Retro TV W/C 26th October 2007

by Modculture 26 October, 2007

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 26th October to Thursday 1st November.

Highlight of the week

30 years after its first appearance on BBC’s Play for Today, Mike Leigh’s play Abigail’s Party gets the BBC 4 treatment on Sunday 28th October, with a night of programming celebrating this 70s suburban classic. As well as a re-showing of the original, a new hour long documentary explores the enduring appeal of the play with contributions from cast and crew. And if that’s not enough, Abigail’s Party Pack provides music and fashion tips for anyone wishing to stage their own re-enactment. Get some light ales – as a chaser.

Friday 26th October


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff is accused of helping himself to a fortune in used currency on its way to the incinerator.

Space 1999 – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Koenig and the Moonbase Alpha crew find themselves at war with an unnamed planet – and the hostilities have a disastrous outcome.

Legends: Jacques Brel – Ne Me Quitte Pas – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Profile of the Belgian singer/songwriter who won critical acclaim for his highly-charged performances and mordant lyrics.

Flight of the Conchords (5/12) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.35pm

Jemaine reconnects with Sally and moves out of the apartment.

Batman – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am

Double bill of the Dynamic duo, who this week face the Riddler.

Film: Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story (1993) – BBC 1. 11.35pm – 1.30am

Film biography of the King of Kung Fu, starring Jason Scott Lee.

The Beatles in Help! – BBC 2. 12.05am – 12.35am

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the band’s second film, including interviews with its director Richard Lester and actress Eleanor Bron.

Film: Carry On – Don’t Lose Your Head (1966) – BBC 1. 1.30am – 3.05am

Comedy starring Sidney James as Sir Rodney Ffing, alias the Black Fingernail, the architect of a number of spectacular rescues of aristocrats during the French Revolution of 1789.


The Film Programme – BBC Radio 4. 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Director Richard Lester talks about the DVD release of the Beatles second film Help!.

Saturday 27th October


Film: Goldfinger (1964) – ITV 1. 2.10pm – 4.15pm
Lavish spy adventure starring Sean Connery. James Bond investigates criminal Auric Goldfinger, a man with an insatiable appetite for gold and a desire to become the most powerful man on Earth.

Film: Help! (1965) – BBC 2. 7.50pm – 9.20pm

Musical comedy starring the Beatles. The Fab Four are pursued by a high priest who is determined to get hold of a sacrificial ring.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
A tongue-in-cheek take on the TV industry, including reviews of that week’s viewing highlights.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.30pm – 10.30pm

Regan uses a dog as bait to lure a criminal back into the country.

Film: Casino Royale (1967) – ITV 4. 10.30pm – 1.05am
James Bond spoof starring David Niven. Agent 007 is now enjoying his retirement to the full. But when "M" is killed, Bond is called back into service.

TOTP2: Halloween Special – BBC 2. 10.50pm – 11.50pm

Spooky chart sounds from years gone by.

Jazz Britannia –  BBC 4. 12.30am – 2.30am

Repeat of the first 2 episodes of this 3 part series showing how jazz has been assimilated and interpreted by Britain over the past 60 years.

The Clash: Westway to the World – ITV 4. 1.05am (BST) – 1.30AM (GMT)

This documentary combines recent interviews and old footage to provide a comprehensive view of The Clash, one of the world’s most influential rock bands.

After Dark – More4. 1.10am – 3.10am (BST)

Showing as part of the Channel 4 at 25 season, another chance to see the first ever episode of the late-night conversation show hosted by Anthony Wilson.

Film: Sid and Nancy (1986) – ITV 4. 1.30am – 3.30am (GMT)

Biographical drama starring Gary Oldman.


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.

Sunday 28th October


TOTP2 – Dave. (Freeview Ch. 19). 7.00am – 9.00am
More classic performances from the archives.

All about Abigail’s Party – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 12.15am)

An exploration into the enduring appeal of Mike Leigh’s play, 30 years after its debut appearance on the BBC’s Play for Today, featuring contributions from the original cast and crew.

Abigail’s Party – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.45pm

Classic comedy written and directed by Mike Leigh, following the events at a party held in a suburban house, as the middle-class guests become increasingly indiscreet. Starring Alison Steadman.

The Story of Punk – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight

Tracing the story behind the musical movement, featuring interviews and archive footage of bands, including the Sex Pistols in concert.

Abigail’s Party Pack – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.15am
A nostalgic dip into the archives to provide the essential music and styles key to anyone hoping to capture the essence of Abigail’s Party.

BBC Electric Proms: Ray Davies – BBC 2. 11.50pm – 12.20am

In concert at the Roundhouse, London the former Kinks lead singer plays tracks from his new album Working Man’s Cafe along with some classic hits. Warning: may contain traces of Johnny Borrell.

Film: Sid and Nancy (1986) – ITV 4. 12Midnight – 2.10am

Biographical drama starring Gary Oldman.

Monday 29th October


Film: Carry On Up the Khyber (1968) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
Saucy comedy starring Sidney James, Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey. India, 1895: in the North-West frontier province, the villainous Khasi of Kalabar plans a rebellion against the governor, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond.

Minder –  ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm

A gambler who has been robbed of his winnings calls upon Arthur and Terry to help him track them down.

Tuesday 30th October


Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
A mindbendingly colourful nugget of pop mined from the archive.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

Hats begin to go missing.

Legends: Jacques Brel – Ne Me Quitte Pas – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

The singer’s extraordinary life.

Ripping Yarns – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm

Roger Bartlesham experiences a sexual awakening in colonial India – with de Starring Michael Palin.

Flight of the Conchords (6/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Comments by Murray make Bret insecure, until advice comes from an unusual source- David Bowie in a dream.

Film: Twisted Nerve (1968) –  ITV 4. 1.30am – 3.50am (Wed am)

British thriller starring Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett and Billie Whitelaw. Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can’t wait to see the back of him, and a Mongoloid brother shut away in an institution, is it any wonder he retreats into an alternate personality…that of six year old Georgie? The film’s controversial nature led to a prologue being added during post-production, explaining that there was no connection between Mongolism and psychopathic behaviour.


The Funk Factory – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12.30am
Influential soul/funk DJ Norman Jay returns with more classic, forgotten and modern funk recordings from 1960s onwards. Including this week, a special tribute to Bobby Byrd who died recently.

Wednesday 31st October

Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
A mindbendingly colourful nugget of pop mined from the archive.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

The dynamic duo break free from the clutches of the Mad Hatter.

Film: The Masque of the Red Death (1964) – ITV 4. 12.50am – 2.35am (Thurs am)

Classic Roger Corman b-movie starring Vincent Price. A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.

Thursday 1st November


UFO – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A coma victim awakes after ten years and alerts Straker to an alien bomb hidden on an unknown farm.

Stuart Maconie’s TV Towns – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

The DJ visits famous TV and film locations in London.

The Peter Serafinowicz Show – BBC 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Off-the-wall comedy sketch show in which Peter Serafinowicz creates a wacky world where familiar faces mingle with his own quirky creations.

Film: Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) – Film4. 10.50pm – 12.30am
Powerful, claustrophobic and, at times, simply nasty chiller from the director of This is England. Starring Paddy Considine.


Street Corner Soul (4/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Singer Ronnie Spector explores the rise, fall and immeasurable influence of doo-wop.

The Flight of the Conchords (3/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Rob Brydon narrates an improvised comedy starring Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.