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Retro TV W/C 30th May 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 30th May to Thursday 5th June.

Highlights of the week

Shane Meadows’ powerful drama This is England gets its network premiere on Film4 on Monday 2nd June at 9pm. The film is a look back at British working-class life in the early eighties through the eyes of young Shaun and his new gang of skinhead friends, and deals with the bitterness of outside influences such as racism and xenophobia, of mass unemployment and the fall out of the Falklands War.
Other TV highlights this week include a night devoted to the original Man in Black Johnny Cash (BBC 4. Friday 30th, 9pm onwards) with a new documentary The Last Great American and a compilation of performances and duets from his late 60s/early 70s ABC show. Finally, Dennis Potter’s infamous Play For Today Blue Remembered Hills gets a rare screening (BBC 4.Thurs 5th, 10.30pm). The play concerns a group of seven year olds playing in the Forest of Dean one summer afternoon during 1943, with adult actors taking on the roles of the children.

On the radio this week, Mark Lamarr (BBC Radio 2. Fri 30th, 12Midnight) has Northern soul star Jimmy Thomas in for a live session, Steve Lamacq looks at the legendary late-70s Liverpool club in Eric’s – the Story of a Liverpool Club (BBC Radio 2. Sat 31st, 7pm) while Live at Two (BBC Radio 6. Sat 31st, 2am) features a 1970s live performance by Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Friday 30th May

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A newly released convict takes hospital patients hostage.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.55pm
The duo learn the origin of an old feud, and investigate a protection racket run by a vicious gang boss.

Johnny Cash: the Last Great American – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Beginning an evening of programmes dedicated to the legendary Johnny Cash. Stars recall how the singer put country music on a par with pop in terms of record sales, until the Nashville establishment deserted him in the 1980s.

Johnny Cash: Country Gold – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Featuring highlights of Johnny Cash’s show, which ran on ABC television from 1969 to 1971. With performances by Tammy Wynette and Waylon Jennings.

Peep Show – Channel 4. 10.35pm – 11.10pm
(5/6). New series. Jeremy and Super Hans play at a Christian rock festival. Mark comes along as his roadie and learns how to have sex properly.

Film: The Graduate (1967) – ITV 3. 11.10pm – 1.10am
In his first major role, Dustin Hoffman is sensational as the college graduate seduced by Anne Bancroft, and then falling for her daughter Katharine Ross.

Amazing Journey: the Story of the Who – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 1.35am
Documentary providing a definitive audio-visual record of the influential British rock band.       

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.50am
Never, Never Say Die: Steed and Mrs Peel are called to investigate when a corpse gets up and walks out of a mortuary.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.50am – 1.40am
Epic: Mrs Peel is kidnapped by eccentric film director ZZ Von Schnerk, who wants her for his latest movie, entitled The Destruction of Emma Peel. Will movie stardom be the death of her?

Radio

The Film Programme – BBC Radio 4. 4.30pm – 4.55pm
Francine Stock talks to the prolific producer and director Roger Corman, the man responsible for Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Trip. As well as his classic Edgar Allan Poe adaptations and exploitation movies, Corman is also famous for giving major directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese their big break in feature films.

The Weekender – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Arts show with Matthew Wright. His guest is singer Mary Wilson, who remained in the legendary Motown act the Supremes from 1959 until 1977, when the iconic trio split up. Wilson discusses an exhibition of the group’s glitteringly kitschy costumes and memorabilia currently at London’s V&A.

Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 12Midnight – 3.00am
Northern soul star Jimmy Thomas performs a live session.

Saturday 31st May

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

Film: Mutiny on the Buses (1972) – ITV 1. 11.05am – 12:45pm
Film comedy sequel based on the hit TV show. Stan’s getting married, and the family are not happy.

Film: Thunderbird 6 (1968) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
This second big-screen outing for the International Rescue crew, provides diverting entertainment for fans of the TV series.

