Westworld. That’s the word of the month as April kicks off, with HBO’s sci-fi hit returning for a second burst of philosophy, identity, violence and robots. It joins Legion on Sky as one of the most anticipated series of the year, as FOX’s mind-bending X-Men series returns for its own second outing.
Those two along would be worth the price of admission, but Sky has the return of Silicon Valley lined up too, as well as weekly episodes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, the second half of The Walking Dead’s eighth season, and the recently started Season 3 of Billions. To top it off, there’s also a new political thriller starring Mark strong and Season 2 of FOX’s horror series Wolf Creek.
Don’t have Sky? You can stream all of the above live and on-demand through NOW TV, Sky’s contract-free VOD service, which costs £7.99 a month. For more information, click here.
Sky Cinema, meanwhile, is all set to premiere the hilarious Girls Trip, the nailbiting Alien: Covenant and the heartwarming Maudie, not to mention the prospect of the second Sky Cinema Original Film, The Hurricane Heist.
Again, if you don’t have Sky, you can stream all of Sky Cinema live and on-demand through NOW TV, for £9.99 a month. For more information on that, click here.
Here’s your guide to what’s coming soon in April 2018:
Revolution (Sky 1, 6.30pm) – 1st April
Skill, speed and nerves of steel: that’s what it takes to survive Sky One’s new entertainment show. Each episode, six inline skaters, six skateboarders and six BMX riders take to a death-defying course, going head-to head in a series of rounds that include high-speed races, a nerve-jangling obstacle course and a death-defying high jump competition in a bid to be crowned the Revolution champion.
Wolf Creek: Season 2 (FOX UK, 10pm) – 3rd April
Season 2 of the horror series based on the Australian film of the same name. Murdering psychopath Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) returns to wreak havoc in Wolf Creek. This time, though, his victim fights back. Seriously injured, 19 year-old Eve survives the massacre of her parents and little brother, recovers and sets out to bring the killer to justice.
Deep State: Season 1 (FOX UK, 8pm) – 5th April
Mark Strong stars in this new thriller, which follows ex-spy Max Easton, whose past comes back to haunt him as he returns to the field to avenge the death of his son Harry (Joe Dempsie). Max soon discovers there is much more at stake as he finds himself at the heart of a covert intelligence war, and immersed in a widespread conspiracy to profit from the spread of chaos in the Middle East.
Silicon Valley: Season 5 (Sky Atlantic, 10.15pm) – 5th April
Their video compression engine was the victim of industrial espionage, their user platform turned out to be so user unfriendly it never saw a full release, and one of the company’s owners is in a state of constant intoxication somewhere in Tibet, likely never to return. And yet somehow, as Mike Judge’s tech comedy returns for Season 5, the Pied Piper team may actually be on the verge of success. PiperNet is approaching its debut, but with more money comes higher stakes, greater competition, and even more chances to screw it all up.
Madam Secretary: Season 4 Part 2 (Sky Living, 9pm) – 5th April
Téa Leoni returns as Elizabeth McCord – Secretary of State and expert negotiator and diplomat. If there’s a political situation overseas, she’s the one to step in and solve the problem…
Urban Myths (Sky Arts, 9pm) – 12th April
After putting its own comic spin on a host of little-known urban legends last year, this April Sky Arts presents yet more extraordinary true(ish) stories from cultural history. This time, the stories involve a catalogue of iconic figures including Salvador Dali, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Public Enemy, The Sex Pistols and more. Bringing these stories to life are a host of acclaimed writers and directors and a stellar cast including Jack Whitehall, Noel Fielding, Sheila Hancock, Daniel Mays, Steve Pemberton and Kayvan Novak.
Legion: Season 2 (FOX UK, 9pm) – 17th April
Noah Hawley’s X-Men series returns for a mind-bending second season, as we continue to follow David Haller (Dan Stevens), a haunted man with power beyond comprehension. His power does not come free, but at the steep cost of David’s mind. Plagued by numerous split personalities – each commanding a different aspect of his power – David is trying to find his way back to sanity. He was getting tired and about to give up, until he met the girl of his dreams (Rachel Keller) in Season 1… Catch up with the first season on-demand now.
Westworld: Season 2 (Sky Atlantic, 2am) – 23rd April
Strike up the player piano. It’s time to return to Westworld, the place where for the price of entry every human desire can be fulfilled. Or at least, that was the case. However, things have taken an unexpected, some might say impossible, turn, and now the robotic inmates of Westworld are running the asylum. Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton return for season two of JJ Abrams’
cerebral, blood-soaked thriller in which artificial intelligence may have just become the one thing more dangerous than the human mind. Not caught up? Season 1 is available on-demand.
