Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week
The IT Crowd series 4 ends, Sherlock returns, Doctor Who repeats and The Deep, too. Plus movies. Lots and lots of movies...
If you missed Matt Smith’s introduction in Doctor Who, or any of the 13 episode run, the fifth series of New Who is being shown again starting tonight, at 7:00pm on BBC3 with The Eleventh Hour, followed by the Confidential shows you may have skipped the first time around. Strangely, this trip seems to manage identical broadcast times at least two weeks in a row, so you should be able to catch it from the first frames every Friday.
The IT Crowd finale of its fourth season airs tonight at 10:00pm on Channel 4 with Reynholm v Reynholm. This latest series was a sweet and sour assortment for our reviewers and this final show may be the deciding factor for its future. It involves another court case, so we’ll see which sets were reused and, as long as the jokes are fresh, what the verdict might be for a fifth series’ worth of fans. (Last week’s Vista punchline was enough to get our vote for a stay of execution!) Either way, our reviews will be live shortly after the final credits.
On its heels, another comedy wraps with the final outing of Stand Up For The Week with Rich Hall, Jack Whitehall, Andi Osho and Kevin Bridges performing their last routines for this tour at 11:25pm tonight on Channel 4.
A second helping of Sherlock, a show that satisfied on all levels, will be dished out on Sunday, August 1st at 8:30pm on BBC1 in a mystery entitled The Blind Banker. We’re already regretting the short run of this excellent show. It’s a real treat to end the weekend on, but there’s only a third show to go. We’ll have our review soon after Sunday’s episode ends and we welcome your opinions. Here’s hoping they count toward an order for more soon.
On Tuesday, August 3rd, we have an unknown quantity in The Deep, showing at 9:00pm on BBC1. The first episode, To The Furthest Place, establishes the story of a research submarine’s expedition in the Arctic Ocean, searching for a prior sub that’s disappeared. It has the formula used by many a good sci-fi thriller: claustrophobic surroundings + a threatening environment + no means of escape, so we’ll see if that equals scheduling couch time for the full five episode run or not.
Now, on to the films showing through the weekend and a bit beyond, 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 ’31st’ in your browser’s Find box or window to highlight and/or tab through all movies shown on Saturday. Enjoy!
Almost FamousOn: Comedy Central Date: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 11:10pm (and 00:10am CC+1 & 10/11:00pm 1st Aug)
An American Werewolf In LondonOn: SyFyDate: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 11:50pm (and 00:50am 1st Aug Syfy+1)
Back To The FutureOn: SyFyDate: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 4:00pm (and 5:00pm Syfy+1, 9:40/10:40pm 31st July)
Belleville Rendez-VousOn: BBC 4 Date: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 11:50pm
Charlie And The Chocolate FactoryOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 6:50pm (and 7:50pm ITV2+1)
Demolition ManOn: Sky Movies Action and AdventureDate: Friday 30th JulyTime: 10:50am (and 7:00pm)
Derailed (2005)On: BBC 1 Date: Friday 30th JulyTime: 11:15pm
DisturbiaOn: BBC 1Date: Wednesday 4th AugustTime: 10:45pmDoctor WhoOn: WatchDate: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 10:00am (and 11:00am Watch+1)
FactotumOn: BBC 2 Date: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 11:50pmFrequently Asked Questions About Time TravelOn: BBC 2 Date: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 10:30pm
Funny PeopleOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Friday 30th JulyTime: 9:30pm (and 10:30pm Premiere+1, then daily at similar times through 5th Aug)
Kamikaze GirlsOn: Film4Date: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 01:25am (and 2:25am Film4+1)LauraOn: Film4 Date: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 4:35pm (and 5:35pm Film4+1)
Leaving Las VegasOn: ITV2Date: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 00:10am (and 1:10am ITV2+1, 11:05pm/00:05am 3rd/4th Aug)
MadagascarOn: BBC 1 Date: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 5:40pm
Mission: Impossible IIIOn: Film4Date: Monday 2nd AugustTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)
MoonOn: Sky MoviesDate: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 1:15pm (and 9:00pm)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)On: FiveDate: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 9:30pm
NetworkOn: TCMDate: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 11:25pm
OldboyOn: Film4Date: Friday 30th JulyTime: 11:05pm (and 00:05am 31st July Film4+1, 11:10pm/00:10am 3rd/4th Aug)
On Her Majesty’s Secret ServiceOn: ITV1 Date: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 4:00pm
Phone BoothOn: Film4Date: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 10:40pm (and 11:40pm Film4+1)
Queen Of The DamnedOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 00:05am (and 1:05am ITV4+1, 11:30pm/00:30am 2nd/3rd July)
Red EyeOn: BBC 1 Date: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 10:55pm
Shaun of the Dead On: ITV2 Date: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV2+1, 9/10:00pm 3rd Aug)
SpaceballsOn: SyFyDate: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 4:00pm (and 5:00pm Syfy+1, 9:30/10:30pm)
Star Trek: GenerationsOn: Channel 4 Date: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 11:05pm (and 00:05am 1st Aug 4+1)
Teen WolfOn: SyFyDate: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 8:00pm (and 9:00pm Syfy+1, 6/7:00pm 1st Aug)
Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesOn: WatchDate: Friday 30th JulyTime: 10:45pm (and 11:45pm Watch+1, 10/11:00pm 31st July)
The Aviator (2004)On: Watch Date: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Watch+1)
The DishOn: HallmarkDate: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 6:00pm (and 7:00pm Hallmark+1, 4/5:00pm 1st Aug)
The Fly (1986)On: E4Date: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 10:55pm (and 11:55pm E4+1)
The Good, the Bad, the WeirdOn: Sky Movies IndieDate: Friday 30th JulyTime: 12:35pm (and 11:40pm)
The Perfect StormOn: BBC 3Date: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 9:00pm
The TransporterOn: Film4Date: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)
Transporter 2On: Film4Date: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)
The Wreck of the Mary DeareOn: Five Date: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 1:40pm
The X FilesOn: more4 Date: Friday 30th JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 00:20am 31st July)
Three KingsOn: ITV1 Date: Saturday 31st JulyTime: 10:15pm
UnbreakableOn: Sky Movies Crime and ThrillerDate: Sunday 1st AugustTime: 1:20pm (and 11:00pm)
ZoolanderOn: Channel 4Date: Thursday 5th AugustTime: 11:15pm (and 00:15am 9th Aug 4+1)