Retro TV W/C 19th February 2010

by Modculture 19 February, 2010

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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 19th February to Thursday 25th February 2010.

Highlights of the week

Not much to highlight this week I'm afraid. The last in the four-part series Latin Music USA (BBC 4. Friday 19th, 9pm & 1.15am) looks at how Latin pop was born in Miami, created by Cuban immigrants fleeing Fidel Castro, and how it has impacted on the worlds of music, business, fashion and media across the Americas and the world.

Also, not to be missed this week, food writer and Modculture regular Stacie Stewart is one of the competitors to become this year's Masterchef (BBC 1. Wednesday 24th, 8pm). Best of luck Stacie from all at the site.

Friday 19th February

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie and Doyle attempt to infiltrate a murderous organisation.

Latin Music USA (4/4) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 1.15am)
Documentary exploring how Cuban immigrants in Miami popularised the genre, creating a crossover pop sound that launched it into the mainstream. Featuring a look at how Latin songs began cropping up in everything from TV show Miami Vice to the film Scarface.

Skippy: Australia's First Superstar – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
After its initial domestic airing in the late 1960s, 128 countries bought the rights to air Australian children's TV series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. This documentary discovers the tremendous impact the programme had on its young viewers, while surviving cast members discuss their experience of working with the show's stars.

Film: The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 1.15am
Screen version of Private Eye's comic strip, starring Barry Croker and Barry Humphries and featuring Spike Milligan and Peter Cook. On his first visit to England, crass Australian stand-up comic Barry McKenzie encounters a string of bizarre characters.

Heroes of Comedy – More4. 11.45pm – 1.20am
A profile of comedy legend Les Dawson.

Saturday 20th February

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
A surprising connection emerges when Haskins is framed for corruption.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur uses a canal to transport dodgy videos.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.35pm
Double bill of the classic comedy. The gang travels to the Asian paradise of Laos to carry out some major repairs.

Latin Music USA (4/4) – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 12.55am
Documentary exploring how Cuban immigrants in Miami popularised the genre, creating a crossover pop sound that launched it into the mainstream. Featuring a look at how Latin songs began cropping up in everything from TV show Miami Vice to the film Scarface.

Radio

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

And the Academy Award Goes to… (1/3) – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
The Deer Hunter. Paul Gambaccini tells how the film The Deer Hunter, starring Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken, came to win the Oscar for best picture of 1978 at the Academy Awards.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC 6 Music. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 21st February

TV

Film: Holiday on the Buses (1973) – ITV 1. 12.05pm – 1.45pm
The third and last in the series of successful big screen spin offs from the popular 70s sitcom. Stan, Jack and Inspector Blake are fired from the bus depot. Finding work at a holiday camp, Stan and Jack are horrified to discover that their arch enemy Blakey, has also got a job there as head of security.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 6.25pm – 6.55pm
Rigsby's divorce comes through, and he wastes no time in proposing to Ruth – but makes the mistake of asking his brother to be best man.

Legends: the Dankworths – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Showing as a tribute to Johnny Dankworth, who died earlier this month aged 82, this programme celebrates the career of the jazz duo he formed with his wife Cleo Laine.

Mad Men (5/13) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.45pm
Series three. The Fog. Betty goes to the hospital to give birth, but experiences strange dreams when she is placed under anaesthetic. Duck tries to lure Pete and Peggy to his new firm.

Storyville: The Most Dangerous Man in America – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 1.15am
Documentary about leading Vietnam War strategist Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 concluded the war was based on decades of lies, and leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to the New York Times.

Monday 22nd February

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A villain attempts to retrieve some stolen loot.

Folk America (1/3) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.30am
Birth of a Nation. Exploring the revival of American folk music, beginning with the recording boom of the 1920s.

Tuesday 23rd February

TV

Film: The Destructors (1968) – Film4. 5.20pm – 7.10pm
Sci-fi adventure starring Richard Egan. A government agent is called in when the rubies needed to power a top-secret laser gun are stolen by Communist spies.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur attends an Italian wedding as guest of honour.

Grey Gardens (1976) – More4. 10.00pm – 11.50pm
Maysles Brothers film focusing on the reclusive aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Onassis, who talk to each other in a private language and shun the rest of the world, living in squalor with an army of cats. One of the Maysles' most celebrated films.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (6/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
The acid-tongued TV critic takes a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media.

Wednesday 24th February

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
An ex-convict is targeted by his former partners.

Masterchef – BBC 1. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Food writer and Modculture regular Stacie Stewart is one of the competitors in tonights heats to become this years Masterchef. Go Stacie!

Mad Men (6/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.45pm
Series three. Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency – Sterling Cooper's British owners unveil their plans to restructure the company and the arrival of young executive Guy MacKendrick causes a commotion among the staff.

Film: Withnail & I (1986) – Film4. 11.20pm – 1.30am

Cult black comedy starring Paul McGann and Richard E Grant.

Folk America (2/3) – BBC 4. 1.50am – 2.50am
This Land is Your Land. Exploring the increasingly political edge adopted by folk music after the Depression and the emergence of artists Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

Folk America at the Barbican: Greenwich Village – BBC 4. 2.50am – 3.50am
Concert featuring Judy Collins, Roger McGuinn, Eric Andersen and Carolyn Hester.

Thursday 25th February

TV

Bellamy's People (6/8) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The satirical Radio 4 comedy series Down the Line, in which Rhys Thomas plays phone-show host DJ Gary Bellamy, transfers to the small screen as he leaves his studio to meet some of his callers. Featuring Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Felix Dexter, Lucy Montgomery and Simon Day.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (6/6) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
New series. The acid-tongued TV critic takes a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media.

Folk America (2/3) – Blowin' in the Wind – BBC 4. 1.30am – 2.30am
In the 1960s a new generation, spearheaded by Bob Dylan, took folk music into the charts.