Retro TV W/C 18th April 2008

by Modculture 17 April, 2008

Who_amazingjourney
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 18th April to Thursday 24th April.

Highlight of the week

Director Murray Lerner’s excellent rockumentary Amazing Journey: the Story of the Who comes to BBC 4 this weekend (Friday 18th 9.30pm – repeated Sun 20th 10.50pm).
One of the most innovative and explosive bands in music history and the greatest live act the UK has ever produced, the Who have already been well served by the excellent music documentary The Kids Are Alright. But while TKAA is a compilation of great performances, Amazing Journey is their story. An authorized portrait of the band, this is an honest authentic account of their ups and downs as they have evolved through four decades of rock. It includes recent and extensive interviews with surviving Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend as well as close friends and family of the band.

Friday 18th April

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
An eccentric bird-lover’s strange will leads to murder.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A government employee is blackmailed into revealing secret plans for a new type of jet-engine tank.

Amazing Journey: the Story of the Who – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 11.30pm
Biography of the legendary British band, charting four decades of their success in the music industry through a combination of rare and unseen concert footage. Plus, exclusive interviews with key players, including Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
The duo investigate the strange deaths of several astronomers whose bodies have been bleached white, and encounter an eccentric society dedicated to establishing contact with aliens from Venus.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
With Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and the Last Shadow Puppets.

The Who at the Electric Proms – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.10am
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are on blistering form in a session recorded at the Roundhouse in north London, as the grand finale of the BBC’s Electric Proms in 2006.

Pop Britannia – BBC 4. 1.10am – 2.10am
A Well Respected Man: In the 60s Britain went pop mad. The architects were a group of artists and entrepreneurs who would prise pop out of the grasp of showbiz interests to create a truly authentic British sound of the Beatles, Stones and Who and at the same time prepared the way for a new, more corporate pop business. With Pete Townshend, Sir George Martin, Bryan Ferry, Sandie Shaw and Lulu.

Saturday 19th April

TOTP2 – Dave. 9.00am – 10.00am
More classic pop clips.

Film: Charade (1963) – ITV 1. 1.25pm – 3.30pm
Romantic comedy thriller with Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and Walter Matthau. A body hurtles from a train speeding across France, and for Regina Lampert life becomes sinister when she returns to Paris to find her flat stripped bare.

Film: The Wrong Box (1966) – Channel 4. 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Quirky period comedy starring John Mills, Michael Caine, Peter Cook, Tony Hancock and Peter Sellers. As the members of the Finsbury family dwindle away, cunning Mastermind Finsbury is determined to outlive his remaining sibling and inherit the family fortune.

Minder on the Orient Express – ITV 4. 8.05pm – 10.20pm
Terry helps the daughter of a villain and receives tickets for the Orient Express as a thank you.

Film: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – ITV 4. 10.20pm – 12.45am
Spy adventure starring Roger Moore. James Bond sets out to stop an evil shipping magnate and finds help in the shape of a beautiful KGB agent, and an enemy in steel-toothed Jaws. 

Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! – BBC 4. 11.50pm – 1.10am
Michael Sheen plays the comedian in this compelling dramatisation of his candid and breathtakingly caustic diaries.

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 presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 20th April

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The squad are called upon to ensure the safe shipment of gold.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
In order to investigate a villain’s idea of a perfect crime, Harriet poses as a prostitute.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Terry is suspected of theft by a gangster who doesn’t take too kindly to his mistress’s jewels going missing.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie becomes a walking time-bomb when he is taken hostage by a gang of international gun-runners.

Washes Whiter – BBC 4. 9.10pm – 10.00pm
The roles played by children in advertising, tracing appearances from the cosseted infants of the 1950s to the street-wise kids of the 1980s.

Mad Men (8/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.45pm
The Hobo Code. Peggy and Peter get intimate in the office, while Salvatore is in demand by both sexes.

Amazing Journey: the Story of the Who – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 12.50am
Biography of the legendary British band, charting four decades of their success in the music industry through a combination of rare and unseen concert footage. Plus, exclusive interviews with key players, including Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

The Who at the Electric Proms – BBC 4. 12.50am – 1.40am
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are on blistering form in a session recorded at the Roundhouse in north London, as the grand finale of the BBC’s Electric Proms in 2006.

Monday 21st April

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Hopkirk’s widow gets a shock.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Terry’s idea of minding doesn’t extend to public phone boxes – until Arthur starts a betting scam.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Doyle faces suspension.

Film: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969) – Film4. 11.45pm – 1.30am
The first sequel to Planet of the Apes starring James Franciscus and Charlton Heston. Deep underground in the forbidden zone, a community of mutant, telepathic humans worship a bomb.

Radio

Jac Holzman’s Elektra Story (3/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Paul Gambaccini charting the history of American label Elektra Records. The story shifts to the mid-60s, when the label shed its folk reputation in favour of a more rock-electric sound, typified by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Love and the Doors.

Tuesday 22nd April

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
CI5 smash an international drug-smuggling ring.

Film: Fantastic Voyage (1966) – Film4. 7.05pm – 9.00pm
Magical science-fiction adventure starring Stephen Boyd and Raquel Welch. When a vital Czech scientist suffers a brain injury, a medical crew are miniaturised and implanted into his body.

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

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Penguin campaigns to be mayor. Concludes tomorrow.

Later Live… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Guests include the Charlatans.

Mad Men (8/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
The Hobo Code. Peggy and Peter get intimate in the office, while Salvatore is in demand by both sexes.

4Music: Duffy: Video Exclusive – Channel 4. 12.05am – 12.10am
The promo video for Warwick Avenue.

Radio

Who Knows Where the Time Goes? The Sandy Denny Story – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Bob Harris explores the life, music and legacy of folk-rock star Sandy Denny, who died 30 years ago, aged 31.

Wednesday 23rd April

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A friend of Arthur’s is robbed.

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music by the Move.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The dastardly Penguin kidnaps the election commissioners.

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Number Six refuses to join a craze for accelerated learning.

James Bond: the True Story – Five. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
One of the world’s best-known fictional James Bond, was born on 17 February, 1952 when author Ian Fleming sat down to write the ultimate spy novel. But does the character have some foundation in reality? 

Those were the Days – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.05pm
Celebrating 50 years of commercial TV in the Granada region, beginning with the 1969 moon landing.

Thursday 24th April

TV

Disappearing London – ITV 1. (London region) 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Suggs goes in search of some of the capital’s hidden gems, including Winston Churchill’s secret wartime bunker, and a Peckham park which once doubled as a PoW camp.

Mad Men (8/13) – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.35pm
The Hobo Code. Peggy and Peter get intimate in the office, while Salvatore is in demand by both sexes.

Film: The Masque of the Red Death (1964) – ITV 4. 11.55pm – 1.40am
Roger Corman’s adaption of the Edgar Allan Poe story starring Vincent Price. A medieval Italian prince revels in the corruption of innocence, the exercise of cruelty and the pursuit of pleasure.

Radio

The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Mark Lamarr’s excellent hour of Jamaican music.