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    Hi,

    Welcome back, folks, to my usual monthly round-up of what's worth watching on TV! :) Fortunately, there are plenty of shows, new and old, coming to terrestrial and satellite in March, including new animated sitcoms, new comedies, dramas, horror shows, and some other more esoteric material too. Plenty of stuff for every avid TV fan! :clap:

    I will be back with the complete low-down for all the shows, by 11pm tonight, the 22nd Feb! Until then, stay tuned, and stay patient! :D


    Pooch

    P.S. Would one of the Mods be kind enough to make this thread a "Sticky" please, at their earliest convenience?! Thanks!
     
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    Evening Everyone,

    Let's get right down to business, as I have lots and lots of shows to tell you all about. :) Wherever possible, I have included times of transmission, but as is common in the world of TV scheduling, these may be subject to change at any time. Keep checking back to this thread, for the latest information!


    Firstly, for those of you who haven't seen the thread in the "Movies And TV" forum, the all-new CGI animation series "New Captain Scarlet" has already started, with its World Premiere on ITV1! Airing during ITV1's Saturday morning childrens' TV show "MOM: Ministry Of Mayhem", the new show is a modern reinvention of the classic 1969 Gerry Anderson puppet show, about the immortal Captain Scarlet. Despite ITV1's appalling transmission record to date of the first two episodes (out of a total of 26), the show is worth watching. Both Anderson and ITV1 TV executives are trying to get a repeat showing on air, during another time of the week, or possibly on ITV2 or ITV3, but sadly, it seems ITV1 staff want to wait until the first-run episode ratings are in, before they schedule a repeat run. Alas, with the p____-poor treatment the show is already getting, most sensible fans of the show are simply going to have to wait for the DVD release of the show in October 2005! :(

    Gilmore Girls: Season 1
    Hit new US comedy/drama about a long-running feud, over several generations of the same family. Although the show has been running for over 5 seasons in the USA, this will be the first time UK viewers will get to see the show. Described as a cross between "My So-Called Life", "Once And Again", "Party Of Five" and "The Wonder Years", this could become required viewing for all ages. (Tuesday 1st, 9am / 5pm, Hallmark Channel)

    Hex: Season 1
    The first five-part series gets a weekly repeat run in March. Although it wasn't the best British fantasy/horror/thriller show ever made, it wasn’t quite as dire as some have claimed. With a second season being confirmed, it is hoped this second run of the show, might obtain some more viewers. (Wednesday 2nd, 9pm, Sky 1; repeats on Sky Mix also)

    Family Guy: Season 3 (Ready, Willing and Disabled :eek: )
    One of the rarely seen episodes from Season 3 gets a late-night airing, of this superbly controversial animated comedy. Considered by many to be the most extreme episode of the show ever made, this episode has caused much offence amongst viewers in the USA. British fans now get to see what all the fuss is about. (late on Friday 4th, 3:05am, Sky 1)

    Hammer House Of Horror: Complete Series Rerun
    Short-lived horror anthology series, from British horror veterans, Hammer Films. With the show being 25 years old, many of the stories may have dated quite badly, but this is still an interesting experience from the 1980's, when such shows were commonplace! Worth a look for horror fans who want something different from their normal diets. ;) (Saturday 5th, 11pm, ITV3)

    Father Of The Pride: Season 1
    All-new US family animation, ala "The Lion King", set around the world famous Siegfried And Roy lion show. With episode titles like "What's Black and White and Depressed All Over?", you just know this is not going to be your run-of-the-mill series. Expect guest voices, cameos and some acerbic animation! (Sunday 6th, 7:30pm, Sky 1)

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Complete Series Rerun
    For those of you missing out on probably the best Trek franchise, Sky 1 is rerunning the entire 7 season series all over again, after a several months absence from the schedules. Times and days will vary, but mainly weekdays as listed, from... (Monday 7th, 9:55am / 4pm, Sky 1; repeats on Sky Mix also)

    Robot Wars
    Like to watch robots fighting it out? Here's the original BBC2 tea-time classic, being rerun for satellite viewers, courtesy of Bravo. (Monday 7th, 6pm, Bravo; repeats also on Bravo and Bravo+1)

    Dog - The Bounty-Hunter: Season 1
    Unusual, and off-beat live-action drama from the US, about an oddly-named bounty-hunter. (Monday 7th, 10pm, Bravo; repeats on Bravo+1 also)

