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Retro TV W/C 7th November 2008

Eli 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 7th November to Thursday 13th November 2008.

Highlights of the week

Boston soul troupe Eli Paperboy Reed and the True Loves, currently touring Europe, make their debut appearance on Later Live... with Jools Holland (BBC 2. Tuesday 11th, 10.00pm) as a prelude to their forthcoming UK shows in December. Meanwhile BBC 4 start a repeat run of The New Avengers (Thursday 13th, 7.40pm). In this, the pilot episode, Steed and his new partners Purdey and Mike Gambit team up to stop a group of monks from reviving Adolf Hitler. They don't write plots like they used to.

On the radio this week, one of the key innovators of rock 'n' roll, Little Richard talks to Sarfraz Manzoor about his half-century as an extravagant and wild performer in 50 Years of Little Richard (Radio 4. Tuesday 11th, 1.30pm), while CP Lee talks to some of those who witnessed the 1964 UK tour of some of America's top blues musicians in From Manchester to the Mississippi (BBC Radio 4. Thursday 13th, 11.30am).

Friday 7th November

TV

Minder - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Terry protects a widowed garage owner from her grasping family.

The Professionals - ITV 4. 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Bodie becomes a walking time bomb when he crosses a gang of international gun runners.

Later... with Jools Holland - BBC 2. 11.35pm - 12.40am
Includes Al Green.

Film: When We Were Kings (1996) - ITV 4. 11.55pm - 1.35am
Documentary, telling the story of Muhammad Ali's fight to regain the world heavyweight title from George Foreman in Zaire in 1974.

All You Need is Love - More4. 12.20am - 1.25am
Last episode of Tony Palmer's mammoth documentary series on the birth of pop.

Saturday 8th November

TV

Film: Sweet Charity (1968) - ITV 1. 1.05pm - 3.45pm
Director Bob Fosse's musical comedy starring Shirley MacLaine and Sammy Davis Jr. Worth watching purely for Davis as Big Daddy Brubeck singing Rhythm of life.

Mad Men (3/13) - BBC 4. 10.05pm - 10.45pm
Series one. Don's relationship with Rachel takes an unexpected turn when the pair share a kiss.

Film: When We Were Kings (1996) - ITV 4. 10.20pm - 12.05am
Documentary, telling the story of Muhammad Ali's fight to regain the world heavyweight title from George Foreman in Zaire in 1974.

Film: Stella Street (2004) - BBC 2. 1.00am - 2.20am
Irreverent comedy based on the cult BBC TV series, starring Phil Cornwell, John Sessions and Ronni Ancona. Disillusioned by the glamour of Hollywood, Jack Nicholson decamps to leafy surbiton to enjoy a quiet life alongside fellow suburbanite Michael Caine.

Film: Wait Until Dark (1967) - ITV 1. 2.05am - 3.55am
Menacing thriller starring Audrey Hepburn. A resourceful blind woman is terrorised by three murderous criminals in her own home after her husband is given a doll that, unknown to him, contains drugs.

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.

Sunday 9th November

TV

Film: Porridge (1979) - Film4. 5.10pm - 7.00pm
Small-scale comedy based on the popular BBC comedy starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale.

Minder - ITV 4. 8.00pm - 9.00pm
Arthur's attempts to help an old friend spell trouble for Terry.

Peter Ustinov: the Parkinson Interviews - BBC 4. 11.00pm - 12Midnight
Highlights of the renowned raconteur's appearances on the show.

Hammer House of Horror - ITV 3. 12.10am - 1.10am
Guardian of the Abyss. An antiques dealer buys a mirror, unaware it possesses sinister supernatural powers. Eerie drama, starring Ray Lonnen, Barbara Ewing and Paul Darrow

Film: Scream of Fear (1961) - BBC 2. 12.40am - 2.00am
Creepy Hammer Horror psychological thriller starring Susan Strasberg. Penny Appleby travels to the French Riviera to visit her long-absent father. On her arrival she is told by her stepmother that he is away, but then Penny makes a sinister discovery.

Monday 10th November

TV

Minder - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Arthur's attempts to help an old friend spell trouble for Terry.

Radio

Too Much Too Young: the Story of 2 Tone (1/2) - BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight - 12.30am
Paul Sexton charts the rise and fall of Coventry-based record label 2 Tone. 

Tuesday 11th November

TV

Minder - ITV 4. 8.00pm - 9.00pm
Arthur attempts to sell off cheap reproduction pottery to an antiques dealer, but gets drawn into a shady horse-racing deal instead.

Flight of the Conchords (10/12) - BBC 4. 9.30pm - 10.00pm
A gig at a club means the band's fan base triples overnight.

Later Live... with Jools Holland - BBC 2. 10.00pm - 10.30pm
Includes a performance from Eli Paperboy Reed and the True Loves.

True Stories: Thriller in Manila - More4. 10.00pm - 12Midnight
In 1975, in the Philippine capital Manila, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought their third and final match. Although they were previously friends, Ali's involvement in the Black Nation of Islam caused a rift.

Film: Nil by Mouth (1997) - Film4. 11.10pm - 1.45am
Grim British drama directed by Gary Oldman and starring Ray Winstone.

Radio

50 Years of Little Richard - BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm - 2.00pm
One of the key innovators of rock 'n' roll, Little Richard talks to Sarfraz Manzoor about his half-century as an extravagant and wild performer. Looking back on his life, the writer of some of the most hallowed songs in the rock cannon, such as Good Golly, Miss Molly and Tutti Frutti, talks to Manzoor about a life filled by race, religion and music.

Too Much Too Young: the Story of 2 Tone (1/2) - BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight - 12.30am
Paul Sexton charts the rise and fall of coventry-based record label 2 Tone. 

Wednesday 12th November

TV

The Professionals - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Bodie's girlfriend seeks CI5's assistance to quash a drug ring.

Minder - ITV 4. 8.00pm - 9.00pm
Arthur persuades Terry to mind Alex's shop while he is in hospital.

Thursday 13th November

TV

The New Avengers - BBC 4. 7.40pm - 8.30pm
The Eagles Nest. A new repeat showing of this classic 70s series starts with the pilot episode. Steed and his new partners Purdey and Mike Gambit team up to stop a group of monks from reviving Adolf Hitler. Includes special guest Peter Cushing.

Radio

From Manchester to the Mississippi - BBC Radio 4. 11.30am - 12Mid-day
In 1964 some of America's greatest black musicians were bought over to Britain to perform a series of concerts. The Only one that was recorded took place at an old railway station in Manchester. As the heavens opened, Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe played to an audience who had never seen anything like it before. CP Lee talks to some of those who witnessed the concert and the musicians who were inspired by it, as well as the tour manager Joe Boyd.

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.

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