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New TV Viewing For August/September 2005!

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  1. PoochJD

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    Morning Folks,

    Well, despite what I said in last week’s update, I couldn’t let you all down. So, I’ve got another update for you all, mainly because a) I found some time to write it all up for you, and b) because there was simply too much good and new stuff I had to mention. So, here goes…

    Thursday 24th August – TOMORROW NIGHT
    Roswell – 7:00-9:00pm
    I forgot to mention this in last-week’s update, but nonetheless, here it is. A complete showing of every episode, over the next 8-9 months, from all 3 seasons – something that no other UK broadcaster has yet done! :clap: Tonight sees the Season 1 Pilot Episode and its follow-up, and we are introduced to Liz, Max, Isobel and Michael. When Liz is accidentally shot, during a flawed hold-up in the restaurant she works at, extra-terrestrial being Max saves her, but only by being forced to reveal he’s not of this world. Season 1 is excellent, and Season 2 is pretty good also, but I haven’t seen any of Season 3, although I’m told it does wrap-up the entire story reasonably well. (Sci-Fi Channel)


    Saturday 27th August
    “The Pretender” Weekend – Noon-10pm
    This weekend (including Bank Holiday Monday), sees multiple episodes from the cult TV action show “The Pretender”, including showings of the movies “The Pretender 2001” and “The Pretender: Island Of The Haunted”. (Sci-Fi Channel)

    Monk – 4:55-5:40pm
    The BBC has really played havoc with this gem of a detective show, and it deserves a better timeslot than this. Anyway, after many, many delays, here is the penultimate episode of Season 2. (BBC2)

    SCHEDULE CHANGE: House: Finale Weekend– 9:00-10:00pm
    Penultimate episodes from Season 1 air tonight, and tomorrow. (Hallmark)

    Empire – 10:00pm-Midnight
    If you enjoyed “Gladiator”, “Troy” or “Alexander”, then you should really love this. The first of a three-episode mini-series about the dramatic story of Caesar’s nephew, Octavius, who later became Emperor Octavius Augustus! Great production values, stunning effects and a good script to boot. Worth recording, as this is a long-one - running to approximately four-and-a-half-hours in total, over three days. Episodes 2 and 3 can be seen at the same time on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August. Stars Michael Maloney, Jonathan Cake, Colm Feore, Dennis Haysbert and Trudie Styler. Contains some battle violence and occasional adult themes. (Hallmark)

    Law And Order: Special Victims Unit – 10:20-11:15pm
    I’ve recommended this show before, but this specific episode is a true jaw-dropper, not only because of the impeccable script and direction, but because of the topic it deals with tonight. This is an episode from Season 3 called “Ridicule”. When a male stripper comes under investigation, after a woman dies from an auto-erotic accident, the young man claims he was raped by the deceased woman and her friends. The story asks the controversial question: is it possible for a woman to be convicted of raping a man. Can sexual arousal be classified as consent? A highly thought-provoking episode, and one that will lead to many debates on this contentious issue. (Five)

    Ross Noble: Live In Regent’s Park – 11:35pm-12:40am
    This is a fun show, recorded from his July 2003 open-air concert. If you’ve never seen Noble before, he’s a young British comedian who rattles off jokes and skits at an even more rapid-fire rate than should be humanly possible. Topics under discussion include a new take on the works of William Shakespeare, mosquito lords (!) and tramp bands! Very funny, and worth watching/recording. (Channel 4)


    Sunday 28th
    Lost – 6:30-7:30pm
    Well, it seems that Channel 4 have given up on the late-night Saturday repeats, after just one, single week (when the two-part Pilot Episode was repeated). This is now the home for the weekly repeat, if you miss the Wednesday night transmission. Be warned, however: although Wednesday night episodes are uncut and uncensored, the Sunday evening ones are heavily cut to remove any potentially contentious material. :rolleyes: (Channel 4)

    House: Weekend – 8:00-10:00pm
    It’s the final two ever episodes, of this brilliantly dark and witty medical drama! Enjoy it, and then watch the show in Widescreen on Five, every Thursday instead! :D (Hallmark)

    American Chopper: Mikey Special – 9:00-10:00pm
    A special edition of the show, highlighting Mikey’s best and worst segments, as well as his personal favourite selections. (Discovery Channel)

