Retro TV W/C 22nd January 2010

by Modculture 22 January, 2010

Madmen

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 22nd January to Thursday 28th January 2010.

Highlights of the week

Fresh from winning the Emmy for best TV drama for the second year running, Mad Men returns to our screens for a third series this week (BBC 4. Wednesday 27th,10pm). Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylised and provocative drama follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego driven world where key players make an art of the sell. The latest season takes place in 1963 and starts with a double bill.

Also new this week is Rock & Chips (BBC 1. Sunday 24th, 9pm) a bittersweet prequel to only Fools and Horses from writer John Sullivan. 1960s Peckham: Del Trotter is enjoying a drink in the Nag's Head while his put-upon, glamorous mother, Joan, sashays down the street to work at the Ritz Cinema. But their relative calm is disrupted by the arrival back in town of sophisticated ex-con Freddie Robdal (Nicholas Lyndhurst).

Friday 22nd January

TV

Film: Please Sir! (1971) – Film4. 2.45pm – 4.45pm
Spin-off from the TV sitcom. When the pupils from Fenn Street School get the chance to go on a trip to the countryside, Bernard Hedges (John Alderton) makes sure his class is included despite his colleagues' disapproval. Classic British romp featuring Duffy, Frankie Abbott, Maureen & the gang.

Arena: Brian Eno – Another Green World – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 1.10am)

New. Observational documentary following the work of musician Brian Eno, the keyboard player in Roxy Music and producer of benchmark albums by David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2 and Coldplay. The programme enters his studio as he's joined by friends and colleagues to discuss science, art, systems analysis and cybernetics.

Brian Eno: Hits, Classics and Tracks – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm (Repeated 2.10am)

New. Paul Morley reviews the hit singles produced by the artist, which range from the experimental to pop classics, including Once in a Lifetime, With or Without You and Viva la Vida.

The Roxy Music Story – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.55pm (Repeated 3.10am)
A chronicle of the band's career, from their emergence on the music scene in 1972 to the present day. Featuring contributions from Nile Rodgers, Alison Goldfrapp and rent-a-gobshite Bono.   

Saturday 23rd January

TV
   
Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Arthur becomes concerned about security.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The squad foils the hijacking of a security truck.

True Stories: Thriller in Manila – More4. 10.00pm – 11.55pm
In 1975, in the Philippine capital Manila, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought their third and final match. Although they were previously friends, Ali's involvement in the Black Nation of Islam caused a rift.

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. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 24th January

TV

Film: Carry On Screaming (1966) – ITV 3. 1.15pm – 3.15pm
Comedy starring Kenneth Williams and Harry H Corbett. DS Bung investigates a doctor who is carrying out sinister experiments.

Minder – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 6.55pm
Arthur becomes concerned about security.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 6.20pm – 6.55pm
Rigsby is elated to learn he has been left a small fortune in his uncle's will.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
A shipment of silver bullion goes missing.

Rock & Chips – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
New. A bittersweet prequel to only Fools and Horses from writer John Sullivan, starring Kellie Bright, Nicholas Lyndhurst and James Buckley. 1960s Peckham: Del Trotter is enjoying a drink in the Nag's Head while his put-upon, glamorous mother, Joan, sashays down the street to work at the Ritz Cinema. But their relative calm is disrupted by the arrival back in town of sophisticated ex-con Freddie Robdal.

Arena: Brian Eno – Another Green World – BBC 4. 10.35pm – 11.35pm (Repeated 3.20am)

Observational documentary following the work of musician Brian Eno, the keyboard player in Roxy Music and producer of benchmark albums by David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2 and Coldplay. The programme enters his studio as he's joined by friends and colleagues to discuss science, art, systems analysis and cybernetics.

Film: Quadrophenia (1979) – ITV 1. 11.30pm – 1.45am
Franc Roddam's classic British youth movie starring Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash and Sting. The fast-moving tale of a young man caught up in the heady excitement of the mod movement in mid-1960s England. Bored with his family life, his job and his prospects, he looks for stimulus in the company of friends.

Brian Eno: Hits, Classics and Tracks – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.35am (Repeated 2.10am)

Paul Morley reviews the hit singles produced by the artist, which range from the experimental to pop classics, including Once in a Lifetime, With or Without You and Viva la Vida.

The Roxy Music Story – BBC 4. 12.35am – 1.30am

A chronicle of the band's career, from their emergence on the music scene in 1972 to the present day. Featuring contributions from Nile Rodgers, Alison Goldfrapp and rent-a-gobshite Bono.   

Monday 25th January

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
An informer involved in a hijacking evades capture.

Radio

A Man Like Curtis (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Lenny Kravitz celebrates "Chicago soul" giant Curtis Mayfield (1942 – 99), whose falsetto delivery defined the sound of R&B hitmakers The Impressions and whose 1970s solo career include Move On Up, Freddie's Dead and Superfly. The third episode, Keep On Keeping On picks up the story in the late 70s and takes us up to his appearance at the 1983 Glastonbury Festival.

Tuesday 26th January

TV

Film: Please Sir! (1971) – Film4. 2.30pm – 4.45pm
Spin-off from the TV sitcom. When the pupils from Fenn Street School get the chance to go on a trip to the countryside, Bernard Hedges (John Alderton) makes sure his class is included despite his colleagues' disapproval. Classic British romp featuring Duffy, Frankie Abbott, Maureen & the gang.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur comes up with a plan to boost business at the Winchester Club.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.35pm
Double bill of the classic comedy. The lads find themselves in a tight spot in Russia.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (2/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm

New series. The acid-tongued TV critic takes a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media.

Wednesday 27th January

TV

Film: Bless This House (1972) – Channel 4. 1.40pm – 3.25pm
Comedy based on the 1970s TV series starring Sid James, Sally Geeson, Terry Scott and Robin Askwith.

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Arthur branches out into karaoke.

Mad Men (1&2/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.35pm
New series. A double bill kick-starts the UK screening of the much-anticipated third series. Out of Town: Sal and Don take a trip to Baltimore, and Lane Pryce, the financial officer, hits upon a novel way to assess the merits of Pete and ken. Love Among the Ruins: Don's father-in-law pays a visit to see his daughter's family.

Film: Sexy Beast (2000) – Film4. 10.40pm – 12.25am

Cat-and-mouse crime drama starring Ray Winstone. Retired criminal Gary Dove's idyllic Spanish life is shattered when a psychotic associate from London is sent to persuade him, by any means necessary, to compete one final job. Featuring a genius, foul-mouthed tour-de-force from Ben Kingsley as  Don Logan.

Thursda

y 28th January

TV

Bellamy's People (2/8) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
New series. 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 (2/6) – 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.