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Retro TV W/C 6th March 2009

Bonnie
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 6th March to Thursday 12th March 2009.

Highlights of the week

The tale of outlaws Bonnie and Clyde enjoyed a renaissance during the 1960s – Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway portrayed the duo on screen, while Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot teamed up to add gallic cool to the story. But the reality of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's life on the run was one of violence and danger as shown in new documentary Timewatch – The Real Bonnie and Clyde (BBC 2. Saturday 7th, 8pm). Access to gang member's memoirs, family archives and police records provides an epic road trip through the heart of depression-era America in search of the truth.

Meanwhile Channel 4 continues the Red Riding Trilogy (Thursday 12th, 9pm). It's 1980 and the Ripper has terrorised Yorkshire for six long years. The Home Office brings in senior detective Peter Hunter (Paddy Considine) to conduct a review of the investigation to date.

On the radio this week BBC 6 Music repeats the1985 series in which John Peel charts the story of the British teenager in You'll Never Be 16 Again (Weeknights starting Monday 9th, 12Midnight)

Friday 6th March

TV

Film: A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) – Film4. 2.55pm – 4.40pm
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.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.55pm – 9.00pm
Doyle is stalked by an old friend who has embarked on a vendetta.

Real Crime – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
I Was a Great Train Robber. The story behind one of Britain's most infamous crimes, as told by the men who took part in it and those closest to them.

Mad Men (4/13) – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.30am

Series two. 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.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 12.10am – 1.00am

A large number of prominent figures die from apparently natural causes.

Saturday 7th March

TV

The Unforgettable… Hattie Jacques – ITV 1. 3.45pm – 4.15pm
A tribute to the much-loved Carry On star.

Minder – Five. 7.25pm – 8.20pm
(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.

Timewatch – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

The Real Bonnie and Clyde – The tale of outlaws Bonnie and Clyde enjoyed a renaissance during the 1960s – Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway portrayed the duo on screen, while Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot teamed up to add gallic cool to the story. But the reality of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's life on the run was one of violence and danger. Access to gang member's memoirs, family archives and police records provides an epic road trip through the heart of depression-era America in search of the truth.

Film: Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) – ITV 4. 9.15pm – 10.55pm
A typically ribald stand-up performance by the influential comedian, recorded at the Hollywood Palladium at the height of his fame in 1982.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 12Midnight – 1.10am

Growing Pains. Two officials from the World Food Council pay a visit to a mysterious botanist to investigate some strange goings-on. Uncanny tale, starring Barbara Kellerman, Gary Bond, Norman Beaton and Matthew Blakstad

Mad Men (4/13) – BBC 2. 12.55am – 1.45am
Series two. 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.

The Porn King, the Stripper and the Bent Copper – Channel 4. 2.35am – 3.30am
The rise and fall of multimillionaire purveyor of porn Jim Humphreys.

Radio

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

Sleeve Notes – BBC Radio 4. 3.30pm – 4.00pm
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.

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

Sunday 8th March

TV

Ford's Dagenham Dream – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
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.

Film: Tower of Evil (1972) – BBC 2. 2.00am – 3.30am

Creepy British 70's horror starring Bryant Halliday and featuring Robin Ashwith. A detective investigates a series of brutal murders on Snape Island. A sexy, scary Scooby Doo for adults.

Monday 9th March

TV

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar investigates the abduction of a rich film producer's daughter.

The Miner's Strike – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.30pm

Documentary using interviews, archive footage and reconstructions to explore the lives of five miners involved in the 1984/5 strike, which saw violence erupt across the country.

Film: Fathom (1967) – Channel 4. 2.20am – 4.00am
Terrific tongue-in-cheek spy spoof starring the 'statuesque' Raquel Welch. Bikini clad, skydiver Fathom Harvill is recruited by a top secret Western agency to retrieve a vital lost atomic device hidden in a rare Chinese dragon by parachuting into a house occupied by some Chinese 'reds'. But Fathom soon realises that nothing is as it seems. Johnny Dankworth provides the cool jazzy score.

Radio

Viva Latino! (10/13) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Latin specialist John Armstrong, showcases the genre's range of sounds.

You'll Never Be 16 Again (1/14) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1985 series in which John Peel charts the story of the British teenager.

Tuesday 10th March

TV

My Strike – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. Exploring the consequences of industrial action for both sides of a dispute. With contributions from Lord Tebbit and former BBC director general Greg Dyke.

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm

Featuring an interview with punk poet John Cooper Clarke.

Mad Men (5/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.45pm
Series two. New. The New Girl. Don finds himself caught in the middle of marital issues between TV comedian Jimmy and his wife Bobbie. Joan, meanwhile, gets engaged.

Radio

Phil Ochs: Still Marching – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Nearly 35 years after Phil Och's suicide, Billy Bragg pays tribute to the impassioned protest singer/songwriter who exemplified the political voice of the 1960s folk revival. Recalling the man on whom the FBI allegedly kept a 400-page file are siblings Michael and Sonny, folk star Tom Paxton and those who remember Greenwich Village at its folk peak.

The Singles Story – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
(1/4) New. David Quantick presents a series celebrating the 45rpm pop single, which RCA Victor launched 60 years ago and which, unlike the LP, established its pull with a relatively poor and hip youth market early on. Quantick starts his nostalgia trip with a look at cheap record players, jukeboxes and the birth of the singles charts.

You'll Never Be 16 Again (2/14) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1985 series in which John Peel charts the story of the British teenager.

Wednesday 11th March

TV

Film: A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) – Film4. 1.00pm – 2.45pm
An imaginative young boy growing up in London's impoverished East End in the 1950s, absorbs a tale about the m
agical power of captured unicorns from the kindly tailor Kandinsky and goes in search of the mythic beast.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Terry and Arthur appreciate the commercial possibilities of cheap tobacco, but it's not long before they are all at sea.

The Car Show – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
New. Documentary exploring the ways in which cars have been presented on TV. Continuing The Joy of Motoring strand.

Minder (6/6) – Five. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Till Debt Do Us Part. Despite her infidelity, Archie's estranged wife takes the upper hand when she threatens to expose his dodgy dealings.

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

Dennis's wife announces she is coming to Germany, casting a shadow over his relationship with Dagmar.

Mad Men (5/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
Series two. New. The New Girl. Don finds himself caught in the middle of marital issues between TV comedian Jimmy and his wife Bobbie. Joan, meanwhile, gets engaged.

Radio

You'll Never Be 16 Again (3/14) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1985 series in which John Peel charts the story of the British teenager.

Thursday 12th March

TV

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
A medium predicts Steed will be framed for murder.

Red Riding (2/3) – Channel 4. 9.00pm – 11.05pm

It's 1980 and the Ripper has terrorised Yorkshire for six long years as the noir trilogy continues with an instalment directed by recent Oscar-winner James Marsh, The Home Office brings in senior detective Peter Hunter to conduct a review of the investigation to date.

Film: The Wicker Man (1973) – ITV 1. 11.45pm – 1.15am
Classic horror starring Edward Woodward. When a policeman receives an anonymous letter suggesting that a girl has mysteriously disappeared from a small island community, he sets out to investigate.

Radio

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.

You'll Never Be 16 Again (4/14) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1985 series in which John Peel charts the story of the British teenager.