11 shows that should be on your radar this April
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What: A former spy signs up for one last mission... but this time, it's personal. Hoping to avenge the death of his son, agent Max Easton finds himself tangled up in a worldwide intelligence conspiracy.
Who: British actor Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Kingsman: The Secret Service) leads an impressive cast which includes Game of Thrones actor Joe Dempsie.
Why: It’s a high-action, high-stakes thriller that also delivers on intense emotional drama.
When: Premieres Friday 6 April at midday.
What: A bored but whip-smart MI5 security officer becomes obsessed with hunting down a psychopathic assassin in a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase.
Why: It’s a female-led spy thriller that is part psychological drama, part dark comedy.
When: Premieres Monday 9 April at 6pm.
What: It’s the drama that has the whole world talking! This Is Us reveals how the tiniest events in our lives impact who we become.
Who: Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley are the actors responsible for making us cry like babies every single episode.
Why: This is your chance to catch up and watch all of season one before season two returns to TVNZ 2!
When: Season one is available to stream for a month from 19 March and season two starts Wednesday 18 April.
What: Anika Moa is at large, meeting Kiwi people in places that are close to their hearts.
Who: Anika’s guests include Martin Henderson, Paula Bennett and stars of The Casketeers Francis and Kaiora Tipene.
Why: Anika is refreshing, outrageous and hilarious. She brings out a side of her guests you’ve probably never seen before.
When: A new episode is available to stream every Wednesday.
What: A documentary series investigating the destructive links between religion and conflict.
Who: Award-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar digs deep into Islamic extremism, right-wing Christianity, Hindu Nationalism and hardline Buddhists.
Why: Although it can be an uncomfortable watch at times, this series is timely and essential viewing.
When: The full season will be available to stream from midday on Sunday 1 April.
What: A Swedish thriller following Frank Nordling, a young lawyer whose world begins to unravel when he learns the truth behind his parents’ untimely death.
Who: You might not know Swedish actors Alexander Karim and Malin Buska now, but take a note of their names because you’ll probably be seeing a lot more of them after this.
Why: It’s a dark, fast-paced, action-packed ride which has all the moodiness you would expect from a Nordic noir.
When: The full season will be available from midday on Sunday 1 April.
What: Newly divorced couple Lena and Martin embrace the unconventional as they co-parent their children while sharing a house and adjusting to being single again.
Who: Ellen DeGeneres executive produces this comedy series starring The Office’s Jenna Fischer and Nashville’s Oliver Hudson.
Why: You’ve probably seen a lot of family comedies but never one quite like this!
When: A new episode streams every Wednesday at 8pm from 28 March.
What: Avi Duckor-Jones returns to Ghana to find each one of the 19 students he taught when he lived there in 2014.
Who: Survivor fans will remember Avi as the winner of the reality show's first New Zealand season.
Why: Don’t worry if you didn’t watch Survivor, this series is completely captivating and uplifting even if you didn’t know Avi beforehand.
When: The full season will be available to stream from midday on Tuesday 3 April.
What: This is a documentary about how an eccentric billionaire in the 1980s wanted to create the world's smartest kids, so he funded the largest legal genetic experiment in human history.
Who: 30 years later, the people who worked for the Genius Factory speak for the first time and the ‘super babies’ (now adults) share their stories.
Why: Never before has nature vs nurture ever been tested quite like this…
When: Available to stream from midday on Friday 30 March.
What: It’s a comedy drama that follows The Pemberton family as they move from rainy Yorkshire to run an RV park in sunny Florida.
Who: Philip Glenister (Life on Mars, Prey) and Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey) play parents Mal and Jen Pemberton.
Why: Think 800 Words but the cultural clash is turned up to 11, with this comparatively quiet English family coming up against a trailer park full of red neck Americans and the odd crocodile.
When: The full season will be available from midday on 1 April.
What: A documentary which exposes everyday life in the cities controlled by ISIS, and their apocalyptic view of the future.
Who: Jürgen Todenhöfer goes deep into the State, to meet a population controlled by fear and an organisation committed to violence.
Why: It's a unique opportunity to see behind the lines of this devastating conflict.
When: Available to stream from midday on Friday 13 April.