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Retro TV W/C 19th September 2008

Roxy
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 19th September to Thursday 25th September.

Highlights of the week

BBC 4 devotes it’s usual Friday night music strand to The Roxy Music Story (BBC 4. Friday 19th, 9pm onwards) with a new documentary chronicling the band’s history, as well as a recording of a live concert from France in 1982.
A new Storyville documentary examining the legacy of the year 1968 is shown as part of BBC 4’s 1968 night (BBC 4. Monday 22nd, 9pm). Although famous for its music and student rebellion, the year was also blighted by a series of tragedies.
Elsewhere, More4 continues it’s repeat of All You Need is Love, with this weeks episode looking at the origins of rhythm and blues and soul (Friday 19th,12.35am) and Modculture regular James Corcoran answers questions on "The Mod Movement in Britain" on Mastermind (Friday 19th, 8pm – repeated Monday 22nd, 7.30pm). Good luck James! 
On the radio this week John Harris investigates the life and work of the film director Lindsay Anderson in O Lucky Man! (BBC Radio 4. Tuesday 23rd, 11.30am), while BBC 6 Music repeats a 1974 series on the Who over week-nights starting Monday 22nd at 12 Midnight.

Friday 19th September

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Bodie finds himself suspected of carrying out an assassination attempt.

Mastermind – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Modculture regular James Corcoran answers questions on "The Mod Movement in Britain".

The Roxy Music Story – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.55pm
New. A chronicle of the band’s career, from their emergence on the music scene in 1972 to the present day. Featuring contributions from Nile Rodgers, Alison Goldfrapp and rent-a-gobshite Bono.       

Roxy Music: Frejus – BBC 4. 9.55pm – 10.45pm (Repeated 12.35am)
The band recorded live in France in 1982, featuring Dance Away, Love is the Drug, Jealous Guy and Avalon.

Film: Scum (1979) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
Vicious prison drama starring Ray Winstone. Transferred between borstals after assaulting an officer, a violent and troubled youth must fight his way to the top of the hierarchy of inmates if he is to survive.

Life on Mars – BBC 4. 10.45pm – 11.45pm
(7/8) Series One. Sam orders a full probe after a drugs dealer dies in police custody – but faces a dilemma when he discovers the truth.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.35am
Enemy agents recruit a double of Steed to betray British interests. 

Brian Ferry and Roxy Music – BBC 4. 1.25am – 2.00am
From 1983, Robin Densel talks to Bryan Ferry about the success of Roxy Music. Includes footage of a concert recorded in front of 15,000 people in Frejus, France.

All You Need is Love – More4. 12.35am – 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 origins of rhythm and blues and soul.

Film: Horror Hospital (1973) – BBC 2. 2.40am – 4.05am
Gory British horror comedy starring Robin Askwith and Michael Gough. Jason Jones, singer with top 70s band Mystic takes a break at Dr Storm’s "Health Hotel".

Saturday 20th September

Film: Holiday on the Buses (1973) – ITV 3. 5.20pm – 7.00pm
The third and last in the series of successful big screen spin offs from the popular 70s sitcom. Stan, Jack and Inspector Blake are fired from the bus depot. Finding work at a holiday camp, Stan and Jack are horrified to discover that their arch enemy Blakey, has also got a job there as head of security.   

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.05pm
A recently released criminal becomes the prime suspect in an assault case – but, unfortunately for Regan, he appears to have a perfect alibi.

Film: McVicar (1980) – ITV 4. 10.05pm – 12.20am
Prison drama starring Roger Daltrey. A prisoner is transferred to Durham prison, where he battles to improve the treatment of himself and his fellow inmates while also planning his escape.

The Roxy Music Story – BBC 4. 12.25am – 1.15am
New. A chronicle of the band’s career, from their emergence on the music scene in 1972 to the present day. Featuring contributions from Nile Rodgers, Alison Goldfrapp and rent-a-gobshite Bono.

Film: Countess Dracula (1970) – BBC 2. 1.00am – 2.30am
Horror starring Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green and Sandor Eles. An ageing noblewoman finds she can recapture her lost youth by bathing in the blood of virgins.

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – 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.

The Story of Carmine Appice – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Pete Mitchell interviews influential rock drummer Carmine Appice, who first hit big as part of 60s psychedelic band Vanilla Fudge. With input from members of Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult and Vanilla Fudge.

Sunday 21st September

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan and Carter try to locate bank raiders by tracing a radio signal.

Celebrating – The South Bank Show – ITV 3. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Charting the history of ITV’s flagship arts series, created in 1978 by Melvyn Bragg.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 12.30am – 1.40am
Witching Time. A woman carrying on an illicit affair learns she has been targeted by a 300 year old witch who has emerged in the present day.

