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Retro TV W/C 6th June 2008

Merseybeat
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 6th June to Thursday 12th June.

Highlights of the week

As Liverpool celebrates its status as European Capital of Culture 2008, BBC 4’s regular Friday night music slot features two back-to-back Rock Family Trees documentaries (Friday 6th, 10pm onwards) looking at the Mersey Sound of the 1960s and the late 1970s chart boom led by bands such as Echo and the Bunnymen, OMD and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Savile Row, a recent three part documentary following the fortunes of bespoke tailors on the famous Mayfair street is repeated on consecutive nights starting Tuesday 10th (BBC 4, 8pm), while Paul Weller continues to plug his latest album 22 Dreams with an appearance on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (Friday 6th, 10.35pm) and a 4Music special, Paul Weller: the Rehearsal Sessions (Channel 4.Thursday 12th, 12.05am)

The most interesting thing on radio this week has to be The Archive Hour: The Dream Time of Jazz (BBC Radio 4. Saturday 7th, 8pm) Jelly Roll Morton’s definitive oral history of jazz and bawdy Americana, as told to musicologist Alan Lomax while sat at a piano at the Library of Congress in 1938.

Friday 6th June

TV

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.55pm
Dempsey becomes obsessed with a violent gunman who caused chaos during a building site robbery.

Rock Family Trees – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
The Mersey Sound. The Liverpool music scene in the 1960s, an era synonymous with the band that changed the face of pop music – the Beatles.

Peep Show – Channel 4. 10.35pm – 11.10pm
(6/6). New series. Mark gets into online gaming and wonders whether Dobby is "the one".

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Guests include Paul Weller performing live.

Rock Family Trees – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.40pm
The New Mersey Beat. The Liverpool music boom of the late 1970s, which led to chart success for such bands as Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Echo and the Bunnymen and OMD.

The Culture Show Uncut – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.20am
Extended version of Tuesday’s show, featuring music from Sparks.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.40am – 1.30am
The Superlative Seven: Steed is in top-flight company when heading for a deadly destination. Guest starring Charlotte Rampling and Donald Sutherland.

Film: Whatever Happened to Harold Smith (1999) – ITV 1. 1.25am – 3.00am
This quirky British comedy, set in Sheffield during the 1970s, is a bit of an overlooked gem. Starring Tom Courtenay.

Film: Greetings (1968) – BBC 2. 2.35am – 4.05am
Satirical comedy directed by Brian De Palma, and featuring an early role for Robert De Niro. Three potential conscripts try to avoid the Vietnam War.       

Saturday 7th June

Film: Holiday on the Buses (1973) – ITV 1. 10.55am – 12:30pm
Saucy comedy sequel based on the hit TV show starring Reg Varney. When Stan, Jack and Inspector Blake are fired after an accident at the bus depot, they find work at a holiday camp in Wales.

Peep Show – E4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm
(6/6). New series. Mark gets into online gaming and wonders whether Dobby is "the one".

Film: The Stepford Wives (1975) – ITV 3. 9.20pm – 11.35pm
Sci-fi thriller adapted from Ira Levin’s bestseller, starring Katherine Ross and Nanette Newman. A newlywed in a small commuter village outside New York has her suspicions aroused by the behaviour of her female neighbours.

Film: Team America: World Police (2004) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 11.50pm
Thunderbirds-style animated satire made by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. A counter-terrorism squad causes havoc as it engages in a violent battle with the Film Actors Guild and evil North Korean leader Kim Jong II, who is bent on destroying the world.

Film: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Film4. 11.05pm – 12.40am
Tobe Hooper’s notorious horror classic.

Film: The Internecine Project (1974) – ITV 4. 12.50am – 2.25am
Thriller starring James Coburn and Lee Grant. Former secret agent Robert Elliot is being promoted to a government advisor. In order to make sure no-one will ever know about his dirty past, he has invented a very ingenious plan to get rid of his four helpers: he gets them all to unknowingly kill each other in the course of a single night.

Film: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) – BBC 1. 12.55am – 2.25am
Thriller from cult director John Carpenter. After cops shoot out one of their members, a gang lays siege to a police station.

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
(2/3) New series. In her exploration of British culture in 1968, Miranda Sawyer looks at the growing concern about the power of television to influence the public.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

The Archive Hour: The Dream Time of Jazz – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Old, sick and poor (but always immaculately dressed) Jelly Roll Morton sat at a piano at the Library of Congress in 1938 and spoke at length (over ten hours) to the 23-year-old folklorist and musicologist Alan Lomax, who had stumbled on the first oral history of black-American music. Historian Marybeth Hamilton reconstructs these remarkable sessions and listens to Jelly Roll’s memories of gangsters and prostitutes and the brothels and honky tonks where jazz was born.

Sunday 8th June

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A consignment of mercury is stolen and Regan and Carter are bemused by their prime suspect’s alibi.

