Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

Have I Got News For You is back, Breaking Bad ends in the UK for now, and The Walking Dead walk again in the UK. Plus films! Lots of them!

The long running comedy panel series, Have I Got News For You, which began in 1990, returns for its forty-first series of goes at politicians and the more bizarre aspects of news and life tonight, Friday, April 8th at 9:00pm on BBC1. Team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton return to their chairs and the premiering guest host is the cheery Jack Dee, in the first of nine episodes in this latest series.

Also tonight, Friday, April 8th, but a little later at 11:25pm on 5USA, is the series 2 finale of the excellent Breaking Bad. We haven’t heard when series 3 might reach us, but if you have any plans to watch when it does, you’ll want to be sure to catch this most pivotal and nearly paralyzing season final, ABQ, that includes momentous consequences for Walter and Jesse’s futures. It’s riveting stuff that finally explains those haunting pool scenes at the season’s opening.

The Walking Dead are a tenacious bunch. The zombie series returns again, on Sunday, April 10th at 10:00pm, this time on Channel 5, with the premiering episode Days Gone Bye. We covered all of the impressive series here and another chance to catch the attention of a wider audience on a new channel is justified in this case. We’ve been ready for a second series since the first season’s first six-episode visit.

You may have forgotten the cast’s names and faces by now, so long has Stargate Universe been off our screens. But the sci-fi series returns to its second season on Monday, April 11th at 8:00pm on Sky1 in Deliverance. The series, sadly, won’t live on past the remaining season 2 episodes, but we thought there was enough quality storytelling there to bear with the crew of Destiny and see it out with what will, hopefully, be a satisfying conclusion to an entertaining show.

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Now, on to those films showing through the weekend and a bit beyond. Donnie Darko airs uninterrupted on BBC1 at midnight tonight, Friday April 14th, and two Jack Ryan tales based on Tom Clancy books feature this week with Clear And Present Danger and The Hunt For Red October. And sticking with red, Hellboy has a showing on Sunday.

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 ‘9th’ in your browser’s Find box or window to highlight and/or tab through all movies shown on Saturday. Enjoy!

A Man Called HorseOn: TCMDate: Sunday 10th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 1:45am 11th Apr)

Back To The Future Part IIOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 5:35pm (and 6:35pm ITV2+1)

Back To The Future Part IIIOn: ITV2Date: Sunday 10th AprilTime: 5:45pm (and 6:45pm ITV2+1)

Batman BeginsOn: ITV2Date: Sunday 10th AprilTime: 10:45pm (and 11:45pm ITV2+1)

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Batman ForeverOn: ITV2Date: Thursday 14th AprilTime: 10:45pm (and 11:45pm ITV2+1)

BeetlejuiceOn: TCMDate: Friday 8th AprilTime: 9:00pm

Beverly Hills Cop IIOn: Sky1Date: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 9:00pm 10th Apr Sky2, 9:00pm 12th Apr Sky1, 10:00pm 14th Apr Sky2)

Clear And Present DangerOn: WatchDate: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 11:35pm (and 00:35am 10th Apr Watch+1, 9/10:00pm 10th Apr)

ControlOn: Film4Date: Friday 8th AprilTime: 11:00pm (and midnight Film4+1)

Dirty HarryOn: TCMDate: Monday 11th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 00:55am 12th Apr)

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Donnie DarkoOn: BBC 1Date: Friday 8th AprilTime: midnight

Edward ScissorhandsOn: Film4Date: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 7:00pm (and 8:00pm Film4+1, 7/8:00pm 13th Apr)

Enter The DragonOn: TCMDate: Monday 11th AprilTime: 10:55pm

Falling DownOn: TCMDate: Thursday 14th AprilTime: 9:00pm

Friday The 13th (1980)On: TCMDate: Friday 8th AprilTime: 10:50pm

Hellbound: Hellraiser IIOn: horror channelDate: Sunday 10th AprilTime: 00:50am

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HellboyOn: Channel 5Date: Sunday 10th AprilTime: 7:40pm

HellraiserOn: horror channelDate: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 00:50am

Hot FuzzOn: ITV2Date: Monday 11th AprilTime: 10:45pm (and ITV2+1)

