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What’s new on Netflix UK in April 2021 – all the shows and movies coming up

Check out the full list of Netflix's April 2021 new releases, from Idris Elba's Concrete Cowboy to fantasy adaptation Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone
Published: Tuesday, 6th April 2021 at 10:22 am

Streaming has truly taken over the entertainment landscape, with Netflix endlessly churning out top-quality movies and TV shows to keep us preoccupied over lockdown.


As the calendar rolls over to yet another month in 2021, there's a lot of spring TV to look forward to, and we have you covered with some of the biggest and best titles expected to arrive on the streamer over the course of April.

From older musical classics like A Star Is Born and Rocketman to brand-new Netflix Originals such as Thunder Force and Stowaway, Netflix has something for everyone lined up this month.

If you're looking for something more family-oriented then both Shrek and Shrek 2 are joining the streaming service, or Jamie Foxx will be starring in his very own sitcom Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!

Read on for our pick of the April list – and if you’re after March’s Netflix releases, we can help with that, too.

Thursday 1st April

Alleycats (2016) Poldark's Eleanor Tomlinson swaps late-18th-century Cornwall for contemporary London in a racy urban thriller about killing, political cover-up and illegal street cycle racing

American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success Feel-good family film

Arrival (2016) Amy Adams stars as a linguist recruited by the US army to find a way to communicate with aliens

Atonement (2007) Romantic period drama, based on Ian McEwan's novel, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy

Baarìa (2009) Sicilian drama

Beethoven (1992) Comedy about a St Bernard dog named Beethoven and the effect he has on an American family

Beethoven's 2nd (1993) Cosy sequel

Beneath (2013) Horror film about some high-schoolers who take a trip out on a lake in a leaky boat and are plagued by a huge fish

The Big Lebowski (1998) Coen brothers' comedy, starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro

The Borrowers (2011) TV adaptation of the classic English fantasy novel starring Stephen Fry and Christopher Eccleston

The Boy (2016) Horror starring The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan as a nanny employed to look after a doll

Cast Away (2000) Classic drama starring Tom Hanks as a FedEx executive who is left stranded on a deserted island after surviving a plane crash

Collateral (2004) Tom Cruise plays a cold-blooded hitman in this edgy thriller from director Michael Mann

Curve (2015) Julianne Hough stars as a bride-to-be who crashes her car to escape a psychopathic hitchhiker

Daylight (1996) Tale about a group of motorists who become trapped in a New York tunnel under the Hudson River following a freak accident. Sylvester Stallone stars

Death Becomes Her (1992) Black comedy starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as rivals who drink an immortality potion

Do the Right Thing (1989) Racial tensions erupt in a Brooklyn neighbourhood on the hottest day of the summer in this drama directed by and starring Spike Lee

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) Comedy, adapted by Terry Gilliam from Hunter S Thompson's book, starring Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Ellen Barkin, Christina Ricci and Tobey Maguire

Fences (2016) Adaptation of the August Wilson play about a working-class African-American dad trying to raise his family in the 1950s, directed by and starring Denzel Washington

The Final Girls (2015) Comedy horror, starring Taissa Farmiga and Malin Akerman

The Flintstones (1994) Live-action version of the cartoon comedy, starring John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O'Donnell, Halle Berry and Elizabeth Taylor

47 Ronin (2012) Keanu Reeves stars as Kai, an outcast who fronts a band of masterless samurai, called ronin, in a bid to avenge their dead lord and to free Kai's love from a forced marriage

The Game (1997) Stylish thriller from Se7en director David Fincher starring Michael Douglas

The Hitcher (2007) Remake of the 1986 cult thriller

Hot Fuzz (2007) Gleeful pastiche of American action movies from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

In the Name of the Father (1993) Oscar-winning biopic about a man wrongfully sentenced for an IRA bombing

Irul (2021) Indian psychological thriller

Jane Eyre (2011) Period drama based on Charlotte Bronte's novel, starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell and Judi Dench

Jarhead (2005) A fresh-faced Marine's boot-camp training turns into a real tour of duty when he is sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx star

Jarhead 2: Field of Fire (2014) A battle-scarred corporal leads a Marine unit on a deadly mission across a war-torn Afghan province

Kidulthood (2005) Film about British teenagers on that cusp between irresponsible adolescence and responsible adulthood, written by and starring Noel Clarke

The Land before Time II: the Great Valley Adventure (1994) Sequel to the classic animation featuring Littlefoot and friends

Liar Liar (1997) Jim Carrey plays ruthless lawyer and compulsive liar Fletcher Reede, who misses his son's birthday party and is "cursed" to tell the truth for 24 hours

Love Story (1970) Ill-starred romance between two high-school students played by Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie (2014) Mrs Brown faces fights to save her fruit and veg stall in this spin-off film from the popular sitcom

