Retro TV W/C 25th April 2008

by Modculture 24 April, 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 25th April to Thursday 1st May.

Highlights of the week

BBC 4’s latest session from the LSO sees legendary Celtic soul curmudgeon Van Morrison playing tracks from his recent (rather good) album as well as a smattering of classics (BBC 4 Friday 25th 10pm – repeated Sun 27th 10.50pm). Also showing as part of BBC 4’s Friday night Van-fest is another repeat showing of the first episode of Soul Britannia, which, if you haven’t already seen it, is essential viewing. (BBC 4, Friday 25th 9pm).

On the radio this week, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have a session on Craig Charles’s always excellent Soul & Funk show (BBC Radio 6, Sat 26th, 6pm), Duffy joins Jools for a quick rendition of Northern Soul classic Tainted Love (BBC Radio 2,  Mon 28th 10.30pm) and BBC Radio 6 repeat the Smokey Robinson narrated Stubborn Kind of Fella – Remembering Marvin Gaye (Week nights 9.30pm)

Friday 25th April

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
CI5 enter a deadly race with the KGB to free a suspected double agent.

Soul Britannia – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 2.10am)
I Feel Good: An examination of how young white music fans fell in love with black music in the 60s and sold it back to America. Featuring rare archive performances from Tom Jones and Sam Moore.

BBC Four Sessions: Van Morrison – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm (Repeated 1.10am)
Soul legend Van Morrison is on top form at this special concert recorded at LSO St Luke’s in London, as part of the prestigious BBC FOUR Sessions series. Special guests include guitarist Mick Green and organ maestro Georgie Fame.

Van Morrison on Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm (Repeated 3.10am)
A selection of Van’s finest performances from the Later with Jools Holland and Hootenanny shows. 

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
The Fear Merchants: Emma and Steed investigate after a businessman collapses with hysteria, followed by two of his companions.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.10am
Escape in Time: Steed and Mrs Peel investigate the murder of an agent shot with a 16th-century bullet, and the stabbing of a second victim, found with a Jacobean dagger in his back

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
Includes the Charlatans, and a chat with Eric Burdon and Marshall Chess.

Saturday 26th April

TOTP2 – Dave. 9.00am – 10.00am
More classic pop clips.

Film: Holiday on the Buses (1973) – ITV 3. 2.45pm – 4.25pm
The third and last in the series of successful big screen spin offs from the popular 70s sitcom. Stan, Jack and Inspector Blake are fired from the bus depot. Finding work at a holiday camp, Stan and Jack are horrified to discover that their arch enemy Blakey, has also got a job there as head of security.   

Film: Fantastic Voyage (1966) – Film4. 7.05pm – 9.00pm
Magical science-fiction adventure starring Stephen Boyd and Raquel Welch. When a vital Czech scientist suffers a brain injury, a medical crew are miniaturised and implanted into his body.

Film: Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – ITV 4. 10.35pm – 12.55am
Classic spy adventure starring Sean Connery and Jill St. John. When it’s discovered that large amounts of diamonds are being smuggled out of South Africa, James Bond is sent out to investigate and comes up against an old enemy.

Radio

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

Telly Savalas and the Quota Quickies -BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
In the late 1970s, cities such as Portsmouth and Birmingham became the stars of a group of B-movies created by the late director Harold Baim. One such classic is Telly Savalas Looks at Birmingham, where the Hollywood action man waxes lyrical about the city. Laurie Taylor tells the unexpected story of how and why these films were made.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles. Includes a session from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

Sunday 27th April

TV

James Bond: the True Story – Five. 4.10pm – 5.15pm
One of the world’s best-known fictional James Bond, was born on 17 February, 1952 when author Ian Fleming sat down to write the ultimate spy novel. But does the character have some foundation in reality? 

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The duo investigate a protection racket with the Hong Hong police.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The pair are caught between two rival gangs in a world of extortion, murder and kidnapping.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
An old friend of Arthur’s has the frighteners put on him.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A new recruit can’t cope with the stresses of the job.

Those were the Days – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Celebrating 50 years of commercial TV in the Granada region, beginning with the 1969 moon landing.

