New to TVNZ+: April 6-12

Skins meets Queer as Folk … but way weirder.”

That’s what The Guardian dubbed Dead Hot, which TVNZ+ streams from April 12. Reads the blurb:

When best friends Jess and Elliott suffer the devastating loss of Peter – Jess’ twin brother and the love of Elliott’s life – they spiral into a hedonistic lifestyle of partying to numb their grief. Yet just as they attempt to move on, a chain of events is set in motion that proves that they horrors of the past are not done with them yet. Starring Vivian Oparah (Rye Lane) and Bilal Hasna (3 Body Problem), this twisty, zany comedy-thriller will keep you guessing.

Radio Times thought the “twisty-turny thriller” from Charlotte Coben (daughter of Harlan) was “trying too hard … While there are sparks of brilliance to be found here … this show is just too messy and, fundamentally, too much.”

The London Evening Standard was even more direct: “Pure, undiluted madness … without a doubt, the most batshit show I’ve ever watched.”

The Great Amazon Heist (April 12) is billed as a “fascinating, mischievous documentary [in which] writer, filmmaker and internet trickster Oobah Butler goes undercover at one of Amazon’s biggest fulfilment centres in the UK, to see first-hand the conditions faced by workers”.

Ballers: Ball or Nothing (April 8) is a BBC3 docuseries about the Caledonia Gladiators, Scotland’s only professional basketball team.

Can new owners investing in better travel, players and even a new stadium break their 20-year losing streak?

Also new are:

  • S2 of horror-comedy Wreck (April 6)
  • S5 of seaside whodunit The Bay (April 7)
  • S4 of hospital drama Transplant (April 8)
  • elite mixed martial arts reality competition Relentless (April 9)
  • 2019 true-crime drama The Act (April 11)

New movies to stream from April 11 include:

  • Misery
  • Terminator
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Mermaids
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral.
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