Retro TV W/C 11th December 2009

by Modculture 10 December, 2009

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Barry Murphy returns once more to trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don't have to), finding anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 11th December to Thursday 17th December 2009.
 
Highlight of the week

To mark the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest moments in rock music history BBC 4 screen Albert and David Maysles harrowing film Gimme Shelter (1971) (BBC 4. Friday 11th, 10pm. Repeated Saturday 12th, 11.10pm). Before an estimated crowd of 300,000 people, the Stones headlined a free concert featuring Tina Turner, The Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers and others. Concerned about security, members of the outlaw biker gang The Hell's Angels were asked to help maintain order. Instead, an atmosphere of fear and dread arose, leading ultimately to the stabbing to death of audience member Meredith Hunter. What began as a flower power love-in had degenerated into a near riot; frightened, confused faces wondering how the Love Generation could, in one swift, cold-blooded slash, become a generation of disillusionment and disappointment.

The Retro TV Guide takes a break for the next couple of weeks, returning in the New Year.

Friday 11th December

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
The team uncovers a mind-control conspiracy.

On The Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm
Vintage 1970s comedy starring Reg Varney and Stephen Lewis. 

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
An old enemy of Doyles's stirs up trouble.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm
Rigsby challenges Philip to a boxing match, convinced Miss Jones will throw herself at his feet if he wins.

Film: Dreamgirls (2006) – Film4. 9.00pm – 11.35pm
Musical drama based on the Broadway show, starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. Three singers from Detroit known as the Dreamettes are discovered by ruthless manager Curtis Taylor Jr who quickly puts them on the path to success. But Taylor's decision to change their style and his favouritism of one particular member soon causes friction among the girls. 

Film: Gimme Shelter (1969) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.35pm
The classic Maysles brothers documentary of the Rolling Stones infamous 1969 US tour, during which the band gave a free concert in Altamount, northern California, in front of 300,000 fans. It turned out to be one of the darkest days in rock history.

The Beatles: on Record – BBC 4. 12.35am – 1.35am

This documentary, featuring rare footage and musical out-takes, charts the musical development of The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios from their first single, Please Please Me in 1962 to the LP Abbey Road in 1969. Narrated entirely by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and their producer George Martin, the film looks at how their innovative use of recording techniques, instrumentation and song structures contributed to a hugely successful body of work.

How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin: Storyville – BBC 4. 1.35am – 2.35am
Examining how the band's music may have contributed towards the fall of the Soviet Union, and the influence The Beatles had on changing the views of many who lived there.

Film: Prick Up Your Ears (1987) – Film4. 1.45am – 3.55am
Biographical drama of gay playwright Joe Orton, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.

Film: The Whisperers (1967) – BBC 2. 1.50am – 3.35am
Effective, moving, 'kitchen sink' drama set in 1960s Manchester. Edith Evans, who received an Oscar nomination for her role, plays Margaret, an old woman who discovers the proceeds of a robbery and believes it to be a long-awaited cash inheritance.

Saturday 12th December

TV

Film: Murder Most Foul (1964) – Five. 1.10pm – 3.00pm
Murder mystery starring Margaret Rutherford. Miss Marple visits a second-rate theatrical company to find a killer.

Film: The Omega Man (1971) – Five. 5.05pm – 7.05pm
Based on Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend, this thriller stars Charlton Heston in the second of his trilogy of classic sci-fi movies. In post-apocalypse Los Angeles, a medical researcher attempts to preserve the human race while being hunted down by an army of mutant zombies.

The Thick of it (8/8) – BBC 2. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
New. Series Three. With the election approaching, the word around Westminster is that Malcolm Tucker is running out of options – and friends. He seems to have taken on more than he can handle with Steve Fleming, but an unlikely offer of help soon allows him to set his finest trap to date.

Film: Gimme Shelter (1969) – BBC 4. 11.10pm – 12.45am (Repeated 3.20am)
The classic Maysles brothers documentary of the Rolling Stones infamous 1969 US tour, during which the band gave a free concert in Altamount, northern California, in front of 300,000 fans. It turned out to be one of the darkest days in rock history.

Film: Days of Wine and Roses (1962) – BBC 2. 1.15am – 3.10am
Memorable drama starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick, who both give terrific performances as a young married couple facing a tough fight against alcoholism.

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks. 

Shelved – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
Shaun Ley looks at how the political circumstances of the late 1970s led to three of TV's most popular dramas – Doctor Who, Secret Army and The Professionals – each having at least one episode scrapped after filming. Contributors include the actor Tom Baker.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC 6 Music. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

The Invisible Man: the Rod Temperton Story – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Profile of British-born keyboardist and songwriter Rod Temperton, who enjoyed big disco-era success as part of Heatwave (Boogie Nights, Always and Forever and The Groove Line) before writing hits for US R&B/pop stars such as Donna Summer, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Patti Austin, Herbie Hancock and, most lucratively, Michael Jackson. Contributors include producer Quincy Jones, George Benson and Patti Austin.

Sunday 13th December

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Bodie and Doyle spring into action when a government employee is blackmailed.

