Retro TV W/C 2nd May 2008

by Modculture 1 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 2nd May to Thursday 8th May.

Highlights of the week

Jean Seberg was only 17 when Otto Preminger plucked her from obscurity—and a pool of over 18,000 casting hopefuls—to star in his controversial retelling of the Joan of Arc epic Saint Joan (BBC 4, May Day Holiday 5th 10pm). The actress, an enduring female style icon who inspired a million pixie cuts, led a short and tragic life. Hounded by the FBI, she suffered a miscarriage and on every subsequent anniversary of her child’s death she attempted suicide. She had been missing for two weeks when she was found dead in the back seat of her car in a Paris suburb on 7th September 1979. She had taken a massive overdose of barbiturates, and had been dead for eleven days.

On a lighter note, Mitchell and webb return as those amiable misfits Mark and Jeremy in a new series of Peep Show this week (Channel 4, Friday 2nd. 10.30pm). In this, the fifth series, Mark faces the horror of having to face his estranged wife at work. Meanwhile Jeremy has a rude awakening when the money he’s been subsisting on finally runs out and he’s forced to try and find a new source of income.

On the radio this week Pete Mitchell tells the story of Toe Rag Studios (BBC Radio 2, Saturday 3rd. 7pm),  Sue MacGregor reunites the cast and director of the British cult movie Withnail & I in The Reunion (BBC Radio 4, Sunday 4th 11.15am) and Paul Morley profiles the life and works of John Cooper Clarke in The Bard of Salford (BBC Radio 4, Thursday 7th.11.30am).

Friday 2nd May

TV

Hotel California: from the Byrds to the Eagles – BBC 4. 10.05pm – 11.40pm
A look at the music of a golden era in Californian culture, and how LA become the hub of the American music industry in the 70s

Peep Show – Channel 4. 10.30pm – 11.05pm
(1/6). New series. Mark rediscovers the single life after his disastrous wedding to Sophie.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.10am
The See-Through Man: An invisibility formula falls into the wrong hands. Steed and Mrs Peel follow a trail to an inventor who has made an extraordinary breakthrough. Guest starring Roy Kinnear.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
Includes blues vocalist Mable John.

Saturday 3rd May

TOTP2 – Dave. 8.00am – 9.00am
More classic pop clips.

Film: Thunderbirds Are Go! (1966) – Film4. 2.45pm – 4.35pm
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.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.05pm – 9.10pm
Regan and Carter investigate a series of damning reports of corruption.

Peep Show – E4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm
(1/6). New series. Mark rediscovers the single life after his disastrous wedding to Sophie.

Film: Drugstore Cowboy (1989) – Virgin 1. 9.00pm – 11.05pm
Drama starring Matt Dillon. Oregon, 1971: four addicts feed their habits by raiding pharmacies around the state. But a cop has sworn to bring them to justice.

Film: Thunderball (1965) – ITV 4. 10.40pm – 1.15pm
Spy adventure starring Sean Connery. A Nato aircraft has been stolen by criminal organisation Spectre and the world is threatened by its nuclear payload. 007 investigates.

Mad Men – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 1.55am
A chance to catch-up on episodes 7 – 9 of this drama set in the world Madison Avenue advertising.

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.

Toe Rag Studios – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Pete Mitchell tells the story of Toe Rag Studios, set up by Liam Watson and Josh Collins in east London’s Hackney in 1991. A strictly analogue enterprise now run by Watson alone, Toe Rag uses only pre-1960 studio equipment.

Sunday 4th May

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
CI5 investigate a Euro consortium which is building a fighter plane.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Arthur launches himself as a music-biz entrepreneur.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan assists a youth implicated in a brutal assault.

Washes Whiter – BBC 4. 9.10pm – 10.00pm
How adverts can be used to measure the national mood.

Mad Men (10/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
Long Weekend. Roger attempts to restore Don’s confidence by inviting him to a liaison with a pair of twin models.

Film: The Ipcress File (1965) – BBC 2. 11.00pm – 12.45am
Iconic spy thriller starring Michael Caine. Intelligence agent Harry Palmer is plunged into the shabby world of counter espionage as he uncovers a bizarre "brain drain" among scientists. Nobody can be trusted and nothing is what it seems.

Film: The Jerk (1979) – ITV 4. 11.10pm – 1.05pm
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.

Film: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) – Film4. 11.25pm – 1.05am
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.

Hotel California: from the Byrds to the Eagles – BBC 4. 11.50pm – 1.25am
A look at the music of a golden era in Californian culture, and how LA become the hub of the American music industry in the 70s.

Radio

The Reunion – BBC Radio 4. 11.15am – 12Noon
Sue MacGregor reunites the cast and director of the British cult movie Withnail & I. Actors Richard E.Grant, Paul McGann, Ralph Brown and writer and director Bruce Robinson are on the stage of the BFI. Richard Griffiths recorded an interview about his role as Uncle Monty.

