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Retro TV W/C 1st February 2008

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 1st February to Thursday 7th February.

Highlights of the week

Everybody’s favourite un-pc PC is back on our screens on Thursday 7th Feb, when beer swilling, spaghetti hoop-munching hardman DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) returns in Ashes to Ashes, the sequel to Life on Mars. This time the action is set in London in 1981, and joining Gene and his faithful sidekicks Ray Carling (Dean Andrews) and Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster) is DCI Alex Drake (Keely Hawkes) a female detective from the 21st Century who is stuck in the past after an accident.

In other highlights, BBC 4 devote a night of programming to jazz pianist Oscar Peterson on Friday 1st, and on Monday 4th broadcasts two shows of interest to any sartorially minded modernist – Ready to Wear – a look at how the suit has changed from the sixties to the eighties, followed by Saville Row, the first in a 3 part series, looking the tailoring houses of Mayfair’s famous street.

Friday 1st February


Film: The Karen Carpenter Story (1989) – Five. 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Ah, Channel Five, always good for a crappy TV biopic of an afternoon when you’re skiving off ill. This sentimental biographical drama starring Cynthia Gibb is based on the tragic story of the pop star who rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s, before becoming a victim of an eating disorder.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Marty tricks Jeff into investigating the supposedly grieving sister of the wealthy Caroline Seaton.       

Space 1999 – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Bizarre hieroglyphics appear on all of Alpha’s screens, alerting the crew to a new menace – a huge alien space brain with its own bizarre agenda.

Legends: Ella Fitzgerald – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Oscar Peterson night begins with a celebration of the life and career of iconic jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, with whom Peterson collaborated.

Oscar Peterson: Jazz 625 – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.25pm

Flora Purin presents a performance by the jazz pianist, originally broadcast 10 October 1964.

In Concert: Oscar Peterson – BBC 4. 10.25pm – 10.55pm
The pianist and his trio at Ronnie Scott’s in 1974.

BBC 4. 10.55pm – 11.40pm

Oscar Peterson: Words and Music – The jazz pianist talks to guests including composer Count Basie and guitarist Joe Pass.

Oscar Peterson: Omnibus – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.45am

The jazz pianist is joined by conductor Andre Previn to discuss the development of piano jazz.

Saturday 2nd February

TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00am – 8.00am
More classic pop clips.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 10.40pm – 11.40pm

An informer involved in a hijacking evades capture by the squad.

Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays – BBC 2. 11.10pm – 12.40am

A profile of the legendary Manchester record label.

Film: Psycho (1960) – ITV 1. 12Midnight – 2.00pm

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic chiller starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. Absconding with $40,000 of her employer’s money, Marion Crane sets off to join her lover. After a tiring journey through the rain, she stops off at a lonely motel.

Film: Dawn of the Dead (1978) – BBC 2. 12.40am – 3.00am
The classic sequel to Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. The US is being overrun by zombies, but four people escape to a vast shopping mall. However, the living dead also covet this temple to consumerism.


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 presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 3rd February


TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00am – 8.00am
More classic pop clips.

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.05pm

Music from the BBC archives.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

A coma victim awakes after ten years and alerts Straker to an alien bomb hidden on a farm.

The Cult of Sunday – BBC 4. 8.35pm – 9.05pm

Examining the appeal of Sunday night dramas, beginning with a look at All Creatures Great and Small.

The Great British Sunday – BBC 4. 9.05pm – 10.05pm

Sean Lock knows just how Sundays used to be: hangovers, Jack Hargreaves, Sunday school, stately homes, boredom. Here, he shares it all.

Sam Peckinpah’s West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade – ITV 4. 12.10am – 1.30am

Documentary exploring the life and work of the legendary director, the man behind classics including the Wild Bunch.

Monday 4th February


Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Terry watches over the house of a penniless rock star – who mysteriously vanishes.

Ready to Wear – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
A look at social change over the last 50 years as reflected by the clothes people wear. This episode looks at how the suit has changed from the sixties to the eighties.

Saville Row (1/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Filmed over a year, a look the tailoring houses of Savile Row, synonymous with bespoke tailoring for two centuries. The tailors view a jeanswear company’s arrival with trepidation.

Film: Blazing Saddles (1974) – Five. 11.20pm – 1.10am

Classic spoof western starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder. Sheriff Bart fights prejudice and corruption to save the little town of Rock Ridge from wicked speculator Hedley Lamarr.

Tuesday 5th February


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
First episode of the 1960s drama. A private investigator dies in a car accident, but reappears as a ghost claiming he was murdered.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm

Music from the archives.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

The Riddler kidnaps Robin. Concludes tomorrow at 7.35pm.


The Sound Makers – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Reminiscences from Geoff Emerick, who was instrumental in the production of three Beatles albums.

Wednesday 6th February

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
In the final episode, a beautiful blonde gets the Saint into trouble.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm

Music from the BBC archives.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

The Riddler comes up with a plan to dispose of the dynamic duo.


Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (6/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Showcasing obscure 1960s records from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage. 

Thursday 7th February


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The team are enlisted to track down a mystery plane.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Shado capture the pilot of a UFO – and catch sight of the enemy.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Bodie and Doyle are asked to investigate a crime dating back to 1953.

Ashes to Ashes (1/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Philip Glenister returns as DCI Alex Hunt in this spin-off from Life on Mars. When DI Alex Drake seemingly wakes up in 1981, she needs Hunt’s help to go after Layton, the man who shot her in 2008.

Life on Mars – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

With his team’s unprofessionalism threatening another murder inquiry, Sam begins to question the CID. Another chance to see the last ever episode of the series.


Alexis Korner: Rhythm and Blues Champion (2/3) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
This edition looks at Korner’s key role in the early-1960s rhythm and blues scene, including his forming of the Blues Incorporated and his activities at the small, mucky basement Ealing Club. Contributors include Paul Jones, Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger.