Retro TV W/C 30th November 2007

by Modculture 30 November, 2007

Osmutantes
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 30th November to Thursday 6th December.

Highlight of the week

Brazil, Brazil – Tropicalia Revolution. BBC 4. Friday 30th November 9.00pm (Repeated Saturday 1st December 10.00pm)
The second programme in the series covers the military era in Brazil, from 1964-85, and discusses the role that musicians played in leading the fight-back – and how they suffered as a result. The era began with the left-wing protest movement headed by singers like Nara Leao, that was matched against rival styles that ranged from the passionate singing of Elis Regina to the rousing pop songs of Jorge Ben – with television song contests developing into a battle-ground between supporters of different styles.

All this changed in the late Sixties, with the emergence of the experimental tropicalia movement, determined to shake up Brazil just as military hardliners took control of the government. The programme chronicles the careers of the tropicalia stars, from Os Mutantes to Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, who were both jailed and exiled to Britain (and includes never shown footage of them both performing at the Isle of Wight festival). It describes the military censorship campaign against such leading musicians as Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, and even Jorge Ben. And it shows how black musicians in Bahia state responded by developing new, and often militant black styles like samba-reggae.

Friday 30th November

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The pilot episode. A private investigator is killed by a car – but he returns as a ghost claiming it was murder.

Space 1999 – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The Alphans rescue an injured alien – who proves to be a psychopath addicted to inflicting pain and fear.

Legends – Carmen Miranda – beneath the Tutti Frutti Hat – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Insight into the life and career of actress Carmen Miranda.

Brazil, Brazil (2/3) – Tropicalia Revolution. BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

How musicians in Brazil led the fight-back against the military hardliners who took control of the country’s government between 1964 and 1985. (See Highlight).

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The duo are assigned to protect an African politician, but soon realise they aren’t the only ones with information on his whereabouts.

Film: Coogan’s Bluff (1968) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
Crime drama starring Clint Eastwood. Walt Coogan, a no-nonsense deputy sheriff from Arizona, arrives in New York to collect a killer being held in custody. But he soon runs up against red tape, and when his prisoner escapes he is taken off the case. Coogan, however, is determined to get his man.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.35pm
A tongue-in-cheek take on the TV industry, including reviews of that week’s viewing highlights.

Film: The Hustler (1961) – Film4. 11.10pm – 1.45pm
Classic sports drama starring Paul Newman. Street-wise pool hustler "Fast" Eddie Felson journeys across America conning unsuspecting players into high-stake games before beating them with apparent good fortune.

Batman – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am
Double bill of the Dynamic duo. This week the Penguin goes straight.

Saturday 1st December

TV

TOTP2 – Dave. 10.00am – 11.00am
More classic pop clips.

Film: Gambit (1966) – Five. 1.50pm – 3.50pm
Crime comedy starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Harry Deane, a cockney master crook, plans the crime of the century. He enlists the help of Nichole, a nightclub entertainer, in a plot to steal a priceless work.

Danger Man -ITV 4. 2.00pm – 3.00pm
International intrigue with investigator John Drake. Drake infiltrates the killers’ headquarters by taking the place of a British electronics expert hired by the Sect.

Film: Live and Let Die (1973) – ITV 1. 3.05pm – 4.20pm (Continues 4.55pm – 5.55pm)
Spy adventure that marks Roger Moore’s debut as James Bond. Investigating the deaths of three British agents, Bond is up against "Mr Big", a drugs baron plotting world domination.

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Mark Kermode talks to director Todd Haynes about the upcoming Bob Dylan biopic, I’m Not There, plus music from Richard Hawley.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.40pm – 10.45pm
Regan finds romance with a crime journalist whose innocence is called into question.

The Company (2/3) – BBC 2. 9.40pm – 11.15pm
The powerful Cold War thriller based on Robert Littell’s bestselling novel continues. CIA operative Jack McAuliffe is again caught in the crossfire as his missions in Hungary and Cuba are betrayed by a Soviet mole and political infighting. Meanwhile, Yevgeny continues to act for the KGB in America.       

Brazil, Brazil (2/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
How musicians in Brazil led the fight-back against the military hardliners who took control of the country’s government between 1964 and 1985. (See Highlight).

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.

Sunday 2nd December

TV

TOTP2 – Dave. (Freeview Ch. 19). 7.00am – 8.00am
More classic performances from the archives.

Film: The Gauntlet (1977) – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
Action crime drama directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Alcoholic policeman Ben Stockley is sent from Phoenix to Las Vegas with orders to bring back a prisoner who is to testify against senior police officers in court.

