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Retro TV W/C 13th February 2009

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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 13th February to Thursday 19th February 2009.

Highlights of the week

The sexy, stylish and multi award-winning drama Mad Men returns for a second season on the BBC this week. Created by Emmy Award-winning executive producer Matthew Weiner, Mad Men is set in 1960s New York, the daring drama following the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising agency Sterling Cooper – a place where power struggles, hard drinking and clandestine sexual exploits define the workplace and close the deals. The first episode is shown again on BBC 4 (Fri 13th. 11.30pm) and repeated on BBC 2 (Sat 14th. 1.35am) with the second episode airing on BBC 4 (Tues 17th. 10pm) and BBC 2 (Weds 18th. 11.20pm).

Fifty years ago, the Kray twins rose from small-time racketeers to head the most powerful criminal organisation London had ever seen. The second documentary in the Toffs and Crims season reveals how the Krays built their empire on fear, violence and extortion – and how another secret to their success may have been a relationship with a prominent Tory peer in The Gangster and the Pervert Peer (Mon 16th. Channel 4. 9pm)

Friday 13th February

TV

Film: Thunderbirds Are Go! (1966) – Film4. 5.25pm – 7.15pm
Feature-length spin-off from the TV series. Following the sabotage of the Zero X space craft, International Rescue is called in to oversee the relaunch of a manned mission to Mars.

Mastermind – BBC 2. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Tonight's specialist subjects include, actor Sidney Poitier, number one hit singles and the life and career of model and actress Edie Sedgwick.

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.10am
Focusing on leading protest singers of the decade, including Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

Film: Festival (1967) – BBC 4. 8.10pm – 9.40pm

Music documentary filmed at the Newport Folk Festival between 1963 and 1966.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Bodie and Doyle attempt to defuse an atom bomb.

Sings Dylan – BBC 4. 9.40pm – 10.30pm
A trawl through the Beebs archive for weird & wonderful Dylan covers.

Film: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.50am
George Lazenby's only outing as 007, and arguably the best film in the series. James Bond quits the Secret Service in a quest to track down the arch villain Blofield. A liaison with a beautiful playgirl leads him to a criminal who helps him track his quarry to a Swiss mountain hideaway.

Folk America at the Barbican – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
New. The second of two concerts from London celebrates the revival of folk music during the 1960s. Featured artists include Judy Collins, Eric Andersen and Roger McGuinn.

Film: Dracula – Prince of Darkness (1965) – ITV 1. 11.35pm – 1.15am

Hammer horror starring Christopher Lee. A group of tourists are left stranded in the home of Count Dracula, who has been supposedly dead for ten years.

Film: Great Balls of Fire! (1989) – ITV 1. 1.15am – 3.00am
Musical biography of rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis starring Denis Quaid and Winona Ryder.

Mad Men (1/13) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am

Series Two. For Those Who Think Young. Don and Duck disagree over an account, while Betty runs into an old friend.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.10am
Gambit is due to meet an agent called Travis but he finds him dead, clutching a can of film. When Steed views the film, it shows soldiers fighting in a forest. There seems to be nothing special about the film, but he knows it must have been important. A general disappears and a wounded soldier is kidnapped from a country hospital. Suspicion falls on the commandos at a nearby army base, and Steed, Purdey and Gambit have to find out what is going on.

Film: Inside Deep Throat (2005) – Film4. 1.25am – 3.15am
Anecdotal documentary from directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, that delivers everything you ever wanted to know about the "porno-chic" 1970s classic Deep Throat and its socio-political legacy.

Radio

Still Walkin' – the Fats Domino Story (1/3) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
New. Bruce Hornsby presents a profile of Antoine "Fats" Domino, the influential New Orleans-born rock 'n' roll and R&B singer/songwriter and pianist whose huge pull with US teens in the early days of rock 'n' roll helped further racial integration. With musician Allen Toussaint, engineer Cosimo Matassa and biographer Rick Coleman, who has given access to a rare 1985 interview.

Saturday 14th February

Film: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) – ITV 4. 4.30pm – 7.15pm
George Lazenby's only outing as 007, and arguably the best film in the series. James Bond quits the Secret Service in a quest to track down the arch villain Blofield. A liaison with a beautiful playgirl leads him to a criminal who helps him track his quarry to a Swiss mountain hideaway.

Film: Carry on Doctor (1968) – Film4. 5.35pm – 7.15pm
Classic comedy starring Frankie Howerd. Francis Bigger is a notorious 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 hospital.

Minder (2/6) – Five. 7.05pm – 8.05pm
In Vino Veritas. Archie helps an old pal organise his daughter's wedding, but ends up biting off more than he can chew when the groom goes missing.

Tony Bennett: the Music Never Ends – BBC 2. 7.30pm – 9.00pm
The singer looks back at his long and illustrious career in this Arena film, in conversation with his friend and fellow jazz enthusiast Clint Eastwood.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.15pm – 10.15pm

Taste of Fear. A new recruit struggles to cope, putting the lives of other squad members in jeopardy.

