Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

Lots of new TV comedy and some cracking movies await you on telly in the week ahead...

It’s comedy fiesta week on UK TV and the conga line forms tonight.

Two BBC productions of substantial weight and chuckles fire up tonight starting at 9:00pm on BBC1 with the new series of Have I Got News For You. It’s followed at 9:30pm by The Armstrong & Miller Show, putting their own tag team brand of funny to the test. That hour is in direct competition with Peepshow and repeats of IT Crowd, same time, different channel. So, just in case you’re torn, A Bit More News For You then runs Saturday 17 October at 9:30pm on BBC2 and A&M‘s series premiere repeat airs Thursday 22 October at 11:45pm on BBC4.

The life and times of Daisy and Tim sneaked by unnoticed by many people (without the necessary pomp and far too little promotion in our view) when the brilliant series Spaced first aired in 1999. Yes, 1999. If you missed it or don’t own the two series DVDs – for shame! – or even if you know every word and fake fight move by heart, tune in anyway and bring an uninitiated friend or two round on Monday 19th October at 10:00pm to watch Jessica Stevenson and Simon Pegg on Dave. It’s repeated Tuesday the 20th at 12:10am, so another batch of mates can make the second sitting.

Mock The Week regular Russell will host his own show, Russell Howard’s Good News, which will tackle current topics of interest, with big squeezes of comedy slathered round, no doubt, at 10:30pm Thursday 22 October on BBC3, and viewers can submit news stories through Twitter or the BBC website. We chatted with Mr Howard here and wish him every success – and a lot of fun – tonight and in weeks to come.

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Now, on to this week’s collection of 70s and 80s classics, creaky and contemporary comedies (some with extra cheese), and new and old shock, shlock and horror films scheduled to air over the next seven days.

Please also note: the ordinal numbers for dates will help you scan through this simple list with your browser’s search function. Enter ’17th’ in your browser’s Find box or window to highlight and/or tab through all movies shown on Saturday. Enjoy!

American BeautyOn: Sky Movies Indie  Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 10:25pm

An American Werewolf In LondonOn: Movies 24Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 11:00pm

Arlington RoadOn: Sky Movies Drama Date: Wednesday 21st OctoberTime: 2:30pm

Back To The FutureOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 10:40am (and 8:00pm)

BadlandsOn: Sky Movies Modern Greats  Date: Tuesday 20th OctoberTime: 1:05pm (and 10:10pm)

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BladeOn: FiveDate: Thursday 22nd OctoberTime: 10:20pm

BraveheartOn: Film4 Date: Wednesday 21st OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

Burn After ReadingOn: Sky Movies Indie Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 11:20am (and 10:00pm, 1:15pm & 9:00pm 22nd Oct Sky Screen 2)

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance KidOn: Five USADate: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 4:45pm (and 2:45pm 18th Oct)

Cadillac ManOn: ITV1 Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 01:05am

Close Encounters Of The Third KindOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 11:35am (and 2:30am 19th Oct)

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CloverfieldOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 4:40pm (and midnight, 1:55pm & 9:00pm 21st Oct)

Coming To AmericaOn: Sky Movies Modern Greats Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 1:15pm (and 8:00pm)

ConeheadsOn: Sky Movies Comedy  Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 04:55am

Death Becomes HerOn: Sky Movies Comedy Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 07:00am (and 6:00pm)

Death RaceOn: Sky Movies Action/Thriller Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 1:50pm (and 10:35pm)Deep Blue SeaOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 7:15pm

Demolition ManOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 11:10pm 18th Oct)

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DesperadoOn: Sky Movies Indie Date: Tuesday 20th OctoberTime: 00:20am

Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Wednesday 21st OctoberTime: 05:20am

Eagle EyeOn: Sky Movies Premiere  Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Premiere+1)Eastern PromisesOn: Sky Screen 2 Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 01:15am

Edward ScissorhandsOn: Sky Movies Modern Greats Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 11:00am (and 6:05pm)

