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This Week On TV - Stuff worth watching!

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  1. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    Just bought the new radio Times, and there's some brilliant shows and films coming on TV this week! Thought some of you would like the heads-up! Show times will not necessarily be in the correct chronological order. So please check carefully. Thanks.... and enjoy! Oh, and apologies for the sheer length of this message. :)


    SATURDAY 8TH MAY
    BBC2 - 12:10-1:40am FILM: Chopper
    Drama about Oz criminal Mark "Chopper" Read!

    ITV1 - 12:30-2:05am FILM: The Big Easy (1986)
    Thrilling crime drama/film-noir with Dennis Quaid and Ellen Berkin! John Goodman and Ned Beatty co-star.

    C4 - 9:00-11:35pm FILM: The Abyss
    Original cinema version, but with a brief censorship cut (to the sequence involving the rat breathing chloroflourocarbinated water!) Still, it's a darn good drama/sci-fi movie, providing you don't mind a bit of a weird ending. Very tense, and great special effects.

    Five - 9:25-10:20pm CSI: Miami

    Five - 10:20-11:25pm Law And Order

    Five - 2:55-4:15am FILM: Expose
    This is the first, fully uncensored and unexpurgated terrestrial TV showing of the infamous video nasty movie from 1975, starring Udo Kier and Fiona Richmond. Part soft-porn, part violent thriller, part drugged-up weirdo drama! It's brash. It's trashy, and illogical as well, but worth a watch! Famously banned during the Video Nasty era in the UK, but now suitable to be shown on terrestrial TV! Well done, Five!

    BBC3 - 9pm-Midnight Monkey Dust
    Complete six-episode showing of all of Season 2 of this dark, disturbing British animation series. Very funny, frequently distasteful, but always innovative. Highly recommended, even if you've never seen the first season! Warning: This will offend many of you, and is totally unsuitable for under-18's, despite the time-slot! Many of the sketches deal with adult themes like sexual fetishes, incest, rape and murder, paedophilia and poking fun at suicides!

    FTN - 10:00-11:00pm Big Apple
    New US crime drama, showing for the first time in the UK. Only lasted six episodes altogether, but still better than most. Stars Ed O'Neill, David Strathairn, Titus Welliver, Michael Madsen and Sebastian Roche. Written by David Milch (NYPD Blue, Kingin) and Anthony Yerkovich (Crime Story, Miami Vice) fame!
    (Also repeated late night, 2:40-3:30am)

    FILM FOUR - 12:05-1:25am FILM: Snuff
    Yes, it's inept, badly acted, with a lame ending that's obviously fake and been tacked-on, but now you can see what all the fuss is about. This is the original, uncut version. The film was BBFC-approved this year for VHS and DVD release in the UK, but the film was pulled at the last minute, by the distributors getting cold feet!


    SUNDAY 9TH
    BBC1 - 1:00-2:20pm FILM: The Watcher In The Woods (1982)
    Intriguing British horror film, with Bette Davis and David McCallum set around an old English mansion owned by an elderly woman whose daughter disappeared.

    BBC1 - 10:55pm-12:35am FILM: Shiner
    Premier of Michael Caine's acclaimed crime drama abuot a crooked boxing promoter.

    BBC2 - 7:10-8:00pm Das Boot: The Original Series
    Yes! Wolfgang Peterson's superb WW2 U-Boat film, now gets a repeat showing, each SUnday night, in the original, uncut and full-length TV mini-series. This is the first of six episodes, each lasting 50 minutes. Transmission is in German, with English Subtitles AND in Widescreen as well! Enjoy it, before the UK DVD release later this month, (which will edit the episodes together, into two 150-minute parts, one per disc)!

    BBC2 - 10:00-11:20pm Kingdom Hospital
    Part 1 of the new thirteen-episode Stephen King horror drama, based on Lars Von Trier's "The Kingdom"!

    C4 - 9:00-11:05pm FILM: The Last Of The Mohicans
    Jaw-dropping and violent period drama from director Michael Mann, based on the famous novel. Watch out for the superb and highly dramatic ending, involving Cora Munro and the vicious and sadistic Chingachchuck (sp?)! Brilliant! (This is the original cinema version, not the new and re-edited Director's Cut on US DVD!)


