Retro TV W/C 13th April 2007

by Modculture 12 April, 2007

Samdave
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 13th April to Thursday 19th April.

Highlights of the week:


Stax Records 50th Anniversary. Saturday 14th April.

BBC radio presents 2 shows this weekend in celebration of the 50th birthday of legendary Memphis record label Stax.

Hit the Road Stax – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
Paul Gambaccini explores the Stax/Volt tour of 1967, which introduced Europe to soul giants Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and Booker T and the MGs. With input from Sam Moore, Steve Cropper, Wayne Jackson (of the Memphis Horns) and Stax boss Al Bell.

Soulsville – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Trevor Nelson celebrates the 50th anniversary of Memphis-based soul studio Stax records. Recalling the label’s glory days are Stax house composers Issac Hayes and David Porter, guitarist Steve Cropper and trumpeter Wayne Jackson.

Friday 13th April

TV

Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The team are called into action when a Nobel Prize-winner is framed in a world domination plot.

In Concert: Bill Withers – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
The American singer/songwriter, known for hits such as Lovely Day and Ain’t No Sunshine, performs live.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.50pm – 12.40am
Emma changes allegiance and joins the enemy.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.25pm – 12.35am
Double bill of the classic series.

Saturday 14th April

TV

Film: Casino Royale (1967) – ITV 3. 1.50pm – 4.25pm
Swinging 60s spoof with David Niven, Peter Sellers and Woody Allen.

Film: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) – Film4. 3.10pm – 5.05pm

Satire on the jukebox industry, starring Jayne Mansfield, with Little Richard, Fats Domino and Julie London.

Film: Carry On Up the Kyber (1968) – Film4. 5.05pm – 6.45pm

Another period romp from the Carry On gang.

Film: Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973) – BBC 2. 11.15pm – 12.50am
Big screen comedy sequel. When rag-and-bone-men Steptoe and Son put their carthorse into retirement, Harold’s mission to buy a replacement has an unintended outcome.

Radio

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

Hit the Road Stax – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am

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

Soulsville – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

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Sunday 15th April

TV

Film: A Clockwork Orange (1971) – Channel 4. 10.55pm – 1.25am
Stanley Kubrick’s controversial futuristic vision starring Malcolm McDowell.

Film: Frenzy (1972) – Film4. 1.00am – 3.30am

The police hunt for a murderer on the loose in London in this unsettling, blackly comic thriller.

Radio

Drama on 3: Entertaining Mr Sloane – BBC Radio 3. 8.00pm – 10.00pm
The first radio production of Joe Orton’s notoriously successful play first staged in 1964.

Monday 16th April

TV

Wedding Belles – More4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
One-off Irvine Welsh drama with a Northern soul soundtrack and a few dancing sequences.

Film: Play Dirty (1969) – BBC 1. 12.05am – 2.05am (Tues am)
Second World War drama starring Michael Caine.

Radio

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A new slot for the R&B specialist.

The History of Psychedelia (1/4) – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
David Quantick takes a trip through the acid-drenched parallel universe of psychedelic music. The first of four parts to be broadcast every day this week.

Tuesday 17th April

TV

The Persuaders – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Brett and Danny are assigned to protect an heiress.

Ripping Yarns – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm

Tomkinson’s Schooldays.

Radio

Behind the Velvet Rope – Studio 54 Uncovered – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Recalling the halcyon days of history’s most famous dancefloor (according to the Radio Times).

The History of Psychedelia (2/4) – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

David Quantick takes a trip through the acid-drenched parallel universe of psychedelic music.

Wednesday 18th April

TV

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar is hired to kill an unlightly target – himself.

Film: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) – Film4. 4.50pm – 6.40pm

Satire on the jukebox industry, starring Jayne Mansfield, with Little Richard, Fats Domino and Julie London.

Radio

The History of Psychedelia (3/4) – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
David Quantick takes a trip through the acid-drenched parallel universe of psychedelic music.

The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
With Mark Lamarr.

Thursday 19th April

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Nemesis agents are programmed to kill their colleagues.

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm

Studio performances from yesteryear.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm

Steed meets a dead man – and Emma fights the corpse. Christopher Lee guest-stars.

Legends – ITV 1(London region only) 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Satirist Peter Cook co-foundered the Establishment club and Private Eye before TV fame with Dudley Moore.

Radio

The History of Psychedelia (4/4) – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
David Quantick concludes his trip through the acid-drenched parallel universe of psychedelic music.