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New TV Viewing For September 2005!

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  1. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    This is to let everyone know that there is NO new update for the week 3rd-9th September - mainly because I've just finished some of my exams - but also, because I would like to have a short break. I apologise to all of you who normally look forward to my weekly update. I'm afraid you'll have to just get-by on your own, for this week. Sorry folks. :(

    However, the good news, is that I will recommence my updates, for 10th-17th September, and post this update sometime later on this week. :clap: That is to say, service will recommence as per usual in just a few, short days! :) Until then, enjoy the weather, and stay safe!

    Just before I do leave, I so have some TV news for you all:

    1) The Baby Channel is to launch on digital satellite next month, on 10th October.

    2) Alongside this, there will also be More4 and More4+1 from Channel 4 on satellite.

    3) ABC1 has now been launched on Sky, and will have extended broadcast hours, whereas Freeview will still remain as 6am-6pm only.

    4) FX+2 will launch on Monday 12th September. This will be one of the first +2 channels to launch, meaning that more people will be able to see some of FX's excellent prime-time output, at a time that's more convenient to them.

    5) You can now contact Sky's Customer Service, via a rarely-heard-about FREEPHONE number. All you need to do is dial 0800-279-2000, and press option 1. This is actually a number that transfers you to Sky, via the Disney Channel, so don't be alarmed if the Menu Options say "Welcome to Disney" or something similar!

    6) With Thanks to "Radio Ruderham" via Digital Spy, the following is probably going to be of interest to Sky Digital fans:

    The following channels have Symbol Rates of 27.5 and an FEC of 2/3 unless otherwise stated.

    10.876, V, 22.000, FEC:5/6
    9351 - FX+1

    11.390, H
    52409 - Showing Bars, a Tone and Other Information

    11.390, V
    53597 - UK Adult Channel

    12.226, H
    1837 - Sky Mix / possibly Sky 3

    12.422 H
    7521 - Showing “William Road” Bars & Tone

    7) In October, the following new channels will also join Sky:
    - Black Star Radio (October 1st)
    - Technology TV (October TBC)
    - Legal TV (October 24th)

    In November, the following new channels will also join Sky:
    - ITV4 (November 1st)
    - Treasures TV (November 21st)

    At some point in the Autumn, the Sky EPG will completely overhauled and redesigned. No news yet, as to what or how the changes will be implemented. :eek:

    Lastly, in January 2006:
    - Three new Virgin Radio satellite licences - all with air dates of January 1st 2006.
    - Fight+ launches simultaneously in the UK and Scandinavia
    - Rapture (2nd relaunch)
    - New You
    - Sahara One
    - Sahara Samay (news channel)
    - Sahara Filmi, a forthcoming movies service.

    Some other new channels, with no dates yet.
    - ATN Music (General Entertainment channel)
    - Milton Keynes TV (Local/City, News, General Entertainment) :clap: :rotfl:
    - Casino News Network
    - Touch TV (Adult)
    - The Business Channel (Factual/Documentary)
    - New Start TV (Lifestyle, General Entertainment)
    - Animatrix (Probably adult material, but could be anything!)
    - New Delhi Television (An English-language news channel)
    - Sky Vegas Live 2
    - Pink TV (Adult)
    - Discovery Home and Health Babies (Lifestyle)
    - Awareness TV (General Entertainment)
    - Trace TV (Urban Music from France!)
    - Technical TV (General Entertainment)
    - Downunder TV (Hopefully this is the Australian equivalent of the BBC and UK Gold, General Entertainment shows new and old from the Land Of Oz! :clap: )
    - World Cinema Channel ( :clap: )
    - The Pet Channel


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    damn..
    I'll have to fork out for a "tv times" now :mad:






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    Good luck for your exam results!! :thumbsup:

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    HI,

    Sorry, and Thanks - in that order. ;)


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    Hi Pooch,

    I'm glad for you that your exams are over and sincerely hope for good results for you. Enjoy your break, you so deserve that.

    Thank you for your update news. Some surprising new channels there. I'm delighted that Australian programmes are to feature more, and World Cinema. I love foreign language films, particularly French films, as it's the only language I can partly understand.

    I have copied and pasted your post as there is such a lot of information I don't want to lose, thank you so much for your time and effort. Please don't reply or I shall feel guilty. Happy Hols!

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    Hi Cynthia,

    Ah, you're too kind! :) Don't feel guilty though, I'm only helping to increase the choice of programming that people can get to see, and bring their attention to stuff that many don't realise is being shown, amongst all the dross that we all endure during prime-time hours.

    Best Wishes, to you and your hubby! And see you back here in a few days, with another update! :)


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    Howdy, People!

    I'm here, and I'm back! :) After my week's break, I'm ready to start leading you all through the treasure-trove of shows - new and old - that will be coming you're way to a TV screen near you over the next few weeks. This will include new seasons of "Rescue Me", "The 4400", "Spooks", "Stargate SG-1", "Enterprise", and hopefully at some point prior to the end of the year, "NYPD Blue"! :clap:

    For now, though, let's get straight down to business, and tantalise those TV tastebuds of yours! And to make up for my absence last week, I've got a giant list of stuff to recommend this week! :thumbsup: Get those printers ready! :D


    Saturday 10th
    Monk – 4:20-5:05pm
    Despite the BBC taking nearly a whole year to air Season 2, today sees the start of all-new Season 3! I still recommend this show, despite the terrible time time-slot, and I think I’m right in saying that this is the first season to be shown in Widescreen. (BBC2)

    Carnivale: The Story So Far - 6:30-7:00pm
    Prior to all-new Season 2 episodes, this is a specially-created promotional documentary, that tries to hook new viewers into the show, by rushing through all the pivotal stories, characters and major plot-themes from the first season. May be worth a watch, if you want to try and catch-up with everything that's been going on so far. Season 2 starts airing Sunday 11th at 9:00pm. (FX270)


    Sunday 11th
    FILM: Stanley Kubrick Marathon Double Bill (PG) 4:20-10:25pm
    Have you got a spare 6 hours today? Fancy a real challenge? Well, ITV3 is giving viewers the chance to see two of Kubrick's best films, starting with "2001: A Space Odyssey", which charts the life of mankind from the birth of the century, up to the modern day. Directly afterwards, at 7:00pm, is the Director's Cut of "Spartacus" starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. This is the restored version, that includes footage not originally shown, due to mild homoerotic overtones considered to be unsuitable for the time. Both films contain some adult themes that may be inappropriate for younger audiences. Both are also showing uncut and in Widescreen. (ITV3)

    Inside 9/11 - 5:00-9:00pm
    Four years to the day of the horrific attacks on the Twin Towers that formed part of the World Trade Centre in New York, this four-part documentary explores what happened, and tries to examine why this event took place on the 11th of September 2001. Each of the hour-long episodes look at the history-making event from both the point of view of the USA and the Middle East. Interviews and previously unseen footage taken on the day itself, form part of the series, as well as audio recordings from people directly involved, including emergency rescue workers and people trapped in the burning buildings. The series will contain harrowing material that some viewers may find distressing to watch. (National Geographic Channel)

    FILM: The Addams Family (PG) - 6:10-8:00pm
    Dark and decidedly mature black comedy based on the classic TV show of the same name. When the family are tricked out of a large sum of money, by an impostor, they are forced to take drastic measures to sort their finances out. And nothing's too macabre or evil for this bunch. Whilst the movie is aimed at older children, there's a lot of humour that is much better suited to adults, who will get the sly winks and nods to the original show, as well as some of the more subtle jokes that are weaved throughout the script. Scary, but wonderful. Contains some horror themes. (Five)

