Kicking off with comedy this month and a raft of recommissions; Some Girls, Bad Education, Mount Pleasant and Psychobitches are all back for more. Joining them are 600 Days (W.T.) about straight-laced boy who finds himself sentenced to two years in a young offenders institution, ecclesiastical comedy Monks starring Sean Walsh as a benefit cheat who decides to escape the world by becoming a monk and The Boy In A Dress based on the book by David Wallaims. Goodness Gracious Me is back for a one-off edition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of BBC 2, Top Coppers is a pilot for a new police-themed series and Vic and Bob's House Of Fools is back with more absurd comedy and tomfoolery.
Over in drama, Banished comes from the pen of Jimmy McGovern looking at the deportation of British citizens to Australia in the 1780s, Undercover is based on the true story of British police who went long-term undercover with a group of environmental activists and plans are afoot to adapt the Keith Waterhouse novel Billy Liar into a new version for the small screen. The Wicker Man is one of a raft of classic films that are being lined up for a television makeover, The Cut follows a group of high flying civil servants forced to relocate from London to Doncaster and Glasgow Girls is a single musical drama based on the hit stage play about a group of girls who band together to fight the deportation of one of their friends, a refugee from Kosovo. The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher returns for more protracted use of the detective made famous by Kate Summerscale's book, the third series of Vikings is gearing up for a summer shoot in the Irish Republic and Dialogues sees a return to original drama for BBC Four with this new series focusing on the interaction between two characters.
Factual and documentary includes a new series of Ross Kemp - Extreme World, Educating Walthamstow is the latest franchise o f the popular teaching documentary and both KFC and Nandos follow the trend for series focusing on chicken restaurants. The Orchestras looks at young classically trained musicians, The Face Of Britain sees Simon Schama explore the history of Britain through portraiture and a new documentary will look at people who are addicted to sex texting or apps like snapchat and grindr. Other factual offerings for April include a new series about fat pets, motoring show So You Think You Can Drive? and My Offender And Me (W.T.) looking at the issue of restorative justice.
Feature-films in the pipeline include comic-based spy drama Queen And Country which now has Craig Vivieros in the director’s chair, The Secret Scripture boasts a cast including Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and honour killing drama Fortunate Sons is gearing up for production. Mike Bassett - Interim Manager will see Ricky Tomlinson reprise his football manager character, Son Of Man takes a look inside a teenage anti-natal class and 80s cartoon favourite Bananaman edges nearer to production. Lots of other projects to keep an eye on including Petroleum Spirit, Disorientated, Bone In The Throat, Postcard Murders, and Captain Of The Gate which will see Kevin Spacey portray Winston Churchill and his rise to power at the beginning of W.W.II.
Finally, new series of the month has to go to Sexy Beasts, a new dating show with a twist, in which couples wear prosthetic makeup to see how they get on when looks are not the primary consideration.
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