Retro TV W/C 23rd May 2008

by Modculture 22 May, 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 23rd May to Thursday 29th May.

Highlights of the week

On TV this week, BBC 4 devote their Friday night music scheduling to Pink Floyd, including a repeat of the Omnibus documentary on Syd Barrett (Fri 23rd, 11.20pm) while on the same night, Jimmy Cliff and Paul Weller guest on Later… with Jools Holland (BBC 2. 11.40pm). Julie Walters stars as the infamous moral crusader in Filth: the Mary Whitehouse Story (BBC 2. Weds 28th, 9pm) a feature-length drama showing the Midlands housewife and teachers mission clean up British TV.

On the radio this week Pauline Black recalls The 2 Tone Movement (BBC Radio 6. Mon -Thurs, 9.30pm), Mark Radcliffe and Phil Walmsley celebrate Dr Feelgood’s 1975 LP Down by the Jetty in The Feelgood Factor (BBC Radio 2. Sat 24th, 7pm) and Mark Lamarr, sitting in for Jonathan Ross (BBC Radio 2. Sat 24th, 10am) features a live set from James Hunter, plus cult 1960s hitmakers the Zombies.

Friday 23rd May

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie refuses to believe a former SAS friend has become a terrorist.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The duo investigate a crime network run by a country squire.

Film: Carry On Abroad (1972) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
Classic British bawdy comedy starring Sidney James, Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey. The Holidaymakers heading for the Mediterranean "paradise" of Elsbels have high hopes of sun, sand, sea and sex. However, in a half-built hotel, the guests may not get quite what they expected.

The Pink Floyd Story: Which One’s Pink? – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Chronicling the history of one of Britain’s best-loved and most enduring rock bands over the last 40 years. From their beginning in the psychedelic 1960s through to their reunion appearance at Live 8 in 2005. 

Peep Show – Channel 4. 10.30pm – 11.05pm
(4/6). New series. Jeremy’s mother comes to visit for a family funeral with her boyfriend – a military man.

Classic Albums – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.20pm
Documentary exploring Pink Floyd’s ground-breaking 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon.

Syd Barrett: Omnibus – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 12.10am
Profile of the founding member of Pink Floyd who rose to stardom with the band before falling from grace as drug abuse took its toll.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.40pm – 12.45am
Includes guests Jimmy Cliff and Paul Weller, who performs songs from his new album

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.10am – 1.00am
The Hidden Tiger: Steed hunts a big cat and Emma is badly scratched.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 1.00am – 1.50am
The Correct Way to Kill: Steed changes partners and Emma joins the enemy.

4Music – Channel 4. 12.40am – 1.35am
With Welsh music sensation Duffy.

Film: Grip of the Strangler (1958) – BBC 2. 3.00am – 4.15am
Mystery horror starring Boris Karloff. Writer James Rankin becomes obsessed with the "Haymarket Strangler" murder case.

Radio

Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 12Midnight – 3.00am
Ska-reggae act Skatronics perform.

Saturday 24th May

TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00am – 10.00am
More classic pop clips.

Film: On the Buses (1971) – ITV 1. 10:25am – 12:00pm
Film comedy based on the hit TV show. Stan Butler feels threatened when women bus drivers are brought in by the management.

Peep Show – E4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm
(4/6). New series. Jeremy’s mother comes to visit for a family funeral with her boyfriend – a military man.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Regan gets a tip-off about the identity of a notorious robber.

Mad Men  – BBC 2. 1.35am – 2.25am
(12/13) Nixon v Kennedy. Pete’s ambitions cause him to challenge Don directly. 

Radio

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

Mark Lamarr and Jo Brand – BBC Radio 2. 10.00am – 1.00pm
Sitting in for Jonathan Ross, with a live set from James Hunter, plus cult 1960s hitmakers the Zombies.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles. This week the show comes from the Northampton Soul Weekender and features The Temptations.

The Feelgood Factor – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A lively radio road movie in which Mark Radcliffe and Phil Walmsley travel to various locales associated with Dr Feelgood’s 1975 LP Down by the Jetty. Featuring input from Bob Geldof, Paul Weller, Nick Lowe and Dr Feelgood band members.

Sunday 25th May

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie refuses to believe a friend has joined a terrorist group.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Counterfeit £20 notes bring Chisholm to the Winchester.

Film: Walk the Line (2005) – Channel 4. 9.15pm – 11.45pm
Joaquin Phoenix is Johnny Cash in this Oscar-winning biopic, which also stars Reese Witherspoon. John R Cash emerges from humble beginnings to become country and western legend Johnny Cash. But the "Man in Black’s" road to stardom is not without hardship and heartbreak, although salvation appears in his dependable soulmate, June Carter.

Mad Men (13/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
The Wheel: Peggy directs her first radio spot. Don’s work gets in the way of his home life and Betty uncovers his secret. Peggy’s taken ill in the office and is shocked by the diagnosis.

The Men from the Agency – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 12Midnight
Part of the Mad Men season. Looking at the careers of Charles Saatchi, Alan Parker and David Puttnam, who joined the advertising agency Collett, Dickenson, Pearce in the 1960s.

Remember that Night. David Gilmour… – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.00am
…Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s 2006 solo concert featuring hits from his album On an Island, and Floyd classics Shine On You Crazy Diamond and High Hopes. With special guest David Bowie.

The Pink Floyd Story: Which One’s Pink? – BBC 4. 1.00am – 2.00am
Film featuring extended archive footage, rarely or never seen, alongside original interviews with the four surviving members of Pink Floyd, tracing the journey of the band.

