Retro TV W/C 17th August 2007

by Modculture 16 August, 2007

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Barry Murphy
once more trawls 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 17th August to Thursday 23rd August.

Highlights of the week

TV

Film: Twisted Nerve (1968) Tuesday 21st August. ITV 4. 11.55pm
Not much on telly to report this week, although ITV4 are showing a run of classic British Hammer movies starting with The Devil Rides Out on Saturday 18th. Pick of the bunch is this thriller starring Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett and Billie Whitelaw. Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can’t wait to see the back of him, and a Mongoloid brother shut away in an institution, is it any wonder he retreats into an alternate personality…that of six year old Georgie? The film’s controversial nature led to a prologue being added during post-production, explaining that there was no connection between Mongolism and psychopathic behaviour.

Radio

Bill Hicks – the Dark Poet – Tuesday 21st August. BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm
Phil Jupitus explores the formidable legacy of comedian Bill Hicks, who died from pancreatic cancer in 1994, aged 32. An in-your-face performer with a stridently anti-Establishment agenda, Hicks used stand-up to pinpoint the more hypocritical and corrupt aspects of government and society. Often fuelled by booze and drugs, he entertained an intense cult following both here and in his native America, where he kept the censors in full employment for much of his career.

Friday 17th August

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
While on assignment in Hong Kong, Craig a captured and accused of being a double agent.

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain (5/5) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Examination of the post-Thatcher years.

Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
To mark the comedian’s 50th birthday, friends and collaborators celebrate a career in entertainment spanning more than 25 years.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.35pm
Showing as part of Stephen Fry weekend, another chance to see an episode of their under-rated series.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.20pm – 12.30am
Double bill of the series. In the first, a fast-car enthusiast picks up a hitch-hiker – but trouble lies ahead. In the second, a couple rejoice when they bring a child into the world.

Film: TwentyFourSeven (1997) – BBC 2. 12.05am – 1.40am (Sat am)
Shane Meadows comedy drama starring Bob Hoskins. Alan Darcy sets up a boxing club to provide an outlet for bored local youths, but all does not go smoothly.

Saturday 18th August

TV

Film: Carry On Henry (1971) – BBC 2. 4.00pm – 5.25pm
Saucy comedy starring Sidney James. The Carry On team rewrite history with this account of Henry VIII’s marital problems. Henry weds Marie de Normandy but is appalled to discover her liking for garlic.

British Film Forever (4/7) – BBC 2. 9.15pm – 10.45pm
Corsets, Cleavage and Country Houses – Documentary looking at British cinema’s most successful genre, the costume drama.

Not Only but Also – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
As part of Stephen Fry weekend, BBC 4 broadcast one of the few remaining episodes of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s classic comedy show.

The Most Annoying Pop Moments – We Love to Hate – BBC 3. 10.10pm – 12.40am
Concluding the two-part countdown of memorable yet irritating moments in pop. Including Joss Stone at the Brits, and Brian May playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace.

Sounds of ’69 – Channel 4. 11.05pm – 12.10am
The story of 1969 against the backdrop of the 19 number one records that year. Chart-toppers included Rolf Harris, Fleetwood Mac and Marmalade. but was the rebellion, riots and recklessness of the period really reflect in the record-buying habits of the populace?

Film: The Devil Rides Out (1968) – ITV 4. 11.50pm – 1.45am
Hammer horror starring Christopher Lee. The Duc de Richleau discovers that his friend Simon has come under the influence of a group of Satanists.

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 Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Dig it! – the 40th Anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Radio 2 recalls the world’s first (and best imo) major rock festival, staged south of San Francisco in Monterey in June 1967. The programme features recordings from the festival that included the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Who, Otis Redding, the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, the Association, the Buffalo Springfield and many other hip acts. Interviewees include Lou Adler, film director DA Pennebaker, Country Joe McDonald, Eric Burdon and Ravi Shankar.

Sunday 19th August

TV

Quatermass – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
John Mills stars as the retired professor who battles sinister forces threatening Earth. The professor meets an elderly scientist who may be able to help solve a puzzling mystery.

Film: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.35pm
Satirical film-within-a-film comedy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as two bickering lead actors who hamper attempts by an English crew to shoot Laurence Sterne’s "unfilmable" 18th-century novel, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentlemen.

The Most Annoying Pop Moments – We Love to Hate – BBC 3. 10.30pm – 1.00am
Concluding  the two-part countdown of memorable yet irritating moments in pop.

Arena: The Burger and the King – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.55pm
Humorous history of Elvis Presley’s career as a gourmet.

Film: Dracula – Prince of Darkness (1965) – ITV4. 11.50pm – 1.45am
Hammer horror starring Christopher Lee. A group of tourists are left stranded in the home of Count Dracula, who has been supposedly dead for ten years.

Monday 20th August

TV

Film: Carry On Constable (1960) – Channel 4. 1.55pm – 3.30pm
Madcap comedy starring Sidney James. Sergeant Wilkins becomes exasperated after four inept policemen join his staff during a flu epidemic and cause chaos while on the beat.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Marty is frightened by a haunted house that conceals a sinister secret.

Amy Winehouse: Summer Series – ITV 2. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Kelly Osbourne has unprecedented backstage access as the lauded, best-selling soul singer performs at London’s Somerset House.

In Concert – Ravi Shankar – BBC 4. 9.25pm – 10.00pm
A musical performance by the renowned Indian composer and sitar player, first shown in 1974.

Film: Dracula – Prince of Darkness (1965) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.55pm
Hammer horror starring Christopher Lee. A group of tourists are left stranded in the home of Count Dracula, who has been supposedly dead for ten years.

The Mighty Boosh – BBC 3. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
The one with the mod wolves in! Vince and Howard journey into the jungle to find the only man who can save the zoo – missing adventurer Tommy Nooka.

Film: The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) – ITV 4. 11.55pm – 1.50am
Horror starring Ralph Bates. Cold-blooded student Victor Frankenstein steps into his father’s shoes to continue his horrific experiments.

Tuesday 21st August

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Marty is shocked to discover Jeff has lost the ability to see him.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie refuses to believe a former SAS friend has joined an Italian terrorist group.

Life on Mars – (6/8) series two. BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Gene investigates the shooting of a Ugandan man.

Film: The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.55pm
Horror starring Ralph Bates. Cold-blooded student Victor Frankenstein steps into his father’s shoes to continue his horrific experiments.

Film: Twisted Nerve (1968) – ITV 4. 11.55pm – 2.10am
(See Highlights).

Radio

Bill Hicks – the Dark Poet – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
(See Highlights).

Wednesday 22nd August

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Simon Templar undergoes training to become a mercenary in an attempt to foil a hijacking.

Film: Porridge (1979) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Comedy based on the popular BBC series starring Ronnie Barker. Detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure, Fletcher becomes an unwilling accomplice to an escape attempt during a football match.

Radio

The GI Blues of Elvis Presley – BBC Radio 4. 11.00am – 11.30am
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who met Elvis Presley on army manoeuvres in Germany, is one of the contributors to Paul Gambaccini’s exploration of the Kings military career, when he answered the call of Uncle Sam to become Private 53310761 Presley, Elvis A.

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (8/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Mark Lamarr continues his new series showcasing obscure 1960s recordings from rock, pop, and psych to folk, soul, R&B and garage.

Thursday 23rd August

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Craig and Sharron attempt to entrap a gang of criminals.

UFO – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Commander Straker is convinced that space debris is being used to mask sinister alien activity.