Anyone who knows me even a little bit, knows that I love TV and I watch a hell of a lot of it. My particular favourites are gritty British dramas and Sky1 comedies. Although, if it looks good or has a good write-up, I’ll give it a go or frantically catch up within the space of a day so I can pretend to everyone that I’d watched it from the beginning (like Mad Men). Here is just a taster of the shows I’ve been watching this April…
This month has been a poor month for films, and a great month for TV dramas, especially from our mates across the pond. But Britain, your time will come, and MAY not be too far away… (Urgh, horrendous pun, sorry about that).
Game of Thrones
No. of Episodes: 10
UK Air date: Mon 7th April on Sky Atlantic
I have a confession to make. As of yesterday, I was only just caught up on Game of Thrones. I know. I committed the ultimate TV addict crime. I did not jump on a show as soon as it got big. Shock/horror, let’s move on. I have only watched the TV show (though I plan on defeating the books somewhere along the line…) and it’s absolutely fantastic. You need to watch it.
It’s a TV show that you’re always stunned by, and you feel the “ooh, this is where it’s getting good” vibe every single episode. Basically, a necessary watch for this generation. An institution. Like the new Marvel films, The Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, it’s your new franchise, nay, you’re new world to geek out over. It’s stupidly confusing (when exactly IS winter coming?) and you may have to check what exactly happened on Wikipedia every episode in the beginning. Don’t fight it. Embrace it, and it won’t let you down.
No. of Episodes: 8
UK Air date: Sun 20th April on Channel 4
Fargo is a funny one, you don’t really know what to do with it. Is it in the same universe as the hit film by the Coen bros which the TV show is a spin-off of? Do they really talk like that in Minnesota? How has Martin Freeman got this much time to be in so many TV shows and films? And, more importantly, is it a true story? (Answer: No, not really, not really at all.)
It’s set in small town Minnesota, USA and follows the troubles of Lester Nygaard and the sticky situations he gets into and tries to get out of. This is not without the help of a few dodgy looking characters. A bit weird, very funny, and one of the most refreshing TV dramas of the year. Definitely not your average remake/spin-off.
Season: 7 (final)
No. of Episodes: 14
UK Air date: Wed 16th April on Sky Atlantic
Ahh, Mad Men. Again, I only started watching Mad Men in September last year when Sky Go so kindly released all the seasons for me to binge on for around two months. The show is set in a Manhattan Ad Agency in the 1960s and good God is it authentic. The clothes, the set, the historical events as the season progresses through the years are completely without fault.
What’s more, it’s gripping. It’s so gripping and makes us, in the 21st century, take a good long look at ourselves and ask “Have things really changed?” It’s that deep. Perhaps it’s a little too late for you to start getting into now if you’re not already an avid viewer, but maybe a boxset idea for your Christmas list?
About a Boy
No. of Episodes: 11
UK Air date: Mon 31st March on Sky 1
I guess this one is the oddball in this selection because it’s not a big American drama, but I had to include it because I just love it. About a Boy is loosely based on the same book that the 2002 film version was adapted from, but it’s set in San Francisco. For those of you not up on your Hugh Grant romcom’s, the TV show differs slightly in premise anyway.
It’s about a man who lives off a hit Christmas single that he wrote years ago, when an English mum and her young American son move in next door. The kid is adorable. The whole show is so adorable and uplifting. But not cheesy like Glee or something that gets old pretty quickly. It’s witty and hey, it’s been renewed for a second season so it can’t be too awful!
Have you been watching any of these shows in April?
I wrote about Girls season 4 when it came back on our screens, and the sequel to this post would be May’s top TV shows. If you like Game of Thrones I was lucky enough to visit the film locations in Northern Ireland in early 2016.