The post-Zack Snyder’s Justice League sugar crash may take some of the sheen off Sky’s April offerings but there must be something that can seamlessly take the place of a 4 hour superhero teamup as viable content… surely?!
Updated 24-Mar-2021: An American Pickle (16th Apr) - Unhinged (23rd Apr) - The Nevers S1 (moved to 17th May)
Updated 25-Mar-2021: Promising Young Woman (16th Apr) added - An American Pickle (16th Apr) removed
Updated 26-Mar-2021: Scoob! (3rd Apr) - Cosmic Sin (9th Apr) - Archenemy (10th Apr) - American Pickle (30th Apr)
Updated 31-Mar-2021: The Blackout Invasion Earth (1st Apr) - Hudson & Rex S3 (9th Apr) - Harrow S3 (13th Apr) - The Oscars: 93rd Academy Awards (26th Apr) - Intergalactic S1 (30th April)
Updated 01-Apr-2021: Zeroville (4th Apr) - Boonie Bears: The WiId Life (5th Apr) - Looks That Kill (6th Apr) - The Sunlit Night (7th Apr) - Braking for Whales (8th April) - Angel Has Fallen (9th Apr) - Cosmic Sin (9th Apr - removed) - Death of Me (11th Apr) - Snow Queen: Mirrorlands (12th Apr) - When Jeff Tried to Save the World (13th April) - The Traitor (14th Apr) - Minor Premise (15th Apr) - A Violent Separation (17th Apr) - Come As You Are (18th Apr) - Cranston Academy: Monster Zone (19th April) - To the Stars (20th Apr) - Fukishima 50 (21st Apr) - Wildcat (22nd Apr) - The Ride (24th Apr) - Baby Done (25th April) - The Call (26th Apr) - Golden Arm (27th April) - Pinocchio 2019 (28th Apr) - Dead Water (29th Apr)
The current state of play actually sees a number of US TV shows unveiling the second halves of their current seasons on the various Sky channels, likely reflecting the break in production wrought by Covid-19 last year. Meanwhile, brand new content is waiting in the wings with a vague ‘sometime in April / TBC’ slot meaning some of the more interesting shows such as the ‘touched by special abilities’ flavoured Victorian sci-fi drama The Nevers, and the space fugitives on the lam Intergalactic look like they’re almost ready to go - we’ll confirm as soon as we can.
As it stands, the full Sky Cinema lineup has also yet to be confirmed, but time-crossing horror thriller Antebellum is scheduled for April, so keep checking back for updates.
(Requires Sky Cinema subscription or Now TV Sky Cinema Pass)
The Blackout: Invasion Earth aka The Blackout aka Avanpost (2019, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, International: Russia. Aleksey Chadov, Pyotr Fyodorov, Svetlana Ivanova, Dirs. Egor Baranov, Nathalia Hencker) - Added 31-Mar-2021
An unexplained event suddenly plunges the entire world into darkness, rapidly destroying life on Earth except for a small area in Eastern Europe. Who or what is behind the catastrophe? And how long can the last outpost of mankind endure?
Antebellum (2020, Drama, Horror, Mystery. Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Dirs. Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz)
Successful author Veronica Henley finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality as she uncovers a terrible secret that connects her to a Civil War era enslaved woman, Eden, who toils under inhuman circumstances in a cotton field as the heat and Civil War rage around her. Across time and in different worlds, Eden and Veronica find themselves enveloped in life-altering circumstances.
Scoob! (2020, Animation, Adventure, Comedy. Voices: Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez, Dir. Tony Cervone) - Added 26-Mar-2021
The story of how a young Shaggy Rogers and a stray pup bonded over a Scooby snack, became lifelong pals and joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, Scooby and the gang face a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.
The impressive Hollywood voice cast is sadly lacking Matthew Lillard as Shaggy who fashioned such a convincing version of Casey Kasum’s iconic performance as everyone’s favourite scaredy cat slacker in the two live action Scooby-Doo outings.
Zeroville (2019, Comedy, Drama, Mystery. James Franco, Megan Fox, Seth Rogen, Dir. James Franco) - Added 01-Apr-2021
Young ex-communicated seminarian and lost soul, Ike "Vikar" Jerome, arrives in Los Angeles on the same August day in 1969 as the Manson Family murders. He gets a job building film sets which leads to him developing a relationship with a tragic screen goddess.