Kings of Cool: the Classic Crooners – BBC 2. 10.45pm – 11.35pm
A celebration of famous musical icons, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby.

Mad Men (1/13) – BBC 2. 1.35am – 2.25am

Series Two. For Those Who Think Young. Don and Duck disagree over an account, while Betty runs into an old friend.

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 Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Race With the Devil: the Gene Vincent Story – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Roger Daltrey pays tribute to wild and innovative rock 'n' roll/rockabilly singer, songwriter and guitarist Gene Vincent. Discussing his influence are Eric Burdon, Ray Davies, Mark E Smith, Spencer Davis, members of his family and others.

Sunday 15th February

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Terry's idea of minding does not extend to public telephone boxes – until Arthur starts a race-tipping scheme.

Seasick Steve: Bringing it All Back Home – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm

Documentary following the US musician to Mississippi and Tennessee.

Seasick Steve at Reading 2008 – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
The American blues performer and his band present their brand of "Hill Country" Delta blues.

Film: Sweeney! (1976) – ITV 1. 11.50pm – 1.35am
Crime drama based on the TV series starring John Thaw.

Monday 16th February

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The team learns an assassin has been hired to kill one of the delegates at an anti-terrorist conference.

The Gangster and the Pervert Peer – Channel 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Fifty years ago, the Kray twins rose from small-time racketeers to head the most powerful criminal organisation London had ever seen. This second documentary in the Toffs and Crims season reveals how the Krays built their empire on fear, violence and extortion – and how another secret to their success may have been a relationship with a prominent Tory peer.

Film: This is England (2006) – Film4. 9.00pm – 11.00pm

Powerful drama from Director Shane Meadows about a young boy who is adopted by a gang of skinheads.

Storyville:
How Vietnam Was Lost – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.50am

Based on David Maraniss's book They Marched into Sunlight, the story of how two seemingly unconnected events in October 1967 changed the course of the Vietnam War.

Radio

Viva Latino! (7/13) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
John Armstrong showcases Latin sounds.

Wish You Were Here? (1/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight

New series. Radio 2 gives four artists the chance to fantasise about attending a legendary and/or significant music event, starting with singer/songwriter Cerys Matthew's desire to have experienced the 1967 Stax/Volt Revue at London's Finsbury Park Astoria. Matthews talks to both Sam Moore and Astoria emcee Emperor Rosko.

The Upsetter: the Life and Works of Lee "Scratch" Perry (1/4) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am

2004 series presented by Mark Lamarr.

Tuesday 17th February

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Members of the travelling community are blamed when an old friend of Arthur's has the frighteners put on him. Guest-starring Jimmy Nail.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.05pm
Dennis does his bit to cement Anglo-German relations by taking Dagmar for a quiet weekend away.

Mad Men (2/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm

Series Two. Duck chases the American Airlines account after one of their planes in involved in a crash.

Film: Nil by Mouth (1997) – Film4. 10.45pm – 1.15am

Grim British drama directed by Gary Oldman and starring Ray Winstone.

Radio

Talking about Lionel – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Lionel Bart was the wunderkind of British musical theatre, reaching dazzling heights in the early 1960s with Britain's most successful postwar musical – Oliver! But his tumultuous life went from triumph to disaster. Eddie Mair tells the story of a troubled artist through interviews with those who knew him.

The Upsetter: the Life and Works of Lee "Scratch" Perry (2/4) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
2004 series presented by Mark Lamarr.

Wednesday 18th February

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur and Terry fall under the spell of a bewitching Australian beauty who's ventured from Down Under in search of her missing fiance.

Minder – Five. 9.00pm- 10.00pm

(3/6) New Series. The Art of the Matter. Archie smells the chance to make a fortune after stumbling across what he thinks is a Banksy painting in the home of unsuspecting housewife Anita. Guest-starring Maureen Lipman.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.05pm

The lads encounter a fellow Brit while spending a relaxing weekend in the country – but his evasive behaviour soon arouses their suspicions.

Mad Men (2/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
Series Two. Duck chases the American Airlines account after one of their planes in involved in a crash.

Radio

The Upsetter: the Life and Works of Lee "Scratch" Perry (3/4) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
2004 series presented by Mark Lamarr.    

Thursday 19th February

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
An Australian beauty captivates Arthur and Terry.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
A new experimental growth drug is leaked into the sewer system, leading to an epidemic of giant rats.

Radio

Still Walkin' – the Fats Domino Story (2/3) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
New. Bruce Hornsby presents a profile of Antoine "Fats" Domino, the influential New Orleans-born rock 'n' roll and R&B singer/songwriter and pianist whose huge pull with US teens in the early days of rock 'n' roll helped further racial integration. With musician Allen Toussaint, engineer Cosimo Matassa and biographer Rick Coleman, who has given access to a rare 1985 interview.

  • vincent spiteri

    I missed the Fats Domino Story of February 13th, will it be repeated/..Vince. Melbourne Australia

  • Adam Kolich

    I love Mad Men. Don Drapper is a gorgeous GOD.