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Retro TV W/C 15th August 2008

Ray
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 15th August to Thursday 21st August.

Highlights of the week

Tony Palmer’s mammoth documentary series on the birth of pop All You Need is Love continues on More4, (Friday 15th August, 12.40am) with a look at the blues, and features contributions and performance footage from Memphis Slim, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Billie Holiday and B B King.

BBC 4 starts a Liverpool on the Box season on Monday 18th August. Highlights include a rare screening of Ken Loach’s Play for Today docu-drama The Golden Vision (Monday 18th, 8.50pm) written by Gordon Honeycombe and Neville Smith in 1968 about the relationship a group of Everton fans has with their team. With a mixture of drama and archive material of games and training sessions as well as interviews with playing and coaching staff.

On the radio this week, Paul Sexton concludes the story of Coventry-based record label 2 Tone in Too Much, Too Young (BBC Radio 2. Saturday 16th, 7pm), While Paul Jones’ blues show (BBC Radio 2. Monday 18th, 7pm) includes a live set from Allen Toussaint.

Friday 15th August

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Doyle tests a new rifle.

Film: Freebie and the Bean (1974) – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 11.15pm
Energetic action comedy starring Alan Arkin and James Caan. Two tough San Francisco cops, discover there is a "contract" on the syndicate boss that they are trying to apprehend.

Black Power Salute – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Recalling John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s gestures at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

BBC Four Sessions – Van Morrison – BBC 2. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Van proves he’s still "The Man" at a concert recorded at LSO St Lukes in London.

The Avengers –  BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.50am
Castle De’Ath: Secrets lurk in the loch by a Scottish castle. Starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg.

The Avengers –  BBC 4. 12.50am – 1.40am
The Master Minds: An organisation for intellectuals has sinister intentions.

All You Need is Love – More4. 12.40am – 1.45am
Tony Palmer’s mammoth documentary series on the birth of pop gets a rare re-run after it’s recent release on DVD. Tonight’s film looks at the blues, and features contributions and performance footage from Memphis Slim, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Billie Holiday and B B King.

Saturday 16th August

Film: Porridge (1979) – Channel 4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Small-scale comedy based on the popular BBC comedy starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale.

The Real Life on Mars – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
A look at the reality behind the hit series Life on Mars and the origins of DCI Gene Hunt. Former police and criminals talk about the truth behind 1970s policing.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.30pm – 10.35pm
Sergeant Taylor is shot.

Pop Britannia (1/3) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
The history of pop music from the aftermath of the Second World War to present day. This episode charts British pop from post-war to the early 1960s.

Film: A Hard Day’s Night (1964) – BBC 2. 11.45pm – 1.10am
Musical comedy starring the Beatles in their movie debut. John, Paul, George and Ringo set off to London, where they are due to take part in a live TV show. But the antics of Paul’s grandfather throw the performance into jeopardy

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 Man Who Bought Hendrix’s Stage – BBC Radio 2. 10.30am – 11.00am
Joe Chambers’s Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville, represents a celebration of the hard-working session player. Phil Jupitus goes there and meets some of those who’ve worked with the likes of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan. Including contributions from JI Allinson, Bobby Woods, Charlie McCoy, Nanci Griffith, Scotty Moore and Duane Eddy.

Killer Bs – BBC Radio 4. 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Anthony Barnes explores the glorious highs and some perturbing lows, of the B-side, from the Beatles to Burt Bacharach and beyond. Contributors include Tim Rice, Paul Gambaccini and Gloria Gaynor. 

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

Too Much, Too Young (2/2) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Paul Sexton concludes the story of the rise and fall of Coventry-based record label and music genre 2 Tone, whose spirited late-70s fusion of punk and Jamaican rhythms targeted the social and economic inequalities of the day. The enterprise was the brainchild of Jerry Dammers, whose band the Specials guaranteed a slew of chart hits alongside other 2 Tone acts Madness, the Selecter and the Beat.  Featuring interviews with Specials members Jerry Dammers, Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding, members of Madness, the Beat and the Selecter, plus producer Pete Waterman, musician Don Letts, ska singer Rhona Dakar and others.

The Archive Hour: Fortress Totobag – the Story of the Notting Hill Riots –  BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Fifty years after the Notting Hill riots broke out in London in August 1958, Henry Bonsu returns to 9 Blenheim Crescent, known as Fortress Totobag, where fighting between the new West Indian population and the Teddy boys reached its zenith. With voices from the archive and a wealth of music.

Sunday 17th August

TV

Film: The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery (1966) – ITV 1. 2.00pm – 3.50pm
Classic British comedy starring Frankie Howerd, Reg Varney and Arthur Mullard. A gang of robbers attempt to recover their loot.

Film: Carry On Cleo (1964) – ITV 1. 3.50pm – 5.30pm
Comedy starring Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Amanda Barrie. Mark Anthony falls for Cleopatra’s charms and together they plot against Julius Caesar.