    ‘Salem’s Lot (2004) – 10:00-11:50pm
    The first UK airing of the recent remake of the infamous vampire novel from Stephen King, starring Rob Lowe. Part 2 airs on Monday night, at the same time. Contains some strong violence and gore, and some swearing. (A nightly repeat airs, later on on the same evenings!) Showing uncut, but in fullscreen! (Sci-Fi Channel)

    Ian Fleming: Bondmaker – 10:45-11:45pm
    Documentary-drama about the reclusive author who created James Bond 007. Using real-life interviews prior to his death, as well as the author’s own works, this hour-long special tries to reveal the reality of the man who gave birth to a legend. (BBC1)


    Monday 29th
    SCHEDULE CHANGE: 10:25am-1pm
    If the Cricket should get rained off – which is highly likely seeing as it’s a Bank Holiday Monday :rotfl: - then episodes of “Third Watch”, “ER” and “Frasier” will air instead. (Channel 4)

    FILM: The Great Escape (PG) – 2:10-4:55pm
    It’s that film, with that theme tune, starring those men. Need I say more? :D (BBC1)

    FILM: Ocean’s Eleven (PG) – 2:45-5:05pm
    This is the original Brat Pack film, with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr, Dean Martin and CesarRomero. Enjoy this rare terrestrial outing. (ITV1)

    FILM: The Sting (PG) – 4:55-7:00pm
    Very witty and enjoyable crime comedy with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Great afternoon entertainment, and the stunning opening theme tune really sets the mood. Contains very mild violence. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (BBC2)

    Greatest TV Cock-Up’s – 9:00-11:05pm
    Okay, so these kind of “Greatest Moments” shows, aren’t usually that good, but this one’s different. It’s a countdown of all that is bad, dire and truly chronic in TV, selecting the choicest foul-ups ever aired, including streakers, four-lettter swearing on live TV, celebrity pratfalls, and other such faux-pas’. Highlights include Neil Kinnock taking a cooling dip, Janet Jackson’s costume error at the American Superbowl, and nudity on GMTV! Contains adult material and some strong language – for obvious reasons. (Five)

    Gray’s Anatomy – 10:00-11:00pm
    First episode in Season 1 of an all-new US medical drama. Season 1 only lasts a measly 9 episodes, and Season 2 is still airing in the USA, but seems to have been put on temporary hiatus. As such, I can’t see this show getting great viewing figures. Reports say the show is good, but not particularly original or different to any other recent US medical show. Katherine Heigl, also known as Izzy from “Roswell”, stars alongside Patrick Dempsey and Isiah Washington. (Living TV)

    FILM: Spaceballs (12) – 10:00-11:50pm
    Original and uncut version of the US print of the Mel Brooks sci-fi spoof, that leaves no bad joke unused! Contains strong language! Fun, if you can handle some of the toilet humour. (ITV2)


    Tuesday 30th
    FILM: The Right Stuff (15) – 10:30pm-1:35am
    Stunning and lengthy drama dealing with the American Space Race, in January 1961. Based on the novel from Tom Wolfe, a race began to see who would succeed in putting a manned space-probe into orbit. Would it be the USA or the Russians? Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Veronica Cartwright, and Lance Henriksen star. Contains some strong language. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (BBC4)

    Kingpin (18) – 2:10-3:05am
    Enjoyably adult mini-series drama from US cable TV network HBO, starring Yancey Arias, Sheryl Lee, Bobby Cannavale, and Brian Benben as figures caught-up in the dangerous and violent world of Mexican drug traffikers. A mixture of “Traffik”, “The Sopranos” and “Desperado”. Highly recommended, but be warned, this is for adults-only. Contains very strong language, harrowing scenes of violence, explicit sexual scenes, and extended scenes of drug-taking throughout. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. Episodes 1 to 3 air Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening of this week, with the final 3 episodes, airing next week. (Channel 4)

