Retro TV W/C 29th February 2008

by Modculture 28 February, 2008

Madmen
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 29th February to Thursday 6th March.

Highlight of the week

After being heavily trailed over the last couple of weeks, Mad Men finally comes to our screens (BBC 4, Sun 2nd 10pm & BBC 2, Tues 4th 11.20pm). Written and produced by Matthew (The Sopranos) Weiner, this polished drama is set in the world of 1960s Madison Avenue advertising executives.

BBC 4 are showing related programming throughout the month, with documentary series Selling the Sixties starting Sunday 2nd at 9pm. Interviews with advertising execs from the 1960s tell the story of how they sold the American dream. 

Friday 29th February

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A ghostly encounter sparks off a vendetta between a notorious gangster and the spirit of a rival.

Space 1999 – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The crew are caught up in a war between two planets.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
CI5 are assigned to protect an anonymous Arab diplomat pursued by assassins.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
Featuring jazz artist Chris Barber.       

The NME Awards – Channel 4. 11.50pm – 1.30am
Mat Horne and James Corden present the ceremony from the O2 arena in London.

Batman – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am
Another double bill from the dynamic duo.

Saturday 1st March

TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00am – 8.00am
More classic pop clips.

Film: You Only Live Twice (1967) – ITV 1. 2.55pm – 4.15pm (Continues 4.45pm – 5.45pm)
James Bond adventure starring Sean Connery and Donald Pleasence. When international crime syndicate Spectre captures an American spaceship in the hope of starting the Third World War, Bond is dispatched to Japan to face arch villain Blofield.

The Hard Sell (1/6) – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
How advertisers have used sexuality to sell their products on British TV over the last 50 years.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A reporter reveals inside information on a robbery, but his behaviour raises more questions than answers.

Film: The Sweeney 2 (1978) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.15am
Police drama, based on the popular TV series starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as tough flying squad cops Regan and Carter, who are on the trail of armed bank robbers out to maintain their luxury Mediterranean lifestyle.

Film: The Graduate (1967) – ITV 3. 11.10pm – 1.20am
Influential satirical comedy drama starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. Shortly after graduating from college, Benjamin Braddock returns home to a celebratory party and discovers a new "tutor" in the attractive form of Mrs Robinson. Twice his age and worldly wise, the alcoholic Mrs R decides that Benjamin needs instruction in more physical matters after his intellectual struggles.

Film: The Wiz (1978) – ITV 1. 1.10am – 3.25am
Musical fantasy starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Dorothy is a Harlem schoolteacher having Thanksgiving dinner at her aunt’s home. Going out into a blizzard, she finds herself swept into the Emerald City, where she meets Tin Man, a lion and a scarecrow and together they set off in search of the Wiz.

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 Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 2nd March

TV

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Foster is brainwashed.

On The Buses – ITV 3. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Stan and Jack are challenged to a darts match.

The Cult of Sunday Night (5/8) – BBC 4. 8.50pm – 9.20pm
The Onedin Line. The making of the drama, which almost sank without trace when it went over budget.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
Music and news from past years. This edition looks at 1960.

Selling the Sixties – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The rise of the 1960s advertising men of New York’s Madison Avenue.

Film: The Graduate (1967) – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
(See Saturday March 1st for details).

Mad Men (1/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Drama series starring Jon Hamm. Advertising executive Don Draper struggles to stay on top of his game in 1960s New York.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 11.10pm – 12.15am
A man is involved in a crash – but that’s just the start of his troubles.

Film: Repo Man (1984) – Film4. 11.20pm – 1.05am
Cult sci-fi thriller starring Emilio Estevez. Otto is just an average American kid. Fired from his supermarket job, he joins a car repossession company, attracted by the thrills of road chases, sex, drugs and urban violence.

Monday 3rd March

TV

Film: Carry On Doctor (1968) – Film4. 5.10pm – 6.55pm
Lively innuendo-filled comedy starring Frankie Howerd.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The detectives’ partnership is threatened by a clairvoyant.

The Cult of Sunday Night (5/8) – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
The Onedin Line. The making of the drama, which almost sank without trace when it went over budget.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur does a profitable deal on a fireplace and Terry has to mind a dodgy bookie.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
An Israeli minister is abducted and the ensuing suburban siege triggers an airborne pursuit.

Film: Withnail & I (1986) – Film4. 9.00pm – 11.05pm
Classic black comedy starring Richard E Grant and Paul McGann.

Film: Dog Together – Film4. 11.05pm – 11.25pm
Bafta-winning short directed by Paddy Considine.

Film: Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) – Film4. 11.25pm – 1.05am
Shane Meadows’ crime thriller starring Paddy Considine. An ex-army man seeks violent revenge on a drugs gang.

4Play: Duffy – Channel 4. 12.55am – 1.05am
The Welsh soul artist.

Shane’s World – Film4. 1.05am – 2.25am
Three short films by Shane Meadows.

Tuesday 4th March

TV

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the archives featuring the Tremeloes.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Lute-playing crook the Minstrel plunges the stock market into chaos. Concludes tomorrow at 7.35pm.

The Hard Sell (2/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
How advertisers used images of cigarettes and alcohol to sell their products.

Mad Men (1/3) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10pm
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Drama series starring Jon Hamm. Advertising executive Don Draper struggles to stay on top of his game in 1960s New York.

Wednesday 5th March

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar helps a girl in Venice.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the BBC archives from the Scaffold.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
(2/2) The heroes find themselves in a hot situation.

Radio

Britain in a Box – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Welcome Aboard. Paul Jackson tells the story behind the making of TV classics such as Six-Five Special. Aimed at teenagers, that new emerging species, the programme broke with tradition by putting the audience in front of the cameras for the first time.

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (10/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Showcasing obscure 1960s records from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage. 

Jerseybeat – the Four Seasons Story (2/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm- 11.30pm
New series. Paul Sexton continues a profile of 1960s pop giants the Four Seasons, whose radio-perfect US chart hits owed much to singer Frankie Valli’s piercing voice and to the songwriting team of Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio and Charlie Calello.

Thursday 6th March

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The heroes attempt to stop a criminal organisation threatening to blow up London with a nuclear bomb.

Ashes to Ashes (5/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Ray has to use all of his macho charm when the team try to nail a major drug dealer.

Ashes to Ashes (4/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
The discovery of a dead body seems to be linked to a feminist socialist group but when Viv cracks a code, the trail starts to lead much higher.

Mad Men (1/3) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.50pm
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Drama series starring Jon Hamm. Advertising executive Don Draper struggles to stay on top of his game in 1960s New York.

Selling the Sixties – BBC 4. 11.50pm – 12.50am
The rise of the 1960s advertising men of New York’s Madison Avenue.

Radio

The Radio 2 Music Club Presents… Nile Rodgers on Songwriting – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
As part of Radio 2’s On Song initiative in which songwriters discuss their craft, identify their inspirations and offer advice to budding tunesmiths, revered producer/musician/songwriter Nile Rodgers talks to Mark Hagen about his creative methods, specifically his prolific disco-era work as part of dance-funk act Chic.

  • I’m an American and a fan of Mad Men. We saw the first season this past year, and it’s a great show. Recommended viewing.