Biopics, big blue blokes, sartorial psychos and that thing with the dragons. There’s a bit of everything hitting the small screen this April.
GAME OF THRONES – There’s precious little to be said about this by now. The final run awaits and you’re either watching it or you’re not and probably never will. Will the Night’s King swoop over King’s Landing on his ice dragon singing ‘Ice Ice Baby’? Will Jamie and Brienne have the first non-lethal wedding? Will everyone else get massacred leaving Gendry on the Iron Throne. Will we finally find out exactly how big Podrick’s member is? The answer to all the above is ‘probably’. Winter arrives on Sky Atlantic on 14 April.
THE TICK – If, like me, you’re sick of the amount of column inches (remember when that was actually a thing?), bandwidth and brain space dedicated to superheroes, then The Tick is the superhero for you. Fans of the bonkers animated series and the equally bonkers Patrick Warburton series will probably already be in love with the first season of Wally Pfister’s also bonkers reboot, starring Peter Serafinowicz as the great blue buffoon in search of his true identity. Season two arrives on Amazon Prime on 5 April.
KILLING EVE – The best-dressed psychopath in TV history returns for a second season of one of our favourite shows of 2018. Can they recapture the magic of the stupendously brilliant first season? Well, Phoebe Waller-Bridge recently knocked it out of the park with the second run of her other series Fleabag, proving she doesn’t suffer from secondalbumitis. That said, writing duties for this season instead fell to Call The Midwife star Emerald Fennell. Early reports suggest she’s more than up to the task. Kicks off on 7 April on BBC.
RAMY – You can get as worked up as you like about all your “tits and dragons” (© Ian McShane), this is the one that has us champing at the bit. From A24, the studio behind pretty much every good film over the last six years, comes Ramy, the spiritual and moral adventures of an American-Egyptian Muslim through a country and a generation that are in direct conflict with his beliefs. Creator and writer Ramy Youssef plays the eponymous star in what was one of the most buzzworthy premieres from SXSW’s Episodic category. The whole first season lands on Hulu on 19 April.
GENTLEMAN JACK – Sally Wainwright was the brains behind two of the best British drama series in recent years: Happy Valley and Last Tango In Halifax. Gentleman Jack is entirely new territory for a period drama, telling the remarkable true story of Anne Lister (Suranne Jones), a 19th century landowner who set out to revive the fortunes of her family’s estate and coalmine while also publicly searching for a wife. Starts on 22 April on HBO with a BBC run to follow.