Series to Watch: April 2021

Series to Watch: April 2021

March 25, 2021

Ones to Watch

DQ scours the schedules to select 10 new dramas to watch this April, from a supernatural series set in Victorian London and the small-screen reboot of a Swedish film franchise to a compelling psychological thriller and a detective drama starring Kate Winslet.

Sjukt (Sick)
From: Sweden
Original broadcaster: SVT
Starring: Carla Sehn, Anna Blomberg, Maria Nohra and Dejmis Rustom Bustas
Air date: April 2
A coming-of-age comedy drama partly inspired by the experiences of writer Lisa Ambjörn, Sjukt stars Carla Sehn as Alice, who discovers she has cervical cancer, loses her job in London and is left by her boyfriend. She must return home to Sweden, facing up to old bullies and troublesome parents as she attempts to rebuild her life.

Snabba Cash
From: Sweden
Original broadcaster: Netflix
Starring: Evin Ahmad, Alexander Abdallah, Ali Alarik, Olle Sarri, Dada Fungula Bozela and Jozef Wojciechowicz
Air date: April 7
A six-part reboot set 10 years after the Stockholm-set film series, this show focuses on Leya, a young single mum trying to make it within the start-up scene. But when the two worlds of entrepreneurial jet-setting and criminality collide, loyalty, friendships and business partners will all be tested in the never-ending quest for easy money.

From: US
Original broadcaster: Amazon Prime Video
Starring: Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Alison Pill, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Melody Hurd and Ryan Kwanten
Air date: April 9
From creator Little Marvin and executive producer Lena Waithe, this limited anthology series explores terror in America. The 1950s-set first season centres on a black family who move from North Carolina to an all-white LA neighbourhood during the period known as the Great Migration. The family’s seemingly idyllic home becomes a ground zero where malevolent forces – next-door and otherworldly – threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.

The Nevers
From: US
Original broadcaster: HBO
Starring: Olivia Williams, James Norton, Tom Riley, Rochelle Neil, Eleanor Tomlinson, Amy Manson, Pip Torrens, Denis O’Hare, Zackary Momoh, Elizabeth Berrington, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Anna Devlin, Viola Prettejohn, Ella Smith, Nick Frost and Ben Chaplin
Air date: April 11
In 1896 Victorian London, the city is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event that gives people – mostly women – new abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing, putting them all in danger. Mysterious widow Amalia True (Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) then protect and shelter these gifted ‘orphans’ against the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind.

Mare of Easttown
From: US
Original broadcaster: HBO
Starring: Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters, Guy Pearce, Cailee Spaeny, David Denman, John Douglas Thompson, Patrick Murney, James McArdle, Sosie Bacon, Joe Tippett and Neal Huff
Air date: April 18
This limited series stars Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a small-town Pennsylvania detective who investigates a local murder as life crumbles around her. The show explores the dark side of a close community and how family and past tragedies can define the present.

From: Italy
Original broadcaster: Netflix
Starring: Giuseppe Dave Seke, Haroun Fall, Beatrice Grannò, Richard Dylan Manon, Daniela Scattolin, Madior Fall, Virgina Diop, Alex Van Damme, Frank Crudele, Giordano de Plano, Ashai Lombardo Arop, Roberta Mattei, Miguel Gobbo Diaz and Livio Kone.
Air date: April 21
Zero tells the story of a shy boy (Seke) with an extraordinary superpower: invisibility. When the Barrio, the district of the Milan suburb from which he wanted to escape, is in danger, Zero will have to become a hero, despite himself, and discover friendship and perhaps love on his adventure.

Shadow & Bone
From: US
Original broadcaster: Netflix
Starring: Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, Kit Young and Ben Barnes
Air date: April 23
Based on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse fantasy novels, Shadow & Bone is set in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov (Mei Li) has just unleashed a power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds allies and enemies can be the same, and nothing in this lavish world is what it seems.

The Mosquito Coast
From: US
Original broadcaster: Apple TV+
Starring: Justin Theroux and Melissa George
Air date: April 30
Adapted from the novel of the same name, this seven-part series (also pictured top) follows the dangerous journey of radical idealist and brilliant inventor Allie Fox (Theroux), who uproots his family to Mexico when they suddenly find themselves on the run from the US government.

From: UK
Original broadcaster: Sky
Starring: Eleanor Tomlinson, Thomas Turgoose, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Natasha O’Keeffe, Savannah Steyn, Oliver Coopersmith, Imogen Daines, Diany Samba-Bandza, Parminder Nagra and Craig Parkinson
Air date: April TBC
Fearless young cop and galactic pilot Ash Harper (Steyn) has her glittering career ripped away from her after being wrongly convicted of a treasonous crime and exiled to a distant prison colony. On the way, Ash’s fellow convicts stage a mutiny and seize control of their prison transfer ship, with mob leader Tula Quik (Duncan-Brewster) intent on reaching the free world, Arcadia, with her gang – and Ash is the only pilot who can get them there.

Too Close
From: UK
Original broadcaster: ITV
Starring: Emily Watson, Denise Gough, Thalissa Teixeira
Air date: April TBC
A psychological drama based on the novel of the same name, Too Close centres on the compelling and dangerous relationship between forensic psychiatrist Dr Emma Robertson (Watson) and Connie Mortensen (Gough), a woman who is accused of a heinous crime but claims she can’t remember a thing. When Dr Robertson is sent to assess Connie for trial, the two women become dangerously close as Connie offers searing insight into Emma’s own insecurities and starts to brutally exploit them, leading their sessions to become a complex psychological game as Emma tries to understand Connie and her complicated relationship with her best friend, Ness Jones (Teixeira).

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