Boonie Bears: The Wild Life (2020, Animation) - Added 01-Apr-2021
The seventh movie in the popular Chinese animated series sees a thrilling new place open on Pine Tree Mountain. “Wild Life” offers a legendary experience for guests who, by wearing a gene-altering bracelet, can transform themselves into a variety of animals!
Looks That Kill (2020, Comedy, Drama, Romance. Brandon Flynn, Tom Proctor, Annie Mumolo, Dir. Kellen Moore) - Added 01-Apr-2021
Max Richards is a teenage boy born with a medical condition whereby anyone who glances at him dies. Max is changed forever when he meets Alex, a girl with her own bizarre ailment, and together the two go on a quest of self-discovery... hopefully without accidentally killing anyone.
The Sunlit Night (2019, Drama, Romance. Jenny Slate, Alex Sharp, Fridtjov Såheim, Gillian Anderson, Zach Galifianakis, Dir. David Wnendt) - Added 01-Apr-2021
American painter Frances and émigré Yasha are an unlikely pair who find each other in the Arctic circle. Frances has arrived to jumpstart her career while Yasha has come to bury his father in the land of the Vikings. Together under a sun that never quite sets, they let go of the past and discover the future, and family, they didn’t know they had.
Braking for Whales (2019, Tom Felton, Tammin Sursok, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Dir. Sean McEwen) - Added 01-Apr-2021
A dysfunctional brother and sister are forced to come to terms with each other and themselves over their recently deceased mother's final wish - to have her ashes buried within a whale.
Angel Has Fallen (2019, Action, Thriller. Gerard Butler, Frederick Schmidt, Danny Huston, Dir Ric Roman Waugh) - Added 01-Apr-2021
Secret Service agent Mike Banning is framed for the attempted assassination of the President and now must evade his own agency and the FBI as he tries to uncover the real threat.
Butler and Waugh went on to make the nail biting, panic inducing Greenland, showing on Prime Video.
Archenemy (2020, Action, Adventure, Fantasy. Joe Manganiello, Jessica Allain, Mac Brandt, Skylan Brooks Dir. Adam Egypt Mortimer) - Added 26-Mar-2021
Max Fist claims to be a hero from another dimension who fell through time and space to Earth, where he has no powers. Now he’s a washed up drunk and no one believes his stories - except for a local teen named Hamster. Together, they take to the streets to wipe out the local drug syndicate and its vicious crime boss known as The Manager.
Death of Me (2020, Horror, Mystery, Thriller. Maggie Q, Luke Hemsworth, Alex Essoe, Dir. Darren Lynn Bousman) - Added 01-Apr-2021
An American couple vacationing on a remote island in Thailand wake up with no recollection of the previous night and try and work out what happened. The first major piece of the puzzle they find is a disturbing video that shows one of them killing the other.
Snow Queen: Mirrorlands (2018, Animation, Adventure, Comedy. International: Russia) - Added 01-Apr-2021
After a powerful king traps all the world's magicians in the Mirrorlands, Gerda along with the Snow Queen herself, embarks on an adventure to defeat the king and bring back warmth and magic to the hearts of people everywhere.
When Jeff Tried to Save the World (2018, Comedy, Drama. Jon Heder, Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle. Dir. Kendall Goldberg) - Added 01-Apr-2021
When Jeff, the manager of an old-school bowling alley, discovers the owner's plans to sell, saving Winky's World means pulling himself out of the gutter, too.
The Traitor (2019, True Life. Crime, Drama, International: Italy. Pierfrancesco Favino, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Fabrizio Ferracane, Dir. Marco Bellocchio) - Added 01-Apr-2021
The real life story of Tommaso Buscetta, the so-called "boss of the two worlds," the first mafia informant in Sicily in the 1980s.
Minor Premise (2020, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Sathya Sridharan, Paton Ashbrook, Dana Ashbrook, Dir. Eric Shultz) - Added 01-Apr-2021
Attempting to surpass his father's legacy, a reclusive neuroscientist becomes entangled in his own experiment, pitting ten fragments of his consciousness against each other.
Promising Young Woman (2020, Crime, Drama, Thriller. Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Dir + Scr. Emerald Fennell) - added 25-Mar-2021
Everyone said Cassie was a promising young woman... until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. Now as a smart, shrewd college dropout Cassie is unafraid to challenge the status-quo. With a habit of feigning drunkenness at clubs, she lures men back - only to confront them when things go too far… and teach them a lesson.
