Retro TV W/C 19th October 2007

by Modculture 22 October, 2007

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 19th October to Thursday 25th October.

Highlights of the week

It’s a bumper week for music documentaries this week, with New York Doll – the story of former member of the New York Dolls, Arthur Kane, The Beatles in Help! – A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the band’s second film, and Gimme Shelter (1970) – The Mayles brothers film of the infamous Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont speedway (all showing Tuesday 23rd October), as well as a Channel 4 "expose" of former child genius turned ghoul Michael Jackson: What Really Happened (Wednesday 24th October).

Friday 19th October


Flight of the Conchords (4/12) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Bret starts dating Coco.

Batman – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am

Double bill of the Dynamic duo.

A Tribute to Ned Sherrin: Comedy Connections – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.15am
The making of taboo-shattering 1960s comedy That Was the Week That Was, being shown as a tribute to the broadcaster who died earlier this month.

Film: Carry On Loving (1970) – BBC 1. 1.25am – 2.55am (Sat am)
Comedy starring Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. The path to true love proves to be a rocky one for clients of the Wedded Bliss Marriage Bureau.

Saturday 20th October


Film: Dr No (1962) – ITV 1. 3.10pm – 4.30pm (continues 5.00pm – 5.45pm)
Glossy spy adventure, the first in the series of films based on Ian Fleming’s books, starring Sean Connery. James Bond is sent to Jamaica to find out more about the killing of a fellow agent. discovers evil Dr No’s plan to hold the USA to ransom.

Film: The Quiller Memorandum (1966) – Film4. 4.50pm – 6.50pm
Thriller starring George Segal and Alec Guinness. A secret agent investigates an upsurge of neo-Nazi activity in 1960s Berlin.

Film: Carry On Doctor (1968) – Channel 4. 5.15pm – 7.00pm
Comedy starring Frankie Howerd. Francis Bigger is a charlatan who tours the country lecturing on the subject of mind over matter. During one of his performances he falls off the platform and is taken to the chaotic local hospital.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A tip-off allows Regan to move in on a security van heist. But although all the villains are arrested, one of the bags of money has disappeared.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
The gurning reviewer looks at "Yoof" programmes and gives his view on Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.

Max Headroom – More4. 10.35pm – 11.50pm
Sci-fi fantasy telling the story of the titular character. This pilot episode details Max’s birth, the result of a rivalry between TV networks. Showing as part of the Channel 4 at 25 season.

Arena: The Other Side of the Mirror – BBC 4. 11.50pm – 1.00am

Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival – Footage of Bob Dylan in concert in Rhode Island in the mid-60s, much of it never before seen.

Film: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969) – Channel 4. 2.10am – 3.45am (Sun am)
The first sequel to Planet of the Apes, starring Chalton Heston. An astronaut finds himself caught in a war between super intelligent primates and a mutant race of humans.


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. Raul Midon performs tracks from his new album A World Within a World.

Adventures in Poetry – BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight

First Party at Ken Kesey’s with Hell’s Angels – In 1965 Ken Kesey threw a party at his home in California. Allen Ginsberg was there and wrote a poem about it. Peggy Reynolds explores the story behind the poem and discovers quite a few things that Ginsberg fails to mention.

Sunday 21st October


Film: Doctor in Clover (1966) – Film4. 5.05pm – 7.00pm
Leslie Phillips chases after pretty nurses in this mid-60s entry to the Doctor series, which owes more than a little to the Carry On films.

UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Straker seeks permission to launch a space probe fitted with an electronic telescope, hoping to track a UFO to its home planet.

Doctor Who – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.10pm

Classic adventure as the third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and his assistant Jo travel to Devil’s End where an archaeological dig has uncovered a tomb acting as a cell for an ancient evil.

Film: Sleuth (1972) – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 11.45pm
Classic mystery adapted from his own play by Anthony Shaffer, starring Lawrence Olivier and Michael Caine.

Film: Gangster No 1 (2000) – Channel 4. 10.55pm – 12.55am

Stylish crime thriller starring Malcolm McDowell and Paul Bettany. A veteran gangster looks back on his life of crime in 1960s London: his rise to prominence under the watchful eye of a ruthless gang boss, and the woman who ultimately came between them.

Monday 22nd October


Doctor Who – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
The Doctor takes on the Master in Devil’s End church.

Minder –  ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
The duo come to the aid of a widower who has been swindled by someone even more devious than Arthur.


Tom Robinson – BBC Radio 6. 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Including a live session from the Bees.

Tuesday 23rd October


Film: The Six Million Dollar Man (1973) – Five. 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Sci-fi adventure, the pilot episode for the popular 1970s television series. Lee Majors stars as Colonel Steve Austin, who is rebuilt into a man with superhuman powers after surviving a near fatal plane crash.

Film: Carry On Up the Khyber (1968) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm

Saucy comedy starring Sidney James, Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey. India, 1895: in the North-West frontier province, the villainous Khasi of Kalabar plans a rebellion against the governor, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond.

Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm

A mindbendingly colourful nugget of pop mined from the archive.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

The Riddler threatens a VIP.

Ripping Yarns – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm

A dashing British hero suffers a conflict of loyalties. Starring Michael Palin.

Flight of the Conchords (5/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Jermaine reconnects with Sally.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm

A tongue-in-cheek take on the TV industry, including reviews of that week’s viewing highlights.

New York Doll – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.45pm (repeated 2.50am)
Storyville documentary. A former member of the New York Dolls, Arthur Kane is reunited with his band after 30 years.       

The Beatles in Help! – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 11.50pm
A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the band’s second film, including interviews with its director Richard Lester and actress Eleanor Bron.

Film: Gimme Shelter (1970) – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 1.20am
The Mayles brothers legendary documentary account of the Rolling Stones turbulent free concert at the Altamont speedway.

Wednesday 24th October

Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
A mindbendingly colourful nugget of pop mined from the archive.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Riddler sets a trap.

Michael Jackson: What Really Happened – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 11.05pm
Two years ago the pop icon was acquitted of child molestation, but he has since disappeared from his home to travel around the globe. Writer Jacques Peretti tracks down Jackson’s manager, Bob Jones, and reporter Victor Guttierez, and finds a different version of the story to the one the public knows.

BBC Electric Proms – Mark Ronson – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 11.50pm
Mark Ronson performs reworked tracks from his album Version, alongside the BBC Electric Orchestra.


Suzi Quatro’s Heroes of Rock ‘n’ Roll – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Suzi continues her showcase of legendary figures of rock ‘n’ roll with an interview with former Shangri-Las singer Mary Weiss, who, between 1964 and 1966, sang lead on several of the most heart-breaking and convincingly emotive melodramas ever to had scaled the charts. Earlier this year Weiss released Dangerous Game – her first new material in decades.

Thursday 25th October


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The trio search for a Second World War bomb to avert a conflict.

Stuart Maconie’s TV Towns – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The DJ visits famous TV and film locations in Edinburgh.

The Peter Serafinowicz Show – BBC 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Hercule Poirot and Miss Maple struggle to keep their minds, and hands, off each other.

Film: Enter the Dragon (1973) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.05am
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 organised from an island fortress by a criminal mastermind.


Street Corner Soul (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Singer Ronnie Spector explores the rise, fall and immeasurable influence of doo-wop. The story shifts to the mid-1950s when doo-wop possibly reached its creative peak.

The Flight of the Conchords (2/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Rob Brydon narrates an improvised comedy starring Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.