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Retro TV W/C 2nd November 2007

Melly
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 2nd November to Thursday 8th November.

Highlight of the week

On an otherwise very slow week for any interesting retro TV, BBC 4 show George Melly’s Last Stand (Wednesday 7th November 9.00pm) a new documentary following the musician and his wife on what would be his final tour before his death last July, culminating in a performance at the 100 Club, 60 years after he began his career there.

Friday 2nd November

TV

Space 1999 – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Sci-fi adventure, following the crew of Moonbase Alpha.

Legends – Louis Prima: – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Profile of the American entertainer whose career spanned more than half a century and included a memorable turn as King Louie in Disney’s The Jungle Book.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

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

Film: Sexy Beast (2000) – Film4. 11.25pm – 1.05am

Cat-and-mouse crime thriller starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley. A former crook has put his life of crime behind him but the peace is shattered when a former associate arrives from London to persuade him to do one last job.

Batman – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am

Double bill of the Dynamic duo, who this week battle the Mad Hatter.

Saturday 3rd November

TV

TOTP2 – Dave. 10.00am – 12Noon
Triple bill of classic pop clips.

Film: Thunderball (1965) – ITV 1. 2.45pm – 4.15pm (Continues 4.45pm – 5.45pm)

Oscar-winning spy adventure starring Sean Connery. A Nato aircraft has been stolen by a criminal Spectre and the world is threatened by its nuclear payload. Agent 007 is assigned to the case and the trail leads to the sinister Emilo Largo.

Porridge – Just Desserts. BBC 2. 6.35pm – 7.05pm
The inmates are horrified to discover there’s a thief at large in the prison.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.25pm – 9.25pm
Regan gets a top villain to grass on his two accomplices.

Folk Britannia –  BBC 4. 12.40am – 3.40am

Triple bill of the series showing how folk has been assimilated and interpreted by Britain over the past 60 years.

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.

Sunday 4th November

TV

TOTP2 – Dave. (Freeview Ch. 19). 7.00am – 10.00am
More classic performances from the archives.

TOTP2: Country Jukebox – BBC 2. 10.45pm – 11.45pm

With Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette.

Monday 5th November

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A private investigator is run down and killed by a car- but he comes back as a ghost claiming it was murder.

The 50 Greatest TV Dramas – More4. 9.00pm – 12Midnight
The most watched, most influential and most acclaimed television dramas are celebrated in this countdown collection that surveys the small screen’s finest moments from the past 50 years.

Movie Connections: Gregory’s Girl – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.15pm

The team behind the heart warming Scottish comedy discuss how the low-budget film became an acclaimed international hit in 1980. John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn and Clare Grogan are among those discussing their experiences.

Film: The Football Factory (2004) – Channel 4. 10.50pm – 12.30pm

Disturbing football hooligan drama starring Danny Dyer. Young Chelsea fan Tommy Johnson and his friends become involved in weekly skirmishes with "firms" from rival clubs.

Film: Repulsion (1965) – ITV 4. 1.15am – 3.20am

Roman Polanski’s psychological thriller starring Catherine Deneuve. Left alone in London when her sister goes on vacation, a sexually repressed young beauty goes insane with surreal fantasies of seduction and rape.

Tuesday 6th November

TV

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 Joker sets a trap.

Legends – Louis Prima: – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Profile of the American entertainer whose career spanned more than half a century and included a memorable turn as King Louie in Disney’s The Jungle Book.

Flight of the Conchords (7/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Bret and Jemaine go to war with a fruit vendor, and Murray falls for the tech-support woman.

Film: A Clockwork Orange (1971) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.50am

Stanley Kubrick’s controversial futuristic vision starring Malcolm McDowell.

Film: Tapeheads (1988) – BBC 1. 11.55pm – 1.30pm
Cult comedy starring John Cusack and Tim Robbins. When two best friends lose their jobs, they decide to set up their own company.

Radio

The Funk Factory – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12.30am
Influential soul/funk DJ Norman Jay returns with more classic, forgotten and modern funk recordings from 1960s onwards.

Wednesday 7th November

Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
A mindbendingly colourful nugget of pop mined from the archive. The Johnny Harris Band.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

As the Joker’s plan gathers steam, the city suffers a power failure.

George Melly’s Last Stand – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New documentary following the musician and his wife on what would be his final tour before his death last July, culminating in a performance at the 100 Club, 60 years after he began his career there.

Film: The Crazies (1973) – Channel 4. 2.35am – 4.30am
Sci-fi horror from George A Romero, starring Lane Carroll. When a plane carrying a biological weapon crashes in Pennsylvania, the virus – which causes either death or insanity – enters the water supply.

Thursday 8th November

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The discovery of wartime armaments alerts the Nemesis agents to the activities of a gun-running cartel.

UFO – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Colonel Foster goes missing on the surface of the moon and is presumed dead. However, he is still very much alive, and reluctantly joins forces with an alien to survive.

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: Scum (1979) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
Prison drama starring Ray Winstone. Transferred between borstals after assaulting an officer, a violent and troubled youth must fight his way to the top of the hierarchy of inmates if he is to survive.

Radio

The Flight of the Conchords (4/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Rob Brydon narrates an improvised comedy starring Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.