Retro TV W/C 9th May 2008

by Modculture 9 May, 2008

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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 9th May to Thursday 15th May.

Highlights of the week

BBC 4 broadcast The Music from Mad Men night on Friday 9th May, featuring a new biography of Peggy Lee (9pm), Kings of Cool: the Classic Crooners (10pm), and The World of Nat King Cole (11.50pm). The other bit of TV that looks at all interesting this week is Love Music Hate Racism 08, a look at the evolution of the Rock Against Racism movement (channel 4, Friday 9th,12.25am).

Radio wise, the most interesting listing to be found this week is on Radio 4 (Tuesday 13th, 1.30pm)
The Blues Dance – a look at the world of the blues dance or Jamaican private club in the history of black Britain. Johnnie Walker presents his own tribute to Dusty Springfield in Icons Revisited (BBC Radio 2. Tuesday 13th.10.30pm) and the world of public information films is celebrated in The Archive Hour – The Terrible Truth (BBC Radio 4. Saturday 10th. 8.00pm)

Friday 9th May

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie and Doyle become bodyguards to a Middle Eastern leader.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Bodie and Doyle’s country holiday spirals into chaos.

Fever – the Music of Peggy Lee – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A celebration of the life and near 60-year career of singer Peggy Lee, featuring her signature hits and rare footage. Beginning The Music from Mad Men night.

Kings of Cool: the Classic Crooners – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
A celebration of famous musical icons, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby.

Peep Show – Channel 4. 10.35pm – 11.05pm
(2/6). New series. Mark tries to deflect the inevitable bad PR attached to a jitter when he returns to work.

The World of Nat King Cole – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 12.20am
The life of the American jazz musician who became one of the world’s leading vocalists in an era of racial tension.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.10am
The Bird Who Knew Too Much: While Steed is pigeon-fancying, Emma seeks the secret everyone is in a flap about. With Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg.

Love Music Hate Racism 08 – Channel 4. 12.25am – 1.40am
The evolution of the Rock Against Racism movement.

Saturday 10th May

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

Peep Show – E4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm
(2/6). New series. Mark tries to deflect the inevitable bad PR attached to a jitter when he returns to work.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 10.10pm – 11.10pm
Regan gets involved in gangland relations when a deceased villain’s family squabble over inheritance.

Film: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Channel 4. 1.10am – 2.40am
Tobe Hooper’s notorious horror classic.

Mad Men (10/13) – BBC 2. 1.40am – 2.25am
Long Weekend. Roger attempts to restore Don’s confidence by inviting him to a liaison with a pair of twin models.

Film: Great Balls of Fire! (1989) – ITV 1. 2.05am – 3.55am
Musical biography of rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis starring Denis Quaid and Winona Ryder.

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 presented by Craig Charles.

The Archive Hour – The Terrible Truth – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
To help educate youngsters and alert their parents, a raft of public service films, documentaries and records were produced in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Some were broadcast on TV, others were sold in record stores, shown in the cinema or projected to sniggering, giggling children in school assembly. Tony Robinson takes a nostalgic look back at these educational productions and reflects that, while their tone and style may have changed, the messages are still relevant.

6 Mix – BBC Radio 6. 9.00pm – 11.00pm
With a set from Isle of Wight sextet the Bees.

Sunday 11th May

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie becomes preoccupied with a gang of Hell’s Angels.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Jim goes undercover to infiltrate a drugs gang, but the operation runs into trouble when his partner helps out.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Arthur’s plans are ruined.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan is set up by an ex-villain.

Those Were the Days – ITV 3. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Memories of the day that England won the World Cup in 1966, some unconnected to the football match at Wembley.

Mad Men (11/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
Indian Summer. Pete has more problems at home and at the office. Betty’s frustrations lead her to seek some relief. Peggy goes on a blind date.

Fever – the Music of Peggy Lee – BBC 4. 10.45pm – 11.45pm
A celebration of the life and near 60-year career of singer Peggy Lee, featuring her signature hits and rare footage.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 11.10pm – 12.20am
A 300-year-old witch targets a young woman in the present day.

BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.25am
Kings of Cool: the Classic Crooners – A celebration of famous musical icons, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby.

BBC 4. 12.25am – 1.55am
The World of Nat King Cole – The life of the American jazz musician who became one of the world’s leading vocalists in an era of racial tension.