How TV Changed Britain – Channel 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
(2/6). New Series. Looking at today’s schedules it is hard to believe there was a time when it was unusual for everyday people to appear on the box. When they did, it was only on such celebrated documentaries as The Family. But with the recent arrival of reality TV, ordinary people have used small-screen notoriety as a launch pad to celebrity.

Film: The Stepford Wives (1975) – ITV 3. 11.00pm – 1.10am
Sci-fi thriller adapted from Ira Levin’s bestseller, starring Katherine Ross and Nanette Newman. A newlywed in a small commuter village outside New York has her suspicions aroused by the behaviour of her female neighbours.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 1.10am – 2.15am
A man is trapped in a recurring nightmare. One of the best episodes of a fine series.

Monday 9th June

TV

Film: The Fly (1958) – Film4. 5.05pm – 6.55pm
Cult 1950s sci-fi horror in which a scientist ends up half human/ half fly.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 7.55pm
Dempsey adopts the disguise of a small-time criminal when he takes on his arch-enemy.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur buys 2,000 tickets for a football match between England and Scotland.

Tuesday 10th June

TV

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.55pm
Dempsey is accused of murdering a small-time criminal, forcing Makepeace to put her career on the line as she attempts to uncover evidence to support his claims of innocence.

Sounds of the Seventies – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Roxy Music perform.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Puzzler plans to rob a multi-billionaire. Concludes tomorrow.

Savile Row – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
(1/3) Documentary following the fortunes of bespoke tailors on the short Mayfair street. Tonight, how they’ve survived the test of time. 

Fear of Fanny – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.50pm
This comedy drama reveals a softer side of the redoubtable TV chef. Starring Julia Davis and Mark Gatiss.

Imagine… Annie Leibovitz – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Life Through a Lens. Her photographs are world famous and many of her iconic images are indelibly burned into the public consciousness. But just who is the woman behind the camera?

Film: The Blood Beast Terror (1967) – BBC 1. 12.25am – 1.50am
Horror starring Peter Cushing. In the 19th century, a police inspector investigates the murders of two men – both students of entomologist Professor Mallinger.

The Who – Live in Boston – ITV 4. 1.05am – 2.15am
Live footage of the band from 2002, performing shortly after John Entwistle’s death.

Film: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Film4. 1.45am – 3.30am
Five teenagers are terrorised by a family of cannibals in Tobe Hooper’s classic horror shocker.

Radio

Lost Albums – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
(3/3) Vashti Bunyan – Just Another Diamond Day. Pete Paphides tells the story of Just Another Diamond Day written by Vashti Bunyan on her journey north in a Romany caravan to join Donovan’s commune in the Outer Hebrides. Released in 1970, these songs would only properly surface 30 years later.

Wednesday 11th June

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A crook flees disguised as a nun, hotly pursued by Simon.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
An injured bare-knuckle boxer sparks off an investigation into an illegal organisation planning to distribute counterfeit currency.

Sounds of the Seventies – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
The Moody Blues.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The dynamic duo confront the Puzzler, who plans to steal a jet.

Stuart Maconie’s TV Towns – ITV 3. 7.55pm – 8.55pm
The DJ and critic casts his eye over locations featured in productions for the small screen. This week he visits Birmingham.

Savile Row – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
(2/3) The tailors begin a promotional tour with an exhibition in Florence, and with new rules about who qualifies as a tailor, trouble comes to Mayfair.

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Number Six’s social treatment is not administered, but the doctor tricks him into believing he has had it.

Minder – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Arthur tries to help a young girl who is being conned out of a large sum of money by a hypnotherapist.

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.

Film: Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) – Film4. 10.55pm – 12.35am
Thriller starring Paddy Considine. Tortured ex-army man Richard returns to the rural Midlands village of his youth to take violent revenge on a drugs gang who exploited his brother.

Thursday 12th June

TV

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
The duo pose as Middle Eastern terrorists in the search for an arms dealer reputed to be supplying weapons to violent groups in Britain.

Savile Row – (3/3) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The tailors face possibly their greatest challenge – recruiting young apprentices to win over a new generation of rich clients.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Doyle is injured in action following the pursuit of two terrorists through London’s busy streets.

Suggs’s Survivors – ITV 1(Anglia). 10.40pm – 11.10pm
The Madness singer investigates Crystal Palace in London.

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

Peep Show – Channel 4. 11.30pm – 12.05am
(6/6). New series. Mark gets into online gaming and wonders whether Dobby is "the one".

Paul Weller: the Rehearsal Sessions – Channel 4. 12.05am – 12.40am
A filmed rehearsal with the "Modfather".

Radio

Bette in Britain – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Marking the centenary of the birth of Bette Davis, Susan George tells the story of the icon’s visits to Britain and the impact she had on British actors, directors and producers. She came here in the 70s to tour her one-woman show when, it is claimed, she searched for and found her relatives on a visit to Cardiff. Including extracts from her British interviews spanning 30 years.