Occupied: Season 2 (Box Set) – 11th April
The new second season of the compelling political drama inspired by bestselling Scandinavian author Jo Nesbø joins the first on Sky Box Sets. After a new environmentalist Norwegian government halted all oil production sending the
country and the rest of the world into crisis, Russia’s invasion to seize its oil resources triggered a dramatic and far-reaching series of events that continue to escalate to deadly proportions.
Barry (Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm) – 26th April
Ever get tired of doing the same thing, day in, day out? Do you dream of giving it all up to start anew? If so, you’re in the same boat as Barry. But you might not want to be, given that he’s a hitman. Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Trainwreck) stars in this dark comedy as the man turning numb from the repetitive nature of whacking marks. But after he pursues one target into a theatre class in LA, Barry gets the acting bug. Can he really cut his criminal ties and pursue this exciting new opportunity? Or perhaps he can meet both halfway?
Station 19: Season 1 – TBC
Sky Living has snapped up the rights to this spin-off from ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, which follows the Seattle Fire Department firefighters in their personal and professional lives.
The Hurricane Heist – 6th April
A gang of opportunist thieves pull the ultimate job while a lethal storm brews in this action adventure from director Rob Cohen, which stars Toby Kebbell and Taken stalwart Maggie Grace.
Maudie – 10th April
Life begins for downtrodden Maudie (Sally Hawkins), a stammering neurotic, when she gets the job of a live-in housemaid in the house of short-fused, taciturn Nova Scotian fish seller Everett (Ethan Hawke). It’s a strange, initially abusive, relationship but they reach an accommodation in their run-down shack and Everett – after Maude’s completed her chores – allows her to paint, an occupation that soon attracts the attention of rich New York collectors…and eventually Richard Nixon.
Shin Godzilla – 11th April
Japan is forced to embark on a huge public protection programme after a vast monster wades out of the sea and causes wanton destruction before returning to the briny. However, when it re-emerges – twice as big – an international row with America results in the Japanese adopting a course of their own action.
Wilson – 12th April
After his father dies, lonely, middle-aged bachelor Wilson (Woody Harrelson) seeks out his ex-wife, Pippi (Laura Dern), a former drug addict and hooker who left him 17 years before. She now works as a steak house waitress and – as they rebond – reveals he has a child – a teenage loser – and the trio gradually become a unit.
Alien: Covenant – 13th April
Director Ridley Scott picks up ten years after the events of Prometheus to unleash more xenomorphic terror on an unsuspecting universe. While transporting 2,000 colonists to a distant outpost, the crew of the spaceship Covenant is violently awoken seven years too soon. However, a signal from nearby planet suggests they may have found an equally suitable new home. But as well as finding evidence of civilisation and running into a familiar face, they discover that the place is also infested with the ultimate biohazard…
The House – 14th April
This comedy from the writers of Bad Neighbours and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as straight-laced suburban parents pushed into a corner. Budget cuts mean daughter Alex’s college scholarship suddenly goes poof, so of course Scott (Ferrell) and Kate (Poehler) decide there’s only one thing for it: opening up an underground casino in the house of fast-talking gambling addict friend Frank (Jason Mantzoukas).
The Dark Tower – 20th April
Idris Elba is Roland Deschain, a gunslinger in an old West-style world who is on a quest to reach the titular landmark which, he believes, may hold the secret to saving the decaying world in which he resides. However, a mysterious foe known only as The Man In Black (Matthew McConaughey) is a little further along the journey, and he wants the Tower for himself…
Gifted – 22nd April
Single dad Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is unventfully raising his spirited child prodigy niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. However, his plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate them.
Girls Trip – 27th April
Four sassy sisters – bestselling lifestyle guru Ryan (Regina Hall), divorced single mom Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), rapacious carnal gourmet Dina (Tiffany Haddish) and celebrity gossip blogger Sasha (Queen Latifah) – reunite after five years apart to join Ryan for a raunchy mix of empowerment and cocktails at the New Orleans Afro-American Essence magazine festival. The result is, quite simply, hilarious.
Captain Underpants – 28th April
Trouble-making fourth-graders George (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch) hang out in their treehouse creating Captain Underpants comic books. When their sour principal, Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms), catches the pranksters in the act and threatens to separate the lifelong buddies, George hypnotises Krupp into believing he is the real-life incarnation of the pant-clad superhero. A charming family animation.
Brawl in Cell Block 99 – 29th April
Vince Vaughn is disturbingly good in this exceedingly violent thriller from S Craig “Bone Tamahawk” Zahler, which sees a recovering alcoholic and religious man sent to prison – only to be blackmailed into killing off an inmate in the high-security wing.
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