Film: Ooh… You Are Awful (1972) – BBC 2. 12.40am – 2.15am
Comedy starring Dick Emery. Conman Charlie Tully and his sidekick Reggie make a small fortune from a marriage scam and decide to celebrate before setting off for Switzerland. But their plans go awry when Charlie sells a "stray" bulldog to an American couple.

Film: Prick Up Your Ears (1987) – Film4. 1.40am – 3.55am
Biographical drama of gay playwright Joe Orton, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.

Monday 22nd September

Film: A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) – Film4. 2.40pm – 4.30pm
An imaginative young boy growing up in London’s impoverished East End in the 1950s, absorbs a tale about the magical power of captured unicorns from the kindly tailor Kandinsky and goes in search of the mythic beast.

Mastermind – BBC 2. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Modculture regular James Corcoran answers questions on "The Mod Movement in Britain".

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
BBC 4’s 1968 Night begins with a look at the sights and sounds of the momentous year, featuring Jimi Hendrix and the Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band.

1968 – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
New. Storyville documentary examining the legacy of the year 1968. Although famous for its music and student rebellion, the year was also blighted by a series of tragedies.

RFK – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 12.20am
Director David Grubin’s biography of Bobby Kennedy for Storyville reveals how his grief at the death of his brother John F Kennedy helped him empathise with the marginalised and disenfranchised before his own campaign to become president also ended in assassination in 1968.

Black Power Salute – BBC 4. 2.15am – 3.15am
Recalling American athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s gestures in support of the Black Panther movement at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

Radio

Higher and Higher – the Life and Soul of Jackie Wilson (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear a profile of R&B/soul/pop sensation Jackie Wilson. This edition looks at his career boost in 1966, when he moved to Chicago to work with producer Carl Davies, resulting in what is now perhaps his signature hit, (Your Love Keeps Lifting me) Higher and Higher.

Who’s Who (1/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1974 series featuring candid one-hour interviews with the original members of the Who.

Tuesday 23rd September

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur’s savings catch the eye of an old acquaintance who turns up out of the blue from Marbella.

Flight of the Conchords (3/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Repeat of the first series of this comedy about a New Zealand folk duo in New York.

Kenneth Tynan: in Praise of Hardcore – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.45pm
Exploring the personal and professional life of the controversial figure at the centre of 1960s London life.

Comedy Classics: Rising Damp – ITV 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
A tribute to the 1970s sitcom which starred Leonard Rossiter, as the penny-pinching landlord Rigsby whose lodgers included Don Warrington, Richard Beckinsale and Frances de la Tour. Writer Eric Chappell recalls his inspiration for the series and a classic episode Stage Struck follows.

1968 – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 1.10pm
New. Storyville documentary examining the legacy of the year 1968. Although famous for its music and student rebellion, the year was also blighted by a series of tragedies.

Film: The Omen (1976) – BBC 1. 12.05am – 1.55am
Classic horror starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick about a baby substituted for a stillborn infant who turns out to be the Antichrist.

Radio

O Lucky Man! – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Midday
John Harris investigates the life and work of the film director Lindsay Anderson, the programme focuses on if…, O Lucky Man! and Britannia Hospital, the trilogy of films Anderson made with Malcolm McDowell. With contributions from McDowell, Stephen Frears, Helen Mirren and writer David Sherwin, Harris examines Anderson’s vision of Britain and the director’s contradictory character.

Howlin’ Wolf (1/2) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear a tribute to Mississippi-born blues giant Howlin’ Wolf, who pioneered the electric guitar and helped create the Chicago blues sound.

Who’s Who (2/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1974 series featuring candid one-hour interviews with the original members of the Who.

Wednesday 24th September

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Arthur risks his savings by leaving them in the ancient safe at the lock-up.

Celebrating – The South Bank Show – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Charting the history of ITV’s flagship arts series, created in 1978 by Melvyn Bragg. With clips of John Lennon, Dusty Springfield and Iggy Pop.

Film: Withnail & I (1986) – Film4. 11.35pm – 1.45am
Cult black comedy starring Paul McGann and Richard E Grant.

Radio

Who’s Who (3/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1974 series featuring candid one-hour interviews with the original members of the Who.

Thursday 25th September

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate the death of a burglar who was killed after seeing classified information about a foreign country.

Film: Scum (1979) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
Vicious prison drama starring Ray Winstone. Transferred between borstals after assaulting an officer, a violent and troubled youth must fight his way to the top of the hierarchy of inmates if he is to survive.

Film: Easy Rider (1969) – Five US. 11.05pm – 1.10am
Cult road movie starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson.

Radio

Mark Lamarr: The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Radio 2’s hard-core music enthusiast returns with another run of programmes showcasing choice reggae tunes.

Who’s Who (4/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1974 series featuring candid one-hour interviews with the original members of the Who.