    Britain's Worst Celebrity Driver Live - 8:00-9:00pm
    Technically, this kind of show should never appear in my updates. But I have to say, that because this is going to be airing live each night over the next fortnight, anything could happen. More to the point, because this involves celebrities behind the wheels of a car, on public roads somewhere in the UK, things are bound to go horribly, horribly wrong. And for that reason, this has to be must-see-TV! :rotfl: Erik Estrada from 1970's action show "CHIPS", John Noakes and Peter Purves from "Blue Peter", Radio 1 DJ's JK and Joel, and ex Hearsay member Suzanne Shaw get given the full treatment by Quentin Wilson and Jenni Falconer, as they strive to drive safely from John O Groats to Lands End. Expect some bad language, and vehicular carnage. Continues on Tuesday night, at 8pm. (Five)

    FILM: A Beautiful Mind (15) - 9:00-10:00pm and 10:15-11:30pm
    Oscar-winning drama with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris and Paul Bettany, about the Maths genius John Forbes Nash, who suffered from severe
    schizophrenic delusions. Contains strong language and adult themes. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (BBC1)

    FILM: Return Of The Killer Tomatoes (15) - 9:00-11:00pm
    It's a pretty rubbish movie, but you've got to admire its tackiness. When a mad scientist decides to do some genetic engineering to help food develop better in barren environments, his chemicals have some less-than-helpful side effects! Chronic acting, including George Clooney making his first on-screen debut, and bad effects, are just some of the highlights of this hilariously bad sci-fi/horror classic. Contains some bad language and violence. (The Horror Channel)

    Forty Years Of F*** - 10:00-11:00pm
    First of a two part documentary about four decades of bad language, on British TV. Tonight starts from 1965-late 1980's. As should be obvious from the title and subject under discussion, expect language of an unrestrained and adult nature. Part 2 follows next week. Repeated later on tonight, at 2:00am, and on Wednesday night/Thursday morning as well. (BBC3)

    The Jewel In The Crown - 10:25pm-12:40am
    The classic period drama set in 1940's India, is being rerun, in 14 massive episodes, that makes "Heimat" seem like a doddle! :D If you're a lover of great drama, or a fan of classic British TV, then set your recorders for this show, that adapts Paul Scott's Raj Quartet of novels. (ITV3)

    FILM: Muriel's Wedding (15) - 11:30pm-1:15am
    This hilarious Australian comedy helped bring ABBA music back into the public conscious, and put Australian cinema back on the map. A charming, disheartening, but truly superb comedy following Muriel, the perennial ugly duckling of her family. All she wants, is to marry a man - any man. But her dysfunctional family and friends soon put a damper on her dreams, until Muriel decides to break free. This movie is a true gem, and if you love good comedy, or simply want a genuinely enjoyable end to the Weekend, then you should relish this! For once, this is being shown in its original and correct Widescreen format, as well as uncut. (Both the US and UK DVD's are in 4:3 only!) Contains strong language, some brief nudity and sexual situations. (BBC1)

    FILM: Exiled (12) - 2:10-3:45am
    If you are a fan of US crime show "Law And Order", you should try to catch this made-for-TV spin-off movie, which fits between the end of Season 9 and the beginning of Season 10. Chris Noth reprises his role as Detective Mike Logan, alongside colleagues Detective Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach), District Attorney Jack McCoy (Sam Waterson), and Lieutenant Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkeson). Demoted from the NYPD for bad conduct, Logan tries to redeem himself by solving a prostitute's murder. It's not fantastic, but it's still better than most made-for-TV movie spin-offs. Just don't watch it, if you have no prior knowledge the show, as it's unlikely to make any sense whatsoever. For fans only. Contains some violence. (ITV1)


    Monday 12th
    SCHEDULE CHANGE - 10:00am-1:00pm
    Should coverage of the Cricket finish early, then the following programmes will air instead. "Will And Grace" (10:00-10:25); "Ed" (10:25-11:15); "ER" (11:15-12:00) and "Frasier" (12:00-1:00) (Channel 4)

    She Spies - 6:00-7:00pm
    All-new futuristic spy/action drama, about a trio of high-kicking women who are all confidence tricksters, but who have been forced to work with the FBI. Natasha Henstridge stars, in this semi-spoof of "Charlie's Angels". Airing every weekday at the same time, with next day repeats of the previous episode, at Noon. Both Season 1 and Season 2 are being aired, back-to-back, which means UK fans will get to see all 40 episodes! Check out some of the titles: "The Martini Shot", "Fondles", "Damsels In De-Stress", "Perilyzed", "Date To Mate", and "Leotards And Lies". :D Should be enjoyably silly fun! (Sci-Fi Channel)

    Spooks - 9:00-10:00pm
    Series 4 of the popular crime drama starts tonight, with the first of ten episodes. (BBC1)

    Greatest TV Wind-Ups - 9:00-11:05pm
    Enjoyable countdown, of the best jokes and savage humour performed on viewers, by TV broadcasters, presenters and media celebrities. Included will be scenes from the infamous documentary "Ghostwatch" that got the nation all het-up, and the brilliant April Fool's episode of "Tomorrow's World" that introduced Britain to the wonder of Spaghetti Trees! Chris Morris's "BrassEye" is also discussed. Will contain some adult material, and some strong language that may offend. (Five)

    Hollyoaks: Let Loose - 9:00-10:00pm
    Oh God, nooooo! :eek: As if we don't already have enough soap operas on our screens, now Channel 4 are spinning-off these, into new and unwanted series. Yes, if you're a fan of "Hollyoaks", then you can now watch a spin-off show following Ben and Lisa as a young married couple! :eek: This is the first of 15 hour-long episodes. Someone :suicide: me ! (E4)

    Jack Dee: Live At The Apollo - 10:35-11:20pm
    The sardonic and deadpan stand-up comedian returns to the Apollo Theatre in London, for the first in six all-new 2005 mini-concerts! Tonight sees Lee Mack guest-star, alongside Jack performing in front of a large London-based audience. Contains strong language. Oh, and as a previous audience member pointed out, Jack is standing in-front of a large sign that's an anagram of "Eat All The Vile Poo"! :rotfl: (BBC1)

    FILM: Soldier Blue (18) - 11:50pm-1:45am
    The almost uncut original version, of the controversial western, starring Candice Bergen and Peter Strauss, that deals with the historical event of the Sand Crook Massacre in 1864. The film contains some strong language, and graphic scenes of violence. The final 25-minutes is a real stomach-churner, so please be warned! :eek: Showing in Widescreen. (BBC1)

    Oz - 2:55-4:05am
    The very last episode, running for 100 minutes, has been lovingly cut into two regular-length episodes, with a three day separation between them, courtesy of Channel 4! :rolleyes: See how this long-running HBO show finally arrives at its dramatic and disturbing conclusion. The second half of this episode airs on Thursday night/Friday morning, at 2:50am! Contains frequent strong language, explicit violence, nudity and graphic adult material! (Channel 4)