If…On: Film4Date: Sunday 10th AprilTime: 01:20am (and 2:20am Film4+1)

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)On: Channel 4Date: Wednesday 13th AprilTime: 12:35pm (and 1:35pm 4+1)

K-PaxOn: more4Date: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 2:15pm

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Knocked UpOn: ITV1Date: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 10:25pm

Kung Fu HustleOn: Film4Date: Thursday 14th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

Lethal Weapon 2On: ITV4Date: Friday 8th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV4+1, 11:00pm/midnight 13th Apr)

Little Big ManOn: TCMDate: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 00:45am

Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The WorldOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 12th AprilTime: 6:25pm (and 7:25pm Film4+1)

Mean GirlsOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 12th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film5+1)

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My Neighbour TotoroOn: Film4Date: Sunday 10th AprilTime: 2:55pm (and 3:55pm Film4+1)

National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationOn: ITV2Date: Sunday 10th AprilTime: 00:50am (and 1:50am ITV2+1, midnight/1:00am 12th/13th April)

OldboyOn: Film4Date: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 11:00pm (and midnight Film4+1)

Once upon A Time In The WestOn: Film4Date: Wednesday 13th AprilTime: 00:40am (and 1:40am Film4+1)

Paper MoonOn: Film4Date: Sunday 10th AprilTime: 4:50pm (and 5:50pm Film4+1)

Rambo: First Blood Part IIOn: ITV4Date: Monday 11th AprilTime: 00:45am (and 1:45am ITV4+1)

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Resident Evil: ExtinctionOn: Channel 5Date: Monday 11th AprilTime: 9:00pm

Romancing The StoneOn: Film4Date: Sunday 10th AprilTime: 6:55pm (and 7:55pm Film4+1)

Rope!On: Film4Date: Wednesday 13th AprilTime: 1:10pm (and 2:10pm Film4+1)

Saturday Night FeverOn: Film4Date: Thursday 14th AprilTime: 11:00pm (and midnight Film4+1)

School Of RockOn: Film4Date: Friday 8th AprilTime: 6:50pm (and 7:50pm Film4+1)

ScreamOn: BBC 1Date: Wednesday 13th AprilTime: 11:15pm

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Sudden ImpactOn: 5USADate: Friday 8th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 5USA+1, 9/10:00pm 12th Apr)

The Black SleepOn: TCMDate: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 5:20pm (and 9:20am 10th Apr)

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)On: Channel 4Date: Monday 11th AprilTime: 12:20pm (and 1:20pm 4+1)

The DuellistsOn: Film4 (428)Date: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 3:00pm (and 4:00pm Film4+1, 7/8:00pm 14th Apr)

The Fog (1980)On: ITV1Date: Monday 11th AprilTime: 02:00am

The French ConnectionOn: Film4Date: Sunday 10th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

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The GameOn: ITV4Date: Tuesday 12th AprilTime: 00:20am (and 1:20am ITV4+1)

The General’s DaughterOn: more4Date: Friday 8th AprilTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm 13th Apr)

The Hunt For Red OctoberOn: more4Date: Friday 8th AprilTime: 10:50am

The Italian Job (1969)On: Film4Date: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 1:00pm (and 2:00pm Film4+1)

The Road To WellvilleOn: ITV3Date: Friday 8th AprilTime: 11:10pm (and 00:10am 9th April ITV3+1)

The Seventh SealOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 12th AprilTime: 10:50pm (and 11:50pm Film4+1)

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The Truman ShowOn: Film4Date: Sunday 10th AprilTime: 1:00pm (and 2:00pm Film4+1)

The UntouchablesOn: Channel 4Date: Saturday 9th AprilTime: midnight (and 1:00am 10th Apr 4+1)

This Is EnglandOn: Film4Date: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

Tin CupOn: TCMDate: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 11:40pm

Transporter 3On: Channel 4Date: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 9:10pm (and 10:10pm 4+1)

True LiesOn: TCMDate: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 9:00pm

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Van HelsingOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 9th AprilTime: 9:30pm (and 10:30pm ITV2+1, 10:45/11:45pm 13th Apr)

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