Game of… Game of Thrones Game of Thrones… You could be forgiven for expecting all of Sky’s customers to spend the whole of April just singing the title of HBO’s fantasy epic over and over again to its theme tune, but Sky’s got more than just winter planned for the month, with Veep and Jamestorm also returning for their final seasons, Barry back for round two, Urban Myths unleashing a third collection of absurd historical tales, and even a visit to Moominvalley planned. And, for true crime fans, a new documentary takes us back into the case surrounding Adnan Syed, whose conviction for murder sparked the podcast sensation Serial.
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 an Entertainment Pass. For more information, click here.
Sky Cinema, meanwhile, is dishing up some of last year’s best blockbusters in time for the summer, with Ant-Man and the Wasp preparing viewers for Avengers: Endgame, The Incredibles 2 keeping the kids entertained and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again cheering up anyone who so much as glances at it.
Again, if you don’t have Sky, you can stream all of Sky Cinema live and on-demand through NOW TV, for £11.99 a month. For more information on that, click here. For sports, you can also sign up to NOW TV’s Sky Sports Pass on a contract-free basis. For more information, click here.
Here’s your guide to what’s coming soon in April 2019:
The Case Against Adnan Syed (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 1st April
In 2014, the podcast Serial burst onto the scene and arguably revived interest in true crime documentaries with the gripping account of the murder of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee and the subsequent trial and conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed. Now, Academy Award nominee Amy Berg directs a re-examination of the case with exclusive access to Syed and those involved with the trial, with up to date developments on his ongoing appeal. All episodes are released at once on-demand.
Keeping up with the Kardashians: Season 16 (hayu) – 1st April
The reality series returns for its 16th seasons, with Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall, Kylie and mum Kris once more giving us a slice of their live inside inherited Hollywood royalty. Episodes arrive on hayu weekly for NOW TV users, following their US broadcast.
Veep: Season 7 (10.10pm, Sky Atlantic) – 3rd April
The saga of former-vice president (and very briefly president) Selina Meyer comes to an end. But not before she has one last run at the Oval Office…
Barry: Season 2 (10.45pm, Sky Atlantic) – 3rd April
Bill Hader and Henry Winkler reprise their Emmy®-winning roles in HBO’s dark comedy series about a depressed war vet turned-hitman who finds passion and romance in a local acting class while on a job in LA. As Season Two opens, Barry continues his attempts to focus exclusively on the theatre and his girlfriend/classmate Sally while being unable to extricate himself from a violent criminal triangle involving the Chechen, Bolivian and Burmese underworld – not to mention some deeply suspicious LA detectives.
Thronecast: War Room (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 8th April
Sue Perkins heads up a panel of celebrity superfans and past cast members for a vibrant discussion on how Game of Thrones got to its final season. There’ll be a recap of the story so far, special vignettes on the lore behind the show, and the panel will be making their predictions as to who will be left standing once the dust has settled and the dragonfire has flickered out.
9-1-1: Season 2, Part 2 (9pm, Sky Witness) – 9th April
Ryan Murphy’s series about Los Angeles’ first responders returns for the sizzling final half of its second run.
Urban Myths: Season 3 (9pm, Sky Arts) – 10th April
Sky’s anthology series of absurdly tall tales returns with Stephen Mangan starring as Charles Dickens in the story of how his ‘friend’ Hans Christian Andersen came to visit for a prolonged stay. Other unlikely historical events include the decades-long friendship between Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger, the bizarre night out shared between Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana, the day a burglar stumbled upon Grace Jones and artist Jean-Paul Goude’s New York apartment, Madonna’s short but passionate and influential relationship with Jean Michel Basquiat, the infamous trial of Joan Collins vs. Random House, how Paul McCartney was inspired to write Yesterday, and how Andy Warhol came to judge a cheerleading competition for Donald Trump.
Legends of Tomorrow; Season 4, Part 2 (8pm, Sky One) – 10th April
DC’s highly entertaining time-hopping superhero series wraps up its fourth outing.
The Orville: Season 2, Part 2 (9pm, FOX UK) – 11th April
The sci-fi comedy from Seth MacFarlane returns for the concluding half of its second voyage.
Game of Thrones: Season 8 (2am, Sky Atlantic) – 15th April
It may be April, but winter is here, and the final season of HBO’s fantasy epic promises a reckoning that promises to be the TV event to beat this year. Simulcast at 2am, it’s then available on-demand – and repeated on Sky Atlantic at 9pm for good measure.
Moominvalley: Season 1 (TBC, Sky One) – 19th April
Based on the cherished Moomin stories by Finnish-Swedish artist Tove Jansson, this new, 13-part animation brings the beloved characters to life with a star-studded cast, including Taron Egerton (Moomintroll), Rosamund Pike (Moominmamma), Matt Berry (Moominpappa), Bel Powley (Little My), Warwick Davis (Sniff), Joe Wilkinson (Hemulen-Male), Kate Winslet (Mrs Fillyjonk), Jennifer Saunders (Mymble) Alison Steadman (Emma the Stage Rat), Will Self (The Muskrat), Richard Ayoade (The Ghost) Akiya Henry (Snorkmaiden), Edvin Endre (Snufkin), Mayumi Kawai (Ninny), Matt Lucas (Teety-Woo), Katie Leung (Too-Ticky), Rebecca Root (Misabel), Susie Brann (Hemulen-Male) and Joe Wilkinson (Hemulen-Male). All episodes arrive at once on-demand.
Jamestown: Season 3 (9pm, Sky One) – 26th April
From the multi-award-winning producers of Downton Abbey, Carnival Films, the hotly anticipated final instalment of the 17th Century western stars a talented ensemble cast, which includes Max Beesley (Henry), Sophie Rundle (Alice), Naomi Battrick (Jocelyn), Jason Flemyng (Yeardley) and Niamh Walsh (Verity), as well as new cast member Ben Batt (Willmus Crabtree).
Again written by Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise to Candleford), Season 3 charts the early days of the first British settlers in America. With trade booming and the tobacco farms thriving, the settlers’ pioneering aspirations soon clash with the realities of creating a new nation on foreign soil.
Sharp Objects – 28th April
Amy Adams is exceptional in this intriguing psychological thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s novel.
Hotel Artemis – 5th April
In this dystopian thriller, Jodie Foster stars as The Nurse, a mysterious woman who runs the art deco Hotel Artemis while riots are sweeping through LA in 2028. Except it’s not a hotel – it’s a top secret hospital for criminals. Vicious hood siblings Sherman and Lev (Brown and Brian Tyree Henry) drop in after a bank heist goes wrong…but as The Nurse patches them up, psychopathic mobster The Wolfking (Jeff Goldblum) is about to mete out some treatment they won’t forget.
The Incredibles 2 – 6th April
Fourteen years after the ground-breaking original, The Incredibles are back. This time out they’ve been banished from town after totalling the city in its defence. Helen (Holly Hunter) is summoned by telecommunications tycoon Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) to pursue a new nemesis – the elusive Screenslayer – while Bob (Craig T Nelson) must look after the family.
Ant-Man and The Wasp – 19th April
Marvel’s smallest superheroes scale up the entertainment – and emotion – for this enjoyable capering sequel.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – 21st April
This impossibly enjoyable sequel is a pure blast of feel-good movie magic.
The Equalizer 2 – 26th April
Denzel Washington sinks his teeth into a familiar character in this action-packed sequel.
Other titles coming soon to Sky Cinema and NOW TV in April 2019:
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