    Tuesday 13th
    Third Watch / ER - 9:55-10:50am and 10:50-11:45am respectively.
    Continuing repeats of Season 5, and 11 of these two great US imports. Trouble is coming to a head, between Faith, Bosco and Sergeant Cruz in "Third Watch", whilst the staff at County General have to deal with Susan's new role as head of the department, and Michael Gallant makes a shock appearance in Neela's life! Episodes will continue, every weekday, at approximately the same time. :) Thankfully, not too many edits were made for censorship or adult content! And no dropped episodes, either! :clap: However, if you are watching either of these shows, please be aware that some of the more controversial or adult episodes will be aired late-night on the same days as the daytime episodes, e.g. Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, and Wednesday night./Thursday morning, amongst others. Please check your listing's provider for exact details! (Channel 4)

    Mind, Body And Kick-Ass Moves - 7:30-8:00pm
    A repeat run of the brilliant BBC documentary series that follow Birmingham martial artist Chris Crudelli as he explores the real world of martial arts, and all thing Eastern. Episodes are being shown at different time and on different days, as some are more adult in tone, than others, and are to air post-10pm. Please check press for full details. (BBC3)

    CSI: Miami - 9:00-10:20pm
    Depending on your viewpoint, this is episode 55, or Season 3 episode 7. Either way, this is a specially-extended episode, called "Crime Wave". If the "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" extended episode from Season 3 ("Lady Heather's Box") is anything to go by, this may prove to be "CSI Miami's" finest hour! :clap: When Miami Beach is evacuated due to a Tsunami threat, Horatio and his team think an armed gang plan to take advantage of the situation, and rob a high-profile bank. But as time goes by, things reveal that the thieves may have a bigger target in mind! I should warn viewers that because of recent events in New Orleans, this episode may well get dropped at the last minute. I know it may seem silly to some of you, but I think sensible readers will see that some of the content could be seen as being a bit too "close-to-home", as it deals with a water tragedy on a large scale! (And there are scenes of people being drowned and killed, as well as destruction of buildings in the Tsunami depicted, too!) So please be forewarned. If I hear of anything nearer the time, I will post details on this site, in this thread! Otherwise, hang on tightly, because this should be a superb episode! (Five)

    Spooks - 9:00-10:00pm
    Episode 2 of the show, airs tonight! The series will then continue every Thursday night (!) from 22nd September! Episodes also being aired on BBC3 at various times over the week. Check press for further details. (BBC1)

    Medium - 11:05-11:50pm
    New US drama with Patricia Arquette as real-life medium Allison Dubois. This is episode 2 of 17, as the show started last week - the only week of this year when I didn't do a blinking update for you folks! :( It had good reviews, and it's up for several Emmy awards this year, too. And viewer feedback seems to be positive as well. Shame I couldn't be bothered to record or watch the show last week. :( (BBC1)

    FILM: GoldenEye (12) - 10:00pm-12:35am
    The uncut US version of the James Bond film that renewed the franchise, and brought Bond kicking-and-screaming into the British consciousness once again, after his lengthy absence. From the stunning and jaw-droppingly edgy opening-scene, through the startling Main Titles, accompanied to the intense Tina Turner theme, this is probably one of the finest Bond films ever made. Even if you loathe Bond films, watch this one, as it's a truly super action movie! This version includes a few seconds of material that the BBFC originally cut to secure a 12 certificate. The film contains some adult scenes that some viewers may prefer younger audience members to not view. Contains violence, some sexual violence, and some sexual material. (ITV2)

    FILM: Aguirre, Wrath Of God (PG) - 11:35pm-1:10am
    Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski come together once more, for another German movie that fans of World Cinema should have a field-day watching. Kinski plays Conquistador Don Lope de Aguirre who rebels against his captain, to go off on his own, to search for the famed lost city of El Dorado. In German, with English Subtitles. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (BBC4)


    Wednesday 14th
    Laurel And Hardy - 10:45-11:30am
    Two classics, from the comedy clowns. "The Chimp" and Helpmates" air today. (BBC2)

    Crime Story - 9:00-10:00pm
    Season 2 kicks off tonight. Slightly less innovative than the first, but still an enjoyable crime drama nonetheless. Have Ray Luca and Paulie Taglia survived the bombing? Has their reign of terror on Chicago come to an end? Or will Torello have other things to deal with? (ITV3)

    Room 101 - 10:00-10:30pm
    First of a new eight-part series of the show that asks celebrities what they would like to get rid of most, in life. Tonight, sees Irish comedian and TV presenter Dara O'Briain. Paul Merton leads us through his pet hates. Also showing on BBC2 Wales Digital on Sky, at 11:20-11:50pm instead! (BBC2)

    Kath And Kim - 10:30-11:00pm
    UK-fans are being well-served by Living, as Season 3 starts tonight, just weeks after Season 2 ended! The mother and daughter duo are up to their eyeballs in men and matrimonial issues once more, but are never too far from another disaster! Although this is the final set of eight episodes made to date, fans will be pleased to know that a special Australian Christmas Episode is currently in production, to air in Australia at the end of the year. No details as to if or when UK fans will get to see it. (LivingTV)

    FILM: Children Of The Corn II (18) - 11:00pm-1:00am
    First ever UK screening of the uncut and uncensored version of the sequel to the Stephen King-based original. Contains strong language and gory violence. (The Horror Channel)

    The Real CSI - 11:35pm-Midnight
    See what a real CSI has to do, in comparison to their US TV drama counterparts. Tonight, we investigate a case of severe road-rage that lead to a savage murder. Contains disturbing scenes, and graphic forensic and medical footage. (Five)


    Thursday 15th
    FILM: Victim (12) - 1:10-3:00pm
    Uncut showing of the controversial Dirk Bogarde drama, that originally caused problems at the BBFC, back in 1961. Bogarde plays a top barrister, who is determined to bring to justice a group of blackmailers. The problem for him, is that in so-doing, he may unearth his own past, and bring it to the public's attention. Something he doesn't want to risk, especially when he's a closet homosexual, still living with his wife in a doomed marriage. Ground-breaking drama, and still impressive today. Showing in Widescreen. (Channel 4)

    Dispatches: Secrets Of The Shoplifters - 9:00-10:00pm
    Documentary investigating how shoplifters work; the people they are, and why they do the profession they do. From teenagers to adults, thieves enter shopping centres on a daily basis, attempting to obtain items for nothing. Sometimes for their own ends, and for others, stealing to order! What makes a person shoplift, and why is it so easy? Dispatches investigates this so-called victimless-crime. Contains strong language. (Channel 4)

    Law And Order: Criminal Intent - 10:00-11:00pm
    Season 3 kick-starts a UK premiere of the second spin-off of the acclaimed crime TV franchise. A famous architect's promiscuity leads Goren and Eames to try and solve the murder of the architect's ambitious young ingenue. New episodes will air every weekday, at the same time. Repeated each night, at 1am. (Hallmark)


    Friday 16th
    Stargate Atlantis - 8:00-9:00pm
    This is actually a story that is halfway through Season 1, as well as being part one of a two-parter. Nevertheless, it's such a great and effective couple of episodes, that I have to recommend it. When the Atlantis is forced to evacuate, due to a powerful and destructive storm heading their way, the hostile lien race, the Genii, try to take advantage of the situation, and take-over the city for their own nefarious purposes. Actor Robert Davi, who you may remember from "Profiler" and the Bond film "Licence To Kill", stars as the Genii's vicious leader, in this brilliant episode. What makes it more effective than that, is the jaw-dropping special effects. For a TV show, this was when it really hit its stride. Highly recommended for sci-fi fans! The story concludes next Friday at the same time. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (Five)

