Retro TV W/C 21st August 2009

by Modculture 20 August, 2009

Noir

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 21st August to Thursday 27th August 2009.
 
Highlight of the week

Lovers of film noir will be spoiled for choice this weekend as BBC Four serves up six classic films and a new documentary The Rules of Film Noir (Saturday 22nd, 9pm. Repeated 12.50am and Sunday 23rd, 10.35pm). Matthew Sweet presents a celebration of the hard-boiled world of noir movie, exploring this classic genre from its earliest days around 1940, through its heyday in the bleak, cynical postwar era, to the dying days of the 1950s, when American audiences wanted a bit more certainty with their entertainment. Writers and academics such as Paul (Taxi Driver) Schrader and The Wire's George Pelecanos outline the rules to which film noir adhered, with clips aplenty from every noir you know (and a few you might not).

Friday 21st August

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. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle begin an investigation into why a city's crime rate is falling.

Stiff at the BBC (2/2) – BBC 4. 9.45pm – 10.45pm (Repeated 1.15am)
A compilation of Top of the Pops and other television appearances by artists accociated with maverick label Stiff Records. Featuring Madness, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, The Pogues, Lene Lovich and Jona Lewie.

If It Ain't Stiff – BBC 4. 10.45pm – 12.15am
The inspiring story of the mid-1970s inpedendent record label Stiff, which took music from out of the boardroom and gave it back to the fans. The film includes interviews with influential signings Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, plus label founders Jake Riviera and Dave Robinson. Adrian Edmondson narrates.       

The Unseen Spike Milligan – More4. 11.35pm – 12.40am
An insight into the life of the troubled comedian.

Film: Family Plot (1976) – ITV 1. 11.35pm – 1.40am
Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Karen Black. Bogus medium Blanche Tyler and her boyfriend set out to make a fortune from a weathly client who wants to find her long-lost nephew.

Ian Dury: On My Life – BBC 4. 12.15am – 1.15am
The singer/songwriter looks back on his life, speaking about his battle with cancer to which he would later succumb. Featuring contributions from members of The Blockheads and pop artist Peter Blake.

Saturday 22nd August 

TV

Film: Farewell My Lovely (1944) – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Classic film noir starring Dick Powell and Claire Trevor. Raymond Chandler's famous creation, private eye Philip Marlowe, faces one of his toughest cases when he is hired by an ex-convict to find his former girlfriend.

The Rules of Film Noir – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 12.50am)
New. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Robert Mitchum are among the stars whose roles are feted as Matthew Sweet presents a celebration of the hard-boiled world of noir movies. Part of Noir Weekend.

Film: The Lady From Shanghai (1948) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.25pm
Crime drama starring Rita Hayworth, produced, written and  directed by Orson Welles, who also co-stars. When Michael O'Hara is hired by a mysterious couple to work on their yacht, he is persuaded to become involved in a bizarre plan they have devised, and as a result he finds himself accused of murder.

Film: The Big Combo (1955) – BBC 4. 11.25pm – 12.50am
Film Noir starring Cornel Wilde and Richard Conte. Police Lieutenant Diamond is determined to break up a gang, headed by the vicious Brown. Help appears from an unexpected source – Brown's shunned wife.

Film: Force of Evil (1948) – BBC 4. 1.50am – 3.05am

Film Noir with John Garfield. Dark, brooding and cerebral drama from writer/director Abraham Polonsky about two brothers caught up in crime and corruption. An ambitious lawyer in search of materialistic gain begins work for a New York criminal mastermind, who plans to take over New York’s illegal lottery.

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.

Soundscape  of 1969 – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Johnnie Walker presents the third annual Radio 2 soundscape, tonight recalling 1969 with an audio collage mixing archive recordings and newsreels with music and newspaper clips.