FargoOn: Sky Movies Indie Date: Wednesday 21st OctoberTime: 10:00pm

Fatal AttractionOn: Sky Movies Modern Greats  Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 10:00pmFirestarterOn: ITV4   Date: Tuesday 20th OctoberTime: 11:10pm

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FranticOn: ITV3 Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 11:00pm 21st Oct)

F/XOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 7:05pm (and 00:35am 17th Oct, 5:15pm 21st Oct)

Ghost TownOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 10:00am (and 11:00am Premiere+1 & 8:00/9:00pm Premiere/+1 then daily at simialr times through 23rd Oct)Good Morning, VietnamOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 3:20pm (and 1:55am 21st Oct)

HancockOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 11:55am (and 9:00pm)HannibalOn: Sky Screen 2 Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 02:40am (and 2:15am 20th Oct Sky Horror)

Hellboy II: The Golden ArmyOn: Sky Screen 2  Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 11:15am (and 9:00pm, 5:20pm & 10:40pm 21st Oct Sky Horror)

High FidelityOn: Sky Movies Indie  Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 3:40pm (and 1:25pm 21st Oct)

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Indiana Jones And The Temple Of DoomOn: Sky Movies Family Date: Thursday 22nd OctoberTime: 1:00pm (and 10:05pm)Iron ManOn: Sky Screen 2 Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 2:15pm (and 9:00pm)

JawsOn: ITV4Date: Thursday 22nd OctoberTime: 10:30pmKing Kong (1976)On: SCI FI  Date: Friday 16th October 2009Time: 8:00pm (and 3:20pm 17th Oct)

Kiss The GirlsOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 20th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)Lethal Weapon 2On: BravoDate: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Bravo+1, 9:00/10:00pm 18th Oct Bravo/+1)

Live And Let DieOn: ITV1   Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 3:40pm

Mars Attacks!On: ITV4  Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 7:45pmMichael ClaytonOn: Sky Movies Indie  Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 1:00pm (and 11:40pm)

Million Dollar BabyOn: Film4   Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)Muriel’s WeddingOn: BBC 2Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 10:10pmNo Country For Old MenOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Thursday 22nd OctoberTime: 12:50pm (and 6:50pm)

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OldboyOn: Film4Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 10:35pm (and 11:35pm Film4+1, 11:40pm/00:40am 22nd/23rd Oct Film4/+1)

Pacific HeightsOn: FiveDate: Wednesday 21st OctoberTime: 11:05pmPineapple ExpressOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Friday 16th OctoberTime: midnight (and 1:00am 17th Oct)PredatorOn: Sky Movies Modern Greats  Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 9:50pm (and 9:00pm 21st Oct, 3:20am 22nd Oct)Predator 2On: Sky Movies Action/Thriller  Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 11:05am (and 7:00pm)Raiders Of The Lost ArkOn: Sky Movies Family  Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: noon (and 8:00pm)Rain ManOn: Sky Movies Modern Greats Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 10:30am (and 8:00pm)

RecOn: Sky Screen 2  Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 03:00amRomancing The StoneOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 03:00am (and 7:50am & 6:10pm 22nd Oct)

SawOn: Channel 4  Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 11:20pm (and 00:20am 18th Oct 4+1)

School Of RockOn: E4 Date: Wednesday 21st OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm E4+1)

Scream 2On: Five USA   Date: Tuesday 20th OctoberTime: 9:00pm

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SecondsOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Tuesday 20th OctoberTime: 11:50am (and 2:50am 21st Oct)

Shoot ‘Em UpOn: Sky Movies Action/Thriller   Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 11:35pmShooterOn: Sky Movies Action/Thriller  Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 1:35pm (and 9:00pm)SilkwoodOn: Sky Movies Drama  Date: Tuesday 20th OctoberTime: 11:40am

Son Of RambowOn: Sky Movies Family Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (amd 2:30am 17th Oct)Star Trek V: The Final FrontierOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror  Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 08:00am