    Britain's Worst Celebrity Driver Uncut - 11:35pm-12:25am
    Continuing with this show from Sunday, this episode deals with all the material they couldn't (or daren't) show in pre-9pm episodes. Expect plenty of bad language, and some illegal manoeuvres as well! (Five)

    FILM: Man With A Movie Camera (PG) - Midnight-1:05am
    Dziga Vertov's acclaimed and genuinely jaw-dropping 1929 experimental movie about cinema, and cinema editing. You don't need to be a fan of World Cinema to enjoy this film, but if you want to see how editing can affect the way a movie scene works, this is a good place to start. Contains scenes of flashing images, that may affect those with photo-sensitive epilepsy! No language to worry about, but a brilliant Michael Nyman music score instead, and some occasional English Intertitles. (BBC4)


    And, once more, we come to the end: a giant cliff-hanger of a list, highlighting (and lowlighting) some of the stuff to watch and avoid this week. Normal service is resumed… at least for the time being… and then once I get back to Uni at the end of this month, I will notify you if any changes in the frequency of my updates will need to be made. For now, though, I hope you are all well, and continue reading my updates!

    Keep your eyes peeled! :D


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    I don't think this has been mentioned yet.
    Part 1 of the latest in the "7 up" series was on tonight. We've got to 49 up. Part 2 is next week I think.
     
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    Afternoon People,

    I'm sorry, but this update is going to be less than spectacular this week. Basically, to cut a long story short, I've had a bit of a difficult week, with several personal issues to deal with, and I've not had a chance to do the update because of this. :(

    Anyhow, I didn't want to let you all down, so I hope this shorter (and not so great) update is better than nothing whatsoever.

    Saturday 17th
    New Captain Scarlet - 10:45-11:30am
    It seems ITV's 50th birthday celebrations have gone to their head. The second set of 13 episodes that forms the final half of Season 1 has already started, and they haven't announced it! :mad: It's still airing during "MOM - Ministry Of Mayhem", but normally airs between the aforementioned times. It's not listed on Sky's EPG, so you'll simply need to set your VCR's/PVR's and then do a bit of quick editing. Hopefully, ITV1 will repeat this second-half of episodes at a better time, and soon. Oh, and the DVD of episodes 1-13 is out in the next month or so, on Region 2 DVD! :clap: (ITV1)
    ADDENDUM - Saw part of yesterday's episode, and we now have two new characters in the show: Captain Grey (aka Ian), and Captain Ochre (Elaine, although she wears more of a yellow-coloured top), and the Mysterons also have some new capabilities, including the ability to modify and adjust time! :eek:

    Charmed - 8:05-8:55pm
    Season 7 starts its terrestrial airing tonight. (Five)


    Sunday 18th
    Stargate SG-1 - 3:10-4:05pm
    All-new Season 8 begins its terrestrial run. (Channel 4)

    Enterprise - 4:10-5:00pm
    The fourth and final season starts this afternoon. Enjoy it while you can. (Channel 4)

    Scrapheap Challenge - 5:35-6:25pm
    This brilliant semi-game show/educational series starts a brand new run today of 15 episodes. The basic premise, for those who don't know, two teams have to build a vehicle or other kind of contraption, within 10 hours, out of scrapyard junk, and then compete against one another at the end. Today, contestants need to build an underwater car! :eek: Educational, funny, and great teatime viewing! (Channel 4)

    Heimat 3 - 9:00-10:45pm
    The final set in this remarkable German drama series, gets its worldwide TV premiere on the BBC. Just 6 episodes make up this series, and bring the story full-circle, starting from 1969 to the end of the 20th Century. In German with English subtitles. The episodes are being repeated at other points throughout the week, normally late on Friday nights. Check press for exact times in the schedules. (BBC4)

    Hex - 9:00-10:00pm
    The supernatural British drama, mixing "Buffy" and "Angel" style plots, returns for a new series of 13 episodes. Actually a lot better than most people originally gave it credit it for. Just bear in mind, that the budget isn't anywhere near as high as "Buffy" or "Angel" ever got. (Sky 1)

    The 2005 Emmy Awards - 9:00pm-1:00am
    Live coverage of the American TV show Emmy awards. Shows up for awards include "24", "ER", "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost". (E! - Sky Channel 193)

    Forty Years Of F*** - 10:00-11:00pm
    The second and final episode in this two-part documentary about swearing on TV. (BBC3)


    Monday 19th
    The Most Shameful TV Moments Ever - 9:00-11:05pm
    Exactly as the title states, so expect some of the material to deal with adult topics and/or contain strong language. Travel through yesteryear to see when TV aired shows that were less than remotely P.C. (Five)

    Ripping Yarns - 9:30-10:00pm
    Start of a complete Series 1 and 2 rerun of this brilliant comedy show, with Michael Palin. If you've never seen this, you have to. Some excellent stories are coming-up, and tonight starts with "The Testing Of Eric Olthwaite", about a boy who's so boring, his family run away from him and meet-up with a notorious bank-robbing team! (BBC4)

    e-Bay: Money For Old Rope - 10:00-10:30pm
    Fun and enjoyable documentary about the pros and cons of selling items on e-Bay. (BBC2)

    The Royal TV Society Huw Wheldon Lecture - 11:20pm-Midnight
    Paul Abbott, writer of "Shameless" and "Cracker" attacks the dumbing down of British TV and British drama. Why do TV channels still offer-up shows that only appeal to the lowest common denominator of viewers, when shows like "Lost", "24" and other US shows that require commitments of between five and six months to see a story resolution, are the imported ones that are always considered to be "watercooler TV". (BBC2)


    Tuesday 20th
    Tittybangbang - 9:30-10:00pm
    New comedy show, with a set of female comedians. Positive reviews from the press and media, so I hope that this is as good as it sounds. This is expected to be the year's must watch, new cult comedy show! Contains some strong language. (BBC3)

    CSI: New York - 10:00-11:00pm
    Even if you hate this show, you must watch the first few minutes of this absolutely stunning episode, from Season 1. When a police officer on horseback is shot by an assassin, the detectives comb the city streets for their suspect, but not everything in the puzzle seems to fit with the evidence left behind. The pre-credits sequence is just the most amazing I've ever seen, in any of the three "CSI" series, so that's saying something! The special effect is just a mind-blower, and the best thing of all, none of it is CGI either! My recommendation for the week, without a doubt! This one will have your jaw-dropping in complete shock. Contains some violence. (Five)

    FILM: Twelve Angry Men (15) - 12:25-2:00am
    Superb courtroom drama, with Henry Fonda, Ed Begley, and Jack Klugman, about an all-male jury. Contains some mild swearing. (ITV1)

    King Of The Hill - 1:00-1:30am
    Controversial episode of the animated comedy show. Hank is shocked when his son, Bobby starts to copy the raunchy moves of a new boy-band pop act. New episode not shown previously on terrestrial. Showing uncut. (Channel 4)


