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Retro TV W/C 27th June 2008

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 27th June to Thursday 3rd July.

Highlights of the week

With the BBC’s television schedules packed full of programming from the Glastonbury festival this week and not much else, it’s impossible to write this guide without mentioning some of the highlights promised from Worthy Farm this weekend. Apart from a ‘will she/won’t she’ set from pub singer & full-time tabloid drug bore Amy Winehouse (BBC 2. Sat 28th, 9.30pm), reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays the Jazz World stage (BBC 4. Fri 27th, 11.20pm), Welsh soul poppet Duffy plays an acoustic and an electric set on Saturday (BBC 2, 4.15pm & BBC 3, 7pm) and ‘King’ Solomon Burke will no doubt slay the Jazz/World stage on Sunday (BBC 4, 9pm & BBC 2, 10.45pm). 

Apart from that, on the wireless this week, Radio 4 boast The Lost Beatles Interview (Tues 1st, 1.30pm) recorded in April 1964 and found in a garage in South London 40 years later. It’s doubtful that it will include any real revelations, but hey, I’ve got to write something & it’s a slow week. Better idea, go out and sit in the garden and enjoy the good weather while it lasts.

Friday 27th June


The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
CI5 connects a series of murders with a deadly terrorist group.

Real Crime: Starring John Bindon – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Profile of East End hard-man-turned-actor John Bindon, who rubbed shoulders with both royalty and the Kray Twins alike.

Glastonbury  – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 12.40am
A performance by reggae legend Jimmy Cliff as he headlines the Jazz World Stage.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.40am – 1.30am
Return of the Cybernauts: The deadly automatons are used to take revenge on Steed and Emma. Starring Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg and Peter Cushing.

Glastonbury – BBC 3. 12.45am – 2.00am
A round-up of highlights from the first day of the festival.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 1.30am – 2.20am
Death’s Door: Deadly premonitions threaten an international conference.

Saturday 28th June

Glastonbury – BBC 2. 4.15pm – 5.25pm
Includes an acoustic performance from Duffy.

Film: The Quiller Memorandum (1966) – More4. 1.35pm – 3.55pm
Thriller starring George Segal and Alec Guinness. A secret agent investigates an upsurge of neo-Nazi activity in 1960s Berlin.

Film: Please Sir! (1971) – Film4. 4.25pm – 6.20pm
Spin-off from the TV sitcom. When the pupils from Fenn Street School get the chance to go on a trip to the countryside, Bernard Hedges (John Alderton) makes sure his class is included despite his colleagues’ disapproval. Classic British romp featuring Duffy, Frankie Abbott, Maureen & the gang. With a groovy theme song from Cilla.

Glastonbury – BBC 3. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Welsh singer Duffy makes her debut at the Festival on the Other Stage.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan and Carter investigate when a thief dies during a robbery.

How TV Changed Britain – Channel 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Has TV lost the battle for the teenager to the internet? Once shows such as Grange Hill and The Word helped to define a generation, now programme-makers have to fight for an audience that is becoming used to TV on demand. What are producers doing to keep up with changing times?

Strictly Courtroom – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
A look at Hollywood’s fascination with courtroom drama, taking in films such as 12 Angry Men, Anatomy of a Murder and A Few Good Men.

Glastonbury – BBC 2. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Amy Winehouse plays the Pyramid Stage, apparently.

Glastonbury – BBC 3. 10.30pm – 12.30am
Jay -Z’s much anticipated headlining performance.

Glastonbury – BBC 3. 12.30am – 2.00am
Highlights of the second day’s events.


What’s So Great About… Bob Dylan? – BBC Radio 2. 10.30am – 11.00am
Lenny (I haven’t been funny since the late 1980’s) Henry questions the greatness of Bob Dylan (!). He doesn’t like his voice apparently. Poet laureate Andrew Motion, singers Kris Kristofferson and Bryan Ferry, and musicians Jools Holland and Al Kooper present their case for the defence to the former Black and White Minstrels star.

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.

Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm -2.00am
Tonight’s guest is Marshall Chess – son and nephew of the founders of Chess Records.

Sunday 29th June


Glastonbury – BBC 2. 5.00pm – 6.40pm
Neil Diamond performs live on the Pyramid Stage. Mark Ronson is live from the Other Stage and there’s an exclusive backstage performance by old folkie Joan Baez.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 5.50pm – 6.50pm
Bodie and Doyle, Criminal Intelligence 5’s two toughest agents, take on criminals on their own terms

Minder – ITV 4. 6.50pm – 8.00pm
Arthur digs himself a hole.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
The detective duo investigate a series of attacks on a giant corporation by a mysterious terrorist group.

