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Retro TV W/C 18th May 2007

Jimihendrix 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 18th May to Thursday 24th May.

Highlight of the week: Seven Ages of Rock (1/7) Saturday 19th May BBC 2. 9.10pm (Repeated Sunday 20th 11pm).
Excellent new series about the development of rock music. The Birth of Rock. It's 1966 and young US guitarist Jimi Hendrix arrives in Britain to find a music scene on the brink of change. Artists like the Beatles and the Who were all eager to move in new directions, but Hendrix had the pedigree and vision to ignite the revolution.

Followed by Joe Boyd's film Jimi Hendrix (1973) on BBC 4.

Friday 18th May

TV

Planet of the Apes - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Burke and Urko are trapped in a tunnel.

Adam Adamant Lives! - BBC 4. 7.00pm - 7.50pm

First episode of the cult 60s fantasy starring Gerald Harper.

Film: The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) - Film4. 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Stylish crime caper starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.

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

Rollins faces deportation by the members of the syndicate.

The Cult of... - BBC 4. 8.30pm - 9.00pm

A look at the 1960s drama Adam Adamant.

The 1970s Edwardian Resurrection - BBC 4. 9.00pm - 9.30pm

Peter York explores the revival of Edwardiana in the early 1970s and reveals why all things pastoral suddenly became the height of fashion.

The Professionals - ITV 4. 9.00pm - 10.00pm

Doyle is given a new rifle for testing.

Ripping Yarns - BBC 4. 9.30pm - 10.00pm

Michael Palin and Ian Ogilvy star in a tale of how school bullies made Britain great.

Tales of the Unexpected - ITV 3. 11.00pm - 12.05am
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a shy woman joins a dating agency. In the second, a new vicar plans radical changes which causes conflict.

The Avengers - BBC 4. 12.20am - 1.10am (Sat am)

Some important secrets are leaked.

Radio

The Film Programme - BBC Radio 4. 4.30pm - 5.00pm

Julien Temple talks to Francine Stock about his new documentary on the Clash and its lead singer: Joe Strummer: the Future is Unwritten.

Saturday 19th May

TV

Seven Ages of Rock (1/7) - BBC 2. 9.10pm - 10.10pm

Excellent new series about the development of rock music. The Birth of Rock. It's 1966 and young US guitarist Jimi Hendrix arrives in Britain to find a music scene on the brink of change. Artists like the Beatles and the Who were all eager to move in new directions, but Hendrix had the pedigree and vision to ignite the revolution.

Film: Jimi Hendrix (1973) - BBC 4. 10.10pm - 11.50pm
Joe Boyd's rarely seen 1973 documentary profiling the musician, featuring footage of his performances at the Woodstock and Isle of Wight festivals.

Film: The Wicker Man (1973) - ITV 4. 10.30pm - 12.10am
The classic occult horror starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee.

The Old Grey Whistle Test Story - BBC 4. 11.50pm - 12.30am

An insight into the history of the popular music show.

Radio

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

Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks.

Lost Albums - Sing Slowly Sisters - BBC Radio 4. 3.30pm - 4.00pm

Robin Gibb talks for the first time about a collection of songs that he denied existed until five years ago. Sing Slowly Sisters was recorded by Robin in 1970 when the Bee Gees had split up. It was never released as the Bee Gees reformed. Pete Paphides reassesses the music and plays unreleased material for the first time.

The Funk and Soul Show - BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm - 9.00pm

3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Sunday 20th May

TV

Film: Carry On Jack (1963) - Channel 4. 3.20pm - 5.00pm

Ribald comedy on the high seas, aboard the good ship Venus.

Mission: Impossible - Five US. 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Rollin faces deportation by the members of the syndicate.

Film: Carry On Abroad (1972) - Film4. 7.20pm - 9.00pm

One of the best of the Carry On series. Kenneth Williams: My name is Stuart Farquhar, the representative of Wundatours. Peter Butterworth: Stupid what?

Film: The Wicker Man (1973) - ITV 4. 10.00pm - 11.45am
The classic occult horror starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee.

The 1970s Edwardian Resurrection - BBC 4. 10.00pm - 10.30pm

Peter York explores the revival of Edwardiana in the early 1970s and reveals why all things pastoral suddenly became the height of fashion.

Seven Ages of Rock (1/7) - BBC 1. 11.00pm - 12.00am
(See highlights)

Radio

Listener's 6 Mix: - BBC Radio 6. 8.00pm - 10.00pm

With Lee 'Scratch' Perry as part of the Trojan Weekender.

Monday 21st May

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm

No synopsis available.

Film: James Dean (2001) - BBC 1. 11.45pm - 1.20am

Biography starring James Franco, chronicling the life of the iconic actor.

Tuesday 22nd May

TV

The Persuaders - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm

A consignment of coins attracts suspicion.

Imagine... Scott Walker - BBC 1. 10.35pm - 11.35pm
Following one of the music industry's most enigmatic characters, this programme contains rare footage of Walker at work on his latest album, and features contributions from Brian Eno, Marc Almond and Johnny Marr.

Wednesday 23rd May

Nuthin' on.

Thursday 24th May

TV

The Champions - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Sharon is captured by a mad scientist.

Sounds of the Sixties - BBC 4. 7.00pm - 7.10pm

Hits of yesteryear.

The Avengers - BBC 4. 7.10pm - 8.00pm

Emma is enticed to a mysterious mansion.

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