Radio

Janice Long – BBC Radio 2. 12Midnight – 3.30am
Featuring Paul Weller, who plays a few of his favourite records.

Spring Bank Holiday Monday 26th May

TV

Film: Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) – Five. 4.40pm – 6.30pm
Sci-fi adventure drama, the third in the Apes series, starring Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.55pm
The detective duo investigate a series of attacks on a giant corporation by a mysterious terrorist group.

Disappearing London – ITV 1 (London area). 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Suggs meets a woman who campaigned to save her local loo.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Clive loses his "confidence" after Arthur and Terry attend his wedding celebrations.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The duo investigates a crime network run by a country squire.

Graham Hill – Driven – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A portrait of motor racing legend Graham Hill, the only man to win the Formula One world championship, indy 500 and Le Mans 24-hour race.

Film: If… (1968) – Film4. 1.05am – 3.25am
Lindsay Anderson’s striking allegorical drama about a rebellion in a stuffy public school. Starring Malcolm McDowell and David Wood.

Radio

The 2 Tone Movement – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
(1/4). Singer Pauline Black (ex-the Selector) recalls 2 Tone, the Coventry-based record label and music genre whose fusion of punk and Jamaican rhythm inspired a major youth movement in the late 70s. Its chart champions included the Specials, the Selecter, Bad Manners and Madness.

Jools Holland – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Tonight’s guest is Marshall Chess, whose father and uncle founded Chicago blues and rock label Chess Records.

Tuesday 27th May

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The duo investigate a large crime network run by a country squire in his stately home.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.55pm
Harriet poses as a journalist in an attempt to track a criminal trying to muscle in on London’s organised crime scene, and soon becomes embroiled with a jewel thief.

Sounds of the Seventies – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Solo performances.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Penguin opens a restaurant. Concludes tomorrow.

Mad Men (13/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
The Wheel: Peggy directs her first radio spot. Don’s work gets in the way of his home life and Betty uncovers his secret. Peggy’s taken ill in the office and is shocked by the diagnosis.

Radio

Lost Albums – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
(1/3) New Series. Dennis Wilson: Bambu. The story of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson’s unreleased solo album Bambu, which never made the shops because of other Beach Boys projects and a lack of finance. Now about to be released 25 years after his death, it reveals a talent comparable to that of his more celebrated brother Brian.

The 2 Tone Movement – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
(2/4). Singer Pauline Black (ex-the Selecter) recalls 2 Tone, the Coventry-based record label and music genre whose fusion of punk and Jamaican rhythm inspired a major youth movement in the late 70s.

Icons Revisited: David Bowie – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Johnnie Walker presents a profile of the Thin White Duke, first broadcast in January 2007.

Wednesday 28th May

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Dempsey finds himself the target of a crazed admirer. Guest starring Elisabeth Sladen and Suzi Quatro.

Sounds of the Seventies – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music by the Who.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Penguin traps Alfred inside a giant pie and threatens to cook him.

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Number Six uncovers an assassination plot.

Stuart Maconie’s TV Towns – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The DJ and critic casts his eye over locations featured in productions for the small screen. He begins with a trip to Newcastle.

Filth: the Mary Whitehouse Story – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
Feature-length drama, based on first-hand documented accounts, starring Julie Walters as the Midlands housewife and teacher who, in 1963, embarked on a mission to clean up British TV. Her crusade led her into conflict with the man she felt responsible for a tide of "filth" – Sir Hugh Carleton Greene, director-general of the BBC – culminating in a bitter fight over whether to broadcast the word "knickers" in the Beatles song I Am the Walrus.

Auntie’s War on Smut – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Documentary about the evolution of innuendo on the BBC and how it led to the collapse of the corporation’s prim and proper attitudes.

Goldeneye: the Secret Life of James Bond – ITV 4. 11.00pm – 1.10am
Drama based on the life of the James Bond author that examines the war-time experiences and adventures that led to the creation of 007. Starring Charles Dance.

Radio

The 2 Tone Movement – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
(3/4). Singer Pauline Black (ex-the Selecter) recalls 2 Tone, the Coventry-based record label and music genre whose fusion of punk and Jamaican rhythm inspired a major youth movement in the late 70s. Its chart champions included the Specials, the Selecter, Bad Manners and Madness.

Thursday 29th May

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A Pentagon official is killed.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
An international banker is held to ransom, providing Makepeace with an ideal opportunity to prove a point to her chauvinistic partner.

Suggs in the City – ITV 1(London). 11.10pm – 11.45pm
New series. Chat show with celebrities and live performances.

Peep Show – Channel 4. 11.30pm – 12.05am
(4/6). New series. Jeremy’s mother comes to visit for a family funeral with her boyfriend – a military man.

Mad Men (13/13) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
The Wheel: Peggy directs her first radio spot. Don’s work gets in the way of his home life and Betty uncovers his secret. Peggy’s taken ill in the office and is shocked by the diagnosis.

Film: The Graduate (1967) – ITV 3. 12Midnight – 1.55am
In his first major role, Dustin Hoffman is sensational as the college graduate seduced by Anne Bancroft, and then falling for her daughter Katharine Ross.

Radio

The 2 Tone Movement – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
(4/4). Singer Pauline Black (ex-the Selecter) recalls 2 Tone, the Coventry-based record label and music genre whose fusion of punk and Jamaican rhythm inspired a major youth movement in the late 70s.