Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

Sarah Jane is back, Life On Mars US arrives in the UK, there's Pixar on the South Bank Show, and a whole lot of movies to watch...

Screamers (1995)

English cleric and author Charles Caleb Colton said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That may well be, but we’re still slightly to strongly sensitive about the snatching of our homegrown programmes, and reception of their Stateside reincarnations has been mixed on both shores.

Sometimes a show’s been lost in translation (Men Behaving Badly) and other times the accent’s been changed to excellent effect (The Office). You can witness for yourself which way one of the latest acts of flattery has gone when Life On Mars (US) plays to its most critical audience tonight at 10:00 on FX with opener, Out Here In The Fields.

Stargate Universe fired up last week premiering with two parts of Air (reviewed here), which has seen extreme opposing reactions from DOG visitors and other viewers. But the third part of the three part opener may well make a big difference and swing opinion one way or the other. What may be a critical third of the SGU 3-parter pie airs on Sky1 on Tuesday, 13th October at 8:00pm and we’ll be anxious to see if it can bring detractors together onboard the Destiny or if previously interested parties abandon ship.

Lovers of animation will want to tune in to ITV on Sunday 11th October at 10:15pm. The South Bank Show will focus on animation giants Disney and Pixar with an historic look at the industry’s beginnings and production stages of current projects such as The Princess And The Frog (you can see some of those stages in the first five minutes of the film here) and Up.

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It’s rare that one of our favourite contraptions, the telly, features another favourite, the computer. We were treated to Micro Men last night (reviewed here) and fast on its heels comes Podfather on BBC4 at 9:00pm on Monday 12th October (with repeat airings late nights and earlier mornings over the next few days). This time the spotlight is on Robert Noyce, co-creator of the microchip that dreams and machines were made of. And if you missed the affectionate look at the Sinclair and Acorn rise, race and rivalry, that’s being shown again on Saturday, the 10th October at 10:00pm on BBC4.

The Sarah Jane Adventures returns for its third season on Thursday 15th October at 4:35pm on BBC1. We have some pictures here and here that show what’s in store. So, 9 to 5ers, try to get home early and start training those kiddies to love all things Whoish.

If it’s been a rough week and you’ve gone chuckle-less for far too long there’s 30 Rock‘s third season opener tonight at 10:30pm on FX (with another chance to get in on the ground floor of Rockefeller Center on Sunday the 11th at 1:20am and 7:30pm). And fans of Flight Of The Conchords who are partial to the boys’ first – and best – season can relive the magic and drag friends in to experience Bret and Jemaine’s life and lyrics on BBC 4, Wednesday, 14th October at 10:00pm.

If you want to send your comedy quota right off the scale there’s also Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s seventh series start, Funkhouser’s Crazy Sister, on Monday 12 October at 12:10am and Thursday the 15th at 10:55pm on More4.

Now on to this week’s movies. As always check local shedules to avoid disappointment. There are programming gremlins on the loose and no telly is safe from their random invasions.


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!

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Alien 3On: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 11:30am (and 10:15pm)

Almost FamousOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 10:15pm

Apollo 13On: Sky Screen 1Date: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 06:00am (and 3:50pm)

Arlington RoadOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 00:10am (and 4:25pm 15th Oct)

Back To The Future Part IIIOn: SCI FIDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 8:00pm (and 3:40pm 10th Oct)

BatmanOn: BravoDate: Tuesday 13th October 2Time: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Bravo+1)

Batman ForeverOn: BravoDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Bravo+1, 9:00/10:00pm 11th Oct Bravo/+1)

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Beverly Hills CopOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 11:45am (and 6:10pm)

Blade IIOn: Channel 4Date: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm 4+1)

Blue CollarOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 01:50am

Breaking AwayOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 3:50pm

ChinatownOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 10:20am (and 8:00pm, 9:00am & 5:45pm 14th Oct Sky Screen 1)

Dark CityOn: TCMDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 11:35pm

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Deep Blue SeaOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Tuesday 13th OctoberTime: 11:00pm

Diamonds Are ForeverOn: ITV1Date: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 3:55pm