A Violent Separation (2019, Crime, Thriller. Ted Levine, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Brenton Thwaites, Dirs. Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz) - Added 01-Apr-2021
In a quiet Missouri town Norman, a young deputy sheriff, covers up a shooting at the hands of his older brother, Ray, but neither of the young men are prepared for what's to come and family bonds are tested as a passionate romance blossoms between Norman and the victim's younger sister, Frances.
Come As You Are (2019, Comedy, Drama. Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto, Ravi Patel, Dir. Richard Wong) - Added 01-Apr-2021
Three young men with disabilities hit the road with a jaded nurse on an adventure to escape their overbearing parents, embrace their independence and visit a brothel in Montreal catering to people with special needs. Remake of the acclaimed Belgian film Hasta La Vista.
Cranston Academy: Monster Zone aka Monster Zone (2020, Animation, Adventure, Family. Voices: Jamie Bell, Jayssolitt, Ruby Rose, Dir. Leopoldo Aguilar) - Added 01-Apr-2021
Unexpectedly transferred to a private boarding school for geniuses, Danny Dawkins teams up with classmate Liz to fix the school’s broken nuclear reactor but accidentally opens a portal to another dimension, unleashing a horde of slimy monsters that terrorise the campus. Now, he and Liz must invent a way to send the nasty critters back home!
To the Stars (2019, Drama. Kara Hayward, Jordana Spiro, Tina Parker, Dir. Martha Stephens) - Added 01-Apr-2021
Under small town scrutiny, a withdrawn farmer's daughter forges an intimate friendship with a worldly but reckless new girl in 1960s Oklahoma.
Fukushima 50 (2020, True Life, Drama, International: Japan. Ken Watanabe, Takumi Saitoh, Tomorô Taguchi, Dir. Setsurô Wakamatsu) - Added 01-Apr-2021
The real life drama of the selfless workers at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan who risked their lives and stayed at the nuclear power plant to prevent total destruction after the region was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
Based on the book by Ryusho Kadota, titled On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi, this is the first Japanese film to depict the disaster.
Wildcat (2021, Drama. Georgina Campbell, Luke Benward, Ibrahim Renno, Dir + Scr. Jonathan W. Stokes) - Added 01-Apr-2021
An ambitious reporter stationed in the Middle East who is taken captive after her convoy is ambushed must confront the trauma of her past and find a way to bring down the militants who incarcerated her.
Unhinged (2020, Action, Suspense, Thriller. Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Dir Derrick Borte) - Added 24-Mar-2021
Rachel is running late when she has an altercation at a traffic light with a mentally unstable stranger whose life has left him feeling powerless and invisible. Rachel puts the incident behind but soon finds herself and everyone she loves the target of this man who has decided to make one last mark upon the world by teaching her a series of deadly lessons.
The film was notable for being the first wide theatrical release in several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, grossing $43 million worldwide.
The Ride (2018, True Life, Drama. Shane Graham, Ludacris, Sasha Alexander, Dir. Alex Ranarivelo) - Added 01-Apr-2021
After a violent, racially-charged incident lands John in juvenile detention, he is finally placed with an unlikely set of foster parents, Eldridge and Marianna, an interracial couple who want to provide a fresh start for the tormented youth. Eldridge makes it his mission to overcome the challenges of John’s white supremacist upbringing and slowly begins to forge a relationship through his foster son’s fascination with extreme sports by giving John his first bike. This newfound passion, forms the basis of a mutual respect and together the family speed toward BMX glory and ultimately, redemption.
Baby Done (2020, Comedy, Drama. Rose Matafeo, Matthew Lewis, Emily Barclay, Dir. Curtis Vowell) - Added 01-Apr-2021
When Zoe and Tim find out they are having a baby, they resolve to not let parenthood change them. However, while Tim runs towards being a dad, Zoe runs away from being a mum, terrified that her life won’t be her own anymore. Determined to tick off a list of their wildest dreams before the baby arrives. Zoe’s increasing denial about her impending birth pushes her, and her relationship, to the limit.
The Call (2020, Horror, Thriller. Lin Shaye, Tobin Bell, Chester Rushing , Dir. Timothy Woodward Jr.) - Added 01-Apr-2021
After the unexpected death of an elderly woman suspected to be a witch, a group of friends who tormented her are forced to call a phone installed in her casket. To their horror someone on the other end picks up...