The Unforgettable… Joan Sims – ITV 1. 5.30pm – 6.00pm
Profile of the Carry On actress.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
CI5 go on trial following the death of a suspect in their custody.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Arthur is only too willing to help when a tramp receives an inheritance.

Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Film: Carry On Doctor (1968) – Comedy starring Frankie Howerd. Francis Bigger is a charlatan who tours the country lecturing on the subject of mind over matter. During one of his performances he falls off the platform and is taken to the chaotic local hospital.

Call the Cops (1/5) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Looking at the history of police television dramas, including The Sweeney, Cracker and Waking the Dead, and examining how the archetypal TV policeman has changed over the years.

Monday 18th August

Film: Fathom (1967) – Film4. 4.35pm – 6.30pm
Terrific tongue-in-cheek spy spoof starring the ‘statuesque’ Raquel Welch. Bikini clad, skydiver Fathom Harvill is recruited by a top secret Western agency to retrieve a vital lost atomic device hidden in a rare Chinese dragon by parachuting into a house occupied by some Chinese ‘reds’. But Fathom soon realises that nothing is as it seems. Johnny Dankworth provides the cool jazzy score.

Chambre Hardman and the Lost City of Liverpool – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
BBC 4’s Liverpool on the Box season continues with a profile of the photographer whose pictures immortalised areas of Merseyside during its pre-war heyday.

Passport to Liverpool – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.50pm
A historical look at the city, considering how its maritime history and mixture of people have made Liverpudlians uncertain of their English identity.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
When an Israeli minister is abducted, the ensuing suburban siege triggers an airborne pursuit.

The Golden Vision – BBC 4. 8.50pm – 10.05pm
Ken Loach docu-drama from 1968 exploring the relationship between Everton players and fans.

Life on Mars (2/8) – BBC 4. 10.05pm – 11.05pm
Series One. Sam decides to let an armed robber go after learning Gene planted evidence on him.

Film: Gumshoe (1971) – BBC 4. 11.05pm – 12.25am
Crime comedy starring Albert Finney. A bingo caller fancies himself as an old-style detective.

Film: Dead Mans Shoes (2004) – Channel 4. 11.40pm – 1.15am
Shane Meadows brutal crime 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 younger, mentally disabled brother.

Stuart Sutcliffe: the Lost Beatle – BBC 4. 12.25am – 1.25pm (Repeated 3.05am)
Part of Liverpool on the Box. The story of the Beatles’ bassist Stuart Sutcliffe who died aged 21. With contributions from Astrid Kirchherr, his sister and early Beatles’ manager Allan Williams.

Rock Family Trees: The Mersey Sound – BBC 4. 1.25am – 2.15am
Part of Liverpool on the Box. The rise and fall of the Mersey Beat scene during the 60s, including a look at the Beatles, the Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemaker and Billy J Kramer.

Rock Family Trees: The New Mersey Beat – BBC 4. 2.15am – 3.05am
Part of Liverpool on the Box. A look at the next generation of bands after Mersey Beat to emerge from Liverpool including Echo and the Bunnymen, the Teardrop Explodes, OMD and the Lightning Seeds.

Radio

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Including a live set from Allen Toussaint.

Tuesday 19th August

TV

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Featuring Bruce Forsyth. Eh?

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The dynamic duo race to the rescue of a kidnapped socialite. Concludes tomorrow.

Liverpool on the Box – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
TV depictions of Merseyside, such as The Liver Birds, Bread, Brookside and Z Cars.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan’s daughter is kidnapped.

More Liverpool on the Box – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The city’s humour, including a clip of Russell Harty from 1985.

Call the Cops (2/5) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Looking at the history of police television drama Z Cars. Interviewees include Brian Blessed and James Ellis.

Film: The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005) – More4. 10.00pm – 12.10am
Moving documentary about the cult American singer, showing in the True Stories strand.

Wednesday 20th August

Film: Please Sir! (1971) – Film4. 3.00pm – 5.05pm
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.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie and Doyle are assigned to investigate when a shipment of silver bullion goes missing.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Archive clip of the Rolling Stones.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Batman learns Tut is planning to drop Robin into boiling oil.

Thursday 21st August

TV

Film: Carry On Doctor (1968) – Film4. 4.30pm – 6.15pm
Comedy starring Frankie Howerd. Francis Bigger is a charlatan who tours the country lecturing on the subject of mind over matter. During one of his performances he falls off the platform and is taken to the chaotic local hospital.

Minder – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
Arthur gets into the property market and tries to sell Terry’s flat.

Morning in the Streets – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.35pm
The Liverpool on the Box season continues with a 1959 impression of post-war life in the city.

Trouble at the Top – BBC 4. 9.15pm – 10.00pm
A Beatles-themed hotel.

BBC Four Sessions – James Brown – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.00am
Exclusive concert recorded for BBC Four in November 2003 featuring the late, great James Brown, full backing band, his wife and some very enthusiastic dancing girls.

Radio

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