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Retro TV W/C 11th July 2008

Fitzcarraldo 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 11th July to Thursday 17th July.

Highlights of the week

There's plenty to interest film buffs this week with an evening devoted to German film director Werner Herzog on BBC 4 (Sat 12th, 8pm onwards). As well as screening Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre, Wrath of God - his two classic collaborations with the lunatic genius Klaus Kinski, there's also a repeat of the recent Alan Yentob Imagine... documentary. Also this week, journalist John Ronson trawls through Stanley Kubrick's vast archives in True Stories: Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (More4. Tues 15th, 10pm) to reveal the perfectionist film-makers life through the hundreds of carefully catalogued artefacts in his estate. And for those wanting a slightly more low-brow evenings viewing, BBC 2 devote their scheduling on Saturday to Carry On night (Sat 12th, 7.30pm onwards). Starting with Carry On Camping -  the best British film comedy ever made, there's also a screening of Cor, Blimey! - an adaption of Terry Johnson's stage play Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, which tells the real-life story of Barbara Windsor's affair with Sid James.

On the radio this week Phil Daniels stars in Joe Orton's Funeral Games (BBC Radio 4. Fri 11th, 2.15pm). Seen by some as the linking work between the playwright's Loot and What the Butler Saw, this black comedy about adultery and murder helped create the climate of change that would end the power of the official censor over British theatre productions. 

Friday 11th July

TV

The Professionals - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm
A spy faces an identity crisis.

Festival Fever! - BBC 2. 7.00pm - 7.30pm
Why do so many people want to listen to music while standing in a muddy field? The Money Programme's Max Flint is joined by Myleene Klass to investigate why music and arts festivals have become such big business. It's estimated this year that over 500 different events will take place in an industry worth over a billion pounds. But, as they soon find out, it can be a risky business.

Only Yesterday - the Carpenters Story - BBC 4. 9.00pm - 10.00pm
Documentary about the lives of the 1970s pop duo, whose wholesome brother-and-sister image hid a destructive secret. Includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with friends and family. Two 1970s performances follow.

Film: In the Heat of the Night (1967) - ITV 3. 9.00pm - 11.05pm
Oscar-winning crime drama starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. In a small southern town a black stranger is arrested for the murder of a rich industrialist. The bigoted police chief subjects him to an interrogation, only to discover that his suspect is a top cop in Philadelphia.

The Carpenters - BBC 4. 10.00pm - 10.40pm
An archive performance by the duo recorded during thier first visit to the UK, originally screened in 1971.

The Carpenters: World of Music - BBC 4. 10.40pm - 11.25pm
A concert by the duo recorded at the New London Theatre in 1976.

The Avengers - BBC 4. 11.25pm - 12.15am
A dispatch box is missing.

The Avengers - BBC 4. 12.15am - 1.05am
A blackmailing assassin is on the loose.

Radio

Afternoon Play: Funeral Games - BBC Radio 4. 2.15pm - 3.00pm
Joe Orton's black comedy about adultery and murder, which takes a wry swipe at religion and is seen by some as the linking work between the playwright's Loot and What the Butler Saw. This play helped create the climate of change that would end the power of the official censor over British theatre productions. Starring Phil Daniels.

Hey! Bo Diddley - (2/3) - BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm - 7.30pm
Another chance to hear a tribute series to legendary singer/guitarist Bo Diddley, who died on 2nd June, aged 79. Presented by Roger Daltrey with input from Dave Davies, Tom McGuiness, Wilko Johnson and Marshall Chess. Tonight's edition explores Diddley's upbringing and his impact on 1960s British rock and pop acts.

Saturday 12th July

Film: Summer Holiday (1962) - ITV 1. 3.05pm - 5.05pm
Musical comedy starring Cliff Richard. Four young mechanics decide to set up a European travel service using double-decker buses.

