Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

To Kill A Mockingbird At 50 might just be the TV choice of the week, as we round up the next week's telly. Plus, as usual, there's a lot of films to get through...!

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A new comedy show launched last Friday, and its second show airs tonight, July 2nd at 11:05pm on Channel 4. I’m far from Patrick Kielty’s biggest fan, but any outlet for comedians of the calibre of the planned guests is a welcome one. Politics, news, and sporting losses are always easier to take when dished out by funny people and Rich Hall, Jack Whitehall, Andi Osho and Kevin Bridges do just that in an appropriate bar setting in Stand Up For The Week.

Family Guy continues its Star Wars specials on Sunday, July 4th, with Something, Something, Something, Dark Side. We think it’s as good a pairing as Robot Chicken, Legos, or thumbs can manage. You can see for yourself and decide what your favourite spoof treatment is at 10:00pm on BBC3.

If readers will pardon a very personal choice this week, I’ll mention one of my favourite books (and subsequently, films) has a fiftieth anniversary this year and BBC4 acknowledges that fact with To Kill A Mockingbird At 50 on Tuesday July 6th at 9:00pm. The film adaptation of the novel is one of the best ever made, and the author, Harper Lee, is well known to be elusive and camera shy, so it’ll be very interesting to see just how much the show can reveal about the creation of the only book I’ve read a half dozen times and would read again, happily, if time allowed the luxury.        Lastly, and a bit late, Southland, another US cop show but with a sharper edge post The Wire, was cancelled by NBC with only two short six and seven episode seasons under its belt. However, in April it was announced TNT would pick up the show and a new season is set to air in January of next year in the States. That gives its move to our shores potential for an equally long run, should you like it. You can try it out on More4 Thursdays at 10:00pm.

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.

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Please also note: the ordinal numbers for dates will help you scan through this simple list with your browser’s search function. Enter ‘3rd’ in your browser’s Find box or window to highlight and/or tab through all movies shown on Saturday. Enjoy!

Bad Day At Black RockOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 6th JulyTime: 5:05pm (and 6:05pm Film4+1)

Batman ReturnsOn: Sky Movies ShowcaseDate: Friday 2nd JulyTime: 3:30pm

Blood: The Last VampireOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 00:05am (and 1:05am Premiere+1, then daily at earlier times through 8th July)

BraveheartOn: more4Date: Friday 2nd JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 11:00pm 3rd July)

Clash Of The Titans (1981)On: FiveDate: Sunday 4th JulyTime: 4:40pm

Con AirOn: BBC 1Date: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 10:30pm

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Disco PigsOn: Film4Date: Monday 5th JulyTime: 02:10am (nad 3:10am Film4+1)

DragonslayerOn: BBC 2Date: Sunday 4th JulyTime: 2:00pm

FargoOn: TCMDate: Friday 2nd JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 1:10am 3rd July)

FootlooseOn: E4Date: Sunday 4th JulyTime: 11:00pm (and midnight E4+1)

GhostbustersOn: FiveDate: Sunday 4th JulyTime: 6:55pm

Green StreetOn: ITV4Date: Sunday 4th JulyTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV4+1)

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GremlinsOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV2+1, 11:10pm/0:10am 6th/7th July)

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)On: Virgin 1Date: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Virgin1+1)

Jackie BrownOn: Film4Date: Sunday 4th JulyTime: 11:15pm (and 00:15am 5th July Film4+1)

JawsOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: noon (and 8:00pm)

L.A. ConfidentialOn: Film4Date: Sunday 4th JulyTime: 01:00am (and 2:00am Film4+1)

Le SerpentOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 6th JulyTime: 01:05am (and 2:05am Film4+1)

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Mad Max 3: Beyond ThunderdomeOn: ITV1Date: Monday 5th JulyTime: 10:35pm

Mercury RisingOn: ITV4Date: Sunday 4th JulyTime: 00:25am (and 1:25am ITV4+1, 8:05/10:05pm 5th July)

Midnight RunOn: ITV4Date: Wednesday 7th JulyTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV4+1)

MoonOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Friday 2nd JulyTime: 10:10pm (and 11:10pm Premiere+1, then other times daily through 8th July)

Nanny McPheeOn: ITV2Date: Sunday 4th JulyTime: 1:30pm (and 2:30pm ITV2+1)

Pale RiderOn: ITV1Date: Wednesday 7th JulyTime: 10:35pm

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PredatorOn: Film4Date: Friday 2nd JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1, 9/10:00pm 8th July)

Rambo: First Blood Part IIOn: ITV4Date: Friday 2nd JulyTime: 10:30pm (and 11:30pm ITV4+1)

Reign Of FireOn: BBC 3Date: Friday 2nd JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 8:00pm 3rd July)

Rope!On: Film4Date: Wednesday 7th JulyTime: 3:50pm (and 4:50pm Film4+1)

SphereOn: FiveDate: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 2:55pm

Star Trek (2009)On: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Friday 2nd JulyTime: 10:00am (and 11:00am Premiere+1 and 8/9:00pm, then daily at similiar times through 7th July)

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Star Trek III: The Search for SpockOn: Channel 4Date: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 11:05pm (and 00:05am 4th July 4+1)

StargateOn: WatchDate: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Watch+1, 8/9:00pm 4th July)

Still CrazyOn: BBC 4Date: Friday 2nd JulyTime: 11:50pm

Tell No OneOn: BBC 4Date: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 9:00pm

The Eye (2002)On: Film4Date: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 11:05pm (and 00:05am 4th July Film4+1)

The Long Kiss GoodnightOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV4+1, 10/11:00pm 6th July)

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The Magnificent SevenOn: Channel 4Date: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 6:30pm (and 7:30pm 4+1)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)On: TCMDate: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 3:00pm (and 6:55am 4th July)

The OneOn: BravoDate: Friday 2nd JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Bravo+1)

The Pelican BriefOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 11:05pm (ans 00:05am 4th July ITV2+1, 11:15pm/00:15am 7th/8th July)

The PresidioOn: ITV3Date: Friday 2nd JulyTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm ITV3+1, 00:40/1:40am 4th July)

The Railway ChildrenOn: ITV3Date: Friday 2nd JulyTime: 09:45am (and 10:45am ITV3+1)

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The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974)On: TCMDate: Saturday 3rd JulyTime: 11:10pm

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)On: ITV3Date: Sunday 4th JulyTime: 4:55pm (and 5:55pm ITV3+1)