Retro TV W/C 2nd April 2010

by Modculture 2 April, 2010


Barry Murphy returns once more to trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don't have to), finding anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 2nd April to Thursday 8th April 2010.

Highlight of the week

The third and final series of Ashes to Ashes is back (BBC 1. Good Friday 9pm) – and it's a real slap in the face for DI Alex Drake. Time travelling copper Alex thought she'd made it home to the present day, but wakes to find herself in a hospital bed back in 1983, having been shot by her boss, DCI Gene Hunt, three months ago. Back in CID a lot has changed; with Gene on the run, Ray Carling has been promoted to DI and is running the show, while DC Chris Skelton and WPC Shaz Granger have ended their romance and new Discipline and Complaints officer, DCI Jim Keats, is breathing down everyone's necks.

Meanwhile, Alex is being haunted by the ghost of a young policeman, and with a gentle nudge from Jim she decides her only hope of getting home is to discover the truth about Gene Hunt and unlock the dark secrets of the past.

Also this week sees the the final four contestants reduced to three in Masterchef (BBC 1. Friday 2nd, 7.30pm, Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th, 9pm) before Wednesday's final (BBC 1. 9pm). With Modculture favourite Stacie Stewart a strong contender for the title, this week's shows are an absolute must-see.

Good Friday – 2nd April


Film: Carry On Abroad (1972) – More4. 6.10pm – 8.00pm
Bawdy comedy starring Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. The Holiday-makers heading for Elsbels have high hopes of sun, sand, sea and sex. However, in a half-built hotel, the guests may not get quite what they planned for.

Masterchef – BBC 1. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Modculture favourite Stacie Stewart competes as the four remaining semi-finalists serve their best two courses to renowned food critics Kay Spicer, Charles Campion and Jay Rayner.

Walk On By: the Story of Popular Song – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.50pm (repeated 12.15am)
Documentary tracing the roots of pop music, which originated in a blend of styles adopted by Eastern European Jewish immigrants and former black slaves in the American Deep South.

Heroes of Comedy – More4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Portrait of the much loved actor Kenneth Williams.

Ashes to Ashes (1/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Series three. New. Alex wakes up in a hospital bed in 1983. Her boss Gene is on the run accused of trying to kill her, and the team is in disarray while investigating a child's kidnapping.

Arena: Frank Sinatra – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.35pm
Acknowledged as one of the greatest singers of the twentieth century, Arena explores the rise of legendary, Ratpack crooner from his early family background to overwhelming show-business success.

Film: The Blues Brothers (1980) – ITV 4. 10.15pm – 12.50am

Cult musical comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as brothers Jake and Elwood Blues, who reform their band to raise money for their old orphanage, which is threatened with closure. Featuring a cast of r 'n' b heroes including Cab Calloway, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn.

Judy, Frank and Dean – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am (Repeated 2.15am)
Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in a 1962 performance.

Film: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) – BBC 2. 1.35am – 3.00am

Sci-fi thriller starring Brian Donlevy. A rocket returns to Earth after a space flight with only one of the three astronauts still on board.

Saturday 3rd April


When Harry Met Ali: a Tribute to Harry Carpenter – BBC 2. 5.10pm – 5.40pm
A tribute to the former boxing commentator.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Arthur attempts to sell off cheap reproduction pottery to an antiques dealer.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm

Double bill of the classic comedy. Series one. Oz falls in love with a German girl.

Film: Alfie (1966) – Film4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
Wry comedy drama starring Michael Caine as a charming cockney who moves from one female conquest to the next.


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 6 Music. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Easter Sunday 4th April


Film: Up Pompeii (1971) – ITV 3. 11.50am – 1.30pm
Comedy starring Frankie Howerd. Lurcio, slave to the Senator Ludicrus Sextus, unwittingly intercepts a scroll containing details of a plot against Emperor Nero. The first film in a day of classic British comedies on ITV 3. Followed by Carry On Screaming (1.30pm), Carry On Cowboy (3.30pm), Holiday on the Buses (5.25pm), On the Buses (7.15pm), Carry On Cleo (9.00pm), The Best of Benny Hill (10.55pm) and An Audience with Kenneth Williams (12.40am).

Film: The Italian Job (1969) – Film4. 9.00pm – 10.55pm
Comedy caper starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward. When Charlie Croker is released from prison, he soon puts into motion plans for a gold-bullion robbery in Turin.

