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Retro TV W/C 21st November 2008

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 21st November to Thursday 27th November 2008.

Highlight of the week

It’s a mixed bag this week on TV, with the only new things to talk about being The Culture Show (Tuesday 25th. BBC 2,10pm) in which actor and Motown devotee Martin Freeman meets legendary house band the Funk Brothers and True Stories: Mr Untouchable (More4. Tuesday 25th, 10pm) a documentary charting the rise and fall of Nicky Barnes (inspiration of Ridley Scott’s recent American Gangster film) a heroin addict who in the 1970s went on to become the most powerful black drugs baron in the history of New York.

Channel 4 start a season of recent Film4 productions this week, with terrestrial screening of Shane Meadows’ This is England (Monday 24th, 10pm) and The Future Is Unwritten (Wednesday 26th,11.40pm) a revealing documentary charting the life of Clash star Joe Strummer, while BBC 4 repeat two excellent sessions from LSO St lukes on Thursday 27th, starting with Georgie Fame (11pm) followed by Van Morrison (12Midnight).

Friday 21st November


Folk Britannia – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 1.50am)
The rise of 1960s folk-rock, and how the genre became popular among the hippie generation.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe (1/6) – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.05am
New series. The acid-tongued critic examines the TV industry, including reviews of the week’s viewing highlights.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 12.05am – 1.00am
House of Cards. Steed, Purdey and Gambit face trouble when network of sleeper agents is activated.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 1.00am – 1.50am
The House That Jack Built. Emma is told that she has been left the estate of a mysterious uncle.

Film: The Seventh Victim (1943) – BBC 2. 1.55am – 3.05am
Horror starring Kim Hunter and Tom Conway. In New York, Mary Gibson’s search for her missing sister leads to the discovery of a terrifying cult.

Saturday 22nd November


Kings of Glam – BBC 2. 11.50pm – 12.50am
Fans and insiders play tribute to the icons of 1970s glam rock, featuring David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Elton John and Suzi Quatro. Lisa Tarbuck narrates.       

Mad Men (5/13) – BBC 4. 10.10pm – 11.00pm
Series one. Five G. Don’s past is bought to light after his photograph is published in an issue of Advertising Today.


Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks. 

Movie Outcasts: The Making of Easy Rider – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
Former Monkee Micky Dolenz looks at the making of classic road movie Easy Rider, which was produced by Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson, the same pair who oversaw the production of the Monkees’ TV show. Featuring interviews with Peter Tork, Henry Jaglom, Karen Black and Jim Frawley.

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

40th Anniversary of the White Album – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Guy Garvey introduces recollections by those who worked on the Beatles’ classic double album, celebrating its 40th birthday. With input from producers George Martin and Chris Thomas, engineers Geoff Emerick, Ken Scott, Richard Lush and Alan Brown and Hey Jude promo director Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

The Archive Hour: Here’s Kenny – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Just over 40 years since Kenny Everett’s first BBC Radio 1 show, music journalist Mark Paytress reassesses the DJ’s pioneering audio work and looks at his place in broadcasting history. Through interviews and a collection of rare archive material, he explores Everett’s unique presenting style and his passion for creating wonderfully original jingles using avant-garde techniques – he even produced The Beatles’ Christmas messages to their fans. With contributions from Tony Blackburn, other pirate-radio aficionados and Beatles’ fans.

Sunday 23rd November


Richard Hammond Meets Evil Knievel – BBC 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The Top Gear presenter gains unprecedented access to his childhood hero and one of America’s greatest motorcycling stars, shortly before he died last November, travelling to Butte, Montana, to attend the stunt legend’s three-day daredevil spectacular, the Evel Knievel Days.

Survivors (1/6) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
An up-dated re-make of Terry Nation’s 1975 series. Gripping adventure drama set in the present day, focusing on the aftermath of a devastating virus that wipes out most of the world’s population. Continues on Tuesday at 9pm.

The Rolf Harris Show – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.45pm
As part of it’s Rolf night, BBC 4 dust off an edition of the weekly variety show that first went out in 1969, with Val Doonican, Vince Hill and Barbara Windsor.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe (1/6) – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.15am
New series. The acid-tongued critic examines the TV industry, including reviews of the week’s viewing highlights.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 12.15am – 1.20am
Visitor From the Grave. Another hair-raising tale of supernatural horror.

