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Retro TV W/C 27th February 2009

Redriding
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 27th February to Thursday 5th March 2009.

Highlights of the week

The Red Riding Trilogy starts Thursday 5th March at 9pm on Channel 4. The TV adaptation of David Peace's cult noir novels feature a stellar cast of celebrated actors including Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, Andrew Garfield, David Morrissey and Maxine Peake. The three feature-length films are set in Yorkshire during the 1970s and 80s – a time of paranoia, mistrust, corruption and the terrifying legacy of the Ripper murders. In the first episode rookie journalist Eddie Dunford is determined to get to the truth behind the complex police investigations into a series of child abductions.


Friday 27th February

TV

Film: The Graduate (1967) – ITV 3. 10.00pm – 12.25am
Influential satirical comedy drama starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. Shortly after graduating from college, Benjamin Braddock returns home to a celebratory party and discovers a new "tutor" in the attractive form of Mrs Robinson. Twice his age and worldly wise, the alcoholic Mrs R decides that Benjamin needs instruction in more physical matters after his intellectual struggles.

Film: The Filth and the Fury (2000) – Film4. 11.15pm – 1.25am
Julien Temple's revealing documentary about the career of punk icons the Sex Pistols.

Mad Men (3/13) – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.30am
Series two. Don tries to get a comedian to apologise when a joke goes down badly at a promotional shoot.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 12.30am – 1.20am
Purdey receives a threat.

Film: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) – Film4. 1.25am – 3.40am 
       
Russ Meyer's wildly camp satire of the music industry. Female rock band the Carrie Nation try for success in Hollywood and become drawn into the hedonistic lifestyle.

Radio

Still Walkin' – the Fats Domino Story (3/3) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Bruce Hornsby profiles the New Orleans-born R & B songwriter and pianist.

Saturday 28th February

TV

Minder – Five. 7.50pm – 8.40pm
(4/6). New Series.  Matter of Life and Debt. Archie gets Jamie to look after the young widow of Harry Grant, his former business associate, suspecting that she is hiding information concerning some valuable stolen property. Shane Richie stars.

Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. The comedian takes an in-depth look at the British director's silent films, featuring clips and archive interviews with Hitchcock and those who worked with him.

The Princess and the Gangster – More4. 10.00pm – 11.05pm

Documentary exploring the association between Princess Margaret and John Bindon. Showing as part of the Toffs and Crims season.

Mad Men (3/13) – BBC 2. 1.00am – 1.45am
Series two. The Benefactor. Betty is taken aback by Arthur's confession.

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 1st March

TV

Film: The Man Who Would Be King (1975) – ITV 1. 3.00pm – 5.10pm
Rousing adventure starring Michael Caine and Sean Connery. In 1880s India, two impoverished former British army soldiers make plans to travel to the remote wilderness of Kafiristan, where they intend to establish themselves as rulers.

Film: The Destructors (1968) – Film4. 4.40pm – 6.40pm

Sci-fi adventure starring Richard Egan. A government agent is called in when the rubies needed to power a top-secret laser gun are stolen by Communist spies.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Terry intervenes in a tug-of-love dispute and unwittingly ruins Arthur's latest money-making venture.

Minder – Fiver. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

(4/6). New Series.  Matter of Life and Debt. Archie gets Jamie to look after the young widow of Harry Grant, his former business associate, suspecting that she is hiding information concerning some valuable stolen property. Shane Richie stars.

Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

The comedian takes an in-depth look at the British director's silent films, featuring clips and archive interviews with Hitchcock and those who worked with him.

Film: Office Space (1999) – Film4. 11.20pm – 1.05am

A group of downtrodden workers rebel against their boss in this very funny satire on office politics. Written and directed by Mike "King of the Hill" Judge.

Reputations – BBC 4. 12.25am – 1.15am
(1/2) Two-part profile of Alfred Hitchcock. This edition traces his life from the streets of suburbia to the boulevards of Hollywood, exploring the childhood influences that turned an overweight loner into the master of suspense and revealing how he came to marry Alma Reville, a tough film professional who was her husband's severest critic and fiercest champion.

Monday 2nd March

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Terry intervenes in a tug-of-love dispute and unwittingly ruins Arthur's latest money-making venture.

The Real Pink Panther: Lord Victor Hervey – Channel 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Born into a notorious family, Lord Victor Hervey led a criminal gang of ex-public schoolboys and hardened cons in the 1930s. But, as the final film in the Toffs and Crims series reveals, even being sentenced to three years' penal servitude for jewel theft may not have ended his scandalous ways.

