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Retro TV W/C 24th April 2009

Faithfull 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 24th April to Thursday 30th April 2009.
 
Highlights of the week

BBC 4 celebrates a night of British female pop on Saturday 25th April. As well as repeating the excellent recent two part documentary Queens of British Pop (9pm onwards), the channel raids the archive for some priceless vintage shows, with an episode of Dusty Springfield's TV series from 1967 Dusty (10.05pm), followed by Cilla (10.30pm), The Sandie Shaw Supplement (11.20pm), Lulu's Back in Town (11.45pm) and finally Kate Bush's Christmas TV special from 1979 Kate (12.10am) featuring special guest Peter Gabriel. A great night's telly.

New drama Best – His Mother's Son (Sunday 26th. BBC 2. 9pm) looks at the family George Best left behind in Belfast during his rise to fame. At the same time as high-living was beginning to take its toll on George's career, this factual drama follows the descent of his mother into alcoholism and its effects on the whole family.

Finally, Marianne Faithfull has a night of programming dedicated to her, once again courtesy of BBC 4, on Monday 27th. Starting with her recent concert at LSO St luke's BBC Four Sessions: Marianne Faithfull (10pm), the night continues with a portrait of the singer/songwriter in Marianne Faithfull: Keeping the Faith (11pm) and the 2006 film Irina Palm (11.50pm).

Friday 24th April

TV

The Saint – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
Simon hunts for a Nazi.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
An old enemy of Doyle's stirs up trouble.

BBC Four Sessions: Marianne Faithfull – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
New. The singer performs with her band at LSO St luke's, London. Includes covers of Easy Come, Easy Go and In Germany before the War as well as her first live rendition of the original 1960s arrangement of As Tears Gone By, and Sister Morphine, which was released by the singer before being popularised by The Rolling Stones.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.40pm – 12.45am
Includes a performance by Madness.

Mad Men (11/13) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
Series Two. Don's work ethic is put to the test when he arrives in Southern California.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.10am
Steed, Purdey and Gambit incur the wrath of a Chinese drug baron. 

Film: Fahrenheit 451 (1966) – ITV 1. 1.30am – 3.25am
Sci-fi drama directed by Francois Truffaut, starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner. In an unspecified country, in an indeterminate future, readers are persecuted and the function of firemen is to burn books.

Radio

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's Men of Fashion (15/15) – BBC Radio 4. 3.45pm – 4.00pm
The Clothes We're in – the State of Men's Fashion now. In women's fashion the hemline acts as a social and economic barometer, going up and down in tune with the fortunes of the stock market. Laurence finds out what current men's fashion says about the state we're in.

Roger Moore: My Word is My Bond (1/6) – BBC Radio 2. 9.15pm – 9.30pm
New. The actor known for his roles as The Saint and James Bond reads from his 2008 autobiography.

Saturday 25th April

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan goes all out to stop an illegal trade in guns.

Queens of British Pop (1/2) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.05pm (Repeated 12.55am)
Celebrating the female singers who have most influenced British pop music over the past 50 years, including Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw, Dusty Springfield, Suzi Quatro and Kate Bush. Starting a night of British female pop programming.

Queens of British Pop (2/2) – BBC 4. 9.05pm – 10.05pm
More contemporary artists such as Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, Kylie Minogue, Amy Winehouse Leona Lewis.

Dusty – BBC 4. 10.05pm – 10.30pm
An episode of Dusty Springfield's TV series from 1967, featuring Tom Jones as a special guest and backing vocals by Madeline Bell, Lesley Duncan and Margaret Stredder.

Cilla – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.20pm
A vintage 1968 episode of Cilla Black's TV show. She sings Step Inside Love, For Once in My Life and Liverpool Lullaby. With musical guests Georgie Fame and Dusty Springfield.

The Sandie Shaw Supplement – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 11.45pm
Quicksand – The singer performs songs on the theme of travel as she visits a Welsh beach and Marylebone Station and sings classics such as Route 66 and Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Lulu's Back in Town – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.10am
In edition of the Scottish singer's 1960s TV variety show, she performs Trolley Song, Suddenly You Love Me and Lulu's Back in Town. Also featuring the Everley Brothers and Les Dawson.

Kate – BBC 4. 12.10am – 12.55am
Kate Bush's Christmas TV special from 1979. Featuring  Peter Gabriel performing "Here Comes The Flood" and in a duet with Kate on the Roy Harper song "Another Day."

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.

The Lyrics of Bob Dylan – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Laura Barton showcases the lyric skills of singer/songwriter Bob Dylan with analysis of ten of his songs by poets, critics and contemporaries, including poet laureate Andrew Morton and Greenwich Village contemporary Tom Paxton among others.

Sunday 26th April

TV

Best – His Mother's Son – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
Best – His Mother's Son – George Best had the world at his feet thanks to his amazing football ability. But the glamour-studded career of the famous winger was to destroy the life not only of Best himself, but also the family he left behind in Belfast. At the same time as high-living is beginning to take its toll on George's career, this factual drama follows the descent of his mother into alcoholism and its effects on the whole family.

