Best TV of April 2022 – hmv.com previews the Top 5 shows
Better Call Saul and Ozark enter their respective end-games and a new crime series with a twist sees a woman investigating her own death - all this and more coming to screens in April...
Better Call Saul (Season 6, Part 1)
Released: April 18 (Netflix)
Undoubtedly one of the biggest shows returning in April, Better Call Saul is back this month for the first half of its sixth and final season (the second half will begin its climactic final run in July this year) – and if the latest trailer is anything to go by, things are about to heat up considerably.
From the escalating situation involving Gus Fring, Nacho Varga and the Salamancas to hints that Jimmy’s actions towards his late brother Chuck could yet have repercussions, it’s difficult to know where the first twists and surprises are going to come from. Surely, though, the big question hanging on the lips of anyone who has been glued to the series from the beginning must be this: what the hell happens to Kim Wexler?
Whether we’ll find out in the coming weeks or have to wait until summer remains to be seen. What we do know is that Bob Odenkirk has thankfully made a full recovery and returns alongside Rhea Seehorn, Mike Ehrmentrout, Giancarlo Esposito and the rest of the cast for the beginning of the end on April 18.
Ozark (Season 4, Part 2)
Released: April 29 (Netflix)
Another of the recent Netflix hits to have its climactic final season cut into two, Ozark returned for the first half of its final run in January this year but is back in April with the fourth season’s second helping and, ultimately, its grand finale.
We’ll avoid spoilers here for the sake of those waiting to watch the final season in one sitting (who may also want to skip the teaser trailer below), but suffice to say that the situation between the Byrdes, The FBI and Cartel boss Omar Navarro has taken a few dramatic twists since Season 3 and matters only look set to get even more tense than they already are.
Due to begin its final sprint to the finish line on April 29, Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and the rest will be back to play out the remainder of their ever-shifting schemes soon enough.
Released: April 22 (Sky Max / NOW)
One of the more intriguing new arrivals on Sky this month, The Rising is a new eight-part thriller starring Cara Ruggard as a young woman named Neve Kelly, who returns home from swimming in the lake one day to find, much to her confusion, that she has been reported missing. But the situation is worse than she initially fears: she isn’t missing, she’s dead.
Suffering from memory loss leading up to her death, Neve watches on from the afterlife as she desperately tries to figure out what happened to her, how she died, and why.
Adapted from the Belgian novel Hotel Beau Sejour by series creator Sanne Nuyens, The Rising also stars Matthew McNulty, Rebecca Root, Emily Taafe and Ann Obomo, with its first episode set to arrive on Sky Max and NOW on April 22.
Anatomy of a Scandal
Released: April 15 (Netflix)
Sienna Miller and Rupert Friend lead the cast of this new political thriller developed by David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and Mellissa James Gibson (House of Cards) for Netflix, which sees Friend taking on the role of a scandal-hit MP and Miller assuming the role of his wife, who protests his innocence in the wake of allegations that he raped one of his political aides.
Michelle Dockery also co-stars as the ambitious young barrister aiming to bring the MP to justice, alongside a cast that also includes Ben Radcliffe, Naomi Scott and Josette Simon. Due to begin streaming on April 15, this will be one to mark your calendars for if a sleazy, suspense-filled political thriller is your thing.
Russian Doll (Season 2)
Released: April 20 (Netflix)
One of the other Netflix shows to return in April, Russian Doll returns for a second series featuring the surreal adventures of the show’s central protagonist Nadia (Natasha Lyonne). For those who missed the show’s first run, here’s a quick and (relatively) spoiler-free recap: Nadia keeps dying, over and over again, stuck in a groundhog day-style loop as we watch her die in numerous grisly ways only to suddenly arrive back at the same moment in the same place: her New York Apartment, at her 36th birthday party
Those who followed the first season to its surprisingly romantic end - which offered redemption of sorts for Nadia and her new friend Alan (Charlie Bennett) - may be wondering how things are going to pan out in Season 2. Well, the new trailer reveals very little on that front, but what it does show is enough to suggest that Nadia’s strange journey isn’t over yet.
Due to return to Netflix on April 20, Russian Doll is well worth revisiting if you missed its first run - and its second season looks to be essential viewing if you didn’t.