Retro TV W/C 1st August 2008

by Modculture 31 July, 2008

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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 1st August to Thursday 7th August.

Highlights of the week

Thirty-one years after his death, the elfin, glam rock star Marc Bolan’s rise to fame is retold with a mixture of rare concert footage, home movies and contributions from friends in Marc Bolan: the Final Word (BBC 4. Friday 1st, 9pm) while British beat group Unit Four Plus Two are featured in The Way We Were (Sunday 3rd. I TV 1 – London/Anglia regions. 6pm). Fans of classic 70s British sit-coms are in for a treat this week with BBC 2’s Dad’s Army Weekend (Saturday 2nd, 5pm onwards) and The Liver Birds are the subject of this weeks Comedy Connections (BBC 1. Friday 1st,10.35pm – repeated BBC 2. Sunday 2nd,11.30pm).

Friday 1st August

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate a crime dating back to 1953.

Marc Bolan: the Final Word – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Thirty-one years after his death, the elfin, glam rock star Marc Bolan’s rise to fame is retold with a mixture of rare concert footage, home movies and contributions from friends. 

Comedy Connections (3/8) – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.15pm
Writer Carla Lane and stars Nerys Hughes and Polly James are among contributors who discuss the comedic web that spread out from one of the most successful shows of the 1970s, The Liver Birds. And so popular was it that it survived when the two lead characters headed off into the sunset.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
The Town of No Return: A small coastal community houses a deadly secret which Steed and Mrs Peel investigate. Featuring Diana Rigg’s first appearance as Emma Peel.

Originals: Hawkwind – Do Not Panic – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
A potted history of one of Britain’s spaciest rock bands. Lemmy and Nik Turner contribute.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.10am
The Gravediggers: Mrs Peel poses as a nurse after a supposedly dead scientist’s device disrupts the radar. Starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg.

All You Need is Love (3/17) – More4. 12.20am – 1.25am
Tony Palmer’s mammoth documentary series on the birth of pop gets a rare re-run after it’s recent release on DVD. The third programme looks at ragtime music. As well as featuring rare early footage of Irving Berlin, the programme tells the extraordinary story of the tragic life of Scott Joplin.

Film: Twins of Evil (1971) – BBC 2. 2.05am – 3.30am
Hammer horror starring Peter Cushing and Kathleen Byron. Identical twins fall prey to a castle’s vampire spell.

Saturday 2nd August

Film: The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) – More4. 1.35pm – 3.35pm
Stylish romantic crime caper starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. Millionaire Thomas Crown plans an ingenious bank robbery and finds himself drawn into a battle of wits with top insurance investigator Vicky Anderson.

Film: Dad’s Army (1971) – BBC 2. 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Beginning BBC 2’s Dad’s Army Weekend, this is the film version of the popular TV sitcom starring Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier. In 1940, with a German invasion threatened, the defence of Walmington-on-Sea is in the hands of Captain Mainwaring and a motley collection of townsfolk.

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.05pm
Pop moments from the BBC’s sixties archive. From a rehearsal for a Top of the Pops performance, Sandie Shaw gives an accidentally aloof ice-queen rendering of Long Live Love.

Another Side for Dominick –  BBC 4. 7.05- 8.30pm
Sequel to The Flipside of Dominick Hyde. It is now 2132 and Dominick and Ava have a son, but Dominick is called back to 1982, where he visits Jane and his great-great-grandfather.

Dad’s Army: Jimmy Perry’s Favourite Episode – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 8.35pm
BBC 2’s celebration of the much-loved sitcom’s 40th anniversary continues as one half of the writing team chooses the episode of which he is most proud.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.20pm – 9.20pm
A boy is kidnapped.

Don’t Panic! The Dad’s Army Story – BBC 2. 8.35pm – 9.30pm
Victoria Wood pays tribute to the timeless humour of Dad’s Army, which sprang from the fertile pens of Jimmy Perry and David Croft, and introduces classic moments from the long-running series first broadcast in 1968.

Dad’s Army: David Croft’s Favourite Episode – BBC 2. 9.30pm – 10.10pm
The episode that the other half of the writing team considers the sitcom’s finest hour is revealed.

Reputations: Arthur Lowe – BBC 2. 10.10pm – 11.00pm
Friends and colleagues give an insight into the career and little-known private life of the acclaimed character actor. This film charts Lowe’s rise to fame from humble beginnings in Derbyshire.

Comedy Connections (3/8) – BBC 2. 11.30pm – 12.10am
Writer Carla Lane and stars Nerys Hughes and Polly James are among contributors who discuss the comedic web that spread out from one of the most successful shows of the 1970s, The Liver Birds. And so popular was it that it survived when the two lead characters headed off into the sunset.

Carry On… Don’t Lose Your Head (1966) – BBC 1. 12.25am – 2.00am
Bawdy spoof comedy starring Sid James as Sir Rodney Ffing, the architect of a number of spectacular rescues of aristocrats during the French Revolution of 1789.

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 6 Music. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Who Breaks a Butterfly on a Wheel – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Bob Harris explores the aftermath of a February 1967 drugs bust at the home of Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards. Responding to custodial sentences given to both Richards and Mick Jagger in late June, the traditionally Conservative The Times editor William Rees-Mogg criticised the penalty in an editorial titled Who Breaks a Butterfly on a Wheel?. The Rock stars were released promptly from prison, signalling an era of increasingly liberal attitudes to previously taboo, scorned and relatively unrepressed lifestyles. Contributors include Lord Rees-Mogg and one-time Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

Sunday 3rd August

TV

The Unforgettable… Leonard Rossiter – ITV 1. 5.30pm – 6.00pm
Profile of the stage, film and television actor.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
Bodie and Doyle reinvestigate a brutal murder.

The Way We Were – ITV 1 (London/Anglia regions). 6.00pm – 6.30pm
A nostalgic look at teenage years, including the story of Unit Four Plus Two.

Jonathan Ross Salutes Dad’s Army – BBC 1. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Who would have thought a comedy about the Home Guard in the Second World War would run to 80 episodes, a radio series, a feature film and a stage show? In the conclusion to the Dad’s Army weekend, Jonathan Ross hosts this special commemorating the show’s 40th anniversary.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Arthur must find a way of paying a £20,000 tax bill immediately.

Carry On Dick (1974) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Comedy starring Sid James.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The Flying Squad trail a jewel thief who impersonated a policeman.

Those Were the Days – ITV 3. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Memories of 1976 and the hottest summer then recorded.

Film: Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story (1993) – BBC 1. 11.00pm – 12.55pm
Film biography of the King of Kung Fu, starring Jason Scott Lee.

Monday 4th August

Radio

Suzi Quatro’s Heroes – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Tonight it’s Jackie DeShannon, who has written hundreds of songs such as Needles and Pins and When You Walk in the Room. She discusses working in a male-heavy industry.

Tuesday 5th August

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Regan investigates the kidnapping of a woman whose husband is forced to drive a getaway car.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Folk duo Peter and Gordon.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Catwoman makes a batcostume. Concludes tomorrow.

Wednesday 6th August

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A film star becomes the apparent victim of an abduction.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Archive clips.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Catwoman steals opals.

Thursday 7th August

TV

Carry On Dick (1974) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Comedy starring Sid James.

BBC Four Sessions – Bert Jansch – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
The guitarist and songwriter in concert at LSO St Luke’s in London, with guests Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and Jacqui McShee.

Radio

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative Sixties – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Hard-core music enthusiast Mark Lamarr returns with another series showcasing obscure 1960s recordings that have eluded the general public, from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage.