Retro TV W/C 26th June 2009

by Modculture 25 June, 2009

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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 26th June to Thursday 2nd July 2009.
 
Highlights of the week 

This week's television and radio is dominated by coverage of this year's Glastonbury festival. Among the highlights are performances from the recently reformed Specials ( BBC 4. Friday 26th, 9pm) and Madness (BBC 4. Sunday 28th, 7pm) both introduced by Mark Radcliffe.
Although a repeat, Soul Britannia (BBC 4, Friday 26th, 10pm) is unmissable. The second part of this excellent 3 part series charting the dynamic impact of black American and Caribbean sounds on British music and society is absolutely essential viewing. This weeks episode explores the time-frame of the early 1970s to the mid 80s, featuring Northern soul, skinheads, Ska and 2-tone. With contributions from Pete Townshend, Paul Weller and Kevin Rowland, among others.

Friday 26th June

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
An eccentric bird-lovers strange will leads to murder.

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 7.25pm
Stan begins courting Blakey's niece, who tries to smarten him up.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 8.00pm
Rigsby is elated to learn he has been left a small fortune in his uncle's will.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Three killings leave Cowley and the team baffled.

Glastonbury – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Mark Radcliffe introduces The Specials from the Pyramid Stage.

Soul Britannia (2/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm (Repeated 3.00am)
Second part of this excellent 3 part series charting the dynamic impact of black American and Caribbean sounds on British music and society is absolutely essential viewing. This episode explores the time-frame of the early 1970s to the mid 80s, featuring Northern soul, skinheads, Ska and 2-tone. With contributions from Pete Townshend, Paul Weller and Kevin Rowland, among others.

Film: Dirty Harry (1971) – ITV 1. 10.35pm – 12.30am
Crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood. Cop "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned case of a sniper who has murdered a girl and threatened further killings if his ransom demand is not met. Dismayed to be partnered with a raw recruit, Callahan is soon at odds with his bosses over whether to pay off the killer.

Glastonbury – BBC 2. 11.00pm – 2.05am
Highlights from today's performances including The Specials.

Flight of the Conchords (7/10) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Series two. Prime Minister. Murray tries to arrange a meeting with the US president for the prime minister of New Zealand.

Radio

Colour My World: the Tony Hatch Story (2/3) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Radio 2's profile of the man who wrote Downtown continues with his non-stop run of mid-60s gems for Petula Clark, co-written with long-term partner Jackie Trent.

Saturday 27th June

TV

Seven Ages of Rock (6/7) – Yesterday. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Left of the Dial: US Alternative Rock. Narrator Julian Rhind-Tutt compares the contrasting fates of two of America's biggest bands, Nirvana and REM, and the hidden links between their most prominent musicians.

Seven Ages of Rock (7/7) -Yesterday. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

 What the World is Waiting For: Indie Rock. Julian Rhind-Tutt explores the world of British indie music. The documentary focuses on the Smiths, the influences of "Madchester", iconoclastic artists like Suede, and the media's fascination with the rivalry between Britpop figureheads Blur and Oasis.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

A suitcase is snatched.

Lee Miller: a Crazy Way of Seeing – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
An evening of documentaries about female photographers begins with an insight into the life of the celebrated visual artist and model, who posed for Vogue during the 1920s, before becoming the only female photojournalist to report on the Second World War.

Imagine… Annie Leibovitz – Life Through a Lens – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Now in her 50s and recently a mother, photographer Annie Leibowitz is as much in demand as ever. This documentary is an intimate portrayal by the photographer's sister Barbara of an artist whose images are perhaps better known than she is.

Film: The Last Detail (1973) – Five USA. 11.10pm – 1.00am
Hal Ashby's irreverent drama starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young and Randy Quaid. While awaiting orders at a naval base in Virginia, two petty officers are assigned the task of accompanying a young sailor convicted of theft to a jail in New Hampshire.

Arena: Linda McCartney – behind the Lens – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
Documentary focusing on the life of the photographer and animal rights activist, who snapped rock stars such as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and The Beatles.

Radio

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

Sunday 28th June

TV

Glastonbury – BBC 4. 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Including highlights of Madness performance from the Pyramid stage.

Glastonbury – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Mark Radcliffe kicks-off the final night of the festival with Madness on the Pryamid Stage.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Bodie and Doyle investigate the murder of a prostitute, but their only clues are a film and a blackmail plot.

Glastonbury – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Veteran rockers Status Quo and supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Sergeant Taylor is injured in a shooting incident involving one of the officer's informants.

The Unforgettable… Yootha Joyce – ITV 1. 10.45pm – 11.20pm
Best remembered for playing feisty, sex-mad Mildred Roper in the hit sitcom George and Mildred. But behind the screen image was an intensely private woman, who displayed a mix of strength and vulnerability and hid her personal problems from even her closest friends.  

Monday 29th June

TV

Film: A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) – Film4. 12.55pm – 2.40pm
An imaginative young boy growing up in London's impoverished East End in the 1950s, absorbs a tale about the magical power of captured unicorns from the kindly tailor Kandinsky and goes in search of the mythic beast.

Film: Very Important Person (1961) – Channel 4. 1.35pm – 3.25pm

Comedy starring James Robertson-Justice, Leslie Phillips Eric Sykes. When Sir Ernest Pease is captured and taken to a German PoW camp, he and his fellow captives plan an escape.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Sergeant Taylor is injured in a shooting incident involving one of the officer's informants.

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 7.25pm
Stan and Jack convince Inspector Blake to buy Arthur's old motorbike.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 8.00pm
Rigsby places a personal advert in the paper – and receives a reply.

Radio

Stuart Maconie – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Tonight's special guest is Howard Kaylan, founder of 60s giants The Turtles. Volman discusses the band's remastered-hits album.

Beverley's Gospel Nights – BBC Radio 2. 11.30am – 12.00am

Last in the present series is a Motown gospel special featuring unreleased singles from the Detroit giant's short-lived early 60s subsidiary label Divinity.

Tuesday 30th June

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A man claims he is the reincarnation of Marty.

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm
Stan soon regrets taking in one of the clippies as his new lodger.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm
New tenant Ambrose soon has the other lodgers under a strange spell.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Bodie and Doyle investigate an armed robbery.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

A terrified Neville is kidnapped and driven through the back streets of Havana.

Film: The Jerk (1979) – ITV 4. 10.20pm – 12.20am

Comedy
starring Steve Martin. Navin Johnson, the white sheep in a poor black family, leaves home to seek his fortune in the big city. Navin's struggle for fame, his invention of the opti-grab device and the earth-shattering discovery of his "special purpose" are just a small part of the Johnson legend.

Flight of the Conchords (8/10) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 10.55pm

New. Series two. New Zealand Town. The prime minister creates New Zealand Town between Chinatown and Little Italy, but when the Conchords ask to play at the opening, he insists the event deserves a cooler guest.

Wednesday 1st July

TV

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 7.25pm
Stan's plans are thwarted.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Cowley masquerades as the Home Secretary.

Carry On Laughing – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 8.00pm

Farcical comedy sketches.

Legends: Roy Orbison – the "Big O" in Britain – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A celebration of the life and career of Roy Orbison, featuring interviews with the musician's widow and manager Barbara Orbison.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
An incriminating tape is mistakenly delivered to Daley Videos.

Film: Sexy Beast (2000) – Film4. 11.05pm – 12.50am
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'.

Thursday 2nd July

TV

On the Buses – ITV 3. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Stan and Jack tease Blake.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

An incriminating tape is mistakenly delivered to Daley Videos.

Carry On Laughing – ITV 3. 7.30pm – 8.00pm

Comedy sketches.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 8.30pm – 9.00pm

Rigsby wines and dines Miss Jones.

Psychoville (3/7) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm

How did children's entertainer Mr Jelly end up the way he is? David and his mother go under cover as beauticians to dispatch their next victim.

Meet the British – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.30am

From semi-naked women to prize-winning goats, this documentary examines the weird and wonderful ways the government has tried to promote Britain's image abroad.