Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

Hustle is back, Episodes begins, the UK gets No Ordinary Family, and more Breaking Bad. Plus there are plenty of films on telly worth catching in the week ahead...

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After a skipped week for the holiday, we can enter 2011 in style with a week of great programming that sees a few favourites return for our viewing pleasure.

If you missed Not Going Out last night, you can still watch the fourth series premiere episode, Drugs, tonight at midnight if you have BBC HD, or catch up on iPlayer here, then follow the series on Thursdays at 9:30pm on BBC1. The show, which stars stellar comedians Lee Mack and Tim Vine, had a terrific first outing, which we’ve reviewed here, so you can stop back and add your impressions when you’ve seen it.

We get another chance to catch Doctor Who At The Proms 2010 in an abbreviated, but appreciated opportunity to hear Murray Gold’s scores in all their full orchestral glory tonight, Friday, January 7th at 7:00pm on BBC3, with appearances by host, Amy Pond, and visiting Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill.

Then, later tonight on BBC1 is the returning Hustle, now in its seventh series, which airs its first of six episodes tonight Friday, January 7th at 9:00pm. The team return to our screens and their lives of crime as they help out the hapless Eddie this week. No doubt they’ll take the mickey, even as they offer aid, in a welcome return to the telly schedules.

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The weekend brings a more specialist programme for anyone interested in Hollywood, glamour and photography. Screen goddesses and matinee idols of Tinsel Town’s golden era are explored through the portraits that helped create the facades and fascination as Shooting The Hollywood Stars airs on BBC 2 at 8:00pm on Saturday, January 8th.

A new comedy series, Episodes, starts at 10:00pm Monday, January 10th on BBC2. It follows the adventures of a British screenwriting couple when their popular TV series is to be remade in the US. A joint production with BBC and Showtime, the show stars Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig along with Friends star Matt LeBlanc, who plays himself, but with an exaggerated twist a la Larry David. If the series can stomach the awful truths of the transatlantic horrors that can occur when shows move shores, and still serve up enough laughs to satisfy, this could be a quite interesting topic to explore.

We’re less anxious for the move here of the US series No Ordinary Family. The pilot will be shown on Tuesday, January 11th at 8:00pm on Watch, but we think the majority of the show may be better suited to family viewing than what card carrying geeks would want or expect, as Billy’s reviews bear out.

Lastly, we have two series of a show which hasn’t had nearly enough mentions in these pages. Breaking Bad, the award-winning US drama, will show its second season starting Wednesday, January 12th at 11:40pm on Five USA, with Seven Thirty-Seven, the first of thirteen gripping episodes in the life of Walter White. If you’ve not yet seen the show, you can catch it from the start, as the first season is being reshown on FX. The series pilot airs again on Sunday night, January 9th at midnight, with the next episode, Cat’s In The Bag, on Wednesday, January 12th at 10:00pm. If you have seen the show, you’ll know why we’re not saying much about what it’s about, as even a few words would spoil it.

Now, on to the films showing through the weekend and a bit beyond. There are no less than four selections for members of the Cult of Nic Cage as well as one very good and one very bad vehicle for 30 Rock funny man, Alec Baldwin. (See if you can spot which is which.) 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 ‘8th’ in your browser’s Find box or window to highlight and/or tab through all movies shown on Saturday. Enjoy!

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8MMOn: Five USADate: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Five USA+1)

A River Runs Through ItOn: more4Date: Friday 7th JanuaryTime: 11:15amAeon FluxOn: E4    Date: Sunday 9th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm E4+1)

Alien NationOn: Film4Date: Monday 10th JanuaryTime: 11:15pm (and 00:15am 11th Jan Film4+1)

Back To The FutureOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 10:00am (and 11:00am ITV2+1)

Bill And Ted’s Bogus JourneyOn: LIVING   Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 4:00pm (and 5:00pm Living+1, noon/1:00pm 9th Jan)

Birdman Of AlcatrazOn: TCM   Date: Sunday 9th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm

Bugsy MaloneOn: Film4Date: Friday 7th JanuaryTime: 5:00pm (and 6:00pm Film4+1, 11:00/noon 9th Jan)CarsOn: BBC 3Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 7:00pm

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Children Of MenOn: ITV1  Date: Tuesday 11th JanuaryTime: 10:35pm

CollateralOn: Film4  Date: Monday 10th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)ConstantineOn: ITV1Date: Wednesday 12th JanuaryTime: 10:35pmCrazy HeartOn: Sky Movies Premiere  Date: Friday 7th JanuaryTime: 10:15pm (and 11:15pm Premiere+1, then daily at those times through 10th Jan)CronosOn: Film4Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 10:50pm (and 11:50pm Film4+1)

Die Another DayOn: ITV2Date: Friday 7th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV2+1, 6:20/7:20pm 8th Jan)

Die Hard With A VengeanceOn: WatchDate: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Watch+1, 9/10:00pm 9th Jan)