    Stripperella - Uncut: Season 1
    Pamela Anderson comes to TV, in the form of an animated, adult superheroine - the oddly-named Stripperella! :eek: Based on the long-running comic-book series, by day the lead female works as, surprise, surprise, a stripper, and by the cover of night, she's a leather-clad female out to take revenge on those who abuse their power. In the US, the show was heavily censored - even on Cable TV channels. But here in the UK, we will get to see the full, uncut and uncensored version, with all the language, nudity, violence, innuendo and sexual imagery intact! This could be great, or a complete pile of pants, so don't say I didn't warn you. (Monday 7th, 11:30pm, Bravo; repeats on Bravo+1 also)

    G Vs E (aka Good Versus Evil): Complete Series Rerun
    Comedy/science-fiction adventure about the forces of good and evil, using Earth as a literal battle field! Not bad, but a hit-and-miss show. Times and days will vary, but mainly weekdays as listed from.... (Late on Monday 7th, Midnight, Sci-Fi Channel)

    Star Trek - Enterprise: Season 4
    The final (?) series of what many feel may be the death of the whole "Star Trek" franchise, starts in the UK. (Tuesday 8th, 8pm, Sky 1; repeats on Sky Mix also) Terrestrial TV fans can watch all-new Season 3 episodes on Sundays, from 27th February in the afternoon, on Channel 4!)

    Alias: Season 1
    J.J. Abrams classy, stylish, and deeply-layered spy thriller gets another airing, albeit with some censorship edits. Times and days will vary, but mainly weekdays as listed, from... (Wednesday 9th, 11:45am / 1am , Sky 1; repeats on Sky Mix also)

    Red Nose Day / Comic Relief
    The bi-annual comedy/charity event comes back for another round of anarchy and madness, but all for a good cause. Buy a Red Nose for yourself, your car, or even your business, but buy one nonetheless, as all the money goes to people who really need it. Numerous shows will air across the BBC TV and Radio platforms, but the main event goes out on Friday 11th, 7pm, BBC1.

    Casanova
    This is the BBC's new period costume drama, but one with a slight difference. With Peter O'Toole, Matt Lucas and David Tennant, the three-hour epic follows the life of the Italian man, reinventing the man we all thought we knew of. Prepare to be dazzled and shocked. (Sunday 13th, 10pm, BBC3)

    Dead Like Me: Season 2
    The critically-acclaimed fantasy drama returns, with all-new episodes to the UK. (Tuesday 15th, 9pm, Sky 1; repeats on Sky Mix also)

    Forty Deuce: Season 1
    Details still to be confirmed, but this looks like it will be another one of those dodgy Sky 1 reality shows, masquerading as a documentary, dealing with the behind-the-scenes goings-on in a US strip-joint! :rolleyes: (Thursday 17th, 11pm, Sky 1)

    The Invisible Man: Complete Series Rerun (2000 version)
    Vincent Ventresca ("Prey") stars in this new and short-lived spin on the classic "Invisible Man" story, first shown on Bravo in the UK. Suprisingly clever, if a little B-movieish, but fun nonetheless. Times and days will vary, but mainly weekdays as listed, from... (Monday 21st, 5pm, Sci-Fi Channel)

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer
    Episode details still to be confirmed. Times and days will vary, but mainly weekdays as listed, from... (9am / 1pm, Monday 21st, Sky1; repeats on Sky Mix also)

    The District: Season 4
    Having just completed Season 3, we go straight into Season 4, another UK premiere! An intelligent and worthy crime series, based on the true-life of Washington DC mayor Jack Maple, who single-handedly lowered the crime rate by 50%, through dedication and hard-work. Times and days will vary, but mainly weekdays as listed from.... (Thursday 24th, Midday / 8pm, Hallmark Channel)

    Dinotopia: Complete Series Rerun
    Twelve episode children's fantasy drama series about a strange world inhabited by dinosaurs. Times and days will vary, but mainly weekdays as listed, from... (Friday 25th, Midday, Sky 1)

    Category 6 - Day Of Destruction (12 certificate)
    Superb two-part US TV mini-series showing over consecutive nights. Starring Thomas Gibson, Randy Quaid, Dianne Wiest and Brian Dennehy, the story follows three enormous weather systems that collide over Chicago, creating the worst super-storm in the nation's history - but only after they first cause the national power grid to collapse, making it impossible to warn anyone about the impending disaster! (Friday 25th and Saturday 26th, 9pm, Sky 1)

    Monk: Season 1 Rerun
    If you are jaded by all of the hard and gritty, adult police/detective dramas on TV at the moment, you may want to try this brilliantly acerbic little gem, from Universal. Tony Shalhoub plays Adrian Monk, the "defective detective": a man for whom everything is a phobia. With many guest-stars and cameos, including the likes of Willie Nelson and Zakes Mokae, this is a genuinely innovative take on the detective genre. Brilliant and very, very funny too! Times and days will vary, but mainly weekdays as listed. (Pilot Episode on Thursday 31st, at 3pm, followed by the show itself, 6pm the same day, Hallmark Channel.)


