Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

The Walking Dead ends in the UK, the original Wallander is on, Dirk Gently arrives, and there are lots of films to look forward to as well...

Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi

As many of our favourite shows finish or break for the winter and holiday hiatus, we reach the short lull before the madness of Christmas scheduling.

But there’s still lots of great telly to be found in the upcoming week and we give you the highlights of the next seven days’ worth of televisual delights and curiosities.

Tonight, Friday, December 10th, The Walking Dead finale airs at 10:00pm on FX. Entitled TS-19, the episode begins with our group of survivors finally reaching what appears to be a zombie-free haven. But that would be too easy, wouldn’t it? It was far too short a series with far too long to wait until it starts again, but have a look and see if you agree with our review and the commenters’ opinions.

If the Millennium Trilogy (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, etc) left you either unfulfilled or wanting more mysteries of the Swedish variety, or you enjoyed either the original Wallander series or the remakes with Kenneth Branagh, you may enjoy the film versions, the first of which airs at 9:00pm on BBC4 on Saturday,  December 11th. Wallander: The Man Who Smiled is then repeated on Thursday, December 16th at 10:00pm, again, on BBC4.

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Another repeat, and one that left us dangling, waiting for its return is the final, cliffhanger episode of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the rejuvenated Sherlock series. The Great Game is rebroadcast on Sunday, December 12th at 8:00 on BBC3. Repeated Sherlock is better than no Sherlock, surely.

If Shakespeare is more to your liking, or you’ve got the Sherlock boxset wrapped up, you’ll have an easier decision and can instead go with Macbeth on Sunday, December 12th at 7:30pm on BBC4. Like Sherlock, this is a modern retelling of the play and stars Patrick Stewart. The setting is switched to a 20th century warzone, with similarities to Hitler’s bunkered days. If you enjoyed Hamlet with David Tennant last Christmas, you’ll probably want to see this new treatment as well.

Our next entry is a bit of another mystery, and, although it stars a detective, that’s no attempt at clever wordplay on our parts. Another BBC4 offering, there’s very little information known about Dirk Gently, based on the Douglas Adams books. We know it’s an hour long starting Thursday, December 16th at 9:00pm on BBC4, and that it’s inspired by the novels, rather than being an adaptation. But how many more may air and whether they’ll cover both Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul we don’t yet know. We did find a trailer video that may help plan your week’s viewing and we’re informed this episode features a cat. Is that enough to go by?

The always impressive, potty-mouthed Misfits finishes its second season on Thursday, December 16th at 10:00pm on E4. Sort of. Although that will be the end of its 6-episode run, with a story wherein the ASBO Five achieve fame and get a sniff at fortune, the show returns with a Christmas special, giving us a seventh chance to watch these most improbable and randy superheroes.

Now, on to the films showing through the weekend and beyond. There are a few early Christmas comedies to share with the kids and a collection for Jim Carrey fans too. 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 ’11th’ in your browser’s Find box or window to highlight and/or tab through all movies shown on Saturday. Enjoy!

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Apollo 13On: ITV2  Date: Sunday 12th DecemberTime: 08:50am (and 9:50am ITV2+1)

Bad Day At Black RockOn: more4   Date: Friday 10thTime: 11:50am

BananasOn: TCMDate: Monday 13th DecemberTime: 02:30am

BladeOn: TCM   Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 11:30pmBlade: TrinityOn: Film4  Date: Sunday 12th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

Bruce AlmightyOn: BBC 3   Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 7:25pmCatch Me If You CanOn: BBC 3Date: Wednesday 15th DecemberTime: 8:00pm

Children Of MenOn: ITV4Date: Tuesday 14th DecemberTime: 00:35am (and 1:35am ITV4+1)

CrankOn: ITV4Date: Thursday 16th DecemberTime: 11:35pm

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DeathwatchOn: Film4Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 02:00am (and 3:00am Film4+1)

DogmaOn: Film4Date: Wednesday 15th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

Dressed To KillOn: TCMDate: Thursday 16th DecemberTime: 11:15pm

ElfOn: Channel 4Date: Sunday 12th DecemberTime: 5:40pm (and 6:40pm 4+1)Falling DownOn: ITV1  Date: Wednesday 15th DecemberTime: 10:35pm

Flash GordonOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 3:40pm (and 4:40pm ITV4+1)

From HellOn: Five USA    Date: Monday 13th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Five USA+1)

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IdentityOn: BravoDate: Friday 10th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Bravo+1)

