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Retro TV W/C 13th November 2009

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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 13th November to Thursday 19th November 2009.
 
Highlight of the week

As part of Channel 4's week of 3-D programmes, the highlight of a rather disappointing week is the 3-D version of Paul Morrissey's macabre, wacky 70s take on the Frankenstein story Flesh for Frankenstein (Tuesday 17th, 12.40am) starring Udo Kier and Joe Dallesandro. In this campy retelling of the classic horror story Baron Frankenstein aims to produce a race of super beings. One of the goriest, most disturbing (and some would say stupid) takes on the Mary Shelley horror tale ever filmed, this sensational mixture of blood and guts, black humour, horror, sex and subversion won't be to everybody's taste. 

Don't forget to pick up your 3-D glasses from branches of Sainsburys.

Friday 13th November

TV

Film: Please Sir! (1971) – Film4. 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Spin-off from the TV sitcom. When the pupils from Fenn Street School get the chance to go on a trip to the countryside, Bernard Hedges (John Alderton) makes sure his class is included despite his colleagues' disapproval. Classic British romp featuring Duffy, Frankie Abbott, Maureen & the gang. With a groovy theme song from Cilla.

The Champions – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
Craig and Sharron try to entrap criminals by posing as a gangster and his moll.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A road accident victim proves to be crooked when Regan and Carter discover she was a gang member involved in a wages heist.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur sees an opportunity to cash in when a footballer goes missing.

Classic Albums – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.55pm
New. Documentary exploring the success of Duran Duran's album Rio, featuring interviews with members of the band including Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes. Obviously running short of classics.

Wild Boys: the Story of Duran Duran – BBC 4. 10.55pm – 11.45pm
New. Frank documentary on the "new romantic" stars who ruled the charts during the 1980s with hits including Hungry like the Wolf, Rio and Save a Prayer. 

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.40am
Featuring Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears.

Pop Britannia (3/3) – BBC 4. 12.45am – 1.45am
In the early 80s, punk-inspired art students such as The Human League and ABC took British pop to the top of the world's charts, but from the late 80s onwards, dynasties of star-makers such as Stock Aitken and Waterman have tried to mould British pop into a highly-profitable production line.

Saturday 14th November

TV

Film: Duel (1971) – ITV 4. 1.30pm – 3.00pm
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: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972) – Five. 1.30pm – 3.20pm

In this all-star version of the classic story, Fiona Fullerton plays Alice and has a hard time not being upstaged by her colourful co-stars – Michael Horden's Mock Turtle, Ralph Richardson's Caterpillar, Spike Milligan's Gryphon and Peter Sellers' March Hare.

Film: The Ambushers (1967) – Five USA. 3.25pm – 5.30pm
Energetic spy spoof starring Dean Martin. Agent Matt Helm investigates when a new type of spacecraft goes missing in the Mexican jungle.

The Thick of it (4/8) – BBC 2. 10.10pm – 10.40pm

New. Series Three. The civil servants in Nichola Murray's department are preparing for a visit from shadow minister Peter Mannion, but for Nichola its merely a distraction from getting Glenn and Olly to kick-start the Forth Sector Pathfinder initiative.

Film: Tapeheads (1988) – BBC 2. 2.15am – 3.45am
Cult 1980s satirical comedy starring John Cusack and Tim Robbins. A couple of creative losers accidently become big shots in the video music industry.

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.

Sunday 15th November

TV

Film: The Ambushers (1967) – Five USA. 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Energetic spy spoof starring Dean Martin. Agent Matt Helm investigates when a new type of spacecraft goes missing in the Mexican jungle.

Film: Fathom (1967) – Film4. 2.45pm – 4.40pm
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.

Film: The Towering Inferno (1974) – Five. 6.50pm – 9.55pm
The classic 70s disaster movie starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. On the opening night of the world's tallest skyscraper, an electrical fault starts a fire.

Monday 16th November

TV

The Queen in 3-D (1/2) – Channel 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
In 1953 two cameramen, Bob Angell and Arthur Wooster, filmed a 3-D colour newsreel they called Royal Review. The reel featured footage of Elizabeth II before and after her Coronation, and included her journey to Westminster Abbey on 2 June. She was also filmed attending events, as well as taking a trip down the Thames on the royal barge. As part of a nostalgia project, the pair shoot new 3-D footage of the Queen today, using state-of-the-art video cameras. Concludes tomorrow at 9pm.

Enid – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.25pm
New. Helena Bonham Carter stars as Enid Blyton in this drama that follows the writer's career from ambitious young woman to household name while taking a glimpse at her childhood.

Derren Brown Presents the 3-D Magic Spectacular – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 11.10pm
The host presents some of Britain's leading performers as they dazzle audiences with some amazing trickery, plus archive 3-D footage of some of the world's greatest magic tricks.

Tuesday 17th November

TV

Film: Planet of the Apes (1967) – Channel 4. 1.15pm – 3.25pm
Classic sci-fi adventure starring Charlton Heston. Four astronauts crash-land in the wilderness of an alien planet, a place where evolution has taken a strange turn – apes are the dominant species and man is the beast. What are the chances of survival in this hostile world?

Storyville: Hi Society – the Wonderful World of Nicky Haslam – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. Documentary providing a look at the life of Nicky Haslam, the renowned socialite whose popularity with royalty and rock stars has helped him become one of the most successful interior designers.

The Queen in 3-D (2/2) – Channel 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Today's images reveal not only more of the Queen, but also of the nation in postwar times. As much of industrial Britain is rebuilt, footage of huge chemical plants and vast machines for turning farmland into coal mines is captured. Adding a touch of glamour, the Queen Mother is filmed going on holiday by flying boat to Madeira.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Includes Corinne Bailey Rae previewing tracks from her forthcoming album.

Classic Albums – BBC 4. 12.35pm – 1.25am
Documentary exploring the success of Duran Duran's album Rio, featuring interviews with members of the band including Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes.

Film: Flesh for Frankenstein (1974) – Channel 4. 12.40am – 2.35am
Paul Morrissey's cult horror starring Joe Dallesandro. Baron Frankenstein aims to produce a race of super beings. In English and French with subtitles.

Wild Boys: the Story of Duran Duran – BBC 4. 1.25am – 2.15am
Frank documentary on the "new romantic" stars who ruled the charts during the 1980s with hits including Hungry like the Wolf, Rio and Save a Prayer. 

Wednesday 18th November

TV

Flight of the Conchords (6/12) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Series one. Comments by Murray make Bret insecure about his body until advice comes from an unusual source – David Bowie in a dream.

Thursday 19th November

TV

Enid – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.25pm
Helena Bonham Carter stars as Enid Blyton in this drama that follows the writer's career from ambitious young woman to household name while taking a glimpse at her childhood.

The Thick of it (4/8) – BBC 4. 11.25pm – 11.55pm
Series Three. The civil servants in Nichola Murray's department are preparing for a visit from shadow minister Peter Mannion, but for Nichola its merely a distraction from getting Glenn and Olly to kick-start the Forth Sector Pathfinder initiative.

  • Flesh for Frankenstein (1974) my year of birth and a great film

  • Stephen Isabirye

    Helena Bonham Carter’s movie in which she stars Enid Blyton coincides with the publication of my book on the writer titled, The Famous Five: A Personal anecdotage (www.bbotw.com0.
    Stephen Isabirye