Retro TV W/C 16th May 2008

by Modculture 15 May, 2008

Barry Murphy returns once more trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 16th May to Thursday 22nd May.

Highlights of the week

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Fast approaching his 50th birthday and with a new album due for release next month, Paul Weller seems to be all over the media at the moment. He appears on BBC 2’s Later Live… with Jools Holland (Tues 20th, 10pm) performing tracks from his new 22 Dreams album, while BBC Radio 6 has a two-part special Sold on Song (Weds 21st/Thurs 22nd, 9.30pm) in which he talks to Mark Lamarr about his methods and sources of inspiration, as well as performing songs from his vast repertoire.

Other bits to look out for this week include a screening of  Lindsay Anderson’s cult 1968 movie If… (Film4. Tues 20th, 11pm), while on the radio BBC Radio 4 repeat The Blues Dance (Sat 17th, 3.30pm) a look at the world of the blues dance or Jamaican private club and screenwriter Kay Mellor explores the legacy of Shelagh Delaney’s iconic play A Taste of Honey (BBC Radio 4. Thurs 22nd, 11.30am).

Friday 16th May

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The team assist the Russian authorities in tracking down an agent.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 7.55pm
The pair are caught between rival gangs in a world of extortion.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The son of a South American president is shot dead.

Peep Show – Channel 4. 10.35pm – 11.05pm
(3/6). New series. Jeremy runs out of money and finds himself on a downward spiral of hunger and criminality. Mark needs to find a girlfriend – soon.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
Steed goes bird-watching and Emma produces a comic strip.

Later … with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
Mary Wilson of the Supremes talks about an exhibition of the band at the V&A.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.10am
The Living Dead: Steed finds a mine of information and Emma goes underground.

All about Thunderbirds – BBC 4. 1.10am – 2.10am
Nick Park is among those paying tribute to Gerry Anderson’s sci-fi series, which captured the imagination of the public in the 1960s.

Saturday 17th May

TOTP2 – Dave. 8.00am – 9.00am
More classic pop clips.

Film: Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) – Film4. 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Musical starring Elvis Presley and Stella Stevens.

Film: Carry On Abroad (1972) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
Classic bawdy comedy starring Sidney James and the gang. The Holidaymakers heading for the Mediterranean "paradise" of Elsbels have high hopes of sun, sand, sea and sex. However, in an understaffed, half-built hotel, the guests may not get quite what they expected. 

Peep Show – E4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm
(3/6). New series. Jeremy runs out of money and finds himself on a downward spiral of hunger and criminality. Mark needs to find a girlfriend – soon.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A missing villain turns up dead.

Film: Experiment in Terror (1962) – Five US. 10.50pm – 1.10am
Creepy film noir thriller starring Glenn Ford and Lee Remick. When bank worker Kelly Sherwood and her sister Toby are threatened with death unless Kelly steals $100,000 from her employers, FBI agent John Ripley sets out to trap the extortionist.

Mad Men (10/13) – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am
Long Weekend. Roger attempts to restore Don’s confidence by inviting him to a liaison with a pair of twin models.

Mad Men (11/13) – BBC 4. 12.25am – 1.15am (Repeated BBC2, 1.55am)
Indian Summer. Pete has more problems at home and at the office. Betty’s frustrations lead her to seek some relief. Peggy goes on a blind date.

Film: The Hitch-Hiker (1953) – BBC 2. 3.25am – 4.40am
Ida Lupino’s film noir thriller starring Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy. Family men Roy Collins and Gilbert Bowen set out on a fishing trip, but a hitch-hiker turns their holiday into a nightmare.

Radio

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

The Blues Dance – BBC Radio 4. 3.30pm – 4.00pm
The world of the blues dance or Jamaican private club is a vital chapter in the history of black Britain. Don letts presents its story with contributors including Linton Kwesi Johnson, and recalls the impact of this distinctly Caribbean phenomenon.

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

Sunday 18th May

TV

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
Spikings finds his life in danger when he uncovers corruption in SI-10.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Arthur’s stay in hospital is disrupted when he finds out a friend of Terry’s has been framed for a job.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan goes all out to stop an illegal trade in guns before more innocent people’s lives are lost.

Those Were the Days – ITV 3. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Memories of 3 July 1976, the hottest day of the hottest summer ever recorded until then.

The Men from the Agency – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
How consumers’ new-found sense of identity was the catalyst for the British advertising revolution.

