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With the Bank Holiday weekend in full swing, Daredevil Season 2 will be feeling like a distance memory for many come April. The good news? There’s always more stuff to stream, with original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Ashton Kutcher’s The Ranch – plus Ricky Gervais’ film Special Correspondents – all on the way.
While adults should be more than entertained, kids are set for an even better few weeks, as Netflix steps up its animated game to bring subscribers not only an original King Kong series but both Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar’s back catalogues, not to mention How to Train Your Dragon and Disney’s Frozen. Still craving more of Marvel’s Daredevil? Let it go.
Update: Several of the DreamWorks titles that have not arrived in April have now been listed by Netflix as coming soon in May. (As always, these dates are official, but still subject to change.)
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in April 2016:
The Ranch: Part 1 – 1st April
Netflix’s new original comedy, set on a Colorado ranch, stars Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott and Debra Winger. The show follows Colt’s (Kutcher) return home after a brief and failed semi- pro football career to run the family ranching business with his older brother Jameson “Rooster” (Masterson) and father Beau (Elliott), whom he hasn’t seen in 15 years. Winger stars as Colt’s and Rooster’s mother, Maggie, who runs the local town bar.
Frozen – 1st April
Let it go. Let it gooooooo! Disney’s tale of two sisters, who happen to be princess, shelves the old-fashioned romance for an enchanting, empowering tale of magic, music and talking snowmen. Marvellous.
Die Hard – 1st April
Now I have a machine gun. Ho. Ho. Ho.
Madagascar (1, 2 and 3) – 16th April
Netflix and DreamWorks Animation’s deal pays off with not just one but all three Madagascar movies arriving this month. Don’t like to move it, move it? Brace yourselves: your kids will be moving it around the living room for weeks to come.
Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 – 16th April
With Po back in cinemas for a third outing, now’s the perfect time to re-watch the first two Kung Fu Panda movies. With a stellar voice cast led by Jack Black, these family-friendly action flicks are funny, exciting and utterly delightful.
How to Train Your Dragon – 16th April
Free Willy with dragons? Any excuse to relive this charming story of friendship and flying is one to grab with both wings.
Trash – 1st April
Stephen Daldry and Richard Curtis team up for this Slumdog Millionaire-style thriller about three kids who discover a wallet in a rubbish dump in Brazil, only to find themselves chased by sinister adults…
Frankie Boyle: Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved – 1st April
Hot on the heels of Jimmy Carr’s Netflix original comedy special comes another British stand-up show, courtesy of the controversial Scot.
Suits: Season 4 – 1st April
Missed Season 4 on UK TV last year? It finally arrives on Netflix, as we catch up with Mike Ross (Patrick J Adams), who’s no longer working with his former mentor, the super-suave Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht). The tables have turned as Mike and Harvey are now client and counsel, and it’s not long before the two are sworn into battle, this time against each other.
Predator – 1st April
It’s Arnie vs alien in John “Die Hard” McTiernan’s seminal sci-fi survival flick.
Codegirl – 1st April
After its free release on YouTube last year, Lesley Chilcott’s documentary lands on Netflix. Aiming to help close the gender gap that is rife in the technology world, the film follows several teams of high-school aged girls, who are given three months to design a mobile app that solves a problem in their community – whether that’s in the suburbs of Massachusetts or the countryside of Moldova.
Good Morning Call: Season 1, Episode 8 – 1st April
Fuji TV’s live-action adaptation of Yue Takasuka’s manga follows a girl who gets her own apartment, but has to secretly share it with the most popular boy in school. Netflix continues to distribute the Japanese series worldwide, with episodes of Season 1 arriving following their broadcast each Friday.
A Single Man – 6th April
Tom Ford’s masterpiece captures a single day in the single life of Professor George Falconer (Colin Firth), as he deals with the loss of long-term partner Jim (Matthew Goode). Ford’s direction lingers on his costume design – the dark glasses, the brown suits – while Firth is magnificently restrained. The result is glorious, heartbreaking and incredibly stylish.
Hush – 8th April
Fresh from SXSW, Netflix’s latest festival acquisition is a home invasion thriller starring John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco and Samantha Sloyan. Siegel, who co-wrote the script with director Mike Flanagan (Oculus), plays an author who lost her hearing when young. When a masked killer appears at the window of her secluded home, she must push herself beyond her mental and physical limits to survive. Watch a trailer for the film here.
Hannibal Takes Edinburgh – 8th April
This feature-length documentary follows comedian Hannibal Buress as he performs for 28 days in a row at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Look Who’s Back – Saturday 9th April
Acquired by Netflix earlier this year, the movie is based on Timur Vermes’ novel and imagines what it would be like if Hitler woke up in his old bunker – now a residential area in Berlin – 70 years after the war ended. His party has gone, Eva Braun is dead and Germany is so multicultural he doesn’t recognise it. After being mistaken for a comedian, though, he ends up with an unlikely television career.
