Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

News 25 Feb 2011 - 04:43
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Friday Night Dinner starts on Channel 4, while Mad Dogs and Marchlands come to an end. Plus lots of films, in our UK TV preview...

We suppose it's fitting, with the Academy Awards airing Sunday, that TV shows should take a back seat and movies should drive the week.

There's only one lone newcomer braving the next seven days of movie mania highway by premiering tonight, Friday, February 25th at 10:00pm. Fans of The Inbetweeners can catch Will (Simon Bird), this time as Adam, one of two sons in the Goodman family in Friday Night Dinner on Channel 4. The first episode is entitled The Sofabed, with Tamsin Geig, as Mum, playing a decidedly different role to her recent work in Episodes (which we reviewed here), and the rest of the cast round out what could be a nice plate of laughs on Friday nights. Well, for six Friday nights, at least.

Then it's a quite quiet week, programme-wise, until Thursday, when two shows take the exit ramp off the telly schedules.

We came for the cast, but we stayed for the story and we're anxious to know what happens to holidaymakers, Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren on their ill-fated villa visit to old friend, Alvo, who's received the worst of the bad luck in Mad Dogs. We've been following the lads' story here, and we'll be tuning in on Thursday, March 3rd at 9:00pm to Sky1, to find out their fate and whether they can remain friends through the nightmares they've faced.

If your Thursdays have been spent following the ghost story of Marchlands, rather than the plight of mates on a holiday gone woefully wrong, you'll want to reserve Thursday, March 3rd at 9:00pm for ITV1 instead, to catch the finale and have some mysteries solved. The threads of three families' lives have unravelled over a child's grave and we may learn what became of Alice and achieve peace in the households of all she's held in her grip these past weeks. Prior reviews are here, if you need to catch up, and we'll have the finale of this and Mad Dogs soon after they air.

Now, on to those films showing through the weekend and a bit beyond. This week, in addition to award-winning films, there's a flurry of Bruce Lee flicks, more Kevin Costner, adding Tin Cup to the collection, and some fine choices to share with the youngest geeks-in-training.

As always, if we missed anything interesting, have a shout in the comments, with our thanks.

Please also note: the ordinal numbers for dates will help you scan through this simple list with your browser's search function. Enter '26th' in your browser's Find box or window to highlight and/or tab through all movies shown on Saturday. Enjoy!

A Clockwork Orange
On: ITV4   
Date: Monday 28th February
Time: midnight (and 1:00am 1st Mar ITV4+1)

An American Werewolf In London
On: horror channel   
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 10:55pm

Benny And Joon
On: Viva    
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 11:00pm (and 9:00pm 27th Feb)

Bill And Ted's Bogus Journey
On: Sky Living   
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 4:00pm (and 5:00pm Sky Living+1, noon/1:00pm 27th Feb)

Birdman Of Alcatraz
On: TCM
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 3:00pm

Blue Velvet
On: TCM
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 11:20pm

Cinderella (1965)

On: BBC 2  
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 11:40am

Cool Runnings
On: BBC 3    
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 10:00pm

Crank
On: ITV4  
Date: Monday 28th February
Time: 10:10pm (and 11:10pm ITV4+1)

Crocodile Dundee

On: Film4
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 7:05pm (and 8:05pm Film4+1)

Falling Down
On: TCM
Date: Monday 28th February
Time: 9:00pm (and 1:30am 1st Mar)

Fargo
On: TCM  
Date: Thursday 3rd March
Time: 9:00pm

Field Of Dreams
On: ITV4   
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 5:50pm (and 6:50pm ITV4+1)

Fight Club
On: Film4   
Date: Tuesday 1st March
Time: 11:05pm (and 00:05am 2nd Mar Film4+1)

Fist Of Fury
On: SyFy
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 00:20am (and 1:20am Syfy+1)

Frantic
On: TCM  
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 9:00pm (and 1:40am 26th Feb)

Goodfellas

On: TCM
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 9:00pm

Hancock
On: Channel 5    
Date: Sunday 27th February
Time: 9:00pm

Heathers
On: horror channel   
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 10:55pm

High Anxiety
On: Channel 4
Date: Thursday 3rd March
Time: 03:10am (and 4:10am 4+1)