Washes Whiter – BBC 4. 9.10pm – 10.00pm
An examination of how companies manufacturing luxury produce have made use of concepts to tempt women into buying their wares.

Mad Men (9/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
Shoot. Don finds himself being courted by a rival agency, and Peggy is forced to sport a revealing outfit.

BBC Four Sessions: Van Morrison – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.50pm
Soul legend Van Morrison is on top form at this special concert recorded at LSO St Luke’s in London, as part of the prestigious BBC FOUR Sessions series. Special guests include guitarist Mick Green and organ maestro Georgie Fame.

Van Morrison on Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 4. 11.50pm – 12.50am
A selection of Van’s finest performances from the Later with Jools Holland and Hootenanny shows. 

Film: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969) – Film4. 11.10pm – 12.55am
The first sequel to Planet of the Apes starring James Franciscus and Charlton Heston. Deep underground in the forbidden zone, a community of mutant, telepathic humans worship a bomb.

Soul Britannia – BBC 4. 12.50am – 1.50am
I Feel Good: An examination of how young white music fans fell in love with black music in the 60s and sold it back to America. Featuring rare archive performances from Tom Jones and Sam Moore.

Monday 28th April

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur and Terry fall under the spell of a beauty from down under.

Film: The Fly (1958) – Film4. 12.50am – 2.45am
Cult 1950s sci-fi horror in which a scientist ends up half human/half fly.

Radio

Stubborn Kind of Fella – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Remembering Marvin Gaye (1/6) – Smokey Robinson pays tribute to soul legend Marvin Gaye. This first edition recalls Gaye’s initial desire to be the Black Sinatra.

Jools Holland – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Tonight’s guest is Duffy who joins Jools and the band for a cover of Gloria Jones’s Tainted Love.

Jac Holzman’s Elektra Story (4/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Paul Gambaccini charts the history of American label Elektra Records. This edition recalls the orchestral experiments heard on landmark albums of 1967 and 1968 such as Judy Collins’s Wildflowers, Tim Buckley’s Goodbye and Hello and Love’s Forever Changes. 

Tuesday 29th April

TV

Film: Thunderbirds Are Go! (1966) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Feature-length spin-off from the TV series. Following the sabotage of the Zero X space craft, International Rescue is called in to oversee the relaunch of a manned mission to Mars.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Archive music from the Kinks.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Mr Freeze threatens to put Gotham on ice. Concludes tomorrow.

Later Live… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Guests include blues vocalist Mable John.

Mad Men (9/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
Shoot. Don finds himself being courted by a rival agency, and Peggy is forced to sport a revealing outfit.

Radio

Stubborn Kind of Fella – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Remembering Marvin Gaye (2/6) – Smokey Robinson pays tribute to soul legend Marvin Gaye. This edition looks at Gaye’s personal and professional dealings with women, the latter which resulted in some of pop’s greatest duets.

Wednesday 30th April

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music by the Johnny Harris Orchestra. Check this out, its great.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Mr Freeze threatens to turn Gotham into a giant glacier.

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Number Six escapes from the village and returns to London.

Film; Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) – Film4. 11.00pm – 12.40am
Sci-fi adventure sequel. A disease has wiped out the world’s cat and dog population, and people now keep apes as pets. Fed up with being treated like slaves, the apes plan a revolt.

Radio

Stubborn Kind of Fella – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Remembering Marvin Gaye (3/6) – Smokey Robinson pays tribute to soul legend Marvin Gaye. This edition looks at his strict religious upbringing which, combined with his brother’s return from Vietnam, allegedly inspired What’s Going On – Gaye’s 1971 landmark LP, which addressed poverty, drug abuse and discrimination.

Thursday 1st May

TV

Disappearing London – ITV 1. (London region) 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Suggs tells the story of the man behind the red telephone box.

Mad Men (9/13) – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.40pm
Shoot. Don finds himself being courted by a rival agency, and Peggy is forced to sport a revealing outfit.

Radio

Stubborn Kind of Fella – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Remembering Marvin Gaye (4/6) – Smokey Robinson pays tribute to soul legend Marvin Gaye. This edition looks at Gaye’s repertoire of sex-driven, soulful love songs, a specialisation that found its most charged expression in the 1973 album Let’s Get it On.