New TV Viewing For June/July 2006!

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Good Afternoon, Everybody,

How are you all. I’m afraid that this TV Update for you all, will be a little different to normal: it will be more-or-less as long as usual, but the descriptions may not always be so detailed. Essentially, this purely because I have been very busy this week, and I didn’t want to let you all down, by delaying the update by three days, simply to include more detail. Anyway, I hope you will forgive me for this minor indiscretion, and that you enjoy the update’s recommendations.

Important Notice:
All of the following programmes are correct at time of writing. However, because much of the World Cup and Wimbledon coverage will be live this week on BBC and ITV channels, some items may be rescheduled (earlier or later than listed), replaced, or cancelled at short notice. As such, please double-check to see if any scheduling amendments have been made, prior to watching or viewing anything listed below, with your usual TV listings guide supplier. Programmes that may be susceptible to scheduling changed, are marked with a double-asterisk symbol, next to their name! Thanks! :)

Saturday 24th June
**NEW: Big Apple – 9:00-10:00pm
Another new, but short-lived US crime drama starts tonight on ITV4, who are really keeping British viewers hooked to their channel with a lot of decent shows! Just six episodes to watch, before CBS pulled the plug on it. Stars Ed O'Neill, Jeffrey Pierce, David Strathairn, Titus Welliver, Michael Madsen, Donnie Wahlberg, Sebastian Roche, and Samantha Buck, as the FBI fight against the criminals who are slowly taking-over New York, post 9/11. Repeated later tonight, at 2:05am. (ITV4)

**FILM: Bullet In The Head (18) – 10:00pm-12:40am
One of John Woo’s finest ever films: a sprawling epic, set amongst the Vietnam War, that follows three young men, as they grow-up, and turn to crime in order to raise money. It’s very violent, and there are some brutally uncompromising scenes, but it’s the Far East equivalent to “The Deer-Hunter”, and for that reason alone, you have to watch this. Showing uncut, in Widescreen, and hopefully with the original Mandarin audio, with English subtitles. Highly Recommended. (ITV4)

**Supernatural – 10:25pm-1:25am
For any of you who haven’t been watching this new US fantasy/thriller, a repeat run of the entire first season starts tonight! Episodes 1-3 air tonight, and then the series continues each Saturday night, for the duration of the summer holiday. (ITV2)


Sunday 25th
**FILM: Big (PG) – 4:20-6:00pm
THIS FILM HAS BEEN PULLED FROM THE SCHEDULES, DUE TO LIVE FOOTBALL!
(BBC1)

FILM: The Untouchables (15) – 10:00pm-12:15am
Stunning period crime drama, loosely based on the original TV series, and the real life story of Al Capone, about US Treasury Agent Eliot Ness who aimed to put an end to Capone’s life of crime, with any legal means possible. Kevin Costner, Sean Connery and Robert De Niro, (all providing some of their most memorable performances ever), alongside a superb music score by composer Ennio Morricone, bring this amazing film to life! Truly awesome in every respect! One of the best films ever made, and an exemplary piece of real-life history brought to the silver-screen, that all true cinema fans will want to watch again and again. Contains occasional scenes of very strong violence (particularly early-on in the movie), and some strong language too. Showing uncut, and in Widescreen. Highly Recommended! (Sky 1)

The Best Ever Spitting Image Moments – 10:00-11:05pm
The hilarious political puppet satire, is given a one-night lease of life, as latex versions of Ant and Dec introduce the best and worst bits of the hit 1980’s comedy show. If you were too young at the time, to see the series, then here’s your chance to see a bit of TV history, that will bring back many fond memories for your parents! This was one of ITV’s best programmes, and it still stands out as some of the most wonderful British comedy they ever made. Will contain bad language. (ITV1)

Spitting Image: First And Last – 11:00pm-12:05am
If you enjoyed the above programme, then ITV4 are showing the first and last ever episodes made of the hilarious comedy show. Great fun, and almost all of the characters were really as wretched in real-life as they are portrayed in the show. Arthur Scargill, John Major and Maggie Thatcher were always my faves from the long-running series. (ITV4)

FILM: The Producers (PG) – 11:30pm-1:00am
Mel Brooks outstanding comedy, with Gene Wilder, about an off-Broadway theatre producer who comes to realise that producing the worst play in history, is likely to be more lucrative and successful, than writing a genuine work of art. So he sets out to produce the worst play he can, including a musical number entitled “Springtime For Hitler”! It’s outlandish, risqué, and – to a certain degree – in bad taste, but it’s very, very funny. Contains some swearing, and material that may be considered inappropriate for the younger members of your family. Showing uncut, and in Widescreen. (BBC2)


Monday 26th
** Supernatural – 11:00pm-Midnight
Tonight, should see the penultimate episode of Season 1 airing on terrestrial TV, with the series finale on Wednesday night. However, for some bizarre reason, ITV hasn’t taken note of the World Cup into account. Essentially, if they air live football tonight, then “Supernatural” will air tonight, and also on Wednesday. But, if the football over-runs, or isn’t shown on ITV1 at all, then tonight’s episode is dropped completely, but the Wednesday night episode will still go ahead, irrespective of tonight’s scheduling! :eek: This could then result in ITV screwing up the final episode on Wednesday, if they don’t take care with tonight’s episode! Be warned! (ITV1)

NEW: NYPD Blue – 11:05pm-12:05am
More4 is messing about with the scheduling again. Tonight’s episode airs at 11pm only. However, the remainder of this week’s episodes all get two showings each night, at approximately 11:00pm and 2:00am approximately. Let’s hope that Channel 4 don’t keep messing fans of the show about any more, because this kind of treatment is completely unjustified, after fans have been so patient! (More4)

Huff – 1:50-3:00am
Start of a repeat run of all 13 episodes that form Season 1, before all-new Season 2 starts in a couple of weeks time! When one of Dr Hoffstadt’s teenage patients kills himself during a counselling session, the Doctor is forced to deal with the legal, professional and ethical dilemmas he finds himself in. Along for the ride, is his mother, his wife, and his own teenage son, who is just discovering the joys of sex! An excellent HBO comedy drama, starring Hank Azaria, (who performs the voice of Moe in “The Simpsons”), Paget Brewster, Oliver Platt (“The West Wing”) and Blythe Danner. Viewers should be warned, the language is ultra-explicit: part-way between “The Sopranos” and “Deadwood”, so this is not for the easily offended. But if you can cope with the language, this is a beautifully crafted series. Episodes air each weeknight, late at night (times vary each night). Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (FX)


Tuesday 27th
FILM: Joan Of Arc (12) – 9:30am-1:15pm
Lengthy two-part TV mini-series, starring Leelee Sobieski as the French queen who was burnt at the stake, for allegedly delivering messages from God, during the war-torn 14th Century France. Not as impressive as the Luc Besson movie “Joan Of Arc: The Messenger”, but still an interesting drama nonetheless. Contains some mild scenes of violence, and occasional bad language. Showing uncut. (True Movies Channel)

FILM: Hilary And Jackie (15) – 2:55-5:00am
Shockingly bad-scheduling for this beautifully-crafted drama, about the troubled sisters, Jacqueline and Hilary du Pre, who were both musically gifted. Rachel Griffiths and Emily Watson star as the sisters, in this haunting film. Contains strong language and some scenes that may upset sensitive viewers. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (Channel 4)


Wednesday 28th
FILM: LA Law: The Movie (12) – 3:40-5:30pm
After the long-running TV series of the same-name concluded, Steven Bochco created a 2002 reunion movie, bringing back some of the characters for one more case. When Michael Kuzak is forced to deal with a case against his former lover, rivalry and friendship starts to harm proceedings, and the goodwill he held at law-firm Mackenzie Brackman rapidly starts to dissolve, into threats, fighting and mistrust. Not the best film, by any means, but not too bad either. Contains some mild bad language. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (Five)

Star Trek – 7:00-8:00pm
I’m not the hugest fan of this cult sci-fi series, but there were three episodes from the original 1960’s show, that were banned for various, during their original run in the UK, by the BBC. This is one of those episodes. Entitled “Miri”, this Season 1 story deals with a planet inhabited only by children. At first, nothing seems too obscure, except for the ages, but some of the children have a very different view about the way their planet is being run by their leader, and want to take matters into their own hands, by violent force. The episode was originally banned, because of the show depicting violence by, and against, children (and we’re talking 7-12 year olds here), including brief but still morally contentious scenes of torture and death. By today’s standards, it’s all a bit blasé, but it’s worth a look, just to see how far this show was willing to push the sensitive rules about content in TV shows, for the time! Also repeats tomorrow morning at 11am. (Sci-Fi Channel)

** Supernatural – 11:00pm-Midnight
See Monday 27th entry for important details! (ITV1)

FILM: Rawhead Rex (18) – 12:50-2:45am
Rare showing of this Clive “Hellraiser” Barker written and directed movie, based on his own short-story. It’s not a great movie, by any definition, but as a pre-cursor to “Hellraiser”, it’s certainly enjoyably naff. Contains scenes of gory violence, and strong language. Showing uncut. (The Horror Channel)


Thursday 29th
Schedule Change: Third Watch
Those of you who are following “Third Watch” on FX, will notice that they originally intended to run Seasons 1, 2 and 3, three times each, back-to-back. However, this has now changed. Last night, saw the end of the second complete run of the first three Seasons, with some episodes cut and missed for their pre-9pm transmission. It is hoped that later on this year, FX will run one, single complete and totally uncut, late-night (or very early-morning) repeat of all three Seasons back-to-back, for those of you who have missed any episodes, or who want to see the show completely uncut, with all episodes airing, after the 9pm Watershed! Details will follow, as soon as I hear back from FX themselves! Don’t panic, though. You still have Seasons 4, 5 and 6 to look forward to, in the New Year, and it seems a dead-cert that you’ll see them on FX, well before Channel 4 get their fingers out! :rolleyes: At least, at this rate, anyway! :rotfl:

Navy NCIS – 8:00-9:00pm
Missed any of the episodes on Five? Didn’t bother to catch the show on FX, because it didn’t seem that great? Just want to see what everyone else has been talking about? FX are giving you the chance to see this excellent US drama series, right from the very beginning of Season 1. Airing each weekday night, at the same time, (in place of “Third Watch” – see note above), let us introduce you to Jethro Gibbs, Tony DiNozzo, Abby Sciutto, Dr “Ducky” Mallard, and Caitlin Todd: agents who all investigate matters that involve Navy officers, in their own, unique way. Some episodes will be edited for content! Five, however, appear to be showing – so far, at least – episodes uncut. This may change, however, when they get towards some of the stronger Season 1 and 2 episodes later on! (FX)