Arena: Johnny Mercer – the Dream's on Me – BBC 4. 9.25pm – 11.05pm (Repeated 1.20am)
New. Exploring the singer's importance to "the Great American Songbook", which stands at the heart and soul of the United States, examining his story and musical legacy.

Mad Men (11/13) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am (Repeated 3.00am)
Series three. The Gypsy and the Hobo. Betty confronts Don with the evidence she has found about his past, and demands an explanation.

Film: Quatermass II (1957) – BBC 2. 1.50am – 3.15am

Science-fiction thriller starring Brian Donlevy and John Longden. Dr Quatermass hears that a shower of meteorites has landed in a local community.

Easter Monday 5th April


Film: Carry on Cowboy (1965) – ITV 3. 8.20am – 10.20am
One of the weaker comedies in the classic British series starring Sid James. There's pandemonium in Stodge City when the Rumpo Kid rides into town, followed soon after by a sanitary engineer looking for work. The first film in another day of classic British comedies on ITV 3. Followed by Up Pompeii (10.20am), The Best of Benny Hill (12.05pm), Carry On Cleo (1.50pm), On the Buses (3.40pm), Mutiny On the Buses (5.30pm), Holiday On the Buses (7.15pm) and Carry On Screaming (9.00pm).

The Voice of Nat King Cole – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.30pm

The life of the multi-talented musician who became one of the world's leading vocalists in the face of a tense racial climate. With contributions from Eartha Kitt and Stevie Wonder.

BBC 4 Sessions – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Tony Bennett performs a selection of his best-loved songs.

Film: Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979) – BBC 2. 12.30am – 1.45am
Outrageous stand-up comedy, filmed at the Terrace Theatre, in long Beach, California.

Tuesday 6th April


Walk On By: the Story of Popular Song – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.20pm
How Louis Armstrong's influence was so marked, both in the jazz scene and the popular music industry, inspiring the career of Bing Crosby – the first true pop star of the recording era.

Nina Simone: a Tribute – BBC 4. 8.20pm – 9.05pm

Appreciation of the popular jazz diva, with tributes from friends and members of her own band, who reveal how she rose above the racism of the Deep South to become one of the world's greatest performers.

Film: Control (2007) – Film4. 9.00pm – 11.20pm

Biographical music drama about Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, starring Sam Riley and Samantha Morton.

Legends – Ella Fitzgerald – BBC 4. 9.05pm – 10.05pm (Repeated 12.45am)
A celebration of the life and 50-year career of the iconic jazz singer, mixing rarely-seen archive footage with contributions from friends and collaborators.

The Rodgers and Hart Story – BBC 4. 10.05pm – 11.00pm
Jonathan Pryce narrates a documentary about the musical careers of Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers, who wrote classic songs including My Funny Valentine and The Lady is a Tramp.

Meet Sammy Davis Jr – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.45pm

An edition of Sammy Davis's variety show from the early 1960s.

Mad Men (10/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am

Series three. The Colour Blue. Betty stumbles across the key to Don's desk drawer – and her world is turned

upside down when she looks inside.

Film: 24 Hour Party People (2001) – Film4. 11.20pm – 1.35am

Innovative and irreverent look at the Manchester music scene of the 1970s and 80s. Starring Steve Coogan as Tony Wilson.

Wednesday 7th April


Film: The Italian Job (1969) – Film4. 7.05pm – 9.00pm
Comedy caper starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward. When Charlie Croker is released from prison, he soon puts into motion plans for a gold-bullion robbery in Turin.

Matt Monro: the Man with the Golden Voice – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Charting the singer's rise to fame, from working-class Londoner to a performer dubbed the English Sinatra.

Mad Men (12/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.45pm

Series three. The Grown-Ups. After learning about Don's past, Betty try to figure out how she feels about her husband.

Film: Alfie (1966) – Film4. 11.35pm – 1.45am

Wry comedy drama starring Michael Caine as a charming cockney who moves from one female conquest to the next.

Thursday 8th April


Film: Get Carter (1971) – Five. 10.15pm – 12.25am
Tough crime thriller starring michael Caine as ruthless London gangster Jack Carter, who travels to the North East to shed light on the mysterious death of his brother.