It’s time for another visit to our robotic hosts in the amusement park, Westworld! Returning to Sky Atlantic for a second season on 23 April, we’ll get to see how everyone is getting on following the chaos of season one. Despite the high body count, some familiar faces are guaranteed to return. Delores is on a rampage, but has she broken free? Maeve is desperately searching for her daughter, Bernard is alive and well, and we shall learn a bit more about The Man In Black. There are also hints that we may see some other worlds, where revolution against the humans is beginning. A favourite amongst both critics and fans, this is an absolute must-watch.
Lost In Space
Netflix surprised everyone with this reboot of Lost In Space, but it looks like they knew what they were doing! Its premise is the same as the 1960s TV series and the infamous Matt LeBlanc movie, but it’s the 21st Century now and this looks much more stylish, darker and simply better. Focusing on a family of space colonists who crash land on an alien planet, there’s plenty of scope for drama, horror and adventure. With a stellar cast including Parker Posey (“Dazed & Confused”, “Louie”) and Molly Parker (“Deadwood”), as well as being directed by Neil Marshal (“The Descent”, “Game of Thrones”) – this reiteration of the franchise will be breath of fresh air. Check it out on 13 April.
Britain’s Got Talent
It’s that time of the year when we sit back and watch all the great (and not so great) dancers, singers, comedians, magicians – and whatever else Britain has to offer – as they vie for the opportunity to perform before the royal family at the Royal Variety Performance. It’s the twelfth series and every year, there are always new surprises so prepare to expect the unexpected! Returning to the judging panel are Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams, with Ant & Dec as our reliable hosts. Get the kettle on, it starts on 14 April on TV3.
The first season focused on Albert Einstein, this time around we shall get a peek into the mind and world of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Stepping into the role of Picasso is Antonio Banderas (older Picasso) and Alex Rich (younger Picasso). The show will look at how Picasso’s work was influenced by the Spanish Civil War, World War II, his political exile and his relationships with women. Picasso has long had a reputation as a temperamental, complex man so this show should prove quite interesting. It airs on National Geographic on 23 April.
People have always had a morbid fascination with serial killers, and this show will certainly indulge those interests. Based on a book from Caleb Carr, The Alienist is set in New York City as a group of professionals come together to solve the murders of street children. It has the feeling that the story is based on a true story as it cleverly uses details from history, but this is entirely fictional and promises to completely absorbing. Starring Luke Evans (“Beauty & The Beast”), Dakota Fanning (“War of the Worlds”) and Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”) – this is on Netflix from 19 April.
Both created by and starring Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”, “Superbad”), this dark comedy follows Barry – a former Marine – as he works as a hitman when he gets involved with an LA theatre company. Barry doesn’t enjoy being a hitman but he’s good at it, and Hader used his own stage fright from “Saturday Night Live” as inspiration for Barry’s anxiety. Also starring the hilarious Henry Winkler (“Happy Days”, “Arrested Development”) – expect laughs aplenty amongst the dark plot. It begins this month on Sky Atlantic.
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