NEW: House MD – 9:00-10:00pm
It’s the Season 2 finale, and despite Five partially ruining it for viewers with the preview at the end of last week’s penultimate episode, this is another corker, from a show that has become probably the finest TV import in recent times for terrestrial fans! When House is shot and wounded, by a disgruntled husband of an ex-patient of his, the team are forced to deal with matters on their own. Meanwhile, House is put on numerous pain-killers and medicines, only to find the combination of drugs causes him to have severe hallucinations, which turns him into an even angrier, and more miserable :censored: than normal! Fans will be chuffed to know that Five has bought the rights to Season 3, and will begin airing it in February 2007! Season 2 is expected to be also shown on the Hallmark Channel, later this year (albeit not in Widescreen), and hopefully both Season 1 and 2 repeated on Five, before February next year! :clap: (Five)

Ultraviolet – 9:00-10:00pm
Short-lived UK horror series from Channel 4, (of all people), about vampires living in and around London, who are out to take over the world, whilst looking for a more permanent supply of food – us! Starring “this Life” actor Jack Davenport, and a host of other British drama stars, this became a cult show. Sadly, only six episodes were ever made, and a rather poor DVD release came out, many years ago, which has long been deleted (though copies can still be bought). One of the better British attempts at making mature, literate science-fiction/horror. (Sci-Fi Channel)

NEW: Out Of Practice – 9:30-10:00pm
All-new US comedy, with some great reviews, and a brilliant cast. Henry Winkler, Stockard Channing, and Christopher Gorham star in this comedy series about recently divorced doctors. Their three children, are also in the same profession. With the family in permanent conflict with each other, no one seems to be capable of working out how this will affect their future relationships, let alone their own patients. More to the point, none of them seem to care. But someone, somewhere, is going to have to make the first move. From the writers of “Frasier” and directed by Kelsey Grammer himself, this should be an interestingly intelligent and acerbic show. Hopefully, if it’s even half as good as “Frasier” was, then this could be required viewing for all comedy fans. This is episode 1 of 20, that forms Season 1. (LivingTV)

Dragnet – 11:00pm-12:05am
Start of another repeat run of Season 1 of this modern update of the classic 1950’s detective series, which is actually remarkably good for a remake. Ed O’Neill (from “Big Apple” and “Married: With Children”) stars as Detective Joe Friday, who with his new, younger, partner Detective Frank Smith (Ethan Embry), profile the apparent suicide of a porn actress, but with her body sprayed in silver paint. Things take a turn for the worse, though, when her immediate boss is also discovered dead. Is there a link between the two victims, and their killer, or is this pure coincidence? Dark and gritty drama, from the producers of hit crime series “Law And Order”. Hopefully, ITV will repeat all of Season 1 in their entirety this time around, and then move onto Season 2! (Season 1 has just 12 episodes, and then a further 10 for Season 2.) Excellent theme tune as well, based on the Mikos Rosza original! (ITV1)

FILM: The Beast In The Cellar (18) – 1:35-4:00am
Another dodgy Video Nasty classic, gets a welcome TV airing! :clap: This British chiller from 1970, was directed by Tony Tenser, and stars actress Beryl Reid. Two sisters grow up, with a brother who appears to be socially disadvantaged. At first, things seem relatively normal, but one day, the brother is locked in the cellar, because of his increasingly strange and disturbing actions. Manacled to the walls for several years, the boy’s body and mind fester, planning a day of revenge against his society at large. That day has now come, and he wants out. His first target, is his two sisters, who are now nearing the end of their lives – in more ways than one! Thankfully, Sci-Fi look to be showing the original, longer and more violent UK version, running to about 105 minutes. (The US print was cut down to less than 90 minutes!) Hopefully, it will include all the footage the BBFC originally censored. Not the best horror movie, but worth a look, if you like something out-of-the-ordinary. Contains strong violence, scenes of gore and bloodshed, and occasional strong language. Showing uncut. (Sci-Fi Channel)

24 – 3:05-4:45am
For those of you who have missed the last two episodes (shown on the 11th and 18th June respectively), Sky 1 is giving you another chance to see them back-to-back, outside of the usual weekly repeats. If you haven’t seen any of Season 5 yet, then don’t read the following spoiler. SPOILER STARTS HERE Those of you who have been following things, then you may remember, that Jack was still being followed by ruthless President Logan, who was determined to erase Bauer from the face of the planet. Having obtained the tape recording he desperately needed to save the world again, Jack was forced to trade it to Christopher Henderson, in order to save old-flame Audrey from bleeding to death, after Henderson had shot her. As Henderson goes on the run, a new character comes into play, and Jack and Logan are forced to take even more desperate measures. Meanwhile, over at C.T.U. Headquarters, things start to take a dramatic turn for the worse, when a long-term friendship is tested to the limit, and Buchanen and Chloe are backed into a corner that forces them to take measures that could effectively end both of their careers permanently! :eek: END SPOILER! We’re rapidly running into final few episodes, and this is becoming even more addictive than ever, despite some of the far-fetched events that have recently occurred. Still one of the most enjoyable shows on TV, these two episodes cover 3:00-4:00am, and 4:00-5:00am, ready for you to continue with Sunday night’s episode (2nd July) as usual. Both of these episodes should also be repeated on Friday 30th on Sky 2, between 11:00pm and 1:00am. (Sky 1)


Friday 30th
** FILM: Casino Royale (PG) – 3:30-6:00pm
Ahead of the new remake, here’s a chance to see the original version, of the Bond movie, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers and Ursula Andress. Secret Agent 007 is called out of retirement to halt the threat of a deadly terrorist agency, known only as SMERSH! Technically, along with “Never Say, Never Again”, this is not considered an official Bond movie. As such, you should probably treat it as a film that bears similar themes to the official franchise, just with less panache. Watch it, with low expectations, and it should be reasonably enjoyable, if oh-so-cornball! Contains some mild action violence, some sexual innuendo, and mild bad language. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (ITV1)

Banned Horror Night – 9:00pm-2:45am
Fancy a night of horror, which the BBFC still don’t want you to see uncut? Enjoy a night of slice-and-dice, exploitation horror, with back-to-back showings of the uncut, uncensored versions of the “Slumber Party Massacre” trilogy! Wallow in nearly six hours, of sleaze, pervery, and gory violence, as numerous female co-ed’s are ritually slaughtered, by a psychopathic serial-killer, who likes his killings to be fresh and pretty! :eek: Trash film-making at its best (or worst), depending on your viewpoint of these seminal 1980’s slasher classics. Contains nudity, sexual material, strong language and lashings of gory violence, as well as other material some viewers may find offensive or distasteful. All three films showing uncut. (The Horror Channel)

Tales Of The Unexpected – 12:05-1:10am
Although this series started repeating a couple of weeks back, it’s not being shown in any specific order, by series, them or anything else. As such, it won’t overly affect your enjoyment of this cult drama anthology series, written and narrated by Roald Dahl, watching the series out-of-sequence. Unfortunately, no details were available as to which episode(s) were going to be shown. Worth watching, if you enjoy short stories, of the mysterious, the unexplained, the macabre, or the deliciously twisted! Contains some adult material, that may be unsuitable for some younger audience members, hence the late-night slot. (Episodes would probably receive anything between a PG to an 18 certificate nowadays!) (ITV3)

** FILM: Twins Of Evil (15) – 12:30-1:55am (or 12:20-1:45am, if football not shown. Not all BBC1 regions are airing this film!)
Classic Hammer Horror vampire film, most notorious because of the two women who play the lead “Twins”: actresses Madeleine and Mary Collinson were – at the time – also two Playboy Playmate centrefold models! Peter Cushing stars as the women’s great uncle, who all live in the shadow of the evil and foreboding Karnstein Castle. Rumour has it, that the Castle houses vampires, and one day, a human will fall prey to a vampiric spell, and turn her into an evil blood-sucker! As the girls go off to explore the Castle, unbeknownst to their uncle, one of them is bitten, but which one?! Gory, sexy and quite well made, if not the best of its kind, it’s still an enjoyable film, and certainly more intelligent than it sounds. Although a “15” certificate, it’s a very strong “15”, only recently downgraded from the original 18 certificate, earlier this year! As such, viewer discretion is advised. Contains (brief) male and (frequent) female frontal nudity, a fair amount of sexual material, and a good dollop of scenes of gore and violence. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (BBC1)

FILM: Game Over! Kasparov Versus The Machine (PG) – 1:10-2:40am
Late-night repeat of this excellent documentary exploring how Russian Chess Grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, was beaten by the world’s best chess computer, Deep Blue. Over a set of five games, the man who was deemed unbeatable took on a specially-developed computer, created by a team of IBM’s best US computer scientists and technicians. But, after the first game, problems arose, when it appeared to Kasparov that the machine wasn’t actually determining which moves it should play, but another, unnamed, human chess-player. Despite promises from the IBM team, to show Kasparov what decisions their creation was making in the first two games, they suddenly went all cloak-and-dagger on him, leading to wild speculations around the world, and teetered the chess world on the verge of another Cold War. A fascinating expose, of the man, the machine, and the game of chess itself, that plays out like one of the best thrillers ever made! If you thought chess was a boring game for nerds, this may just change your mind! Contains one use of very strong language (which appears to have bypassed the BBFC’s usual close-attention), but otherwise no other contentious material. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. Part-subtitled. (BBC4)


Well, for now, that’s all. I intend posting a secondary update, in the next few days, which will have lots and lots of lovely TV news for you, about forthcoming shows, but for which I don’t have the time to include here. :( So, please come back in the next week, and hopefully, I’ll have plenty of new TV morsels to tempt you all with. Until then, enjoy the weather, and stay safe! :)


Pooch
 

domtheone

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PoochJD said:
Ultraviolet – 9:00-10:00pm
Short-lived UK horror series from Channel 4, (of all people), about vampires living in and around London, who are out to take over the world, whilst looking for a more permanent supply of food – us! Starring “this Life” actor Jack Davenport, and a host of other British drama stars, this became a cult show. Sadly, only six episodes were ever made, and a rather poor DVD release came out, many years ago, which has long been deleted (though copies can still be bought). One of the better British attempts at making mature, literate science-fiction/horror. (Sci-Fi Channel)
Pooch

Don't have Sci-Fi Channel but may well dust off the old DVD set as from memory this was very good:smashin:
 

HMHB

Distinguished Member
Cheers Pooch :thumbsup: Do I remember you saying a while ago that Film 4 is going Free To Air in July ? Is this still on the cards do you know ?
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Hi JohnG,

I'd just spent ages writing a really well-informed post about your question, but the :censored: computer crashed when I tried to post it! :mad: :mad: Post has now been "lost", so all I can say is this:

Yes, FuilmFour does go free-to-air in July, but not until the 20th July 2006!