    Wednesday 21st
    FILM: Classic Horror Double-Bill (PG) 5:00-7:00pm
    If you want to start your evening of, prior to "The Omen" later on, then you could do far worse than these two gems. Firstly, we have "Nosferatu", the creepy German expressionist film, from F.W. Murnau. Some great scares, and the scene when Nosferatu arises from his coffin, is still a shocker. For a film made in 1922, it still stands head-and-shoulders above most modern day horrors. Probably as effective as "Ringu" for scares! :eek: Secondly, at 6pm, we have "The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari", from 1919! It's old, but still worthwhile and contains some genuinely eerie scenes. Both films are showing uncut, and are in black-and-white. A highly creepy way to spend two hours. Probably not recommended for the youngest of viewers, as it's likely to give them nightmares! (The Horror Channel)

    FILM: Batman Forever (PG) - 9:00-11:15pm
    It's probably the worst film ever made in the franchise, but this is the full, uncut US version, with the bits that the BBFC wanted cut, to gain the child-friendly certificate, so fans may want to record this. Other than that, avoid this dire piece of celluloid at all costs. (Sky 1)

    FILM: The Omen (18) - 9:45-11:30pm
    Before Hollywood remakes this, and probably ruins it, watch the original horror chiller, starring Lee Remick and Gregory Peck. The gore is sparse, but exceptionally scary, and you'll probably never look at baby boy's in the same way again! Scary and absolutely nerve-shredding horror from 1976. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. Contains a few small scenes of gore, and some violence. (BBC3)

    FILM: Tape (15) - 12:00-1:25am
    Intelligent, but long-winded film set in a hotel room, about two men who meet up in a hotel room, to discuss a girl they both once dated. But then, the girl makes her entrance, and all hell breaks free. Set entirely in the hotel room, this is a language-based movie - that is, it's all about the script and what's being said, rather than the cast or the plot. It's a shame this great film is being aired so late at night, but I'd certainly recommend viewers of low-budget, but highly complex and intelligent drama record this film. Director Richard Linklater is the man behind this movie. Robert Sean Leonard (seen in TV series "House MD"), Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman are the three protagonists. Contains very strong language throughout, and some sexual material. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (BBC2)

    Thursday 22nd
    The World's Most Extreme TV - 10:00-11:35pm
    If you want to see just how extreme TV has become, and the antics of this year's Butt Munch didn't shock you enough, check out this selection of clips from shows around the world. Some truly nasty and offensive shows are included, so this is not recommended for the easily offended, or those of a nervous disposition. Contains scenes of sex, violence, strong language and other adult material. (Channel 4)

    FILM: Crash (18) - 11:35pm-1:30am
    This is the controversial David Cronenberg film based on the J.G. Ballard book of the same name. It follows the story of a group of friends who are involved in a bizarre and somewhat extreme sexual fetish. After a near-fatal car crash, a TV advertising producer meets with a female scientist, who is more than happy to fulfil his fetishistic needs. But their relationship, and the dynamic between the couple and their group of friends turns deadly, and goes incredibly off-kilter, leading to horrendous side-effects. The film is considered by many, to be one of the worst films ever made. However, for adults who are willing to approach the film with a truly open-mind, and are willing to explore some of the issues about sex and death that the film openly discuss, then you should find something to get your teeth into. The film is about diseased people, with diseased minds. If you can accept that concept, then the film should enlighten you. You don't have to accept what the group does, but the idea is to try to understand why they do what they do, and how it slowly kills them off, one-by-one, in a metaphorical kind of way. Contains strong language, explicit sexual material, and scenes that many may find offensive and disturbing. For open-minded adults only. If you're expecting something pornographic or sexually-stimulating, I may as well tell you now, that this film is not going to contain anything for you! :lesson: A far more intelligent film than it's given credit for, and in my books, still a great film from Cronenberg. Stars James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger, Rosanna Arquette and Peter MacNeil. (Channel 4)


    Friday 23rd
    FILM: All The Right Moves (15) - 1:00-2:25am
    The very first film from Tom Cruise, from 1983, and he's still as instantly recognisable even over 20 years ago! Cruise plays a teenager, trying to obtain a scholarship to an elite college football team, but life in his small, industrial town, are hindered by his bitter, hard-nosed coach and his family. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. Some occasional strong language. (Five)


    Well, that's another update completed. My sincere apologies to all of you, if you feel a little let-down this week. I appreciate the fact that this is not up to my usual standards, and I only ask that you give me temporary forgiveness. Like I say, I've just had a lot on my plate over the past seven days, hence the shorter-than-normal update. Hopefully, things should be back to normal by next week. Until then, I hope there's plenty for you to keep your brain and eyes happy on TV this week! :)


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    It's a cracker:)
    A crime drama (nothing new there) but the main character played by Kyra Sedgwick just brings the show alive and her problems working in a new department, city and with a unit who don't really like her makes great viewing.
     
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    Thanks Pooch for reminding me of the new eps and how ITV treat by all accounts a very expensive show, missed the first two episodes (had to download them) but I've set my SKY+ now for the MOM slot!

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    Afternoon Everyone,

    I'm back! :) Not everything in my life's completely rectified from last week, but they are better than what they were. Anyway, enough about me, let's get straight into the very reason you are all here - and that's what's worth watching on TV this week. I hope that this week's giant update will make-up for last week's rather dismal affair!


    Saturday 24th
    Afterlife - 9:10-10:10pm
    I'm not technically recommending this new drama from ITV1, but I know some of you may want to check it out anyway. It's another ITV British show, that's just six episodes long. ITV are taking a big gamble airing this at prime-time on a Saturday evening, but in my opinion, I don't think it's going to be that popular with the ITV1 Saturday night audience. The premise revolves a woman who claims to be able to see the dead, and communicate with them. Those of you who regularly read my updates, should instantly be able to see where this has been ripped-off from. It's a complete rip-off of the award-winning US drama "Medium", that started about three weeks ago on BBC1, with Lesley Sharpe taking the role of Patricia Arquette instead. Amazingly (!) both characters are called Alison. Coincidence? You must be kidding! :D Will this new ITV show be any good? No chance! (ITV1)

    FILM: Ali (15) - 9:10pm-Midnight
    Michael Mann's follow-up to his acclaimed crime drama "The Insider". Will Smith takes on the role of boxer Cassius Clau, who became better known under his sporting name of Muhammed Ali. Despite the fact the film is about a sports-star, film fans and fans of Mann should try to watch this, as it's an impressive docu-drama, that raises Smith's acting talents to a level rarely seen in any of his other work. The film is lengthy, at about 145m (excluding ads), but this is still another hit movie from a director who refuses to confine himself to a single genre. Highly recommended! Some strong language, and scenes of sporting violence. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (Channel 4)


    Sunday 25th
    Totally Frank - 12:30-1:00pm
    First of an all-new 13-episode teenage drama, that might actually be worth watching. Four women aim to gain stardom as musicians in a new band, but find they each have to prove their worth. Unlike many shows, this one has an innovative twist - which I shall try and explain now. The four female lead characters in the show, are ordinary people trying to become musicians, via a reality TV show. In real-life, the four actresses playing the roles, are actually women who won a talent-spotting competition, with the prize being the chance to star in a new TV show. But, the major twist, is that the actresses have already got plenty of musical talent, and all play musical instruments anyway. Ironically, when a music talent-spotter saw the women perform their own work in the fictional TV show, their talent was green-lighted for a real-life album, that's currently being recorded in Los Angeles, and which will go one sale around the world early next year! In essence, four musically talented women, are portraying four musically talented women, who became four real-life musicians, that will lead them into the real-life world of music and TV shows! Confused?! It should all make sense, when you watch the first episode, and the media start to spread the word about. (Channel 4)

