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Retro TV W/C 28th March 2008

Marvin
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 28th March to Thursday 3rd April.

Highlights of the week

It’s not often that a Radio 3 programme appears in this weekly listing, let alone in the highlights, but the most intriguing radio programme this week must be A Long Way from Home (Sunday 30th, 9pm). Caryl Phillips’ original drama imagines the conflicting forces in the iconic singer Marvin Gaye’s life, including family, stardom, love, sex and drugs. The story focuses on his final years, when he was offered a lifeline in the unlikely setting of Ostend in Belgium, where he composed the song Sexual Healing before he returned America and was murdered by his own father.

ITV 1 continues it’s excellent adaption of Jake Arnott’s He Kills Coppers (Sunday 30th, 9pm). Episode two begins just after the killing of three police officers by the ruthless psychopath Billy Porter. The country is in uproar. Calls for the return of the death penalty follow and Porter goes on the run.

Finally, a long overdue night of appreciation for 1970s comedy icon Marty Feldman is held on BBC 4 (Monday 31st, 9pm). A new documentary pays tribute to this under-rated funnyman followed by a compilation show for some of his greatest sketches.

Friday 28th March

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jean and Jeff accompany Marty’s aunt on a visit to Monte Carlo.

Omnibus – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Documentary tracing the history of gospel church music and the worldwide influence it has had on popular music today; through the eyes of writers and historians.

Hancock & Joan – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.55pm
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.

Batman – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 12.45am
Double bill of the dynamic duo, this week featuring the Clock King.

Pay Attention Britain! The Story of Public Information Films – BBC 2. 2.50am – 3.50am
The work of the Central Office of Information.

Saturday 29th March

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

Martin Luther King: American Prophet – BBC 2.8.00pm – 9.00pm
As the 40th anniversary of the civil rights campaigner’s death approaches, former Labour MP Oona King embarks on a journey through the American Deep South to explore how his humanitarian activism was strongly motivated by his profound religious faith.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.10pm – 10.10pm
Regan’s informer is abducted after he has passed on information.

The Hard Sell – BBC 4. 9.35pm – 10.05pm
How advertisers have used TV commercials to sell household goods in Britain in the last 50 years.

David Ogilvy: Original Mad Man – BBC 4. 10.05pm – 11.05pm
The extremes and eccentricities of the founding father of the modern advertising industry, revealed through interviews with those who knew and worked with him, plus exclusive access to his archive.

The Frost Report is Back! – BBC 4. 11.05pm – 2.05am
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.

Film: Death Race 2000 (1975) – ITV 4. 11.05pm – 12.45am
Futuristic action satire starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone.

Mad Men (4/13) – BBC 2. 4.25am – 5.10am
Peter is forced to ask for financial aid from his disapproving father.

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 Saturday Play: 1968:4.468 – BBC Radio 2. 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Martin Luther King was assassinated on 4 April 1968. Jon Sen’s tense drama charts the developments of that week and it’s terrible climax.

Shaun Keavney – BBC Radio 2. 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Includes a live set from Beth Rowley.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles. Includes a set from the New Mastersounds.

Sunday 30th March

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Regan and Carter investigate a series of break-ins at local shops.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 7.00pm – 9.00pm
The feature length pilot episode of the detective thriller. A New York cop and a British woman detective join forces to fight crime and find themselves investigating caviar smuggling – and murder. Starring Glynis Barber and Michael Brandon.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie’s ex-girlfriend visits from East Germany.

He Kills Coppers (2/3) – ITV 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Thriller based on Jake Arnott’s novel, starring Mel Raido, Liam Garrigan and Rafe Spall. Frank, distraught at the death of his best friend, leads the desperate chase to find Billy Porter. 

David Ogilvy: Original Mad Man – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The extremes and eccentricities of the founding father of the modern advertising industry, revealed through interviews with those who knew and worked with him, plus exclusive access to his archive.

Mad Men (5/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.45pm
Five G. Don’s hidden past is brought into question after his photograph is published in an issue of Advertising Today, and Peter makes an unorthodox request of his wife Trudy.

Hancock & Joan – BBC 4. 10.45pm – 11.50pm
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.

Film: Withnail & I (1986) – Film4. 1.25am – 3.40am
Gloriously decadent cult black comedy about two down-at-heel actors who decamp from London to a country cottage.

