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Andrew Scott stars as the charismatic conman Tom Ripley in the series 'Ripley'. Credit: Netflix

Attention, culture vultures. Get ready to indulge in the cream of the crop as we curate the finest shows and films hitting your favourite streaming platforms each month. Keep scrolling for the inside scoop.


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This month on the small screen, beloved Bridgerton actress Charithra Chandran steps into her own as the leading lady in the rom-com film How To Date Billy Walsh, while the resident ‘hot priest’ (as dubbed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge) takes on the role of the charming conman and serial killer Tom Ripley. Additionally, South Korean actors Lee Je Hoon and Lee Dong Hwi star in a witty action series. The trend of series adaptations continues with the Japanese anime Parasyte and the series Fallout. Meanwhile, Scoop is a film that delves into the riveting interview that led to Prince Andrew stepping down from his official role.

RIPLEY

What’s it about: Tom Ripley (Andrew Scott), a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York, is hired by a wealthy man to travel to Italy to try to convince his vagabond son to return home. Tom’s acceptance of the job marks the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud, and murder.

Why you should watch it: We’ve seen Andrew Scott play a hot priest in Fleabag, and we’ve also witnessed his unhinged, villainous portrayal of Moriarty in Sherlock. Somehow, it seems only appropriate that he would tackle the character of Tom Ripley, a charming and intelligent career criminal, con artist, and serial killer. But let’s be honest here — Andrew Scott, the cinematography, Dakota Fanning. We’re watching. Enough said.

When and where: Premieres on Netflix on April 4

HOW TO DATE BILLY WALSH

What it’s about: Teenagers Amelia (Charithra Chandran) and Archie (Sebastian Croft) have been best friends since childhood. Archie has always been there to fight Amelia’s battles and laugh at her jokes while keeping his lifelong love for her a secret. Just as he summons the courage to declare his feelings, Amelia falls head over heels for Billy Walsh (Tanner Buchanan), the new American transfer student. Heartbroken, Archie goes to great lengths to try to keep Amelia and Billy apart, but ends up inadvertently bringing them closer together, risking the loss of his best friend in the process.

Why you should watch it: Why you should watch it: If The Kissing Booth was British, this fun and flirty movie is probably what you’d get. Or something along those lines. Fresh from her success in Bridgerton, Charithra Chandran returns to the screen in a role where she truly shines — as a rom-com queen. The movie also features Sebastian Croft from Heartstopper and Tanner Buchanan from Cobra Kai alongside the actress.

When and where: Premieres on Prime Video on April 5 

SCOOP

What’s it about: Inspired by real events and based on the memoir of an insider, Scoop is the inside account of the tenacious journalism that secured an earth-shattering interview — specifically, Prince Andrew’s (Rufus Sewell) infamous 2019 interview with Emily Maitlis (Gillian Anderson) for BBC’s Newsnight.

Why you should watch it: This was the interview that led to the prince stepping down from his official role. And now, nearly five years later, a film has been made with Gillian Anderson and Billie Piper at the helm of the cast. The drama surrounding the royal family has always attracted the world’s watchful eyes, and this movie adaptation is no exception.

When and where: Premieres on Netflix on April 5

PARASYTE

What’s it about: Loosely adapted from the Japanese anime, this Korean series depicts a group of humans waging war against the emerging threat of unidentified parasitic life forms. These creatures live off human hosts and seek to increase their power.

Why you should watch it: Anime adaptations into movies or series are a tale as old as time, but Parasyte offers a retelling with a twist. Set in the same universe as the anime, this version is directed by Yeon Sang Ho, known for Train To Busan.

When and where: Arrives on Netflix on April 5

FALLOUT

What’s it about: Based on one of the greatest video game series of all time, Fallout tells the story of the haves and have-nots in a world where there’s almost nothing left to have. Two hundred years after the apocalypse, the genteel inhabitants of luxury fallout shelters are compelled to venture back into the irradiated hellscape their ancestors abandoned — only to find themselves confronted with an incredibly complex, delightfully bizarre, and highly violent universe.

Why you should watch it: If you’re a fan of Westworld and The Last of Us, then Fallout is right up your alley. Produced by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the masterminds behind Westworld, the show faithfully recreates the retrofuturistic visuals of the games.

When and where: Premieres on Prime Video with all episodes out on April 11

CHIEF DETECTIVE 1958

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What’s it about: Set 10 years before the widely-loved ’70s and ’80s Korean drama Chief Inspector, Chief Detective 1958 builds on the original series’ heritage of captivating storytelling and memorable characters to deliver punchy new plotlines featuring Detectives Park Yeong Han (Lee Je Hoon) and Kim Sang Sun (Lee Dong Hwi). In Chief Detective 1958, Park Yeong Han is a pessimistic detective branded as a rebel after repeatedly defying the country’s military government. Tasked with the bleak responsibility of clearing homeless people from the streets of the capital, Yeong Han and his team’s passions are suddenly reignited as they pursue a dangerous killer.

Why you should watch it: Serving as a generational bridge, Chief Detective 1958 offers a blend of humour, drama, and a touch of romance. The series features Lee Je Hoon (known for riveting action shows like Taxi Driver and Signal) as the disillusioned yet incorruptible homicide detective Park Yeong Han, and Lee Dong Hwi (from Big Bet and Reply 1988) as the temperamental “mad dog” of the homicide team, Detective Kim Sang Sun.

When and where: Arrives on Disney+ on April 19