Golden Arm (2020, Comedy. Mary Holland, Betsy Sodaro, Olivia Stambouliah, Dir. Maureen Bharoocha) - Added 01-Apr-2021
After she breaks her wrist a tough lady trucker persuades her wimpy best friend to swap baking for breaking and trains her to compete in the National Ladies Arm Wrestling Championship
Pinocchio (2019, Drama, Fantasy, International: Italy. Federico Ielapi, Roberto Benigni, Rocco Papaleo, Dir. Matteo Garrone) - Added 01-Apr-2021
Desperate for a son, old woodcarver Geppetto's puppet creation, Pinocchio, magically comes to life with dreams of becoming a real boy. Easily led astray, Pinocchio tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped and chased by bandits through a wonderful world full of imaginative creatures – from the belly of a giant fish, to the Land Of Toys and the Field Of Miracles.
Dead Water (2019, Thriller, Casper Van Dien, Judd Nelson, Brianne Davis, Dir. Chris Helton) - Added 01-Apr-2021
When a relaxing getaway turns deadly, a former Marine must risk his life to save his wife and best friend from a modern-day pirate while facing the ghosts of the war he left behind.
An American Pickle (2020, Comedy. Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook, Molly Evensen, Dir. Brandon Trost) - Added 26-Mar-2021
In 1919, Herschel Greenbaum, is a struggling immigrant building his dreams of a better life for his family by working at a New York pickle factory. One day, while working, he falls into a vat of pickles and is preserved by the brine for 100 years. Upon his emergence a century later he tracks down his only living relative, his great great grandson Ben, an app developer, and the two distant relatives try to make sense of the modern world from very different perspectives, with Seth Rogen playing both Herschel and Ben.
Adapted by Simon Rich from his own 2013 New Yorker novella Sell Out.
The Hunger Games Franchise
The Truman Show
Xxx: Return of Xander Cage
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Marley & Me
School of Rock
The Night Before
(Requires Sky TV subscription, Now TV Entertainment Pass)
NCIS: Los Angeles (2020, S12b) Sky One
Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J return as Callen and Sam for the final 6 episodes of their 12th season assignments, balancing new relationships with the dangers they face, as the Naval Criminal Investigative Service team encounter more and more threats.
This is a shorter season than usual (18 episodes vs the usual 24) due to the challenges of production during a pandemic.
Romeo and Juliet (2021, TV Movie, National Theatre Shakespeare adaptation) Sky Arts
Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor are Juliet and Romeo in a National Theatre adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy set in modern-day Italy where two young lovers strive to transcend a violent world in which Catholic and secular values clash. Risking everything and in defiance of their feuding families, they chase a future of joy and passion as violence erupts around them.
Air Crash Investigation (2020, S20) - National Geographic
With its confusing nomenclature (it’s variously entitled Air Crash Investigation in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, Asia, and some European countries, and Air Emergency, Air Disasters, and Mayday: Air Disaster in the United States) and variable season structure, Air Crash Investigation returns to examine air crashes, near-crashes, hijackings, bombings, and other airline related disasters.
Using a mix of re-enactments, interviews, eyewitness testimony, computer-generated imagery and voice-actor readings of cockpit voice recorders, survivors, aviation experts, retired pilots and investigators are interviewed on the evidence and explain how these emergencies came about and how they could have been prevented.
Wellington Paranormal (2018-20, S1-3) Sky Comedy
Sergeant Maaka and Officers Minogue and O'Leary are special members of the Wellington, New Zealand, police. Their job: to investigate paranormal phenomena. Their caseload involves everything from an alien invasion on a farm; a werewolf out for revenge on her ex; a noise complaint at a haunted house full of ghosts from the 1970s; plus they meet some creepy clowns by the road and a couple of dreary goths in a cemetery.
The mockumentary series was created by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (who directs four season 1 episodes) after the show's cop characters appeared as a pair of disinterested police officers in the similarly styled What We Do in the Shadows.
Grey’s Anatomy (2021, S17) Sky Witness
The long running medical drama returns following its longest ever hiatus after season 16 was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. Produced entirely under Covid-19 safe procedures, the pandemic will be incorporated as part of the storylines. Season 17 sees the return of some familiar faces and with just 17 episodes, only the first season is shorter.
Currently S1-15 are available in the UK on both Amazon Prime Video UK and Disney+ UK with season 16 coming to Disney+ UK on 9th April and a few S16 episodes available on demand on Sky. There are rumours that the show’s future is uncertain and showrunner Krista Vernoff is reportedly treating season 17 as if it's the final one.
The Grinder (2015, S1) FOX UK
Famous TV lawyer Dean Sanderson. Jr, played by Rob Lowe, returns to his family’s small town law firm where he thinks he can contribute after his hit TV show ‘The Grinder’ is cancelled.
