The Netflix hot list: From After Life to Sunderland ‘Til I Die - what to watch in April

We round up the best TV and movies highlights coming to Netflix and available through your BT TV box in April.

By Sophia Moir Published: 01 April 2020 - 9.52am

Netflix is home to thousands of TV shows and movies, including award-winning dramas like House of Cards, binge-worthy documentaries like Making a Murderer and original movies like Bird Box.

But if you're up to date with your Netflix watchlist, now’s the perfect time to get your teeth into something new.

From brand new TV shows, films and documentaries including Extraction and The Innocence Files, to the highly-anticipated return of After Life and Sunderland ‘Til I Die this month, we round up the best of what’s coming soon to Netflix customers.

Keep reading for our must-watch Netflix TV guide for the month ahead.

Sunderland ‘Til I Die season 2

Sunderland Til I Die season 2 still Netflix

When is it on?

Sunderland ‘Til I Die returns to Netflix for its second series on Wednesday, April 1. 

According to the Sunderland Echo, there will only be six episodes in the second season - down from eight in the first season.

What’s it about?

Season 1 chronicled Sunderland AFC’s doomed 2017/18 season, and season 2 will follow the agonising end to the team's 2018/19 campaign. 

The episodes will concentrate on the Black Cats’ attempts to gain promotion from League One and owner Stewart Donald’s mission to rebuild Sunderland after taking over the club in 2018.

The series will also feature the club's first trip to the new Wembley for the Checkatrade Trophy final, where they were beaten 5-4 on penalties by Portsmouth FC.

Why watch it?

The first series received international recognition, with critics calling it "a cut above the rest," "triumphant TV" and "superb".

The Innocence Files

The Innocence Files key art Netflix

When is it on?

All nine episodes of true crime documentary series The Innocence Files are streaming on Netflix from Wednesday, April 15.

What’s it about?

The Innocence Files shines a light on the untold personal stories behind eight cases of wrongful conviction that the nonprofit organisation the Innocence Project - and organisations within the Innocence Network - have uncovered and worked tirelessly to overturn. 

Why watch it?

The documentary series shows that when innocent victims are wrongfully convicted, it's not just one life that's irreparably damaged forever as families, other victims of crime and public trust in the justice system are also broken in the process. 

Extraction

Extraction still Netflix / Jasin Boland

When is it on?

Original movie Extraction is streaming on Netflix from Friday, April 24.

What’s it about?

Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is a fearless black market mercenary with nothing left to lose when his skills are solicited to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. 

But in the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers, an already deadly mission approaches the impossible, forever altering the lives of Rake and the boy. 

Why watch it?

Extraction is an action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller written by Joe Russo, one half of the famous Russo brothers who directed Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

After Life season 2

After Life season 2 still Ray Burmiston / Netflix

When is it on?

All six episodes of After Life series 2 are streaming on Netflix from Friday, April 24.

What’s it about?

Set in the small fictitious town of Tambury, the comedy-drama follows Tony (Ricky Gervais), a writer for the local newspaper whose life is upended when his wife dies from cancer. 

In series 2, while still struggling with immense grief for his wife, we see Tony try to become a better friend to those around him. His friends are grappling with their own problems which will only be intensified by the looming threat of the local newspaper being shut down.

Will the town’s local Am-Dram show lift everyone’s spirits?

Why watch it?

After Life was praised by critics for its portrayal of grief, with CNN’s media critic Brian Lowry writing that the mix of comedy alongside grief in Gervais’ script makes for a ‘bittersweet and melancholy series’.

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