May Day Holiday 5th May

TV

Film: Escape to Victory (1981) – Channel 4. 12.10pm – 2.20pm
Rousing Second World War drama starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Pele. As a propaganda stunt, the Nazis arrange a football match between the national German team and a squad made up of prisoners of war. However, the Pow team see the game as a chance to escape.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur’s prestige is boosted by an invitation to address a meeting of his local Rotary Club.

Film: Saint Joan (1957) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.50pm
Drama based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. Jean Seberg stars in her first screen role, her short iconic ‘Dauphin’ haircut inspiring womens styling ever since. 

Film: The Jerk (1979) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
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.

Film: Doctor in Trouble (1970) – BBC 2. 12.30am – 2.00am
The last of the series of film comedies starring Leslie Phillips. Woman-chasing Dr Burke unwittingly finds himself a stowaway aboard a cruise ship.

Radio

Stubborn Kind of Fella – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Remembering Marvin Gaye (5/6) – Smokey Robinson pays tribute to soul legend Marvin Gaye.

Jac Holzman’s Elektra Story (5/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Paul Gambaccini charts the history of American label Elektra Records. This edition recalls the 16968-70 output, including the Doors, the MC5 and Bread.

Tuesday 6th May

TV

UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Colonel Foster goes missing on the surface of the moon.

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

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Joker steals a key from an exhibition with the aid of a hypnotic device. Concludes tomorrow.

Amy Winehouse: What Really Happened – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Just in case you weren’t sick to the back-teeth hearing of Ms Winehouse’s problems, journalist Jacques Peretti seeks to understand the forces that drive the singer and her troubled private life.

Mad Men (10/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
Long Weekend. Roger attempts to restore Don’s confidence by inviting him to a liaison with a pair of twin models.

Radio

That’s All Folk! The Mel Blanc Story – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Noon
A centenary tribute to Mel Blanc, the man who provided countless voices for cartoon characters, such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig. Sylvester the Cat, Foghorn Leghorn and many, many more. Presenter Jimmy Hibbert tells the story of the 20th-century’s greatest cartoon voice.

Great Lives: Ian Curtis – BBC Radio 4. 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Simon Armitage is joined by Curtis’s fellow band member Peter Hook to remember his friend.

Stubborn Kind of Fella – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Remembering Marvin Gaye (6/6) – Smokey Robinson pays tribute to soul legend Marvin Gaye. This edition looks at Gaye’s legacy since his murder in 1984.

Icons Revisited – Marc Bolan – BBC 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Paul Sexton’s tribute to T-rex singer and early-70s glam pin-up and cultural icon Marc Bolan, who died on 16 September 1977.

Wednesday 7th May

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music by the Move.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Joker tries to freeze time, but his plans backfire.

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Number Six is invited to a masked ball where he faces the most terrible threat to his sanity yet.

Those Were the Days – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Memories of the day that England won the World Cup in 1966, some unconnected to the football match at Wembley.

Amy Winehouse: What Really Happened – Channel 4. 11.05pm – 12.10am
Just in case you weren’t sick to the back-teeth hearing of Ms Winehouse’s problems, journalist Jacques Peretti seeks to understand the forces that drive the singer and her troubled private life.

Radio

One Nation under a Groove: the Story of George Clinton and P-Funk – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
(1/2) Craig Charles profiles producer/songwriter/singer and funk guru George Clinton.

Thursday 8th May

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Craig and Sharron attempt to entrap a gang of criminals.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Two crew members of an interceptor try to kill their colleagues, believing them to be their enemies.

Disappearing London – ITV 1. (London region) 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Suggs meets one of the capital’s last remaining rag-and-bone men.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle become bodyguards to a middle Eastern leader who is to sign an important treaty.

Mad Men (10/13) – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.35pm
Long Weekend. Roger attempts to restore Don’s confidence by inviting him to a liaison with a pair of twin models.

Peep Show – Channel 4. 11.35pm – 12.05am
(1/6). New series. Mark rediscovers the single life after his disastrous wedding to Sophie.

Radio

The Bard of Salford – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Noon
Paul Morley profiles the life and works of John Cooper Clarke. With his acerbic, witty, punchy style, Cooper Clarke told in poetry of the harsh reality of growing up in a poverty-stricken industrial town, something that spoke to the majority of disaffected youths of the time. The programme assesses the punk movement in the mid-70s and how Cooper Clarke fitted in to it. Contributors include Mark E Smith, Pete Shelley, Lily Allen, Don Letts and Phil Jupitus.

One Nation under a Groove: the Story of George Clinton and P-Funk – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
(2/2) Craig Charles profiles producer/songwriter/singer and funk guru George Clinton.