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Retro TV W/C 15th February 2008

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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 15th February to Thursday 21st February.

Highlights of the week

Not much to highlight this week I’m afraid. BBC4’s excellent Saville Row series concludes on Monday 18th 9pm, while for old nostalgics and young ‘newbies’, ITV4 screens a double bill of Quadrophenia  followed by The Kids Are Alright on Thursday 21st from 10pm. 

Friday 15th February

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Hopkirk is certain he has witnessed a murder, even though the victim turns out to be still alive.

Space 1999 – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The Alphans discover that Earth life first started in Arkadia.

Legends: Louis Prima – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Profile of the American entertainer whose career spanned more than half a century and featured a memorable turn as the voice of King Louis in Disney’s The Jungle Book.

Legends: Edith Piaf – Singing Her Life – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Documentary profiling the singer, revealing the truth behind the complex and unique star.

Batman – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.50am
Double bill, featuring the Penguin.

Saturday 16th February

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

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
A hit-and-run ring is broken.

Saville Row (2/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The fortunes of bespoke tailors in London’s Mayfair. The clothiers try to go global, with trips to Florence and Beijing.

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 Jazz Baroness – BBC Radio 4. 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Hannah Rothschild tells the extraordinary story of her eccentric great aunt, Pannonica Rothschild, who settled in New York after the Second World War and became known as the baroness of the bebop jazz revolution for her patronage of musicians such as Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 17th February

TV

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A Shado lunar module is destroyed – and an alien device hidden in some space junk could be the cause.

On The Buses – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.50pm
Stan is shocked to learn Olive has applied for a job as a conductor.

The Cult of Sunday Night (3/8) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Poldark. How the drama became a success, despite behind-the-scenes rows and Winston Graham’s refusal to allow the BBC to create their own storylines.

George Melly’s Last Stand – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
A deeply personal, moving, unexpectedly funny and completely frank documentary about the last months of the larger-than-life jazz singer and writer’s life, a man determined to entertain to the very end.

Film: Duel (1971) – ITV 1. 12.45am – 2.00am
Steven Spielberg’s menacing thriller starring Dennis Weaver. Travelling salesman David Mann is used to driving long distances, but on an isolated stretch of road he encounters a smoke-spewing ten-ton tanker truck whose sole purpose seems to be to crush him and his car.

Monday 18th February

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff and partner Marty investigate a murderous stage act.

The Cult of Sunday Night (3/8) – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Poldark. How the drama became a success, despite behind-the-scenes rows and Winston Graham’s refusal to allow the BBC to create their own storylines.

The Great British Sunday – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Sean Lock narrates a nostalgic look at time-worn Sunday traditions, including Out of Town presenter Jack Hargreave’s weekly reports, a weekend institution for an entire generation.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur smells a big pay out when an ex-con needs his help to recover the loot from a robbery that was committed 14 years earlier.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate an armed robbery and a kidnapping.

Saville Row (3/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The tailors face possibly their greatest challenge – recruiting a crew of young apprentices to win over a new generation of rich clients who are unaccustomed to the bespoke service.

Tuesday 19th February

TV

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the archives featuring the Johnny Harris Orchestra..

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Archer escapes from custody. Concludes tomorrow at 7.35pm.

Film: Mean Streets (1973) – Five US. 9.00pm – 11.00pm
Martin Scorsese’s drama starring Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. In New York, four young hustlers while away their time by indulging in petty crime and drinking. But Johnny Boy’s behaviour causes increasing tension among the group.

Wednesday 20th February

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
An engineer hatches a plan to immortalise people.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the BBC archives by the Tremeloes.

Batman – (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Archer steals a $10 million charity donation from the Wayne Foundation.

The Brit Awards – ITV 1. 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Love it or loathe it, you know there’s no avoiding it. This year presented by a poisonous old bag and her vegetive husband.

Film: Quadrophenia (1979) – ITV 4. 10.30pm – 12.50am
Franc Roddam’s classic British youth movie starring Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash and Sting. The fast-moving tale of a young man caught up in the heady excitement of the mod movement in mid-1960s England. Bored with his family life, his job and his prospects, he looks for stimulus in the company of friends.

The Who – Live in Boston – ITV 4. 12.50am – 2.00am
Live footage of the band from 2002, performing shortly after John Entwistle’s death.

Film: Jubilee (1978) – ITV 4. 2.00am – 4.00am
Derek Jarman’s rough-edged punk satire.

Radio

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (8/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Showcasing obscure 1960s records from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage. 

Thursday 21st February

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Richard infiltrates a mysterious agency in a bid to investigate the assassination of several world leaders.

Ashes to Ashes (3/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
DCI Gene Hunt has to push the Audi Quattro to the limit to catch up with a dodgy batch of gnomes.

Ashes to Ashes (2/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
At the royal wedding of Lady Di and Prince Charles approaches, Hunt is determined to keep a protest about the Docklands redevelopment under control. Meanwhile, a DeLorean-driving playboy attracts Alex’s attention and Danny comes up with the goods on a New Romantic night out.

Pop Britannia (2/3) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
The rise of the new star-makers of 1960s popular music.

Pop! What is it Good For? – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.00am
Paul Morley reviews the role of music on post-war British identity and culture during the 50 years of his life.

Film: Quadrophenia (1979) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.20am
Franc Roddam’s classic British youth movie starring Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash and Sting. The fast-moving tale of a young man caught up in the heady excitement of the mod movement in mid-1960s England. Bored with his family life, his job and his prospects, he looks for stimulus in the company of friends.

Film: The Kids Are Alright (1979) – ITV 4. 12.20am – 2.40am
This classic Who rockumentary succeeds where most other band documentaries fail – in that it was made by a genuine fan and that the band are presented warts’n’all, rather than being a homogenised record company promotional piece. Turn the volume button on your telly up to 11 and marvel at just how bloody brilliant they were.