I'll post more info, when I can get it. :)


Pooch
 

HMHB

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Cheers Pooch, it's always annoying when posts get lost like that isn't it :( If I suspect I'm going to do a long post I quite often type it in Word first and then copy and paste it onto the forum..... it can save a lot of grief sometimes :D
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
HI,

JohnG said:
Cheers Pooch, it's always annoying when posts get lost like that isn't it :( If I suspect I'm going to do a long post I quite often type it in Word first and then copy and paste it onto the forum..... it can save a lot of grief sometimes :D

I know. I'd do that too usually, but in this case, I'm on a public computer, and their machines always seem to want to mess you about, just at the really vital moment. C'est La Vie, and all that. ;)


Pooch
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Welcome, TV Fans!

I’m back once more, with another TV Update for you all. That’s two updates, in the space of about ten days – aren’t I a generous soul?! :D For a change, we’ll start off with the latest news of things that you should all be looking forward to starting over the next 4-6 weeks, and then the latest update, covering 1st to the 7th of July respectively. Just one word of warning: this update could well be the longest one I’ve ever compiled. It runs to around 12 sides of A4 paper. :eek: I hope it’s worthwhile. Enjoy! ;)


TV News
Artsworld
After several complaints and concerns, it seems that Artsworld are finally going to investigate the problems they’ve been encountering, when broadcasting classic pre-1940’s black-and-white movies, in a cropped 16:9 widescreen format, which radically changes what the viewer sees, from what the directors of these films, wanted us to see. Previously, any 4:3 material, was shown in a square-box format, with black borders appearing on all sides of your TV, irrespective of whether you own a regular 4:3 or newer 16:9 TV, and irrespective of how your Sky box and TV were set-up! :eek: Then, for a brief period, 4:3 films were shown in their original 4:3 format, but appeared terribly grainy. A week or two ago, these same 4:3 films were then cropped at the top and bottom of their image, to produce a new widescreen-compatible image, which resulted in people’s heads and legs being chopped-off, resulting in a terrible film image! Affected films included “M”, “La Regle Du Jeu”, “Battleship Potemkin”, “Stalker”, “L’Age d’Or”, and “Un Chien Andalou”. Hopefully, I will get a complete investigation response from Artsworld, about what’s being going on, and what they intend to do to rectify this situation. Until then, all further transmissions of these films will be cropped from their original 4:3 format, into a 16:9 compatible format instead! :nono: No other programmes or films are affected, as far as I can tell.

Film Four
Official confirmation has been shown, that FilmFour will finally go free-to-air from the 20th July 2006, on Sky, Cable, Freeview and Freesat! Initially, the schedules will start at 3pm, and end at 3am, each day of the week. At the moment, there aren’t many details of what is going to be shown, but hopefully there will be a reasonably entertaining mix of old classics, new gems, and the best of old and new foreign-language movies. Unfortunately, despite the claim that they’ll be showing the films “the way they were meant to be seen”, every film will have advert breaks, and more than likely, any 2.35:1 film, will be cropped to a 1.85:1 format instead. There are also concerns about censorship of certain films. As FilmFour will be a free-to-air channel, it will have to conform to all OFCOM rules and regulations. For the most part, this won’t affect many films, because regulations state that as long as a film has a BBFC certificate, it can be legally aired on UK television. This also applies to 18-rated movies too. However, don’t go expecting “I Spit On Your Grave” or “Irreversible” just yet! There is one accommodation, that FilmFour is also going to have to subscribe too. There are certain films that will have 18 certificates, and that the BBFC have approved for being safe for viewing at home, uncut and uncensored. Sadly, some films have been decreed as still being unsuitable for home viewing on free-to-air channels, and have had previous OFCOM restrictions applied. Such affected titles probably include:
- “The Idiots” (to remove sight of an erection, and to tone down an orgy sequence);
- “Taxi Zum Klo” (will be cut, to remove scenes of gay sex)
- “Bad Lieutenant” (to remove scenes of Harvey Keitel pleasuring himself, whilst two women are forced to watch him, and to soften the depiction of the rape of the nun)
- “Ai No Corrida: In The Realm Of The Senses” (as per the BBFC-approved video version, to remove the sight of adult-child genital contact)
and several others.
It’s not the end of the world, but it does mean that FilmFour’s “Extreme” and “World” films, may not be as wide-ranging as when they were a subscription-only channel. We shall see. One positive note, is that there are strong rumours that FilmFour will show PIN-encrypted 12 and 15-certificate movies earlier than the usual scheduling would allow (probably after 4pm for 12’s, and after 6pm for 15’s).

“The Hades Factor” comes to Sky 1 from 16th July. Stephen Dorff stars as a US soldier who discovers a deadly and highly contagious virus is being used in Afghanistan. Based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name, and shot in Berlin, California, Toronto and Canada, this could prove to be the sleeper-show of the year! The show also stars Anjelica Huston, Mira Sorvino and Sophia Myles.

Season 3 of the popular casino-drama “Las Vegas”, starts on 7th July. See the TV Update below, for further details.

“Deadwood” Season 3 also kick starts on Sky 1 next week. Again, more details below.

“Robbery Homicide Division” is another example of a short-lived US crime drama, that was cut-off by CBS, after just a few episodes. Although it lasted for 13 episodes in total, the show was forced onto another US channel, after the first 10 had aired, quickly killing-off its fan base and any chance of any more adventures. The show stars Tom Sizemore (“Heat”, “Strange Days”) and Klea Scott (“Millennium”, “Brooklyn South”) and was produced by the hit movie director Michael Mann, back in 2002! :eek: Similar to “Miami Vice” and “Crime Story”, in its use of gritty location-shoots, well-known popular music, and some of the best action scenes ever depicted on the small-screen, the show follows a team of detectives in a rough-and-ready police division, who are willing to break any and all of the rules, in order to bring down criminals, big and small, in order to make their world a little more pleasant. This is certainly an interesting addition to ITV4’s schedules!

Talking of Klea Scott, “Millennium”, the dark and disturbing horror/thriller show, that was spun-off from 1990’s hit series “The X-Files”, also makes its way to ITV. Despite the original Saturday night scheduling being dropped to random, middle-of-the-night graveyard timeslots, the show was actually very intelligent and different from anything seen in the UK before. Lance Henrickson stars as ex-FBI detective Frank Black who is a member of the Millennium Group, and investigates strange occurrences that take place all over the USA, from ritualistic murders, serial killings with religious fanatic overtones, and other apocryphal events. It was a dark, broody and very gothic series, that deserved a much better reception than it received in the UK. Thankfully, here’s the first chance for everyone to see all 3 seasons, uncut, uncensored, and in Widescreen (for Seasons 2 and 3 at least), on a non-subscription channel! Mark Saturday 29th July in your diaries, for the genuinely disturbing, but brilliant Pilot episode!

“Prison Break” has been the hit terrestrial TV import show of the year. Ending just a few weeks back on Five, UK Gold has now bought the satellite rights to the show, and start a complete Season 1 rerun from 9pm on Saturday 15th July, as part of a “Prison Break Weekend”! If you haven’t seen the show, you simply must watch it, because it really is absolutely cracking entertainment!

Season 2 of “Huff” starts on FX, on the 17th July. From the same channel that gave us “The Sopranos”, “Deadwood”, and “Dead Like Me”, this is the hit comedy drama about a psychiatrist trying desperately to hang on to his life, his sanity and his practice, whilst his family and mother seem to do everything in their power to break him. At times jaw-droppingly shocking, before doing a complete about-turn into the most bitingly hilarious of comedy, this is a well-crafted show, that deserves more viewers.

Fans of the Paramount Comedy Channel, have a new show to look forward too, this month. “Courting Alex” stars Jenna Elfman, (formerly of “Dharma And Greg”), as an uptight lawyer who devotes herself so much of her life to her job, that she’s forgotten to bother with her personal life. To make matters worse, her father is also her boss, (Dabney Coleman), and when Alex discovers the love of her life in the form of a bar-owner, Alex and her father are suddenly at war with each other. The show has been described as a more acidic version of “Ally McBeal”, but without the former series’ syrup-factor. Hopefully, it will be a hit, and gain plenty of critical and public attention.

If you were one of the many thousands who caught last-year’s “The Contender” with Sylvester Stallone, you’ll be pleased to hear that Season 2 has finally made it to the UK. Initially the series will start on ITV2 on 24th July, and then a week later, be repeated as a premiere on ITV1. Sixteen new aspiring fighters are put through their paces, for the chance to win $1 million dollars and to take part in a boxing match at Cesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

As we head towards the end of July, the channel that gave us “Sleeper Cell”, now brings us another US hit drama, in the form of “E-Ring”. Benjamin Bratt (from “Law And Order” stars alongside Dennis Hopper, Kelly Rutherford, Joe Morton and Andrew McCarthy, in this tale of a former Special Forces officer, promoted from the battlefield and right into the heart of the Pentagon, where his boss (Hopper) and he are forced to make life-changing decisions that could affect nations around the world. Part “The West Wing”, and part “Navy NCIS”, this full-length first season, comes with numerous critical compliments and well-wishers.

Not content with any of the shows listed above? Well maybe these might be more to your liking. More4 has bought the rights to air the now-cancelled (but still worthwhile) political drama “Commander-In-Chief” (which is nearly at the end of its short run, on ABC1). Channel 4 has bought “Kidnapped”, which stars Timothy Hutton as the father of a kidnapped teenage son, who is forced to discover why he’s been snatched off the street for what appears to have been mistaken identity of another criminal youngster. “Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip” comes from “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin, and is set amongst the behind-the-scenes escapades of a TV sitcom show’s cast and crew, with Matthew Perry (“Friends”) and Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”), whilst “Brothers And Sisters” stars Calista Flockhart and Rachel Griffiths as bereaved siblings, trying to sort out their lives, after parental death. Lastly, we have comedy/drama “Betty The Ugly”! A show that stars Ashley Jensen (from “Extras”) and new US actress America Ferrera (not a made-up name!), as two women working on an upmarket US fashion magazine. Each of these are likely to start on More4, E4 and Channel 4, later on in the summer, or towards Autumn.

