Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

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"You're just a bunch of pixels mate - I was done by Stan Winston!"

We’re heading into the slow, sputtering wind down of summer just before the new season of shows revs up, but there’s still plenty of petrol left in a few programs before then.

Tonight’s episode of True Blood is Cold Ground, in which Sookie Stackhouse has a lot of recovering to do. Will the world of vamps give her room to breathe and space to grieve? Find out at 10:00pm or the late showing at five past midnight on FX.

Later in the week, Doctor Who Greatest Moments shifts the spotlight to The Companions at 8:00pm Thursday, 27 August on BBC3.

That same evening at 10:35pm, a few channels away on BBC 1, Annie meets another un-solid in the ethereal, but less than heavenly shape of ghostly Gilbert on Being Human. The unlikely pair try to sort out their places in the world in a flat shared with a squeaky-voiced werewolf and a vampire wobbling on the wagon.

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And here are the films of interest over the next 7 days. We’re sure there’s plenty that will appeal to your cinematic home screen taste. But, as always, if there’s anything noteworthy that we’ve missed, share your picks in the comments below.


10 Rillington PlaceOn: BBC 2Date: Thursday 27th AugustTime: 11:20pm

3.10 To YumaOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Wednesday 26th AugustTime: 10:05pm

Alien 3On: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Monday 24th AugustTime: 11:30am (and 7:00pm)

Alpha DogOn: BBC 2Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 11:05pm

An American Werewolf In LondonOn: SCI FIDate: Wednesday 26th AugustTime: 9:50pm

Arlington RoadOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Wednesday 26th AugustTime: 09:10am

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Babylon 5: The Lost TalesOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 4:00pm (and 6:05am 27 Aug Sky Screen 2)

Back To The Future Part IIOn: ITV1Date: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 4:55pm

Batman ForeverOn: Film4Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 6:40pm (and 7:40pm Film4+1)

BeowulfOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 8:00pm

BigOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 06:40am (and 4:30pm, 9:15am & 2:45pm 27 Aug)

Blazing SaddlesOn: TCMDate: Wednesday 26th AugustTime: 9:00pm (and 1:50am 27 Aug)

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Blown AwayOn: Virgin 1Date: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Virgin1+1)

Bottle RocketOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Tuesday 25th AugustTime: 4:40pm (and 3:40am 26 Aug)

California ManOn: BBC 1Date: Friday 21st AugustTime: 11:30pm

Catch Me If You CanOn: BBC 2Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 8:00pm

Charlie And The Chocolate FactoryOn: ITV2Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 4:20pm

CloverfieldOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 2:00pm (and 9:00pm)

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CommandoOn: ITV4Date: Tuesday 25th AugustTime: 00:20am (and 10:00pm)

DarkmanOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 00:10am

Death RaceOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Premiere+1 then similar times daily through 29 Aug)

DesperadoOn: Sky1Date: Friday 21st AugustTime: 10:30pm (and 10:00pm 23 Aug Sky2)

DragonheartOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Thursday 27th AugustTime: 6:15pm

Eastern PromisesOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 11:55pm

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Edward ScissorhandsOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Monday 24th AugustTime: noon (and 9:30pm)

El MariachiOn: five USADate: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 11:10pm

Enemy MineDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 10:15am (and 5:20pm)

Escape From The Planet Of The ApesOn: Channel 4Date: Wednesday 26th AugustTime: 1:30pm (and 2:30pm 4+1)

Evil Dead IIOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 10:45pm

Family PlotOn: ITV1Date: Friday 21st AugustTime: 11:35pm

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FargoOn: Sky Movies IndieDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: midnight

Fear And Loathing In Las VegasOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 01:50am

Ferris Bueller’s Day OffOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Tuesday 25th AugustTime: 09:25am (and 6:15pm)

FrailtyOn: WatchDate: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 11:00pm (and midnight Watch+1)

F/XOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 10:25am (and 9:00pm, 7:05pm 27 Aug)

Galaxy QuestOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Tuesday 25th AugustTime: 10:00am (and 5:35pm)

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Good Morning, VietnamOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 12:55pm (and 00:05am 28 Auf Sky Screen 1)

Harold And Kumar Get The MunchiesOn: BravoDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Bravo+1, 9:00/10:00pm 23 Aug Bravo/+1)

Harry And The HendersonsOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Tuesday 25th AugustTime: 07:20am (and 4:00am 26 Aug)

Hellboy II: The Golden ArmyOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Friday 21st AugustTime: 2:00pm (and 9:00pm. 1:30pm & 9:00pm 24 Aug Sky Sci-Fi)

Hot Shots!On: Sky Screen 1Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 10:00pm

HulkOn: ITV2Date: Thursday 27th AugustTime: 6:10pm

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IgorOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Thursday 20th AugustTime: 6:25pm (and 7:25pm Premiere+1, 4:20/5:20pm 21 Aug Premiere/+1 and daily at similar times through 28 Aug)

In BrugesOn: Sky Movies IndieDate: Thursday 27th AugustTime: 11:40pm

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal SkullOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 8:00pm (and 1:50am 22 Aug, 8:00pm 27 Aug)

Indiana Jones And The Last CrusadeOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Wednesday 26th AugustTime: 1:10pm (and 8:00pm)

Indiana Jones And The Temple of DoomOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Tuesday 25th AugustTime: 09:50am (and 8:00pm)

Iron ManOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Premiere+1)

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Jay And Silent Bob Strike BackOn: BBC 1Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 01:00am

Jurassic Park IIIOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 2:45pm (and 10:10pm, 3:20pm & 10:10pm 26 Aug)

