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Retro TV W/C 26th January 2007

Ambushers 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 26th January to Thursday 1st February.

Highlights of the week:

TV: Film: The Ambushers (1967) – Saturday 27th. Five US. 7.00pm.
Spy spoof starring Dean Martin. When a new type of spacecraft goes missing in the Mexican Jungle, agent Matt Helm is sent to discover who was responsible.

Radio: The Eel Pie Island Hotel – Tuesday 30th. BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm.
Paul Jones, Radio 2 DJ and singer with Manfred Mann, looks back at the colourful history of the Eel Pie Island Hotel, which became a regular haunt in the 60s for many musicians, including Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and the Who. The hotel burnt down in 1971, but its history is preserved in stories and poems, as well as accounts from musicians George Melly, Ian McLagan and Ronnie Wood.

Friday 26th January


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Can the head of a drugs cartel be lured out of a country with no extradition treaty so that he can be arrested? Lloyd Bridges guest-stars.

JJ Cale: To Tulsa and Back – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Tour film following the musician as he rides across Oklahoma, visiting the towns in which he grew up.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.10pm
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, two actors get together for a reunion. In the second, a woman persuades a naive writer to buy her lunch.

Film: Hannie Caulder (1971) – ITV 4. 9.30pm – 11.15pm
Cult, mystic western about a raped and widowed frontierswoman taught to shoot by a lone bounty hunter. Starring Raquel Welsh.

Film: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – ITV 3. 10.10pm – 12.25am
Classic comedy featuring Audrey Hepburn’s trend-setting role as Holly Golightly.

Comedy Connections – It Ain’t Half Hot Mum. BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.15pm
The inside story of Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s sitcom about an army concert party in India.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
The duo investigate a string of murders.


Clare Teal’s Jazz Divas – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
A tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. 

Saturday 27th January


Film: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – ITV 12.40am – 2.55pm
Classic comedy featuring Audrey Hepburn’s trend-setting role as Holly Golightly.

Film: The Ambushers (1967) – Five US. 7.00pm – 9.00pm
(See highlights).

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 7.30pm – 8.20pm
Mark Kermode meets comedy legend Christopher Guest and chats about his new film For Your Consideration.


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 28th January


Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The team attempts to lure the head of a drugs cartel out of a country with no extradition treaty.

Quatermass – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Starring John Mills. The team set a trap for the malevolent alien force.

Muhammad Ali – The Greatest – BBC 4. 9.40pm – 11.30pm
Storyville looks at photojournalist William Klien’s coverage of boxer Muhammad Ali’s career, from his first crowning as world champion to the "Rumble in the Jungle" with George Foreman.

The South Bank Show Awards – ITV 1. 10.45pm – 12.00am
Melvyn Bragg hosts the eclectic annual ceremony honouring the arts – including a lifetime achievement award for the Who and pop award for Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album.

The Fight – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 1.00am
Barak Goodman’s Storyville documentary exploring one of the most famous boxing matches of all time – black American Joe Louis versus Nazi Germany’s Aryan figurehead Max Schmeling.

Monday 29th January


Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The team is faced with a mass murderer targeting LA.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 3. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A haunted house holds a secret.

Bond Girls Are Forever – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The thrill of being a Bond girl.

Life on Mars – (5/8) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Repeat of the first series of the fantasy drama starring John Simm. A football riot is in the offing. Someone finds white dog poo and someone else passes round a packet of Spangles.

Film: The Andromeda Strain (1970) – BBC 1. 11.35pm – 1.45am
Tense sci-fi thriller starring Arthur Hill and David Wayne. Piedmont, New Mexico: two technicians die in strange circumstances while trying to recover a US space satellite. A deadly virus is on the loose.


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 30th January


TV Movie: The Karen Carpenter Story (1989) – Five. 3.35pm – 5.30pm
Tacky biog based on the tragic story of the pop star who rose to worldwide fame in the 70s, before becoming a victim of an eating disorder.

The Persuaders – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Danny buys a country cottage.

Life on Mars – (6/8) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Sam is convinced that in 2006 doctors are going to switch off his life-support system. And in 1973, he discovers Vesta curries. Out of interest, why doesn’t he stick his life savings on Sunderland winning the FA Cup, then retire?


The Singer Not the Song – BBC Radio 4. 9.30am – 9.45am
The Rock Voice. Analysing the best singing voices in one of the most diverse and inclusive genres in music – rock.

The Eel Pie Island Hotel – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
(See highlights).

Get Up for James Brown! (2/2) – BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
As a tribute to R&b/soul/funk legend James Brown, who died at Christmas, Mark Lamarr presents a revised version of the profile that aired in early 2006. The programmes feature rare and unreleased material and an exclusive interview with Brown, and explores the singer’s signifiant crossover status and his influence on rap and hip-hop.

Hey! Bo Diddley (3/3) – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Roger Daltery profiles legendary Mississippi-born singer/guitarist Bo Diddley. This final edition explores Diddley’s legacy and his impact on country music, and hears his reminiscences of his famed Apollo gigs. Contributors include Don Everly, Wilko Johnson, Bill Wyman, Ron Wood. rock organist Spider Webb (of the Horrors) and Bo Diddley himself.

Wednesday 31st January


The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A journalist is murdered.

Film: The Black Windmill (1974) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.10am
Disappointing spy thriller starring Michael Caine.


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

Rockit – the Herbie Hancock Story (2/3) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Small penis pianist Jamie Cullum celebrates the influential works of jazz pianist, composer and electronic-music pioneer Herbie Hancock. The story continues with Hancock leaving the Miles Davis quintet to pioneer a new jazz-funk sound, culiminating with the hit album Head Hunters (1973).
Thursday 1st February


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Fantasy drama with William Gaunt.

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

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
The duo investigate an assassination plot.


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