EquusOn: TCMDate: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 01:20am

Gosford ParkOn: more4Date: Friday 7th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm (and 00:45am 8th Jan)

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Harold And Kumar Get The MunchiesOn: Comedy Central  Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 11:10pm (and 00:10am 9th Jan CC+1)

Hot FuzzOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 11:00pm (and midnight ITV2+1, 9/10:00pm 13th Jan)

Hot Shots!On: Channel 4   Date: Thursday 13th JanuaryTime: 11:10pm

Indiana Jones And The Temple of DoomOn: BBC 1  Date: Wednesday 12th JanuaryTime: 8:10pm

Iron ManOn: Channel 4Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 6:40pm (and 7:40pm 4+1)

MadagascarOn: BBC 3Date: Friday 7th JanuaryTime: 8:00pm (and 7:00pm 12th Jan)My Cousin VinnyOn: Sky1   Date: Sunday 9th January 2Time: 9:00pm (and 9:00pm 11th Jan Sky2, 9:00pm 13th Jan Sky1)National Treasure: Book Of SecretsOn: BBC 1   Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 10:30pm

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OperaOn: horror channel  Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 10:55pm

Peggy Sue Got MarriedOn: GOLD   Date: Sunday 9th JanuaryTime: 00:50am (and 1:50am Gold+1, 11:05pm/00:05am 9th/10th Jan)Phone BoothOn: Film4    Date: Friday 7th JanuaryTime: 10:50pm (and 11:50pm Film4+1)

Planet Of The ApesOn: Film4  Date: Sunday 9th JanuaryTime: 6:50pm (and 7:50pm Film4+1)

Resident EvilOn: Film4Date: Friday 7th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

RoboCopOn: SyFyDate: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Syfy+1, 1:40/2:40 am 11th Jan)Saturday Night And Sunday MorningOn: TCMDate: Friday 7th JanuaryTime: 7:20pm (and 11:30am 8th Jan)

Se7enOn: TCM   Date: Tuesday 11th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm (and 1:40am 12th Jan)

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Sherlock HolmesOn: Sky Movies Premiere   Date: Friday 7th JanuaryTime: 10:00am (and 11:00am Premiere+1 & 8/9:00pm, then daily at those times through Jan 13th)

Silent HillOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 11th JanuaryTime: 11:05pm (and 00:05am 12th Jan Film4+1)

SlitherOn: Film4Date: Sunday 9th JanuaryTime: 11:40pm (and 00:40am 10th Jan Film4+1)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryOn: Film4   Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 1:00pm (and 2:00pm Film4+1)Star Trek: GenerationsOn: Film4Date: Monday 10th JanuaryTime: 6:40pm (and 7:40pm Film4+1)

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom MenaceOn: ITV1  Date: Saturday 8th January 2)Time: 3:35pm

The Bone CollectorOn: FiveDate: Thursday 13th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm

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The Bourne IdentityOn: ITV2  Date: Monday 10th JanuaryTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV2+1)

The Bourne SupremacyOn: ITV2   Date: Tuesday 11th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV2+1)The Bourne UltimatumOn: ITV2    Date: Wednesday 12th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV2+1)

The Castle Of CagliostroOn: Channel 4  Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 02:40am (and 3:40am 4+1)

The GooniesOn: TCMDate: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 3:00pm (and 6:45am 9th Jan)The Great OutdoorsOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 5:15pm (and 6:15pm ITV4+1)The Hunt For Red OctoberOn: Film4Date: Sunday 9th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)The IncrediblesOn: BBC 3Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 8:50pm

The Kite RunnerOn: BBC 2  Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 9:45pm

The Last SamuraiOn: TCM   Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm (and 10/11:00pm 9th Jan ITV2/+1)

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The Long Kiss GoodnightOn: FiveDate: Sunday 9th JanuaryTime: 9:00pm

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)On: TCM  Date: Sunday 9th JanuaryTime: 12:35pm (and 5:00am 10th Jan)The Men Who Stare At GoatsOn: BBC 2   Date: Sunday 9th JanuaryTime: 10:00pm

The Princess BrideOn: Five  Date: Sunday 9th JanuaryTime: 3:25pm

The ShadowOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 8th JanuaryTime: 00:55am (and 1:55am ITV4+1)

The WeathermanOn: BBC 1     Date: Friday 7th JanuaryTime: 11:30pm

The Truman ShowOn: Film4Date: Friday 7th JanuaryTime: 7:00pm (and 8:00pm Film4+1)

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Three KingsOn: ITV2Date: Sunday 9th JanuaryTime: 01:55am (and 2:55am ITV2+1, 11:55pm/00:15am 12th/13th Jan)

TimecopOn: BBC 1  Date: Thursday 13th January 2Time: 00:05am

UnforgivenOn: ITV4Date: Tuesday 11th JanuaryTime: 11:55pm (and 00:55am 12th Jan ITV4+1, 9/10:00pm 13th Jan)WALL-EOn: BBC 3Date: Sunday 9th JanuaryTime: 8:30pm

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