    Oz – 3:05-4:05am
    The final eight episodes of Season 6, that bring this horrifying and uncompromisingly adult prison drama to its dramatic and unrelenting conclusion. Season 6 was aired sporadically, over Christmas 2004/New Year 2005, and then disappeared from the schedules. Now, UK terrestrial fans can finally get to see what happens! As per “Kingpin” above, this show is strictly adults only, and contains very strong language, explicit violence, and extended scenes of prison abuse. Showing uncut. Episodes are being shown on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night this week, with the rest to follow next week, and the week after. (Channel 4)


    Wednesday 31st
    Cops On The Box – 8:00-9:00pm
    One-off documentary about the current wave of crime dramas, and whether they are seen as superior to classic crime and detective shows from the 1970’s. Contributors include Antonio “Huggy Bear” Fargas, and Marg “Catherine Willows” Helgenberger. (Five)

    FILM: Road Trip (15) – 9:45-11:15pm
    In my personal opinion, this outdoes “American Pie”, in terms of the quality of the script and the jokes. :clap: Breckin Meyer plays student Josh, who is conducting a long-distance relationship, with his long-term girlfriend. But his relationship is put into danger, when a compromising videotape gets sent to his girlfriend, by accident. A race-against-time, and across the country, ensues, to save himself from ruining the only thing worthwhile in his life. Very, very funny, and with some great gags! Watch out for the opening sequence monologue with Tom Green; the abandoned car scene, and the painful but brutally funny scene involving the feeding of a pet Python that goes hysterically wrong. Oh, and stay through the credits, because I believe there’s some extra bits-and-bobs at the end… if my memory serves. :D Yes, the film is crude, and rude, and at times even sexist and borderline racist, but it’s still far superior to most other recent teen sex comedies, mainly because the film comes across as actually quite clever and intelligent, as opposed to dumb. Contains some strong language, and some adult material. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (BBC3)

    Early Doors – 10:40-11:10pm
    This likeable, but not outstanding, comedy from actor Craig Cash, gets transferred from its original home of BBC2, to BBC1. Set in a pub, it follows a group of patrons chatting about life, drink… and more drink. This is the start of a rerun of all of Series 2. (BBC1)


    Thursday 1st September
    Seinfeld – 7:30-8:00pm
    The hit US comedy show, starts a complete 9-season rerun! All 180-episodes, right from the very, very beginning! (Paramount Comedy)

    Cutting Edge – 12:55-2:25am
    Late-night repeat of a programme originally airing on Tuesday 30th August between 9:00-10:30pm. Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Sean Penn, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Jodie Foster, Paul Verhoeven, James Cameron, Wes Craven, George Lucas, Anthony Minghella, and Quentin Tarantino discuss why their films wouldn’t always have been blockbuster hits, without their award-winning editors helping them make the shots they want! Contains some adult language, and some violent and adult material. Showing in Widescreen. (BBC4)


    Friday 2nd
    CSI: The Best Ever Finale – 9:00-10:00pm
    We’ve waited about 2 months for this night, and now, it’s finally arrived. Will we be seeing CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’s Season 3 episode “Lady Heather’s Box” (actually a 64-minute special, minus all the ads, or 85 minutes with ads), or CSI: Miami’s Season 1 episode “Slaughterhouse”. Well, if it’s “Lady Heather’s Box”, someone at Five ought to tell them, their scheduling’s going to be messed-up big-style, if they have to air it tonight! You still have time to vote. Details are shown on Five, usually after any episode of “CSI”, “CSI: Miami” or “CSI: New York”. Closing Date for votes is Noon on the 31st August. (Five)

    FILM: Friday The 13th (18) – 12:10-1:55am
    For the first time, ever on UK TV (satellite, cable or terrestrial), the full, completely uncut and totally uncensored original version of this acclaimed and genre-defining movie gets its premiere! :clap: Come and meet the campers of Camp Crystal Lake, and see if you can handle the terrifying history that everyone thought had gone away! :eek: Contains some strong language, some nudity and sexual material, and lots of graphic gore and violence! Showing uncut. (Five)


    And there you have it. The update I promised you wouldn’t be getting, in all its glory! :D Now, I also have some extra TV news for you all, and I hope you are as happy as I am about it. (In no particular order of preference…)
    1) The Sci-Fi Channel has a new show starting in September. “She Spies” stars Natasha Henstridge, and is a modern-day update of “Charlie’s Angels”, set in the future. This will be a UK premiere!

