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Retro TV W/C 9th October 2009

Polanski

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 9th October to Thursday 15th October 2009.

Highlights of the week

In September 2009, Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on a 30-year-old warrant. In 1978, the filmmaker skipped bail and escaped to France. For decades, no-one truly understood why. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (BBC 4. Monday 12th, 11.20pm) reveals the truth about the bungled legal proceedings which brought about his escape. In her riveting reopening of this controversial and, as it turns out, very complex case, filmmaker Marina Zenovich fashions a perceptive and intelligent exploration of what really happened and casts a very different light on Polanski's decision, as well as the workings of the American legal system.

Revisiting all of the key players, including the lawyers, the victim and the media, the film looks at the conduct of the judge whose handling of the case was unusual. In addition, it incorporates insightful interviews from the present, bringing new comprehension and clarity to events long clouded by myths and presumptions. Winner of three Emmys, two prizes at Sundance and countless other international awards, the film is a timely look at one of the most high-profile and fascinating legal battles of the last thirty years.

BBC Four this week dedicates its Friday night music slot to silver-haired crooner Andy Williams. Among the programming is Duets: The Andy Williams Show (Friday 9th, 9pm and 12.40am. Repeated Saturday 10th, 12.35am). As the title suggests this is a compilation of the best duets selected from Williams's private archive of his weekly 1960s variety show on NBC. The show attracted the cream of the crop from the world of showbiz, from Bing Crosby and Ray Charles to Johnny Mathis and Ella Fitzgerald, who were all more than happy to share the microphone with the king of easy listening. The show includes Over the Rainbow with Judy Garland and Andy at the piano with Ray Charles for What'd I Say.

On the radio this week Jerry Hall, formerly one of Andy Warhol's muses, interviews photographer David Bailey about his relationship to the pop artist in Archive on 4: When Bailey met Warhol (BBC Radio 4. Saturday 10th, 8pm) and tells the story of the infamous television documentary Bailey made about Warhol in 1973. Temporarily censored in the UK, it caused the greatest national public row over art and censorship since the trial over the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Serge Gainsbourg knew no musical barriers, recording over twenty albums of jazz, reggae, pop, disco, psychedelia and rock 'n' roll. But although the French regard Serge as their very own John Lennon or Bob Dylan, his work was not so highly regarded outside his native country. Malcolm McLaren, who has lived in Paris for many years, visits the people and places central to Serge's story in Le Chanson de Serge (BBC Radio 2. Tuesday 13th, 10.30pm). These include Saint-Germain des Pres, where Gainsbourg first performed in the rive gauche cafes and bars; his former home in the Rue de Verneuil; his grave at Montparnasse cemetery; and contributors include Jane Birkin, Francoise Hardy, Petula Clark, David Holmes and biographer Sylvie Simmons.

Friday 9th October

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Nemesis agents are programmed to kill their colleagues.

Duets: The Andy Williams Show – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 12.40am)
New. A selection of the veteran performer's duets recorded during his decade-long run as host of a weekly variety show on the American network NBC. Featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Judy Garland and Ray Charles.

Peep Show (4/6) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Series six. New. Mark learns Jeremy's girlfriend Elena has a guilty secret. Should he tell him?

Kings of Cool: The Classic Crooners – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.40pm (Repeated 1.40am)
A glimpse back to a time when suave singers ruled the hit parade.

Film: The Graduate (1967) – ITV 3. 10.00pm – 12.15am
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.

Solo: The Andy Williams Show – BBC 4. 10.40pm – 11.10pm

New. Includes performances of Moon River and Days of Wine and Roses.

Film: Fahrenheit 451 (1966) – ITV 1. 1.05am – 3.00am
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.

Saturday 10th October

TV

The Alphabet Murders (1966) – Five. 3.15pm – 5.00pm
Frank Tashlin directs this poor comedy mystery, based on an Agatha Christie novel, and no doubt made after the success of Peter Sellers' Pink Panther movie. Tony Randall stars as Hercule Poirot alongside the marvellous Anita Ekberg and a host of British character actors.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

The flying squad takes on a computer expert.

Micro Men – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.20pm

Comedy drama telling the story of the race for home computer supremacy during the 1980s. Clive Sinclair (Alexander Armstrong) and former colleague Chris Curry (Martin Freeman) go head to head in a battle to achieve domination of a growing market, triggering the UK computer revolution.

Solo: The Andy Williams Show – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 11.50pm
Includes performances of Moon River and Days of Wine and Roses.

Kings of Cool: The Classic Crooners – BBC 4. 11.50pm – 12.35am

A glimpse back to a time when suave singers ruled the hit parade.

