Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

True Blood arrives in the UK on FX, and Hellboy II leads this week's movies on the box...

On the Hellboy 2 set...

Top telly shows for this week include standup performances by two of the UK’s best. Lee Evans: Big: Live At The O2 will no doubt leave a puddle on Channel 4 on Saturday 18 July at 10:00pm. And on Sunday 19 July, also at 10:00pm, on BBC 2 catch Dara ‘The Brain’ O’Briain Talks Funny: Live In London.

Decidedly deviant Dexter finishes its third season this past week only to do a super-quick turn-around repeat showing re-starting Sunday 19 July at 11:10pm on FX. So, if you missed any eps you now have a second chance to carve them into your schedule.

But we’re guessing the most eagerly awaited new show on these shores has to be True Blood, which takes its virginal bite here tonight, Friday 17 July at 10:00pm with opener, Strange Love.

The series stars Anna Paquin (X-Men‘s Rogue) as Sookie Stackhouse, a gifted waitress in a Louisiana town at a time when vampires have come out of their dark hidey-holes to live among us sun worshippers. A co-existence is made possible by a synthetic blood drink, so vamps don’t need to drain dry the populace, but that doesn’t guarantee inter-species nighttime picnics and fireside sing-a-longs and trouble kicks up from the off.

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Be aware: this ain’t no Buffy. It’s an HBO production that includes numerous sex scenes. And we’re not talking soft focus, silk sheet draping either. Amid that prurient ploy to widen its audience beyond the expected female readership of The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels on which the show is based, there’s some biting dialogue (yep, we went with that!), spot-on humour and lots of gore in storylines that build real anticipation.

You might well need to hit the subtitles button as there are muddy-thick Southern US accents (and we’d surmise some are over-simulated) to wade through. But with a second season airing in the States right now, tonight is just the first of 22 episodes of blood-soaked vampire goodness.

Immediately following True Blood on FX is the pilot episode of season one of Burn Notice (now in its third season in the US), co-starring Den of Geek favourite, Mr Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe. (How’s that for a ficticious moniker? Fitting, we think.) The show takes place on, in and around the steamy beaches and streets of Miami where former uber-spy, Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan), has been burned and dumped, resourceless. A repeat of True Blood sandwiches this highly enjoyable show – a cocktail of one part MacGyver to two parts The Equalizer with a side order of yoghurt.

And now to a week’s worth of films, with something for everyone. Please check your local schedule to avoid disappointment. We can’t be held accountable if Shaun Of The Deadgets pre-empted by Daddy Day Camp. Enjoy!


2001: A Space OdysseyOn: fiveDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 12:15pm

28 Weeks LaterOn: Sky Screen 2  Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 02:25am300On: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Monday 20th JulyTime: 9:00pmAmerican BeautyOn: Sky Movies Modern Greats Date: Monday 20th JulyTime: 10:00pm

Arlington RoadOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Tuesday 21st JulyTime: 00:15am

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Batman ReturnsOn: TCMDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 9:00pm

BeetlejuiceOn: Bravo Date: Thursday 23rd JulyTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Bravo+1)

Being John MalkovichOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 21st JulyTime: 11:15pm (and 00:15am 22 July Film4+1)

Beverly Hills CopOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Friday 17th JulyTime: 07:35am (and 6:00pm, 8:00pm 23 July)

Big Top Pee-WeeOn: Film4Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 5:00pm (and 6:00pm Film4+1, 5:00/6:00pm 23 July Film4/+1)Big Trouble In Little ChinaOn: E4Date: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm E4+1)

Bill And Ted’s Excellent AdventureOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 7:30pm (and 2:30pm 19 July)

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Blade RunnerOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Monday 20th JulyTime: 6:00pm

Broken ArrowOn: Film4Date: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

CaddyshackOn: Comedy Central Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 00:10am (and 1:10am CC+1)Close Encounters Of The Third KindOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 1:40pm (and 9:00pm, 6:40pm 23 July Sky Screen 2)

CompulsionOn: Sky Movies ClassicsDate: Friday 24th JulyTime: 00:20am

CroupierOn: Film4Date: Thursday 23rd JulyTime: 01:30am (and 2:30am Film4+1)Dante’s InfernoOn: Sky Movies ClassicsDate: Tuesday 21st JulyTime: 12:20pm (and 4:55am 22 July)

DarkmanOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 00:20am

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Day Of The DeadOn: ITV4  Date: Monday 20th JulyTime: 10:00pmDeath Becomes HerOn: ITV3Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 9:00pm

Deep Blue SeaOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror   Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 7:05pm

Die HardOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Friday 17th JulyTime: 1:15pm (and 9:40pm, 9:00pm 21 July Sky Screen 2)

Dolores ClaiborneOn: TCMDate: Monday 20th JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 1:05am 21 July)

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A WhoOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Tuesday 21st JulyTime: 1:00pm (and 8:00pm)Eastern PromisesOn: Sky Screen 2  Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 00:50am

Enemy MineOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Thursday 23rd JulyTime: 1:35pm (and 9:00pm)

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FactotumOn: BBC 2  Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 11:30pm

FargoOn: Sky Movies IndieDate: Monday 20th JulyTime: 11:55pmFear And Loathing In Las VegasOn: Sky Screen 1   Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 02:15am

Ferris Bueller’s Day OffOn: Sky Screen 1  Date: Tuesday 21st JulyTime: 6:05pm

FootlooseOn: Sky Movies Drama  Date: Friday 17th JulyTime: 12:45pm

Gone In 60 SecondsOn: ITV2 Date: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 9:00pm

Groundhog DayOn: five USA   Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 3:00pm 19 July)Harry Potter And The Order Of The PhoenixOn: Sky Screen 1  Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 8:00pm (and 8:00pm 23 July)

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Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s StoneOn: Sky Screen 1 Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 8:00pm (and 5:15pm 19 July)

Hellboy II: The Golden ArmyOn: Sky Movies PremiereDate: Friday 17th JulyTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Premiere+1)

HeroOn: more4Date: Friday 17th JulyTime: 9:00pm (and midnight)Hot Shots!On: Sky Screen 1  Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 10:20pm

I, RobotOn: Film4Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)

K-19: The WidowmakerOn: Watch   Date: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 11:00pm (and midnight Watch+1, 9:20/10:20pm 23 July Watch/+1)

Lethal Weapon 2On: E4Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm E4+1, 23:05pm/00:05am 20/21 July E4/+1)

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Liar LiarOn: Sky1   Date: Friday 17th JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm 20 July Sky2)

LifeboatOn: Sky Movies ClassicsDate: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 1:30pm (and 00:35am 23 July)

MarnieOn: Sky Movies ClassicsDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 01:25am

Metropolis (2001)On: Film4  Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 2:50pm (and 3:50pm Fil4+1, 11:00am/noon 23 July Film4/+1)

Midnight CowboyOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Friday 17th JulyTime: 11:55pm (and 11:45pm 21 July Sky Screen 1)Midnight In The Garden Of Good And EvilOn: TCMDate: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 2:30am 19 July)Mr. BrooksOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 01:05am

No Country For Old MenOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 1:00pm (and 6:55pm)No Way OutOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 12:40pm (and 10:00pm)

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OldboyOn: Film4Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 10:50pm (and 11:50pm Film4+1, 11:10pm/00:10am 22/23 July Film4/+1)

PleasantvilleOn: FIVER Date: Monday 20th JulyTime: 8:30pm

PredatorOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 10:50pm

Psycho (1960)On: Sky Movies Classics  Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 06:30am (and 10:50pm)

Rear WindowOn: Sky Screen 1  Date: Monday 20th JulyTime: 12:25pm (and 3:25pm 23 July)

Salem’s Lot (part 1 of 2)On: Zone HorrorDate: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 9:00pm

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Salem’s Lot (part 2 of 2)On: Zone HorrorDate: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 10:55pm

Shoot ‘Em UpOn: Sky Screen 2  Date: Tuesday 21st JulyTime: 00:55am

Scream 2On: fiveDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 10:05pm

Scream 3On: five  Date: Monday 20th JulyTime: 10:00pmSeance On A Wet AfternoonOn: more4Date: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 10:45am

Shaun Of The DeadOn: ITV2Date: Friday 17th JulyTime: 10:00pm (and 9:00pm 19 July)

