Retro TV W/C 9th February 2007

by Modculture 9 February, 2007

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 9th February to Thursday 15th February.

Highlight of the week: Soul Britannia. Friday 9th. BBC 4. 9.00pm. (Repeated Saturday 1.20am & Thursday 11.55pm)

Second part of this excellent new 3 part series charting the dynamic impact of black American and Caribbean sounds on British music and society is absolutely essential viewing. This episode explores the time-frame of the early 1970s to the mid 80s, featuring Northern soul, skinheads, Ska and 2-tone. With contributions from Pete Townshend, Paul Weller and Kevin Rowland, among others.

More on the series

Friday 9th February


Film: Bless This House (1972) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
Big-screen version of the 1970s comedy starring Sid James, Terry Scott, Peter Butterworth and the lovely Sally Geeson.

Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

In the pilot episode, Dan Briggs assembles the IMF team to recover a pair of nuclear warheads.

Soul Britannia – Soul Rebels (2/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
(See highlight).

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.05pm
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a put-upon man turns to gambling. In the second, a man with a remarkable memory turns his talent into cash.

Live from Abbey Road – More4. 11.05pm – 12.10am

Performances from, among others, Gnarls Barkley.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
A number of astronomers are slain.

Saturday 10th February


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 4.00pm – 5.00pm

A prince plans to use his wealth to start a war.

TOTP2 – BBC 2. 5.35pm – 6.10pm
Includes an archive performance from the Specials.

GBH (2/7) – More4. 11.05pm – 12.45am

Jim Nelson becomes a local hero in a tragic accident, giving him some respite from the persecution that Michael has given him.

Soul Britannia on Later… – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.20am (Sun am)
Seminal soul acts of the last 15 years as featured on Later with Jools Holland.

Soul Britannia (2/3) – BBC 4. 1.20am – 2.20am
Repeat. (See highlights).


Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am

Brian Matthew returns for 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 11th February


Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

First episode of the cult spy series starring Steven Hill and Peter Lupus.

Film: Croupier (1998) – Film4. 9.00pm – 10.45pm

Director Mike Hodges thriller in which a casino employee gets involved with the wrong people.

Film: Sexy Beast (2000) – Channel 4. 10.20pm – 11.55pm

Cat-and-mouse crime drama starring Ray Winstone. Retired criminal Gary Dove’s idyllic Spanish life is shattered when a psychotic associate from London is sent to persuade him, by any means necessary, to compete one final job. Featuring a genius, foul-mouthed tour-de-force from Ben Kingsley as ‘ Don’.

Film: Summer Holiday (1962) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.45am

Corny musical comedy starring Cliff Richard, Una Stubbs, Melvyn Hayes and Ron  Moody. Four London transport mechanics decide to run a European travel service using double-decker buses and set out on their first trip bound for Athens.

Film: The American Nightmare (2000) – BBC 2. 1.15am – 2.25am (Mon am)
Documentary exploring the horror movie revival of the 1960s and 70s,  referencing such classics as Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and David Cronenburg’s Shivers.

Film: The Fiend (1971) – BBC 2. 2.25am – 3.55am (Mon am)

Horror starring Ann Todd in which a disturbed young man preys on the lives of young women on London’s streets.

Monday 12th February


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Dan tries to rescue a friend’s kidnapped daughter.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 3. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Marty’s aunt needs protection in Monte Carlo.

Film: The Graduate (1967) – ITV 3. 10.00pm – 12.00am

Director Mike Nichols landmark satire about a college graduate who’s adrift in the adult world.

Live from Abbey Road – Channel 4. 11.55pm – 1.00am

Live from Abbey Road – Performances from, among others, Gnarls Barkley.

Film: Fellini’s Roma (1972) – Film4. 12.55am – 3.30am
The famous director indulges himself with a seemingly autobiographical look at the Rome of his youth.


Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s –  BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Radio 2’s resident rock ‘n’ roll enthusiast Mark Lamarr plays more psychedelia, soul, R&B and garage.

Tuesday 13th February


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The team try to recover information about a planned chemical warfare attack.

The Persuaders – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Brett and Danny help a woman in distress.

Never Did Me Any Harm (1/4) – Channel 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

A modern family turn back the clock to the 1970s for two weeks so that the children can find out what life was like for their parents when they were young.

Life on Mars (1/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series of the acclaimed time-travel drama starring John Simm as DI Sam Tyler. Sam encounters the young incarnation of a villain he put behind bars in 2006 and disregards procedure to ensure he is sent down.

Life on Mars (2/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
New. Sam is shocked when his mentor from 2006 arrives at the station.

ITV at the Movies – ITV 1. 11.35pm – 12.00am

Short review of Sienna Miller’s Edie biog Factory Girl.       


Freak Out! the Frank Zappa Story – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12.00pm
To mark the 40th anniversary of his first album, Germaine Greer tells Zappa’s story.

Sexual Healing: Soul’s Great Saga – BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Trevor Nelson celebrates the Marvin Gaye ‘make out’ classic with the help of Paulo Hewitt, Sam Moore and biographer David Ritz who co-wrote the song.

Holloway Dreams – The Joe Meek Story (2/3) – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Tom Robinson presents a special tribute to Joe Meek, Britain’s most prized independent record producer of the pre-swinging 1960s era. A studio pioneer and an eccentric, Meek manufactured uniquely futuristic sounds, often from homemade devices and heightened by echo and reverb. His most famous work remains the Tornados’ 1962 transatlantic number one instrumental Telstar. Other beneficiaries of the Meek touch include Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages, Billy Fury, Gene Vincent, the Honeycombs, Petula Clark, Jess Conrad and Sounds Incorporated. But Meek led a life troubled by paranoia, depression and the then illegality of homosexuality. On 3rd February 1967 Meek fatally shot both his landlady and himself.

Wednesday 14th February


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The team infiltrate a spy-training town in the Eastern Bloc.

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A girl claims to be Hitler’s daughter.

The Brit Awards Live – ITV 1. 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Being broadcast live in the vain hope that something "controversial" might happen and hosted by uber-c*nt Russell Brand, it’s a test of your endurance as to how much of this smug music-biz wank fest you’ll be able to stomach. Featuring performances by, among others, Amy Winehouse and Oasis, who pick up the special award for outstanding contribution to music after 10 years of middling rock music. Laughable innit. 

Never Mind the Buzzcocks – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The one where Preston from Big Brother (aka the bastard indie son of Heat Magazine) strops off because someone calls his missus a div or something. He could have been a contender.

Oasis: Lock the Box – ITV2. 11.30pm – 12.30pm
Liam and Noel discuss the band’s career. Copies of the greatest hits CD are still available.

Film: Electra Glide in Blue (1973) – Film4. 12.45am – 3.00am (Thurs am)
Robert Blake plays a diminutive motorcycle cop in one of the great cult movies.

Thursday 15th February


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

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm

Steed and Emma investigate a spate of murders.

Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.50pm
Based on his infamous diaries, Michael Sheen once again proves his current status as Britain’s greatest actor in this compelling dramatisation of the life of the camp enigma. 

Let the Music Play: the Barry White Story – Channel 4. 11.25pm – 12.30am
The life and work of the legendary singer, from his poverty-stricken upbringing in Los Angeles to his music career and the circumstances of his death. 

Soul Britannia (2/3) – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.20am (Fri am)

(See highlights).


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