The Bard of Salford – BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Paul Morley profiles the Mancunian punk poet John Cooper Clarke, who told in poetry of the reality of growing up in a poverty-stricken industrial town in the 1970s. Contributors include Mark E Smith, Pete Shelley, Lily Allen, Don Letts and Phill Jupitus.

Sunday 23rd August 

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Haskins is framed.

Film: Build My Gallows High (1947) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.35pm
Classic Film Noir starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas. Former private detective Jeff Bailey finds his violent past catching up with him when he's recognised by a customer at his gas station. The meeting reminds Bailey of the time he was hired to find the girlfriend of a gambler who disappeared with $40,000.

The Rules of Film Noir – BBC 4. 10.35pm – 11.30pm
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Robert Mitchum are among the stars whose roles are feted as Matthew Sweet presents a celebration of the hard-boiled world of noir movies. Part of Noir Weekend.

Film: Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.35am
Thriller starring Peter Lorre. At a murder trial, testimony by a newspaperman, added to circumstantial evidence, convicts a young man. The reporter then becomes increasingly convinced of the man's innocence, but owing to a bizarre set of circumstances, he too finds himself in the dock.

Stiff at the BBC – BBC 4. 12.35am – 1.35am
A compilation of Top of the Pops and other television appearances by artists associated with maverick label Stiff Records. Featuring Madness, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, The Pogues, Lene Lovich and Jona Lewie.

If It Ain't Stiff – BBC 4. 1.35am – 3.05am
The inspiring story of the mid-1970s independent record label Stiff, which took music from out of the boardroom and gave it back to the fans. The film includes interviews with influential signings Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, plus label founders Jake Riviera and Dave Robinson. Adrian Edmondson narrates.
 
Monday 24th August 

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A surprising connection emerges when Haskins is framed.

Legends: Roy Orbison – the "Big O" in Britain – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.30pm
A celebration of the life and career of Roy Orbison, featuring interviews with the musician's widow and manager Barbara Orbison.

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2003) – BBC 1. 11.05pm – 1.05am
Poignant biographical drama starring Geoffrey Rush in his Emmy award-winning portrayal of one of Britain's greatest comic actors. Following his success in The Goon Show, Peter Sellers sets his sights on Hollywood superstardom, but the cost of his ruthless ambition is a deep insecurity and a loss of identity.

Tuesday 25th August 

TV

Film: The Early Bird (1965) – BBC 2. 11.25am – 1.00pm
Comedy starring Norman Wisdom. Norman Pitkin, the only delivery man in Mr Grimsdale's small dairy, wages a war against the massed milk floats of Consolidated Dairies.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A man claims to be the reincarnation of Marty.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A conman fools Arthur into buying 2,000 tickets for a football match.

Radio

Miles Plugs in – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Craig Charles celebrates the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis's jazz-fusion work In a Silent Way with an exploration of the trumpeter's album output during his 1969-75 "electric era".

Marc Riley's Musical Time Machine – BBC Radio 2. 11.30

pm – 12Midnight
Stuart Marconie in conversation with Scott Walker, recorded in 1995 for Radio 4's arts show Kaleidoscope.

Wednesday 26th August 

TV

Film: Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) – Channel 4. 1.30pm – 3.25pm
Third, and most family friendly film in the series, starring Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter.

Minder – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
A conman fools Arthur into buying 2,000 tickets for a football match.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00- 9.00pm
CI5 uncovers corruption in the building industry.

Real Crime: Starring John Bindon – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Documentary chronicling hard man John Bindon.

Film: The Enforcer (1976) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.05am

Crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood and Tyne Daly.

Thursday 27th August 

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
CI5 uncovers corruption in the building industry.

Film: 10 Rillington Place (1970) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 1.10am
Crime drama based on the true story of the Christie murders, starring Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson and John Hurt. The young married couple who become John Christie's new neighbours in Rillington Place are impressed by his apparent medical knowledge. When his wife discovers she is pregnant, the husband turns to him for help, unaware the Christie is a killer.