6 TV shows you can't miss this April

ByKim Staples
Better Call Saul

April is here, and you’d be a fool for staying away from the TV this month. The next 30 days are absolutely packed with new TV shows - and fresh series of old favourites - that we reckon are worth a watch.

Here are six programmes gracing our screens in April that you simply cannot miss.

Doctor Who

(BBC One, 15 April, 8pm)

Doctor Who

It's baaaaack! The nation's favourite time-travelling alien is ready to return to our screens at last, for Peter Capaldi's final run as the Doctor.

In the series' first episode, the Doc meets his new companion-to-be, Bill (Pearl Mackie). According to its mysterious synopsis, our pal is on a secret mission… and it involves Daleks.

Catch it in its usual spot, BBC One on Saturday nights - starting from 8pm on 15 April.

Britain's Got Talent

(ITV1, Saturdays 7pm)

Britain's Got Talent

Don't fancy Doctor Who? Flip over to ITV instead then, because Britain's Got Talent is still going strong. A brand new series of the UK's biggest talent show lands on 15 April too, and this time round we've been promised The Missing People choir, an illusionist whose trick goes very wrong (hello, schadenfreude), and dog yoga, which we're sure isn't as horrifying as it sounds.

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and David Walliams take up their usual judging spots, and Ant and Dec are back presenting as well.

Find it on Saturday nights, as always, on ITV from 7pm.

Big Little Lies

(Sky Atlantic, Mondays 9pm)

Big Little Lies

Here's one for crime fans. Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley star in new drama Big Little Lies. They play three California soccer moms with seemingly perfect lives that - of course - start to unravel after someone dies violently at a charity gala.

It's a whodunit like no other, where the show's look at wealthy suburbia is just as fascinating as the central mystery. There's passive-aggressive yoga, years-old rivalries, and a lot of exasperation while the murderer is slowly revealed.

Give it a watch every Monday at 9pm on Sky Atlantic - either through Sky TV (channel 108) or with an Entertainment Pass on Now TV. It'll be available on catch-up if you miss it too.

Better Call Saul

(Netflix, from 11 April)

Better Call Saul

Yep, it's time for a new season of adventures from quasi-competent criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill. The show's timeline is edging ever closer to Breaking Bad era now - we know that Gustavo Fring himself (Giancarlo Esposito) makes an appearance this season - and Jimmy has to face the consequences of his actions from the last one. Needless to say, it's set to be just as gripping as ever.

Season three starts on Netflix on 11 April - available either online or via the app on your tablet, smartphone, games console, TiVo box, or YouView.

RuPaul's Drag Race

(Netflix, Friday nights)

RuPaul's Drag Race

Drag Race fans rejoice - for the first time ever, you can watch the new season of the show week by week as it airs. All you need is Netflix.

13 new queens are ready to compete, plus a mysterious fourteenth addition, in what looks like it'll be one of the best seasons yet. The first ep opens with a guest appearance from none other than Lady Gaga, and honestly, it's all uphill from there.

Pour an Absolut cocktail in the Interior Illusions lounge and catch each episode as it arrives, Friday nights on Netflix.

Orange is the New Black

(Sony Channel, Wednesdays 9pm)

Orange is the New Black

Haven't got a Netflix subscription? Hey, good news for you lot too - an acclaimed Netflix original is making its way to terrestrial telly this month.

If you haven't heard of this multi-Emmy Award-winning show already, it's a comedy-drama all about a women's prison, based on a real memoir. Middle-class juice cleanse fan Piper finds herself spending a spell behind bars, which plunges her into a world she's never seen before. Instead of organic soap, she's now surrounded by federal criminals - including the ex-partner she committed her old crime with (Laura Prepon), a woman named Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba), and a mysterious chicken.

It isn't a family show per se, but once the kids have gone to bed, it's well worth the watch. Find it on Sony Channel - Sky 157, Virgin Media 193, TalkTalk/BT 331 - 9pm on Wednesdays.

 

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