Radio

Drama on 3: A Long Way from Home – BBC Radio 3. 8.00pm – 10.30pm
Marvin Gaye was an iconic musician who found a new kind of fame in death when he was murdered by his own father. Caryl Phillips’s drama imagines the conflicting forces in Gaye’s life that formed him and failed him. The story focuses on the final years when he was offered a lifeline in the unlikely setting of Belgium’s Ostend where he would compose Sexual Healing.

Monday 31st March

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The duo embark on a ghost hunt at a haunted castle – but it isn’t long before the owner turns up murdered.

Play It Again – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Celebration of the TV format’s origins during the post-war period.

Up Pompeii – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Bawdy comedy starring Frankie Howerd. Ludicrus visits the murky shores of ancient Britain.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Terry is pleased when an old friend returns to England.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie and Doyle stoop to theft when a burglar is mysteriously killed.

Marty Feldman – Six Degrees of Separation – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The Curse of Comedy strand continues with a tribute to the talented comedian. John Cleese, Michael Palin and David Frost are among those who contribute.

It’s Marty Feldman – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The best of The Marty Feldman Show, which singled the eponymous funnyman out as one of the stars of the 1960s comedy scene.

Film: Carry On England (1976) – BBC 1. 12.10am – 1.40pm
Woeful, late entry in the Carry On series. Perhaps after the release of Carry On London this may be considered a classic.

Tuesday 1st April

TV

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Archive music from the Who.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Egghead forms an alliance with Mohican Chief Screaming Chicken. Concludes tomorrow at 7.35pm.

TV Believe it or Not – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Double bill of a collection of some of the most bizarre moments on television. Presented by Sean Lock.

Later Live… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
A new series, with this, an additional live version of the show each week ahead of Friday’s extended version. This week features Gnarls Barkley.

The Hard Sell (6/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
How advertisers have used TV commercials to sell new technology products over the last 50 years, looking at how commercials make viewers want the latest gadgets and gizmos..

Mad Men (5/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
Five G. Don’s hidden past is brought into question after his photograph is published in an issue of Advertising Today, and Peter makes an unorthodox request of his wife Trudy.

Radio

Great Lives: Peter Cushing – BBC Radio 4. 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Actor and writer Mark Gatiss champions the life and work of one of his heroes of Horror. Peter Cushing found fame with the Hammer films, but his career stretched over 40 years.

Let Freedom Ring – Music, Race and the Soul of America (1/2) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Forty years after the tumultuous 1960s, Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman explores the evolution of Afro-American music following on from that era’s black empowerment and the civil rights movements, whose two most dramatic exponents, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King were gunned down. Contributors include Stevie Wonder, Grandmaster Flash, Chuck D, Gil Scott Heron and others. 

Wednesday 2nd April

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar investigates reports that the Loch Ness monster is a murderer.

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

Batman – (2/2) BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Egghead claims Gotham City for his own as the Dynamic Duo are excommunicated.

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Number Six is subjected to an experiment in dream manipulation.

Hughie Green, Most Sincerely – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.20pm
Riveting drama revealing the tumultuous personal life of Hughie Green, a prominent TV personality from the 1950s to the 1970s. Starring Trevor Eve, Mark Benton and Emma Stansfield.

Up Pompeii – BBC 4. 10.20pm – 10.50pm
Bawdy comedy starring Frankie Howerd. The Olympia Theatre group comes to town.

Mark Lawson Talks to Barry Cryer – BBC 4. 11.05pm – 12.05am
An interview with the comedian who has written for a number of noted performers.

Radio

The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Mark Lamarr’s excellent hour of Jamaican music.

Thursday 3rd April

TV

Up Pompeii – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Bawdy comedy starring Frankie Howerd. The Olympia Theatre group comes to town.

Ashes to Ashes (8/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
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?

He Kills Coppers (2/3) – ITV 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Thriller based on Jake Arnott’s novel, starring Mel Raido, Liam Garrigan and Rafe Spall. Frank, distraught at the death of his best friend, leads the desperate chase to find Billy Porter. 

Mad Men (5/13) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.45pm
Five G. Don’s hidden past is brought into question after his photograph is published in an issue of Advertising Today, and Peter makes an unorthodox request of his wife Trudy.

David Ogilvy: Original Mad Man – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.45am
The extremes and eccentricities of the founding father of the modern advertising industry, revealed through interviews with those who knew and worked with him, plus exclusive access to his archive.

Radio

1968: Notes From the Underground – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – Midday
In 1968, a generation looked to the pages of International Times and Oz for updates on the revolution. Rosie Boycott considers the underground press’s origins, impact and legacy, with contributions Barry Miles, Mick Farren and others.

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