Retro TV W/C 6th November 2009

by Modculture 5 November, 2009

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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 6th November to Thursday 12th November 2009.
 
Highlight of the week

'Queen of the Pinups' Bettie Page was a model of the 1950s who became an iconic favourite of retro-loving pop culture fans during the 1980s and '90s. She began posing for photos in the 1940s as a way to make ends meet while working on an acting career. Her shapely figure, easy smile and trademark hairstyle – long black hair with bangs – made her a fan favourite, while photos taken by Irving Klaw have helped Page become a subversive symbol of 1950s kitsch.

Director Mary Harron's biopic The Notorious Bettie Page (BBC 2. Sunday 8th, 11.10pm) stars Gretchen Mol as god fearing Nashville girl Page, who swaps her conservative home for the bright lights of New York, hoping to find fame as an actress. Instead, she makes it big in a saucily different way, becoming one of the most iconic fetish models ever.

Friday 6th November

TV

Film: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) – Channel 4. 12.50pm – 2.20pm
Classic sci-fi thriller starring Kevin McCarthy.

Film: The Fly (1958) – Film 4. 3.05pm – 4.55pm
Cult 1950s sci-fi horror in which a scientist ends up half human/half fly.

Booker T at the Cambridge Folk Festival – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
Musical performance by Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist Booker T Jones, accompanied by members of The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Fleetwood Mac – Don't Stop – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 2.25am)
One of the biggest selling bands of all time are back on the road. This is their story, told in their own words.

Rock Family Trees – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
The career of Fleetwood Mac, famous for their complicated inter-band relationships as well as their music.

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.50pm
Coverage of the duo's 2008 concert in Madison Square Garden, New York, featuring performances of Blind Faith hits Presence of the Lord and Can't Find My Way Home.

Peter Green – Man of the World – BBC 4. 12.45am – 2.25am
The story of the blues performer who found fame in the 1960s as the lead guitarist of Fleetwood Mac, but left the public stage for years as he battled drug addiction and mental illness. Featuring archive footage and interviews with Noel Gallagher, Carlos Santana, his former bandmates and the musician himself.

Film: Hud (1963) – Film 4. 1.15am – 3.35am
Contemporary western starring Paul Newman. Hud is a moody, selfish son of Texas cattleman Homer Bannon. They are always at each others' throats. When their cattle are diagnosed with foot-and-mouth disease, the conflict between father and son comes to a head.

Film: The Sorcerers (1967) – BBC 2. 2.00am – 3.25am
Cult British science-fiction horror, directed by Michael Reeves and starring Boris Karloff and Ian Ogilvy. Set in Swinging Sixties London, a well-meaning professor discovers a way of controlling another person's mind through hypnotism. With "groovy" scenes set in Blaises night-club, low budget hallucination effects and a young Susan George getting slashed up with a pair of scissors, this is proper mod-horror.

Radio

The Film Programme – BBC Radio 4. 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Francine Stock is joined by Matthew Sweet, who discusses his campaign to rewrite the history of British cinema and uncover neglected classic films.

Saturday 7th November

TV

The Thick of it (3/8) – BBC 2. 10.10pm – 10.40pm
New. Series Three. New secretary of state Nichola is stuck in a hotel bedroom in Eastbourne, struggling to finish her speech for the annual party conference. Glenn unveils his secret weapon – tragic widow and people's champion Julie Price – but things start to unravel when Malcolm tries to get in on the act.

Krautrock: the Rebirth of Germany – BBC 4. 12.30am – 1.30am
Documentary examining how radical German bands, known as Krautrockers in the music press, developed a new musical identity that influenced many British bands.

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.

Sunday 8th November

TV

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: the Making of a Movie Classic – Five. 1.45pm – 3.00pm
Examining the success of the 1939 musical. The original movie is shown directly afterwards.

Film: Duel (1971) – ITV 4. 3.00pm – 4.30pm
Steven Spielberg's menacing thriller starring Dennis Weaver. Travelling salesman David Mann is used to driving long distances, but on an isolated stretch of road he encounters a smoke-spewing ten-ton tanker truck whose sole purpose seems to be to crush him and his car.

Film: Octopussy (1983) – ITV 1. 3.50pm – 6.15pm
Action-packed spy adventure starring Roger Moore. A British agent killed in East Germany is found dressed as a clown, clutching a priceless Faberge egg. James Bond sets out to solve the mystery and finds himself pitted against Octopussy, a businesswoman with her own private army.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Terry is approached by a private investigator.

