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What’s coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Disney + in April 2022

By Lauren Heskin
29th Mar 2022
What’s coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Disney + in April 2022

From spy thriller series to big-budget blockbusters, there's so much TV newness to watch this April.

There are lots of big names coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services this April 2022, including Elizabeth Moss, Chris Pine, Julia Robert, Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Gary Oldman, to name just a few.

Friday, April 1

Hacks, Amazon Prime
You probably remember her as Mare’s grouchy mom in Mare of Easttown, but Jean Smart actually won the 2021 Emmy and Golden Globe for her role in this HBO drama about an iconic Las Vegas comedian who is being shunted down the priority list of her agency. Paired with a spicy but unknown 25-year-old comic to write some fresh content, they strike up a dark mentorship as they both work to evolve as comics and humans.

Already set for a second season on HBO, Hacks looks like a doozy.

Slow Horses, Apple TV
Starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas (an icon), this tense spy thriller follows the team at Slough House, the place for former MI5 agents who have been downgraded for a variety of mess-ups.

A hostage situation draws in their interest, all desperate to prove themselves and return to the MI5 fold. Based on the novel of the same name by Mick Herron, the six-episode arc also includes Saoirse Ronan’s beau, Jack Lowden.

Monday April 4

The Worst Person in the World, in cinemas
This Norwegian rom-com hits cinemas this week and with two Oscar nods for best original screenplay and best international film, this is not one to be missed. ROm-com in all sense of the word but without the sweet glaze typically dripped over its American counterparts, The Worst Person in the World follows Julie, a bright young woman who struggles with following things through – from her career path to her relationships. Guided through her life from her early twenties and into her late 30s, it’s a poignant and simple look at one woman’s intimate inner life and the bonds she forms along the way. Really a masterpiece in how to do “light” cinema.

Tuesday, April 5

Home of the Year, 8.30pm RTE One
Who will take home the 2022 trophy for Ireland’s Home of the Year? We’ll find out tonight at 8.30 as judges Hugh Wallace, Amanda Bone and Sara Cosgrove gather to decide who of the seven finalists will be crowned.

Wednesday, April 6

Single Drunk Female, Disney +
Following a very public incident that saw her lose her job and total her car, a young woman is forced to face her alcohol addiction in this new comedy series. Moving back in with her mum, Samantha discovers that her best friend is now engaged to her ex and her old party lifestyle is proving ever tempting.

Despite the dark plot, this is a light and frothy 20-minute, ten-episode watch, and The Breakfast Club’s Aly Sheedy stars as Samantha’s mom.

Thursday, April 7

A League of Their Own Road Trip: From Dingle to Dover, 9pm, Sky Max
Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Rednapp take off for another season of the popular sports quiz show, this time taking it on the road and travelling with a range of sports personalities and comedians from, you guessed it, Dingle to Dover. The first episode opens with the boys in Ireland for the National Ploughing Championships. 

Friday, April 8

All The Old Knives, Amazon Prime
No, this is not the Daniel Craig vehicle starring Chris Evans in a fetching Aran knit, but it does star another Chris (Pine, in an equally fetching scarf) and Thandiwe Newton as CIA agents and former lovers in this modern-day spy thriller. Tasked with investing a potential mole within the agency and their involvement in a plane highjacking 11 years prior, Pine’s character is forced to reflect on that period of his life and look at his relationship in a new light.

Saturday, April 9

The Inbetween, Netflix
Fresh from her run as the romantic lead in Netflix’s The Kissing Booth franchise, Joey King jumps into yet another teenage romance. Thai time starring as Tessa, whose first love is dramatically killed in a car accident. Dealing with the trauma of her survival and his death, she begins to feel his presence all around her – is it just the grief or is he trying to reach out to her?

Sunday, April 10

Antlers, Sky Cinema
From horror king Guillermo del Toro and Black Mass director Scott Cooper comes this atmospheric horror. Keri Russell stars as a school teacher in rural Oregan who worries about one of her students, Lucas and his drawings of a terrifying antlered creature, just as bodies begin showing up around town, torn limb from limb. Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog) also stars.

Tuesday, April 12

Hard Cell, Netflix
A documentary-style comedy series starring Catherine Tate in many guises, it’s set in a female prison where the new boss (Tate, in one form) is attempting to bring about a cultural change, much to the chagrin of its staff and occupants.

Wednesday, April 13

Ice Age: Scrat Tales, Disney +
Six animated shorts starring everyone’s favourite hapless squirrel, Scrat from the Ice Age franchise comes to Disney +. Becoming a father means that he must give up his commitment to his beloved acorn… or does it? Watch as he and the equally feisty Baby Scrat both learn from and loath one another in this sweet series.

