Retro TV W/C 3rd July 2009

by Modculture 2 July, 2009

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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 3rd July to Thursday 9th July 2009.

Highlights of the week 

After ten years away from the spotlight, legendary Motown star and R&B innovator Stevie Wonder returned with a two-night residency at London O2 arena last September. Stevie Wonder: Live at Last (Friday 3rd. BBC 2. 11.35pm) includes classic tracks Living for the City, Higher Ground, My Cherie Amour, I Wish, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) and Superstition. Plus Isn't She Lovely performed with his daughter Aisha Morris.

This week on the radio, blues veteran John Mayall traces the explosion of the blues and R&B in Britain in the early 1960s, with contributions from Bill Wyman, Zoot Money and Eric Burdon in John Mayall's Blues Adventures (Tuesday 7th, BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm).

Friday 3rd July

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff discovers a plot to kidnap the heir to a fortune

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 7.25pm

Stan and Jack decide to get fit.

Carry On Laughing – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 8.00pm

Comedy sketches.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Bodie and Doyle race to identify an assassin.

Sight and Sound in Concert: Thin Lizzy – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.35am

Phil Lynott and co perform Jailbreak, Cold Sweat and The Boys Are Back in Town, from 1983.

More Guitar Heroes at the BBC – BBC 4. 10.35pm – 11.35pm (Repeated 12.30am)

New. Archive performances by celebrated musicians Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Peter Green and Johnny Winter. Other performers featured include Manitas De Plata, Ry Cooder and Thin Lizzy, while Fleetwood Mac's Albatross and In the City by the Jam are among the classic songs performed.

Film: Magnum Force (1973) – ITV 1. 10.35pm – 12.50am

All-guns-blazing crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood as San Francisco cop "Dirty"Harry Callahan. Prominent local criminals are being killed off in a series of murders where the weapon is always the same: the .357 Magnum. As the investigation gets under way, Callahan and his boss have conflicting ideas about who is responsible.

Flight of the Conchords (8/10) – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12Midnight
Series two. New Zealand Town. The prime minister creates New Zealand Town between Chinatown and Little Italy, but when the Conchords ask to play at the opening, he insists the event deserves a cooler guest.

Stevie Wonder: Live at Last – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
After ten years away from the spotlight, the legendary Motown star and R&B innovator returned with a two-night residency at London O2 arena last September. Classic tracks include Living for the City, Higher Ground, My Cherie Amour, I Wish, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) and Superstition. Plus Isn't She Lovely performed with his daughter Aisha Morris.

Radio

Colour My World: the Tony Hatch Story (3/3) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Radio 2's profile of the man who wrote Downtown concludes with his TV work, including themes for Crossroads (1964), Man Alive (1965), Emmerdale (1972) and Neighbours (1985). Plus a look at his Simon Cowell-like persona on 1970s talent show New Faces.

Saturday 4th July

TV

Film: A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) – Film4. 2.40pm – 4.25pm
An imaginative young boy growing up in London's impoverished East End in the 1950s, absorbs a tale about the magical power of captured unicorns from the kindly tailor Kandinsky and goes in search of the mythic beast.

Film: Cat Ballou (1965) – BBC 2. 3.50pm – 5.25pm

Comedy western starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin. Schoolteacher Catherine Ballou returns home to find her father's life under threat from developers who want his ranch land. To protect him, Catherine assembles a motley bunch of outlaws including Kid Shelleen, an ageing gunfighter with a fondness for alcohol.

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

Feelin' Love: the Donna Summer Story – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Producer and Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers celebrates the career of US R&B-pop diva Donna Summer, who ruled the airwaves and dance clubs during her phenomenal mid-to late 70s reign.

Sunday 5th July

TV

The Day of the Triffids (1&2/6) – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A repeat showing of the BBC's acclaimed 1981 six-part series, starting with the first 2 episodes back-to-back. A hospital patient wakes up to find London in chaos, with most of the population blinded by a meteorite shower.

Film: The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.05am
British horror starring Ralph Bates. Cold-blooded young student Victor Frankenstein steps into his father's shoes to continue his horrific experiments in bringing the dead back to life.

Comedy Classics: Rising Damp – ITV 1. 10.45pm – 11.45pm
A tribute to the 1970s sitcom which starred Leonard Rossiter, as the penny-pinching landlord Rigsby whose lodgers included Don Warrington, Richard Beckinsale and Frances de la Tour. Writer Eric Chappell recalls his inspiration for the series and a classic episode Stage Struck follows.

Film: The Jerk (1979) – ITV 4. 1.05am – 2.40am

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.

Monday 6th July

TV

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm
The Luxton Bus Company Social Club hold a darts match.

Carry On Laughing – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm
Clips from the Carry On films.

Film: All or Nothing (2002) – BBC 1. 11.20pm – 1.30am
Bleak drama directed by Mike Leigh and starring Timothy Spall. During a long weekend on a run-down South London housing estate, a rag tag group of life's survivors struggle to stay afloat in a sea of social and financial despair.

Tuesday 7th July

TV

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm
Stan and Jack look forward to their welcome seasonal breaks.

Carry On Laughing – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm
Clips from the Carry On films.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Bodie and Doyle are assigned protection duties.

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) – ITV 4. 10.05pm – 12.20am
John Landis' anarchic comedy starring John Belushi. The students of Delta house have a reputation for wild parties and drinking. As the freshmen arrive on campus,
the future of the house com
es under threat.

Flight of the Conchords (9/10) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 10.55pm

New. Series two. Wingmen. Bret falls for a girl working at the pet shop, but shyness thwarts his chance of asking her on a date. Determined to lend a hand, Jermaine enlists the aid of a friendly mugger to help make his band-mate look tough in front of his new love interest.

Radio

John Mayall's Blues Adventures – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Blues veteran John Mayall traces the explosion of the blues and R&B in Britain in the early 1960s. With contributions from Bill Wyman, Zoot Money and Eric Burdon.

All of Me: the Betrayal of Billie Holiday – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm

To mark next week's 50th anniversary of her death, Neneh Cherry tells the story of how the jazz-blues legend was betrayed by her manager, resulting in a near-ten-month spell in prison for narcotic offences.

Wednesday 8th July

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie and Doyle are assigned protection duties.

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.25pm
Stan and Jack are chosen to go on a training course.

Carry On Laughing – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 8.00pm
Farcical comedy sketches.

Legends: the Andrews Sisters – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Queens of the Music Machines. Profile of the group.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Arthur's safe is targeted by an old acquaintance.

Film: Buster (1988) – BBC 1. 11.30pm – 1.10am
Biographical crime drama, based on the life of Great Train robber Buster Edwards, starring Phil Collins. A small time crook gets a chance to move into the big time.

Thursday 9th July

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Arthur's safe is targeted by an old acquaintance.

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 7.25pm

Stan and Jack take out a boisterous group of school children.

Carry On Laughing – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 8.00pm
Comedy sketches.

Psychoville (4/7) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm

In an episode based on the classic Hitchcock thriller Rope, David and his mother Maureen are interrupted in their killing spree by the arrival of a visitor and must keep the caller from finding the body in the trunk.

Legends: Josephine Baker – The First Black Superstar – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Documentary about the iconic black entertainer who was a pioneer in every sense of the word and whose impact on the cultural history of the twentieth century was profound.