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Retro TV W/C 8th August 2008

Twotone
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 8th August to Thursday 14th August.

Highlights of the week

In the first part of a new series on BBC Radio 2,  Too Much, Too Young (Saturday 9th August, 7pm) tells 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.

Friday 8th August

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A stakeout in a bowling alley escalates into a full-scale alert.

Legends: Ella Fitzgerald – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 1.40am)
A celebration of the life and 50-year career of the iconic jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, featuring rare footage as well as interviews with friends and collaborators.

Comedy Connections (4/8) – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.15pm
The stories behind the comedy drama anthology Ripping Yarns, the parody of Boy’s Own adventure fiction, that was created by Monty Python’s Michael Palin and Terry Jones.

Jonathan Ross Salutes Dad’s Army – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.20am
Who would have thought a comedy about the Home Guard in the Second World War would run to 80 episodes, a radio series, a feature film and a stage show? Jonathan Ross hosts this special commemorating the show’s 40th anniversary.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.50am
The Cybernauts: An unstoppable killer is on the loose, could it have anything to do with Dr Armstrong’s factory?

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.50am – 1.40am
Death at Bargain Prices: Mrs Peel gets a job at a department store to investigate the murder of a worker.

All You Need is Love (4/17) – 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. The third programme examines the origins of jazz.

Film: Psycho (1960) – ITV 4. 12.40am – 2.35am
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic chiller. Absconding with $40,000 of her employer’s money, Marion Crane sets off to join her lover. After a tiring journey, she stops at a lonely motel run by Norman Bates, an intense young man who lives with his domineering mother.

Film: Incense for the Damned (1970) – BBC 2. 1.50am – 3.10am
Horror starring Patrick Macnee and Peter Cushing. A holiday in Greece turns into a nightmare orgy of black magic and drug-induced decadence. Not released until 1976, director Robert Hartford Davies disowned the picture. Mad as a bag of frogs.

Radio

On the Road: The Novel That Changed My Life – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Claudia Winkleman calls on six famous people to reveal the literary works that influenced them. This evening comedian Vic Reeves discusses the Beat Generation classic On the Road – Jack Kerouac’s free-spirited novel, first published in 1957.

Saturday 9th August

Film: The Cincinnati Kid (1965) – Five. 1.50pm – 3.45pm
Gritty drama starring Steve McQueen. "The Kid", an ambitious young poker player, is challenged to a game in New Orleans.

Spy Stories – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
This Time Shift documentary looks at the evolution of British espionage in the 20th Century, considering its long relationship with spy fiction during the same period and examining their parallel development. With contributions from David Shayler, Charlie Higson and John Le Carre. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.05pm
Middle Eastern operatives attempt to hijack a consignment of pills.

Comics Britannia (3/3) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 11.40pm
Armando Iannucci examines how the 1970s and 80s gave birth to comic strips aimed at an adult audience, with magazines such as Viz and the punk-inspired 2000AD appearing on shelves. 

Film: Psycho (1960) – ITV 4. 10.35pm – 12.45am
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic chiller. Absconding with $40,000 of her employer’s money, Marion Crane sets off to join her lover. After a tiring journey, she stops at a lonely motel run by Norman Bates, an intense young man who lives with his domineering mother.

Comedy Connections (4/8) – BBC 2. 11.00pm – 11.40pm
The stories behind the comedy drama anthology Ripping Yarns, the parody of Boy’s Own adventure fiction, that was created by Monty Python’s Michael Palin and Terry Jones.

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.

Too Much, Too Young (1/2) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Paul Sexton tells 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.

Sunday 10th August

TV

Film: Carry On Cruising (1962) – ITV 1. 2.55pm – 4.25pm
Saucy comedy. The SS Happy Wanderer is all set for a Mediterranean cruise when the captain discovers his crew is made up of willing but not very able newcomers.

The Unforgettable… Sid James – ITV 1. 4.25pm – 5.00pm
Profile of the actor.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
An assassin comes to town.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Arthur causes a diplomatic incident by trying to strike a deal with a visiting Russian ship.

Carry On Up the Khyber (1968) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
Saucy comedy starring Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. India 1895: in the North-West Frontier province, the villainous Khasi of Kalaber plans a rebellion against the governor, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A gynaecologist’s suitcase is snatched, but he’s not an innocent victim.

Marty Feldman – Six Degrees of Separation – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Marty Feldman was one of the greats of British comedy, from the golden age of radio, through 1960s television, then on to Hollywood and the movies. He was a great physical clown, who hoped to emulate Buster Keaton in Hollywood, but the system that made him a star withdrew its support when they couldn’t pigeonhole him.

Monday 11th August

Minder – ITV 4. 5.50pm – 7.00pm
Arthur unwittingly causes a diplomatic incident. Rula Lenska guests.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle are assigned to protect Cowley’s former girlfriend.

The Real Life on Mars – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
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. Beginning BBC 4’s Britcop strand.

Life on Mars – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Series One. First ever episode of the drama starring John Simm and Philip Glenister. A detective finds himself transported back to 1973.

Creating Life on Mars – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.20pm
Time Shift presents an insight into the making of the drama.

Radio

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Including a live studio session from James Hunter.

Suzi Quatro’s Heroes – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Tonights subject is John Sebastian, frontman for 60s folk-pop chart stars the Lovin’ Spoonful.

Toe Rag Studios (1/2) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Pete Mitchell tells the story of Toe Rag Studios, set up by Liam Watson and Josh Collins in east London’s Hackney in 1991. A strictly analogue enterprise now run by Watson alone, Toe Rag uses only pre-1960 studio equipment.

Tuesday 12th August

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A routine surveillance assignment exposes a massive fraud.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
with Status Quo.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The caped crusader joins forces with the Green Hornet. Concludes tomorrow.

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.

Radio

Killer Bs – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
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. 

Toe Rag Studios (2/2) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Pete Mitchell tells the story of Toe Rag Studios, set up by Liam Watson and Josh Collins in east London’s Hackney in 1991. A strictly analogue enterprise now run by Watson alone, Toe Rag uses only pre-1960 studio equipment.

Wednesday 13th August

The Saint – ITV 4. 5.00pm – 6.00pm
An old friend is murdered.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
CI5 investigate the fatal shooting of a South American president’s son at a polo match.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Archive clip of Cilla Black.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
A message in alphabet soup is delivered.

Black Power Salute – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Recalling American athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s gestures in support of the Black Panther movement at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

Film: Once upon a time in the Midlands (2002) – Film4. 11.25pm – 1.25am
Shane Meadows low-key drama starring Robert Carlyle and Rhys Ifans. Having seen his ex-wife Shirley receive a marriage proposal on a daytime talk show, ex-con Jimmy sets on to prevent her from wedding new boyfriend Dek.

Thursday 14th August

TV

Carry On Up the Khyber (1968) – Film4. 7.20m – 9.00pm
Saucy comedy starring Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. India 1895: in the North-West Frontier province, the villainous Khasi of Kalaber plans a rebellion against the governor, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond.

BBC Four Sessions – John Cale – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.30am
The singer/songwriter in performance at London’s LSO St Lukes.

Film: Freebie and the Bean (1974) -ITV 3. 11.35pm – 1.45pm
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.

The Real Life on Mars – BBC 4. 12.30am – 1.30am
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.

Radio

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.