Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

Being Human, Skins and Outcasts come to an end, Twenty Twelve kicks off, and there's a great selection of movies on UK TV, too...

Although the housemates would shun it, the spotlight of the week has to shine on Being Human, with the final episode of series 3 airing Sunday, March 13th at 9:00pm on BBC3. We had a sneak peek here, where the unphotographable Mitchell is jailed and Annie looks to be keeping to her promise of staying with him, while making him stay put. But there’s still The Wolf-Shaped Bullet, the finale’s title, to be feared and identified, and the fate of Nina and the rapidly developing werebaby to be found out. After last week’s explosive happenings, we’re mystified and thrilled to think where it may all end. If you missed any part of the series, you can catch up and comment on our reviews, and meet back here Sunday night to share your thoughts on the series 3 wrap-up.

Another show leaves us on Sunday night, March 13th at 10:25pm on BBC1. The final episode of Outcasts airs then, and although it’ll inevitably be a cliffhanger from which there’s no hope of rescue or resolution, those of us who’ve followed the show will want to see one more hour of the direction it was set on. Reviews of the series are gathered here, along with the sort of viewer comments that lead to the show’s demise. We’ll be covering the final episode and looking forward to what you think, and our chat with series creator, Ben Richards, will be on the site next week.

A new spoof documentary should have as much fuel for laughs as the Olympic logo has for criticism. The six-part series debuts Monday, March 14th at 10:00 on BBC4. Twenty Twelve stars Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, Amelia Bullmore, Olivia Colman, Vincent Franklin and Karl Theobald as the Deliverance Team responsible for the smooth operations of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Securing Peter Andre as a torch-bearer is an early accomplishment and keeping Richard Branson out of lycra one of their challenges.

The show’s also narrated by David Tennant, in what we’re guessing (and hoping) is a Ron Howard/Arrested Developmentesque role.

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We’re anxious to see Jessica Hynes (Spaced, The Royal Family) in a strong comedy vehicle again after serious and straight acting in Doctor Who and Son Of Rambow, and playing Siobhan Sharpe, the biz speak, push the envelope, think outside the box, stick a pin in it team member looks like a ripe role for wish fulfilment.

Here’s a trailer as a taster:

Finally, fans of Skins who’ve been debating whether the current series was a return to earlier form or an evolution too far away from the original format will, no doubt, want to be in attendance for the fifth series finale on Thursday, March 17th, 10:00pm. If you missed any episodes and need a crash course, we have reviews here, and we’ll have the final series 5 review up as soon as possible after the episode airs.

Now, on to those films showing through the weekend and a bit beyond. This week we highlight two films starring William Hurt, not to be confused with John Hurt, also starring this week in Nineteen Eighty-Four, a film (and novel) that has much to answer for. We’d almost prefer the bleak dystopian future it pictures to the Big Brother show it unintentionally spawned. But we won’t hold it accountable for that. And besides, our caged rats escaped ages ago.

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 ’12th’ in your browser’s Find box or window to highlight and/or tab through all movies shown on Saturday. Enjoy!

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2001: A Space OdysseyOn: TCM   Date: Wednesday 16th MarchTime: 6:15pm (and 9:20am 17th Mar)

AmadeusOn: BBC 1  Date: Wednesday 16th MarchTime: 11:25pm

Children Of MenOn: ITV4Date: Thursday 17th MarchTime: 10:35pm (and 11:35pm ITV4+1)Clive Barker’s Book Of BloodOn: Sky Movies Premiere  Date: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 00:10am (and 1:20am Prmiere+1, then daily at similar times through 16th Mar)Conspiracy TheoryOn: 5USADate: Tuesday 15th MarchTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 5USA+1)

Death NoteOn: Film4  Date: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 01:00am (and 2:00am Film4+1)

Death Note: The Last NameOn: Film4     Date: Sunday 13th MarchTime: 01:00am )and 2:00am Film4+1)

Demolition ManOn: TCMDate: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 11:30pm

Detroit Rock CityOn: TCMDate: Friday 11th MarchTime: 11:20pm

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Double JeopardyOn: Film4Date: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