Glastonbury – BBC 3. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Includes Mark Ronson.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A bad dream has Regan’s girlfriend fearing for his safety.

Glastonbury – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Highlights from the Jazz World Stage, including Solomon Burke.

Glastonbury: the Finale Live! – BBC 3. 10.00pm – 12.30am
Live from Worthy Farm, where the Pyramid and other stages play host to closing performances, including Leonard Cohen.

Glastonbury – BBC 2. 10.45pm – 2.00am
The final headliner on the Pyramid Stage is the Verve, plus performances including Solomon Burke.

Film: The Boys (1961) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 1.30am
Courtroom drama starring Richard Todd. Four teenagers stand in the dock accused of murder. The evidence seems watertight, but when the boys give their version of events an entirely different picture emerges. Part of the Courtroom Dramas strand.

Glastonbury: the Best Bits – BBC 3. 12.30am – 2.00am
Highlights from the festival’s concluding day.


Stephen Merchant – BBC 6 Music. 3.00pm – 5.00pm
The Zombies perform a studio session.

Monday 30th June


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

Batman (1/3) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Joker and the Penguin work together on a crime spree. Next episode is tomorrow at 7.35pm.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur gets his hands on an illegal car phone, while Terry dates the wealthy daughter of a hamburger king.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate the murder of a prostitute, but their only clues are a pornographic film and a blackmail plot.

Tuesday 1st July


Film: Where Angels Go… Trouble Follows (1968) – Channel 4. 12.40pm – 2.20pm
Wry comedy starring Rosalind Russell and Stella Stevens. Mother Simplicia, the head of an all-girls school, fights to keep her pupils on the straight and narrow when she takes them on a trip to California.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the Kinks.

Batman (2/3) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Joker traps the duo in a cave, hoping they’ll be devoured. Concludes tomorrow.

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.

Imagine… Werner Herzog: beyond Reason – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Alan Yentob interviews German film director Werner Herzog, the uncompromising, often visionary director of more than 40 documentary and feature films including Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man, Fizxarraldo and Aguirre, Wrath of God. Herzog’s back catalogue is littered with tales of casts, crews and studios tested to the extremes by his determination to capture the "real truth" on film.

Film: Capricorn One (1978) – BBC 1. 11.35pm – 1.40am
Ingenious conspiracy thriller, starring Elliott Gould. As the world watches on TV, Capricorn One, the first manned mission to Mars, lands on the red planet. But deep in the Arizona desert, three threatened astronauts plant the American flag on a film set, aware that their mission is a fake, and part of a top secret cover-up.


The Lost Beatles Interview – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Recorded in April 1964, this is considered to be the earliest surviving TV interview with the Beatles. Part of a regional TV programme broadcast in Scotland and presented by Helen Shapiro, it was found more than 40 years later languishing in a garage in South London and has never been seen or heard by the rest of the world.

Wednesday 2nd July

Film: School for Scoundrels (1960) -Channel 4. 12.40pm – 2.20pm
Classic British comedy starring Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas and Alistair Sim. Henry Palfrey, one of life’s losers, decides to take lessons in one-upmanship when the girl he loves is won over by the caddish Raymond Delauney.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the decade.

Batman (3/3) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Joker targets Gotham City’s water supply.

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Number Six is tricked into becoming the sheriff of a Western township called Harmony.

Minder – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A strike and a hasty agreement to rob a friend’s safe spell trouble for Arthur and Terry.

Thursday 3rd July


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The team escort a North African potentate back to his country.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate an armed robbery and kidnapping.

Suggs’s Survivors – ITV 1(Anglia). 10.40pm – 11.10pm
Suggs visits a high-street tailor to be measured for a suit.

Film: Bullitt (1968) – Film4. 10.50pm – 1.00pm
Iconic crime thriller starring Steve McQueen , Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bissett. A San Francisco police lieutenant is forced to employ unorthodox methods when an assignment to protect a government witness goes awry.

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


Shots from the Hip – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Music criticism began as an art form, delivering the kind of scathing wit and opinion capable of making or breaking a band. Now, with the broadsheets, the internet, and even the bands themselves weighing in, music journalist Andrew Collins asks whether the lone critic is still relevant.

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative Sixties – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Hard-core music enthusiast Mark Lamarr returns with another series showcasing obscure 1960s recordings that have eluded the general public, from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage.