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Retro TV W/C 7th March 2008

Iggy
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 7th March to Thursday 13th March.

Highlight of the week

Friday 7th March is Detroit night on BBC 4. Motor City’s Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges (10pm, repeated Sat 8th, 11pm) documents the city in the 60s and 70s and tells the story of those who escaped their factory birthright to create revolutionary music in a blue-collar city without pity.

Also repeated over the weekend are What’s Going On? The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye (Friday 7th, 9pm), Iggy Pop and the Stooges at Glastonbury (Friday 7th, 12.35am), George Clinton: Tales of Dr Funkenstein (Friday 7th, 2.35am), Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music (Saturday 8th, 8.30pm) which tells the story of Berry Gordy’s Motown label, and finally Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Saturday 8th, 12Midnight), a celebration of Motown house band the Funk Brothers. All highly recommended. 

Friday 7th March

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Marty is frightened by a haunted house that conceals a sinister secret.

Space 1999 – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The crew of Moonbase Alpha encounter a doomed planet.

What’s Going On? The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Marvin Gaye made ground-breaking albums which revolutionised American Soul. Yet his personal life was marred by failed relationships, drug addiction and an abusive father. Featuring interviews with him and those who knew him. 

Motor City’s Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
The city’s influence on music in the 1960s, from the success of Motown to the garage rock scene, which paved the way for punk.

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Includes guests the Temptations.

John Lee Hooker and Friends – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.45pm
The blues legend performs with various friends live at the Sweetwater Club, Mill Valley, California. Artists include Rye Cooder, John Hammond, Bonnie Rait and Johnnie Johnson.

Film: Naked (1993) – Film4. 11.30pm – 2.00am
Mike Leigh’s break drama starring David Thewlis. A Mancunian misfit turns up at his ex-girlfriend’s London flat and proceeds to tell the naked truth about the city’s uncaring society.

Batman – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.35am
Another double bill from the dynamic duo, featuring the Minstrel.

The Album Chart Show – Channel 4. 12.25am – 1.00am
Includes a performance by Duffy.

Iggy Pop and the Stooges at Glastonbury – BBC 4. 12.35am – 1.35am
Considered by many to be the highlight of Glastonbury 2007, Iggy and The Stooges live in concert. 

Film: Doomwatch (1972) – BBC 2. 12.35am – 2.05am
Mystery thriller starring Ian Bannen and Judy Geeson. Recently arrived on a small island off the Cornish coast to investigate the effects of oil pollution, Dr Del Shaw stumbles upon a child’s body buried in the woods.

George Clinton: Tales of Dr Funkenstein – BBC 4. 2.35pm – 3.35am
Godfather of funk George Clinton talks to filmmaker Don Letts about Parliament, Funkadelic and his collaborations with Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg. 

Saturday 8th March

TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00am – 10.00am
More classic pop clips.

Film: Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – ITV 1. 3.25pm – 4.45pm (Continues 515pm – 615pm)
007 spy adventure starring Sean Connery. When it is discovered that large amounts of diamonds are being smuggled out of South Africa, James Bond is sent to investigate.

Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Motown’s founder Berry Gordy explains how his label reflected the optimism of the early 1960s, and introduced music appealing as much to white fans as to their black counterparts.

The Hard Sell (2/6) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
How advertisers used cigarettes and alcohol to sell products on British TV prior to the imposition of the stricter standards of today.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
A surprising connection emerges when Haskins is framed.

Selling the Sixties – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
The rise of the 1960s advertising men of New York’s Madison Avenue.

Motor City’s Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
The city’s influence on music in the 1960s, from the success of Motown to the garage rock scene, which paved the way for punk.

Film: Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.45am
Documentary about Motown’s unsung heroes, legendary session musicians the Funk Brothers.

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross – BBC 1. 1.00am – 2.05am
Includes guests the Temptations (Repeat).

Film: Repo Man (1984) – Channel 4. 2.25am – 3.55am
Cult sci-fi thriller starring Emilio Estevez. Otto is just an average American kid. Fired from his supermarket job, he joins a car repossession company, attracted by the thrills of road chases, sex, drugs and urban violence.

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.

Sunday 9th March

TV

On The Buses – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 7.55pm
Stan smuggles some tools out of work in a bid to help Arthur get his motorcycle working.

The Cult of Sunday Night (6/8) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Shoestring. The stars and creators of the detective drama series discuss why it became such a huge success.

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
Featuring the Shadows, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

The Rise and Fall of the Ad Man – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Timeshift looks at the history of British advertising, from its roots in 1970s Madison Avenue to its fall in the 1980s.

Film: Once upon a time in the Midlands (2002) – Film4. 9.00pm – 11.00pm
Shane Meadows low-key drama starring Robert Carlyle and Rhys Ifans. Having seen his ex-wife Shirley receive a marriage proposal on a daytime talk show, ex-con Jimmy sets on to prevent her from wedding new boyfriend Dek.

Mad Men (2/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
Ladies Room. Don is forced to confront his less-than-ideal home life when his wife begins to suffer from mysterious paralyses.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 11.10pm – 12.15am
An unbalanced woman and her crooked husband hide the corpse of a murdered business rival.

Radio

Johnnie Walker – BBC Radio 2. 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Motown veterans the Temptations – featuring original member Otis Williams – perform two songs acappella in the studio.

Monday 10th March

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate a crime dating back to 1953.

The Cult of Sunday Night (6/8) – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Shoestring. The stars and creators of the detective drama series discuss why it became such a huge success.

Steptoe and Son – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
BBC 4 begin a run of repeats of this vintage comedy, starting with the very first episode.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur takes up darts when he spots a way to make some fast cash.

Radio

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Classic R&B and the cream of the new releases, plus a live session and rare interview with Van Morrison.

Tuesday 11th March

TV

Film: Doctor in Clover (1966) – Film4. 6.50pm – 8.50pm
Comedy starring Leslie Phillips. Dr Gaston Grimsdyke’s keen interest in nurses soon puts him in the bad books of the bombastic Sir Lancelot Spratt.

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

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
King Tut’s henchmen steal a string of amber beads. Concludes tomorrow at 7.35pm.

The Hard Sell (3/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
How advertisers used TV commercials to sell food and drink.

Steptoe and Son – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
When Albert discovers Harold has found himself a girlfriend, he suggests he should invite her round to dinner.

Mad Men (2/3) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10pm
Ladies Room. Don is forced to confront his less-than-ideal home life when his wife begins to suffer from mysterious paralyses.

Wednesday 12th March

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

Batman – (2/2) BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Chief O’Hara is given a drug that puts him in King Tut’s power.

Film: Enter the Dragon (1973) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.05am
Classic martial arts adventure starring Bruce Lee. A master of martial arts is enlisted by British intelligence to help put an end to the traffic in opium and prostitutes organised from an island fortress by a criminal mastermind.

Film: Sexy Beast (2000) – Film4. 11.00pm – 12.40am
Cat-and-mouse crime drama starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley. Gary Dove has put his life of crime behind him and is enjoying retirement in Spain. But the peace is shattered when former associate Don Logan arrives to persuade Gary to do one last job.

Radio

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

Jerseybeat – the Four Seasons Story (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm- 11.30pm
Paul Sexton continues a profile of 1960s pop giants the Four Seasons, this week looking at their 1969 concept LP The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette.

Thursday 13th March

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Intruders obtain sensitive information on Richard’s background.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A beautiful secretary, who has been kept secret even from Shado, holds the key to a strange mystery. Guest-starring Stephanie Beacham.

Steptoe and Son – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Steptoe and Son – Harold is offered a piano – but only if he moves it.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie’s girlfriend is seriously injured when a bomb explodes near their restaurant table.

Ashes to Ashes (6/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Alex takes control of a murder case as Gene begins to realise that he’s not getting any younger.

Ashes to Ashes (5/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Ray has to use all of his macho charm when the team try to nail a major drug dealer.

Mad Men (2/3) – BBC 4. 10.55pm – 11.45pm
Ladies Room. Don is forced to confront his less-than-ideal home life when his wife begins to suffer from mysterious paralyses.

The Rise and Fall of the Ad Man – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.45am
Timeshift looks at the history of British advertising, from its roots in 1970s Madison Avenue to its fall in the 1980s.