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Retro TV W/C 21st March 2008

Killerscoppers

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 21st March to Thursday 28th March.

Highlights of the week

Jake Arnott's second novel He Kills Coppers comes to television courtesy of ITV 1 this Sunday (9pm, repeated Thurs 27th 10.35pm). Its August 1966 and the long hot summer of World Cup euphoria is suddenly shattered by the brutal slaying of three policemen. The fates of a detective, a journalist and a villain are irrevocably bound up with this shocking event. Starring Rafe Spall, Steven Robertson and Mel Raido with a supporting cast of familiar 'faces', this 3 part drama is set to be a treat.

Radio listeners unable to attend this weekends London shows of garage legends The Sonics can maintain their cool by tuning into Mark Lamarr's Friday night Radio 2 show (12Midnight) where the band perform a live session.

Good Friday 21st March

TV

Film: Porridge (1979) - More4. 6.15pm - 8.00pm
Film Comedy based on the popular BBC series, starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale. Fletcher and Godber become unwilling accomplices to an escape attempt.

Film: Fantastic Voyage (1966) - Film4. 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Sci-fi Adventure starring Raquel Welch. When an important Czech scientist suffers a head injury while escaping from behind the Iron Curtain, a medical team is shrunk and injected into his body to cure his damaged brain.

White Gospel - BBC 4. 9.00pm - 10.00pm
The story of the enduring American musical subculture, an important foundation for country and western and cited by Elvis Presley as his favourite genre.

The Curse of Steptoe - BBC 4. 10.00pm - 11.10pm
Part of the Curse of Comedy season, this docu-drama offers an insight into Steptoe and Son actors Harry H Corbett and Wilfred Brambell.

Film: The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004) - BBC 2. 10.30pm - 12.00am
Drama based on a true story of America's first hijacking terrorist, starring Sean Penn. 1970s America office furniture salesman Samuel Bicke attributes his woes to the failed promises of Nixon's administration. The frustrated Bicke formulates a plan to hijack a plane and fly it into the White House.

Steptoe and Son - BBC 4. 11.10pm - 11.40pm
The Holiday. Harold plans to go on holiday abroad instead of the usual trip to Bognor with his father.

Batman - BBC 4. 11.40pm - 12.30am
Double bill of the dynamic duo, this week featuring Ma Parker.

Film: Shampoo (1975) - BBC 2. 12Midnight - 1.45am
Comedy starring Warren Beatty. California, 1968: George Roundy, a Beverley Hills hairdresser, is devoted to his clients but yearns for a business of his own.

Radio

Mark Lamarr - BBC Radio 2. 12Midnight - 3.00am
Performing live are 1960s garage band the Sonics.

Saturday 22nd March

TOTP2 - Dave. 7.00am - 9.00am
More classic pop clips.

Film: Camelot (1967) - Five. 1.20pm - 4.35pm
Oscar-winning musical version of the hit Broadway show starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave. In medieval times, King Arthur tries to create a new order of chivalry at the Round Table. But Lancelot begins an affair with Queen Guenevere...

Film: The Last Detail (1973) - Five US. 9.00pm - 10.50pm
Hal Ashby's irreverent drama starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young and Randy Quaid. While awaiting orders at a naval base in Virginia, two petty officers are assigned the task of accompanying a young sailor convicted of theft to a jail in New Hampshire.

The Might Boosh - a Journey Through Time and Space - BBC 3. 9.05pm - 10.05pm
Documentary charting Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt's rise to fame as the two comedy actors visit memorable locations, including the comedy club where they first performed.

The Hard Sell - BBC 4. 9.35pm - 10.05pm
How advertisers have used TV commercials to sell children's toys in Britain in the last 50 years.

Film: From Russia with Love (1963) - ITV 4. 9.55pm - 12.10am
Atmospheric spy adventure starring Sean Connery. James Bond is sent to Istanbul to help a beautiful Russian diplomat defect to the West with an important cipher machine. However, he is unaware that he is being drawn into a trap.

The Mighty Boosh - BBC 3. 10.05pm - 1.05am
Repeat of the whole 3rd series.

Mad Men - BBC 4. 11.05pm - 1.25am
A chance to catch up on the first 3 episodes chronicling the life of advertising exec Don Draper.       

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 presented by Craig Charles.

Easter Day - 23rd March

TV

Minder - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm
A professional gambler is robbed.

The Sweeney - ITV 4. 7.00pm - 8.00pm
An art deal goes wrong.

The Cult of Sunday Night (8/8) - Hamish MacBeth - BBC 4. 8.00pm - 8.30pm
The success of the drama, which sparked debate at the BBC thanks to the hero - a drug-taking policeman.

The Professionals - ITV 4. 8.00pm - 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle have to quiz their former mentor.

He Kills Coppers (1/3) - ITV 1. 9.00pm - 10.00pm
Thriller based on Jake Arnott's novel, starring Mel Raido, Liam Garrigan and Rafe Spall. 1966: the long hot summer of World Cup euphoria is shattered by the brutal slaying of three policemen.

Mad Men (4/13) - BBC 4. 10.00pm - 10.45pm
New Amsterdam. Don teaches Pete a lesson when he oversteps his authority dealing with a client.

The Curse of Steptoe - BBC 4. 10.45pm - 11.50pm
Part of the Curse of Comedy season, this docu-drama offers an insight into Steptoe and Son actors Harry H Corbett and Wilfred Brambell.