Famous TV actor Rob Lowe returns to A Parks and Recreation Special when his non hit TV series The Grinder is cancelled after one season.
Hudson & Rex (2021, S3) Alibi - Added 31-Mar-2021
Detective Charlie Hudson is a Major Crimes detective who teams up with a German Shepherd dog named Rex - a multi-scent trained German Shepherd with an excellent ear for unique sounds. Charlies prefers it this way as Rex responds well to treats and doesn’t talk endlessly on stakeouts.
Gang Related (2014, S1) FOX UK
The series follows the personal and professional lives of the members of the elite Los Angeles Police Department's multi-agency Gang Task Force as they take on the city's most dangerous gangs, including one with which a task force member has potentially unbreakable ties.
Cancelled after one season.
Harrow (2021, S3) Alibi - Added 31-Mar-2021
Ioan Gruffudd stars as Dr Daniel Harrow. Brilliant, unorthodox and mysterious, Dr Harrow’s total disregard for authority means he is willing to bend every rule in his determination to give victims a voice and reveal the truth behind what happened to them.
Wynonna Earp (2020, S4) Syfy UK
Supernatural Western horror which sees Wynonna Earp, the great-great-granddaughter of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, return to her hometown of Purgatory, near the Canadian Rockies, where she battles revenants, the reincarnated outlaws that Wyatt once killed.
Mare of Easttown (2020, Limited Series) Sky Atlantic
Mare Sheehan is a detective in a small Pennsylvania town investigating a local murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart.
An exploration into the dark side of a close community and an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present, this seven part limited series was executive produced by Kate Winslet alongside showrunner Brad Ingelsby, the writer of Finding the Way Back which is currently showing on Sky Cinema.
Rush (2014, S1) FOX UK
A once top attending surgeon Dr William P. Rush is not your average on-call professional. After being dismissed from a major L.A hospital, Rush makes a living through his discreet ‘concierge’ medicine business - no matter the ailment, he’ll make a house call and deliver top class care with no questions asked. But it doesn’t come cheap and the thousands of dollars he charges fuel his own drug and booze lifestyle.
Starring a pre-Lucifer Tom Ellis, Rush was cancelled after season one.
NCIS (2021, S18b) FOX UK
The long-running and well-loved procedural crime drama series, returns for the second part of its 18th season as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs continues to lead the NCIS Major Case Response Team as they investigate challenging criminal cases.
The Oscars - 93rd Academy Awards - Sky Cinema Oscars - Added 31-Mar-2021
Coverage of the 93rd Academy Awards, live streamed from Los Angeles, London and Paris and without a host of a second year. Preview from midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
Intergalactic (2021, S1) - Sky One - confirmed 31-Mar-2021
Ash Harper, a rookie cop and young intergalactic pilot, is sentenced to spend time in prison on the very outskirts of outer-space after being falsely accused of treason by the authoritarian body known as the Commonworld. She is then caught up in a prison break as the ruthless all female convicts escape with Ash in tow. Across their perilous escape through space, this disparate gang of dynamic women fight, fall in love and betray each other. But one thing is for certain, the further they travel from Earth, the closer they come to understanding who they truly are.
The Rookie (2021, S3) Sky Witness
Starting over isn't easy, especially for John Nolan (played by Nathan Fillion) who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of joining the LAPD. As their oldest rookie, he's met with skepticism from those who see him as just a walking midlife crisis.
Now, having passed probation and proved himself the equal of his younger colleagues, Nolan is faced with his biggest challenge as he is accused of being a dirty cop.
The Nevers (2021, S1) - Sky Atlantic - now confirmed as 17th May
In the last years of Victoria’s reign, London is beset by the “Touched”: people - mostly women - who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities, some charming, some very disturbing. Among them are Amalia True, a mysterious, quick-fisted widow and Penance Adair, a brilliant young inventor. They are the champions of this new underclass who find themselves facing relentless enemies and a mission that might change the world.
This HBO series is due to premiere in the US on Sunday 11th April and if the usual scheduling is followed should come to UK Sky viewers the following day, this was certainly the case for high profile HBO shows such as Game of Thrones and The Undoing.
Created by Joss Whedon who stepped away from the project, citing the challenge of producing a brand new series in a pandemic.
So that’s it for April 2021. Let us know what you think about the lineup in the comments section. As new content is added, we’ll update the listing, so be sure to check back so you don’t miss out.