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Retro TV W/C 10th July 2009

Barry

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 10th July to Thursday 16th July 2009.

Highlight of the week 

There really is nothing worth highlighting this week I'm afraid, it's a very poor week for both TV and radio. For fans of broad, unsubtle and crude humour there's always a rare screening of The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) on BBC 2 Sunday 12th July at 12.05am. This cult big-screen version of Private Eye's comic strip, starring Barry Croker and Barry Humphries and featuring Spike Milligan and Peter Cook, contains just about every cliche about the traditional Australian pilgrimage to 'the old country', and every cliche about those rapacious, stuck up, whinging, Tory Brits. On his first visit to the UK, crass Australian stand-up comic & 'yobbo' Barry McKenzie encounters a string of bizarre characters. This was the first Australian film to earn a million dollars and featured in the recent documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!

Friday 10th July

TV

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.45pm – 7.20pm
Aunt Maude buys Olive and Arthur a poodle for their wedding anniversary.

Carry On Laughing – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm
Comedy sketches.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Some old adversaries of Bodie's carry out a bank robbery in London.

Real Prison Breaks – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The story of Ronnie Briggs's escape from Wandsworth Prison.

Sight and Sound in Concert: Santana – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30am (Repeated 1.25am)
Carnival, Let the Children Play and Jugando are among the hits at this 1976 Hammersmith Odeon gig. 

More Guitar Heroes at the BBC – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm (Repeated 12.25am)
Archive performances by celebrated musicians Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Peter Green and Johnny Winter. Other performers featured include Manitas De Plata, Ry Cooder and Thin Lizzy, while Fleetwood Mac's Albatross and In the City by the Jam are among the classic songs performed.

Film: The Enforcer (1976) – ITV 1. 10.35pm – 12.20am
Tough crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood. When his partner is killed, "Dirty" Harry Callahan is reluctantly teamed with female police officer Kate Moore. During their first assignment, they go in pursuit of a terrorist organisation that has kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco.

Flight of the Conchords (9/10) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 11.55pm
Series two. Wingmen. Bret falls for a girl working at the pet shop, but shyness thwarts his chance of asking her on a date. Determined to lend a hand, Jermaine enlists the aid of a friendly mugger to help make his band-mate look tough in front of his new love interest.

Saturday 11th July

TV

Film: Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) – Film4. 11.00am – 1.00pm
Musical starring Elvis Presley and Stella Stevens.

Film: The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) – ITV 4. 1.10am – 2.45am
British horror starring Ralph Bates. Cold-blooded young student Victor Frankenstein steps into his father's shoes to continue his horrific experiments in bringing the dead back to life.

Radio

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

Tarantino's Jukebox (1/2) – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am

Director Quentin Tarantino reveals his musical obsessions, influences and inspiration for the soundtracks for his movies, and discusses with film-music historian and conductor Robert Ziegler the contents of his virtual jukebox. Contributors include Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Paul Gambaccini.
 
John Mayall's Blues Adventures – BBC Radio 4. 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Blues veteran John Mayall traces the explosion of the blues and R&B in Britain in the early 1960s. With contributions from Bill Wyman, Zoot Money and Eric Burdon.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC 6 Music. 6.00pm – 9.00pm

3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Earth, Wind and Pyre – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
R&B singer Candi Staton turns back the clock back 30 years to 12 July 1979, when disgruntled rock-loving Chicago radio DJ Steve Dahl hosted a disco-destroying event in which more than 70,000 people arrived at Comiskey Stadium to chant "Disco sucks!" as they watched their unwanted disco records being blown up. In 1979 the disco industry generated more than $4 billion, and in the USA the genre was always anathema to a certain predominantly white and heterosexual audience reared on 1960s/early 70s rock and pop. Featuring DJ Frankie Knuckles and others recalling the event.

Sunday 12th July

TV

Film: Doctor in Clover (1965) – Film4. 11.00am – 1.00pm
Comedy starring Leslie Phillips. Dr Gaston Grimsdyke's keen interest in nurses soon puts him in the bad books of bombastic surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt.

