Staying In (TV) – April 23

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Adam Gunton

Ted Lasso – Season 3

Apple TV+, New episodes weekly

An American TV show about a British sport. It sounded like a recipe for disaster, but it’s resulted in one of the most heartfelt, genuine and uncynical shows of our time, dealing with all sorts of relevant issues. Jason Sudeikis returns as Ted Lasso, the American college football coach who was enlisted to help struggling Premier League football team, AFC Richmond. Ted’s football knowledge might be a little lacklustre but what he lacks in soccer smarts he makes up in positivity and a real drive to help his team be the best players they can be. Last season saw Nate (Nathan Shelley) letting success go to his head and becoming short-tempered and selfish. His growing frustration with Ted’s methods meant he was ripe to be poached by Richmond’s former owner, Rupert (Anthony Head) to coach his new club, West Ham. This change in dynamic is going to lead to a new rivalry between the clubs, with Ted, Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt) and Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) trying to lead Richmond to success. There’s sure to be more drama and laughs outside the pitch as well with club owner Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) and her team of Keeley (Juno Temple) and Leslie (Jeremy Swift). I’ve never been a fan of football but I’m on the edge of my seat for AFC Richmond. Believe.

Watch the trailer here.

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies

Paramount+, 6 April

It’s the show that you want. (The show I know you want.) Ooh-ooh-ohh, honey. Grease is the word and another word is television. That’s right, Grease is hitting the small-screen. Rise of the Pink Ladies is a prequel set four years before the original film. And before you ask, yes, it’s a musical. It follows four outcasts who are fed-up with the school heirachy and decide they want to do things a little differently. The boys have the T-Birds, why shouldn’t the girls have something of their own? Grease is such a classic and I was cynical when I first heard about this show but it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun, with catchy songs and characters dealing with issues that are still relevant to teenagers today. You’ll be summer-lovin’ this in April.

Watch the trailer here.


Prime Video, 28 April

Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Bodyguard) and Priyanka Chopra Jonas (The Matrix Resurrections) star in this sexy new spy thriller series from the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Endgame). The global spy agency known as the Citadel has fallen and all its agents have had their memories wiped clean but agents Mason and Nadia are starting to remember. With the help of a former of colleague Bernard (Stanley Tucci), these former spies will need to dust off their skills to stop a new regime from taking over the world.

Watch the trailer here.

Tiny Beautiful Things

Disney+, 7 April

Based on the best-seling collected writings of Cheryl Strayed this is a new mini-series starring the wonderful Kathryn Hahn (Bad Moms, Wandavision, Glass Onion). Hahn stars as Clare, a woman who finds herself disillusioned with life. Her marriage is on the brink of falling apart, she can’t connect with her teen daughter and her writing career is fading away. The answer to her problems might lie within. When an old friend asks her to take over as an advice columnist, Clare thinks she’s the last person to be giving advice. But as she slowly embraces the role she finds herself unpacking her own issues as she helps others with theirs. Expect Hahn to bring her all to this role.

Watch the trailer here.

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