Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

News 17 Jun 2011 - 05:25
Unbreakable

Game Of Thrones ends, 8 Out Of 10 Cats returns, Castle turns up, and new Dexter makes it to the UK. Meet our UK TV round-up...

This week, most of the good stuff is stuffed into tonight's telly lineup, but unless you have a PVR or dual telly setup, you'll may need to make some tough choices.

At 9:00pm tonight, Friday June 17th, the eleventh series of 8 Out Of 10 Cats returns on Channel 4. That's right. We did say, eleven series of the comedy panel show, hosted by Jimmy Carr, have aired. How time flies when you're laughing, eh? The first of nine episodes looking into and poking fun at statistics and the opinions of the public on current happenings in the world sees Sean Lock return to his role as team captain and welcomes fellow comedian, Jon Richardson, at the opposing table. Carr's intros are always a highlight, and the show starts the weekend with guaranteed chuckles and aching sides.

Fans of Firefly who miss their Fillion fix, and who don't have the Alibi channel, can instead decide to tune to Channel 5 tonight at 9:00pm to see the first epsiode of the first season of detective series, Castle. Flowers For Your Grave is the premiering start of ten episodes and sets up introductions and the modi operandi for the show, which may not be as geeky as other offerings here, but Nathan Fillion is a favourite around these pages, and any Fillion is better than no Fillion at all. The show also happens to be sharply written and practically gimmick-free.

The spotlight of the night, however, goes to Dexter. The fifth series starring our favourite serial killer (typing that feels less wrong than it should, surely) finally makes it to the UK tonight. My Bad, the first of twelve episodes, airs at 10:00pm tonight on FX, a channel we're relying on more and more to bring us the shows we love. We won't say too much about the premiere episode, except to say we hope you saw and remember series 4's huge finale, as events pick up moments from that finish. We have reviews of the entire series 5 here, and you can follow along and add your impressions of a terrific show that we're thrilled to see back, even if the wait has been far too long.

We'll wrap up with a show that does the same, and if you've been following HBO's Game Of Thrones on Sky Atlantic you undoubtedly don't need reminding that the finale, the tenth and final episode of this year's shows, airs at 9:00pm on Monday, June 20th. (Our reviews of the show are here.) Even those who've read the book series, A Song Of Ice And Fire, on which the stories are based, have been kept on the edge of their seats with the events of recent episodes, an achievement difficult to master on the small screen. Fire And Blood promises to be more must-see TV and we'll wait anxiously for the return of any surviving members of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and may they make their way back to us as soon as possible, please?

Now, on to those films showing through the weekend and a bit beyond. 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 '18th' in your browser's Find box or window to highlight and/or tab through all movies shown on Saturday. Enjoy!

A View To A Kill
On: ITV1
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 3:25pm

Basic Instinct
On: ITV2
Date: Friday 17th June
Time: 11:00pm (and midnight ITV2+1)

Batman Begins
On: TCM
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 9:00pm

Blue Velvet
On: TCM
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 11:25pm

Bonnie And Clyde
On: ITV1   
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 10:45pm

Braveheart

On: Channel 4    
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 10:05pm (and 11:05pm 4+1)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer
On: Film4    
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 7:20pm (and 8:20pm Film4+1. 7:20/8:20pm 23rd June)

Children Of Men
On: ITV4  
Date: Thursday 23rd June
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV4+1)

Constantine
On: ITV2
Date: Friday 24th June
Time: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV2+1)

Day Of The Dead
On: BBC 4
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 10:00pm

Deep Blue Sea
On: ITV2
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV2+1)

Dirty Harry
On: ITV4    
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV4+1)

District 13
On: Film4  
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

Enemy Of The State
On: BBC 1  
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 11:25pm

Full Metal Jacket
On: ITV4
Date: Friday 17th June
Time: 11:00pm (and midnight ITV4+1)

Girl, Interrupted
On: Viva
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 00:30am (and 10:00pm)

Hitman
On: Channel 4   
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm 4+1)

Igby Goes Down

On: ITV1  
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 02:55am

King Kong (2005)
On: ITV2   
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 5:20pm (and 6:20pm ITV2+1)

Kung Fu Panda
On: BBC 1    
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 6:35pm

Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels
On: ITV2    
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 11:05pm (and 00:05am 19th June ITV2+1, 10/11:00pm 21st June)

Magnum Force

On: ITV4
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 11:10pm (and 00:10am 19th June ITV+1 & 9/10:00pm)

Maverick

On: ITV1  
Date: Friday 17th June
Time: 10:35pm

Mission: Impossible III
On: Film4   
Date: Tuesday 21st June
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

Mortal Kombat
On: TCM  
Date: Friday 17th June
Time: 11:05pm

Night Watch
On: Channel 4  
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 01:25am (and 2:25am 4+1)

Ocean's Eleven
On: Watch
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 10:20pm (and 11:20pm Watch+1)

Opera
On: horror channel    
Date: Friday 24th June
Time: 02:20am

Pandorum

On: SyFy    
Date: Tuesday 21st June
Time: midnight (and 1:00am 22nd June)

Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves
On: Channel   
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 8:00pm

Secret Window
On: Channel 5    
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 10:50pm

Se7en
On: 5USA  
Date: Friday 17th June
Time: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm 5USA+1, 9:00pm 19th June TCM, 10/11:00pm 21st June 5USA/+1)

Spawn
On: TCM
Date: Monday 20th June
Time: 11:30pm

Splinter
On: SyFy  
Date: Thursday 16th June
Time: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Syfy+1, then nightly through 19th June)

Superbad
On: 5*
Date: Friday 17th June
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 5*+1)

Taken
On: Film4
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

Tales From Earthsea
On: Film4  
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 2:55pm (and 3:55pm Film4+1, 11:00am/noon 23rd June)

The Day After Tomorrow
On: Film4
Date: Wednesday 22nd June
Time: 6:40pm (and 7:40pm Film4+1)

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)

On: Channel 4    
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 8:00pm (and 9:00pm 4+1)

The Enforcer

On: ITV4
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 11:30pm (and 00:30am 20th June ITV4+1, 9/10:00pm)

The Frighteners
On: SyFy
Date: Thursday 23rd June
Time: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Syfy+1)

The Godfather

On: more4   
Date: Friday 17th June
Time: 10:00pm (and 11:05pm 22nd June)

The Goonies
On: TCM
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 6:50pm (and 9:10am 20th June)

The Hole
On: Film4   
Date: Tuesday 21st
Time: 11:20pm (00:20am 22nd June Film4+1)

The Karate Kid (2010)
On: Sky Movies Premiere
Date: Friday 17th June
Time: 10:00am and 11:00am Premiere+1,& 8/9:00pm, then daily through 30th June)

The Perfect Storm
On: Sky1
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:ppm 19th June Sky2, 10:00pm 21st June Sky1, 10:00pm 23rd JUne Sky2)

The Sting
On: ITV4
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 12:10pm (and 1:10pm ITV4+1)

The Vault Of Horror
On: Film4   
Date: Sunday 19th June
Time: 00:35am (and 1:35am Film4+1)

Timecop
On: Channel 5  
Date: Thursday 23rd June
Time: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm 5+1)

Transporter 2

On: Film4
Date: Wednesday 22nd June
Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

True Lies
On: TCM
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 11:45pm

Unbreakable
On: ITV2
Date: Wednesday 22nd June
Time: 00:15am (and 1:15am ITV2+1 & 10/11:00pm)

V For Vendetta

On: BBC 3 (
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 9:00pm

Zatôichi

On: Film4
Date: Friday 17th June
Time: 11:05pm (and 00:05am 18th June Film4+1)

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