For the BBC, they’ve acquired “3 lbs” (or “Three Pounds”), starring Stanley Tucci as a neurosurgeon with deteriorating mental and physical health problems, who tries to solve various medical and criminal cases, plus “Falcon Beach” – another “The OC”, “One Tree Hill”, “Beverly Hills 90210” teen-drama, set amongst the sunny climbs of a Canadian coastal resort!


New Channel News
Yes, if you don’t think you already have enough channels to choose from, two more are coming your way, over the next few months, that are sure to set UK viewers eyes alight! Five will start the new channels, with “FiveUS” and “Five2”. The former, will allow Five to bring old and new US imports to the UK, on a specialised channel for the discerning viewer. It will also allow them to repeat (like E4 and More4), their main channel US imports, on a weekly basis, giving viewers another opportunity to catch-up with their favourites like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Law And Order”. “Five2” will be a channel aimed at families, and will include a mixture of family dramas, news, lesser-covered sports, music, and discussion shows. No details have been set in stone, for either channels appearance, but both are likely to start airing on Sky Digital, in the Autumn!


Channel Changes
“The Horror Channel” has now changed its name to “Zone Horror”, and has a horrendously large new DOG, which looks truly nasty! The channel still airs on Sky EPG number 321.

“Movies 24” has now started broadcasting on Sky EPG number 329. Again, it has a hideously large white DOG, and until July 1st, is not actually airing 24 hours a day, as its name implies. However, amongst a lot of trashy, direct-to-video, US TV movies, ala “True Movies” and “True Movies 2”, there are some occasional gems. So it may be worth keeping your eyes peeled, on their schedules, just in case. As usual, if there are any specific titles that I think would be of interest, I’ll mention them, in my usual TV Updates.

“True Movies” and “True Movies 2” are still in the same channel positions on the Sky EPG, but have now been renamed to “TM” and “TM2” respectively, with a new, smaller, less noticeable DOG! :clap:


TV Update
N.B. Viewers should note that all programme details are correct at the time of writing. However, due to live sports coverage across the BBC and ITV channels, programmes may be rescheduled to a later date, moved to an earlier time-slot or channel, or completely dropped at the last minute. It is advised that you keep an eye on your Sky, Cable or Freeview EPG guides, for the most up-to-date scheduling nearer the times of the scheduled transmissions I have listed by each programme. Programmes likely to change, have been marked with a double-asterisk. Thanks.


Saturday 1st July
NEW: Tour De France Coverage – Various
Fans of the long-running and infamous cycle race through France, need to keep a close eye on the schedules this year, as coverage is being shown over three different channels: ITV1, ITV3 and ITV4. Coverage is also available on Eurosport and Sky Sports, with the relevant subscription packages. (Various)

Inside The Actor’s Studio – 10:00-11:00am
An episode from the 10th Season, originally shown in 2004, with actress Diane Lane. The premise of each show is to take one cast or crew member, from the entire world of cinema, and to critically discuss their life, their work and what makes them who they are. This is not a chat show, but a real, intelligent in-depth analysis of a person’s chosen career in the movie industry. The series has been running for over 12 years now, and previous interviewees have included the likes of Tom Cruise, the cast of “Will And Grace”, Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Salma Hayek, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, James Gandolfini (and the cast of “The Sopranos”), William H. Macy, Clint Eastwood, Renee Zellwegger, Bette Midler, Martin Scorsese, Juliette Binoche, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, John Hurt, Barbra Streisand, the cast of “The Simpsons”, and many, many, many more! Quite literally, you have the crème-de-la-crème of cinema and TV here! It’s an exceptional series that deserves far more exposure than it gets, but it’s Highly Recommended, if you want to find out more about some of your favourite stars. Episodes usually air most days, at 10am, 1pm and 7pm, but not every episode is repeated the same day… just to keep you paying attention! (The Performance Channel)

FILM: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (PG) – 5:30-7:05pm
Tim Burton’s wonderfully obscure fantasy film, is a gem of the weird and baroque material he creates. Here, Pee Wee (played by US comedian Paul Reubens), discovers that someone has stolen his beloved bicycle, and sets out to find out who has taken it, and more to the point, why! It sounds pathetic, but with Burton’s dark humour and nightmarish visions at work here, the film is far more suited to adults, than children. Ditto, for some of the risqué and adult humour, that runs through the script. (A few years back, Reubens was caught indulging himself in a US porno-theatre, forcing him to “kill-off” his Pee Wee character, because it was associated with children’s TV and films! You could say, he’s not unlike Krusty The Clown in “The Simpsons”!) Worth viewing, if you like off-kilter films, that take you down some very strange alleyways! Contains some mild violence, and has been edited for language. Also contains themes and images that are not suitable for younger viewers! Showing in Widescreen. (Five)

** NEW: Doctor Who – 7:00-7:45pm
It’s part one of the two-part Series 2 finale, and one major character is exiting the show for good! Hopefully, after the rather mediocre quality of recent episodes, the final two episodes have been given a much-needed push in the script department! (BBC1)

NEW: Tales From The Crypt – 8:30-9:00pm
Okay, well, it’s nto really new, but it’s a complete run-through of this long-running horror anthology series, hosted by the evil animatronic puppet “The Cryptkeeper”. Just like “The Twilight Zone”, each story is a horror-themed opus, and has a host of guest stars, new and old. For obvious reasons, some of the episodes may contain adult themes, some bad language, and some material that may not be suitable for young audiences. Episodes air every day, at the same time, with no repeats. (Zone Horror – aka The Horror Channel)

** FILM: City On Fire (18) – 10:00pm-12:10am
An excellent action thriller from Hong Kong, about a gang of robbers, who think they may have been infiltrated by a police officer. If the plot sounds familiar, it’s because this was the film that Quentin Tarantino used to base “Reservoir Dogs” on (which is airing on Sunday night. See Sunday for details)! See the original, and then you be the judge as to which was the better version. Showing uncut, uncensored, and in Widescreen. In the original Mandarin audio, with English Subtitles. Contains strong violence, graphic bloodshed, and plenty of strong language. The movie is also repeated later on tonight at 1:40am. (ITV4)

NEW: Slings And Arrows – 10:00-10:45pm
Technically, this is a repeat showing, but it was buried so far in the original schedules, that I’d be surprised if anyone knew of its existence. Anyhow, this is a new-ish Canadian drama courtesy of the TMN Network in Canada (similar to HBO in the USA). This provocative drama stars Paul Gross, who most of you will know as Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman Benton Frasier from the TV show “Due South”! Gross plays Geoffrey Tenant, as he tries desperately to deal with the personal Hell, that are his work colleagues, in all their mad-cap craziness! Seven years after suffering an emotional breakdown during a theatrical performance, Tennant struggles to make ends meet managing the dilapidated “Theatre Sans Argent”. Alongside him, he’s got a boss trying to run “alternative” theatrical shows, to minimal audiences, and numerous other devotees and hangers-on, who are making his life a misery. The show won some awards in its home country, and ran for two six-episode seasons. Here, the show is being aired in one, complete 12-episode block. Contains some strong language, and occasional adult scenes. Each episode is repeated late on Sunday night, at 1:15am, with new episodes airing each Saturday night. (Artsworld)

NEW: Sci-Fi Quiz - 1:10-4:00am
I hope that this is not going to become a permanent fixture, but for what it’s worth, the UK Sci-Fi Channel are starting their own, late-night quiz programme, partly as a time-filler and also as a way to raise funds for buying new programming material! I guess it’s not too bad a way to do things, even if it does remove around 21 hours of programming time, each week. (Sci-Fi Channel)


Sunday 2nd
NEW: Watching Ellie – 9:30-10:00am
All-new US comedy series, starring Julia-Louise Dreyfuss (from “Seinfeld”). No preview details available, I’m afraid, except that this is the Pilot Episode from Season 1. (LivingTV)

FILM: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (PG) – 6:05-8:00pm
Despite a critical and public mauling, this completely-CGI animated film based on the long-running computerised role-playing game of the same name, is a lot better than you might expect. It has its flaws, for sure, but if you can forgive the script’s overtly complex and convoluted central idea, it’s not a bad little film. Ming-Na, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi and Donald Sutherland provide the voices for this enjoyable sci-fi thriller, as a team of humans are forced to find a way to return Earth back to the planet it once was, as ethereal phantoms try to ravage it and them! Contains some fantasy violence, and some mild bad language. Showing in Widescreen. (Five)

NEW: Out Of Practice – 7:30-8:00pm
Although I mentioned this last week, I thought it worth a second chance. Repeat of the Season 1 Pilot Episode, of the new US comedy/drama starring Henry Winkler and Stockard Channing as a divorced couple trying to make a life for one another, whilst tolerating their medical work together. (LivingTV)

NEW: 24 – 9:00-11:00pm
Tonight, it’s the final two episodes, airing back-to-back, and is Bauer going to be able to stop President Logan from starting a war between the USA and the Russians, or has the damage become irreparable?! Settle down, for the exciting two-hour finale! Repeated on Sky 2 on Monday night, from 11:30pm, and/or late on Monday night/early Tuesday morning, on Sky 1, between 2:20-4:00am! (Sky 1)

The Secret Policeman’s Ball – 9:00-10:00pm
First of three comedy revue shows, from the early 1980’s, with Rowan Atkinson and a whole host of British comedians, as they perform skits, songs and sketches before a live audience, with the aim of raising money for Amnesty International. Ground-breaking satire at the time, although a bit dated now. Yet, the material is still as funny as always. Contains adult material and strong language. “The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball” and “The Secret Policeman’s Third Ball” can be seen over the next two Sunday nights. (Artsworld)

FILM: Midnight Run (18) – 10:00pm-12:35am
Postponed from a few weeks back, this is the absolutely riotous action comedy, with Robert De Niro as a bounty-hunter out to catch one, final criminal, before leaving the game for good. When he sets off in search of “The Jackal” (actor Charles Grodin), little does he know that the man is wanted not only by his boss, but also another, equally-devious bounty-hunter (John Ashton), a Mafia crime boss (Dennis Farina), but also by the head of the FBI (Yaphet Kotto)! It’s relentlessly foul-nouthed, but it’s also one of the finest, and funniest action films made from the 1980’s! If you’ve never seen it, then this is an absolute must-see. Contains very strong language throughout, some occasionally strong violence, and some brief sexual material. Showing uncut and uncensored, and in Widescreen. Highly Recommended. Also repeated later on tonight, at 3:05am. (ITV4)