Ajin: Season 1 – 12th April
This 13-episode show, released exclusively on Netflix as part of a deal with Polygon Pictures, is based on the manga by Gamon Sakurai, AJIN: Demi–Human, published by Kodansha Ltd.. It follows a young high–school student, who is hit by a truck and dies – only to discover that he is, in fact, demi–human, an Ajin. What he finds are dozens of others who are also Ajins, all of whom are being hunted and trying to survive.
Rear Window and Vertigo – 13th April
Arguably Hitchcock’s two best films arrive on Netflix on the same day, making a flawless double-bill.
Kong: King of the Apes: Season 1 – 15th April
Netflix’s newest original kids’ series is a modern animated take on the classic King Kong story. In 2050, Kong is still the strongest creature ever born. Meanwhile, the future looks bright for San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island since its transformation into the most impressive Natural History and Marine Preserve on the planet. But when the star attraction suddenly goes ape and Kong becomes public enemy number one, the villain who framed him is free to unleash an army of gigantic robotic dinosaurs on the unsuspecting world. Apes. Robots. Dinosaurs. Yes please.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 – 15th April
Hashbrown no filter. Ellie Kemper returns as the impossibly upbeat former cult member for more sunny adventures and hilarious silliness.
Moneyball – 20th April
Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill are on excellent form in this drama about unsuccessful baseball prodigy Billy Beane (Pitt), who becomes the manager of the Oakland A’s – and comes up with a radical way to build a better team using maths.
Maleficent – 20th April
Disney tweaks the Sleeping Beauty legend for the visually sumptuous tale of Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), a good fairy-turned-bad who spends years trying to atone for an act of malice. Her victim is Aurora (Elle Fanning), the daughter of her former love, Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who was seduced by power.
Entertainment – 22nd April
Rick Alverson’s drama finally gets a UK release, as we follow a middle-aged comedian on a tour of locations where his stand-up act falls repeatedly, miserably flat.
Nashville (1975) – 27th April
Robert Altman’s wonderful musical satire about people involved in Tennessee’s country music scene is guaranteed to get your toe tapping.
Team Foxcatcher – 29th April
It’s just over a year since Bennett Miller’s Oscar-nominated Foxcatcher hit UK cinemas and now, Netflix is taking us back behind the ring for more on the wrestling tragedy of the Schultz brothers.
The film uses home video footage and firsthand interviews to capture the relationship of David and Mark Schultz with millionaire backer John du Pont, who moves from philanthropist to something far more troubling.
Special Correspondents – 29th April
Written and directed by Ricky Gervais, Netflix’s original comedy follows a struggling New York-based radio journalist, whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Queens. Eric Bana co-stars.
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in April 2016:
Republic of Doyle: Season 1 to 6
Addicted to Sexting
Chuck Norris vs. Communism
All Work All Play
Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam
The Prince of Egypt
Frank and Cindy
The Birth of Saké
Puss in Boots (1988)
School for Little Vampires: Season 1 to 3
Sensitive Skin: Season 1
Two Men in Town
A Rage in Harlem
Death Row Dogs
Age of Champions
The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer
Casuals: The Story of the Legendary Terrace
She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens: Season 1
Sleepwalkers Who Kill
Everything Before Us
Warrior Women: Season 1
Trail of the Panda
The Man in the Iron Mask
Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer
The Latino List: Volume 2
Power: Season 1 and 2
Station to Station
The Out List
Crafting a Nation
The Women’s List
The Latino List: Volume 1
How to Murder Your Wife
The Wildebeest Migration
The Bionic Vet: Season 1
We Are Monster
The Boomer List
The Hunting Ground
Love Me Like You Do (US title: Jackie & Ryan)
Hate Story 3
Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 8
Walt Before Mickey
Shadowhunters: Season 1, Episode 13
Let Me In
Next Day Air
Respectable: The Mary Millington Story
Good Morning Call: Season 1 , Episode 9
Z Nation: Season 1
Look Who’s Back
Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 9
Zindagi Gulzar Hai: Season 1
Humsafar: Season 1
Band of Robbers
Good Morning Call: Season 1, Episode 10
The Games Maker
Blunt Force Trauma
Sadqay Tumhare: Season 1
Hi-5 House: Season 16
Monsters vs. Aliens
The Last Days on Mars
Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 10
The Seventh Sign
Jakob the Liar
Here Comes the Boom
Good Morning Call: Season 1, Episode 11
Catching the Sun
We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!
The Pirate Fairy
Yindi the Last Koala
Restaurant Australia: Season 1
My Six Loves
Escape from L.A
Good Morning Call: Season 1, Episode 12
The Jamz: Season 1
Over the Hedge
Shrek the Third
Shrek Forever After
Rise of the Guardians
The Road to El Dorado (15th May)
Bee Movie (15th May)
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (15th May)
Partners in Crime: Season 1 and 2
Bridezillas: Season 7
Afghanistan: The Great Game: Season 1
How to Remember Everything
Doomsday Bunkers: Season 1
Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City: Season 1: Part 1
Danger Down Under
Fashion Commandos: Season 1
Australia’s Deadliest Destinations: Season 1
Navy SEALs: The Battle for New Orleans
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce: Season 1 and 2
Australia’s Deadliest Sea Creatures
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