Retro TV W/C 5th January 2007

by Modculture 4 January, 2007

Byrds_1 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 5th January to Thursday 11th January.

Highlight of the Week: Hotel California: LA from The Byrds……to The Eagles – BBC 4. Monday 8th January 9.00pm – 10.30pm
Mark Strong narrates a documentary charting the development of the LA music scene in the 1960s and 70s.

Friday 5th January


Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 10.55pm – 12.00am
Double bill of the classic series. 

Film: The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) – BBC 2. 2:20 am – 3:40 am (Sat am)
In this, the last of Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, a Victorian widower becomes convinced that his new wife is possessed by the spirit of his previous partner. Starring Vincent Price.

Saturday 6th January


Film: Charade (1963) – ITV 1. 3.15pm – 5.20pm
Romantic comedy thriller starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and Walter Matthau.

Mission: Impossible – Five US. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The team tries to convince an enemy scientist to defect.
TOTP2 –  BBC 2. 5.05pm – 5.40pm
More archive sounds from the TOTP vaults.

Film: The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) – ITV 4. 9.15pm – 11.10pm (Repeated 1.20am Sun am)
Ralph Bates and Kate O’Mara star in another re-telling for the classic story.The brilliant but misunderstood scientist Frankenstein builds a man made up of a collection of spare body parts. The monster becomes alive but he has mental capabilities much below par. The monster is aggressive and wreaks havoc outside the laboratory. 

The Ultimate Hellraiser – Channel 4. 10.15pm – 11.50pm
A documentary which pays tribute to the celebrity legends who’ve lived serious rock ‘n’ roll lifestyles, from grandfathers of rock to present-day party animals.

Film: Carry On Emmanuelle (1978) – BBC 1.12:30 am – 1:55 am (Sun am)
Absolutely dreadful conclusion to the legendary series of comedies. The beautiful and sex-starved Emmanuelle Prevert just cannot inflame her husband’s ardour. In frustration, she seduces a string of VIPs. A career low for everyone involved.


Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Johnnie Walker stands in for Brian Matthew. 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.

Sunday 7th January


Heaven & Earth – BBC 1. 10.00am – 11.00am
Smokey Robinson talks about his faith.

Elvis: 68 Comeback Special – ITV 3. 4.45pm – 5.45pm
An hour of the King’s legendary comeback show.

Film: The Girl Can’t Help it (1956) – Film4. 5.30pm – 7.20pm
Jayne Mansfield is joined by a wealth of rock ‘n’ roll talent (Fats Domino, Little Richard and Julie London amongst others), in this hilarious satire on the juke box industry.

Film: Carry On Up the Kyber (1968) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
This Carry On romp set during the dying days of the British Empire in India is regarded as one of the best.

Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The IMF team go to a crime czar’s private party.

Heart-Throbs Of The 70s – BBC 1. 10:15 pm -11.15pm
Kings of 70s Romance: Lesley Joseph narrates a documentary about the unlikely pin-ups of the 1970s music scene, from Gilbert O’Sullivan and Barry White to Leo Sayer and Demis Roussos.

Film: Scandal (1988) – Film4. 11.25pm – 1.35am
A capable cast and evocative period detail hold the interest in this by-the-numbers reconstruction of the Profumo affair.

Film: The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) – BBC 2.12:30 am – 1:55 am (Mon am)
Professor Van Helsing combats seven rotting vampires clad in gold masks. They were revived by Dracula at the request of a Chinese priest in 1804 and a century later are terrorizing the village of Ping Kuei. One of the locals attends Van Helsing’s lecture in Chungking and enlists the vampire-hunter, his son, and a pretty heiress in ridding the village of its curse. 

Monday 8th January


Film: A Shot in the Dark (1964) – Channel 4. 9.55am – 11.50am
Madcap comedy sequel to the Pink Panther, starring Peter Sellers and Elke Sommer.

