The best new Netflix UK series, films, and documentaries to binge in April 2019, courtesy of Secret London.
Spring may be springing, but let’s be honest: the TV is still winning, isn’t it? Here’s the best of what to watch on Netflix UK this April, as well as some winners available now. Plus, a tantalising glimpse at what lies in store further into 2019.
New to Netflix UK in April 2019:
Our Planet (April 5)
Sir David Attenborough is back, this time in a partnership with Netflix and the World Wildlife Fund. It’s time for more sweeping shots, breathtaking closeups, and direct warnings about the consequences of climate change. Read all about it here.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Season 2 (April 5)
Dark, gritty, and (unforgivably, IMHO) talking cat-less, the much-hyped revamp of everyone’s favourite teenage witch returns for a second go. Expect love triangles, growing pains, and demonic interference – you know, standard teenage stuff.
The Perfect Date (April 12)
When Noah Centineo counts his millions (both dollars and crushes), he’s really got Netflix to thank. The breakout star takes his third leading role in a Netflix romcom, after To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Sierra Burgess Is A Loser – this time, as a stand-in boyfriend for anyone with the cash.
Special (April 12)
It’s never too late to rewrite your identity and start anew, as this sweetly thought-provoking comedy about a gay man living with cerebral palsy proves.
Jurassic Park Trilogy (April 16)
Stomping onto the streaming service this month is a franchise with bite, and copious amounts of sexy Jeff Goldblum. Don’t be surprised the dinosaurs are back on our screens – after all, “life, uh, finds a way”…
Baywatch (April 25)
“Heroes in spandex” is how one promo described them, and you better believe it’s going to be gratuitous. Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, and The Rock lead the cast, and yes, there is slow motion running.
The best of the rest – coming to Netflix UK in April 2019
Back to back diary disasters arrive with Bridget Jones’ Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (both 17th), and there’s a disaster of the apocalyptic kind in definitely NSFW This Is The End (1st). The Incredible Hulk (17th) may make you green with envy, but suppress your Cruel Intentions (1st) lest you become The Fugitive (15th). Finally, there’s a double dose of Russell Crowe this April, with both Gladiator (2nd) and American Gangster (17th) arriving. Are you not entertained?
Perhaps the most intriguing TV arrival this month is You vs. Wild (10th), a kind of choose-your-own-adventure series in which you’ll be making the decisions to help Bear Grylls survive – so there’s no-one else to blame if you wind up killing him… Elsewhere, there’s a murderous conspiracy afoot in Tijuana (5th), and rather naughty happenings in dominatrix comedy-drama Bonding (24th).
A delicious documentary arrival comes in the form of Street Food (26th) , a rather yummy peek into the world of – yep, you guessed it – street food from the team behind Chef’s Table. Grass is Greener (20th) explores the USA’s rather complex relationship with marijuana, whilst ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads (26th) looks at the tragically short life of pioneering blues guitarist Robert Johnson, a man rumoured to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for success.
Now streaming – new to Netflix UK in March 2019:
They’re already here, so check ’em out!
Brooklyn 99, Season 5
Nine NIIIINNE! After a seemingly interminable wait for Season 5 to join the rest on Netflix, it’s finally here. With Jake and Rosa in the slammer for a crime they didn’t commit, it’s up to the rest of the team to get them out. Cue the shenanigans…
Ben Affleck, Pedro Pascal, and Oscar Isaac are amongst a group of five Special Forces soldiers who plot to steal millions from a drug lord. Think that it won’t be straightforward? You’re probably right…
Queer Eye, Season 3
The fab five are back for more makeovers, life lessons, and most likely more than a few tears. Definitely one to keep your queer eyes on.
Turn Up Charlie
We’ve been keeping an eye on this one, purely because it’s got Sexiest Man Alive Idris Elba balancing dual careers as a has-been DJ, and nanny to his best friend’s unruly 11 year old daughter.
Santa Clarita Diet, Season 3
Cannibalism is rarely as light-hearted as this, with Drew Barrymore in scene-stealing form as the California real estate agent-turned flesheater.
With Bonnie and Clyde running rampant across America, two retired lawmen (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) join the hunt to bring down the notorious criminals.
The best of the rest for March 2019
No shortage of blockbusters arrived on Netflix this month. Early newcomers included the likes of GoodFellas, Johnny English Reborn, Ted, The Break Up, Happy Feet 2, and Snow White and the Huntsman. If that wasn’t quite enough to be getting on with, there’s good old British comedy from Notting Hill, and time-travelling escapades in the incomparable Back to the Future trilogy.
Perhaps the most-anticipated TV arrival is last year’s BBC smash Bodyguard – you now have the choice of watching it on iPlayer or Netflix. These modern luxuries, eh? Watership Down uses a massive, and very impressive, cast to bring Richard Adams’ novel to life in this animated series. Finally, there’s an intoxicating mix of werewolves, dark magic, and college angst in The Order.
Netflix’s slate of documentaries is led by a fast-paced look into motor racing with Formula 1: Drive to Survive. They also premiering standup specials from Amy Schumer and Jimmy Carr, so expect a bellyful of laughs this March.
Coming to Netflix UK in 2019
We’ve sifted through the rumours, hearsay, and snippets of information to take a look forward to the rest of 2019. They don’t have streaming dates yet, but keep your eyes peeled for this lot.
Further series of 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things, Orange Is The New Black, Glow, and Sex Education will all arrive on Netflix next year. That’s a lot of TV to look forward to!
The big news on the film front is that Martin Scorsese will release a Netflix original film. He’s not straying too far from what he knows; The Irishman is billed as a mob epic, with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel set to tell the tale of murdered union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Six Underground, meanwhile, has upsides and downsides. On the upside, it’ll star Ryan Reynolds, and the writers of Deadpool are on board. On the downside, it’s got Michael Bay directing. Honestly, it could go either way. Meanwhile, Beats will see Black-ish star Anthony Anderson unwillingly mentoring an upcoming hip-hop star.
Finally, 2019 is set to welcome explosive documentary Central Park Five. Directed by the incomparable Ava DuVernay, it’ll explore the false conviction in 1990 of five young men for a sexual assault in New York.
Also published on Medium.