Film: The Fly (1958) – Film4. 5.00pm – 6.50pm
Cult 1950s sci-fi horror in which a scientist ends up half human/half fly.

The Day of the Triffids (3&4/6) – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A repeat showing of the BBC's acclaimed 1981 six-part series. Bill and Jo frantically search for safety from the deadly triffids stalking London's streets.

Comedy Classics: Doctor in the House – ITV 1. 10.45pm – 11.45pm
A celebration of the sitcom from its beginnings as a novel to the films it inspired starring Dirk Bogarde, and the TV series that first appeared in 1969. A classic episode, Face the Music, follows.

Legends: Humphrey Lyttleton – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
A celebration of the life and career of Humphrey Lyttleton who, in a career spanning more than 60 years, established himself as a successful band leader and was feted by Louis Armstrong as Britain's best trumpeter.

George Melly's Last Stand – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.00am
Documentary following the musician and his wife on what would be his final tour before his death last July, culminating in a performance at the 100 Club, 60 years after he began his career there.

Film: The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) – BBC 2. 12.05am – 1.50am

Screen version of Private Eye's comic strip, starring Barry Croker and Barry Humphries and featuring Spike Milligan and Peter Cook. On his first visit to England, crass Australian stand-up comic Barry McKenzie encounters a string of bizarre characters.

Monday 13th July

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Marty recalls an old case.

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 7.25pm

Stan redecorates the house.

Carry On Laughing – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 8.00pm

Clips from the Carry On films.

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) – ITV 4. 12Midnight – 2.05am
John Landis' anarchic comedy starring John Belushi. The students of Delta house have a reputation for wild parties and drinking. As the freshmen arrive on campus, the future of the house comes under threat.

Tuesday 14th July

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A family reunion turns into a very grim affair.

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.45pm – 7.20pm

A series of complaints prompts the inspector to check the drivers.

Carry On Laughing – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm

Clips from the Carry On films.

Flight of the Conchords (10/10) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 10.55pm
New. Series two. Evicted. Murray suggests Jemaine and Bret develop a musical depicting themselves as a pair of endearing immigrants seeking fame and fortune in New York.

Film: London to Brighton (2006) – BBC 1. 11.25pm – 12.50am
Crime drama starring Lorraine Stanley and Georgia Groome. A prostitute and her underage charge flee for their lives from the London underworld when a sleazy assignation results in the death of a wealthy gangster.

Radio

Marc Riley's Musical Time Machine – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Riley continues his trawl through the BBC archives with a segment from Radio 1's 1973 series The Story of Pop, in which Alan Freeman talks to the Who's Pete Townshend just prior to the release of album Quadrophenia. Townshend discusses the music industry, Woodstock, The Kinks and mods. 

Wednesday 15th July

TV

Film: Girls! Gir
ls! Girls! (1962) – Film4. 2.40pm – 4.35pm

Musical starring Elvis Presley and Stella Stevens.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The duo investigate a crooked gambling club.

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
Double bill.

Thursday 16th July

TV

Film: Victim (1961) – Channel 4. 1.25pm – 3.25pm
Drama starring Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Sims and Dennis Price. A barrister is determined to bring a ring of blackmailers to justice, even though he risks making public his own past.

Film: Doctor in Clover (1965) – Film4. 4.55pm – 7.00pm
Comedy starring Leslie Phillips. Dr Gaston Grimsdyke's keen interest in nurses soon puts him in the bad books of bombastic surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt.

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 8.00pm
Double bill.

Legends: The Beverley Sisters – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Profile of the Beverley Sisters, who were renowned for tight harmonies and became the first British female group to achieve a top-ten hit in the US.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Rigsby has problems with a tenant.

Psychoville (5/7) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Murderous mother and son Maureen and David try to lure their next victim to a waxwork museum, while Joy's hopes for little Freddy receive a boost.