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We’ve rounded up all of the must-see TV and films newly released on Netflix in April 2019: all you have to do is watch.

It’s almost spring, a brand new season - and you know what that means? Lots of new content to binge-watch on Netflix, that’s what. 

That’s right: new for April 2019 Netflix has rolled out yet another batch of brilliant new TV shows, films and documentaries. Our top picks from the new TV streaming list include the eagerly anticipated second season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a TV adaption of the bestselling Swedish crime drama Quicksand, also to top it all off David Attenborough’s new and first ever contribution to Netflix in his new environmental doc, Our Planet

Film highlights this month include: Cruel Intentions, the millennial favourite celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Unicorn Store, the new movie starring Brie Larson fresh from her turn as Captain Marvel (not to mention her recent guest edit of Stylist). There’ll also be another addition to the portfolio of Richard Curtis romantic comedy classics on Netflix, Bridget Jones Diary, which will be landing on the platform for your viewing pleasure this month.

Read on for all our recommendations of the best new films and TV series we reckon you’re going to love watching on Netflix this Spring.

Be sure to bookmark this page as we will continue to update with new titles as they are announced. Happy streaming!

Best new TV on Netflix

  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2

    Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Miranda Otto

    One of many nostalgic TV shows to be rehashed in recent years, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was the reboot of 2018, one that has been hailed as “actually good“ and met with critical acclaim. 

    The end of the first season left a lot of unanswered questions, such as, whats the deal with Connor? Is there something weird about Aunt Hilda’s boyfriend? There is also the unholy love triangle developing between Sabrina, mortal Harvey Kinkle and warlock Nick Scratch. Needless to say fans are dying to find out who she chooses. 

    Part 2 then, couldn’t land on the streaming platform quickly enough, with this series finding Sabrina exploring the darker side of her identity, while also struggling to maintain her mortal relationships.  

    Release date: 5 April 2019 on Netflix

  • Quicksand

    Quicksand TV adaption of bestselling novel

    Cast: Hanna Ardéhn, Felix Sandman, David Dencik,  Anna Björk

    Based on the best-selling Swedish novel by Malin Persson Giolito, courtroom drama Quicksand is the story of eighteen year old Maja, accused of murder following a school shooting in Danderyd, an affluent suburb of Stockholm. 

    With the novel being voted Nordic Crime Novel of the year in 2016, when it was published, and featuring a cast of some of the most exciting young stars of Scandinavian TV, Quicksand is set to be the binge worthy thriller of April 2019.

    Release date: 5 April 2019 on Netflix

  • After Life

    After Life Ricky Gervais Netflix Series

    Cast: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jenson, Kerry Godliman, Tom Basden

    This black comedy drama series, created by and (of course) starring Ricky Gervais is about a writer for a local newspaper, whose peaceful, happy life is shattered after tragically losing his wife to cancer.

    His bereavement causes him to fall into a deep depression and he takes out his frustration with life on everyone who knows and loves him, not to mention his long suffering colleagues. 

    On his journey to recovery from his heartbreak, he contemplates suicide, dabbles with drugs and befriends a prostitute (“sex worker”), with hilarious and deeply moving consequences.

    Ricky Gervais has called After Life the “best thing” he has ever done.

    Release date: 8 March 2019 on Netflix

  • Turn Up Charlie

    Turn Up Charlie Idris Elba

    Cast: Idris Elba, Piper Perabo, JJ Feild, Frankie Hervey

    Turn Up Charlie is the second comedy series to be created by and star Idris Elba, after Sky TV show In the Long Run was met with critical acclaim last year. 

    This eight-part series follows struggling DJ turned reluctant ‘manny’ (Elba) to his superstar best friends off-the-rails daughter. Piper Perabo, star of classic millennial guilty pleasure Coyote Ugly plays the role of Sara.

    Release date: 15 March 2019 on Netflix

  • Queer Eye Season 3

    Cast: Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness

    Yas kween! The joyous TV series that launched a thousand catch phrases is back on Netflix for season 3, this time set in rural Kansas. 

    JVN and the rest of the fab 5 will all be back to generally restore our faith in humanity and promote self love, all while orchestrating transformative makeovers in all areas of the lives of their guests, from fashion and grooming to cooking and culture. 

    Following on from this, another four special episodes set in Tokyo, titled, Queer Eye: We’re in Japan! will air air on Netflix. Boom.

    Trailer: Watch the trailer for Queer Eye season 3 here

    Release date: 15 March 2019 on Netflix

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Best new films on Netflix 2019

  • Back to the Future Trilogy

    Back to the Future still

    Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

    The 1985 sci-fi classic and one of the most loved movies of all time, Back to the Future is finally making its way onto Netflix, along with both sequels, so you can really get your Marty McFly fix and binge in full. 

    The story follows teenager Marty McFly as he travels back in time to 1955, accidentally meddles with events and then has to engineer his parents falling in love, to ensure he is born. 

    Trailer: Watch the trailer for Back to the Future 1 here.

    Release date: 26 March 2019 on Netflix

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad Film Still Netflix

    Cast: Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis,  Cara Delevingne

    Based on the DC comic book series and featuring an all star cast (including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn), Suicide Squad follows the antics of a hapless team of superheroes gone wrong. 