    Well, there you have it! Another blockbusting month, for the couch potato in us all! :D As normal, updates and new shows worth watching will be posted in this thread, where possible.

    Enjoy! :)


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    And Doctor Who! Latest rumour March 26th!
     
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    Hasn't this been shown on Bravo before?

    Any news on Point Pleasant on Ch 4? The E4 coincided with something else I watch so I've missed it.
     
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    HI LoveMonkey,

    Stripperella has been shown on Bravo, but a) only random episodes were shown, and b) they were the censored, US cuts. Now, we'll get to see the full uncut versions, and all the episodes in the correct order.

    As for "Point Pleasant" on Channel 4, I've got no news yet as to when it will air there. I don't anticipate it will air until Summer 2005 at the earliest. Viewing figures for this show in the USA, have been really bad. Beween the first and second episodes, the show lost 40% of its viewing figures! I don't expect the series to last for more than one, full season, unless things drastically improve their. In the UK, ratings have been reasonable, but not great. However, if the show gets pulled in the USA, then as we're so close to their transmissions, we may not get to see the remaining episodes. Also, if the show is pulled in the USA, I'd expect Channel 4 to bury the terrestrial TV airing in a graveyard slot, because it's not as high-profile as it should have been.


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    Hey All,

    I have an update for stuff you might want to check out over the next 7 days or so, on TV. Enjoy! :)

    Saturday 19th March
    As a pre-cursor to the all-new 2005 "Dr Who" series starting on BBC1 on Saturday 26th March (at 7pm), BBC2 are airing several programmes that may be of interest to "Who" fans on Saturday:-
    - The classic 1965 movie "Dr Who And The Daleks", airs at 3:50pm
    - "The Story Of Dr Who" documentary, airs at 7:30pm
    - "Some Things You Need To Know About Dr Who", airs at 8:30pm
    - "Mastermind: Dr Who Special", airs at 8:40pm
    (Another Dr Who film - "Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150AD" - airs over lunch, on Channel 4 on Friday 25th March, at 12:40pm)

    On ITV1, "Parkinson" has Billie Piper discussing the new "Dr Who" show, as well as Ewan McGregor talking about "Star Wars III: Revenge Of The Sith", and Jamie Oliver as well. (10:15pm)

    ITV1 also has "An Evening With Al Murray" at 9:15pm. Normally, these "An Audience With…" shows tend to be very hit and miss. However, this one promises to be a classic, mainly because Al will be performing the entire show as his character "The Pub Landlord". Not only that, but he will also be using his acerbic humour against some of the invited celebrity audience… who haven't been told that they are going to be used as targets! :D :clap:

    Channel 4 is airing a horror movie double-bill, Saturday night, with the superb Hammer Horror movie "Dracula: Prince Of Darkness" at 1:20am, followed by George A Romero's bizarre horror comedy "The Crazies" at 3am. Both are showing, in their full, uncensored, Widescreen versions, as an extra addition to the recent "Banned" season.

    Five have managed to nab the repeat rights of the superb horror fantasy drama series, "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", from the BBC! :eek: :clap: Every Saturday night, at approximately 6:40pm, Five will start a complete run of the cult show! Season 1 is where it all began, and you can see it right from the very start, starting in about 48 hours time! :)

    Five is also repeating Season 1 of "Law And Order: Special Victims Unit", in an uncut, late-night slot, each Saturday. This week, we have the very first episode, and it airs at 1:50am. It introduces us to Detectives Stabler, Benson and Munch, and some of the horrific sexual crimes they have to deal with.


    Sunday 20th
    "The Last Seduction" airs on BBC1 at 11:45pm. A rather brilliantly dark, complex and original film-noir, from 1993, that gave us Linda Fiorentino and her backwards writing skill! (This is one "effect" the actress did for real, with no camera illusions, or SFX trickery!)

    There's a rather brilliant episode of "South Park" on Channel 4, late on Sunday night, at 12:35am, which I would highly recommend. From the show's 6th Season, "Fun With Veal" is one of my personal favourite episodes, and has the boys trying to rescue some baby cows, when they learn where Veal really comes from! Fun for Vegans, and Meat-lovers everywhere! :rotfl:


    Monday 21st
    Five has the first of two "The Man From UNCLE" movies this week, starting today at 10am, with "The Spy With My Face". (The second film, "The Karate Killers" airs on Wednesday 23rd, also at 10am.)