How Do You Solve a Problem like Lolita? – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. Writer and broadcaster Stephen Smith tries to discover more about the Russian author Vladimir Nabokov, who was best known for his controversial 1955 novel Lolita. He visits a selection of the most significant places in the author's life, including his childhood home in the Russian countryside south of St Petersburg and the streets of New York.

Monday 14th December

TV

On The Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm
Vintage 1970s comedy starring Reg Varney and Stephen Lewis. 

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm
Landlord Rigsby discovers he has a rival for Miss Jones's affection.

Games Britannia (2/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. Benjamin Woolley traces the political and social impact that board games have had in Britain over the past 200 years, discovering how they were exported to the US and adapted to promote the American Dream. Monopoly, with Cluedo and Scrabble, formed a holy trinity of favourites.

Film: Never Love a Stranger (1958) – Channel 4. 2.35am – 4.10am
Unadventurous crime drama , following the life of an orphan and the events that change his life and lead him into a life of crime. Notable only for a young Steve McQueen in the starring role.

Radio

Lead Belly: a Secret History of Rock and Roll (2/2) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Singer Eric Burdon mark's yesterday's 60th anniversary of the death of folk-blues legend Lead Belly. This final installment explores the guitarist's violent streak; his murdering of a man in 1918 landed him in prison, where he was discovered by folklorists John and Alan Lomax, who then introduced him to the New York folk scene.

Tuesday 15th December

TV

On The Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm
Vintage 1970s comedy starring Reg Varney and Stephen Lewis. 

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm
A smooth-talking tenant tries to con Rigsby out of his savings.

Hop, Skip and Jump: the Story of Children's Play (2/2) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. An examination of how the advent of television helped yo

ungsters incorporate their newfound knowledge of the wider world into their play routines.

Auf Wiedershen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
Double bill of the classic comedy drama. Ally's dodgy dealings take a turn for the worse.

True Stories: The Last American Freak Show – More4. 10.00pm – 11.55pm
New. Richard Butchins's controversial film follows the journey of the self-proclaimed Freak Show, a travelling circus consisting of performers with a variety of physical disabilities.

All about Thunderbirds – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Nick Park is among those paying tribute to Gerry Anderson's sci-fi series, which captured the imagination of the public in the 1960s. 

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.35am
Documentary tracing the career of Irwin Allen, the man responsible for hit 1960s sci-fi TV series Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, as well as blockbuster disaster films The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. Lost in Space stars June Lockhart and Bill Mumy host generous servings of clips, behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes and cast reminiscences.

Radio

Harry Worth: the Man in the Window – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Glenn Mitchell pays tribute to Harry Worth, one of the BBC's most popular – and subsequently most neglected – comedians of the 1960s. His shows drew comparisons with Tony Hancock and his famous opening gag of his TV series, that of him playing with his reflection in a shop window, is much imitated. Contributors include William G Stewart.

Monty Python's Wonderful World of Sound (2/2) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Mighty Boosh stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding tell the story of Monty Python's comic LPs, which helped establish the wacky troupe in America. On hand are Python stars Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam. This final part explores their antics on stage, on screen and in song.

Wednesday 16th December

TV

On The Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm
Vintage 1970s comedy starring Reg Varney and Stephen Lewis. 

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm
Rigsby invests in some new furniture in a desperate attempt to impress Brenda, but pays for it on the never-never.

Flight of the Conchords – Series One.
Murray arranges for the band to go on tour in preparation for a gig in New York's Central Park.

Film: The Exorcist (1973) – Five. 10.00pm – 12.40am
Controversial Oscar-winning horror film starring Linda Blair. Chris MacNeil and her 12-year-old daughter Regan live comfortably in Washington. When Regan suddenly begins to exhibit symptoms for which medical science can offer no explanation, her distraught mother is forced to consider that the girl may be possessed by the devil.

Film: Sleuth (1972) – ITV 3. 12.40am – 3.00am
Classic mystery adapted from his own play by Anthony Shaffer, starring Lawrence Olivier and Michael Caine.

Thursday 17th December

TV

On The Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm
Vintage 1970s comedy starring Reg Varney and Stephen Lewis. 

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm
Rigsby manages to frighten Alan by telling him the house is haunted.

A Child's Christmases in Wales – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
New. Ruth Jones stars in this comedy drama, inspired by a Dylan Thomas short story, following a South Wales family's celebrations during the 1980s.

Film: Enter the Dragon (1973) – Five. 10.15pm – 12.15am
Classic, bone-shattering martial arts adventure starring Bruce Lee. A master of martial arts is enlisted by British intelligence to help put an end to the traffic in opium and prostitutes organized from an island fortress by a criminal mastermind.

Crooked House (1/3) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
The Wainscoting. Mark Gatiss stars in the first of his three spooky stories charting the history of a haunted home. A museum curator recounts a chilling tale to a teacher. Next episode is tomorrow at 11.25pm.

The Thick of it (8/8) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Series Three. With the election approaching, the word around Westminster is that Malcolm Tucker is running out of options – and friends. He seems to have taken on more than he can handle with Steve Fleming, but an unlikely offer of help soon allows him to set his finest trap to date.

  • bawbag

    40th anniversary, but who’s counting eh?