    2) On October 1st and 2nd, all 15 episodes of “Firefly”, the brilliant Joss Whedon space western, will air back-to-back on Sci-Fi, in a complete series marathon. If you’ve never seen it, or want to find out what all the fuss is about, before the finale movie “Serenity” opens in mid-October, then here’s your chance!

    3) BBC2 will start to air US crime drama “Medium” from early in September 2005. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s likely to go out on Sunday nights at 10pm, although no details have yet been officially confirmed.

    4) Channel 4 have announced that “Enterprise” Season 4 will be airing on Channel 4 very soon! This means, within the next 2-6 weeks at most!

    5) “Prison Break” – an all-new drama from the Fox Network – has been jointly purchased by Living TV and Five. This is fantastic news, as it means Five can show it uncut, and in Widescreen, unlike a certain other terrestrial channel, who seem to dropping another US show every week at the moment! (No names mentioning, and all that…! :D )

    6) “Rescue Me” the firefighting drama with Dennis Leary, is likely to be being purchased for airing on either the BBC or Five. Channel 4 have already opted out (thank god). Season 2 of the show, will be starting in October/November 2005 on Sky 1.

    7) “One Tree Hill” (Season 2) is due to start airing on Channel 4 in the New Year! Season 3 of “The OC” has already been bought by Channel 4, and “Stargate SG-1” (Season 8) will also start to air on C4 in the next few weeks.

    Right, that’s your lot, this week! Another 120-odd minutes of my life, spent on helping you folks out, and bringing you the latest news, whenever I can! Well, for now, I’m off to revise, and I may/may not be back in a week or so. I shall post more, when I’ve ended my exams.

    Cheers!


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    Hi Again,

    More news folks....! :clap:

    ITEM ONE
    FX (formerly FX289 in the UK) has confirmed plans to launch a timeshift channel next month. FX+, currently testing at 10.876V, will rebroadcast the main FX schedule on a two-hour delay. The change from the norm - most timeshift channels operate on a one-hour delay - is to accomodate the channel's primetime schedule, which "revolves around two hour blocks of their flagship programming between 9pm and 11pm on weeknights". FX+ launches on EPG 271 on Monday, September 12. (Copyright 2005, Digital Spy site)


    ITEM TWO
    It's now possible - in some parts of the UK only - to receive ABC1 on Satellite! :eek: and :clap: Just enter the following into your Sky Digibox in the Add New Channels menu, and see if it works.

    Frequency 10.862 GHz
    Horizontal
    SR: 22000
    FEC: 5/6

    The channel is usually labelled as "9010". As mentioned, this doesn't work for everyone in the UK. Sorry folks, but good luck! :)


    ITEM THREE
    Three new channels have joined the entertainment section of Sky's EPG this morning. A new "Discovery Real Time" spinoff called "Discovery Real Time Extra" can be found on 135 in the EPG. The channel will focus on delivering an additional helping of Discovery Real Time programmes along with some new ones mixed in.

    "You TV 3" :eek: will feature a mix of quiz, dating and poker content. The channel can be located on EPG number 180 near the other two You TV branded stations.

    Meanwhile, "Passion TV" - a new offering dedicated to African and Caribbean viewers - is available on 280 in the Sky EPG.


    ITEM FOUR
    The entertainment station channel, "Rapture TV", is planning a relaunch in January 2006. No details yet as to exactly when it will appear, or in what section of the EPG, but there is official confirmation that Japanese animations will be a part of there new programming! Absolutely blinding... if I do say so myself! :clap: :clap:


    ITEM FIVE
    More new channel news: the following are due to launch over the coming months.
    September 2005
    Faze TV - Aimed at gay men.
    Propeller - A new local channel, for people in the Yorkshire and Humberside area, showcasing "new talent", whatever that might mean.

    October 2005
    More4 - Another companion channel from Channel 4, specialising in drama and documentaries, for the more discerning C4 viewer!

    November 2005
    ITV4 - Aimed at 25-45 year old men, a channel that mixes new US imported dramas, plus documentaries, and material for this particular group.