FILM: Reservoir Dogs (18) – 10:00-11:55pm
Tarantino’s first cinematic outing, and it’s a brilliantly audacious crime movie. A gang of bank robbers commit a heist, that goes spectacularly wrong, when they discover that they have been infiltrated by an undercover cop. Back at their hideout, the gang are forced to question who each of them claims to be. It’s unrelentingly violent, extremely foul-mouthed, and even borderline misogynistic, but it’s also very clever too, with style to die for! If you can handle the language and violence, this is worth a watch. And, despite what you may think, the “ear-slicing” scene is never actually shown in detail! Showing uncut and uncensored, in Widescreen. (Sky 2)

Panorama – 10:15-11:05pm
This particular episode of the long-running BBC documentary and politics show, is entitled “The Money Trap: How The Banks Lure You Into Debt”, and investigates how almost every major high-street bank uses various techniques, to lure its customers – young and old – into debt, in various ways, including collusion amongst rival banks! From extending your overdraft, obtaining a second mortgage, through to small-print fees and charges designed to challenge even the most literate of customers, Sally Magnusson goes undercover to investigate, and uncovers what many of us will be shocked by. :eek: Highly Recommended viewing for everyone! (BBC1)


Monday 3rd
NEW: Buck Rogers In The 25th Century – 10:00-11:00am
Well, it’s not really new, but it’s been a long time since it was last seen in the UK, so it’s worth mentioning here. This is the classic 1970’s TV series starring Gil Gerard as the US astronaut who is catapulted from his own time, whilst in suspended animation, 500 years into the future. There, he finds himself with various people and creatures, and has to try to find a way to survive and assimilate into his new “life”. It’s corny, it’s silly, and the plots are pretty cheesy also, but there’s something enjoyably naff about the whole show, that just about makes it worth a viewing. Today sees the first half of the Pilot Movie episode “Awakening”. Each episode airs at 10am weekdays, with a same-day repeat, at 7pm. (Bravo)

NEW: (Our Life In…) Everwood – 2:00-3:00pm
After the daytime success last year of Season 1 of this popular US drama, ITV have quickly scheduled the complete run of Season 2, in the same weekday time-slot. Episodes will air every weekday, for the next five weeks. (ITV1)

The Darling Buds Of May – 4:00-5:00pm
Weekday repeat run of the entire series of this much-loved (if slightly cheesy) period drama, set on a rural farm. David Jason stars as Pa Larkin, with his daughter played by (at the time) newcomer Catherine Zeta Jones! Episodes air every weekday, in the same time-slot. (ITV1)

FILM: The Kids Are Alright (15) – 9:00-11:10pm
The seminal 1979 documentary chronicling the life of the band “The Who”, including interviews, concert footage and guest stars. Contains strong language. Showing uncut and uncensored, and in Widescreen. Followed by the “Live In Boston” concert. (ITV4)

FILM: Twister (PG) – 9:30-11:35pm
This is an excellent adventure about a husband and wife team, on the verge of divorce, who are willing to put their lives in danger, as they try to record the power of tornados in the USA. The special effects are fantastic, and the film is very good too. But what makes this specific screening worth watching/recording, is the fact it is the full, original and uncut US cinema version, and not the cut UK version we saw in cinemas and on DVD – hence the late-night scheduling! :clap: There’s only a tiny bit of extra material, comprising about a minute or two of footage, but still… Contains some bad language, some mild violence, and brief themes of a mature nature. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. Repeated on Thursday night at 10:00pm, on Sky 2. (Sky 1)

NEW: The Pervert’s Guide To Cinema – 10:00-11:05pm
This is not what you think, at all! :lesson: Polish philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek, presents a three-part investigation into the hidden language of films, film-makers and film-making, from the Marx Brothers and Hitchcock to modern-day auteurs like Spielberg, Coppola and Terence Malick. Episodes 2 and 3 can be seen tomorrow and Wednesday night, at the same times. Repeated at 1:30am each night, as well. May contain adult scenes, and some bad language. (More4)

NEW: Sult Special – 10:00-11:00pm
I have no idea what “sult” means, but it is likely to be some kind of music performance and/or chat show. This particular episode has Kirsty MacColl and Sinead O’Connor in it. Should be interesting. (Performance Channel)

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Supernatual – 11:00pm-Midnight
After last-weeks mess-up, the final episode from Season 1 has been rescheduled to tonight instead. (ITV1)

NYPD Blue – 11:05pm-12:05am
The squad are back, as we continue through Season 11, and thankfully, each episode is being shown twice per night – at approximately 11pm and then at 2:30am. And it’s still as fantastic a show as ever! (More4)

The Who: Live In Boston – 11:10pm-2:05am
Classic performance of the band performing in one of their best known and most popular concerts. (ITV4)

Dead Like Me – 4:00-5:10am
Late-night repeat for this cult, short-lived US supernatural drama about a teenage girl (Ellen Muth), who is killed in an accident, and becomes a sort of Grim-Reaper, with a distinctly darkly take on the issue of death! From the Showtime stable, (the original home to “Stargate SG-1”, “Poltergeist: The Legacy”, and “The Outer Limits”), this show was pulled after two Seasons, despite vocal protesting from fans around the world. All 29 episodes will be airing, together, over the next few weeks, on a nightly basis. The time slot will also change, and sometimes two episodes may air. As such, keep an eye on your EPG guide, for full details. Contains occasional strong language, and some material that is unsuitable for younger teenagers. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. Episodes also repeated the following night, around Midnight, on Sky 2 as well – just in case you miss any of them. Tonight sees the first half of the two-hour Pilot episode. (Sky 1)


Tuesday 4th
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – 9:00-10:00pm
We’re coming up to the end of Season 6, and it’s another two-part special. A CSI team-member is shot by an armed man, who is accused of murdering his boss, a co-worker and his own wife. When the murderer is pursued through one of the Las Vegas casinos, he barricades himself in a room, but not before taking a hostage for bargaining his way out of his situation. Hopefully, this will match or excel last year’s Season 5 Tarantino finale. Part 2 can be seen next Tuesday evening, at the same time. And thank goodness, Nick has got rid of the crummy moutache and dodgy new haircut, he had earlier on in Season 6! :cool: Didn’t it look awful?! :D (Five)


Wednesday 5th
FILM: Beverly Hills Cop (15) – 9:05pm, 10:05pm, or 11:05pm
Three chances to see one of the finest action comedies made, and to see a young Eddie Murphy in one of his funniest moments. I don’t think I need to discuss the plot, and I’m sure I needn’t mention the excellent music score either, by Harold Faltermeyer. Just sit back, enjoy, and let this cracking film perform its magic, right from the first sequence. Contains strong language, violence and some other mature material, that may be unsuitable for younger teenagers. Showing uncut. (Start times for Paramount 2, Paramount 1, or Paramount 1 +1 respectively)


Thursday 6th
Avengers Evening – 7:10-9:00pm
Just two shows make-up this brief evening, devoted to the much loved 1960’s and 70s action drama. An episode airs at 7:10pm, followed by a documentary at 8:30pm. No other details available. The episode is repeated tomorrow night at Midnight, whilst the documentary is repeated at 11:30pm tonight. (BBC4)

NEW: Deadwood – 10:00-11:00pm
Season 3 kicks off, for this controversial, adult and uncompromisingly raw HBO western drama, starring Ian McShane, Brad Dourif, Molly Parker and Robin Weigart. For some reason, only the first six episodes have currently been scheduled. This is probably because – at the time of writing this – the show is On Hiatus in the USA. This could mean that “Deadwood” fans in the UK, may end up having to watch the third season in two blocks, each of six episodes. As always, this show is full of obscene language, and is absolutely for adults only! Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (Sky 1)

Nine Days That Shook London – 11:20pm-12:35am
A repeat of a documentary shown earlier this year, but one that is worth watching, and even more poignant due to tomorrow being the first anniversary since the terrible events took place. In the summer of 2005, over a period of nine days, London and the UK went through the highest of highs, with the shock win over Paris, to host the 2012 Olympics, and the Live8 concert. Just 24 hours later, however, and the capital turned into a living hell, after Islamic terrorists detonated several bombs, crippling the city centre, and tearing the heart out of the joyous day before. This show looks at those events. Contains footage and material that may be disturbing, as well as some strong language and distressing scenes. (BBC2)


Friday 7th
One Year On (7/7/05) – Various Times
The BBC are devoting plenty of today, looking at the first anniversary of the 2005 terrorist bombings. What happened on that day? Why did it take place? And have we learned anything, from the horrific events that occurred? Shows include:
- Breakfast (BBC1, 6:00-10:00am)
- Silence: BBC1 News Special (BBC1, 11:55am-12:05pm)
- Silence: Channel 4 News Special (Channel 4, 11:55am-12:30pm)
- That Summer Day (BBC2, 4:30-5:25pm)
- Real Story: Terror On The Number 30 (BBC1, 7:30-8:00pm)
- Newsnight Special (BBC2, 10:30-11:15pm)
- News 24 (BBC News 24, All Day Coverage)

Surface – 8:30-10:25pm
The short-lived sci-fi fantasy drama series, is being given a much-needed complete Season 1 repeat, starting tonight, with the first two episodes (of 15), airing back-to-back. When a gigantic marine creature is discovered, one woman sets out to find what the lifeform is. Her task is hampered, though, as both the local law-enforcement and the FBI are trying to block any attempts at discussing the strange visitor, and confiscating evidence. Is this a cover-up, or is something more sinister about to be unleashed on this town? A fun and intelligent twist on the standard kind of alien-invastion shows, crossing “seaQuest DSV” with “Alien” and a dash of “ET” to the proceedings. There’s still no clue as to whether or not a Season 2 will ever be given the go-ahead, and reports from the US, last stated that the US branch of the Sci-Fi Channel may have been willing to plump part of the funding to conclude the series properly. But, to date, nothing official or concrete has been decided. So, for the time being, enjoy this show, whilst you can. (ITV2)

NEW: Rescue Me – 9:00-10:00pm
Well, for Freeview fans, this is new. For everyone else, it’s a repeat, but a damn good one. US acerbic stand-up comedian Denis Leary created this US import drama, about an embittered fireman who – post September 11th – is trying to make his way in his life, after loosing several members of his crew, in the New York terrorist attacks. Along the way, he is forced to endure a messy divorce, a father who isn’t all there, friends who are only interested in sex, and his own rebellious demons with alcohol! It’s politically incorrect, and there’s some very suspect sexism in it, but if you can handle that, (or at least disregard it as “typical neanderthal men”), then it’s very funny, and cleverly written, with a great theme tune too. Contains strong language, adult themes, adult material, and scenes that some may find inappropriate. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (Sky 3)

