April Previews: Netflix and Amazon Prime

After Life Season 2 (Netflix)

Ricky Gervais’ small screen work after The Office has ranged from the brilliant (Extras) to the banal (Derek). The first season of After Life – in which he plays Tony, a local newspaper journalist whose wife dies from breast cancer – fell somewhere in between, though definitely skews towards the darker side of Gervais’ output. This second six-part installment continues the story, with Tony promising to be a better friend to those around him whilst also facing the very real prospect of his newspaper closing down. Ashley Jensen, David Bradley and Penelope Wilton are among those returning.

Studio Ghibli – Various (Netflix)

If you’ve already worked your way through the cartoons on Disney +, help is at hand – Netflix is continuing to roll out its impressive collection of films by Japanese anime maestros Studio Ghibli. Already, you can find the likes of My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service on the site, but this month sees an increase, with – among others – Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and When Marnie Was There all added. It’s the perfect chance to wallow in their greatness, and maybe teach the younger ones in your life that animation doesn’t begin and end with Walt Disney.

Selah and the Spades (Amazon Prime)

After playing at the Sundance Film Festival, Tayarisha Poe’s Selah and the Spades arrives on Amazon Prime. Set in an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, the film dips into the world of adolescent politics, as the 17 year-old Selah Summers (Lovie Simone) runs a powerful faction, the Spades, in the student body. With Selah searching for a replacement for when she graduates, her focus turns to the new girl – Paloma (Celeste O’Connor) – who becomes key to the story. It was never like this on your student council.

Bosch Season 6 (Amazon Prime)

Amazon Prime’s popular cop drama has just been renewed for a seventh and final season – which makes this new run of episodes the penultimate series. Titus Welliver – forever the Man In Black if you were a fan of Lost – returns as the titular LAPD detective, Harry Bosch. This latest season includes Bosch and J. Edgar (Jamie Hector) on a case that involves some stolen radioactive material. Fear not canine lovers: Coltrane – that lovely dog that returned at the end of Season 5 – is also back.

All shows available from April 2020 onwards.

James Mottram