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Retro TV W/C 12th October 2007

Dylan
Barry Murphy
returns once more trawl 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 October to Thursday 18th October.

Highlights of the week

This week BBC 4 celebrate the night Bob Dylan went ‘electric’ at the Newport Folk Festival with a night of programming on Sunday 14th October. Highlights include Arena: The Other Side of the Mirror – Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival (9.40pm) – Footage of Bob Dylan in concert in Rhode Island in the mid-60s, much of it never before seen, and Festival (1967) (12.10am) – 
Murray Lerner’s music documentary filmed at the Newport Folk Festival between 1963 and 1966.

Also this week: Phil Spector’s Demons – Tuesday 16th. Channel 4. 10.00pm
He is one of the most lauded pop producers of all time, creator of the famous "wall of sound". But his ground-breaking achievements with the Beatles, the Ronettes, Tina Turner and the Ramones have recently been eclipsed by a Hollywood murder trial. By getting access to reclusive Spector’s closest family, those he worked with, and former friends, this insightful film lifts the lid on his troubled life.

Friday 12th October

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff investigates claims by Marty that his grave is being desecrated – and stumbles across a plot to kidnap the heirs to a fortune.

Space 1999 – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The course of true love doesn’t run smooth for Carter, who has the misfortune to meet a beautiful woman at the time when the moon is on a deadly collision course.

Emmylou Harris’ 10 Commandments of Country – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

A live performance from Los Angeles by the American musician, this programme begins an evening of music dedicated to the country music star.

Emmylou Harris: from a Deeper Well – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Profile of the singer, featuring interviews with Elvis Costello and Keith Richards.

Emmylou at the BBC – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm

A Timeshift collection of archive performances.

Film: Sweeney 2 (1978) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.10am

Police drama, based on the television series, starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman. Tough flying Squad cops Regan and Carter go on the trail of armed bank robbers out to maintain the luxury Mediterranean lifestyle.

Channel 4 at 25: The Tube – More4. 11.00pm – 12.50am

A classic episode of the music show presented by Jools Holland, Paula Yates and Muriel Gray.

Flight of the Conchords (3/12) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm

Bret and Jermaine are mugged.

Old Grey Whistle Test Special: Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.10am

One-off concert from 1977.

Channel 4 at 25: The Word – More4. 12.50am – 1.55am (Sat am)
An episode of the music show from 1992.

Film: Carry On at Your Convenience (1971) – BBC 1. 1.05am – 2.35am (Sat am)
Comedy starring Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey. A slapstick series of catastrophes ensues when workers at a factory go on strike.

Saturday 13th October

TV

The 60s: the Beatles Decade – UKTV History. 3.00pm – 8.00pm
Repeat showing of UKTV History’s recent series, drawing on Pathe news-footage to document the social and cultural changes in swinging Britain during the 1960s.

Emmylou Harris’ 10 Commandments of Country – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
(See Friday 12th).

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.20pm – 7.50pm
Must See TV – A look back at the gritty 1970s police drama.

Film: Sweeney 2 (1978) – ITV 4. 7.50pm – 10.00pm

Police drama, based on the television series, starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman. Tough flying Squad cops Regan and Carter go on the trail of armed bank robbers out to maintain the luxury Mediterranean lifestyle.

Emmylou Harris: from a Deeper Well – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
(See Friday 12th).

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
A look at TV news, including a report from Adam Curtis.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.05pm
Regan and Carter stake out a dodgy garage, believed to be the base of a criminal gang.

Radio

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.

Pete Mitchell – BBC Radio 2. 2.00am – 4.00am (Sun am)
Special guest is PP Arnold.

Sunday 14th October

TV

Film: The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) – FIVE. 12.40pm – 2.20pm
This madcap Disney comedy starring Cesar Romero and Kurt Russell is worth a quick look if only for the Ivy League wardrobe the students wear.

The Unforgettable… Diana Dors – ITV 1. 4.55pm – 5.25pm
Recalling the "blonde bombshell" actress.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A woman is driven to murder, but discovers her victim is not who or what she thought.

