Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

The UK gets the world exclusive first showing of the latest Clone Wars, Stargate Universe and V kick off in the UK, and there's a whole lot of movies too...

It seems the healthy telly flow of Easter was strong enough to spill over into another week, as there’s lots worth your tuning in to over the next seven days.

Tomorrow, Saturday April 10th is another of those Channel 4 100 countdowns. We’re not usually intrigued, but this time it’s The 100 Greatest Stand Ups 2010, which, of all countdown lists, has to have a chuckle or two tucked away between ad breaks. It starts at 9:00pm.

Tuesday, April 13th sees the return and launch of two shows for sci-fi fans. At 8:00pm on Sky1, Stargate Universe, starring Robert Carlyle, resumes its trek after a long pit stop.

Then at 10:00pm on the SciFi channel, the revamped, revised, but virtually the same series, V lands at 10:00pm. If you’ve never seen the original 1980s series, you can watch through fresh human eyes, but it’s also tempting to old V friends to see what a new version looks like.

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Also on the SciFi channel, on Wednesday, April 14th, a really good comic book-based action show kicks off in a pilot followed by another episode, called Rewind. It’s Human Target, the story of Christopher Chance and his small team who go to great – and personal – lengths to protect their clients. It stars Mark Valley, with at least one well choreographed fight scene in every episode guaranteed, as well as one of the most interesting TV characters on telly in Jackie Earle Haley’s Guerrero. We like it. A lot.

At the same time, over on BBC4, is the Mad Men season 3 finale entitled Shut The Door, Have A Seat. The preceeding episode, The Grown-Ups, is airing on Sunday, the 11th at 11:00pm and Monday, the 12th at 2:45am on BBC4 and the ep before that, The Gypsy And The Hobo, shows on BBC2 Tuesday at 11:20pm. Thank goodness for iPlayer, eh?

All that’s in addition to Fridays’Ashes To Ashes, at 9pm, Saturday’s Doctor Who, 6:15pm, both BBC1, new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Sky Premiere at 6pm Fridays, and K-9 for the youngest geeks and those young at heart on Disney XD, weekends at 4pm. (Special thanks go out to Cameron for the details on those last two shows to add to your family viewing schedules.)

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 ’10th’ in your browser’s Find box or window to highlight and/or tab through all movies shown on Saturday. Enjoy!

Aguirre: The Wrath Of GodOn: BBC 2 Date: Sunday 11th AprilTime: 02:20am

Apocalypse NowOn: TCMDate: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 9:00pm

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As Good As It GetsOn: more4Date: Friday 9th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 00:45am 10th Apr)

Babette’s FeastOn: TCM  Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 6:00pm (and 10:30am 11th Apr)

Blades Of GloryOn: BBC 3Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 9:00pm

Broken ArrowOn: E4Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 20:00pm E4+1, 11:30/11:30pm 15th Apr E4/+1)

Chain ReactionOn: E4Date: Wednesday 14th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm E4+1)

Charlie And The Chocolate FactoryOn: ITV2Date: Sunday 11th AprilTime: 3:30pm (and 4:30pm ITV2+1)

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CollateralOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 13th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

ControlOn: Film4Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)Enemy At The GatesOn: Film4Date: Monday 12th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

Fahrenheit 451On: ITV1Date: Sunday 11th AprilTime: 02:45am

FirestarterOn: TCM  Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: midnight

Ginger SnapsOn: BBC 2  Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 00:35am

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of FireOn: ITV1   Date: Friday 9th AprilTime: 8:00pm

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Harry Potter And The Order Of The PhoenixOn: ITV1Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 7:00pm

Hot Shots!On: Film4Date: Friday 9th AprilTime: 7:20pm (and 8:20pm Film4+1)Hot Shots! Part DeuxOn: Film4Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 7:20pm (and 8:30pm Film4+1)

In BrugesOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Monday 12th April )Time: 02:25amJu-on: The GrudgeOn: Channel 4Date: Monday 12th AprilTime: 01:30am (and 2:30am 4+1)

KaliforniaOn: Virgin 1Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Virgin+1)

KrullOn: FIVERDate: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 6:30pm (and 4:00pm 11th Apr)

Lara Croft: Tomb RaiderOn: FiveDate: Sunday 11th AprilTime: 9:00pmMad Max 2: The Road WarriorOn: Sky Movies Action and Adventure  Date: Sunday 11th AprilTime: 01:00am (and 10:00pm 14th Apr Sky Showcase)Sea Of LoveOn: Sky Movies Crime and Thriller  Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 03:05am

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Straw DogsOn: Five Date: Monday 12th AprilTime: 11:00pmThe Bourne IdentityOn: ITV2Date: Friday 9th AprilTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm ITV2+1)The Day Of The JackalOn: ITV1Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 01:05amThe HowlingOn: ITV1  Date: Sunday 11th AprilTime: 01:10amThe Ladykillers (1955)On: G.O.L.D.  Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 10:20pm (and 11:20pm and 1/2:00pm 11th Apr Gold/+1)

The MatrixOn: WatchDate: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Watch+1, 9/10:00pm 11th Apr Watch/+1)

The Pelican BriefOn: ITV2Date: Sunday 11th AprilTime: 00:20am (and 1:20pm ITV2+1, 10:45/11;45pm ITV2/+1)

The PlayerOn: Sky Movies Indie Date: Friday 9th AprilTime: 10:00am (and 7:50pm)

The Rocky Horror Picture ShowOn: Film4Date: Friday 9th AprilTime: 10:40pm (and 11:40pm Film4+1)

The Time MachineOn: Channel 4 Date: Friday 9th AprilTime: 1:35pm (and 2:35pm 4+1)

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Three Days Of The CondorOn: Sky Movies Crime and ThrillerDate: Friday 9th AprilTime: 5:00pm (and 1:05am 10th Apr)ThunderheartOn: BBC 1  Date: Tuesday 13th AprilTime: 11:45pm

Trading PlacesOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 12:10pm (and 8:00pm)

Uncle BuckOn: ITV3Date: Wednesday 14th AprilTime: 8:00pm (and 9:00pm ITV3+1)

ValiantOn: Channel 4Date: Sunday 11th AprilTime: 5:10pm (and 6:10pm 4+1)WatchmenOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror  Date: Sunday 11th AprilTime: 9:00pm

X2On: ITV1Date: Saturday 10th AprilTime: 10:30pm (and 11:45pm ITV1+1, 7:30pm 13th Apr SciFi)


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