Film: Carry on Camping (1969) - BBC 2. 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Sidney James, Kenneth Williams and Joan Sims star in this, the greatest Carry On of them all, in the first programme of Carry On night, celebrating 50 years of the saucy film strand. When Sid Boggle and Bernie Lugg decide to take their girlfriends on a holiday to Paradise Camp, they think they're off to a nudist colony - but they couldn't be more wrong.

Film: Fitzcarraldo (1982) - BBC 4. 8.00pm - 10.30pm
Visually stunning period drama based on a true story, starring Klaus Kinski, the first of tonight's two films directed by Werner Herzog. Peru in 1900: opera-crazy Brian Fitzgerald is known as Fitzcarraldo. After travelling 1,200 miles to see Caruso, he resolves to realise his dream of bringing grand opera to the jungle. In German with English subtitles.

The Sweeney - ITV 4. 9.00pm - 10.00pm
Eddie Monk wins a large amount of money.

Cor, Blimey! - BBC 2. 9.00pm - 10.45pm
Carry On night continues with this adaption of Terry Johnson's stage play Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, which tells the real-life story of Barbara Windsor's affair with Sid James. Set against the backdrop of the bawdy films, Babs has to turn to Kenneth Williams for a shoulder to cry on when the laughter turns to tears.

Film: Midnight Cowboy (1969) - Virgin 1. 10.00pm - 12.15am
John Schlesinger's Oscar winning study of the relationship between Jon Voights naive Texas stud and Dustin Hoffmans tubercular conman, hustling their way on the mean streets of Manhattan.

Film: Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) - BBC 4. 10.30pm - 12.05am
Beguiling period drama starring Klaus Kinski as 16th-century conquistador Don Lope de Aguirre. 1596: a troop of Spanish explorers cross the Andres in search of the legendary riches of El Dorado. In German with English subtitles.

Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! - BBC 2. 10.45pm - 12.05am
Michael Sheen plays the camp actor and comedian in this compelling dramatisation of his outrageously candid and breathtakingly caustic diaries. Some of his greatest performances are re-enacted, plus there are insights into his professional hopes, personal upsets and sexual neuroses.

Imagine... Werner Herzog - BBC 4. 12.05am - 1.05am
Alan Yentob interviews Werner Herzog, the visionary director of more than 40 documentary and feature films including Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man, Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre, the Wrath of God.

Film: Carry On Matron (1972) - BBC 2. 12.05am - 1.35am
Comedy starring Sidney James, Kenneth Williams and Hattie Jacques. Sid Carter masterminds a scheme to steal contraceptive pills from a maternity hospital and sell them abroad.

The Carpenters: World of Music - BBC 4. 1.05am - 1.50am
A concert by the duo recorded at the New London Theatre in 1976.

Only Yesterday - the Carpenters Story - BBC 4. 1.50am - 2.50am
Documentary about the lives of the 1970s pop duo, whose wholesome brother-and-sister image hid a destructive secret. Includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with friends and family. Two 1970s performances follow.

The Carpenters - BBC 4. 2.50am - 3.30am
An archive performance by the duo recorded during thier first visit to the UK, originally screened in 1971.

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 6 Music. 6.00pm - 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Behind the Velvet Rope: Studio 54 Revisited - BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Another chance to hear Boy George's tribute to the ultimate disco, Studio 54, which opened its doors to the dance-, drugs-, glamour- and sex- inclined of Manhattan's glitterati and to the city's fabulously presented hoi polloi in April 1977, only to shut three years later under the weight of unbridled hedonism and tax fraud.

The Archive Hour: The New York '77 Blackout - BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm - 9.00pm
On 13 July 1977 three lightning strikes caused a total blackout in New York and the city went up in flames. The astonishing night is recalled here, as New Yorkers tell their own stories, with archive taken from the few local radio stations able to broadcast through the darkness to a terrified city.

Live at Two - BBC 6 Music. 2.00am - 3.00am
Paul Weller at Guilfest in 2005.

