Barry Murphy returns once more to trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don't have to), finding anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 18th September to Thursday 24th September 2009.
Highlights of the week
Channel 4's acclaimed sitcom Peep Show returns for a new series this week (Channel 4. Friday 18th, 10pm). Newly promoted Mark decides to enjoy his additional power and wealth by splashing out on a boiler, a 'creamy elephant' sofa and by finding Jeremy a job in the office. Things are also looking promising for Mark in his pursuit of Dobby, the company IT girl. However, a routine fire drill puts his plans into total disarray.
Adapted from the novels by David Peace, recent drama Red Riding is repeated over three consecutive nights (Channel 4. Starting Saturday 19th, 10.15pm). A dark trilogy of dramas about paranoia, mistrust and police corruption set in Yorkshire in the 1970s and 80s, this is compelling, complex, gripping and genuinely disturbing stuff.
Finally, Pete Cook and Dudley Moore's Irreverent 1967 film comedy Bedazzled is shown over the weekend (Sunday 20th. BBC 2. 10.40pm). When Stanley Moon (Moore) decides to commit suicide, mysterious stranger George Spiggott (Cook) offers Stanley seven wishes in exchange for his soul.
Friday 18th September
Film: Carry On Abroad (1972) – Channel 4. 1.45pm – 3.25pm
Bawdy comedy starring Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. The Holiday-makers heading for Elsbels have high hopes of sun, sand, sea and sex. However, in a half-built hotel, the guests may not get quite what they planned for.
Peep Show (1/6) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Series six. New. As the acclaimed sitcom returns, Mark and Jeremy try to enjoy their final days of freedom before Sophie's baby arrives.
Caledonia Dreamin' – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
How the small Glasgow-based label Postcard Records changed Scottish pop in the 1980s, inspiring bands such as Franz Ferdinand and Travis.
Edwyn Collins: Home Again – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.40pm
How the singer recovered from a brain haemorrhage.
Dominick Dunne: after the Party – More4. 11.45pm – 1.00am
New. Documentary profiling the Vanity Fair journalist, following him in the final year of his life as he reported on the trial of Phil Spector.
Film: Crucible of Terror (1971) – BBC 2. 2.35am – 4.05am
British horror starring former DJ Mike Raven. A sculptor goes to extreme lengths to make his creations lifelike.
Saturday 19th September
Film: School for Scoundrels (1960) – Dave. 10.00am – 12Noon.
Classic British comedy starring Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas and Alistair Sim. Henry Palfrey, one of life's losers, decides to take lessons in one-upmanship when the girl he loves is won over by the caddish Raymond Delauney.
Film: Carry On Matron (1972) – BBC 2. 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Comedy starring Sidney James, Kenneth Williams and Hattie Jacques. Sid Carter masterminds a scheme to steal contraceptive pills from a maternity hospital and sell them abroad.
Red Riding (1/3) – Channel 4. 10.15pm – 12.20am
Another showing of the 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.
Film: Gregory's Girl (1980) – BBC 4. 1.10am – 2.40am
Coming-of-age romantic comedy. Teenage footballer Gregory develops a crush on his school team's new player – an attractive blonde called Dorothy who transforms the side's fortunes. But Gregory struggles to make headway when he tries to get himself a date. Possibly the best British teen movie ever made.
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 20th September
Film: Duel (1971) – Five. 12.55pm – 2.45pm
Steven Spielberg's menacing thriller starring Dennis Weaver. Travelling salesman David Mann is used to driving long distances, but on an isolated stretch of road he encounters a smoke-spewing ten-ton tanker truck whose sole purpose seems to be to crush him and his car.
Film: Goldfinger (1964) – ITV 1. 4.20pm – 6.30pm
Lavish spy adventure starring Sean Connery. James Bond investigates ruthless criminal Auric Goldfinger, a man with an insatiable appetite for gold and a ruthless desire to become the most powerful man on Earth.
The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.05pm
Regan's informer is abducted after spilling the beans about some stolen diamonds.