In the Shadow of the Moon – Channel 4. 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Compelling documentary about the Apollo missions of the 1960s and 70s to land men on the Moon. Interviews with many of the surviving astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell, reveal the difficulties they faced and the sense of awe they still feel.

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain – BBC 2. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Paradise Lost. Recounting how the 1960s saw Harold Wilson, the confident grammar-school boy made good, elected prime minister of a country that was fast embracing the spirit of progress. But while the Swinging Sixties unleashed dreams of a fairer, liberated future, Wilson’s government presided over years of industrial conflict, stagnation and decline, which in turn led to the industrial malaise and generational conflicts of Edward Heath’s Britain in the early 1970s.

Peep Show – E4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm
(5/6). New series. Jeremy and Super Hans play at a Christian rock festival. Mark comes along as his roadie and learns how to have sex properly.

The Unseen Spike Milligan – More4. 11.00pm – 12.05am
An insight into the life of the troubled comedy hero, featuring contributions by family and friends.

Mad Men  – BBC 2. 12.30am – 1.15am
(12/13) Nixon v Kennedy. Pete’s ambitions cause him to challenge Don directly. 

Mad Men (13/13) – BBC 4. 1.15am – 2.05am
The Wheel: Peggy directs her first radio spot. Don’s work gets in the way of his home life and Betty uncovers his secret. Peggy’s taken ill in the office and is shocked by the diagnosis.
Radio

Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks.

1968: Sex, Telly and Britain – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
(1/3) New series. Journalist Miranda Sawyer was only a year old in 1968, so her impressions of what happened that year are unaffected by nostalgia. In conversation with, among others, theatre critic Michael Billington, author Hunter Davies and  writer Germaine Greer she discusses the West End hit There’s a Girl in My Soup, whether not the sexual revolution ever really happened, the darker side of sexual liberation as revealed in the play Total Eclipse, and full nudity onstage in the musical Hair.

Lost Albums – BBC Radio 4. 3.30pm – 4.00pm
(1/3) New Series. Dennis Wilson: Bambu. The story of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson’s unreleased solo album Bambu, which never made the shops because of other Beach Boys projects and a lack of finance. Now about to be released 25 years after his death, it reveals a talent comparable to that of his more celebrated brother Brian.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles, this week with special guest James Taylor.

Eric’s – the Story of a Liverpool Club – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
As part of Radio 2’s Liverpool season, Steve Lamacq looks at the legacy of the city’s late-70s music revival, in which bands such as Echo and the Bunnymen and the Teardrop Explodes led a new Merseyside wave, with Liverpudlian club Eric’s serving as the 1978 equivalent of the Cavern.

Suzi Quatro – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Singer Eric Burdon discusses his life, career and favourite records.

Purely Peel – BBC Radio 7. 8.00pm – 11.00pm
Steve Lamacq pays tribute to inspired music broadcaster John Peel (1939-2004), featuring tracks from the artists he championed.

Live at Two – BBC Radio 6. 2.00am – 3.00am
Featuring a 1970s live performance by Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Sunday 1st June

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The team targets teenage cocaine traffickers from South America, who have diplomatic ties.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The duo investigates when Harriet’s father is the victim of a burglar who sneaks in undetected and removes a priceless jade collection.

How TV Changed Britain – Channel 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
(1/6). New Series. Television is now an integral part of our everyday lives. From bringing an underground teen culture into the limelight with Skins, to the impact shows such as Dixon of Dock Green and The Sweeney have had on relations between the police and the public, this programme questions, as well as celebrates, the nation’s favourite pastime.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
An armed robber escapes from jail and goes looking for Regan.

Stuart Maconie’s TV Towns – ITV 3. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The DJ and critic casts his eye over locations featured in productions for the small screen. He begins with a trip to Newcastle.

Johnny Cash: the Last Great American – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Beginning an evening of programmes dedicated to the legendary Johnny Cash. Stars recall how the singer put country music on a par with pop in terms of record sales, until the Nashville establishment deserted him in the 1980s.