Film: The Graduate (1967) – ITV 3. 11.10pm – 1.15am
Influential satirical comedy drama starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. Shortly after graduating from college, Benjamin Braddock returns home to a celebratory party and discovers a new "tutor" in the attractive form of Mrs Robinson. Twice his age and worldly wise, the alcoholic Mrs R decides that Benjamin needs instruction in more physical matters after his intellectual struggles.

Reputations – BBC 4. 12.45am – 1.40am
(2/2) Two-part profile of Alfred Hitchcock. This second edition examines his output of the 50s and 60s. Groundbreaking thriller Psycho made him wealthy, while films such as Vertigo and Rear Window were hailed by Francois Truffaut as works of genius. But Hitchcock's obsession with control and his pursuit of the perfect blonde actress took on a new and damaging intensity.

Radio

Viva Latino! (9/13) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Latin specialist John Armstrong, showcases the genre's range of sounds.

Tuesday 3rd March

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur's stay in hospital is disrupted when he finds out a friend of Terry' has been framed for a job.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Oz comes up with an unlikely get-rich-quick scheme – smuggling porn videos back to Blighty inside a dead expatriate's coffin.

Mad Men (4/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.45pm
Series two. New. Three Sundays. Peggy's family hosts lunch for a visiting priest, Don and Betty argue about parenting and Sterling Cooper employees have to work overtime.

Film: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) – Film4. 11.45pm – 1.55am        
Russ Meyer's wildly camp satire of the music industry. Female rock band the Carrie Nation try for success in Hollywood and become drawn into the hedonistic lifestyle.

Radio

Sleeve Notes – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Once a cherished gateway into a musical the album sleeve note has been diminished by the digitalisation of music. It's been reduced to eye-wateringly small print by the CD case and dispensed with entirely by many of those who download their music from the internet. Music writer Laura Barton explains her love of the sleeve note.

Shout Sister Shout – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Singer Ruby Turner pays tribute to influential gospel giant Sister Rosetta Tharpe – a one time superstar whos
e recordings of the 1930s and 1940s combined church gospel with elements later defined as blues, R&B and rock 'n' roll. She predated Mahalia Jackson as the popular voice of gospel, and her wedding ceremony to her third husband – staged at a baseball stadium – attracted over 20,000 paying customers. But her career slumped when she embraced the blues. Following at least two strokes Tharpe died in 1973, aged 58, and was buried in an unmarked grave, despite her influence on the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Aretha Franklin.

Wednesday 4th March

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur dabbles in the glamorous world of fashion, only to find himself relegated to minding the frocks.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.10pm

Oz falls in love with a German girl, and plans to marry her – even though he's got a wife and son back home.

Ford's Dagenham Dream – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New. British driver's love affair with the US-designed cars that were manufactured at Ford's Dagenham factory in the 1960s and 70s, including the Zephyr, Cortina and Capri. Part of the Joy of Motoring strand.

Minder – Five. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
(5/6). New Series. Thank Your Lucky Stars. The stakes are high when Archie risks the wrath of an old business associate after losing the man's car in a poker game. Can Jamie win the vehicle back? Shane Richie stars.

Film: Once upon a time in the Midlands (2002) – Film4. 11.05pm – 1.05am

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.

Mad Men (4/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am

Series two. New. Three Sundays. Peggy's family hosts lunch for a visiting priest, Don and Betty argue about parenting and Sterling Cooper employees have to work overtime.

Thursday 5th March

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Arthur dabbles in the glamorous world of fashion, only to find himself relegated to minding the frocks.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
Prominent figures die from apparently natural causes.

Red Riding – Channel 4. 9.00pm – 11.05pm
(1/3) New series. Dark trilogy of dramas about paranoia, mistrust and police corruption set in Yorkshire in the 1970s and 80s, adapted from the novels by David Peace and starring Sean Bean. Rookie journalist Eddie Dunford is determined to get to the truth behind the complex police investigations into a series of child abductions.

Ford's Dagenham Dream – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
British driver's love affair with the US-designed cars that were manufactured at Ford's Dagenham factory in the 1960s and 70s, including the Zephyr, Cortina and Capri. Part of the Joy of Motoring strand.

Radio

Bombay's Beatle – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 12Mid-day
Sarfraz Manzoor goes to the site of the recording studio where George Harrison created the extraordinary soundtrack to Joe Massot's psychedelic film Wonderwall (1968) – his first major solo project. He meets some of the musicians who can still remember when a Beatle came to work with them – more than 40 years ago.

Mark Lamarr's Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Hard-core music enthusiast Mark Lamarr returns with another series showcasing choice examples from his record collection.