Monday 24th November


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The heroes attempt to stop a criminal organisation threatening to blow up London with a nuclear bomb.

The Hard Sell – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Documentary examining advertisers’ techniques for selling new technology on British television.

The Department Store (2/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Richard Macer spends six months at Peter’s department store in Huddersfield.

Film: This is England (2006) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 12.05am
Shane Meadows’ drama set during the early 1980s. After losing his father in the Falklands war, Shaun finds friendship with a gang of skinheads. But, when a new face appears on the scene, the group’s loyalties become divided.

Pile it High, Sell it Cheap – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.10pm
Timeshift examines the origins and growth of supermarkets.

Film: Jackie Brown (1997) – Film4. 10.50pm – 1.55am
Quentin Tarantino’s crime thriller starring Pam Grier. An air hostess is coerced into bringing down an arms dealer.

Shopping for England – BBC 4. 11.10pm – 12.10am
How Selfridges and Woolworths shaped the British high street.

Tuesday 25th November


Survivors (2/6) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Abby and her new friends learn that a gang of thugs have taken control of all the local shops leaving them short of food and water, as the new action adventure continues.

Flight of the Conchords (11/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Murray hires a bongo player to join the duo – a move that does not go down well.

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Martin Freeman meets Motown session band the Funk Brothers.

True Stories: Mr Untouchable – More4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
Documentary charting the rise and fall of Nicky Barnes, a heroin addict who in the 1970s went on to become the most powerful black drugs baron in the history of New York.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe (2/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
New series. The acid-tongued critic looks at how portrayals of men and women in commercials have changed over the years to reflect who really has control of the purse strings.

Stan – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Drama charting Stan Laurel’s visit to a dying Oliver Hardy, starring Jim Norton and Trevor Cooper.


Bob’s Big Freeze – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
During the freezing winter of 1962/63 Bob Dylan made his first trip to London, having been spotted the previous summer in a Greenwich Village basement by BBC director Phillip Saville, who invited him to appear alongside David Warner in a BBC play Madhouse on Castle Street. Bob Harris tells the story of Dylan’s visit to Britain, from his stay with Martin Carthy to cutting an LP (in a Charing Cross Road record-shop basement) under the pseudonym Blind Boy Grunt, to performing songs such as Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright and Bob Dylan’s Dream.

Long Players (2/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
New series. David Quantick presents a relatively poignant ode to the vinyl record album (aka LP). Tonight he attempts to assess the LP’s heyday, with a look at artwork, the Beatles impact and various triumphs and excesses.

Wednesday 26th November


Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Terry finds himself guarding some budding gamblers when Maurice hatches a plot.

Film: The Future Is Unwritten (2006) – Channel 4. 11.40pm – 2.00am
Revealing music documentary that charts the life of Joe Strummer, frontman of influential British punk group The Clash.


Smokey Robinson – My Top ten (1/2) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1987 broadcast in which the Motown legend discusses his career.

Thursday 27th November


The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
A former agent seeks revenge.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Doyle loses a close friend and faces suspension.

The Jacksons Are Coming – Channel 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
What are the members of the Jackson 5 doing wandering around Devon? In this documentary film-maker Jane Preston follows assorted members of the family as they leave LA to search for a home in a Devon fishing village. How will the village folk cope with their famous new neighbours and the world’s media? And what happens to the Jacksons when the dream turns sour?

The Department Store (2/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
New series. Richard Macer spends six months at Peter’s department store in Huddersfield.

BBC 4 Sessions: Georgie Fame – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
The musician reunites with some of the original members of the Blue Flames for a performance at LSO St Lukes. Includes guests Zoot Money and Madeleine Bell.

BBC 4 Sessions: Van Morrison – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.00am
Soul legend Van Morrison is on top form at this special concert recorded at LSO St Luke’s in London, as part of the prestigious BBC FOUR Sessions series. Special guests include guitarist Mick Green and organ maestro Georgie Fame.


Mark Lamarr: Shake, Rattle and Roll – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and blues enthusiast Mark Lamarr returns with more lesser-known vintage recordings from his vast collection.

Smokey Robinson – My Top ten (2/2) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1987 broadcast in which the Motown legend discusses his career.