Sunday 13th July

TV

The Professionals - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Former comrades of Bodie's carry out a violent raid.

Dempsey and Makepeace - ITV 3. 6.55pm - 8.00pm
Dempsey finds himself the target of a female admirer. Guest starring Elizabeth Sladen and Suzi Quatro.

Those Were the Days - ITV 3. 8.00pm - 9.00pm
The series celebrating 50 years of commercial TV in the Granada region with archive clips of the most popular programmes revisits a documentary about the 1969 moon landings.

Monday 14th July

TV

Film: Too Many Crooks (1958) - BBC 2. 10.30am - 12.00pm
Slapstick comedy starring Terry-Thomas. A gang of inept criminals attempt to carry out the perfect kidnapping, but they grab the wrong person.

Pop Go the Sixties - BBC 4. 7.30pm - 7.35pm
Music from Helen Shapiro.

Batman (1/3) - BBC 4. 7.35pm - 8.00pm
The Penguin makes a film. Continues tomorrow at 7.35pm.

The Professionals - ITV 4. 9.00pm - 10.00pm
Bodie is held hostage in a vicarage by a gang of German terrorists and finds himself forced to make a deal with the bad guys.

I Didn't Know You Cared - BBC 4. 10.00pm - 10.30pm
Vintage 1970s sitcom set in a working-class household in a Yorkshire mining village, starring Liz Smith.

Play for Today: Hard Labour - BBC 4. 11.30pm - 12.40am
Mike Leigh's drama, starring Liz Smith. A middle-aged charwoman is exploited by numerous people.

Radio

Marc Riley's Musical Time Machine - BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm - 12Midnight
Marc Riley introduces rock and pop interviews from the BBC archive. First up is a February 1976 interview with Tina Turner who talks about exploiting her sexuality, then a 1980 interview between David Hepworth and the enigmatic Captain Beefheart, who discusses his passion for the Mojave Desert and painting.

Tuesday 15th July

TV

Pop go the Sixties - BBC 4. 7.30pm - 7.35pm
Music from the Scaffold.

Batman (2/3) - BBC 4. 7.35pm - 8.00pm
The Batmobile races to the rescue of the dynamic duo. Concludes tomorrow.

True Stories: Stanley Kubrick's Boxes - More4. 10.00pm - 11.05pm
Journalist John Ronson gets to chance to trawl through the archives of perfectionist film-maker Stanley Kubrick, who died in 1999, and presents the life of Kubrick as told by artefacts in his estate. 

Film: Day of the Fight (1951) - More4. 11.05pm - 11.25pm
Stanley Kubrick's first film. A day in the life of Walter Cartier, a middleweight boxer.

Beau Brummell: This Charming Man - BBC 4. 10.30pm - 11.50pm
Period drama starring James Purefoy as the aristocrat who became the talk of Regency London.

Wednesday 16th July

The Prisoner - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Number Two subjects Number Six to the ultimate interrogation. 

Pop go the Sixties - BBC 4. 7.30pm - 7.35pm
Archive clips.

Batman (3/3) - BBC 4. 7.35pm - 8.00pm
The Penguin plans to steal a fortune in gold bullion.

Film: Tina: What's Love Got to Do With It (1993) - BBC 1. 11.10pm - 1.10am
Poignant biographical drama starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne. Anna Mae Bullock shows a natural ability at an early age for both singing and dancing. She moves from Nutbush to St Louis where, one night at a club, she sees Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm, whose act involves the participation of female members of the audience.

iTunes Festival - ITV 1. 11.40pm - 12.10am
Including music from Paul Weller.

Thursday 17th July

TV

The Professionals - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm
A ministerial secretary leaks security information to her lover.

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

Radio

The Disappearing Art of the Mix Tape - BBC Radio 4. 11.30am - 12Mid-day
Let's face it: kids with MP3s will never grasp the art of crafting a mix tape. It's something personal, the musical expression of a generation. David Quantick celebrates the dying art.

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.   

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