The South Bank Show – ITV 1. 10.15pm – 11.15pm
William Goldman. A man who can lay claim to being the most successful and acclaimed screenwriter of the past four decades, Goldman holds court at home in New York City, where he began his writing career as a novelist, but quickly turned his hand to films. By the end of the 1970s he had some of Hollywood's most iconic movies to his name and won Oscars for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men. He then fell out of favour and wrote a searing Hollywood memoir. But then his star rose again due to his novel The Princess Bride. Melvyn Bragg presents.

Film: Rollerball (1975) – Five. 11.20pm – 1.40am
Futuristic action drama starring James Caan. In the 21st century, violence has been eliminated from society and people give vent to their feelings of aggression by watching a violent game called rollerball. Jonathan E is the reigning champion, but his popularity is causing the governing elite concern.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (5/6) – BBC 4. 11.50pm – 12.20am
The comedian presents an irreverent look at how the news is covered by the media.

Monday 27th April

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff Randall is hired to find a missing woman.

Ashes to Ashes (2/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Series Two. Gene is accused of causing death by dangerous driving when car thief Jed Wicklow is killed in a chase, but Alex is convinced something was wrong with Jed. The deceased was a Romany and hostilities run high on the camp when CID heavy-handedly try to unravel the details of his death.

BBC Four Sessions: Marianne Faithfull – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
New. The singer performs with her band at LSO St luke's, London. Includes covers of Easy Come, Easy Go and In Germany before the War. Beginning a night of Faithfull-related programming.

Marianne Faithfull: Keeping the Faith – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.50pm
Portrait of the singer/songwriter, who shot to fame in 1964 with her first release As Tears Go By.

Film: Irina Palm (2006) – BBC 4. 11.50pm – 1.25am
Blackly comic drama starring Marianne Faithfull. Maggie gets a job as a sex worker to raise money for her dying grandson. Although her secret life begins to empower her, she's terrified that her family will find out.

Film: Frankenstein Created Woman (1966) – ITV 4. 12Midnight – 1.45am
Terence Fisher directed Hammer classic starring Peter Cushing. Baron Frankenstein develops his research in a new direction – transplanting souls.

Radio

Get Up for James Brown (1/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Mark Lamarr with a 20
06 profile of the funk giant, with rare material and input by Brown.

Tuesday 28th April

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A government employee is blackmailed.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The lads move their holiday gear into the wrong villa.

Mad Men (12/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.45pm
Series Two. The Mountain King. Don catches up with an old friend; Joan introduces her fiance to the office staff; and Bertram, Alice and Roger meet to vote on the sale of Sterling Cooper.

Film: Frankenstein Created Woman (1966) – ITV 4. 10.10pm – 12.05am
Terence Fisher directed Hammer classic starring Peter Cushing. Baron Frankenstein develops his research in a new direction – transplanting souls.

The Thick of It: the Rise of the Nutters (2/2) – BBC 4. 10.45pm – 11.45pm
Malcolm Tucker's political career hangs in the balance when the prime minister's decision to resign six months early forces everyone to make friends with the Nutter faction.

Film: Prick Up Your Ears (1987) – Film4. 1.00am – 3.25am
Biographical drama of gay playwright Joe Orton, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.

Radio

Hollywood Charmers (1/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Michael York profiles Roger Moore, who remains best known for his roles as The Saint and James Bond.

Get Up for James Brown (2/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Mark Lamarr with a 2006 profile of the funk giant, with rare material and input by Brown.

Wednesday 29th April

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur must pay a £20,000 tax bill immediately.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Tabloid reporters pursue the lads, convinced they are a pack of heavy-duty villains.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (6/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
The comedian presents an irreverent look at how the news is covered by the media.

Mad Men (12/13) – BBC 2. 12.30am – 1.20am
Series Two. The Mountain King. Don catches up with an old friend; Joan introduces her fiance to the office staff; and Bertram, Alice and Roger meet to vote on the sale of Sterling Cooper.

Radio

Get Up for James Brown (3/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Mark Lamarr with a 2006 profile of the funk giant, with rare material and input by Brown.

Thursday 30th April

TV

Film: The Hot Rock (1972) – Channel 4. 1.30pm – 3.25pm
Quirky crime caper directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Redford and George Segal. Ex-convict John Dortmunder is invited by his criminal brother-in-law to participate in his plan to steal a priceless diamond from the Brooklyn Museum.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
Purdey is kidnapped and Allied attack plans are demanded as a ransom.

Flight of the Conchords Special: One Night Stand – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Hilarious performance by the folk-singing duo, who present several of their popular musical parodies.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (6/6) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
The comedian presents an irreverent look at how the news is covered by the media.

Radio

Get Up for James Brown (4/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Mark Lamarr with a 2006 profile of the funk giant, with rare material and input by Brown.