Mad Men (12/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
Nixon v Kennedy. On election night, the staff of Sterling Cooper gather for a rowdy all-night party while watching the returns.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 11.40pm – 12.50am
A convict is released from jail, only to find himself imprisoned again – in far more terrifying circumstances.

Monday 19th May

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur dabbles in the glamorous world of fashion, only to find himself relegated to minding the frocks.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie’s girlfriend seeks CI5’s assistance in quashing a drug smuggling operation.

Edwyn Collins: Home Again – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12Midnight
The story of how the singer, and former frontman of acclaimed Scottish indie band Orange Juice, survived a brain haemorrhage in February 2005. After a long and arduous rehabilitation programme, Edwyn has finally managed to complete the solo album he embarked upon before his troubles began. 

Tuesday 20th May

TV

UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A missing spaceship pilot returns after being missing for two months.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Archive music from the Tremeloes.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Conniving cowboy Shame hatches a plot to build a super-powered truck capable of outrunning the Batmobile. Concludes tomorrow.

Later Live… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Paul Weller performs songs from his new album 22 Dreams.

Film: If… (1968) – Film4. 11.00pm – 1.10am
Lindsay Anderson’s striking allegorical drama about a rebellion in a stuffy public school. Starring Malcolm McDowell and David Wood.

Mad Men (12/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
Nixon v Kennedy. On election night, the staff of Sterling Cooper gather for a rowdy all-night party while watching the returns.

Radio

Seven More Days that Rocked the World – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Stuart Maconie looks at the dramatic downfall of American DJ Alan Freed, who allegedly coined the phrase "rock ‘n’ roll" and was the MC for what is credited as the first ever rock concert, which attracted 20,00 fans of popular music’s then hot new genre. But the so-called "father of rock ‘n’ roll" – whose love of both black and white music coincided with gains in racial integration – lost his career when he was found guilty of granting airplay to record companies that offered "payola".

Wednesday 21st May

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
Spikings makes a discovery about SI-10 which ends up putting his life in danger, while Dempsey investigates car theft.

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from Helen Shapiro.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Crooked cowboy Shame ambushes the duo and Robin is shot.

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Number Six vows to avenge the death of a young villager persecuted by the sadistic Number Two.

Minder – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Arthur sets up a deal to supply cheap tobacco, but Terry has doubts.       

Bob Dylan’s Indian Birthday – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.40pm
New. Storyville profiles Lou Majaw, a local celebrity in Shillong, northern India, who performs songs by Bob Dylan in the village every year to celebrate the singer’s birthday.

Radio

Sold on Song: Paul Weller (1/2) – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
A week before his 50th birthday, Paul Weller talks to Mark Lamarr about his methods and sources of inspiration. He performs songs from his vast repertoire.

Thursday 22nd May

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The entire crew of a nuclear submarine is found dead.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
The duo investigate when Harriet’s father is the victim of a burglary.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The moonbase radio and video links mysteriously fail.

Peep Show – Channel 4. 11.30pm – 12.05am
(3/6). New series. Jeremy runs out of money and finds himself on a downward spiral of hunger and criminality. Mark needs to find a girlfriend – soon.

Mad Men (12/13) – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.25am
Nixon v Kennedy. On election night, the staff of Sterling Cooper gather for a rowdy all-night party while watching the returns.

Radio

A Taste of Honey – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Screenwriter Kay Mellor explores the legacy of Shelagh Delaney’s iconic play A Taste of Honey, 50 years after it first shocked and enthralled audiences in 1958. The programme reveals how, with its distinctive Northern voice, the play brought uncomfortable social taboos and working-class realities onto the London stage as never before. Through interviews with the original cast and archive material, it casts new light on the play’s importance for British theatre and for society itself.

It’s My Story: The Man Whose Mind Explored – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Drako Oho Zarhazar has modelled for Salvador Dali, been filmed by Andy Warhol and danced at the London Palladium. He’s also been in two comas, had two nervous breakdowns and made two suicide attempts. These, along with some wild times with Keith Richards, have left him with almost no short-to mid-term memory. He has to fill his Brighton flat with bits of paper to remind him who he is and what has happened to him. Toby Amies tries to build a relationship with a man whose mind has splintered onto the walls around him. 

Sold on Song: Paul Weller (2/2) – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
A week before his 50th birthday, Paul Weller talks to Mark Lamarr about his methods and sources of inspiration. He performs songs from his vast repertoire.

  • miss go-go

    Lovely!!