IsolationOn: Channel 4Date: Thursday 16th DecemberTime: 00:50am (and 1:50am 4+1)Jackie Chan’s Police Story 2On: SyFy   Date: Friday 10th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Syfy+1, 00:30/1:30am 12th Dec)Jingle All The WayOn: Film4Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 7:20pm (and 8:20om Film4+1)

KrullOn: SyFyDate: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 4:40pm (and 5:40pm Syfy+1, 2:20/3:30pm 12th Dec)

Lethal WeaponOn: ITV4    Date: Wednesday 15th DecemberTime: 11:00pm (and midnight ITV4+1)Liar LiarOn: ITV1  Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 4:00pm

Macbeth (2010)On: BBC 4   Date: Sunday 12th DecemberTime: 7:30pm

Mad MaxOn: ITV4    Date: Sunday 12th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV4+1)

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Miller’s CrossingOn: Film4   Date: Thursday 16th DecemberTime: 01:20am (and 2:20am Film4+1)

Never Say Never AgainOn: ITV4   Date: Friday 10th DecemberTime: 7:20pm (and 8:20pm ITV4+1)

Once upon A Time In The WestOn: Film4Date: Friday 10th DecemberTime: 10:50pm (and 11:50pm Film4+1)

Passenger 57On: ITV2Date: Friday 10th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV2+1, 00:45/1:45am 15th Dec)

Queen Of The DamnedOn: TCMDate: Friday 10th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 00:55am 11th Dec)Rambo: First Blood Part IIOn: ITV4Date: Friday 10th DecemberTime: 11:00pm (and midnight ITV4+1, 10:35/11:35pm 13th Dec)

Run Lola RunOn: Sky Movies Indie  Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 08:00amSe7enOn: Five USA   Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 10:05pm (and 11:05pm Five+1)

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Spider-Man 3On: FIVERDate: Friday 10th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Fiver+1, 4:20/5:20pm 11th Dec)

Star Trek III: The Search For SpockOn: Film4Date: Friday 10th DecemberTime: 7:00pm (and 8:00pm Film4+1)

Star Trek IV: The Voyage HomeOn: Film4Date: Sunday 12th DecemberTime: 1:00pm (and 2:pm Film4+1, 6:40/7:40pm 15th Dec)

The Addams FamilyOn: LIVING     Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 4:00pm (and 5:00pm Living+1, 3/4:00pm 12th Dec)

The BeachOn: Channel 4  Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 10:40pm (and 11:40pm 4+1)The China SyndromeOn: Five USA  Date: Sunday 12th DecemberTime: 1:50pm (and 2:5-pm Five USA+1)

The Fog (1980)On: ITV4Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 01:00am (and 2:00am ITV4+1)The Island Of Dr. Moreau (1977)On: TCM  Date: Thursday 16th DecemberTime: 01:15amThe Legend Of Drunken MasterOn: Sky Movies Indie   Date: Friday 10th DecemberTime: 8:05pm (and 6:35pm 13th Dec)

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The OutrageOn: more4   Date: Wednesday 15th DecemberTime: 11:20amThe MaskOn: TCMDate: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 7:00pm (and 10:55am 12th Dec)

The MatrixOn: ITV2Date: Monday 13th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV2+1)

The Matrix ReloadedOn: ITV2Date: Tuesday 14th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 22:00pm ITV2+1)

The Matrix RevolutionsOn: ITV2    Date: Wednesday 15th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV2+1)

The OneOn: FiveDate: Sunday 12th DecemberTime: 7:50pm

The Silence Of The LambsOn: Universal Channel  Date: Friday 10th DecemberTime: 01:00am (and 2:00am Universal+1, 10/11:00pm 11th Dec)

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The White RibbonOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Friday 10th DecemberTime: midnight (and 1:00am 11th Dec Premiere+1, then daily through 17th Dec)

The WolfmanOn: Sky Movies Premiere   Date: Friday 10th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Premiere+1, then aily at similar times through 16th Dec)

Three Amigos!On: TCMDate: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 5:10pm (and 9:00am 12th Dec)TransformersOn: Film4Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)ValiantOn: Film4   Date: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 1:00pm (and 2:00pm Film4+1)

WaterworldOn: SyFyDate: Saturday 11th DecemberTime: 8:00pm (and 9:00pm Syfy+1, 4:40/5:40pm 12th Dec)

ZatôichiOn: Film4Date: Wednesday 15th DecemberTime: 01:30am (and 2:30pm Film4+1)

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