    FILM: Airplane! (PG) - 6:25-8:00pm
    This is probably one of the finest comedy films ever made, and it's still as funny as it was when it was originally released in 1980! If you've never seen this movie before, or even if you have, it's still worth a repeated watch. A commercial passenger jet is partway through its journey, when the pilots are struck down with food poisoning. It's down to the assorted passengers and crew to try and save themselves from life-threatening danger. I can't recommend this film highly enough, for adults and older children alike. If at all possible, record this film, as there are so many jokes packed in to the short running time, I guarantee you will not catch all of them. Showing uncut. The film has some occasional mild bad language, some brief comedy violence, some adult medical humour, and also includes occasional sexual innuendo that may - when combined - be inappropriate for the under-12's. An absolute gem, and the pre-cursor to "The Naked Gun" series of films and "Police Story!" comedy show. Oh, and stay-tuned right through to the very end of the closing credits, for even more zany humour! (Five)

    Mechannibals - 8:30-9:30pm
    Oh dear! It seems that the BBC have run out of original ideas, and are now so desperate for something new, they're willing to poach ideas from rival stations. After the new series of "Scrapheap Challenge" started last Sunday afternoon on Channel 4, now the BBC have decided to run an almost-identical show, also on Sundays. In this version, the two teams have to build a machine out of scrap from in or around their own homes, and have 48 hours to put their creation together. I love "Scrapheap Challenge", so this could be okay. It's just annoying that the BBC have ripped-off the idea completely. ("Scrapheap Challenge" has been running on Channel 4 since the late 1990's…so the idea's not new at all!) Will this show be better than the original version? Find out tonight. Fans of "Scrapheap Challenge" can tune in at 5:25pm on Channel 4 instead. (BBC2)

    FILM: Stephen King "Corn" Trilogy (18) - 9;00pm-3:00am
    Here's a chance to see all three films in the "Children Of The Corn" horror movie series, back-to-back. Each of the three films are showing uncut, but in 4:3 versions only. The first one is the best! Each contains strong language, graphic violence and plenty of gore. (The Horror Channel)

    Chav Night - 10:00pm-Midnight
    Sky One devotes two hours of its Sunday night schedules to the horrors of the Chav! First-up, at 10pm, is "Hoodies Attack", :rotfl: and sees Piers Morgan (ex-editor of the "Daily Mirror" newspaper), how and why hooded tops have become associated with anti-social delinquent behaviour. At 11pm, there's another chance to see Chav-bint (ex-"Daily Mirror" journalist) Julie Birchill's appallingly hilarious documentary "Chav!", where she tries to claim that the Chav is actually just someone from the working classes, who deserves credit. No, Julie! A Chav is a scum-sucking, brainless idiot who thinks wearing Burberry and Elizabeth Duke jewellery is the height of cool, and whom pimping their Vauxhall Nova's counts as a symbol of status! Oh, and they thrive on screwing-over anyone and everyone, and expect the rest of society to fund their drug and drink habits, by sponging off the Social Security system! Cringe, laugh, but don't take this too seriously. Anyone else notice that Kate Moss was recently dropped by Burberry, because of her recent drugs problems? Burberry claimed she might defame their image! :rotfl: :rotfl: (Sky 1)

    7/7: Attack On London - 10:00-11:30pm
    With the recent conviction of a Muslim male, (who was caught with a set of coded plans to terrorise London again at sometime in the very near future), this documentary takes a look into the dark and disturbing world of the minds of the four men who savagely murdered 52 innocent members of the British public, and injured a further 700 - all in the name of the Islamic religion! Why did these four young men perform this heinous task, and what led up that fateful morning, in London, that crippled the capital, after a weekend of such positiveness (the Live 8 concert, and London hosting the Olympics). Contains disturbing images, and some swearing. (National Geographic Channel)

    FILM: Night Of The Living Dead (18) - 11:35pm-1:10am
    As George A Romero's fourth film in the series is released in cinemas this week, BBC1 and BBC2 are giving viewers a chance to watch the first three films, over the space of the next few days, in their longest and most complete versions. Tonight, it's the 1968 black-and-white classic, the movie that started it all. When the dead start walking the earth, it seems nothing and no one can stop their reign of terror. It's down to a small group of Pittsburgh residents to band together, and not only save themselves, but potentially the rest of the world. The film is showing uncut and uncensored, in its original 4:3 screen ratio. Contains some bad language, but plenty of gory violence. Not for the squeamish! See Tuesday and Wednesday's listings for the rest of the saga. (BBC2)


    Monday 26th
    NEWS - ABC1 joins Sky!
    At 6am this morning, ABC1 will officially start on Sky Digital, on channel 199. It will air old US comedies and dramas, including "Once And Again", "8 Simple Rules", "Ellen", "Mad About You", "Moonlighting" and other such delights. Freeview fans will be able to watch between 6am and 6pm. For Sky Digital viewers, they'll be able to see the channel 24 hours a day, every day of the week, and this means the chance to see new shows like "Kevin Hill" (about a male lawyer who gets custody of his recently departed cousin's baby), and the first complete and uncut run of "Once And Again", with episodes including footage not shown before in the UK!

    Arena: No Direction Home - 9:00-10:55pm
    BBC2 starts a week-long run of shows about US musician Bob Dylan, with this feature-length, two-part documentary about the man who revolutionised US pop music. Hollywood directing legend Martin Scorsese delves deep into the background of the multi-award winning man. Concludes tomorrow, 9:00-10:30pm. (BBC2)

    American Chopper - 9:00-11:00pm
    Two all-new episodes, showing back-to-back. (Discovery Channel)

    Channel Terror - 9:55-10:55pm
    Terrorism is a word we are all to aware of. Since the September 11th attacks in the USA, and now the July 7th bombings in London, terrorists have infiltrated our everyday lives. One of the ways they are now using to get across their message to a worldwide audience, is through the use of videotape. Either broadcast over the internet, or through foreign news media, the often fuzzy pictured images of men holding weapons, and promoting their hatred against the Western world, is now a regular occurrence. What has led us to this stage in the war on terror, and why is the video seen as such a powerful, dangerous, yet ultimately valuable form of communication? Jason Bourke investigates into how the video is used to pass on messages to the entire world, as well as to recruit new members into enemy societies like that of Al-Quaeda. Contains disturbing images. This show is repeated later tonight, at 12:55am. (BBC4)

    Jack Dee: Live At The Apollo - 10:35-11:20pm
    Although this is the third episode in the new series, this one is 45 minutes of the man himself. Unadulterated, uncensored, and still as miserable as ever! :thumbsup: Watch out for the "Audience text messages" towards the end of the show. Brutally hilarious and sometimes heart-stoppingly shocking as well. Contains strong language! (BBC1)

    Hip-Hop Week - 11:00pm-1:00am
    It seems to be the start of several themed-weeks on terrestrial TV this week, and Channel 4 is no exception. Tonight sees the start of a week-long run of shows about Hip-Hop music. Unsurprisingly, from Channel 4, the first show, "Porn With Attitude" deals with the links between Hip-Hop music and pornography. Fans of this genre of music frequently see the artist's videos mix controversial and often derogatory lyrics, with incredibly misogynistic clips of women being used as nothing more than sex toys by the artists themselves. Artists like Ice-T, NWA, Tupac, the 2-Live Crew, and So Solid have constantly pushed the boundaries of acceptability. Why has Hip-Hop taken the sordid route, when it has already courted so much negative attention because of the links between some of the more infamous artists and gun culture in the USA? Does Hip-Hop music, and to a lesser degree, Rap, really see women in such a poor light, or is it all an act? Contains scenes that some viewers will find disturbing, and strong and explicitly offensive language. (Channel 4)