ElectionOn: Channel 4  Date: Saturday 12th MarchTime: midnight (and 1:00am 13th Mar 4+1)EraserOn: 5USADate: Friday 11th MarchTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 5USA+1)

GladiatorOn: Sky1Date: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 9:00pm (nad 9:00pm 15th Mar)

Gorky ParkOn: TCMDate: Monday 14th MarchTime: 01:15amHard TargetOn: ITV1Date: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 10:35pm (and 11:00pm/midnight 16th Mar ITV4/+1)

House Of Flying DaggersOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 15th MarchTime: 11:15pm (and 00:15am 16th Mar Film4+1)

Jurassic ParkOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 7:10pm (and 8:10pm ITV2+1)

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Lethal Weapon 2On: TCMDate: Friday 11th MarchTime: 9:00pmLost In SpaceOn: 5*Date: Monday 14th MarchTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 5*+1)

Mystery MenOn: ITV4Date: Sunday 13th MarchTime: 4:40pm (and 5:40pm ITV4+1)

Mystic RiverOn: ITV3  Date: Friday 11th MarchTime: 11:10pm (and 00:10am 12th Mar ITV3+1, 11:40pm/00:40am 17th/18th Mar)NarcOn: TCMDate: Sunday 13th MarchTime: 11:10pmNineteen Eighty-FourOn: TCMDate: Sunday 13th MarchTime: 01:50am

Phone BoothOn: Channel 5    Date: Sunday 13th MarchTime: 9:00pm

RoboCopOn: SyFyDate: Wednesday 16th MarchTime: 11:30pm (and 00:30am 17th Mar Syfy+1)

Se7enOn: TCMDate: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 9:00pmSherlock Holmes Faces DeathOn: TCM   Date: Friday 11th MarchTime: 11:35am

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Small SoldiersOn: ITV1   Date: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 2:15pmSpy KidsOn: Channel 5   Date: Sunday 13th MarchTime: 12:30pm

SpartacusOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 4:15pm (and 5:15pm ITV4+1)

The 51st StateOn: E4Date: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 10:00pm

The Addams FamilyOn: Sky LivingDate: Thursday 17th MarchTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Sky Living+1)

The Bourne SupremacyOn: ITV2Date: Sunday 13th MarchTime: 10:30pm (and 11:30pm ITV2+1, 10:30/11:30pm 15th Mar)

The Falcon And The SnowmanOn: TCMDate: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 01:20am

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The Fly (1986)On: Film4  Date: Sunday 13th MarchTime: 10:45pm (and 11:45pm Film4+1)

The Imaginarium Of Doctor ParnassusOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Friday 11th MarchTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Premiere+1, then daily at similar times through 17th Mar)The Last SamuraiOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 12th MarchTime: 9:30pm (and 10:30pm ITV2+1, 10:45/11:45pm 17th Mar)

The Living DaylightsOn: ITV4   Date: Friday 11th MarchTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV4+1, 1:35/2:35pm 12th Mar)

The Lost WorldOn: ITV2  Date: Sunday 13th MarchTime: 5:35pm (and 6:35pm ITV2+1)The MaskOn: Channel 5    Date: Sunday 13th MarchTime: 6:05pm

The PawnbrokerOn: Film4Date: Wednesday 16th MarchTime: 01:30am (and 2:30am Film4+1)The Pelican BriefOn: ITV2  Date: Monday 14th MarchTime: 11:15pm (and 00:15am 15th Mar ITV2+1)The Pursuit Of HappynessOn: 5*Date: Friday 11th MarchTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 5*+1,6:40/7:40pm 12th Mar)Thunderbolt And LightfootOn: TCMDate: Thursday 17th MarchTime: 11:45pm

TMNTOn: Channel 5  Date: Sunday 13th March )Time: 4:20pm

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V For VendettaOn: BBC 2Date: Sunday 13th MarchTime: 10:00pm

WitnessOn: Film4Date: Thursday 17th MarchTime: 10:55pm (and 11:55pm Film4+1)

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