Dirty HarryOn: ITV4Date: Wednesday 14th OctoberTime: 10:10pm (and 11:30pm 15th Oct)

Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 08:25am (and 4:40am 11th Oct)

Dolores ClaiborneOn: TCMDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 9:00pm

Eagle EyeOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 10:00am (and 11:00am Premiere+1 & 8:00/9:00pm Premiere/+1 and again daily through 16th Oct)

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Edward ScissorhandsOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Tuesday 13th OctoberTime: 4:10pm (and 2:55am 14th Oct)

Event HorizonOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 10:30pm

Fahrenheit 451On: ITV1Date: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 01:05am

FargoOn: Sky Movies IndieDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 10:00pm (and 2:40am 14th Oct Sky Screen1, 11:55pm 1th Oct Sky Indie)

FrailtyOn: Film4Date: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 11:50pm (and 00:50am 11th Oct, 23:35pm/00:35am 14th/15th Oct Film4/+1

Frankenstein (1994)On: FiveDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 9:00pm

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Full Metal JacketOn: ITV4Date: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 10:30pm

F/XOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 09:25am (and 5:10pm)

Galaxy QuestOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 11:50am (and 10:35pm)

Ghost RiderOn: FiveDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 9:00pm

Ghostbusters IIOn: FiveDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 6:50pm

GloryOn: FiveDate: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 11:00pm

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Gone In 60 SecondsOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 1:15pm (and 7:50pm, 9:00m 12th Oct Sky Screen 2, 9:40am & 5:20pm 15th Oct Sky Action)

HancockOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 10:05am (and 8:00pm)

HannibalOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 01:10am

Harry Potter And The Order Of The PhoenixOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 9:45pm (and 8:00pm 15th Oct)

Hellboy II: The Golden ArmyOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 1:10pm (and 8:00pm)

High AnxietyOn: Channel 4Date: Thursday 15th OctoberTime: 1:40pm (and 2:40pm 4+1

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High FidelityOn: Sky Movies IndieDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 3:05pm (and 1:45am 19th Oct, 7:00pm 13th Oct Sky Screen 2)

Hot Shots!On: Sky Screen 1Date: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 4:30pm

House Of Flying DaggersOn: Channel 4Date: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm 4+1)

In BrugesOn: Sky Movies IndieDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 10:00pm (and 10:pm 13th Oct, 3:05am 14th Oct, 10:20pm 15th Oct Sky Screen 1)

Indiana Jones And The Temple of DoomOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 10:15am (and 8:00pm)

Indiana Jones And The Last CrusadeOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: noon (and 5:50pm)

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JunoOn: Sky Movies IndieDate: Wednesday 14th OctoberTime: 10:40am (and 8:20pm)

Jurassic ParkOn: ITV1Date: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 3:10pm

Jurassic Park IIIOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 6:15pm (and 9:35pm, 4:15pm 15th Oct)

Kiss The GirlsOn: Film4Date: Thursday 15th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

LifeboatOn: Sky Movies ClassicsDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 12:30pm

ManhunterOn: TCMDate: Thursday 15th OctoberTime: 9:00pm

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Masters Of The UniverseOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 08:20am(and 4:15am 11th Oct)

Men In Black IIOn: WatchDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Watch+1, 4:15/5:15pm 11th Oct Watch/+1)

Million Dollar BabyOn: Film4Date: Wednesday 14th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

Mr. BrooksOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 02:15am (and 3:05am 15th Oct)

My Cousin VinnyOn: Film4Date: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 10:55pm (and 11:55pm Film4+1)

Mystery MenOn: ITV4Date: Sunday 11th Octoberdays)Time: 1:30pm

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Mystic RiverOn: ITV1Date: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 10:35pm

National Lampoon’s European VacationOn: FIVERDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 6:00pm

No Country For Old MenOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 12:45pm (and 9:00pm)

Once Upon A Time in MexicoOn: WatchDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 10:45pm (and 11:45pm Watch+1, 9:00/10:00pm 11th Oct Watch/+1)

Patriot GamesOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Tuesday 13th OctoberTime: 3:55pm

Pee-wee’s Big AdventureOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 04:45am

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Pineapple ExpressOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Premiere+1 and daily at similar times through 15th Oct)