Monday 12th May

TV

Legends: Doris Day – Virgin Territory -BBC 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Fabulous clips from her varied career illustrate this biography of the perennially popular actress who through sheer hard work, transformed herself into a Hollywood star.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
After a mysterious girl is injured and collapses inside a church, she begins talking confusedly about a high-security helicopter base.

Film: The Krays (1990) – ITV 4. 11.05pm – 1.30am
Visceral crime drama portraying the life of the infamous twins who became powerful underworld figures in 1960s London, starring Gary and Martin Kemp.

Film: Who Dares Wins (1982) – Channel 4. 12.55am – 3.00am
Tough action adventure starring Lewis Collins. When terrorists storm the American Embassy in London, it’s down to SAS captain Peter Skellen and his elite team to save the lives of the hostages.

Radio

This Town Ain’t Big Enough – the Story of Sparks (1/2) – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Mark Radcliffe profiles the rather eccentric and cynically spirited brethren pop-rock duo Sparks, who formed in Los Angeles in 1971, but then in 1974 relocated to England, where they resuscitated the charts with their bombastic number-two pop hit This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us.

Jac Holzman’s Elektra Story (6/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Paul Gambaccini concludes the history of American label Elektra Records.

Tuesday 13th May

TV

UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Alien forces turn a man into a traitor by preying on his devotion.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Archive music from the Moody Blues.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Marsha attempts to force Batman to marry her. Concludes tomorrow.

Later Live… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Mary Wilson of the Supremes talks about an exhibition of the band at the V&A.

Film: The Krays (1990) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.30am
Visceral crime drama portraying the life of the infamous twins who became powerful underworld figures in 1960s London, starring Gary and Martin Kemp.

Mad Men (11/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
Indian Summer. Pete has more problems at home and at the office. Betty’s frustrations lead her to seek some relief. Peggy goes on a blind date.

Radio

The Blues Dance – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
The world of the blues dance or Jamaican private club is a vital chapter in the history of black Britain. Don letts presents its story with contributors including Linton Kwesi Johnson, and recalls the impact of this distinctly Caribbean phenomenon.

This Town Ain’t Big Enough – the Story of Sparks (2/2) – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Mark Radcliffe profiles the rather eccentric and cynically spirited brethren pop-rock duo Sparks. This programme features their first ever demo and other previously unreleased material.

Icons Revisited – Dusty Springfield – BBC 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Johnnie Walker presents his own tribute to Dusty Springfield. With input from Burt Bacarach, Neil Tennant, Lulu and Vicki Wickham.

Wednesday 14th May

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
An antique necklace and a conspiracy of desperate men drag the duo into the shady world of gambling.

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music by the Shadows.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Queen of Diamonds dupes the caped crusader.

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Number Six becomes the Queen’s pawn in a game of human chess.

Sinatra under Siege – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Frank Sinatra’s ill-fated tour of Australia in 1974.

Those Were the Days – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Memories of 3 July 1976, the hottest day of the hottest summer ever recorded until then.

Film: The Firm (1988) – Film4. 11.10pm – 12.30am
Drama starring Gary Oldman. The leader of a gang of football hooligans tries to combine forces with a rival group to kick off violence at the 1988 European Championships.

Thursday 15th May

TV

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
In order to investigate a villain’s perfect crime, Harriet poses as a prostitute and Jim goes up in the world.

All about Thunderbirds – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Nick Park is among those paying tribute to Gerry Anderson’s sci-fi series, which captured the imagination of the public in the 1960s.

Panorama: the Challenges of the 60s – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
An assessment of predictions made by world leaders and eminent scientists in 1960, about what issues would dominate the International scene in the decade ahead.

Mad Men (11/13) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.45pm
Indian Summer. Pete has more problems at home and at the office. Betty’s frustrations lead her to seek some relief. Peggy goes on a blind date.

Peep Show – Channel 4. 11.30pm – 12.05am
(2/6). New series. Mark tries to deflect the inevitable bad PR attached to a jitter when he returns to work.

  • lozza

    The history of the blues dance on BBC Radio 4 – now that’s a real culture clash. Hope it will be on listen again, cos I’ll be at work then

  • Barry M

    Hi Lozza, the show is repeated on Saturday 17th May at 3.30pm