Retro TV W/C 7th December 2007

by Modculture 6 December, 2007

Pinkfloyd
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 7th December to Thursday 13th December.

Highlight of the week

The Pink Floyd Story: Which One’s Pink? – Wednesday 12th December BBC 1. 10.45pm
Chronicling the history of the band, from the psychedelic 1960s through to their reunion appearance at Live 8 in 2005. Originally led by Syd Barrett, who died in 2006, they experimented with sound and pioneered the concept album, while creating ever more visually ambitious stage shows, with Roger Waters the key songwriter for their massive selling compilations of the 1970s, followed by two globally successful albums in the 1980s with David Gilmour at the helm. Featuring archive footage and original interviews.

Friday 7th December

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Hopkirk is certain he has witnessed a murder, even though the victim turns out to be still alive.

Space 1999 – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
When an astronaut seemingly returns from the dead, he directs the crew towards a planet resembling Earth – but the promised idyll soon proves fraught with danger.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Bodie and Doyle suspect Russian intervention when a lieutenant colonel disappears.

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

A look at the extraordinary diversity of musical styles across Brazil, and how these serve to highlight the country’s wide social divisions.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 4. 10.55pm – 12.05am

Double bill of the classic series. In the first, when an elderly aristocrat recalls a duel fought in Germany in the 1920s, a shocking secret is revealed. In the second, three thrifty ladies are reunited by the death of a woman who served their families in the colonies.

Flight of the Conchords (11/12) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.35pm

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

Batman – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am
Double bill of the Dynamic duo. This week the Riddler steals a rare book.

Saturday 8th December

TV

TOTP2 – Dave. 10.00am – 12Noon
More classic pop clips.

Film: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) – ITV 1. 3.20pm – 4.40pm (Continues 5.10pm – 6.10pm)
Slick spy adventure starring Roger Moore. James Bond undertakes a perilous mission to find sharp-shooting assassin Francisco Scaramanga.

TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
More classic pop clips.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.55pm – 10.55pm
Regan and Carter uncover a plot to smuggle gold into the Middle East disguised as weights for an international strongman competition.

The Company (3/3) – BBC 2. 9.40pm – 11.15pm
The powerful Cold War thriller based on Robert Littell’s bestselling novel concludes. After being given clues to the identity of the KGB mole, arch strategist James Angleton reaches a conclusion that Jack finds unacceptable. Meanwhile, as glasnost blooms in the Soviet Union, Starik’s scheme to bring America to its knees nears fruition.

Brazil, Brazil (3/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
How musical styles differ across Brazil but still play an important role in highlighting the country’s divisions between rich and poor.

Film: Deep Red (1975) – Film4. 10.45pm – 1.10am
Italian giallo murder mystery starring David Hemmings. While in Rome, pianist Marcus enlists the help of Gianna, a local journalist, to track down the killer of a parapsychologist – before the maniac strikes again.

The Buzzcocks at the Forum – Virgin 1. 11.00pm – 12.05am
The legendary Manchester punk band perform a selection of their greatest tracks.       

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks.

Between Rock and a Good Cause – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
From San Francisco in the 1960s to Live Aid in America in the 1980s, controversial music promoter Bill Graham was a tough businessman who also managed dozens of benefit concerts, with some of the biggest names in rock. John Wilson looks back at a career of backstage battles and the odd on-stage punch-up, including the memories of British promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and Graham’s friends and colleagues.

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

Sunday 9th December

TV

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

TOTP2 – Dave. (Freeview Ch. 19). 10.00am – 11.00am
More classic performances from the archives.

Film: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) – Five. 4.20pm – 6.20pm
Authentic spy drama adapted from the novel by John Le Carre, starring Richard Burton. Disillusioned with the world of espionage, agent Alec Leamas is desperate to retire. However, his superiors decide that this air of disenchantment is the perfect cover for a defector, and Leamas is sent behind the Iron Curtain for one last assignment.

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.

Minder – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Arthur persuades Terry to mind Alex’s shop while he is in hospital.

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.

Monday 10th December

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff and Marty investigate a murderous stage act.

Film: Lucky Jim (1957) – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Comedy based on Kingsley Amis’s satirical novel starring Ian Charmichael and Terry-Thomas. A junior history lecturer at a provincial university is appalled by the pompous posturing of those around him and becomes a disruptive influence.

Led Zeppelin: Live Madison Square Garden 1973 – Channel 4. 11.50pm – 12.20am
The British heavy metal godfathers perform tracks including Black Dog and Since I’ve Been Loving You.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
The Otis Redding Story (1/4) – Stuart Maconie charts the career of the soul giant who died in a plane crash 40 years ago today.

Tuesday 11th December

TV

Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
A mindbendingly colourful nugget of pop mined from the archive.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Joker’s henchmen capture the dynamic duo.

Flight of the Conchords (12/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Murray hires a bongo player to make the band a trio – a move which does not go down well with Jermaine and Bret.

Peepshow (4/6) – E4. 11.00pm – 11.35pm
Series four. Jeremy meets a techno musician.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again – The Otis Redding Story (2/4) – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Stuart Maconie charts the career of the soul giant.

Richard Pryor – Was it Something I said? – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm.
Russell fucking Brand pays tribute to the king of stand-up comedy Richard Pryor, who died in 2005, aged 65. The programme features archive clips and new interviews with those who worked with him, including comic actor Bill Cosby and writing partner Paul Mooney.

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 12th December

Film: The Saint: Vendetta for the Saint (1969) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Action adventure starring Roger Moore as the suave anti-hero, who tangles with the Mafia while investigating a murder.

Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Footage of Helen Shapiro performing Walkin’ Back to Happiness.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The dynamic duo escape the Joker’s trap and unmask the Maharajah.

Russell Brand on the Road – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The annoying tit is joined by Matt Morgan to journey across America as a homage to his literary hero Jack Kerouac.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Cowley and the team are confused by a chain of events which include lethal narcotics, a series of killings and a drug addict.

The Pink Floyd Story: Which One’s Pink? – BBC 1. 10.45pm – 11.45pm
(See Highlight).

Led Zeppelin: Live Madison Square Garden 1973 – More4. 11.50pm – 12.20am
The British heavy metal godfathers perform tracks including Black Dog and Since I’ve Been Loving You.

The Mighty Boosh – BBC 3. 11.50pm – 12.20am
(4/6) 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.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
The Otis Redding Story (3/4) – Stuart Maconie charts the career of the soul giant.

Thursday 13th December

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The trio investigate irregularities in the international money market and uncover a mind-control conspiracy.

Film: Buena Vista Social Club (1998) – Film4. 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Evocative documentary. Director Wim Wenders records American guitarist Ry Cooder’s work with a legendary group of Cuban musicians. including Ibrahim Ferrer and Ruben Gonzalez.

UFO – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Two crew members of an interceptor attempt to kill their colleagues in a crazed frenzy, believing them to be their enemies.

The Mighty Boosh (5/6) – BBC 3. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Series three. Reluctant to celebrate his birthday, Howard eventually succumbs to Vince’s plan for a huge party.

Russell Brand on the Road – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
The annoying tit is joined by Matt Morgan to journey across America as a homage to his literary hero Jack Kerouac.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again – The Otis Redding Story (4/4) – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Stuart Maconie charts the career of the soul giant.