Kingdom Of HeavenOn: Film4Date: Friday 21st AugustTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1, 9:00/10:00pm 26 Aug Film4/+1)

Kung Fu PandaOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 11:00am (and 4:30pm)

Manhattan Murder MysteryOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Tuesday 25th AugustTime: 06:00am (and 5:15am 26 Aug)

ManhunterOn: TCMDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 9:00pm (and 1:20am 22 Aug)

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Midnight CowboyOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Monday 24th AugustTime: 02:20am

Mission: Impossible IIOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 1:30pm (and 10:00pm)

No Way OutOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 11:30am (and 8:00pm)

PlatoonOn: ITV4Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 11:00pm

PredatorOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Thursday 27th AugustTime: 00:30am

Predator 2On: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Thursday 27th AugustTime: 11:45am

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Raiders Of The Lost ArkOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Monday 24th AugustTime: 1:40pm (and 8:00pm)

RecOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Tuesday 25th AugustTime: 03:25am

Requiem For A DreamOn: Sky Movies IndieDate: Monday 24th AugustTime: 03:10am

Rumble FishOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Monday 24th AugustTime: 01:30am

School Of RockOn: Channel 4Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 8:00pm (and 9:00pm Film4+1)

ShaneOn: Sky Movies ClassicsDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 06:45am (and 9:00pm)

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Shoot ‘Em UpOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 11:10pm (and 10:55pm 26 Aug)

ShrekOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 10:15am (and 6:20pm)

Silent HillOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 25th AugustTime: 00:50am (and 1:50am Film4+1)

SilkwoodOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Monday 24th AugustTime: 11:15am

Star Trek: First ContactOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 08:00am (and 3:35pm)

StargateOn: BBC 1Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 10:20pm

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SunshineOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 00:45am (and 1:15pm & 10:00pm 26 Aug Sky Indie)

SuperflyOn: TCMDate: Sunday 23rd August 2009 (Time: 03:35am

Tales From EarthseaOn: Film4Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 4:30pm (and 5:30pm Film4+1)

Taxi DriverOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 11:35pm (and 11:50pm 26 Aug Sky Indie)

TestamentOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Tuesday 25th AugustTime: 08:15am (and 4:20am 26 Aug)

The Big LebowskiOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Monday 24th AugustTime: 00:15am

The Bourne IdentityOn: ITV2Date: Friday 21st AugustTime: 9:00pm (and 11:00pm 25 Aug)

The Breakfast ClubOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 4:30pm

The Cat ReturnsOn: Film4Date: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 2:50pm (and 3:50pm Fulm4+1, 4:40/5:40pm 26 Aug Film4/+1)

The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince CaspianOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: noon (and 8:00pm)

The CoreOn: Film4Date: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 6:25pm (and 7:25pm, 6:25/7:25pm 26 Aug Film4/+1)

The Day After TomorrowOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 25th AugustTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)On: Sky Movies ClassicsDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 5:40pm

The FirmOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Monday 24th AugustTime: 11:15am (and 4:15pm, 1:35pm & 8:00pm 27 Aug)

The Godfather Part IIOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Wednesday 26th AugustTime: 8:00pm

The Golden CompassOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Tuesday 25th AugustTime: 2:00pm (and 1:00pm)

The Golden Voyage Of SinbadOn: SCI FIDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 6:00pm (and 3:00pm)

The House By The CemeteryOn: Film4Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 00:40am (and 1:40am Film4+1)

The In-LawsOn: TCMDate: Wednesday 26th AugustTime: 6:55pm(and 11:00am 27 Aug)

The Iron GiantOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 06:35am (and 7:10am & 12:45pm 27 Aug Sky Family)

The Italian Job (1969)On: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Wednesday 26th AugustTime: 10:15am (and 7:15pm)

The Last Of The MohicansOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 6:00pm

The MistOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Thursday 27th AugustTime: 5:15pm (and 10:55pm)

The OthersOn: WatchDate: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Watch+1, 9:00/10:00pm 23 Aug Watch/+1)

The Pelican BriefOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 11:05pm

The PianistOn: ITV1Date: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 00:05am

The Running ManOn: Sky1Date: Wednesday 26th AugustTime: 10:00pm (and 10:00pm 27 Aug Sky2)

The ShadowOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 10:00pm

The TerminatorOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Friday 21st AugustTime: noon (and 3:25pm 23 Aug, Sky Sci-Fi, 11:45pm 28 Aug Sky Screen 1)

The Usual SuspectsOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Monday 24th AugustTime: 01:40am

Three Days Of The CondorOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Monday 24th AugustTime: 2:45pm (and 10:10pm)

Thunderbirds Are GOOn: Film4Date: Friday 21st AugustTime: 4:20pm (and 5:20pm Film4+1, 1:00/2:00pm 22 Aug Film/+1)

Total RecallOn: ITV2Date: Wednesday 26th AugustTime: 10:20pm

Touch Of EvilOn: Sky Movies ClassicsDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 1:35pm (and 2:20am 22 Aug)

Trading PlacesOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Thursday 27th AugustTime: 11:50am (and 8:00pm)

WantedOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Friday 21st AugustTime: 10:00pm (and 10:35pm 26 Aug Sky Screen 2)

War Of The Worlds (2005)On: BBC 1Date: Friday 21st AugustTime: 9:00pm

Wayne’s WorldOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Saturday 22nd AugustTime: 6:20pm (and 1:15am 23 Aug)

Wayne’s World 2On: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Sunday 23rd AugustTime: 11:20am (and 6:20pm)