High Crimes
On: BBC 1   
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 11:30pm

Hot Fuzz
On: ITV2
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV2+1, 10/11:00pm 2nd Mar)

How The West Was Won
On: TCM
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 07:35am

Ice Age

On: FIVER  
Date: Wednesday 2nd March
Time: 8:30pm (and 9:30pm Fiver+1)

Jarhead
On: ITV4
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 00:40am (and 1:40am ITV4+1, 11:00pm/midnight 26th Feb)

Jaws

On: ITV4
Date: Wednesday 2nd March
Time: 11:05pm (and 00:05am 3rd Mar ITV4+1)

Little Miss Sunshine

On: Film4
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 10:40pm (and 11:40pm Film4+1)

Mission: Impossible III

On: Channel 4    
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 4+1)

Mystery Men
On: ITV1   
Date: Monday 28th February
Time: 02:00am

Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang
On: Sky Movies Premiere
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 10:00am (and 11:00am Premiere+1 & 8/9:00pm, then daily at similar times through 3rd Mar)

Natural Born Killers

On: Channel 4   
Date: Sunday 27th February
Time: 00:45am (and 1:45am 4+1)

Never Say Never Again

On: ITV4
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV4+1, 12:55/1:55pm 26th Feb)

On The Waterfront
On: Five USA   
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 12:15pm (and 1:15pm Five USA+1)

Poltergeist

On: BBC 1   
Date: Wednesday 2nd March
Time: 11:25pm

Porco Rosso
On: Film4
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 11:00am (and noon Film4+1)

Repo Men
On: Sky Movies Premiere   
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Premiere+1, then daily through 3rd Mar)

Scarface
On: ITV4
Date: Thursday 3rd March
Time: 10:35pm (and 11:35pm ITV4+1)

Shadow Of The Vampire
On: BBC 2
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 00:50am

Speed
On: Five USA   
Date: Tuesday 1st March
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Five USA+1)

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi
On: ITV1   
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 3:30pm

Superman
On: Channel 5  
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 12:40pm

Superman 2
On: Channel 5
Date: Sunday 27th February
Time: 5:25pm (and 6:25pm 5+1)

Swiss Family Robinson
On: Film4   
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 11:00am (and noon Film4+1, 4:15/5:15pm 1st Mar)

Teen Wolf

On: SyFy  
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 2:00pm (and 3:00pm Syfy+1)

The Basketball Diaries
On: TCM   
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 00:30am (and 10:55pm 3rd Mar)

The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong)

On: SyFy
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 10:10pm (and 11:10pm Syfy+1)

The Evil Dead
On: SyFy
Date: Thursday 3rd March
Time: 11:40pm (and 00:40am 4th Mar Syfy+1)

The Game Of Death
On: SyFy  
Date: Sunday 27th February
Time: 01:00am (and 2:00am Syfy+1)

The Man Who Knew Too Little
On: Film4
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 1:25pm (and 2:25pm Film4+1)

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
On: more4  
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 11:20am

The Railway Children
On: ITV3
Date: Sunday 27th February
Time: 3:40pm (and 4:40pm ITV3+1)

The River Wild
On: ITV1  
Date: Tuesday 1st March
Time: 10:35pm

The Sum Of All Fears
On: Film4
Date: Friday 25th February
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1, 9/10:00pm 2nd Mar)

The Untouchables

On: Film4
Date: Sunday 27th February
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

Tin Cup
On: TCM
Date: Tuesday 1st March
Time: 9:00pm

Tomorrow Never Dies
On: ITV1    
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 10:00pm

Troy

On: ITV2   
Date: Sunday 27th February
Time: 00:10am (and 1:10am ITV2+1)

Uncle Buck
On: ITV2  
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 7:00pm (and 8:00pm ITV2+1)

Unforgiven
On: TCM
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 11:50pm

Unleashed
On: ITV4
Date: Tuesday 1st March
Time: 10:05pm (and 11:05pm ITV4+1)

Way Of The Dragon
On: SyFy
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 11:00pm (and midnight Syfy+1)

Zoolander
On: Film4   
Date: Saturday 26th February
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

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