ShrekOn: Sky Movies Family Date: Monday 20th JulyTime: 1:15pm (and 6:15pm)

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SleepersOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 10:00pm

Star Trek: The Motion PictureOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror Date: Tuesday 21st JulyTime: 08:00am (and 4:35pm)

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of KhanOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 08:00am (and 4:20pm)

Star Trek III: The Search For SpockOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror  Date: Thursday 23rd JulyTime: 08:00am (and 5:40pm)

Star Trek V: The Final FrontierOn: Sky Screen 2   Date: Friday 17th JulyTime: 2:20pmStar Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 2:05pmStar Trek: First ContactOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 2:40pmStar Trek: InsurrectionOn: Sky Screen 2  Date: Tuesday 21st JulyTime: 3:00pm

Star Trek: NemesisOn: Film4Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 6:50pm (and 7:50pm Film4+1)

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Stephen King’s It (part 1 of 2)On: Zone Horror    Date: Friday 17th JulyTime: 9:00pm

Stephen King’s It (part 2 of 2)On: Zone Horror    Date: Friday 17th JulyTime: 10:55pm

Teen WolfOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 11:20am (and 6:20pm)

The Addams Family ValuesOn: Sky Screen 1   Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 11:30am

The Bank JobOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 3:05pm (and 9:00pm)

The BeachOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 8:00pmThe Big LebowskiOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Friday 17th JulyTime: 11:45pm

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The Boston StranglerOn: Sky Movies ClassicsDate: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 01:30amThe Breakfast ClubOn: Sky Movies Comedy Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 06:15am (and 9:40am, 6:00am & 4:15pm 20 July Sky Modern Greats)

The Fly (1958)On: Film4 Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 01:15am (and 2:15am Film4+1)

The FrightenersOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 12:40pm (and 10:40pm)The HappeningOn: Sky Movies Premiere   Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 9:35pm (and 1035pm Premiere+1 and similar times daily through 25 July)

The Incredible HulkOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 11:45am (and 7:05pm)

The Iron GiantOn: Sky Movies Family Date: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 12:15pm (and 6:30pm)

The KraysOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 00:35am (and 10:30pm 22 July Sky Screen 1)

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The Last Of The MohicansOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Friday 17th JulyTime: 10:45am

The Lost BoysOn: BravoDate: Friday 17th JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Bravo+1)The Man With Two BrainsOn: Comedy CentralDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 9:00pm

The Monster SquadOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 08:00am (and 4:00pm)

The Ninth GateOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 2:35pmThe Omega ManOn: TCMDate: Tuesday 21st JulyTime: 3:00pm (and 7:15am 22 July)

The ProphecyOn: SCI FI   Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 00:40am 20 July)The SenderOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Thursday 23rd JulyTime: 02:15am

The Serpent And The RainbowOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 02:00amThe Silence Of The LambsOn: ITV2Date: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 11:50pm (and 11:05pm 23 July)

The TerminatorOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 11:00am (and 5:05pm)

The Truman ShowOn: Sky Movies Drama Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 6:15pm

The Usual SuspectsOn: Sky Movies Action/Thriller Date: Thursday 23rd JulyTime: 00:40am

The Wicker Man (1973)On: ITV4Date: Wednesday 22nd JulyTime: 11:00pm (and 10:05pm 223 July)

There Will Be BloodOn: Sky Movies Indie  Date: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 7:20pm

Titan A.E.On: Sky Screen 2 Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 08:45am (and 11:20am & 6:15 pm 21 July Sky Family)

TitusOn: Sky Movies Drama    Date: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 01:45am

TombstoneOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 18th JulyTime: 11:15am (and 10:05pm, 5:45pm 22 July, 00:50am 23 July)Twelve MonkeysOn: WatchDate: Friday 17th JulyTime: 10:35pm (and 11:35pm Watch+1)

Twilight Zone: The MovieOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror Date: Monday 20th JulyTime: 2:25pm

VideodromeOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Friday 24th JulyTime: 00:25am

What Lies BeneathOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Sunday 19th JulyTime: 09:30am

Whatever Happened To Harold Smith?On: Sky Movies Comedy  Date: Thursday 23rd JulyTime: 03:30am

X-MenOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Monday 20th JulyTime: 11:05pm