Duets: The Andy Williams Show – BBC 4. 12.35am – 1.35am

A selection of the veteran performer's duets recorded during his decade-long run as host of a weekly variety show on the American network NBC. Featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Judy Garland and Ray Charles.

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.

Archive on 4: When Bailey met Warhol – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Photographer and 1960s icon David Bailey tells Jerry Hall about his brush with pop-art maestro Andy Warhol. Supported by Bailey's archive and supplemented by other audio from the period, this interview revisits the time spent with Warhol making the controversial documentary for ATV, eventually televised in 1973. It is a fascinating clash of icons of New York pop and Swinging London as Warhol's droll capriciousness contrasts with Bailey's East End streetwise personality.

Sunday 11th October

TV

Film: Where Angels Go… Trouble Follows (1968) – Film4. 3.10pm – 5.00pm
Wry comedy starring Rosalind Russell and Stella Stevens. Mother Simplicia, the head of an all-girls school, fights to keep her pupils on the straight and narrow when she takes them on a trip to California.

Film: Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – ITV 1. 3.55pm – 6.15pm
Classic spy adventure starring Sean Connery and Jill St. John. When it's discovered that large amounts of diamonds are being smuggled out of South Africa, James Bond is sent out to investigate and comes up against an old enemy.
 
The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate the death of a burglar.

Designing the Decades (4/4) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

An examination of design icons of the 1990s, from household appliances such as the ground-breaking Dyson vacuum cleaner to the mass appeal of home computers and the rise of furniture outlet Ikea.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A new recruit can't cope with the stresses of the job.

Monday 12th October

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.10pm – 7.10pm
New recruit Bob Hargreaves jeopardise
s the squad.

Micro Men – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.20pm
Comedy drama telling the story of the race for home computer supremacy during the 1980s. Clive Sinclair (Alexander Armstrong) and former colleague Chris Curry (Martin Freeman) go head to head in a battle to achieve domination of a growing market, triggering the UK computer revolution.

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 12.50am
In this Storyville documentary, film-maker Marina Zenovich re-examines the allegations of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor that have haunted the director's career since he fled the United States in February 1978.

Tuesday 13th October

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur decides he wants to retire and Terry helps him.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
Double bill. The lads are forced to take a well-known troublemaker under their collective wing.

Radio

Mitch Benn's Wondrous Stories – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Midnight
In the 1970s, prog rock concept albums provided youths weaned on the epics of Tolkien and Moorcock with a musical escape from the era's discontentment and gloom. Comedian Mitch Benn is joined by Rick Wakeman, Jeff Wayne, David Bedford, Brian Blessed and Stuart Marconie to discover why symphonic narrative became so popular.

Le Chanson de Serge – the Serge Gainsbourg Story – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm

London-born Paris resident Malcolm McLaren celebrates influential, genre-straddling and sometimes notorious French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg (1928 – 91). Contributors include Jane Birkin, Petula Clark, Francoise Hardy, biographer Sylvie Simmons, David Holmes and others.

Wednesday 14th October

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
Arthur wants to retire.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

The duo investigates a case of police corruption.

Flight of the Conchords (1/12) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm

Series one. Comedy about a New Zealand folk duo trying to make it big in New York.

Film: Dirty Harry (1971) – Five. 10.00pm – 12.20am
Crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood. Cop "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned case of a sniper who has murdered a girl and threatened further killings if his ransom demand is not met. Dismayed to be partnered with a raw recruit, Callahan is soon at odds with his bosses over whether to pay off the killer.

Film: The Graduate (1967) – ITV 3. 11.00pm – 1.10am

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: Prick Up Your Ears (1987) – Film4. 1.35am – 3.50am

Biographical drama of gay playwright Joe Orton, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.

Thursday 15th October

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Regan and Carter investigate police corruption.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Arthur attends an Italian wedding as guest of honour.

Film: Magnum Force (1973) – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.30pm

All-guns-blazing crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood as San Francisco cop "Dirty"Harry Callahan. Prominent local criminals are being killed off in a series of murders where the weapon is always the same: the .357 Magnum. As the investigation gets under way, Callahan and his boss have conflicting ideas about who is responsible.

Film: Dirty Harry (1971) – ITV 4. 11.30pm – 1.40am

Crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood. Cop "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned case of a sniper who has murdered a girl and threatened further killings if his ransom demand is not met. Dismayed to be partnered with a raw recruit, Callahan is soon at odds with his bosses over whether to pay off the killer.

Peep Show (3/6) – E4. 11.35pm – 12.05am
Series six. Elena has a secret.