Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

Torchwood, Day Of The Triffids and a whole lot of great movies await you in the coming week...

If there was ever a week to go full-on telly mode, this is it. Time to disappoint your partner, dodge your non-geek friends and let tots run wild in the coming week.

Starting Monday 6 July at 9:00pm on BBC 1 Torchwood: Children Of Earth begins its 5-in-a-row run, lead by Captain Jack, in an experimental week of the third season sci-fi series. Pre-show press promises a dark and chilling tale told nightly through Friday. Each episode also airs later on BBC 3 (11:45pm first night), but we plan to catch the earliest action possible. Whether this one-week wrap-up proves to be wise or weak, time and telly will tell.

If five nights straight of new sci-fi doesn’t appeal enough, how about a return to some classic shudders with BBC 4’s re-airing of The Day Of The Triffids? The 6-part 1981 series about post-apocalyptic plantlife uproots again on Sunday 5th July at 7:00pm. A remake is imminent, so if you want to be able to compare – and complain, now’s your chance.

Lastly, CNN’s The Screening Room features Terry Gilliam in an ‘Xtra’ version at the Ibiza Film Festival where he discusses The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, Heath Ledger’s final filmed performance in which his co-stars take turns in the actor’s scenes after his passing. Plus, details on the resuscitation of a literary Spanish hero in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (see here for info on its original demise). Airdates are Saturday 4 July through Monday the 6th, but please check schedules on the day(s) as our sources are in conflict on the show times.

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UPDATE: 8 July

The Sci-Fi channel is running the excellent series, Jericho, from its pilot episode beginning 8 July at 11:00am with subsequent eps showing hourly after that until 4:00pm. The series run continues through the week and weekend, so check your schedules for a first or second chance to see this sorely missed, quality program starring Skeet Ulrich.

UPDATE: 9 July

Another season start-up that slipped by us, Mock The Week, hosted by Dara Ó Briain (whom we interviewed here late last year) starts its seventh series run Thursday 9 July at 9:00pm on BBC 2. 

To fill any gaps between all that, here are the week’s pick of films broadcast in the next 7 days.

3.10 To YumaOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 10:00pm

AI: Artificial IntelligenceOn: BBC 1Date: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 10:25pm

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Alien 3On: Sky Screen 2 Date: Tuesday 7th JulyTime: 00:45am

An American Werewolf In LondonOn: SCI FI Date: Tuesday 7th JulyTime: 10:00pm

Analyze ThisOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Friday 3rd JulyTime: midnight

Back To The FutureOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 10:00am (and 7:00pm)

Bad BoysOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Thursday 9th JulyTime: 11:20am (and 8:00pm)

Batman ForeverOn: TCMDate: Thursday 9th JulyTime: 9:00pm

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Beverly Hills CopOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 09:10am (and 8:00pm, 12:05pm 7 July)

BigOn: Sky Movies Family  Date: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 9:40pm (and 3:15am 5 July)

Blade RunnerOn: Sky Screen 2 Date: Friday 3rd JulyTime: 2:40pm

Cape Fear (1991)On: Movies 24 Date: Monday 6th JulyTime: 11:00pm (and 2:00am Movies24+, 9:00pm/midnight 7 July Movies24/+)

ChinatownOn: Film4Date: Tuesday 7th JulyTime: 10:50pm (and 11:50pm Film4+1)

Continental DivideOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Monday 6th JulyTime: 06:00am (and 4:30am 7 July)

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District 13On: FXDate: Saturday 4th JulyTime: midnight (and 1:00am 9 July)Earth Girls Are EasyOn: SCI FIDate: Thursday 9th JulyTime: 6:00pm

Edward ScissorhandsOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Thursday 9th July )Time: 4:05pm (and 8:00pm)

Fatal AttractionOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Monday 6th JulyTime: 10:20pm

Freaky Friday (1977)On: E4Date: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 10:45am (and 11:45am E4+1)

Galaxy QuestOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Wednesday 8th JulyTime: 1:40pm (and 9:00pm)

Ghostbusters IIOn: five USA   Date: Wednesday 8th JulyTime: 10:00pm (and 9:00pm 9 July)

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HulkOn: ITV2Date: Tuesday 7th JulyTime: 9:00pm

IdentityOn: HallmarkDate: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Hallmark+1)

In BrugesOn: Sky Movies Indie Date: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 10:00pmInvasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)On: more4 Date: Monday 6th July)Time: 11:15am

It’s All Gone Pete TongOn: BBC 1 Date: Friday 3rd JulyTime: 11:40pmJohnny HandsomeOn: Sky Screen 2 Date: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 09:30am