Mission: Impossible – Five US. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Dan Briggs is arrested.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 3. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff and Jean escort two beauty queens.

Hotel California: LA from The Byrds……to The Eagles – BBC 4. 21:00pm -22:30pm
(See highlight).

Film: Shampoo (1975) – BBC 4. 22:30pm -00:15am
A tongue-in-cheek look at the sexual revolution starring Warren Beatty as a Beverly Hills hair stylist whose uncontrolled libido stands in the way of his ambition to open a salon. 

The Old Grey Whistle Test Story – BBC 4. 3.15am – 3.55am (Tues am)
Jo Brand celebrates the life and times of the BBC’s first flagship live music programme with a look at the music, the presenters, the TV rivals, the sparse studio and the legacy of the show.


Diz for Prez – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
The untold story of the crucial 1964 US election, a fight between Barry Goldwater, Lyndon B Johnson and jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Dizzy believed in civil rights, withdrawing from Vietnam and recognising communist China. He also wanted to make Miles Davis the head of the CIA.

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s –  BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Radio 2’s resident rock ‘n’ roll enthusiast Mark Lamarr plays more psychedelia, soul, R&B and garage. 

Tuesday 9th January


Mission: Impossible – Five Us. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
A dictator plans to sell a valuable diamond.

The Persuaders – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Three women try to benefit from a scientist’s death.

Hollywood Confidential – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.50pm
The 1957 trial of Confidential magazine, a publication which had terrorised the stars for five years by exposing their secrets, scandals and sexual deviations and which aroused the public appetite for celebrity gossip.


Sampledelica! The History of the Mellotron – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12.00pm
Famously used on the opening of the Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever, the mellotron was championed by musicians in the prog-rock and psychedelia years. Mark Radcliffe explores the history of the instrument with contributions from Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Tony Banks and Justin Hayward.

Great Lives – Richard Beckinsale – BBC Radio 4. 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Alan Davies nominates the actor whose life was so brief that no-one has yet written it up. But there is something about Beckinsale that remains so well loved. With contributions from Stephen Frears, who directed him in two films, and from Beckinsale’s widow, Judy Loe, plus archive of his Porridge cell-mate Ronnie Barker. Presented by Matthew Parris.

Higher and Higher – the Life and Soul of Jackie Wilson (4/4) – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Paul Gambaccini recalls the career of R&B/soul/pop sensation Jackie Wilson. This final edition looks at his UK appearances, his trouble with the taxman and his collapse on stage in 1975, after which he lived in hospital until his death in 1984.

Wednesday 10th January


Mission: Impossible – Five Us. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The team infiltrate a group of Nazis.

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar traces a victim of an antiques racket.

From Ranch to Raunch – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A look at the hedonistic lifestyle of 1970s California, where many of the state’s suburban ranch houses became decadent party houses complete with jacuzzis and shag pile carpets.

Film: A Clockwork Orange (1971) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.45am
Stanley Kubrick’s notorious futuristic drama.


Soul Solutions – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Mica Paris show-cases vintage and contemporary soul.

Jobim: the Man from Ipanema – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Trumpeter and broadcaster Guy Barker pays tribute to pioneering composer, arranger and musician Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-94), who has been referred to as "the Gershwin of Brazil" and was instrumental in creating the bossa nova sound. This episode recalls Jobim’s golden era – the 1960s – when his international standing hit its peak, marked by his move to America and his collaboration with Frank Sinatra.

Thursday 11th January


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The INF team try to avert an international crisis.

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The team comes to the aid of a doctor.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
More hits from the decade.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Mrs Peel inherits a house, but finds herself in a labyrinth of psychological torture.


Britain’s Blonde Bombshell: the Diana Dors Story – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12.00pm
Honor Blackman pays tribute to the actress Diana Dors, initially marketed as a home-grown sex symbol to rival Marilyn Monroe, her very public private life and some poor career choices compromised her success.

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.