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Retro TV W/C 12th January 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 12th January to Thursday 18th January.

James_brown Highlights of the Week:

James Brown: Soul Deep Saturday 13th Jan. BBC 2. 11.55pm:
The first of a double bill celebrating the "hardest working man in showbusiness", who died on Christmas day. This documentary looks at how Brown was influential in the creation of funk music in the 1960s, and how his defiant, energy-driven groove quickly became synonymous with African-American identity in troubled times. Followed by:
The Electric Proms – James Brown Live. BBC 2. 12.55am:
Performance of jazz standards and soul classics by the late singer, in one of his last live performances, at the Roundhouse in Camden, London, backed by a 24-piece band and the London Community Gospel Choir.

Beatlemania – Timewatch. Friday 12 Jan. BBC 2. 9.00pm
By 1966, the Beatles had played over 1400 gigs and sold over 200 million records. However, at the height of their popularity – and without warning – the Fab Four decided they would never tour again. Perviously unseen archive footage plus interviews with those who accompanied the band on tour tell the inside story of Beatlemania, from death threats and plane crashes to diplomatic wrangles and, ultimately, disillusionment. Narrated by Michael Praed.

Friday 12th January


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 – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The team infiltrate a replica of an American town used to train spies in the Eastern Bloc.

In Concert: Neil Young – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
The singer-songwriter in performance at a 1971 concert, which showcased songs from his album Harvest.

California Comes to the Whistle Test – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 1.20am Sat)
Performances by the artists who lived and worked in the US state during the 1970s. Featuring Jackson Browne, Little Feat, Ry Cooder, Judee Sill and Bonnie Raitt.       

Beatlemania – Timewatch – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 9.50pm
(See highlights).

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.10pm
Double bill of the classic series.In the first, a writer uncovers an intriguing story when he visits his wartime lodgings. In the second, a stranger arrives, bewitching the town’s children with his magic.

Hotel California: from the Byrds to the Eagles – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.30pm
The music and mythology of the 1960s and 1970s California, as it grew into the artistic and industrial hub of the American music industry.

Live from Abbey Road – More4. 11.00pm – 12.05am
Performances from the legendary studios from, among others, Corinne Bailey Rae and Primal Scream.

Film: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) – Film4. 11.00pm – 1.05am
Camp, cult melodrama from Russ Meyer about the rise to fame of all-girl rock band the Carrie Nations.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
Mrs Peel inherits a house, but finds herself in a labyrinth of psychological torture.

From Ranch to Raunch – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.20am (Sat am)
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.


Great Lives – Richard Beckinsale – BBC Radio 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
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. 

Saturday 13th January


TOTP2 –  BBC 2. 6.35pm – 7.10pm
More archive sounds from the TOTP vaults including Madness, Iggy Pop and the Good, the Bad and the Queen.

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Studio and concert performances.

Film: The Wild One (1953) – Five US. 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Iconic drama starring Marlon Brando. After being thrown out of a motorcycle event, a biker gang descends on a small US town, igniting the passions and bigotry of the inhabitants. With Lee Marvin.

Film: The Blob (1958) – Five US. 11.10pm – 1.00am
Sci-fi drama starring a young Steve McQueen.

James Brown: Soul Deep – BBC 2. 11.55pm – 12.55am
(See highlights).

The Electric Proms – James Brown Live – BBC 2. 12.55am – 1.40am (Sun am)
(See highlights).

Film: Blood for Dracula (1974) – Film 4. 1.25am – 3.30am (Sun am)
Farcical yet gory horror in which Dracula can’t find any virgin blood because a local stud keeps deflowering his intended victims. Starring Joe Dallesandro. 


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.

Inside the Cavern – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
Midge Ure (!) visits the site of the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool where the Merseybeat was born and explores how this unlikely venue gave birth to a musical revolution.

The Feelgood Factor – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Lively documentary narrated by Mark Radcliffe about Dr Feelgood’s 1975 LP Down by the Jetty. 

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

Sunday 14th January


Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
A look at the hits of yesteryear.

Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A replica of an American town has been built in the Eastern Bloc to train future spies. Guest-starring George Takei of Star Trek fame.

Film: Fathom (1967) – Film4. 7.05pm – 9.00pm
Agents Raquel Welch and Tony Franciosa hurtle around the Mediterranean in this sprightly spy spoof.

Quatermass – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Starring John Mills. The professor takes Annie and Isabel to London.

From Ranch to Raunch – BBC 4. 11.10pm – 12.10am
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.

Monday 15th January


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 3. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The ghost of a prohibition gangster is seeking revenge.

Life on Mars (1/8) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Repeat of the first series of the fantasy drama starring John Simm. A Mancunian detective finds himself transported back to the year 1973.

Live from Abbey Road – Channel 4. 12.40am – 1.40am (Tues am)
Performances from the legendary studios including Corinne Bailey Rae and Primal Scream.


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 16th January


The Persuaders – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Brett enters the world of espionage.

Raiders of the Lost Archive (1/4) – ITV 1. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Paddy McGuiness presents early TV footage from both private collections and industry archives which were thought lost forever.

The Cult of … Adam Adamant – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.00am
A retrospective look at the dashing 1960s adventure series.


The Pickwick Poppers – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12.00pm
Stuart Maconie talks to the musicians behind the Top of the Pops albums of the 1970s.

Hey! Bo Diddley (1/3) – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Roger Daltery profiles legendary Mississippi-born singer/guitarist         Bo Diddley who uniquely imbibed rock ‘n’ roll with the blues.

Wednesday 17th January


The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Simon Templar investigates the Loch Ness monster.

Film: Get Carter (1971) – ITV 4. 10.05pm – 12.15am
Classic crime thriller starring Michael Caine.


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

Thursday 18th January


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Sharron investigates mysterious goings-on in Cornwall.

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

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
A university college’s staff and students are suspected of killing a leading economist.

Film: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) – Film4. 1.05am – 3.00am (Fri am)
Camp, cult melodrama from Russ Meyer about the rise to fame of all-girl rock band the Carrie Nations.

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