Stuart Maconie’s TV Towns – ITV 3. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The DJ visits TV and film locations in London, which has provided the setting for a myriad of shows including Eastenders and Only Fools and Horses.

Arena: Dylan’s Folk – the Pure, the Bad and the Holy – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.40pm
A look at the Newport folk festival and the American folk revival of the 60s, which encompassed old time mountain music, blues and gospel. This programme starts BBC 4’s Bob Dylan at Newport Night.

Arena: The Other Side of the Mirror – Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival – BBC 4. 9.40pm – 11.00pm
Footage of Bob Dylan in concert in Rhode Island in the mid-60s, much of it never before seen.

Minder on the Orient Express – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.15am
Terry helps the daughter of a deceased villain, receiving tickets for the Orient Express as a thank you.

Arena: Dylan in the Madhouse – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.10am
Arena goes in search of the Bob Dylan-starring 1962 drama Madhouse on Castle Street, wiped in 1968. With Martin Carthy and Peggy Seeger.

Film: Festival (1967) – BBC 4. 12.10am – 1.50am (Mon am)
Music documentary filmed at the Newport Folk Festival between 1963 and 1966.

Monday 15th October

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff and Jeannie are horrified to find the body of a protection racketeer in the back of their car.

Minder on the Orient Express – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
Terry helps the daughter of a deceased villain, receiving tickets for the Orient Express as a thank you.

Film: Fist of Fury (1972) – Five. 11.05pm – 1.05am

Visceral martial arts drama starring Bruce Lee. Karate pupil Chen returns to Shanghai for the funeral of his former teacher. When he discovers that his mentor was in fact murdered, Chen sets out to avenge his death.

Minder – ITV 4. 11.10pm – 12.15am
An Arab banker with an interest in politics hires Terry.

Tuesday 16th October

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff fails to get excited by an assignment to escort £10,000 worth of goods from Glasgow to London – until he discovers an attractive blonde forms part of the package.

Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm

A mindbendingly colourful nugget of pop mined from the archive.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

The duo hunt a bank robber.

Ripping Yarns – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm

Spoof whodunit set in spooky Moorstones Manor. Starring Michael Palin.

Flight of the Conchords (4/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Bret starts dating but won’t let Jermaine join him. The rejection leads him and Murray to decide the new girlfriend is intent on breaking up the group.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm

A tongue-in-cheek take on the TV industry, including reviews of that week’s viewing highlights.

Phil Spector’s Demons – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

He is one of the most lauded pop producers of all time, creator of the famous "wall of sound". But his ground-breaking achievements with the Beatles, the Ronettes, Tina Turner and the Ramones have recently been eclipsed by a Hollywood murder trial. By getting access to reclusive Spector’s closest family, those he worked with, and former friends, this insightful film lifts the lid on his troubled life.

Wednesday 17th October

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Zelda plots to catch the dynamic duo in Ekdal’s Doom Trap.

Arena: The Other Side of the Mirror – Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival – BBC 4. 12.30am – 1.50am (Thurs am)
Footage of Bob Dylan in concert in Rhode Island in the mid-60s, much of it never before seen.

Arena: Dylan in the Madhouse – BBC 4. 1.50am – 2.55am (Thurs am)
Arena goes in search of the Bob Dylan-starring 1962 drama Madhouse on Castle Street, wiped in 1968. With Martin Carthy and Peggy Seeger.

Thursday 18th October

TV

Stuart Maconie’s TV Towns – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The DJ casts his eye over small-screen productions in Liverpool.

The Peter Serafinowicz Show – BBC 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Off-the-wall comedy sketch show in which Peter Serafinowicz creates a wacky world where familiar faces mingle with his own quirky creations.

Film: The Blob (1958) – Five US. 11.30pm – 1.05am
Sci-fi drama starring Steve McQueen. The inhabitants of a small Pennsylvania town refuse to believe the claim of two teenagers that they have seen a creature from outer space.

Radio

Street Corner Soul (2/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Singer Ronnie Spector explores the rise, fall and immeasurable influence of doo-wop. The story continues with the rise of vocal groups following the successes of the Ravens and the Orioles.

The Flight of the Conchords (1/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Rob Brydon narrates an improvised comedy starring Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.