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 08:00amStar Trek: First ContactOn: Sky Screen 1 Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 09:15am (and 3:55pm)

Spider-ManOn: Five Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 7:40pm

The Bank JobOn: Sky Screen 2   Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 11:50am (and 9:00pm, 3:00pm & 9:00pm 22nd Oct Sky Action)

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The BirdsOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 08:00am (and 5:05pm)

The Blair Witch ProjectOn: Film4  Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 11:35pm (and 00:35am 20th Oct Film4+1)

The Boston StranglerOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 00:20am (and 2:50am 19th Oct, Sky Screen 1, 2:35am 22nd Oct Sky Horror)

The Butterfly EffectOn: Movies 24 +  Date: Thursday 22nd OctoberTime: 02:00amThe ConversationOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Tuesday 20th OctoberTime: 02:00am

The CoolerOn: Film4Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 11:15pm (and 00:15am 19th Oct Film4+1)The DamnedOn: BBC 2   Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 02:05am

The Dark KnightOn: Sky Screen 1  Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 1:20pm (and 8:00pm, 9:00pm 19th Oct, 5:25pm 20th Oct Sky Action)The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)On: Sky Movies Classics Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 7:10pm (and 11:10pm)The Dead ZoneOn: Five USA  Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 9:00pm

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The FirmOn: Sky Screen 2  Date: Tuesday 20th OctoberTime: 6:20pmThe Godfather Part IIOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Tuesday 20th OctoberTime: 2:45pm (and 1:50am 21st Oct)The Gumball RallyOn: TCM Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 1:00pm (and 5:00am 20th Oct)

The Last Of The MohicansOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Thursday 22nd OctoberTime: 11:30pm

The Last SamuraiOn: ITV1 Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 10:35pm

The Matrix RevolutionsOn: ITV2Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 21st Oct)The MistOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 11:30am (and 6:55pm, (9:00pm 20th Oct Sky Screen 2)The PawnbrokerOn: Sky Movies ClassicsDate: Thursday 22nd OctoberTime: 00:45am

The PhantomOn: FiveDate: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 5:45pmThe Poseidon Adventure (1972)On: Film4Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 6:45pm (and 7:45pm Film4+1)The Poseidon Adventure (2005)On: Sky Movies Action/Thriller  Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 10:10am (and 5:35pm, 10:00am & 5:25pm 18th Oct)The Rocky Horror Picture ShowOn: Sky Movies Indie Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 10:40am (and 8:15pm)

The ShiningOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 08:20am (and 11:45pm, 9:10am 22nd Oct)The Silence Of The LambsOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 10:05pm (and 10:45pm 21st Oct Sky Screen 2)The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)On: ITV1  Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 10:35pmThe Usual SuspectsOn: Sky Movies Indie Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 01:45amThe X FilesOn: Channel 4Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 4+1)

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Three KingsOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Tuesday 20th OctoberTime: 8:00pmTHX 1138On: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 03:25am (and 8:00am 22nd Oct)

Time BanditsOn: Film4 Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 6:45pm (and 7:45pm Film4+1)

Trading PlacesOn: Sky1Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 18th Oct, 9:00pm 22nd Oct Sky2)TrekkiesOn: Sky Movies Indie Date: Thursday 22nd OctoberTime: 12:35pm (and 8:20pm)

Ultimate Avengers: The MovieOn: Sky Movies Premiere Date: Saturday 17th OctoberTime: 11:50am (and 12:50pm Premier+1 & 5:00/6:00pm Premiere/+1 and daily at similar times through 30th Oct)

Wall StreetOn: Sky Movies Modern Greats  Date: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 11:00am (and 10:00pm)

What Dreams May ComeOn: Sky Movies Drama  Date: Monday 19th OctoberTime: 4:15pm

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X-MenOn: Sky Movies Modern Greats Date: Friday 16th OctoberTime: 12:55pm (and 8:00pm)Young FrankensteinOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Sunday 18th OctoberTime: 07:00am (and 6:00pm)