Murder on the Home Front Crime drama set during the Blitz

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) Romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz and Rupert Everett

Outcast (2015) Historical action adventure, starring Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen

Out of Time (2003) Crime thriller, starring Denzel Washington, Eva Mendes, Dean Cain and Sanaa Lathan

Patch Adams (1998) Robin Williams plays a talented student doctor who turns the medical community upside down with his offbeat views about the healing power of laughter

People Places Things (2016) Comedy drama in which a newly single graphic novelist balances parenting, teaching and navigating the rich complexities of new love

Prank Encounters season 2 Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo returns for a second season of his hidden-camera prank show

Raw Deal (1986) Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as an ex-FBI agent who goes under cover to nail a Chicago mobster (Sam Wanamaker)

Red Heat (1988) Buddy cop action comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Belushi

RL Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls Spooky kids' film from the Goosebumps creator

Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench feature in this family adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic

Schindler's List (1993) Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning drama, starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes

Sherpa Documentary about the challenges faced climbing Mount Everest

Shrek 2
Shrek 2 DreamWorks/Universal

Shrek (2001) Classic animated adventure in which ogre Shrek sets out to save Princess Fiona from a dragon-guarded castle along with talking sidekick Donkey

Shrek 2 (2004) Hit sequel in which Shrek turns himself into a human after clashing with Fiona's parents in Far Far Away

Shrek the Musical (2013) Theatre adaptation of the classic family comedy, starring the original Broadway cast

Sixty Six (2006) A boy's bar mitzvah in 1966 is overshadowed because England are set to play in the World Cup final

Sleepers (1996) Drama starring Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Bacon, Jason Patric and Minnie Driver

Stardust (2007) Fantasy adventure based on Neil Gaiman's novel, with Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller and narrated by Ian McKellen

They Live (1988) John Carpenter's satirical sci-fi adventure, starring Roddy Piper, Keith David and Meg Foster

The Time Traveller’s Wife (2009) Eric Bana stars as a man attempting to have a relationship despite a genetic disorder that causes him to involuntarily travel in time

Twister (1996) Speed director Jan De Bont's salute to the daredevil meteorologists who chase the tornados that plague America's Midwest

White House Down (2013) Action thriller, with Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods

Wild Bill (2011) Family drama meets crime thriller on the streets of East London in this directorial debut by actor Dexter Fletcher

Worn Stories season 1 From the creator of Orange Is the New Black, this adaptation of Emily Spivack's bestselling book examines the funny and heartfelt stories behind people's most meaningful pieces of clothing

The Worricker Trilogy (Page Eight, Turks & Caicos and Salting the Battlefield) David Hare's spy trilogy starring Bill Nighy

Friday 2nd April

Bitter Daisies / O sabor das margaridas (Season 2) Spanish crime thriller following the disappearance of a teenage girl in a Galician town.

Concrete Cowboy (2021) A teenage boy moves to Philadelphia to live with his estranged father and learns of the world of urban horseback riding.

Just Say Yes (2021) Dutch comedy about a woman whose dream wedding is ruined just as her sister gets engaged

Madame Claude (2021) French biopic about the famous 60s brothel owner

Run (2020) A homeschooled girl starts to believe her mother is hiding dark secrets. Starring Sarah Paulson

Sky High (2021) Spanish action thriller following a mechanic who gets involved in the world of heists

Monday 5th April

Coded Bias (2020) Investigative documentary examining the flaws in facial recognition technology

Family Reunion part 3 More from the sitcom featuring the McKellan family

Tuesday 6th April

The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse to You Interactive kids' adventure

Wednesday 7th April

The Big Day collection 2 Indian reality series looking at the country's multi-billion dollar wedding industry

Dolly Parton: a MusiCares Tribute (2021) Iconic performers celebrate country artist Dolly Parton as MusiCares person of the year

Snabba Cash season 1 Swedish crime drama following the intertwining lives of an ambitious businesswoman, a charming gang enforcer and a troubled teen

This Is a Robbery: the World’s Biggest Art Heist Limited docuseries of a multi-million dollar art heist that occurred in the 1990s

The Wedding Coach season 1 Comedian Jamie Lee shares her tips for wedding planning

Thursday 8th April

The Way of the Househusband season 1 Japanese anime

Friday 9th April

Have You Ever Seen Fireflies? (2021)  Turkish comedy following the life of wunderkind Gülseren amid political turmoil and social change

Heaven Official’s Blessing season 1 Chinese animation

Night in Paradise (2021) South Korean drama following a former mobster who meets a terminally ill woman who has given up on life.

Thunder Force (2021) Superhero comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer as childhood friends reuniting after one of them develops a treatment that imbues superhero powers.

