Retro TV W/C 22nd February 2008

by Modculture 22 February, 2008

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 22nd February to Thursday 28th February.

Highlights of the week

BBC 4 precedes a month of programming relating to the advertising industry with The Hard Sell, A new six part documentary series exploring 50 years of British TV advertising which begins on Tuesday 26th, 10.30pm. The 1980s indie record label Postcard is recalled in a new documentary Caledonia Dreamin’ (BBC 4, Friday 22nd,10.00pm).

On the Radio this week Paul Sexton begins a 4 part series profiling Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in Jerseybeat – the Four Seasons Story (BBC Radio 2, Weds 27th, 11pm), while Tracey McLeod presents Will you Still Love me Tomorrow? (BBC Radio 4, Thurs 28th, 11.30am) examining the role in pop of the girl group.

Friday 22nd February


Legends: Jacques Brel – Ne Me Quitte Pas – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Celebrity fans such as Petula Clark, Marc Almond and Neil Hannon explain Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel’s enduring appeal.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie and Doyle are assigned bodyguard duty when Cowley’s former love is endangered.

Marc Bolan: 20th Century Boy – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Documentary profiling glam rock star Marc Bolan to commemorate what would have been his 60th birthday.

Caledonia Dreamin’ – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
How the small Glasgow-based label Postcard Records changed Scottish pop in the 1980s, inspiring bands such as Franz Ferdinand and Travis.

Edwyn Collins: Home Again – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.35pm
How the singer recovered from a brain haemorrhage.

Batman – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am
Double bill, featuring the Archer.

Saturday 23rd February

TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00am – 8.00am
More classic pop clips.

Film: Thunderball (1965) – ITV 1. 3.00pm – 4.30pm (Continues 4.55pm – 6.00pm)
Oscar-winning spy adventure starring Sean Connery. A Nato aircraft has been stolen by criminal organisation Spectre and the world is threatened by its nuclear payload. Agent 007 is assigned to the case and the trail leads to the Bahamas and the sinister Emilio Largo.

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 7.10pm – 8.00pm (Repeated 2.25am)
Includes a performance by Duffy.

Saville Row (3/3) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
The tailors face possibly their greatest challenge – recruiting a crew of young apprentices to win over a new generation of rich clients who are unaccustomed to the bespoke service.

Film: How to Murder your Wife (1965) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 12.25am
Colourful comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Terry-Thomas. Stanley Ford, creator of a successful strip-cartoon character, lives an idyllic bachelor life. But one morning he wakes to find himself married to a beautiful blonde.

Film: Carry On Again Doctor (1969) – BBC 2. 11.10pm – 12.35am
Comedy starring Kenneth Williams. Dr Nookey’s behaviour gets him posted to a remote island where he senses an opportunity to get rich.

The Clash: Westway to the World – ITV 4. 12.45am – 2.05am
The Band tell their story.

Film: The Destructors (1968) – Channel 4. 3.15am – 5.00am
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. 


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 24th February


UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Straker faces a difficult choice.

Film: Doctor in Clover (1965) – Film4. 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Comedy starring Leslie Phillips. Dr Gaston Grimsdyke’s keen interest in nurses soon puts him in the bad books of bombastic surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt.

On The Buses – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 7.55pm
Stan decides to boost his income and applies for a post as an inspector.

The Cult of Sunday Night (4/8) – Howard’s Way. BBC 4. 8.50pm – 9.20pm
The success of the boat-building drama, which creator Gerard Glaister hoped would be a British version of Dynasty and Dallas.

The Great British Sunday – BBC 4. 9.20pm – 10.20pm
Sean Lock narrates a nostalgic look at time-worn Sunday traditions, including Out of Town presenter Jack Hargreave’s weekly reports, a weekend institution for an entire generation.

The Story of Light Entertainment – BBC 4. 10.20pm – 11.50pm
A history of TV’s all-round entertainers, recalling the heyday of variety, and considering how some stars have reinvented themselves.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 11.15pm – 12.25am
An antiques dealer buys a mirror, unaware it possesses sinister supernatural powers.

Monday 25th February


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff and Jean act as escorts for two beauty contestants.

The Cult of Sunday Night (4/8) – Howard’s Way. BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
The success of the boat-building drama, which creator Gerard Glaister hoped would be a British version of Dynasty and Dallas.

Minder – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
When a crooked property tycoon welches on a deal, Terry is called on to protect the man’s son.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Doyle is given a new rifle for testing, and is stalked by an old friend who has embarked on a vendetta.

Film: The Wicker Man (1973) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.45pm
The classic eerie horror with Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee. A straight-laced policeman encounters a strange pagan community while investigating the disappearance of a young girl on a remote island off the Scottish coast.

Tuesday 26th February


Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the archives featuring Helen Shapiro.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The dynamic duo are betrayed. Concludes tomorrow at 7.35pm.

The Hard Sell (1/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
New series examining how advertisers have used sexuality to sell their products on British TV over the last 50 years.

Wednesday 27th February

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar is asked by the former king of Fedyra to accompany him to Switzerland on a mission.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the BBC archives from Tony Bennett.

Batman – (2/2)  – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The caped crusader attempts to foil Catwoman’s theft of two violins from the Gotham State Building.

Film: The Krays (1990) – ITV 4. 11.00pm – 1.30am
Crime drama portraying the life of the twins who became powerful underworld figures in 1960s London, starring Gary and Martin Kemp.

Film: Backbeat (1993) – Film4. 11.10pm – 1.05am
Musical biographical drama. In 1960, Stuart Sutcliffe travels to Hamburg with fellow art school student John Lennon and the other members of the Beatles. There he meets photographer Astrid Kirchherr, who persuades the band to let her photograph them.


Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (9/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Showcasing obscure 1960s records from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage. 

Jerseybeat – the Four Seasons Story (1/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm- 11.30pm
New series. Paul Sexton profiles 1960s pop giants the Four Seasons, whose radio-perfect US chart hits owed much to singer Frankie Valli’s piercing and to the songwriting team of Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio and Charlie Calello.

Thursday 28th February


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Richard and Sharron take on bodyguard duties for a foreign leader during a submarine trip.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Straker and Freeman attempt to track down a killer who can apparently read their thoughts.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
CI5 go on trial following the death of a suspect in their custody, and all evidence points toward an insider carrying out the deed.

Ashes to Ashes (4/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The discovery of a dead body seems to be linked to a feminist socialist group but when Viv cracks a code, the trail starts to lead much higher.

Ashes to Ashes (3/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
DCI Gene Hunt has to push the Audi Quattro to the limit to catch up with a dodgy batch of gnomes.

Film: The Krays (1990) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.30am
Crime drama portraying the life of the twins who became powerful underworld figures in 1960s London, starring Gary and Martin Kemp.

Pop Britannia (3/3) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
How the post-punk movement of the early 1980s put British music back in the world spotlight, but also ushered in a new era of manufactured production-line pop.


Will you Still Love me Tomorrow? – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Tracey McLeod recalls the songs of girl groups from the late 1950s onwards, when image was of paramount importance and ranged from the leather-clad look of the Shangri-Las to the high glamour of the Supremes. With contributions by author Charlotte Greig and music producer Pete Waterman.