Mark Lawson Talks to Galton and Simpson - BBC 4. 11.50pm - 12.50am
Interview with the writers who created Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour.

Easter Monday 24th March

TV

Face to Face - BBC 4. 7.00pm - 7.30pm
Continuing the Curse of Comedy season, interviewing Tony Hancock.

Film: Porridge (1979) - More4. 7.15pm - 9.00pm
Film Comedy based on the popular BBC series, starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale. Fletcher and Godber become unwilling accomplices to an escape attempt.

The Cult of Sunday Night (8/8) - Hamish MacBeth - BBC 4. 7.30pm - 8.00pm
The success of the drama, which sparked debate at the BBC thanks to the hero - a drug-taking policeman.

Mastermind - BBC 2. 7.30pm - 8.00pm
Specialist subjects include Steve McQueen.

Up Pompeii - BBC 4. 8.00pm - 8.30pm
Bawdy comedy starring Frankie Howerd. Ludicrus is asked to play the part of compere at the Vestal Virgins ceremony, but almost spoils the show.

Quatermass (3/4) - ITV 4. 8.00pm - 9.00pm
A fellow scientist helps Quatermass solve a mystery.

The Might Boosh - a Journey Through Time and Space - BBC 3. 9.00pm - 10.00pm
Documentary charting Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt's rise to fame as the two comedy actors visit memorable locations, including the comedy club where they first performed.

The Frost Report is Back! - BBC 4. 9.00pm - 11.00pm
Star-studded celebration of the classic sketch show, with previous performers including Ronnie Corbertt, John Cleese and Denis Norden looking back on the launchpad for their careers.

Tuesday 25th March

TV

Sounds of the 60s - BBC 4. 7.30pm - 7.35pm
Music from the archives.

Batman (1/2) - BBC 4. 7.35pm - 8.00pm
The super duo leap into action when the Clock King strikes. Concludes tomorrow at 7.35pm.

Quatermass (4/4) - ITV 4. 8.00pm - 9.00pm
Quatermass risks his life to set a trap for the malevolent alien force.

The Hard Sell (5/6) - BBC 4. 10.30pm - 11.00pm
How advertisers have used TV commercials to sell household products over the last 50 years.

Up Pompeii - BBC 4. 11.00pm - 11.30pm
Bawdy comedy starring Frankie Howerd.

Radio

Blood and Fire: Roots, Reggae and Rastafari - BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm - 11.30pm
Don Letts demystifies Rastafari beyonds its everyday links with dreadlocks, Bob Marley and spliffs in a programme exploring the religious movement's impact on Jamaicans following years of British colonial rule and enforced slavery. Letts draws particular voice - roots reggae - which, from the 1970s, spoke to Jamaica's poor and oppressed. Contributors include Max Romeo, Johnny Clarke, Stephen Marley, the Abyssinians, the Mighty Diamonds, Rico Rodriguez and others.

Wednesday 26th March

The Saint - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Templar is lured by treasure.

Sounds of the 60s - BBC 4. 7.30pm - 7.35pm
Music from the archives.

Batman - (2/2) BBC 4. 7.35pm - 8.00pm
The Clock King sets his sights on Wayne Manor to steal Bruce Wayne's antique watch collection.

The Prisoner - ITV 4. 8.00pm - 9.00pm
Number Six learns the location of the Village from a Russian prisoner.

Minder - ITV 4. 9.00pm - 10.00pm
Terry minds the fort, while Arthur does jury service.

Hancock & Joan - BBC 4. 9.00pm - 10.30pm
Drama starring Ken Stott and Maxine Peake that chronicles Tony Hancock's affair with his best friend's wife, Joan Le Mesurier, and his battle against alcoholism and depression.

Mark Lawson Talks to George Cole - BBC 4. 11.05pm - 12.05am
Interview with the veteran actor, showing as part of the Curse of Comedy season.

Radio

The Reggae Show - BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm - 11.00pm
Mark Lamarr returns with another series.

Thursday 27th March

TV

Up Pompeii - BBC 4. 7.30pm - 8.00pm
Bawdy comedy starring Frankie Howerd. When plans for a new catapult are stolen, Lurcio finds himself embroiled in the plot to recover them.

The Professionals - ITV 4. 8.00pm - 9.00pm
CI5 uncover corruption in the construction industry.

Ashes to Ashes (8/8) - BBC 1. 9.00pm - 10.00pm
Alex is just 24 hours away from the deaths of her parents in a car bomb. Could their salvation be the catalyst that triggers her return to 2008?

Ashes to Ashes (7/8) - BBC 4. 10.00pm - 11.00pm
Will a Police 5 reconstruction help to catch the robbers of an obsessive-compulsive charity fundraiser?

He Kills Coppers (1/3) - ITV 1. 10.35pm - 11.40pm
Thriller based on Jake Arnott's novel, starring Mel Raido, Liam Garrigan and Rafe Spall. 1966: the long hot summer of World Cup euphoria is shattered by the brutal slaying of three policemen.

Mad Men (4/13) - BBC 4. 11.00pm - 11.45pm
Peter is forced to ask for financial aid from his disapproving father.

Auntie's War on Smut - BBC 4. 11.45pm - 12.45am
The Curse of Comedy season begins with a documentary about the evolution of innuendo on the BBC.

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