Sunday 11th April

A Star Is Born (2018) Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper star in this remake of the romantic musical classic

Monday 12th April

New Gods: Nezha Reborn Chinese animation

Tuesday 13th April

Mighty Express season 3 The team of train friends are back for younger viewers

Wednesday 14th April

Chestnut: Hero of Central Park (2004) Two adopted orphans secretly take their dog with them to their new home and try and keep him hidden from their adoptive parents

The Circle USA season 2 American reality series based on the Channel 4 show of the same name

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! season 1 Jamie Foxx himself stars in this family sitcom as a cosmetics brand owner learning how to become a full-time father when his daughter moves in with him

Love and Monsters (2021) Dylan O’Brien stars as a man who journeys across a post-apocalyptic world to find his girlfriend

Law School Korean crime drama (episodes weekly)

The Soul (2021) While investigating the death of a businessman, a prosecutor and his wife uncover occult secrets

Why Did You Kill Me? True-crime documentary about a mother who created a fake MySpace profile to hunt down her daughter's murderer

Thursday 15th April

Dark City beneath the Beat Music documentary hosted by TT the Artist

Jiu Jitsu (2020) Martial arts meets aliens in this film starring Nicolas Cage

Only Mine (2019) Thriller starring Amber Midthunder and Brett Zimmerman

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills More from the reality series

Ride or Die (2021) Japanese erotic thriller

Wave of Cinema: Nanti Kita Cerita Tentang Hari Ini (One Day We’ll Talk about Today) Music documentary

Friday 16th April

Ajeeb Daastaans Indian drama

Arlo the Alligator Boy (2021) Animated musical following alligator Arlo who heads to New York to find his father

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! the Afterparty Accompaniment to the first season released on Wednesday

Fast & Furious: Spy Racers season 4 Fourth season of this animated spin-off that sees teenage street racers infiltrate a highly dangerous criminal gang

Into the Beat – Dein Herz tanzt (2020) German teen musical following a girl discovering a love for hip hop

Why Are You like This season 1 Australian comedy series following best friends Penny and Mia as they navigate early adulthood in Melbourne

Monday 19th April

Luis Miguel – the Series New episode of the series dramatising the life of the superstar Mexican singer

Tuesday 20th April

Izzy’s Koala World season 2 Children's wildlife series

Smallfoot (2018) Animated feature from the Warner Bros stable

Wednesday 21st April

Tell Me When (2020) Comedy about a man who falls in love with Mexico City

Zero season 1 Italian teen sci-fi series

Thursday 22nd April

Let’s Fight Ghost season 1 Thai romcom

Searching for Sheela (2021) Documentary following former Rajneesh commune's spokesperson Ma Anand Sheela return to India

Stowaway (2021) Sci-fi thriller starring Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette, following the crew of a Mars mission who discover an accidental stowaway

Friday 23rd April

Heroes: Silence and Rock & Roll Music documentary charting the rise of Spanish band Héroes del Silencio

Perfume Imaginary Museum “Time Warp” Performance by the J-pop trio

Shadow and Bone season 1 Based on the bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone follows orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov whose magical powers make her a target in a war-torn world

Saturday 24th April

RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 finale LA queens Gottmik and Symone take on New York City’s Rosé and Kandy Muse

Shadow and Bone: the Afterparty Discussion show to accompany Netflix's new fantasy series

Monday 26th April

Slay (2021) South African romantic comedy

Tuesday 27th April

Fatma season 1 Dark Turkish drama about a murderous cleaner

Wednesday 28th April

Get the Grift (2021) Brazilian crime caper

Headspace Guide to Sleep season 1 Documentary series outlining the health benefits of a good night's sleep

Senora Acero Spanish crime drama series

Sexify season 1 Polish comedy drama about a group of students who must learn about intimacy in order to build a sex app for a tech competition

Thursday 29th April

Things Heard and Seen (2021) Horror thriller starring Amanda Seyfried, James Norton and Natalia Dyer, following a young woman who discovers both her husband and new small-town home hide secrets

James Norton and Amanda Seyfried in Things Heard and Seen (Netflix) Netflix

Yasuke season 1 Fantasy anime series

Friday 30th April

The Disciple (2020) Indian musical

The Innocent Based on the novel by Harlan Coben, this Spanish crime drama series follows a man who became an accidental murderer after interceding in a fight nine years ago

The Mitchells vs the Machines Animated family film

Pet Stars season 1 Series about animals who are social media stars

Rocketman (2019) Musical biographical drama following the breakthrough years of iconic singer Elton John

The Unremarkable Juanquini season 2 Colombian Netflix Original about an inept magician who inadvertently gets involved in crime

Check out our lists of the best series on Netflix and the best movies on Netflix, or see what else is on with our TV Guide.


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