The Mighty Boosh – BBC 3. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
(3/6) Series three. Vince and Howard are outraged to learn rival group the Flighty Zeus have stolen their ideas, and set out to win their fans back.

The South Bank Show – Eric Clapton – ITV 1. 11.10pm – 12.10am
Rock dullard Clapton gets another South Bank treatment. Y’never know, they might cover his time with the Yardbirds and the Bluesbreakers. Or maybe not.

Film: Take me Home: the John Denver Story (2000) – BBC 1. 11.20pm – 12.45pm

This is more like it, a TV movie of Annie’s Song goody-goody Denver. Guaranteed to cure insomnia.

Film: Chopper (2000) – BBC 2. 12.20am – 1.50am
Visceral biographical drama starring Eric Bana as Mark "Chopper" Read, the notoriously sadistic Australian criminal who became a best-selling author.

Monday 3rd December

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff is confined to bed.

Mastermind – BBC 2. 7.30pm – 8.00pm

Among the specialist subjects tonight are Motown’s favourite sons the Temptations.

Alexei Sayle’s Stuff – BBC 4. 12.05am – 12.35am

A part of David Renwick night, BBC 4 dust off a episode of this excellent series.

Film: Midnight Cowboy (1969) – Channel 4. 1.00am – 3.00am
Classic Oscar-winning drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. Country boy Joe Buck arrives in New York looking for adventure, sex and money.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again (1/4) – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Series on the soul output of US R&B/rock giant Atlantic Records.

Tuesday 4th December

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jean enlists the help of spiritualists when she experiences strange happenings in her flat.

Film: Carry on Dick (1974) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
Saucy comedy starring Sid James. In Georgian England all travellers are fair game to highwayman Dick Turpin. The Bow Street runners are at their wits end: little do they know that Dick has the most ingenious of disguises.

Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm

A mindbendingly colourful nugget of pop mined from the archive. Featuring the Who.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Riddler attempts to steal a rare book.

Legends – Val Doonican Rocks – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm (repeated 11.30pm)

Portrait of the veteran cardigan wearing Irish singer, renowned for his easy-listening hits and traditional comic songs.

Minder – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

When some barer bonds go missing from gangster Bobby Altman, the courier Billy Gilpin is the main suspect. When he turns up at Arthur’s house wanting to get out of town, Altman thinks Arthur is involved.

Flight of the Conchords (11/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Jermaine and Bret try to cheer up Murray after a disappointing gig.

True Stories: Following Sean – More4. 10.00pm – 11.55pm
Ralph Arlyck’s documentary tracing the life of 1960s San Francisco hippy child Sean, first shown as a four-year-old smoking Marijuana and running barefoot. Years later, the film-maker returned to see the youngster.

Peepshow (3/6) – Series four. E4. 11.00pm – 11.35pm

Mark joins a gym so as to avoid Sophie.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again (2/4) – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Series on the soul output of US R&B/rock giant Atlantic Records.

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.

Wednesday 5th December

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar is asked by the former king of Fedyra to accompany him to Switzerland on an important mission.

Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm

A mindbendingly colourful nugget of pop mined from the archive. Featuring the Moody Blues.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

Convinced Batman and Robin are dead, the Riddler breaks into the sarcophagus of an ancient Inca emperor to steal lost treasure.

Comics Britannia (1/3) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Exploring the golden age of children’s humour when copies of the Beano and Dandy sold in their millions, with contributions from Nick Park, Steve Bell and Michael Rosen. Narrated by Armando Iannucci.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again (3/4) – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Series on the soul output of US R&B/rock giant Atlantic Records.

Hep to the Jive – the Cab Calloway Story (4/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm

A chance to hear the 2006 series in which Clarke Peters pays tribute to charismatic showman, jazz band leader, singer and stage star Cab Calloway, who would have been 100 on Christmas Day. This final edition traces Calloway’s transformation from band leader to icon of African-American music.

Thursday 6th December

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Three Nemesis agents crash-land their aeroplane in Tibet.

Comics Britannia (2/3) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Armando Iannucci presents a guide to cartoon-strip heroes and heroines from the 1950s to the 1970s. With Frank Skinner and Max Hastings.

The Mighty Boosh (4/6) – BBC 3. 10.30pm – 11.00pm

Series three. Vince finds the Crack Fox hanging around the bins and invites him into the shop, but the animal repays his kindness by stealing a bottle of Shaman Juice.

Comics Britannia (3/3) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight

Armando Iannucci examines how the 1970s and 1980s gave birth to comic strips aimed at adults.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again (4/4) – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Series on the soul output of US R&B/rock giant Atlantic Records.