Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

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...

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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.

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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 OrangeOn: ITV4   Date: Monday 28th FebruaryTime: midnight (and 1:00am 1st Mar ITV4+1)

An American Werewolf In LondonOn: horror channel   Date: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 10:55pm

Benny And JoonOn: Viva    Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 11:00pm (and 9:00pm 27th Feb)

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Bill And Ted’s Bogus JourneyOn: Sky Living   Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 4:00pm (and 5:00pm Sky Living+1, noon/1:00pm 27th Feb)

Birdman Of AlcatrazOn: TCMDate: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 3:00pm

Blue VelvetOn: TCMDate: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 11:20pmCinderella (1965)On: BBC 2  Date: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 11:40am

Cool RunningsOn: BBC 3    Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 10:00pm

CrankOn: ITV4  Date: Monday 28th FebruaryTime: 10:10pm (and 11:10pm ITV4+1)Crocodile DundeeOn: Film4Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 7:05pm (and 8:05pm Film4+1)

Falling DownOn: TCMDate: Monday 28th FebruaryTime: 9:00pm (and 1:30am 1st Mar)

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FargoOn: TCM  Date: Thursday 3rd MarchTime: 9:00pm

Field Of DreamsOn: ITV4   Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 5:50pm (and 6:50pm ITV4+1)

Fight ClubOn: Film4   Date: Tuesday 1st MarchTime: 11:05pm (and 00:05am 2nd Mar Film4+1)

Fist Of FuryOn: SyFyDate: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 00:20am (and 1:20am Syfy+1)

FranticOn: TCM  Date: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 9:00pm (and 1:40am 26th Feb)GoodfellasOn: TCMDate: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 9:00pm

HancockOn: Channel 5    Date: Sunday 27th FebruaryTime: 9:00pm

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HeathersOn: horror channel   Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 10:55pm

High AnxietyOn: Channel 4Date: Thursday 3rd MarchTime: 03:10am (and 4:10am 4+1)

High CrimesOn: BBC 1   Date: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 11:30pm

Hot FuzzOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV2+1, 10/11:00pm 2nd Mar)

How The West Was WonOn: TCMDate: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 07:35amIce AgeOn: FIVER  Date: Wednesday 2nd MarchTime: 8:30pm (and 9:30pm Fiver+1)

JarheadOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 00:40am (and 1:40am ITV4+1, 11:00pm/midnight 26th Feb)JawsOn: ITV4Date: Wednesday 2nd MarchTime: 11:05pm (and 00:05am 3rd Mar ITV4+1)Little Miss SunshineOn: Film4Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 10:40pm (and 11:40pm Film4+1)Mission: Impossible IIIOn: Channel 4    Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 4+1)

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Mystery MenOn: ITV1   Date: Monday 28th FebruaryTime: 02:00am

Nanny McPhee And The Big BangOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 10:00am (and 11:00am Premiere+1 & 8/9:00pm, then daily at similar times through 3rd Mar)Natural Born KillersOn: Channel 4   Date: Sunday 27th FebruaryTime: 00:45am (and 1:45am 4+1)Never Say Never AgainOn: ITV4Date: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV4+1, 12:55/1:55pm 26th Feb)

On The WaterfrontOn: Five USA   Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 12:15pm (and 1:15pm Five USA+1)PoltergeistOn: BBC 1   Date: Wednesday 2nd MarchTime: 11:25pm

Porco RossoOn: Film4Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 11:00am (and noon Film4+1)

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

ScarfaceOn: ITV4Date: Thursday 3rd MarchTime: 10:35pm (and 11:35pm ITV4+1)

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Shadow Of The VampireOn: BBC 2Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 00:50am

SpeedOn: Five USA   Date: Tuesday 1st MarchTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Five USA+1)

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of The JediOn: ITV1   Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 3:30pm

SupermanOn: Channel 5  Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 12:40pm

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

Swiss Family RobinsonOn: Film4   Date: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 11:00am (and noon Film4+1, 4:15/5:15pm 1st Mar)Teen WolfOn: SyFy  Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 2:00pm (and 3:00pm Syfy+1)

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The Basketball DiariesOn: TCM   Date: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 00:30am (and 10:55pm 3rd Mar)The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong)On: SyFyDate: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 10:10pm (and 11:10pm Syfy+1)

The Evil DeadOn: SyFyDate: Thursday 3rd MarchTime: 11:40pm (and 00:40am 4th Mar Syfy+1)

The Game Of DeathOn: SyFy  Date: Sunday 27th FebruaryTime: 01:00am (and 2:00am Syfy+1)

The Man Who Knew Too LittleOn: Film4Date: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 1:25pm (and 2:25pm Film4+1)

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

The Railway ChildrenOn: ITV3Date: Sunday 27th FebruaryTime: 3:40pm (and 4:40pm ITV3+1)

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The River WildOn: ITV1  Date: Tuesday 1st MarchTime: 10:35pm

The Sum Of All FearsOn: Film4Date: Friday 25th FebruaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1, 9/10:00pm 2nd Mar)The UntouchablesOn: Film4Date: Sunday 27th FebruaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

Tin CupOn: TCMDate: Tuesday 1st MarchTime: 9:00pm

Tomorrow Never DiesOn: ITV1    Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 10:00pmTroyOn: ITV2   Date: Sunday 27th FebruaryTime: 00:10am (and 1:10am ITV2+1)

Uncle BuckOn: ITV2  Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 7:00pm (and 8:00pm ITV2+1)

UnforgivenOn: TCMDate: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 11:50pm

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UnleashedOn: ITV4Date: Tuesday 1st MarchTime: 10:05pm (and 11:05pm ITV4+1)

Way Of The DragonOn: SyFyDate: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 11:00pm (and midnight Syfy+1)

ZoolanderOn: Film4   Date: Saturday 26th FebruaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

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