NEW: Las Vegas – 9:00-10:00pm
The third Season of the enjoyable crime action show, returns, with a new character taking over the casino! The only problem, is that the original staff are fighting over whether to leave, or to stick things through with the new boss, and the decision-making starts getting very personal indeed. (Sky 1)

NEW: The Shield – 11:00pm-Midnight
Season 5 gets off to a rollickingly good start, with the return of Detective Mackey and Co to our screens, in the first of 11 episodes. :thumbsup: There’s also a couple of new faces in town, who are likely to start livening things-up for everyone! As racial tension grows between the gangs, the citizens and the police of Los Angeles, after last Season’s problematic heavy tactics by Captain Rawlings, (Glenn Close), the Strike Team try desperately to quell the tit-for-tat killing sprees that spring-up everywhere, and Vic is forced to run things on his own, with no leader to question him, his team, or the squad’s actions! Meanwhile, Aceveda, Rawlings and the rest of the staff at The Barn, are also dealing with personal problems, when Internal Affairs starts to dig into everyone’s backgrounds, much to the chagrin of Vic, Claudette, Danny, Dutch and Shane! Contains violence and some strong language. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (Five)

NEW: Bravo Cult TV Night – Midnight-2:00am
Fancy something easy to enjoy, but still slightly off-beat? Need a good laugh? Well, Bravo may have the answer for you, in their new, two-hour post-pub selection of evening viewing. Every Friday night, throughout the summer, Bravo are introducing a new animated line-up to their Friday’s, for adults who want something with a bit more gravitas. The line-up, is as follows:
- NEW: Robot Chicken (All-new animated comedy show, about a set of toys that come to life. 12:00-12;15am, and 12:30-12:45am)
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Animated superhero series, about a bizarre group of oddball superheroes. 12:15-12:30am, and 1:00-1:15am)
- Sealab 2021 (Animated aquatic adventure. 12:45-1:00am, and 1:15-1:30am)
- NEW: The Brak Show (No information, I’m afraid. 1:30-1:45am)
- Space Ghost: Coast To Coast (Animation and live-action, combine, in this innovative chat show, where superhero Space Ghost decides to interview some of is favourite Earth-based stars. 1:45-2:00am) (Bravo)


Well, that’s your lot for this week. Over the summer, I’m hoping to try and do updates for you all, roughly every fortnight, but this may not always be the case. Whatever happens, though, I’ll keep you all up-to-date and informed of any changes. For now, Happy Viewing! :)


Pooch
 

Ragnar1976

Standard Member
Just to let everyone know that Courting Alex was cancelled after 6 episodes with 4 unaired in the USA, & E-ring was not renewed for a 2nd season.
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Good Afternoon, Once More,

Just a quick addendum, to yesterday’s giant TV Update for you. From Saturday 8th July, BBC2 starts what appears to be a new, complete rerun of both the original “Star Trek” series, and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”! :clap:

Those of you who have recently followed the Sci-Fi Channel showings of the original “Star Trek”, you will have noted a lot of annoyingly large, animated DOG’s, promoting other shows (and in some case, “Star Trek” itself!). Also, they did not air the original Pilot Episode, “The Cage”). However, BBC2 is doing just that! :thumbsup:

“Star Trek: The Original Series - The Cage” starts at 2:55-4:00pm, followed straight-after by “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Season 1, Episode 1 – “Encounter At Farpoint” (Parts 1 and 2 together), between 4:00-5:30pm. Episodes for both shows should then continue, at roughly the same time, every Saturday afternoon, for the next couple of years (approximately)! The best thing of all, though, is that BBC2 showings will be uncut, uncensored, uninterrupted, and totally DOG-free! :)


Pooch
 
C

Cynthia 7

Guest
Hi Pooch,

You really are a generous soul with your time and knowledge. I can't think anyone else would be so good to us.

That really was a marathon effort and I know I'll have difficulty trying to prioritise.

Yes, that last "House" episode was brilliant. I wasn't sure whether I was hallucinating there were so many twists in the storyline, and gore too! It's bad news that we have to wait until February 2007 for Series 3. I've been watching the old repeats on Sci-Fi channel so I will just have to keep watching the others until then.

Glad to hear that you have contacted Artsworld regarding their film aspects. Hopefully they'll repeat these again now, correctly shown.

I am so thrilled that "Millenium" is being shown. Really enjoyed that series although I missed several of them. This will make up for "House" and "Medium" disappearing from our screens.

Many thanks Pooch.
 

Battle

Member
Well now that the football's over :thumbsup: Medium returns for the first of the final two episodes on Tuesday 11th at 23.30hrs and Top Gear returns on Sunday 16th at 20.00 hrs :thumbsup:
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Afternoon, Everyone,

There have been some schedule changes, to the above-mentioned TV Update, so here they are. All are in reference to shows on “Bravo” only!

Buck Rogers In The 25th Century
This programme is now scheduled to start on Saturday 8th July, at 10am, and then continue weekdays from Monday 10th, at 10am, and a daily repeat at 7pm.

Friday Nights
12:00-12:15am Robot Chicken
12:15-12:30am Aqua Teen Hunger Force
12:30-12:45am Robot Chicken
12:45-1:00am Sealab 2021
1:00-1:15am Aqua Teen Hunger Force
1:15-1:30am Sealab 2021
1:30-1:45am The Brak Show
1:45-2:00am Space Ghost: Coast To Coast
All episodes are different! No repeats!

Saturday Nights
12:00-12:15am Robot Chicken
12:15-12:45am The Venture Brothers
12:45-1:00am Sealab 2021
No repeats from yesterday!

Sunday Nights
12:00-12:15am Robot Chicken
12:15-12:45am The Venture Brothers
12:45-1:00am Sealab 2021
No repeats!

Monday Nights
12:00-12:15am Robot Chicken
12:15-12:30am The Brak Show
12:30-12:45am Sealab 2021
12:45-1:00am (Programme To Be Confirmed)

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Nights
All Programmes Still To Be Confirmed


Other News
Film Four is now officially going free-to-air from 3pm on 23rd July 2006! You'll notice that C4, E4 and More4 are airing a lot of rubbish cryptic ads, which last for less than 10 seconds each, with a weird scene that doesn't make any sense at all, followed by "23-07-06" on a red background. It's their idea of a clever "promo" advert! Sadly, it's a crap one. Thank goodness, you all have me, eh?! :rotfl:


Pooch
 
P

Pobs_UK

Guest
Hi, I missed the last double episode of 24 on 2nd July. Any idea if it is repeated (it is now Sat 8th) or any idea where I can see it??

Thanks in advance of your help.

David
 

SilverJDM

Active Member
PoochJD said:
Hi Pobs,

Have sent you a Private Message. :)


Pooch

Can you send me a private message as I need the last episode, I had a failed recording!!!!
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
HI,

SilverJDM said:
Can you send me a private message as I need the last episode, I had a failed recording!!!!

Umm, it's not needed. I only PM'd the other person, to say that they had missed the repeats, and I couldn't help them. Sorry.


Pooch
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Afternoon Everyone,

I just wanted to make a brief mention of the following news: for those of you who don't already know, it is with deep regret that I have to inform you all, that long-time AV Forum member "DaveP" passed away, on June 22nd, after a heart-attack. The condolences thread is here, for all tributes and memories of the great man. And, although it may seem trivial in the grand scheme of things, I'd like to dedicate my next TV Update to DaveP and all of his family and friends. The update will be online on Saturday.

Please take a moment out of your day to visit the aforementioned thread. It's heartening to see so many people respond to something so sad, in such a short time.

For now, though, DaveP Rest In Peace, my good man! You'll be missed on the Forums.


Pooch
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Afternoon Folks,

Okay – a bit of a confession, from me: I’m afraid this update’s going to be a tad below my usual standard. Simply put, I’ve just not had the time to go through this week’s TV listings, in the usual detail, and as such, the resultant update’s going to look a little – let’s just say – a little less than great. I can only apologise to you all, but hope that you can forgive me this once.

Also, for those of you who don’t already know, this update is being dedicated to the memory of AV Forum’s member “DaveP”, who sadly passed away on the 22nd July 2006, from a heart attack. He leaves behind his wife, Cheryl, and his children too. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and relatives, during this sad time. DaveP – I hope you’ll enjoy the AV kit that’s waiting for you, up in Heaven! You’ll be much missed by us all.


Saturday 15th July
Super Heroes Weekend – Various
Five pulls out another set of films, documentaries and Tv shows, dealing with aspects of being a superhero. Films include the Pilot Movie from “The Incredible Hulk” TV series, with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno (PG, 3:00-4:55pm today), “Batman” (12, heavily cut for violence and bad language, 4:55-7:00pm today), “Spider Man” (12, uncut, 9:00-11:25pm Sunday) and “Superman: The Movie” (PG, minor edits for language, 4:25-7:00pm Sunday). (Five)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – 9:00-10:00pm
Complete re-run of Season 6, which finished last week on Five. (Five)

NEW: Prison Break – 9:00pm-Midnight
For viewers who haven’t seen the excellent US import, here’s another chance to see what everyone was raving over, earlier this year! When a young man commits a crime, to deliberately get himself placed into prison, little do the staff know what’s hit them, and not everything is as it seems with a certain piece of artwork on the newest inmate’s body! Episodes 1-3 air tonight, and then 3-5 air tomorrow night at the same time. (UKTV Gold)

NEW: Lock, Stock, And… (18) – 9:00-10:55pm
Feature-length Pilot episode of the short-lived TV spin-off from Guy Ritchie’s hit British gangster film “Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels”. Similar in nature, but not as clever as its cinematic sister, it’s enjoyable, if a tad silly. Contains strong language, violence and other adult scenes. The series continues each Saturday night, at the same time. (Men And Motors)

FILMS: Lethal Weapon Trilogy (18) – 9:00pm-3:25am
Fancy seeing the brilliant action comedy trilogy, back-to-back, uncut and uncensored, and in the correct Widescreen ratios? Want to see some of the material the BBFC still doesn’t want you to see, even now in 2006? TCM gives you the chance to see the films in one night. Danny Glover and Mel Gibson play the detective duo, who get into more and more scrapes, as they desperately try to save LA from sadistic crime-lords, a South African dictator and a man out for revenge. Hilarious and with some superb action scenes. Highly Recommended. Showing uncut and uncensored. Contains strong and prolonged violent scenes, very strong language throughout and some occasionally harrowing scenes. (TCM – Turner Classic Movies)