Man On The MoonOn: BBC 4  Date: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 10:00pm

Marathon ManOn: Film4Date: Monday 6th JulyTime: 11:15pm (and 00:15am 7 July Film4+1)

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Mars Attacks!On: ITV1Date: Monday 6th JulyTime: 10:35pm

Pan’s LabyrinthOn: more4  Date: Friday 3rd JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 00:30am 4 July

Panic RoomOn: fiveDate: Wednesday 8th JulyTime: 9:00pm

Paper MoonOn: Sky Movies IndieDate: Monday 6th JulyTime: 10:35am (and 8:15pm)

ParenthoodOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 11:50pm (and 9:20am 8 July)

Pee-Wee’s Big AdventureOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Tuesday 7th JulyTime: 6:25pm (and 1:10am 8 July)

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PredatorOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Monday 6th JulyTime: 9:00pmPredator 2On: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Tuesday 7th JulyTime: 1:05pm (and 7:00pm)

Pretty In PinkOn: TCM Date: Monday 6th JulyTime: 10:55pm

Psycho (1960)On: Sky Movies Classics Date: Friday 3rd JulyTime: 02:00am (and 1:00am 7 July)

RecOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 00:20am

Saturday Night FeverOn: Sky Movies DramaDate: Thursday 9th JulyTime: 00:15am

Se7enOn: fiveDate: Monday 6th JulyTime: 10:00pmSome Kind Of WonderfulOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 06:45am

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Son Of RambowOn: Sky Movies FamilyDate: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 8:00pm (and 1:30am 5 July)

SpawnOn: TCM  Date: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 11:15pm

Spider-ManOn: WatchDate: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Watch+1, 6:00/5:00pm 5 July Watch/+1)

Strange DaysOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 01:50am

Superman ReturnsOn: BBC 3Date: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 9:00pm

Tales From The DarksideOn: Zone Horror  Date: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 9:00pm

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Teen WolfOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Tuesday 7th JulyTime: 10:25am (and 6:20pm)Tenacious D In The Pick Of DestinyOn: Channel 4   Date: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 11:25pm (and 00:25am 6 July 4+1)

The Adventures Of Baron MunchausenOn: fiveDate: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 3:20pm

The Bank JobOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 3:15pm (and 9:00pm)

The Big LebowskiOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Monday 6th JulyTime: 00:30am

The DepartedOn: Film4   Date: Friday 3rd JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)The Fast And The FuriousOn: five USADate: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 10:00pmThe Hitcher (1986)On: ITV4 Date: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 00:35am

The Incredible HulkOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Monday 6th JulyTime: 11:05am (and 9:00pm)

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The Iron GiantOn: fiveDate: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 3:15pm

The Italian Job (1969)On: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 2:35pm

The JerkOn: ITV4 Date: Monday 6th JulyTime: 01:05am

The Last Of The MohicansOn: Sky Screen 2   Date: Thursday 2nd JulyTime: 7:00pm (nd noon 6 July Sky Drama)

The Long Kiss GoodnightOn: fiveDate: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 9:00pm

The Monster SquadOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Tuesday 7th JulyTime: 08:00am (and 5:30pm)

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The OmenOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 00:35am

The SenderOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/HorrorDate: Wednesday 8th JulyTime: 00:50amThe Truman ShowOn: Sky Screen 1 Date: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 9:45pm

The Usual SuspectsOn: Sky Movies Action/ThrillerDate: Wednesday 8th JulyTime: 00:35am

The UntouchablesOn: Film4Date: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1, 9:00/10:00pm 9 July Film 4/+1)

Tin CupOn: TCMDate: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 9:00pm (and 2:05am 6 July)

TombstoneOn: Sky Screen 1Date: Saturday 4th JulyTime: midnight (and 2:05pm & 8:00pm 7 July)

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Total RecallOn: ITV2Date: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 10:30pm (and 9:00pm 6 July)

VacancyOn: Sky Screen 2Date: Saturday 4th JulyTime: 2:45pm

VideodromeOn: Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror Date: Tuesday 7th JulyTime: 02:10am

Wayne’s WorldOn: Sky Movies ComedyDate: Friday 3rd JulyTime: 8:00pm (and 1:00am 4 July)

Wayne’s World 2On: Sky Movies Comedy  Date: Friday 3rd JulyTime: 2:15pm (and 9:40pm)

WestworldOn: TCMDate: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 03:25am

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Young FrankensteinOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Sunday 5th JulyTime: 6:00pm