    A potentially interesting docu-drama, airs on BBC2 at 11:20pm. Entitled "If TV Goes Down The Tube", it follows a mother who uncovers a sinister plot, as she struggles to cope with the death of her daughter, on a reality TV show. British actress Saskia Reeves, plays the role of the mother. The film highlights issues about how far Reality TV has gone over the past few years, and ponders the question of whether or not the British public has seen the worst of it. Has Reality TV gone too far, or will a televised execution/murder be the next big thing on which we the public will gloat over, for our evening's entertainment?! :eek:

    BBC3 starts the week off, with a brand new strand of Pilot Episodes of potential new comedy shows. Airing each weeknight for the next three days, at approximately 11pm each night, the channel that has given us "Monkey Dust", "The Mighty Boosh" and "Little Britain", now aims to tickle our funny bones with some new material. Tonight sees "I'm With Stupid" make its first ever airing. The show is described as "a sitcom with a politically-incorrect twist", and follows a self-centred, wheelchair user called Paul, who meets-up with a homeless young man called Sheldon. Both feel that each is the hardest done by in life, but through vicious jokes, violent conflicts, and dark emotions, learn something about the others struggle with everyday scenarios. This has been highly-recommended by the Radio Times, and I suspect that this show will probably be another award-winner before long. Catch it now, before everyone else! The remaining Pilot Episode shows are: "10:96" (Airing on Tuesday night.) Set in a Manchester police station, and deals with the problematic but topical issue of race-relations within the local force. Then on Wednesday, "Marigold" makes its debut. A woman, tries to convince everyone around her, that she is a perfect housewife, despite her being lazy, boring, and socially-inept. (This show stars Angus Deayton!)

    Sky 1 has a new US fantasy drama series for us, called "Anonymous Rex". The feature-length Pilot Episode airs tonight at 8:30pm, and stars Faye Dunaway and Isaac Hayes, (aka the voice of Chef in "South Park"), as two humans living amongst dinosaurs, in a secret society on Earth. Anyone who fears this is "Dinotopia" all over again, fear not! This looks a lot darker, and more intelligent than that series was! :clap:

    Sci-Fi gives UK viewers to see the fun sci-fi fantasy show, "The Invisible Man", again, but right from the beginning. (In the UK, Bravo previously aired Season 1, and then Sci-Fi aired Season 2.) Now, the entire 46-episode show comes home to Sci-Fi, airing everyday at 5pm, with a next-day repeat at 11am! An action-packed fantasy adventure about a thief turned spy, con man Darien Fawkes joins a government experiment on invisibility to avoid jail. This is the 2000-2002 version of the show, starring Vincent Ventresca (from "Prey") and Eddit Jones (from "Lois And Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman"). It's an off-beat variation of the classic HG Wells story, but with surprisingly good special effects for a TV show. The show is also one, gigantic epic, so try to catch all the episodes!


    Tuesday 22nd
    No recommendations.


    Wednesday 23rd
    US legal drama "The Practice" gets its first ever UK transmission of Season 6, starting today on ITV3, at 10:55am. (Repeated at 2:45pm, and 2am!) It now appears that ITV3 have bought the rights to all 8 seasons made of this show, and British fans can finally get to see what happens! :clap:

    Fans of the cult Brit horror-flick, "The Wicker Man" will want to catch a brilliant new BBC4 documentary series, starting at 11:40pm. "Cast & Crew" is a new, occasional series of frank and revealing interviews with people working on some of the most widely acclaimed films of all time. Tonight, Kirsty Wark chats with Christopher Lee, Ingrid Pitt, Edward Woodward and director Robin Hardy, on why this film touched a nerve with Seventies British cinema-goers!

    LivingTV airs one of the best-ever episodes of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" at 11pm. Out of its five seasons, to date, there have been many great stories, but this one truly stands out in terms of the scripts, the acting, and direction! It's also another of my own favourite episodes! For me, it really showed the true ensemble strengths of the show, and comes (surprisingly) from the very first Season! :clap: "Sounds Of Silence" is a haunting - and often, very emotionally harrowing - story about prejudice. The forensic experts are called in to deal with the death of a young male student, who has been killed in a car-accident. His death leads the team to a local school, and the investigation takes a decidedly harsh turn, when the team have to deal with prejudice themselves! This episode has many superb elements to it, and reveals a lot of details about the CSI's personal and professional lives, especially for Grissom. If anyone can tell me what Grissom says in the final few moments of this episode, please PM me, as I'd really love to know! (This will seem a really odd question to ask, unless you see this particular episode.) I cannot recommend enough, that all of you watch/record this episode! I promise that you will not regret it! :) I'd even go so far to say that this is the "Pooch Personal Recommendation" of the week!