FILM: Night Of The Living Dead (18) – 10:00-11:40pm
Not the George A Romero original, but an enjoyably twisted modern-day update, made in 1990, starring Tony Todd and Patricia Tallman. When the dead start returning to life, it’s down to a few locals to try and save Pittsburgh from being taken over by zombies. It’s gory, it’s violent, and with a vicious streak in humour, this is actually far better than it should have been. Contains some strong language, and gore-a-go-go! Showing uncut. (Sci-Fi Channel)

FILM: Glastonbury (15) – 10:30pm-12:45am
This recently completed, 2006 documentary movie by Brit-director Julien Temple, looking at 35 years of this world famous music festival, gets a World Premiere, courtesy of the BBC. Contains very explicit language throughout, despite the low certificate. Showing uncut and uncensored, in Widescreen. (BBC2)

The Curse Of Superman – 10:00-11:05pm
Typical Channel 4 documentary, investigating the seedy side of the making of a hit-movie, and exposing alleged “afflictions” that happened to cast and crew members of the 1978 hit comic-based movie. Take with a pinch of salt! Expect some strong language. (Channel 4)

FILM: Sex – The Annabel Chong Story (18) – 11:05pm-12:50am
If you ever thought that pornography was acceptable, and that the women involved in the industry take part by choice, without any coercion, this shockingly frank film will simply destroy that myth forever! :eek: US/Chinese porn actress Annabel Chong gained notoriety in 1995, after having sex with 251 men in just ten hours, in order to become famous. With interviews from Chong herself, male porn star/producer Ron Jeremy, and many of the men involved in the “record-setting” event, reveal that porn is never going to rid itself of its sordid history, despite recent clean-ups and law changes. This is a strictly adults-only documentary, that contains graphic sexual material that is likely to offend many people, as well as unrestrained and explicit language. The version showing has had to be briefly cut, because it contains material that is deemed too offensive for British television. As such, it’s not recommended for the easily offended, but if you can handle the material, it’s one hell of an insight into an industry most of us have only heard about. Showing in Widescreen. (Channel 4)


Sunday 16th
Schedule Change: The OC – 2:25-4:25pm
Due to Channel 4’s own incompetence, (where they stupidly managed to air the same episode twice, in two weeks), there’s a double-episode special to conclude the series, with the final two episodes being aired together. Cut to remove scenes of violence and drug usage! (Channel 4)

FILM: The Hulk (12) – 2:25-5:00pm
Ang Lee’s mediocre remake of the scientist who turns himself into a giant green monster, whenever he becomes angry. Lots of CGI effects, but not much story, and almost no characters to care about or become interested in. This showing is cut to remove some of the stronger violent scenes, and to tone down the minor bad language. The film is repeated at 9:00pm tonight, uncut and uncensored. (ITV2)

Look Up In The Sky: The Amazing Story Of Superman – 2:30-4:25pm
All-new, two-hour documentary about “Superman”, from his initial comic-book background, via the George Reeve movie shorts, the movies, “Superboy”, “Lois And Clarke”, and “Smallville”. Narrated by award-winning actor Kevin Spacey! (Five)

NEW: Charmed – 4:25-5:25pm
The final series, Season 8, finally makes it to UK terrestrial TV, but on a different channel, and with edits for violent and scary content. Oh, and there’s DOG’s a plenty, and a crappy time-slot too! :rolleyes: Enjoy it whilst you can, unless you are happy to wait for the DVD release towards the end of this year! (Channel 4)

NEW: Ghost Whisperer – 8:00-9:00pm
All-new US supernatural drama, with Jennifer Love Hewitt as Melinda Gordon – a woman who has the ability to see and communicate with dead people. This is the Pilto Episode. Reasonable reviews from the USA, both critically and from viewers. Episode 2 is on Tuesday at 9pm, and the show continues every Tuesday thereafter. (E4)

NEW: Kylie: The Interview – 9:00-10:00pm
World-exclusive interview from Sky, with the Australian pop singer and actress, who was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The interview covers the event, from the original diagnosis, right through to a few weeks back, when she was given a clean bill of health. Should hopefully be a worthwhile hour of TV. (Sky 1)

Chris Rock: Never Scared – 10:00-11:35pm
Concert-film of black US comedian Chris Rock, as he scrutinises his life, his childhood, his place as a role-model for modern American youth, and his love-hate relationship with the rich and famous. Contains explicit adult language throughout, and racial material that some may find offensive. See Thursday night’s listings, for more Chris Rock material. (Paramount Comedy Channel)

Alias – 10:00pm-Midnight
The final two episodes, from the final ever series, as Sydney, Jack and Vaughn race to stop Sloan from putting his deadly plan into action, and before Rimbaldi’s own ideas are put into terrifying and lethal operation. Both episodes repeated at 1am tonight. (Bravo)

NEW: Ideal – 12:20-12:50am
Late-night time-slot for an all-new Second series of the dark comedy show, with Johnny Vegas, as Moz, a Mancunian drug-dealer. Repeated at 3:10am, tonight. (BBC3)


Monday 17th
FILM: Asterix The Gaul (U) – 10:30-11:35am
First of two animated movies, based on the Rene Goscinny and Alberto Uderzo comic-books. Astreix, Getafix and the other Gauls, discover they can beat the Roman’s with the help of some very Magic Potion. As always, though, things don’t go quite the way they had planned. French language, dubbed into English. One f of the many film sequels, “The Twelve Tasks Of Asterix”, can be seen tomorrow morning, at 10:30am. Both films are great for children and adults alike. Highly Recommended, if you fancy something a little different. (BBC2)

NEW: Huff – 10:00-11:10pm
Season 2 of the excellent, dark and deeply acidic comedy drama, about Dr Craig Huffstedt and his family, as he tries to make his way through life, whilst dealing with his patients and families psychological neuroses. It’s pitch-black adult comedy, but it’s very, very funny: a mixture of “The Sopranos” and “Frasier”! Contains strong language and adult material. (FX)

FILM: Strange Days (18) – 10:30pm-1:10am
Acclaimed and controversial US sci-fi thriller, from James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow, in the tale of a modern-day futuristic Earth, that has abused technology, to create entertainment that allows people to relive other people’s own experiences, through specialist digital recordings. Set at the end of 1999, Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett are the two leads, (in a giant list of who’s who of Hollywood stars), who are forced into an uncomfortable corner, when one of the recordings proves to be a little too-close for comfort. A shocking and haunting portrayal of the misuse of technology, for our own sick entertainment, and how such abuse can only lead us down a very dark alleyway! This is the full, uncut US theatrical version, that includes material cut by the BBFC for cinema and home viewing, here in the UK. The film contains very strong language, strong violence, one scene of strong sexualised violence (which is actually a pivotal sequence in the film), gore, distressing images, and scenes that some viewers may find disturbing! A truly powerhouse film, that showcases why sci-fi films can still be some of the most entertaining and thought-provoking material to be shown in cinemas! Showing uncut and in Widescreen. Repeated on Tuesday night, on Sky 2, at 10:30pm. (Sky 1).

NEW: Animal Rescue – 10:35-11:05pm
Late-night strand of the popular animal documentary show. Hear how the RSPCA team tackle and cope, with many of the more harrowing stories of animal injuries and abuse, that are unsuitable for the early-evening shows. Contains disturbing and graphic material, that many will find deeply distressing. The five-part series continues each Monday night. Timeslot may vary for some BBC regions. Please check you local listings guide, or the Sky/Freeview EPG for transmission times on the night. (BBC1)


Tuesday 18th
NEW: CSI Miami – 9:00-10:00pm
Horatio Caine and Co, are back once more, in the start of the brand new episodes that make up Season 4. It’s glossy and shallow crime drama, in comparison to “CSI” and “CSI: NY”, but it’s still a fun diversion. This series will also include the “Miami” / “New York” crossover special, that form Episode 7’s two-hour special heldover from “CSI: NY’s” recent run on Saturday nights! :clap: (Five)

FILM: Goldfinger (PG) – 9:00-11:10pm
The first of a short run of classic Bond movies, on ITV4, in the lead up to the amazing end-of-month release of the brand-new, digitally remastered, restored and completely uncut DVD releases, of all the films to-date, in the UK! :thumbsup: (ITV4)

NEW: Grumpy Old Holidays – 10:00-10:30pm
Spin-off series, looking at the good and bad sides of the standard British “holiday”, with comments from the men and women of the previous “Grumpy Old…” series. Contains some strong language. (BBC2)


Wednesday 19th
** Film Four Channels Cease Broadcasting Today! **
Viewers and subscribers to “FilmFour” should note that today is the final day of broadcasting for all of the “FilmFour” channels. All transmission cease tomorrow morning, at 6am. I’d recommend that subscribers confirm with their digital TV suppliers, that they will not be charged any more from tonight, for these channels. “Film4”, (yes, it’s been pointlessly rebranded! :rolleyes: ), will rescommence broadcasting from 3pm on Sunday 23rd July, on all digital platforms, completely free-of-charge! More details will follow, in the next few days, from me! :)

FILM: Airplane! (PG) – 7:15-9:00pm
I doubt I need to introduce this seminal and outrageously funny comedy movie. So let me just say this: if you’ve seen it already, it’s worth watching again. And, if you’ve never seen it before, watch this movie without fail! An absolute gem! One of a very few films, that improves upon repeated viewings. Contains some risqué material, and mild bad language. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (Five)

NEW: Are We Being Served – 7:30-8:00pm
Brand-new consumer show, from the “Watchdog” team, investigating just how bad Customer Service has become in the UK. From high street shops, to online stores, via so-called telephone helplines and customer service lines from the many big companies based in the UK (BT, NTL, Sky, etc!), the team go on the lookout for those who genuinely help, and those who seem to want to be rid of you! Should prove to be enjoyable! This is the first of five, weekly episodes. Tonight, the team look at the world of the retail industry in Britain, from your corner shop, to the big-name manufacturers who command their presence from gigantic warehouses in retail parks all over the country. No specific details yet, but news has come through, that PC World and Tesco both feature in tonight’s show, for being naughty! ;) (BBC1)

NEW: ReGenesis – 9:00-10:00pm
Season 2 of the short-lived US sci-fi drama makes its UK debut tonight. (Sci-Fi Channel)


Thursday 20th
Chris Rock Night – 9:00pm-2:05am
Paramount devote the evening to the best of Chris Rock, including “Everybody Hates Chris” (Season 1, episodes 1 and 2, 9:00-10:00pm), “Bigger And Blacker” (more concert footage, discussing gun control, racism and being black in 21st Century America, 10:00-11:30pm), and a repeat of Sunday night’s “Never Scared” concert. (Paramount Comedy Channel)