    Imprisoned by the government due to their unpredictable behaviour, the ‘suicide squad’ are enlisted to carry out a top-secret,’suicide’ mission by a scheming intelligence officer, played by Viola Davis

    Trailer: Watch the trailer for Suicide Squad here.

    Release date: 17 March 2019 on Netflix

  • Notting Hill

    Notting Hill Film Julia Roberts Hugh Grant

    Cast: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Rhys Ifans

    This iconic rom-com from Richard Curtis, about the unlikely relationship between an American superstar actress and British travel book shop employee, is rounding in its 20th anniversary in 2019. 

    To celebrate, the film is being re-issued and screened at cinemas around the country. Which is lovely and all, but why bother when Notting Hill is finally going to be available to watch on Netflix? That’s right: you can get your Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant fix from the comfort of your own home entirely undisturbed (so long as you don’t live with a nightmare housemate like Spike, of course). 

    Trailer: Watch the trailer for Notting Hill here.

    Release date: 12 March 2019 on Netflix

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Cast: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand

    Unbelievably, this rom-com written by Jason Segel and produced by Judd Apatow is now more than ten years old. 

    Set against the tropical back drop of a luxe resort in Hawaii, Forgetting Sarah Marshall follows composer Peter (Segel) as he struggles in the aftermath of his break up with Sarah (Stewart). Increasingly unable to deal with the split, he tries to ease his heartache with a trip to Hawaii, only to find that Sarah holidaying on the same island… and she’s accompanied by her new rock star boyfriend (Brand), too. 

    Trailer: Watch the trailer for Forgetting Sarah Marshall here.

    Release date: 31 March 2019 on Netflix

Best new documentaries on Netflix 2019

  • The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

    Netflix’s Madeleine McCann documentary

    Talking heads: Kate McCann, Gerry McCann, Goncalo Amaral, Jim Gamble, Julian Peribanez

    For true crime fans, there can be no more fascinating case than that of missing British toddler Madeline McCann. 

    This intense and emotional docuseries is a retelling of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and everything that happened after she vanished, supposedly off the face of the earth. 

    The eight-part series begins with a recap of the tragic events that took place in Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007, including an in-depth play by play of the night Maddie disappeared, going onto then cover in intricate detail the highly criticised handling of the case by the Portuguese police, the issues with the evidence, the initial suspects, the findings of private investigators, as well as the treatment of Kate and Gerry McCann, by the police and at the hands of the press. 

    Trailer: Watch the trailer for The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann here.

    Release date: 15 March 2019 on Netflix

  • McQueen

    Alexander-McQueen

    Cast: Alexander McQueen, Isabella Blow, Bernard Arnault, Detmar Blow

    This award winning and critically acclaimed documentary film about the beloved British fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen was in cinemas last year and is now making its way to Netflix.

    Beautifully shot, the film charts the tragic life and career of the man behind the curtain. Featuring emotional interviews with the McQueen family, as well as models Naomi Campbell and Jodie Kidd on their experiences of working with him, the film also contains archive footage of McQueen speaking, as well as his friend and muse, the late Isabella Blow.

    Trailer: Watch the trailer for the documentary film McQueen here.

    Release date: 31 March 2019 on Netflix

Every new film & TV show released on Netflix for April 2019

April 2019

New films

The Mask of Zorro

This Is the End

Cruel Intentions

Click

The Body

The Unthinkable

Doctor Foster: Season 2

War Dogs

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Savages

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Baywatch

New TV series

Doctor Foster: Season 2 (4/3/2019)

New Netflix original series 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2 (5/4/2019)

Quicksand (5/4/2019)

Tijuana (5/4/2019)

Persona: Collection (5/4/2019)

Roman Empire: Caligula: The Mad Emperor (5/4/2019)

You vs. Wild (10/04/2019) 

Black Summer (11/4/2019)

Huge in France (12/4/2019)

Special (12/4/2019)

My First First Love (18/4/2019)

Samantha!: Season 2 (19/4/2019)

Bonding (24/4/2019)

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 2 (26/4/2019)

The Protector: Season 2 (26/4/2019)

Yankee (26/4/2019)

Chambers (Coming in April)

Netflix films

Suzzanna: Buried Alive (3/4/2019)

A Land Imagined (12/4/2019)

Unicorn Store (5/4/2019)

The Perfect Date (12/4/2019)

The Silence (12/4/2019)

A Fortunate Man (19/4/2019)

Music Teacher (19/4/2019)

Someone Great (19/4/2019)

Aurora (25/4/2019)

Netflix original comedy specials

Kevin Hart: Irresponsible (2/4/2019)

Ricardo Quevedo: We All Hold Grudges (3/4/2019)

Whindersson Nunes: Adulto (29/4/2019)

Liss Pereira: Reteniendo liquidos (10/4/2019)

Francesco de Carlo: Cose di Questo Mondo (12/4/2019)

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (23/4/2019)

Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward (30/40/2019)

Netflix original documentaries

Our Planet (5/4/2019)

Brené Brown: The Call to Courage (19/4/2019)

Grass is Greener (20/4/2019)

Street Food (26/4/2019)

ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads (26/4/2019)

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