Thursday, April 14

The Kardashians, Disney +
I mean, they’re back, what more can we say? Barely off our TV screens and never off our social media channels (even if you don’t follow any of them), the Kardashians have returned with a new series that looks almost identical to the old series but airs on a different channel.

Kourtney and Travis are trying for a baby, Khloe’s boyfriend Tristian Thompson is too many people’s baby daddy and well, we all know what’s coming for Kim and Kanye.

Friday, April 15

Anatomy of a Scandal, Netflix
Rupert Friend and Sienna Miller star in this BBC-esque drama about the personal and professional fallout when the affairs of a wealthy and handsome politician (Friend) are revealed. Coming to you from the creators of Big Little Lies, House of Cards and The Americans, Michelle Dockery adds to the starry line-up as the solicitor who faces off against Friend when one of his supposed lovers accuses him of rape.

Looks like it has the potential to be a series of the year.

Outer Range, Amazon Prime
What starts out like a modern Western starring Josh Brolin as a cowboy trying to ensure his family’s survival in the wilds of Wyoming, this new series quickly spins into a supernatural mystery thriller as he makes an extraordinary discovery and becomes embroiled in a plot much bigger than the world he has known. Imogen poots, Lili Taylor and Noah Reid also star.

Roar, Apple TV
You’ve probably read a headline about Nicole Kidman eating paper, well this is the show it refers to. This weird anthology series follows eight stories, each centred around a darkly comedic feminist fable and boasting a star-studded cast including Kidman, Merritt Wever, Cynthia Evro and Alison Brie.

Tuesday, April 19

White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch, Netflix
Already gaining plenty of hubbubs even without a trailer, Netflix is tapping into the nostalgia for the early noughties with this documentary looking into the euphoric rise and gradual fall of the all-American fashion brand. Once considered the “it” logo, Abercrombie & Fitch began to devolve as it was accused of exclusionary marketing campaigns and discriminatory hiring practices.

Wednesday, April 20

Russian Doll, Netflix
Season two of the beloved series will continue to explore the existential thematics as we return to Nadia and Alan four years after they’ve escaped the time loop of endless death, but while their new adventure exploring their own pasts seems like a good idea, they quickly discover they might have gotten more than they bargained for. Starring, showrunning and executive produced by Natasha Lyonne, this show won’t be considered under-the-radar for much longer.

Friday, April 22

Along for the Ride, Netflix
This cute Netflix rom-com comes to us from the folks who made To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Based on author Sarah Dessen’s best-selling book, it follows teenager Auden as she heads to her Dad’s (Dermot Mulrooney) for a summer on the coast before college. Bookish and intense, she falls in with a crowd after meeting a fellow insomniac Eli. But there are plenty of secrets yet to be discovered. Andie MacDowell and Kate Bosworth also star as Auden’s mom and step-mom.

Selling Sunset, Netflix
The fifth season returns rather sooner than expected and with it, a new realtor joins the Oppenheim Group, this time, a Brit. Expect monstrous mansions, excessive open houses and plenty of collegiate drama amongst the realtors. Basically, more of the same!

They Call Me Magic, Apple TV
Clearly hoping to replicate Netflix’s success with the Michael Jordan doc, Apple TV teams up with the icon that is Magic Johnson. Talking to the former Lakers star himself and many of his famous friends, the four-episode docu-series charts Magic’s explosion onto the NBA scene, his retirement due to his HIV diagnosis and his continuing work within the Black communities in LA and further afield.

Sunday, April 24

Gaslit, Amazon Prime
Okay, this is one I am definitely going to tune into. Julia Roberts stars as Martha Mitchell, wife of Attorney General John Mitchell (played by Sean Penn in a questionable fat suit and prosthetics) as he is about to begin prosecuting the Watergate scandal.

A forgotten figure of the scandal, Martha was the first to break the news of Nixon’s involvement, putting her social life and her actual life in grave danger in this fresh look at a piece of 1970’s history.

Wednesday, April 27

Dollface, Disney +
Not technically new but airing for the first time this side of the Atlantic, Kat Dennings stars as Jules, a young woman who discovers after a break-up that she has absolutely no friends left. Forced to reenter the world of female friendships, she also needs to tackle her own wild imagination in this fun comedy series.

Friday, April 29

Shining Girls, Apple TV
Another shape-shifting book adaptation, Jamie Bell and Elizabeth Moss star in this trippy time-travelling drama. Moss plays a time-warping drifter Kirby, who, following a terrifying attack that leaves her in a reverberating, shifting series of realities, discovers that another woman’s murder has been linked to her assault. Teaming up with a veteran reporter as different realities slide in and out, she attempts to make sense of her past.

I mean, I don’t even know what that means, but it looks damn good.