Red Riding (2/3) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 11.55pm
It's 1980 and the Ripper has terrorised Yorkshire for six long years as the noir trilogy continues with an instalment directed by Oscar-winner James Marsh, The Home Office brings in senior detective Peter Hunter to conduct a review of the investigation to date.
The Unforgettable… Richard Beckinsale – ITV 1. 11.15pm – 12Midnight
A profile of the much-loved comedy actor.
Film: Bedazzled (1967) – BBC 2. 11.40pm – 1.20am
Irreverent comedy starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. When Stanley Moon decides to commit suicide, a mysterious stranger offers Stanley seven wishes in exchange for his soul.
Drama on 3: Slaughterhouse-Five – BBC Radio 3. 8.00pm – 9.30pm
An adaption, dramatised by Dave Sheasby, of Kurt Vonnegut's anti-war novel, which tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, prisoner of war, optometrist and time-traveller.
Monday 21st September
The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.05pm – 7.05pm
Regan's informer Popeye is abducted.
Red Riding (3/3) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
The trilogy reaches its conclusion in 1983 with Det Chief Supt Jobson being forced to recall the disappearance of Clare Keplay when another child goes missing in similar circumstances. Meanwhile, solicitor John Piggott is convinced the man imprisoned for Clare's murder is innocent.
Film: Enter the Dragon (1973) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.10am
Classic, bone-shattering martial arts adventure starring Bruce Lee. A master of martial arts is enlisted by British intelligence to help put an end to the traffic in opium and prostitutes organised from an island fortress by a criminal mastermind.
Holloway Dreams: the Joe Meek Story (2/3) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear a 2007 tribute to studio pioneer Joe Meek, who manufactured futuristic sounds, most famously the Tornado's 1962 number one instrumental Telstar. Other beneficiaries of the Meek touch include Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages, Billy Fury, Gene Vincent, The Honeycombs and Petula Clark. But Meek led a life troubled by depression and the then illegality of homosexuality. On 3 February 1967 – the eighth anniversary of his hero Buddy Holly's death – Meek fatally shot both his landlady and himself. Presented by Tom Robinson.
Tuesday 22nd September
Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur becomes involved with a gambler who dies.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
Double bill. Oz finds himself back in England after a night of drinking.
Tweed Yarns (3/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Hanging By a Thread. Deryck Walker tries to bring tweed into the modern age, and the closure of Brian Hagga's mill leaves the island's other two facilities struggling to meet demand.
Later Live… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Includes post-punk Leeds band Gang of Four and Britain's "Queen of Soul" Beverley Knight.
Film: Brazil (1985) – BBC 1. 12.05am – 2.25am
Terry Gilliam's Orwellian sci-fi fantasy starring Jonathan Price and Robert De Niro. Sam Lowry's flights of fantasy take him away from the reality of his job. Then a mistake in the system plummets Sam into a nightmare.
Film: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) – Film4. 1.25am – 3.15am
Sci-fi adventure sequel. A disease has wiped out the world's cat and dog population, and people now keep apes as pets. Fed up with being treated like slaves, the apes plan a revolt.
Wednesday 23rd September
Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Arthur becomes involved with a gambler who soo
The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan and Carter investigate a series of break-ins at local shops and businesses.
Film: Sweet Sixteen (2002) – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.45am
Ken Loach's drama starring Martin Compston. Greenock, Scotland. Teenager Liam wants nothing more than to buy a caravan for his drug-using mum when she is released from prison. Paradoxically, though, it is through drug-dealing that Liam hopes to finance his idea.
Thursday 24th September
The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Regan and Carter investigate a series of break-ins at local shops and businesses.
Inside Story Special: Chappaquiddick – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
Eye-opening documentary, first shown in 1994, which investigates the accident on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, in July 1969, when Senator Edward Kennedy's car plunged off a bridge. He survived but his travelling companion Mary Jo Kopechne drowned.
R.E.S.P.E.C.T: the Art of Backing Vocals – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Noon.
Nick Barraclough considers how backing vocals can transform a song, from the "doo be doos" of the 1950s to the innovations of The Beatles and the multitracked world of Joni Mitchell and The Carpenters.