Friday 21st
NEW: My Hero – 8:30-9:00pm
Love it or hate it, it’s back for the fifth series, but minus Ardal O’Hanlon. In the series opener, George heads back to Ultron for some downtime, and ends-up playing in a high-risk game of Poker. But, his money, his livelihood, and his clothing are not the only things he looses. This is episode one of eight. (BBC1)

NEW: The Law Of The Playground – 9:30-10:00pm
If your school days were the happiest days of your life, then this six-part comedy documentary show, may irritate you. For everyone else, school was a war-zone, in many different ways. Fights with your teachers, your friends, your family, your parents. Yes, school definitely did NOT prepare you for life as a grown-up. So watch, reminisce and laugh out loud, as celebrities talk about their school-lives: “Chinny Reckon”, silent-but-deadly farting, school assemblies, the morning milk break, and many other moments are brought back into the spotlight. Contributors include Vic Reeves, Jayne Middlemiss, Justin Lee Collins, and many others. Episode one of seven. Contains strong language. (Channel 4)

The 4400 – 10:00-11:50pm
Repeat run of the 12 episodes that make Season 2, starting with the feature-length opening “Wake-Up Call”. (Sky 1)

FILM: Mad Max (18) – 11:45pm-1:25am
The superb futuristic action movie, from 1979, gets a much welcome repeat. Mel Gibson plays Max Rockatansky, an Australian police-officer who is forced to endure endless lawlessness on the roads, after society collapses and urban decay sets in. With gangs, criminals and low-lifes roaming the highways, the local police have a desperate struggle on their hands, to keep the roads safe for regular people. But when a tragic accident occurs, Max decides that enough is enough, and decides to take the law into his own hands, and to set an example to every road-user that they’ll never forget… and never return from! A genre-defining movie, that works on many levels, be it as a sci-fi film, a thriller, and as a cautionary tale of how the future may end-up. For a film made over 25 years ago, the lawlessness depicted certainly resembles how society is now, albeit not in quite such a desperate situation. A classic film, and another Highly Recommended selection from me. Contains strong language, some strong violence, and a couple of scenes that will make you squirm. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (BBC1)


And so, here endeth my latest update! Apologies once-again, that this isn’t up to my usual high standards, but I will certainly do my best for you, next time, to make-up for any disappointment caused.

Until then, stay Square-Eyed! :D


Pooch
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Hi,

Here's the information regarding the first few days of Film4's new schedules:

Sunday 23rd
15:00 - Promo Trailers and Ads
21:00 - Introduction to New Film4 / Lost In Translation
23:00 - Sexy Beast
00:40 - Infernal Affairs

Monday 24th
15:00 - This Happy Breed
17:00 - Music Behind The Scenes - Love
18:00 - Duck Soup
19:15 - Strictly Ballroom
21:00 - The Fifth Element
23:25 - Ghost World
01:30 - The Mambo Kings

Tuesday 25th
15:00 - Topaz
17:40 - Horse Feathers
18:55 - Explorers
21:00 - Elizabeth
23:20 - Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
01:20 - Voyage to Italy

Wednesday 26th
15:00 - The Way Ahead
17:25 - Monkey Business
19:00 - The Madness of King George
21:00 - Zoolander
23:00 - Festival
01:05 - Calvaire

Thursday 27th
15:00 - The Spy In Black
16:55 - Double Indemnity
19:00 - The African Queen
21:00 - The Road To Perdition
23:10 - Infernal Affairs
01:05 - Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai

Friday 28th
15:00 - This Happy Breed
17:10 - A Countess From Hong Kong
19:10 - Strictly Ballroom
21:00 - Lost In Translation
23:00 - Apocalypse Now (original 1979 154m edit)
01:50 - Live Flesh

Saturday 29th
15:00 - Brief Encounter
16:35 - Music Behind The Scenes - Love
17:40 - Horse Feathers
18:55 - Explorers
00:55 - Ghost World


For further details, just click here!

Not too bad, as far as the first week goes, but hardly the trend-setting set of films I'd hoped for! However, in week two, we do get some much more decent material, include terrestrial premieres of Studio Ghibli films! :clap:


Pooch
 

Barbara2001

Active Member
Hi Pooch,

Quote

NEW: ReGenesis – 9:00-10:00pm
Season 2 of the short-lived US sci-fi drama makes its UK debut tonight. (Sci-Fi Channel)

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Puzzled about you saying ReGenesis is "short-lived". Some characters are short-lived, but the series has, I understand, been renewed for the 3rd season (just as well considering the clifff-hanger). I know each season is only 13 episodes, but that is more than twice the number of a UK series.

BTW I caught episode 1 of Ellery Queen the other day, but there is no sign of the rest of the series on BBC2. Typical, just like ITV4 showed the first episode of Big Apple weeks ago, and the second one is not being shown until tonight.
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Hi Barbara,

Barbara2001 said:
Puzzled about you saying ReGenesis is "short-lived". Some characters are short-lived, but the series has, I understand, been renewed for the 3rd season (just as well considering the clifff-hanger). I know each season is only 13 episodes, but that is more than twice the number of a UK series.

I was unaware that "ReGenesis" had been renewed. I was under the impression it had been cancelled, hence my use of the term "short-lived". Thanks for the info, though. :) Also, I know what you mean about "Ellery Queen" and "Big Apple". I suspect that BBC2 are using "EQ" purely as a time-filler, ala "Monk" and several other US shows that they air on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Hopefully, both series will start to get back into a regular schedule.


Pooch
 

Barbara2001

Active Member
Thnaks Pooch.

Last night ITV started Big Apple early, as per usual, and I missed the very start of it as I was distracted. I have given up trying to record it and will catch a repeat, if there is one. (The are repeating Wanted, so I am hopeful.).
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Hi Everyone

Some TV News for you all:

1) HBO and BBC's historical drama "Rome" will get a second season, but has now been cancelled in full. This means another 8-12 episodes will be made, but that will be all. The main reason, is down to costs - Season 2 is costing $125 million US dollars - 25% more than Season 1! Yikes! :eek:

2) "Huff" the excellent, if controversial drama series, currently airing on FX, has also been given the boot in the US, and Season 2 will now be the last we will see. :thumbsdow

3) Five's new spin-off satellite TV channel "Five US" will launch later this year, probably in September or October! :clap: The bonus good news, is that not only will Five be able to show older US dramas from their own catalogue of material (e.g. Law And Order, CSI, The Shield, et al), but they will also air new episodes of these shows a month or two prior to them being given their terrestrial premiere on Five. On top of this, Five have also garnered the rights to air all three of the current "CSI" shows, plus all previous episodes, on the new channel! :thumbsup:

4) "The Closer" (originally aired on C4, but moved to More4), has been given a Third Season! Although the show failed to ignite viewers in the UK, its popularity has remained favourable in the USA.

5) "NYPD Blue" fans will be extremely disappointed, nigh apoplectic, to hear, that More4 are delaying the start of Season 12 of the hit US police show! :rolleyes: Currently part-way through Season 11, at the end of the run, there will be a temporary hiatus (but of unknown length) for the show, and the 11pm and 2am timeslots will be filled with repeats of Season 1 of "The Closer" instead. More details on this, as I get them.

6) Thanks to Digital Spy, for the following Sky channel information. All of the following are due to start broadcasting via Sky, in the next 6 months:

July
DM Islam TV (Monday 24th)
ITV Play (Tuesday 25th)
Focus Television TV (South African shows, news and material)
Smile TV
Sky Sports HD2 (31st)

August
Bubble Hits (14th)

Summer
Downunder TV (Australian TV, includes soaps, dramas, comedy shows old - and new! :clap: )
National Geographic (Will relaunch and go 16:9)

Autumn
Five US (See TV News above!)
Five Life (Daytime channel, with female-friendly output, e.g. like LivingTV)
Horse And Country TV (I kid you not!)
Milton Keynes TV (Seriously, this channel isn't an April Fools Day joke either!)

6) The following New Channels have all been given provisional licences to start transmitting in the UK, via Sky. However, no dates have been confirmed.yet. These channels, categorised by the type of material they will genearlly be airing, will include:

General Entertainment Channels
- [email protected]
- Luxury Channel
- Trends TV
- Iqra Television
- Gag TV.
- Zippo TV
- Wedding TV
- Winstar from Harmony TV Limited
- The America Channel
- Big Brother TV(from Channel 4, an additional subscription channel)
- 4US(Unofficial name for forthcoming Channel 4 service to showcase American series)
- The Drama Channel (from Chart Show TV)
- HBO UK
- Mystery Channel
- Black Heritage TV (Afro-Caribbean material and shows)
- Paranormal Channel (Miscellaneous ghostly shows, both real and fictional)

Movie Channels
- Film24 (already launched!)
- Select Kino (German movies, and German language material with English subs!)
- World Cinema Channel (possibly to be renamed CineMundi)

Factual / Documentary
- Discovery Factual
- Discovery Lifestyle
- Military History Channel
- The History Channel HD (16:9 Hi-Def compatible version of the History Channel)

Sports
- Sky Sports HD 2 (Hi-Def version of SS2)
- Sky Sports 4
- NFL Network (American Football channel, and other US sports material)
- Setanta Sports 3
- NASN 2
- Setanta Extra
- ESPN Europe

Niche Channels
- Print, Publishing & Media Channel
- The Spiritualist Channel
- Information TV 3
- Equine TV
- The Pet Channel
- The Business Channel

Music
- Fashion Music TV
- Freshi (Reggae music)
- U-Rock Trace TV (Urban music)

Adult
- Honey TV
- Friendly TV Xtra
- Play Girl TV (Adult material aimed at women, for women!)
- Pink TV
- The Queer Channel
- Touch TV
- Bang TV
- Fantasy (Probably a relaunching of The Fantasy Channel, or an off-shot)
- Kama Sutra


A short TV update will be posted on Saturday, for the week running 22nd-28th July 2006. Until then, enjoy the weather, and the TV! :hiya:


Pooch
 
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NEW: Huff – 10:00-11:10pm
Season 2 of the excellent, dark and deeply acidic comedy drama, about Dr Craig Huffstedt and his family, as he tries to make his way through life, whilst dealing with his patients and families psychological neuroses. It’s pitch-black adult comedy, but it’s very, very funny: a mixture of “The Sopranos” and “Frasier”! Contains strong language and adult material. (FX)

any repeats Pooch?:confused:
 

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