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Retro TV W/C 9th November 2007

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 9th November to Thursday 15th November.

Highlight of the week

Not very ‘retro’, but usually very good – The Mighty Boosh returns on Thursday 15th November (BBC 3 10.30pm) with a new third series. Now working in Nabootique, Naboo’s second-hand shop in Dalston, Vince and Howard are left in charge when Naboo and Bollo go on the chief Shaman’s stag do. Everything is fine until the evil Cockney Hitcher pays a visit, summoning Elsie Queen of Eels and demanding protection money.

Friday 9th November


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff tells Marty to leave him alone in his investigations, but regrets it when dead bodies keep appearing on his latest job.

Space 1999 – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Moonbase Alpha drifts into a region with strange characteristics..

Legends – the Dankworths – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Profile of jazz singer Cleo Laine and husband Johnny Dankworth.

Film: Dr Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963) – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 11.00pm
Kubrick’s satirical comedy starring Peter Sellers. A US general sends a squadron of nuclear bombers to attack Russia and trigger an apocalypse-laden doomsday machine.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.35pm
A tongue-in-cheek take on the TV industry, including reviews of that week’s viewing highlights.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 4. 11.00pm – 12.10am
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, two villains rob an old man. In the second, a politician turns vigilante in a bid to crack down on violence.

Batman – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am
Double bill of the Dynamic duo, who this week battle the Joker.

Saturday 10th November


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

Film: You Only Live Twice (1967) – ITV 1. 3.05pm – 4.15pm (Continues 4.45pm – 5.45pm)
Spy adventure starring Sean Connery. When crime syndicate Spectre captures an American spaceship, hoping to start the Third World War, James Bond is dispatched to Japan to face the arch villain Blofield.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.15pm – 9.20pm
Regan is convinced that a recently released criminal was involved in a factory robbery, despite the fact he has a cast-iron alibi.

Chris Rock: Never Scared – ITV 4. 12Midnight – 1.40am
One of the funniest quickfire topical stand ups in recent years.

Soul Britannia – BBC 4. 12.15am – 3.15am
A repeat showing of all 3 episodes back to back. If you haven’t seen this/taped it before, now’s the time to set your VCR.

Film: American Splendor (2003) – Channel 4. 1.15am – 3.00am
Biopic of underground comic-book writer Harvey Pekar, starring Paul Giamatti. Ohio: a curmudgeonly hospital filing clerk decides to chronicle his everyday experiences by writing a comic book. Though his work brings few financial rewards, it turns him into a reluctant celebrity.


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 11th November


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

Film: The Birds (1963) – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 11.20pm
Classic Hitchcock chiller starring Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor. A chance meeting in a San Francisco pet shop impels wealthy playgirl Melanie Daniels to track down lawyer Mitch Brenner at his mother’s home in Bodega Bay, 70 miles away. As a gift, she takes a pair of lovebirds with her. This act unleashes the forces of nature in an unexpected and terrifying way, as Bodega Bay becomes prey to "the Birds".


I Was Peter Sellers’ Personal Assistant – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Andrew McGibbon looks at great artists through the perspective of someone who worked with them. Tricia Hammond was Peter Sellers’s PA in 1975. She provides an insight into his psychic numerology, fundamental self-doubt, and high-speed impressions.

Monday 12th November


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
After losing money at a gambling club, Jeff manages to win it back – but then the owner turns up dead.

Film: Invaders from Mars (1953) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.25pm
Classic sci-fi drama. 12-year-old David MacLean wakes up and sees a spaceship land outside his house. When people investigating the site of the landing return oddly shaped, no-one will believe David’s story.


Front Row – BBC Radio 4. 7.15pm – 7.45pm
Mark Lawson looks back at Grange Hill with creator Phil Redmond and actor Todd Carty. 

Tuesday 13th November


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A vengeance-seeking prisoner decides Hopkirk’s widow must suffer.

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 try to retrieve a crown.

Legends – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Profile of jazz singer Cleo Laine and husband Johnny Dankworth.

Jonestown Cult Suicides: the True Story – Five. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Documentary using a mix of dramatic reconstruction, archive footage and testimony from survivors to relive the events leading up to 18 November 1978, when 900 members of Jim Jones’s People’s Temple church based in Guyana committed mass suicide.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Regan and Carter try to locate bank raiders by tracing their radio signal.

Flight of the Conchords (8/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Both band members pick up women at a croissant shop, but have very different dating experiences.

Film: Scum (1979) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
Powerful cinema version of Roy Minton’s banned TV play charting the struggle for survival in a young offenders’ institution, starring Ray Winstone. Reason constantly gives way to violence and brutality, forcing those dragged into the system to resort to ever more vicious methods to survive.


Rockumentary Rollercoaster – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
With a limitless supply of outlandish characters, bizarre situations and in-concert set pieces, the rock world is a gift to the documentary film maker. Andrew Collins looks at the place where his twin passions meet: the rockumentary.

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 14th November

Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
A mindbendingly colourful nugget of pop mined from the archive. Music by the Move.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The caped crusader snares False-Face.

Film: Prick Up Your Ears (1987) – ITV 4. 11.25pm – 1.30am
Biographical drama of gay playwright Joe Orton, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.


Hep to the Jive – the Cab Calloway Story (1/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
A chance to hear the 2006 series in which Clarke Peters pays tribute to charismatic showman, jazz band leader, singer and stage star Cab Calloway, who would have been 100 on Christmas Day. His Hi-De-Ho scat singing has influenced jazz artists as well as rap acts.

Thursday 15th November


The Mighty Boosh (1/6) – BBC 3. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Series three. (See Highlight).


The Flight of the Conchords (5/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Rob Brydon narrates an improvised comedy starring Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.