Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

The Killing and Wonders Of The Universe come to an end, Frank Skinner's Opinionated returns, there's the big Clone Wars finale, and Bored To Death comes to the UK. Plus: movies!

Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948)

Returning for a second series is Frank Skinner’s Opinionated, airing tonight, Friday, March 25th at 10:00pm on BBC2. We enjoyed the first series, which saw two guest comedians per week join Frank on couches in front of studio audiences to discuss the week’s goings-on. Another sofa set of episodes is certainly welcome in our front rooms.

Then, three series wrap up this week. The first was a brief, but enjoyable four episodes of Wonders Of The Universe, which concludes on Sunday, March 27th at 9:00pm on BBC2 with, Messengers. We have reviews of the series here, and hope to have the finale covered soon.

The other departing show had many more parts, twenty, in fact, to tell the story of one main mystery in The Killing. We regret not knowing about this show to tell you at the beginning, but for those who managed to find the all but hidden series, it’s been a real treat. The fact that the programme has taken so long for a resolution to be revealed doesn’t seem to matter much. (I suspect I even guessed both the killer’s identity and the place it occurred from the first double episodes, something that would ordinarily irk me to no end. But I’m not a bit bothered by that!) Even the political subplot is easily tolerable when the performances and writing are as good as they are here. The final two episodes will be shown on BBC4 Saturday, March 26th at 9:00 and 10:00pm. We promise here and now to try our best to let you know if the series airs again, in time to tune in from episode one.

Also departing a bit earlier in the day on Saturday, March 26th is Star Wars: The Clone Wars, with a finale that’s sure to be appreciated by all Star Wars fans. Wookiee Hunt, the final episode of season three, airs first on Sky Premiere at 10:00am. You can catch up with the season’s reviews here, and stop back on Saturday for a review of the finale. We’d love to hear what you think of what has been the best of the series so far.

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Although the viewership will be limited, we’ll make another exception to mention a Sky Atlantic debuting show, as we plan to review episodes of Bored To Death soon after they air. The show, which originally aired on HBO, stars Jason Schwartzman as Jonathan Ames, a not entirely successful New York writer who sidelines in detective work to supplement his income and fill his story well. Co-starring as his best friend, Ray, a comic book creator with a troubled relationship, is Zach Galifianakis. Ted Danson plays a pot-smoking, Viagra-popping old school magazine editor, George Christopher, in a role far removed from Sam in Cheers. It’s not a laugh-out-loud comedy, but of the new sort that tends to grow on you and worm its way into your telly viewing schedule through a great cast and outlandish situations. It premieres on Monday, March 28th at 10:00pm, with episode one, Stockholm Syndrome.

Now, on to those films showing through the weekend and a bit beyond. This week there’s a run on Rocky films, from the very start in our number one sports film right up to Rocky IV, among other great movies in the next seven days. 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!


20,000 Leagues Under The SeaOn: more4Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 2:10pm

3.10 To YumaOn: Channel 5     Date: Sunday 27th MarchTime: 9:00pmAnchorman: The Legend Of Ron BurgundyOn: BBC 3Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 9:45pm

Back To The FutureOn: ITV2Date: Sunday 27th MarchTime: 6:45pm (and 7:45pm ITV2+1)

Boogie NightsOn: ITV4    Date: Tuesday 29th MarchTime: 11:55pm (and 00:55am 30th Mar ITV4+1)

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Broken ArrowOn: Film4  Date: Sunday 27th MarchTime: 11:00pm (and midnight Film4+1)Burn After ReadingOn: ITV1   Date: Sunday 27th MarchTime: 10:15pm

Clear And Present DangerOn: more4Date: Friday 25th MarchTime: 9:00pm (and 11:05pm 26th Mar)Conspiracy TheoryOn: 5USADate: Friday 25th MarchTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 5USA+1)

Demolition ManOn: ITV4Date: Monday 28th MarchTime: 11:15pm (and 00:15am 29th Mar ITV4+1, 9/10:00pm 31st Mar)

Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsOn: BBC 2  Date: Sunday 27th MarchTime: 5:15pm

Dog SoldiersOn: Channel 4  Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 11:50pm (and 00:50am 27th Mar 4+1)DuneOn: Channel 5  Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 2:00pmFirst BloodOn: ITV4Date: Tuesday 29th MarchTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV4+1)Harold And Kumar Get the MunchiesOn: Comedy Central ExtraDate: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 11:35pm

HeathersOn: horror channelDate: Sunday 27th MarchTime: 10:55pmHot Shots!On: Film4Date: Friday 25th MarchTime: 7:20pm (and 8:20pm Film4+1)

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IdiocracyOn: Film4Date: Wednesday 30th MarchTime: 11:00pm (and midnight Film4+1)

In The Line Of FireOn: 5USA   Date: Tuesday 29th MarchTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 5USA+1)

Infernal AffairsOn: Film4Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 00:40am (and 1:40am Film4+1)Jurassic Park IIIOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 6:15pm (and 7:15pm ITV2+1)

KrullOn: SyFyDate: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 3:40pm (and 4:40pm Syfy+1, 1/2:00pm 27th Mar)

LadyhawkeOn: Film4   Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 1:00pm (and 2:00pm Film4+1)

MicmacsOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 00:15am (and 1:15am Premiere+1, then daily through 1st April)

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My Neighbour TotoroOn: Channel 4  Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 02:55am (and 3:55am 4+1)

PandorumOn: SyFy  Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 01:40am (and 2:40am Syfy+1)

Phone BoothOn: 5*Date: Thursday 31st MarchTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm 5*+1)Predator 2On: E4Date: Sunday 27th MarchTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm E4+1)Project XOn: Film4Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 5:05pm (and 6:05pm Film4+1, 3:05/4:05pm 31st Mar)Quantum Of SolaceOn: ITV1  Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 9:00pmQue La Bete MeureOn: Film4Date: Thursday 31st MarchTime: 11:00am (and noon Film4+1)

Robin HoodOn: Sky Movies Premiere   Date: Friday 25th MarchTime: 10:00am (and 11:00am Premiere+1 & 8/9:00pm, then daily at similar times through 31st Mar)RockyOn: ITV4Date: Wednesday 30th MarchTime: 11:00pm (and midnight ITV4+1)Rocky IIOn: ITV4Date: Friday 25th MarchTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00p, ITV4+1)

Rocky IIIOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 00:30am (and 1:30am ITV4+1, 9/10:00pm 26th Mar)Rocky IVOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 11:00pm (and midnight ITV4+1, 9/10:00pm 27th Mar)

Rope!On: Channel 4Date: Monday 28th MarchTime: 12:30pm (and 1:30pm 4+1)St Elmo’s FireOn: 5*Date: Friday 25th MarchTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 5*+1)Stargate: The Ark Of TruthOn: Sky2  Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 1:00pm

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SupermanOn: TCMDate: Sunday 27th MarchTime: 5:20pmThe Addams Family ValuesOn: Sky LivingDate: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 4:00pm (and 5:00pm Sky Living+1)The Blues BrothersOn: ITV1   Date: Monday 28th MarchTime: 02:00amThe ‘BurbsOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 6:00pm (and 7:00pm ITV4+1)

The ExorcistOn: TCMDate: Saturday 26th MarchTime: 9:00pmThe Vault Of HorrorOn: Film4Date: Thursday 31st MarchTime: 02:20am (and 3:20am Film4+1)Three Amigos!On: TCMDate: Friday 25th MarchTime: 1:00pm (and 5:00am 26th Mar)Young GunsOn: Channel 5    Date: Sunday 27th MarchTime: 11:30pm

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