    Jan 2006
    Fight+ - No details as of yet!
    ESPN Classic Sport - Classic sport from ESPN, one of the premier sports channels in the US. See old games, in their full and uninterrupted forms, including baseball, basketball, drag racing, touring cars, and many more.
    Sky Three - No details as of yet!
    Thai TV - Thai-language and Thai-oriented programming


    ITEM SIX
    And, last of all, but by no means least, "Rescue Me" has been picked-up already, for a third season, to debut in September 2006! :smashin:

    I'm just too good to you people, aren't I?! :D


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    Pooch, I'm afraid your information regarding Roswell is wrong again because although the BBC never completed airing the show, Sky One did in prime time without moving the show around the schedules. Also by the way thanks for mentioning repeats of Roswell because I wanted to see it again but I do not like the programme enough to buy the DVDs.

    I don't suppose you know when the Pretender will be shown from season one all the way through as I lost track the series after Sky One shown the first season and then the series seemed to vanish.

    I don't suppose you know IF Grey's Anatomy would be repeated on living TV after monday?

    Oz - do you know if these final eight episodes have been shown on E4 before?

    great news for FX with the new channel FX+2 !


    I also thought I would say that I find your posts very informative and indispensable for my TV planning! keep up the great work! :clap:
     
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    Hi West,

    Okay, I'll see what I can do...

    1) I stand corrected on "Roswell". I didn't know they had shown Season 3. Thanks :)

    2)The Pretender going to start all over again, with the Pilot Episode from 4pm on Monday 5th September, with a next day repeat at 10am. Episodes will then air, every weekday Mondays-Fridays, at 4pm. Other episodes may also air at different times. Keep an eye on their schedules, here!

    3) Grey's Anatomy is probably repeated, but your best bet would be to record it on Living TV +1 instead. At the moment though, I have no details. Sorry. :(

    4) Yes, the final 8 episodes of "Oz" were shown on E4 about 6-10 months ago. However, they have never been shown on C4 ever!

    Thanks for the comments, and I'd also recommend you visit a site called Epguides.com, which has detailed lists of almost every US and UK show, that you will ever need. It's handy, so you can find out the number of episodes in a series, as well as if a channel is airing the show's in the correct order!


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    Just found out that MEDIUM starts on BBC 1 on Tuesday, 6th September 11.05 to 11.50pm. It is preceeded by another interesting series called Drama Connections.

    Regarding Grey's Anatomy - I have planned to record it on 5th September 9pm and 10pm on Living as it clashes with Empire on Hallmark. However, according to Digiguide, episode 1 and 2 are also on 9th Sept. at 10pm and 11pm. They are all, of course, also on Living +1.
     
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    unfortunately both showings of the first episode of Grey's Anatomy clash with the new time for Deadwood

    cheers Pooch & Barbara for your help
     
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    Well, Living must be trying to please you because they are having a 4 episode marathon on 25th September, starting at 2pm.
     
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    Hi Barbara,

    Good to see you on the Forums again! :thumbsup: Thanks for the info, r.e. "Medium"! Should be good, providing that BBC1 sticks with it, and doesn't ****-it around the schedules.


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    Pooch, I cant believe you didnt mention the new series of Messiah (vi) airing on BBC1 on Sunday,Monday&Tuesday

    Excelent Police drama staring Ken Stott.
     
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    It is Messiah IV (i.e. 4) I've been re-watching the other three on UKTV Drama.
     
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    Hi Pooch,

    I drop in at least once a day now I know it has a TV forum.

    19 episodes is rather a lot for the BBC schedulers to cope with. I bet it does bounce around the listings, just hope they don't do a Monk, which seems to have taken about a year to reach the penultimate episode.
     
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    Hi,

    Battle - Sorry about that omission :( , but seeing as it's being so heavily trailed by the BBC, I didn't think it warranted a mention. Also, the fact that I don't personally feel that the "Messiah" stories are that good. But, each to their own.

    Barbara - You'll be glad to know, that the Season 2 finale, airs on BBC2 at 4:15pm (I think), on Saturday 3rd September! Thus, completing Season 2 - that's got to have been the longest run of a show, spread out in one year, despite there only being about 13 episodes! :mad: I wish the BBC would put it on BBC1 at 7pm, on Saturday nights, where it would be great for adults and older children, just like "Dr Who" was.


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    Whoops - fat finger fudge :D
     

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