    Tuesday 27th
    The 4400 - 8:00-9:50pm
    It's the start of Season 2, and the first episode is a movie-length special, just like in Season 1. With some of the Returnees having been reintegrated into society, what has become of the remainder? Detectives Baldwin (Joel Gretsch) and Skouris (Jacqueline McKenzie are forced to focus on the remainder of the Returnees, but uncover plenty of dark secrets along the way, that makes their investigation turn nasty. Showing in Widescreen. (Sky 1)

    The Closer - 10:00-11:10pm
    Brand new US crime drama, starring Kyra Sedgewick (aka Mrs Kevin Bacon). Sedgewick plays the new head at the Los Angeles Priority Murder Squad. Her first matter is the homicide at a computer company's executive's house. Will her methods appease her bosses, or is she destined to stay behind-the-scenes? This is the first of 13 Season 1 episodes, and from all words, it's compelling and up there with the best in US crime shows! Should be fun to watch. Showing in Widescreen. (Channel 4)

    FILM: Dawn Of The Dead: Director's Cut (18) - 11:45pm-2:10am
    The longer, superior, and uncut version of this 1979 comedy horror sequel. With the Dead still wandering Pittsburgh, a newcaster and a pilot decide to take matters into their own hands, and fight the zombies - one way or another, they're going to die. Superb special effects from maestro Tom Savini, and some of the most innovatively gruesome death scenes, rarely matched to this day! The film blends comedy and horror, like no other film. Dark, mesmerising and to-die-for! Contains scenes of extremely graphic violence throughout, that some viewers may find disturbing and/or offensive. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (BBC1)

    Oz - 1:45-3:30am
    Despite what I said about three weeks ago, this is the final ever, feature-length episode, from Season 6, that terrestrial fans have been waiting so long for. After this, there's no more, so enjoy the show whilst you can! When Warden Glynn staggers into his presentation ceremony, having been stabbed by another officer, it's down to both the prisoners and the rest of the staff at the Oswald Maximum Security State Penitentiary, to stop his death from causing another riot. But it's the prison's production of Macbeth, that is to end everything permanently on a shocking note! The controversial, taboo-breaking HBO prison drama closes its doors for the last time, but who will be freed, and who is destined to stay there until the day they day? Contains explicit language, scenes of graphic violence, and scenes of a sexual nature that some viewers will find offensive. (Channel 4)


    Wednesday 28th
    The Story Of One - 8:00-9:00pm
    One-off comedy documentary that investigates the weird and wonderful world of number systems. Ex Monty Python stars Terry Jones and Michael Palin, take us down the rarely heard-of history about numbers, and the way in which we use them. (BBC1)

    Rubbish Remake Night - See description for details.
    Tonight you have the chance to watch two of the finest reworkings ever made! By "watch", I mean suffer. And by "finest", I mean absolutely, shockingly awful! Your first choice is the Sylvester Stallone remake of "Get Carter" from 2000. Michael Caine from the original 1960's classic, has a cameo appearance. If that doesn't suit you, the alternative is Gus Van Sant's shot-by-shot remake of Hitchcock's "Psycho". A film so bad, that you wonder what on earth possessed Universal Studios to green-light and release, this shoddy and inane piece of celluloid. Vince Vaughn stars in the role made famous by Anthony Perkins, alongside Anne Heche and Julianne Moore. "Get Carter" (15) is on Five at 9:00-11:00pm, whilst "Psycho" is on BBC3 at 9:45-11:25pm. Once seen, they're never forgotten! Save yourselves! Avoid them!

    FILM: Day Of The Dead (18) - 12:05-1:40am
    The third film in the quadrilogy, sees US scientists capturing some of the Dead and using them for horrific and inhuman experimentation. But can something that is dead both in mind and body, still possess a soul, or have enough brain capacity left to learn how to live amongst humans again? The last few remaining humans find out, when they stumble into an apparently disused Army bunker, only to discover that tests are already being carried out, and the results force them to question their very own existance. Probably the nastiest of the series, this film drops most of the comedy element, and goes for all-out horror, at the darkest and most visceral level. Unlike the first movie, that used horror as a metaphor for the problems in the USA in the early 1970's, or the attack on consumerism that "Dawn…" dealt with, this one uses the story to discuss our own attitudes to using other cultures and creatures for our own ends. Made in 1985, at the height of the Regan-era, the film questions whether it is just to use lesser individuals to experiment on, even if it's for the benefit of scientific study. The film contains strong language, graphic scenes of violence, extreme sexism and racism, and other material that may offend. Showing uncut, and in Widescreen. The fourth, and potentially, final film in the series, "Land Of The Dead" is out in cinemas this week - certificate 15. (BBC2)

    Wonderfalls - 11:55pm-1:00am
    This quirky fantasy drama, finally dies an unremittingly painful death, in the UK TV schedules, courtesy of Sky 1. :( Tonight, is the final ever episode, out of 13. It really is unlucky for some, as the gang are taken hostage. Enjoy this whilst you can, as I can't see this being repeated anytime soon, or turning-up on terrestrial either. A DVD release is unlikely, though this may change, next year, if fans get their way! (Sky 1)


    Thursday 29th
    Elizabeth - 9:00-11:10pm
    First of a two-part drama of Elizabeth I's life. Starring Jeremy Irons, Dame Helen Mirren, and numerous other British stars of the stage and screen. Concludes next Thursday night. If you enjoyed the cinema film from a few years ago, this should give you a different, but equally satisfying adaption of the great woman's life and times. (Channel 4)

    Mike Bassett: Manager - 10:00-10:30pm
    Finally! A reason to actually watch ITV1! This is the spin-off TV show from the brilliantly crude feature film "Mike Bassett: England Manager", in which actor Ricky Tomlinson plays useless football manager Mike Bassett. A man who was forced to captain one of the most inept teams, England ever sent out to play football. Now, after winning the Cup Final (in the movie), he returns, but is forced to take-on another inempt team of no-hopers, in the form of lowly Wirral County! Even if you hate football, you should still enjoy this, and from the previews I've seen, it looks just as good as the movie was. As such, this should be the first, real hit comedy ITV have had in years! This is the first of six episodes. Contains some deliberately bleeped-out strong language! (If you've seen the film, you'll know what I mean!) (ITV1)

    Law And Order - 10:00-11:00pm
    This is the finale to Season 14, and a more poignant one than ever! Detective Lennie Briscoe (actor Jerry Orbach) is due to retire, and his friends and colleagues intend to give him a much deserved send-off, fitting to his long career in the New York Police Department. But the murder of a man, and his wife becoming the main suspect, gives Lennie one last case to solve. What makes this episode more poignant, is the fact that actor Orbach passed-away in real-life, not long after this episode aired in the USA. :( A fitting end, to a great character, and to a great actor, who will always be the face of "Law And Order". This episode is also repeated over the weekend, and early next week on Sky 1 and Sky Mix. (Sky 1)


