Wow do we have a lot more free time these days!
Can’t think why that is, but I – like most of you – have a burning desire to shut the doors and close the curtains for the next few weeks.
Thankfully, there’s plenty on the box to keep us entertained while we’re not exploring the great outdoors.
Netflix in particular has an interesting looking slate for April, with everything from footballing documentaries to star-studded animated movies that are sure to keep the kids entertained.
Here are the best looking films and series coming to the streaming service in April 2020:
Sunderland ‘Til I Die (Season 2)
What is it? The second series of Netflix’s sports docu-series following the goings on behind the scenes at Sunderland football club.
This second run focuses on new owner Stewart Donald and Executive Director Charlie Methven as they attempt to save the club from financial ruin and haul it out of the third tier of the English leagues.
The six-part documentary provides unprecedented access into the inner workings of Sunderland AFC; from the board to the admin staff and the first team to the fans.
When can I watch it? 1 April
The Innocence Files
What is it? Netflix’s big true-crime release for April is The Innocence Files, which aims to shine a light on eight cases of wrongful conviction that nonprofit organisation the Innocence Project have uncovered and worked to overturn.
The nine-episode series is composed of three parts, and exposes difficult truths about the state of America’s flawed criminal justice system.
It also shows that when the innocent are convicted, it is not just one life that is irreparably damaged forever.
When can I watch it? 15 April
The Midnight Gospel
What is it? From the creator of feel-good cartoon romp Adventure Time, The Midnight Gospel might have a similar, off-kilter aesthetic as that cult show, but this one’s for a more mature audience.
The Midnight Gospel is the story of Clancy, a spacecaster with a malfunctioning multiverse simulator who leaves the comfort of his extra-dimensional home on the Chromatic Ribbon to interview beings living in other worlds.
When can I watch it? 20 April
What is it? This highly stylised CG animated feature film comes from Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 director Kris Pearn, and features an all-star cast.
Names like Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph and Will Forte feature in a film that follows the four Willoughby children, abandoned by their selfish parents, and learning to adapt their old-fashioned values to the contemporary world.
Based on the book by Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry, the kids must create a new and modern family.
When can I watch it? 22 April
After Life (Season 2)
What is it? Ricky Gervais’ dark – but ultimately uplifting – comedy about a writer for a local newspaper whose life is upended after his wife dies from cancer returns.
Once again set in the small fictitious town of Tambury, in series 2, whilst still struggling with immense grief for his wife, Tony tries to become a better friend to those around him.
But that’s easier said than done, with each grappling with their own problems and only to be intensified by the looming threat of the local newspaper being shut down.
When can I watch it? 24 April