Film: The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) – BBC 2. 11.10pm – 12.40am
Breezy biopic of the 1950s pin-up icon, starring Gretchen Mol, Jared Harris, Chris Bauer and Lili Taylor. God-fearing Nashville girl Bettie Page swaps her conservative home for the bright lights of New York, hoping to find fame as an actress. Instead, she makes it big in a saucily different way, becoming one of the most iconic fetish models ever.

Peter Green – Man of the World – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.30am
The story of the blues performer who found fame in the 1960s as the lead guitarist of Fleetwood Mac, but left the public stage for years as he battled drug addiction and mental illness. Featuring archive footage and interviews with Noel Gallagher, Carlos Santana, his former bandmates and the musician himself.

Fleetwood Mac – Don't Stop – BBC 4. 1.30am – 2.30am
One of the biggest selling bands of all time are back on the road. This is their story, told in their own words.

Monday 9th November

TV

Film: Please Sir! (1971) – Film4. 4.50pm – 6.50pm
Spin-off from the TV sitcom. When the pupils from Fenn Street School get the chance to go on a trip to the countryside, Bernard Hedges (John Alderton) makes sure his class is included despite his colleagues' disapproval. Classic British romp featuring Duffy, Frankie Abbott, Maureen & the gang. With a groovy theme song from Cilla.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A bad dream has Regan's girlfriend fearing for his safety.

Film: Starter For 10 (2006) – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
Spirited coming-of-age drama starring James McAvoy. It's 1985 and Brian Jackson is starting at Bristol University. Given the opportunity to fulfil his dream and appear on TV's University Challenge, he falls for his team-mate and plans to win her heart through his general knowledge skills.

Film: An American Werewolf in London (1981) – Five. 11.00pm – 12.45am
Gory horror starring David Naughton and Jenny Agutter. Two American travellers are attacked by a creature while walking on the Yorkshire moors. The survivor, David Kessler, is taken to a London hospital, where he begins to experience bloodthirsty visions.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again: The Reverend Al Green (1/4) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
2005 music profile by Paul Sexton.

Tuesday 10th November

TV

Film: Fathom (1967) – Film4. 4.30pm – 6.25pm
Terrific tongue-in-cheek spy spoof starring the 'statuesque' Raquel Welch. Bikini clad, skydiver Fathom Harvill is recruited by a top secret Western agency to retrieve a vital lost atomic device hidden in a rare Chinese dragon by parachuting into a house occupied by some Chinese 'reds'. But Fathom soon realises that nothing is as it seems. Johnny Dankworth provides the cool jazzy score.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Terry leaves his fingerprints on a stolen lorry while doing a job for Arthur.

Only Yesterday – the Carpenters Story – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Documentary a

bout the lives of the 1970s pop duo, whose wholesome brother-and-sister image hid a destructive secret. Includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with friends and family.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
Double bill. The lads camp out in Thornley Manor.

Good Arrows – ITV 4. 11.15pm – 1.20am
One-off mockumentary set in the world of darts, co-written and directed by Irvine Welsh. Faded star Andy "the Arrows" Samson opens his doors to a filmmaker, letting slip a host of revealing and embarrassing secrets in the process. Starring Jonathan Owen and Katy Brand.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again: The Reverend Al Green (2/4) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
2005 music profile by Paul Sexton.

Wednesday 11th November

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Terry leaves his fingerprints on a stolen lorry while doing a job for Arthur.

Flight of the Conchords (5/12) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Series one. Jermaine reconnects with Sally, and, as a result, moves out of the apartment.

Film: Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) – BBC 1. 11.50pm – 1.20am

George Clooney directs and co-stars with David Strathairn in this thought-provoking period drama based on the true story of the CBS news team's fight to broadcast criticism of senator Joe McCarthy during the communist witch-hunts of the early 1950s.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again: The Reverend Al Green (3/4) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
2005 music profile by Paul Sexton.

Thursday 12th November

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Eddie Monk wins a large amount of money – but hen gets blackmailing phone calls.

The Thick of it (3/8) – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 12.25am
Series Three. New secretary of state Nichola is stuck in a hotel bedroom in Eastbourne, struggling to finish her speech for the annual party conference. Glenn unveils his secret weapon – tragic widow and people's champion Julie Price – but things start to unravel when Malcolm tries to get in on the act.

Radio

Brel et Moi: Alastair Campbell on Jacques Brel – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Former Labour strategist Alastair Campbell reveals his passion for the music of the late Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel.   

6 Music Plays it Again: The Reverend Al Green (4/4) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
2005 music profile by Paul Sexton.