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Retro TV W/C 20th April 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 20th April to Thursday 26th April.

Highlight of the week: Dinah Washington: Evil Gal Blues. Friday 20th April. BBC 4, 9.00pm (Repeated 12.10 am, 2.45 am)

Profile of the bluesy Chicago-born singer, who began recording in the 1940s and went on to enjoy success for another two decades.

Friday 20th April


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The team attempts to foil the plans of a corrupt financier.

In Concert: Oscar Peterson – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
The pianist and his trio at Ronnie Scott’s in 1974. Songs include I Should Care and A Time for Love.

Dinah Washington: Evil Gal Blues – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 12.10 am, 2.45 am)

(See highlight).

BBC 1 Sessions: Amy Winehouse – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
The year’s Brit Award-winner showcases from her latest album Back to Black and 2003 Mercury-nominated collection Frank.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.15pm – 12.25am
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a US pilot’s nostaglic trip turns sour. In the second, valuable advice is ignored.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 12.10am

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

Saturday 21st April


Film: The Assassination Bureau (1969) – Five. 2.50pm – 4.50pm
Droll period black comedy starring Oliver Reed and Diana Rigg. Europe, 1906: the Assassination Bureau is a secret society that only kills people who deserve it. A beautiful woman decides to put out a contract – for the head of the bureau himself.

Film: The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) – Five US. 9.00pm – 11.00pm

Bob Rafelson’s crime drama starring Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern and Ellen Burstyn. The host of a late-night radio chat show becomes embroiled in his younger brother’s get-rich-quick schemes in Atlantic City.

Film: The Blob (1958) – Five US. 11.00pm – 12.35pm

Campy 50’s horror B-movie starring a young Steve McQueen. 

Film: Scream of Fear (1961) – BBC 2. 3.35am – 4.55am (Sun am)

Creepy psychological thriller staring Susan Strasberg and Christopher lee. Hammer’s first Psycho-inspired thriller is the best the House of Horror ever made. Not currently available on DVD.


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

Salford Lad – (1/2) – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Stuart Maconie tells the story of Manchester-raised singer and lyricist Steven Patrick Morrissey. Contributors include Smiths producer Stephen Street, Smiths bass guitarist Andy Rourke, Suggs and producer Tony Visconti among others.

Sunday 22nd April


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The team attempts to foil the plans of a corrupt financier.

Val Doonican Rocks! – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A portrait of the veteran Irish singer, renowned for his easy-listening hits.

Film: Dog Day Afternoon (1975) – ITV 3. 10.00pm – 12.25am
Classic crime drama starring Al Pacino.

Monday 23rd April


Film: The League of Gentlemen (1960) – Channel 4. 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Crime comedy starring Jack Hawkins. Infuriated by his enforced retirement from the army, an ex-officer plans a military experience and a group of old colleagues.

Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jean is kidnapped.


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

Tuesday 24th April


The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie and Doyle reinvestigate a murder.

Film: Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002) –  Film4. 11.10pm – 1.10am

Part of Shane Meadows ‘Nottingham trilogy’. A petty thief tries to stop his ex-wife remarrying in this ambitious but often funny drama.

Film: The Kid Stays in the Picture (2001) – Film4. 1.10am – 3.30am
Innovatively shot and highly entertaining documentary about legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans.


Night Waves – BBC Radio 3. 9.45pm – 10.30pm
Director Shane Meadows talks about his new film This is England.

Wednesday 25th April


The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Simon is led a merry dance.

Film: Dr Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963) – ITV 3. 9.30pm – 11.30pm

Kubrick’s classic black comedy in which a nuclear attack is launched against Russia. Starring Peter Sellers.

Film: Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) – Film4. 11.00pm – 12.45am
Shane Meadows’ powerful chiller.


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

Thursday 26th April


Film: Doctor in Clover (1966) – Channel 4. 12.35pm – 2.25pm
Comedy starring Leslie Phillips. Dr Gaston Grimsdyke believes the physique of nurses is more worthy of study than the afflictions of patients, which is why his new job under his former professor, Sir Launcelot Spratt, inevitably results in chaos.

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
First episode of the fantasy drama. Three agents of an intelligence organisation receive superhuman powers.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm

A psychotic film producer recruits an unwitting Emma to star in his latest epic.

Legends – ITV 1(London region only) 11.30pm – 12Midnight

Much-loved comic icon Leslie Phillips, whose easy-going charm and rich. fruity voice won him roles in a succession of hit comedies.