Presumed InnocentOn: TCMDate: Wednesday 14th OctoberTime: 9:00pm

Psycho (1960)On: Sky Screen 1Date: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 1:55pm (and 00:05am 10th Oct)

Raising ArizonaOn: Film4Date: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 01:10am (and 2:10am Film4+1)

Rear WindowOn: Sky Movies ClassicsDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 1:30pm

Reindeer GamesOn: more4Date: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 00:05am 10th Oct)

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RocknRollaOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 10:15pm (and 11:15pm Premiere+1)

Rumble FishOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 02:20am (and 1:45am 15th Oct)

Scream 2On: FiveDate: Thursday 15th OctoberTime: 9:00pm

ScreamersOn: ITV4Date: Tuesday 13th OctoberTime: 11:10pm

Sea Of LoveOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 10:35pm

SerenityOn: ITV4Date: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 11:00pm 12th Oct)

SilkwoodOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 1:35pm (and 7:00am)

Silver StreakOn: Film4Date: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 1:00pm (and 2:00pm Film4+1)

SpiderOn: BBC 2Date: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 11:30pm

Star Trek III: The Search For SpockOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 08:00am

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 2:25pm

Star Trek: First ContactOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 3:05pm

Star Trek: GenerationsOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 2:50pm

Star Trek: InsurrectionOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Tuesday 13th OctoberTime: 3:00pm

Strange DaysOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Thursday 15th OctoberTime: 00:40am

Taxi DriverOn: Sky Movies IndieDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 10:10pm (and 1:55am 15th Oct)

The Big LebowskiOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 02:40am

The BirdsOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 3:20pm (and 1:55am 11th Oct, 9:50am & 5:25pm 14th Oct)

The Blob (1958)On: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Thursday 15th OctoberTime: 15:30pm

The Boston StranglerOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 02:50am

The Bourne UltimatumOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 1:00pm (and 8:00pm)

The Breakfast ClubOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 09:45am (and 2:45am 13th Oct)

The Dark KnightOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 8:00pm (and 5:25pm 11th Oct)

The DepartedOn: Film4Date: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

The FrightenersOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Wednesday 14th OctoberTime: 01:20am

The GodfatherOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 08:00am (and 3:00pm, 12:40pm & 10:00pm 13th Oct)

The Godfather Part IIOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 3:00pm

The Godfather Part IIIOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 3:00pm

The GraduateOn: ITV3Date: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm 14th Oct)

The Hunt For Red OctoberOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Wednesday 14th OctoberTime: 5:40pm (and midnight)

The Italian Job (1969)On: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 08:40am (and 5:05pm)

The Matrix ReloadedOn: ITV2Date: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 14th Oct)

The MistOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 6:50pm (and 00:40am 10th Oct)

The OmenOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorroDate: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 09:40am (and 3:35am 13th Oct)

The Running ManOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 10:20pm

The Silence Of The LambsOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 10:00pm (and 9:00pm 14th Oct Sky Modern Greats)

The Time Machine (1960)On: TCMDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 1:00pm (and 5:00am 11th Oct)

The Two JakesOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 12:35pm (and 10:15pm)

Three KingsOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Sunday 11th OctoberTime: 2:55pm

THX 1138On: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Tuesday 13th OctoberTime: 08:00am

Tin MenOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Thursday 15th OctoberTime: 06:45am

Titan A.E.On: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 06:30am (and 6:00am 13th Oct, 4:25am 14th Oct Sky Screen 1)

Urban Ghost StoryOn: BBC 1Date: Wednesday 14th OctoberTime: 00:05am

Village Of The DamnedOn: TCMDate: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 01:40am

Wall StreetOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Wednesday 14th OctoberTime: 11:15am (and 8:00pm)

WantedOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Wednesday 14th OctoberTime: 10:00pm

WestworldOn: TCMDate: Saturday 10th OctoberTime: 11:35pm

What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?On: Sky Movies ClassicsDate: Friday 9th OctoberTime: 9:00pm (and 1:20am 10th Oct)

X-MenOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Monday 12th OctoberTime: 09:30am (and 8:00pm)