Johnny Cash: Country Gold – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Featuring highlights of Johnny Cash’s show, which ran on ABC television from 1969 to 1971. With performances by Tammy Wynette and Waylon Jennings.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 11.00pm – 12.10am
A devoted family man makes the mistake of picking up a hitch-hiker who is his evil double.

The Liverpool Sound – BBC 2. 11.00pm – 12.30am
To celebrate Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, Paul McCartney takes centre stage at a special one-off concert in front of more than 30,000 people at the famous Anfield Stadium. 

Film: Suddenly (1954) – BBC 2. 1.30am – 2.45am
Tense thriller starring Frank Sinatra. The calm of the small American town of Suddenly is shattered when three armed men arrive and holds a family hostage as part of a plot to kill the president. Allegedly, this film was watched by Lee Harvey Oswald, and removed from circulation by Sinatra shortly after JFK’s assassination. 

Film: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) – Channel 4. 1.35am – 3.25am
Russ Meyer’s wildly camp satire of the music industry. Female rock band the Carrie Nation try for success in Hollywood and become drawn into the hedonistic lifestyle.

Radio

The Music Week – BBC Radio 6. 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Julie Cullen talks to Paul Weller, who was 50 last week.

Kenny Everett – the BBC Local Radio Years – BBC Radio 7. 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Paul Rowley looks at wacky wireless star Kenny Everett’s talent for remaining a radio fixture after being sacked by Radio 1 in 1970. 

Monday 2nd June

TV

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 7.55pm
The detective duo probe the connections between a murdered antiques dealer and an Arab embassy official with diplomatic immunity.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur excludes Terry.

Film: This is England (2006) – Film4. 9.00pm – 10.55pm
Powerful drama from Director Shane Meadows about a young boy who is adopted by a gang of skinheads.

The Rise and Fall of the Ad Man – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.20am
Peter York takes a light-hearted look back at the history of British advertising. Inspired by the entrepreneurs of the USA’s Madison Avenue, 1970s British ad men created a unique style of commercial, based on home-grown culture.

Tuesday 3rd June

TV

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 7.55pm
The duo probe the murder of a model who had links with a senior government official and an illicit diamond-smuggling operation.

Sounds of the Seventies – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
The Faces perform Stay With Me in 1972.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Catwoman kidnaps British pop music duo Chad and Jeremy. Concludes tomorrow.

Film: The Kids Are Alright (1979) – ITV 4. 1.35am – 3.30am
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.

Radio

Out of Liverpool – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Television writer/producer Phil Redmond celebrates the cultural achievements of his native Liverpool as part of Radio 2’s Liverpool season.

Wednesday 4th June

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
The duo investigate the killings of a drug dealer and an SI-10 officer and are soon on the trail of a vicious assassin hired by a powerful American crimelord.

Film: Thunderbird 6 (1968) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
This second big-screen outing for the International Rescue crew, provides diverting entertainment for fans of the TV series.

Sounds of the Seventies – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Solo performances.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The dynamic duo escape from Catwoman’s echo chamber.

Stuart Maconie’s TV Towns – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The DJ and critic casts his eye over locations featured in productions for the small screen. This week he visits Manchester.

Thursday 5th June

TV

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
The duo go undercover to investigate an officer’s death and the activities of right-wing extremists.

Blue Remembered Hills – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.45pm
A Dennis Potter Play For Today in which the darker aspects of the grown-up world are explored as adult actors take on the roles of children in the 1940s. Starring Helen Mirren, Colin Welland and Michael Elphick.

Suggs in the City – ITV 1(London). 11.10pm – 11.40pm
New series. Chat show with celebrities and live performances.

Peep Show – Channel 4. 1.10am – 1.40am
(5/6). New series. Jeremy and Super Hans play at a Christian rock festival. Mark comes along as his roadie and learns how to have sex properly.