Five things to watch this April – from 'Big Mood' to 'Ripley'

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Your TV watchlist for April is here© Channel 4

Arriving on the heels of a long holiday weekend, April is blessing us with just as many treats as the Easter Bunny when it comes to small-screen delights. Nicola Coughlan begins her back-to-back TV takeover with Big Mood, the wildly funny new Channel 4 comedy that she stars in with Lydia West, before next month sees her take centre stage in Bridgerton. Another funny woman, Maya Rudolph, is back for a second season of her Apple TV + show, Loot, and a slick, Los Angeles-based crime caper, Sugar, is a fresh and riveting new thriller, starring Colin Farrell.

April also heralds the much-anticipated arrival of Ripley, Netflix’s big-budget adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved Tom Ripley novels, now a cool and moody black and white limited series with Andrew Scott in the title role. And Oscar-winning national treasure Kate Winslet gets to stretch her comedy chops in The Regime, HBO’s darkly absurd new show that places the beloved actress in the lead role of an autocratic despot. Happy watching!

Big Mood

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Aptly titled, the new Nicola Coughlan and Lydia West-fronted comedy is, in fact, a big mood. A sharply-observed and painfully funny examination of friendship, growing pains and mental health, it is also one of the best examples yet of the sheer range of Coughlan, who first exploded on to the scene as the charming Claire Devlin in Derry Girls and will next be seen taking leading lady status in the third instalment of Bridgerton. This is her on her most wittily chaotic form, and it – along with startlingly good chemistry between her and West – is a riot to behold from start to finish.

Big Mood is streaming on All 4 now


Patricia Highsmith’s slick and stylish tale of deception, fraud and the ultimate outsider is getting a neo noir treatment for the small screen. Though the bestselling book was adapted flawlessly in 1999 with Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow (in vivid technicolour and with perhaps the most canonical rendition of Tu Vuo' fa' L' Americano) this updated version not only gives room to more of Highsmith’s series of Tom Ripley novels but boasts Andrew Scott in the lead role. The Irish actor promises to bring a steely yet vulnerable presence to the eponymous grifter, and the lavish Netflix production also counts Dakota Fanning, Johnny Flynn and John Malkovich in the cast.

Ripley is streaming on Netflix from 4 April


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Season one of this AppleTV+ series was something of a sleeper hit. This was in large part due to the unshakeable appeal of Maya Rudolph. She stars as Molly Wells, a staggeringly wealthy woman who inherits a high-profile charitable foundation in her very public divorce from a tech billionaire. Season two picks up a year after Molly’s divorce and sees her thriving in her new role – that is, actually having a job. Part character study, part office-based comedy, Loot is a warm and witty skewering of Silicon Valley life as well as a shrewd look at what immense wealth can mean when one woman is intent on giving all of it away.

Loot is steaming on Apple TV+ from 3 April


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A contemporary take on the classic private-detective genre, Sugar sees Colin Farrell return to TV for the first time since his stint on True Detective’s second season. It tells the tale of John Sugar, an investigator hired to look into the enigmatic disappearance of Olivia Siegel, the granddaughter of a Hollywood tycoon. Leaning on the rich tradition of Los Angeles crime noirs, this is a smart and well-executed thriller, populated by unearthed family secrets, some great twists and a brilliant central performance from Farrell.

Sugar is streaming on Apple TV+ from 5 April

The Regime

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Ever wondered what the country would be like if Kate Winslet was in charge? Thanks to this new HBO drama, you can idly speculate no more. The Regime is a new six-part miniseries starring Winslet as Chancellor Elena Vernham, the somewhat dictatorial leader of a fictional Central European state. The script is tight and often uproariously funny – producing the sort of savvy black comedy seen in The Death of Stalin and Hulu’s The Great. Winslet is a revelation, chewing up the scenery of every baroque state room she enters and relishing every repulsive, terrifying and vulnerable inch of her character. Possibly her finest comic performance to date.

The Regime is streaming on Sky Atlantic and NowTV from 8 April

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