Retro TV W/C 3rd August 2007

by Modculture 2 August, 2007

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Barry Murphy
once more trawls 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 3rd August to Thursday 9nd August.

TV

Film: The Leather Boys (1963). Thursday 9th August. BBC 2. 12.05am
Showing as part of the Beeb’s British films season, this rarely screened cult drama stars Rita Tushingham and Colin Campbell. Dot marries Reggie to escape from her parents, but he loves motorbikes more than he loves her, and she’s more a child than a wife. Then Dot becomes pregnant.

Friday 3rd August

TV

Danger Man – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Drake infiltrates the headquarters of a gang of killers. Starring Patrick McGoohan.

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain (3/5) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The journalist examines life in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

An amnesiac girl holds the only clue to the location of a terrorist attack on top secret diplomatic talks.

Film: Klute (1971) – ITV 3. 9.05pm – 11.20pm

Atmospheric thriller starring Jane Fonda. In New York, detective John Klute investigates the disappearance of a research scientist and becomes involved with high-class prostitute Bree Daniels, who may hold the key to the mystery.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am

Steed investigates a mysterious disappearance.

Soul Britannia (3/3) – BBC 2. 12.05am – 1.05am (Sat am)
Keep on Movin’. Why British soul was in a state of flux during the 1980s, until artists started to look to sounds from the past, and how reggae helped UK hip-hop gain its identity.

Radio

Marc Riley’s Brain Surgery – BBC 6 Music. 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Featuring Liverpudlian singer/songwriter Candie Payne in session.

Saturday 4th August

TV

The Day of the Triffids (4-6/6) – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.25pm
BBC 4 repeat the last 3 episodes of the classic 1980s dramatisation of Jonathan Wyndham’s acclaimed novel.

British Film Forever (2/7) – BBC 2. 9.05pm – 10.45pm

Longing, Loving and Leg-Overs: the Story of British Romance – This edition of the series celebrating the best of British cinema looks at the art of depicting affairs of the heart on the big screen. 

Film: Gregory’s Girl (1980) – BBC 2. 10.30pm – 12.00am

Coming-of-age romantic comedy, showing as part of the British films season. Teenage footballer Gregory develops a crush on his school team’s new player – an attractive blonde called Dorothy who transforms the side’s fortunes. But Gregory struggles to make headway when he tries to get himself a date.

Film: Dogtown and Z – Boys (2001) – Channel 4. 10.40pm – 12.35am

Reverential documentary narrated by Sean Penn that delivers a fascinating "where-are-they-now" portrait of the hip, surf-crazy Californian street kids who made skateboarding the coolest sport in the USA during the 1970s.

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 Elvis Effect – (1/2) – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am

Elvis Presley, 30 years after his death, is arguably more marketable than when he was alive. His brand is booming and his cultural significance is stratospheric. David Stafford takes his curiosity on the road to find out why.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Ray Manzarek’s Summer of Love – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Continuing Radio 2’s season of programmes devoted to the 1960s, Doors keyboard player Manzarek offers a selection of tracks that influenced the band’s sound. Artists include Muddy Waters, the Rolling Stones, the Kingsmen, the Beatles and Them.

Sunday 5th August

TV

The Unforgettable… Joan Sims – ITV 1. 5.20 – 5.50pm
Profile of the popular actress, best known for her roles in the Carry On films.

Film: Carry On Behind (1975) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm

Bawdy comedy starring Elke Sommer, Kenneth Williams etc. Russian archaeologist Anna Vrooshka joins Roland Crump to investigate the remains of a Roman encampment.

Quatermass (1/4) – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

John Mills stars as the retired professor who battles sinister forces threatening Earth.

Monday 6th August

TV

Soul Deep: the story of Black Popular Music – The Birth of Soul – UKTV History. 7.00am – 8.00am
How Ray Charles merged dancehall with gospel music to create soul.

Sounds of the Seventies – BBC 4. 9.50pm – 10.00pm

Top tunes from the decade.

Life on Mars – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

(2/8) series two. The team are set upon by a gang while they escort notorious safe-cracker Dickie Fingers to the station.

Tuesday 7th August

TV

Soul Deep: the story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 7.00am – 8.00am
The Gospel Highway – Following Sam Cooke’s career from gospel singer to pop stardom.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Jeff and Jean act as escorts for two beauty contestants, only to find themselves involved in a plot to steal ancient documents.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

CI5 investigate when the son of a South American president is killed at a polo match.

Sounds of the Seventies – BBC 4. 9.40pm – 10.00pm

Top tunes from the decade.

Life on Mars – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

(3/8) series two. After a bomb warning is received, Sam fights to discredit Gene’s theory that the IRA have bought their mainland campaign to Manchester.

Cape Wrath – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 11.05am

(5/7) – Samantha’s dying father, a top neuroscientist, orders her to tell Danny the truth about the project.

Cape Wrath – E4. 11.00pm – 12 Midnight
(6/7) – After confronting Dr York about his recent outburst, Evelyn finds herself on the receiving end of a surprising ultimatum.

Cape Wrath – E4. 12.05am – 1.10am (Weds am)
(7/7) – Danny and the Brogans attempt to leave Meadowlands.

Wednesday 8th August

Soul Deep: the story of Black Popular Music – The Sound of Young America – UKTV History. 7.00am – 8.00am
Founder of Motown, Berry Gordy, and his search for a winning pop formula.

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Simon Templar plays a part in a gangster’s plot to trick four enemies into carrying out a robbery.

Radio

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (5/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Mark Lamarr returns with another series showcasing obscure 1960s recordings from rock, pop, and psych to folk, soul, R&B and garage.

Thursday 9th August

TV

Soul Deep: the story of Black Popular Music – Southern Soul – UKTV History. 7.00am – 8.00am
The 1960s saw the emotionally-charged ‘Southern Soul’ of Otis Redding emerge from Memphis.

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Intruders break into the offices of Nemesis, an international security organisation, and obtain information that puts Richard’s life in danger.

Film: Carry On Behind (1975) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Bawdy comedy starring Elke Sommer, Kenneth Williams etc. Russian archaeologist Anna Vrooshka joins Roland Crump to investigate the remains of a Roman encampment.

UFO – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A civilian test pilot is shot down by a UFO, and risks his life by attempting to investigate further.

Film: The Leather Boys (1963) – BBC 2. 12.05am – 1.45am (Fri am)
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