    Friday 30th
    Deadsville - 11:30-11:55am
    Animated comedy short. Playwright and theatrical expert William Shakespeare finds his talent agency is causing him more problems than he cares for. Torn between his love of writing, and the stage, sooner or later something has to give, but which will he discard? (Channel 4)

    QI - 10:00-10:30pm
    If you've been watching the repeats of Series 2 on BBC4 over the past few weeks, each Thursday night, then you'll know that we've been covering the letter "B". If this is your first encounter with this oddball TV quiz show, then I warmly welcome you. Each show, the contestants task is to answer questions, but giving answers that aren't only factually correct, but also "Quite Interesting" as well! As we begin Series 3, we move one letter along, and start this brand-new, 12-episode run, with the letter "C"! :clap: Bill Bailey, Rob Brydon, and Rich Hall are the guests this week, tackling the tricky topics of custard, Cardiff and Camponology! Stephen Fry tries to maintain decorum, and Alan Davies tries to gain some points. If you've never seen this show before, watch and savour it, because it's borderline genius! :D Episode 2 from this series, can be seen straight-afterwards on BBC4 (10:30-11:00pm), or next Friday on BBC2 at 10:00-10:30pm. Occasional bad language. (BBC2)

    The Thick Of It - 11:00-11:30pm
    Repeat for this acid-tongued, and extremely adult political comedy, about a no-brainer politician, who is forced to rely on his rather oddball bunch of staff. An excellent three-part series, that is worth recording. Unlike many comedies, this one is for the intelligent folks among you, as there's no laughter track to tell you when to laugh. Dark satire, but very, very funny. Peter Capaldi and Chris Langham star in this show from political satirist Armando Iannucci. Contains explicit language throughout. Repeated later on tonight, at 3:10-3:40am. Continues next week. (BBC4)

    The Osbournes - 11:25-11:55pm
    The start of the final ever season of ten episodes, of this enjoyably weird reality TV show, about Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly Osbourne. Tonight, Ozzy's suffering from severe insomnia, due to all of his late-night coffee-drinking. So, the experts are called in, to help him relax… but nothing goes smoothly in the Osbourne household, and it's not long before all hell has broken free once more. Contains explicit language throughout, and scenes that some viewers may find offensive. (Channel 4)

    FILM: Martin Scorsese Presents "The Blues" (U or 15) - 11:35pm-12:55am
    First of a series of three films, from the famous Hollywood maverick director, about the history and influences of Blues music in America. Film two is on next week, and number three, the week after. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. According to the Radio Times, the films are all rated U certificates. However, I'm certain that the orignial video releases of the films were rated 15's. If they are 15's, then it's because they contain strong language. If the language has been edited, then the film will be a TV-censored U version. (BBC2)

    FILM: The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (15) - 11:35pm-1:25am
    Brilliantly creepy drama about a woman who, after recently loosing her own child because of a difficult birth, decides to carve out a career, as a nanny. But she is no ordinary woman, and blames her gynaecologist for her baby's death. In return, she decides she needs revenge. And it's not too long, before she learn's her old gynaecologist is an expectant father too. Rebecca DeMornay gives a stella performance as the seriously unhinged, psychotic babysitter Peyton Flanders. John DeLancie, Anabella Sciorra, Ernice Hudson, Matt McCoy and Julianne Moore all co-star, in this genuinely eerie psychological thriller, that delivers some real nerve-shredding shocks. Don't watch this movie if you're expecting a baby anytime soon, otherwise it's likely to scare the crap out of you, and you'll never look at a nanny in quite the same way again! Contains some strong language, some nudity, and some violence. Showing uncut and in Widescreen. (ITV1)

    Dragnet - 1:25-2:10am
    Another reason to watch ITV1, this week. :eek: and :clap: They're repeats, but for fnas of intelligent crime dramas, I highly recommend you try and catch this first episode (of 13) that begins Season 1. It's a modern-day remake of the classic 1950's detective series, but from the producers of "Law And Order" - hence plenty of modern twists and turns. Each story is more-or-less standalone, but the whole Season, does have some enjoyable character arcs too. Ed O'Neill stars as Detective Joe Friday, and Ethan Embrey plays the role of Frank Smith, his young and eager new partner. Previously seen on ITV3, albeit with DOG's all over it! Contains some occasional violent material. (ITV1)

    Do Over - 4:30-5:15am
    A new US comedy drama, and another shockingly bad scheduling decision, by the miserable swines at Channel 4 HQ! :mad: Joel Larson is a salesman. He's reasonably happy and content with his life, and his family. Everything's going fine, until he finds himself thrust back through time, and perpetually stuck in his high-school years, reliving the worst times of his entire life, over and over again. Similar to "Groundhog Day", so I hope this is as enjoyable as it sounds. No details as to how many episodes there will be, or what C4 will do with scheduling the rest of the series. More details, as and when I can find them out. (Channel 4)


    Well, there you have it people! Another exciting week, in the world of TV, and plenty of shows there - new and old - that should keep all of you occupied, as the longer, cooler nights start to draw in once more. On a slightly off-centre note, those of you who have Sky Digital may find that you receive an EPG software update. If you do, then once you have got it, I'd highly recommend that you go visit the "Sky, Satellite and Freeview" section of the AV Forums. Many people have had problems with the new updates, and that includes myself. Normally, a simple warm-reboot, will suffice, but don't do anything at all, unless a) you've got the new software (which gives the EPG a new pale-blue and white background, and more features for Parental Control amongst other things), and b) you are technically competent in performing a warm-reboot. I can't be personally held responsible if you do something to your box, and it all goes horribly wrong. I will help anyone I can, but please read the above-mentioned section first.

    That's all for this week. This update only took me a measly 195 minutes to complete, this week! :D and :eek: Oh well! I hope it's been worth it! Bye for now, and see you back here in another 7 days or so. Cheers! :)


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    You can actually get this on Region 1 DVD (and im seriously tempted as ive found the series excellent on many levels and seriously funny - and i managed to miss one episode thanks to Sky1 mucking about with the scheduling of it every damn week :mad: ) - playusa have it for 17.99 but im sure people can find it for even less if they try hard :thumbsup:
     
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    Hi Pooch :hiya:

    Thanks for the update - fab as always - a few more to add to my already overflowing sky + list :D

    Bit confused about ABC1 though - this is showing on channel 281 for me and I have ftn on channel 199. Will this change?

    Also you mentioned medium. I've enjoyed this but have stopped watching as according to digiguide the episodes are all over the place. They've missed out loads jumping from 2 to 4 to 6 and then 10 it seems!! I hate it when they do this :mad:
     
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    Hi Smelly,

    The ABC info I got from Sky's own people, so maybe there will be a channel change. But, in all honesty, it's likely to stay on 281 as per usual. I guess you'll find out in about 16 hours! :D

    As for "Medium", I don't know what the BBC are playing at. Your best bet is to phone the BBC Viewer Enquiries office on 08700-100-222 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and see what they say. Are they possibly playing the episodes in Production Order sequence, rather than in the Episodic Order?

    Oh, and cheers for the kind comments! :)


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    Thanks Pooch may give them a call later and see what they say. :smashin:
     
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    Can not wait for this. Loved the film. Although in the movie they did not win the cup final. Would not have been England if we won :)
     
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    HI,

    DLP - I stand corrected. It's been a long time since I saw the Mike Bassett film, so my memory was a bit hazy. :)


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