    MONDAY 10th
    BBC1 - 11:05pm-12:55am FILM: Runaway Train
    Brilliant 1985 action drama. Written by a Japanese man. Directed by a Russian, and starring a predominantly US cast. A nail-biting prison-riot is the setting for two escaped convicts to flee for their lives, and board a train, unaware that they have no idea of what lays instore for them. A truly epic film, with a hauntingly balletic ending to rival any other action film ever made!

    BBC2 - 10:00-10:30pm I Am Not An Animal
    First episode of an anarchic and ballsy new British animated series, about six talking animals, dreaming of a life away from experimentation. Stars Steve Coogan and Simon Pegg. Six episodes.

    C4 - 11:00pm-1:10am FILM: Battle Royale
    First UK terrestrial TV showing for this uncompromising Japanese action thriller. Disturbing, but also with a moral message, for those willing to look beyond the graphic carnage. This is the original cinema version, not the longer Director's Cut. Japanese with English Subtitles, and in Widescreen!

    BBC3 - 10:30-11:00pm Coupling: Series 4
    First episode of the new series, of the spicy sitcom, revolving around six romantically deluded friends, whose lives seem to never go right. Rumours abound that the brilliant Richard Coyle who plays Welsh-character Jeff Murdoch, does NOT appear much in the series, due to other filming commitments. This is a shame, as he was one of the best things about the show!

    BBC4 - 11:10pm-12:40am The Life Of A Ten Pound Note
    British documentary rip-off of the US comedy "$20 Dollars", which follows the life of a ten-pound note. Interesting if you've not seen the movie, but otherwise it's the same-old, same-old.


    WEDNESDAY 11th
    BBC1 - 11:15pm-12:45am FILM: The Replacement Killers
    Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino star in this exciting, but silly action flcik. Fun, but don't look for a cohesive plot.

    ITV1 - 9:00-10:30pm AND 11:00-11:50pm FILM: Gone In Sixty Seconds
    Split around the news, this fun but brainless adventure film follows Nic Cage trying to save his little brother, by daring to steal a ton of cars, despite aiming to go straight. Enjoyable, but all tension will be diffused because of ITV's insistance of splitting films around the news! :mad:

    C4 - 10:00-11:50pm FILM: Aileen - Life And Death Of A Serial Killer
    Premiere of the second of two films by UK documentarian Nick Broomfield, about Aileen Wuornos, the first female serial killer in the USA. You may be interested to know, that both this and the prequel film, are being released later this year, on UK DVD, by Tartan Films, as a double-disc set, with extras.

    Five - 9:00-9:55pm CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

    Five - 9:55-10:55pm Law And Order: Criminal Intent


    WEDNESDAY 12th
    Five - 10:35pm-12:20am FILM: Airplane!
    The classic comedy/disaster spoof, gets a late-night, uncut airing. Even if you hate silly comedy films, you'll enjoy this one a lot! Stay after the credits as well, for another joke! Requires multiple viewings to enjoy all the gags! Truly side-splitting, even after 24 years!


    THURSDAY 13th
    C4 - 12:40-1:35am NYPD Blue
    Yep! Once again, the idiots at Channel 4 are bumping this acclaimed US drama to an even later time-slot! Why, oh why, oh why do they keep doing this?! :mad:


    FRIDAY 14th
    BBC1 - 9:00-9:30pm The Lenny Henry Show
    Third episode of the new series. Very funny, and a lot more anarchic than usual! Worth a watch, even if you're not a great fan of Henry himself!

    C4 - 9:30-10:00pm Will And Grace
    Even if you don't like this show, this episode should be worth a look, only because it guest stars Kevin Bacon, and contains one of the funniest self-spoofs I've ever seen! If you're a fan of a certain mid-80's dance film, then watch this! Almost guaranteed to split your sides! Also guest-stars Rip Torn and Harry Connick Jr, spoofing themselves!

    BBC3 = 1:00-1:45am The Practice
    Looks like BBC3 schedulers are taking a leaf out of Channel 4's guides! Another quality US drama, being bumped all over the schedules!


    Right! That's all! At last, I can give my fingers a break! :thumbsup:

    Pooch
     
  2. Joe Pineapples

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    great stuff - a series i keep meaning to watch fully. Hope they do the same for series one at some point

    Hopefully the late time slot will mean it is uncut. The version i watched last time (on tv) was drastically cut, and ruined it......

