeeranBillaDa ThadiyaPuthiya TheerangalBharya Athra PoraKadhaveeduPaisa PaisaZachariayude GarbhinikalSalaam KashmirTo Noora with LoveSalt Mango TreeUrumbukal UrangarillaMaariPuthiya NiyamamUnakkenna Venum SolluBhoopadathil Illatha OridamPhilips and the Monkey PenBare Knuckle Fight Club: Season 1Double TroubleBabes in ToylandSave Our Shelter: Season 1EthirmaraiInfluxFit for Fashion: Season 1The Apartment: Season 3FishpeopleOnce Upon a Time in VeniceHistorias del CanalSex DollBure Kaam Bura Natija, Kyun Bhai Chacha Haan Bhatija: Season 1Mandobasar GalpoRukhDagh UjalaA Billion Colour StoryThe Search for Life in SpaceOperation OdessaLove and DeathCheech & Chong's The Corsican BrothersOne-Punch Man: Season 1Loaded: Season 1Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todoThe Paper: Season 1Fallet: Season 1Main Hoon NaPhir Bhi Dil Hai HindustaniPaheliOm Shanti OmBillu BarberChalte ChalteA Sort of FamilyThe Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Season 1

April 2:

Vacation (2015)

April 3:

Ittefaq

April 4:

American Psycho

April 5:

Suits: Season 7Z Nation: Season 3Hyori's Bed & Breakfast: Season 2Behind the Curtain: Todrick HallDay of the Dead

April 6:

Orbiter 96 BalloonsAmateurThe 4th CompanyMy Next Guest Needs No Introduction - Jay ZFastest Car season 1RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 10Sun Dogs

April 7:

Jane The Virgin season 4

April 10:

Delivery ManGreg Davies: You Magnificent Beast

April 11:

Anger ManagementBates Motel: Season 5

April 12:

Pickpockets

April 13:

Chef's Table: PastryI Am Not An Easy ManCome SundayDr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombRuPaul's Drag Race: Season 10The Huntsman: Winter's WarYakari: Season 1

April 14:

NellJane The Virgin: Season 4The Prince of Nothingwood

April 15:

Monty Python and the Holy GrailMonty Python's Almost the TruthMonster High: Frights, Camera, Action!Barbie of Swan LakeMonster High 13 WishesBarbie in Princess PowerThe Minimighty Kids: Season 1The Minimighty Kids : Season 2Titeuf: Season 1HungerfordThe Darkest DawnMonty Python's Personal Best: Season 1Monty Python's Flying CircusMonty Python's Fliegender Zirkus: Season 1The Meaning of Monty PythonMonty Python Best Bits (mostly): Season 1Monty Python's Life of BrianMonty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to GoMonty Python Conquers AmericaMonty Python: The Meaning of LiveEric ldle's What About Dick?Beyond Skyline

April 17:

Lockup: Chain Linked: Collection 1The Chalet season 1

April 19:

The Alienist season 1Suits: Season 7Hyori's Bed & Breakfast: Season 2Alice Through the Looking GlassMoney MonsterWhiskey Tango FoxtrotChasing the DragonAll The Reasons To Forget

April 20:

DudeDope season 2Fear Dot ComRuPaul's Drag Race: Season 10Lake PlacidMercury 13

April 21:

Jane The Virgin: Season 4The Letdown season 1

April 22:

The Motive

April 24:

Men on a Mission: 2018The Marine 5: BattlegroundThe Magic Pill

April 25:

Bill Nye: Science GuyPsychokinesis

April 26:

Happy season 1The Next Three DaysSuits: Season 7Hyori's Bed & Breakfast: Season 2Goat

April 27:

Bobby Kennedy for PresidentCandy JarS.W.A.T.RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 10Happy Birthday to MeHoly GoalieThe Week Of

April 29:

Superstition season 1

April 30

Nativity!Hinterland: Season 3Maggie & Bianca: Fashion Friends: Season 2Gun ShyNativity 2: Danger in the MangerPompeiiRunning Shaadi