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Retro TV W/C 15th June 2007

Boble 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 15th June to Thursday 21st June.

Highlight of the week

On an otherwise poor week for TV, Film4 are showing a series of French film noir by Jean-Pierre Melville, often regarded as the godfather of the Nouvelle Vague. Bob Le Flambeur (1955) (Tues 19th.11.05pm),  Le Doulos (1962) (Weds 20th 12.25am) The Red Circle (1970) (Thurs 11.20pm).

Friday 15th June


Planet of the Apes – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Virdon is shot, forcing Galen and Burke to enlist the help of a female ape surgeon named Kira to save him.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
When Bodie’s ex-girlfriend visits from East Germany, he becomes the suspect of an assassination attempt.

Saturday 16th June


Film: Carry On Cruising (1962) – ITV 1. 1.45pm – 3.20pm
Saucy comedy starring Sid James and Kenneth Williams.

Film: On the Buses (1971) – ITV 3. 5.30pm – 7.15pm
Hard to believe, but this spin-off from the popular ITV sitcom was the most popular British film of 1971, it’s takings even outgrossing Diamonds Are Forever. Cheeky, non-pc fun.

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Lou Reed talks to Larene Laverne about his upcoming tour performing his seminal album from 1973, Berlin.

Seven Ages of Rock (5/7) – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
We Are the Champions: Stadium Rock – In the early 70s some artists realised that size did matter. Featuring Led Zeppelin, Queen and U2. Actually, this sounds bloody dreadful. Forget I mentioned it.

Tiswas Reunited – ITV 1. 9.15pm – 10.45pm
Bringing together the former stars of this anarchic Saturday morning children’s series for a one-off night of nostalgic fun.

Film: Masked and Anonymous (2003) – BBC 2. 1.30am – 3.10am (Sun am)
Co-written and starring Bob Dylan with a host of Hollywood names, this odd, futuristic drama doesn’t quite work.


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. Australian funk sextet the Bamboos perform a studio session.

Sunday 17th June


Film: Bless This House (1972) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
Comedy based on the 1970s TV series starring Sid James.

The South Bank Show – Michael Sheen on Playing it Real – ITV 1. 10.45pm – 11.45pm
Acclaimed British actor Sheen talks about the influences that made him become an actor and his creative processes when performing real people, focusing on his performances as Kenneth Williams, Tony Blair and David Frost.

Seven Ages of Rock (5/7) – BBC 1. 11.00pm – 12.00am
(See Saturday 9.00pm)

Film: The Legend of Hell House (1973) – BBC 2. 1.50am – 3.20am (Mon am)
Pamela Franklin and Roddy McDowell star in Richard Matheson’s eerie horror tale.

Monday 18th June


Film: The Swarm (1978) – Channel 4. 12.40pm – 3.30pm
Risible disaster movie starring Michael Caine.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate the death of a burglar who was killed after he came across classified information about a foreign country.

Film: Junior Bonner (1972) – BBC 2. 11.50pm – 1.30am
Sam Peckinpah’s earthy drama starring Steve McQueen as rodeo star who returns home to enter an annual contest.

Tuesday 19th June


The Persuaders – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Danny and Brett investigate a murder in a country wood.

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain (5/5) BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New Britannia – Andrew Marr’s epic national saga draws to a close with an examination of the post-Thatcher years.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A mentally unbalanced man attacks a series of hospitals.

Film: Bob Le Flambeur (1955) – Film4. 11.05pm – 1.05am
Brooding French crime comedy starring Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey and Daniel Cauhy. Short on funds because of a gambling addiction, a former bank robber assembles a team for one final job: the robbery of a casino.


All Singing, All Dancing, All Night – (2/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12.30am
Northern Soul series in which Stuart Maconie spins classic recordings of the genre and the latest recordings. His guest tonight is radio presenter and former Wigan Casino resident DJ Richard Searling, who now co-owns Expansion Records.

Wednesday 20th June

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar is asked to rescue a Russian spy who has been caught.

Film: Bless This House (1972) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
Comedy based on the 1970s TV series starring Sid James.

Film: Layer Cake (2004) – Five. 9.00pm – 11.05pm
Tough British crime thriller starring Daniel Craig. A rising young drug dealer wants to make quick money and then retire early to enjoy the benefits. But his plans are thwarted when he is asked by a local crime boss to find the missing daughter of a powerful friend.

Film: In the Heat of the Night (1967) – ITV 3. 9.30pm – 11.35pm
Oscar-winning crime drama starring Sidney Poitier. In a small southern town a black stranger is arrested for the murder of a rich industrialist.   

Film: Croupier (1998) – Film4. 10.35pm – 12.25am
Thriller starring Clive Owen. Aspiring writer Jack Manfred takes to job at a London casino. But, although the move provides Jack with some much needed cash, his position is compromised when he meets the seductive Jani de Villiers. Directed by Mike Hodges.

Film: Le Doulos (1962) – Film4. 12.25am – 2.30am (Thurs am)
Flawed but fascinating French tribute to the classic American gangster movies.

Thursday 21st June


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The team is called in to help Scotland yard track down the source of contaminated drugs.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 8.10pm – 9.00pm
The duo attend a peace conference that has been thrown into chaos.

Film: The Red Circle (1970) – Film4. 11.20pm – 2.00am
French thriller starring Alain Delon and Yves Montand. After he is released from prison, a gangster joins forces with an escaped convict to get even with the man who betrayed him.