    ....thinking about this, are there any sites which cover terrestrially broadcast films, and indicate wether uncut etc?.



    cheers

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  3. PoochJD

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    Hi Dean,

    The version of "Runaway Train" showing on the BBC, will be the full, uncensored, correctly-framed 1.85:1 version that is out on UK and US DVD! All the bad language, the minor gore, and the full prison riot will be shown.

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    thats great news Pooch - i'll be watching it then. Just curious then, on how you got this confirmed?.

    cheers

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    Thanks POOCH, I don't look carefully enough at the EPG, but a couple of these are worth recording now I know !
     
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    YES MINISTER 10 pm tonight & every thursday ........
     
  7. PoochJD

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    Dean,

    My info comes from the BBC themselves. Bear in mind, this same company showed "Magnolia" uncut and uncensored, at 9:15pm on a Saturday night, with all the f-words and c-words intact!!

    The BBC is certainly being more sensible with their adult film scheduling, which is nice to see.

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    Addendum

    1) C4 - 9:00-11:35pm FILM: The Abyss
    Well, the censorship was worse than expeted. Almost the entire scene involving the rat breathing the oxygenated water was cut, leaving viewers who have not seen the film before, slightly baffled! Heck, even the BBFC didn't cut as much as this, from the UK 2-disc DVD release!!

    2) Five - 2:55-4:15am FILM: Expose
    Wow! I can certainly see why the BBFC got hot under the collar about this little film! Think of a low-budget version of "Straw Dogs", set in Essex, and you're close to the picture of what this film was all about. Certainly interesting, despite the lame acting, and awful plot. Would probably get an uncut 18 nowadays, I should think, although it would be a borderline decision, as the movie does mix sex and violence quite frequently! Well done, Five for airing this film!

    3) FTN - 10:00-11:00pm Big Apple
    Very complex and frequently convoluted, so I can see why this didn't win an audience. However, it was still a cult cop drama worth a look.

    4) BBC2 - 7:10-8:00pm Das Boot: The Original Series
    Anyone else watch this? Interezting to watch the original version, before Petersen edited it down into the 127 minute cinema version, and then a 200 minute Director's Cut! Shame that the BBC decided to resubtitle it, and leave a fair amount of dialogue unsubtitled.

    And don't forget - tonight on BBC2, at 10pm - I Am Not An Animal starts its run! Then on Channel 4, "Battle Royale" gets its UK Terrestrial TV premiere!

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    Was "Expose" really uncut though? I don't think so - the rape/shooting scene lasted about 5 seconds and did not look right - it jumped all over the place. This version also seemed to run about a minute less than the quoted PAL running time. I've never seen this before so cannot be sure but I don't think this was the full version.
     
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    Captain H,

    Well, according to my calculations, it ran for approximately 74 minutes on Five, at the TV frame speed.

    According to the IMDB:

    1) The film was slightly cut when first released back in 1975. The recent reissue had almost 1 minute removed. Australian release was uncut

    2) For the U.S. release, the following scenes were cut or shortened to earn an MPAA rating of "R" rather than an "X":
    - The first sex scene between Linda and Paul was slightly cut.
    - The sex encounter between Paul and Linda at Big Youth's gunpoint was originally more graphic.
    - Some shots were cut from the abberrant sex scene between Paul and Suzanne.
    - Suzanne's death was slightly trimmed of some bloodflow.

    According to the BBFC, the original 1975 submitted print, uncut and uncensored, ran for: 83m 45s (at 24 frames per second). It was then cut to 81m 54s, for UK cinemas, with an X rating being awarded.

    In 1997, the BBFC had the film resubmitted, by Blue Dolphin video, with a submitted running time of 80m 25s. It was then cut by 51s, to 80m 25s.

    Then, in 2002, Odyssey Video, submitted the film again, at 79m 33s. This was passed "18", with no further cuts. However, this version was the same version that Blue Dolphin submitted for classification, with print damage and technical factors being the discrepancy!

    :eek:

    So, it looks like this was the uncut UK 2002 video version, but not the full, uncensored original version!

    Oh well! It was at least shown on terrestrial TV, and I doubt even Channel 4 would have done that, without cutting even more out of it, and then adding-in about 20 minutes of ads! :rotfl:

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    Excellent info - Thanks Pooch. It was still a very watchable film IMO.
     

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