    Thursday 24th
    Sky 1 has the first of a fun, two-part TV mini-series, called "Category 6: Day Of Destruction", at 8pm tonight. A hellish weather anomaly causes problems for the Windy City of Chicago. Innovative special effects and an all-star cast, headed by Randy Quaid, make this a compelling semi-futuristic drama. Part Two is on tomorrow at 9pm. (Both episodes are repeated on Sky Mix, later this week.)

    "Boys Don't Cry", with Oscar award-winner Hilary S****, is being shown on BBC2 tonight at 11:20pm. An unusual and provocative drama, that highlights the perils of romance and small-town prejudice.

    BBC4 has the second "Cast & Crew" documentary, at 11:30pm. Tonight, "The Long Good Friday" is up for discussion, with Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Derek Thompson and director John Mackenzie being interviewed by Kirsty Wark.

    Meanwhile, over on BBC3 at 10pm, we have "Birdland - A History Of Jazz": an animation set to Art Tatum's "Over The Rainbow" musical composition. Later on, at 12:45am, the "BBC3 Animation Awards" start. For fans of animation and cartoons in all their forms, the show reveals new and old talents, and highlights the short films up for this prestigious award. Continues over the next few days. Check press for exact times and transmission details of subsequent shows.


    Friday 25th
    Today appears to be uncut movie day, across most of the TV networks! :) The uncut US version of the Disney fantasy animation "Mulan" airs on BBC1 at 3:05pm. In the UK, the BBFC objected to the central character using a head-butt as a form of attack, and edits were made to remove the offending scenes from both the cinema and home-viewing prints. See what the fuss was about, at 3:05pm!

    Another Disney film precedes "Mulan", but this time, on BBC2 at 12:25pm. "Dragonslayer" is a darker and more mature film, in the vein of "The Dark Crystal", "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Conan The Barbarian", and one that isn't really suitable for the youngsters to watch on their own, despite its early timeslot. Some edits for violence may be made, but many scenes will be very frightening for younger audience members, and parents may also object to some brief nudity early-on in the movie too. This film is definitely worth a viewing by older film fans who prefer their gothic fantasies to be darker, and with more macabre overtones. There are some brilliant mechanical effects, as well, towards the film's climax. A British/US co-production, from 1981.

    Bond fans, are in for a treat tonight at 8:30pm. "Licence To Kill" - the bete-noir of the action series - airs on ITV1, albeit cut! Despite the movie being split by the ITV News, this is still worth watching. It was the only Bond film that gave censors a real headache, and to this very day, there is still no, complete and uncut version in existence, anywhere in the world! (In fact, the full list of censorship is so confusing, even MGM/UA who made the film, weren't able to compile a print of the film, that contained and restored every single frame for a US DVD release!) The heady combination of the drug-trafficking plot, and scenes of genuinely savage and sadistic violence were what caused all the problems. Be warned! The violence is genuinely graphic and repellent at times, even by Bond movie standards! This is the only Bond movie to get an edited 15-certificate for cinemas here in the UK, and to be edited to gain an MPAA PG-13 rating for movie theatres in the US. (ITV1 are airing a heavily-edited version of the most recent US Region 1 DVD print!) This, was Bond with a real edge. Timothy Dalton took the literary hero back to his roots, and gave him balls of steel, just as Ian Fleming imagined him. Drugs, sex, violence, gore and bad language - this one has it all! Look out for an early role by Benicio Del Toro.

    BBC3 airs the uncut 15-certificate version of "The Mummy", complete with Brendan Fraser's hanging scene intact, at 7pm!

    And lastly, Part 1 of the complete version of Franco Zefferelli's 1977 epic religious opus, "Jesus Of Nazareth", starts today on ITV3, at 6:10pm. Part 2 will air on Easter Sunday. (The US DVD runs to nearly 6 hours, excluding advert breaks. The UK DVD has an edited "movie" version, running to about 4;5 hours instead. ITV3 is airing the US DVD version, not seen in the UK since its original 1977 TV transmission!)

    Sheesh! That lot should keep you all happy, I hope. ;) Whoever says there's nothing on TV these days?! :rotfl: My regular monthly update, for April 2005, will appear in the usual TV Programmes forum thread, in about 10 days time! :) Until then, have a good week, and a good Easter Holiday! See you back here, in a few days for next month's guide to what's hot and what's.. well, what's really hot on TV!


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    Wow, another fab update thanks Pooch :clap:

    I'm defintely going to be watching Buffy - I must be about the only person who hasn't seen this yet :eek:

    Hillary who?? :laugh:
     

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