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Retro TV W/C 27th November 2009

Cash

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 27th November to Thursday 3rd December 2009.

Highlights of the week

BBC 4 this week pays tribute to the original Man in Black, Johnny Cash with a night of programming devoted to this American legend. The documentary Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (Friday 27th, 9pm. Repeated Sunday 29th, 12.20am ) explores, arguably, the most important day in his career. Cash's concert at Folsom State Prison in California in January 1968 touched a raw nerve in the American psyche and made him a national hero at a troubled time in American history. Using the stark images of rock photographer Jim Marshall, graphic techniques, archive footage and interviews with Merle Haggard, Cash's daughter Rosanne, band members Marshall Grant and WS 'Fluke' Holland, alongside former inmates of the prison, the film documents this explosive concert, the live album that followed and a transformative moment in the lives of Cash, the inmates of Folsom Prison and the American nation in the troubled year of 1968.

As if that wasn't enough, bookending the excellent documentary Johnny Cash: The Last Great American (Friday 27th, 12.30am) are two compilations of  Cash's TV series, the first The Best of the Johnny Cash Show 1969-71: Rock and Roll (Friday 27th, 10.30pm. Repeated Tuesday 1st, 12.15am) featuring Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Ray Charles among others.

Also on BBC 4 this week, Jonathan Miller's adaption of the MR James ghost story Whistle and I'll Come to You (Tuesday 1st, 11.30pm) gets a rare screening. Part of the Beeb's 'A Ghost Story For Christmas' series,  this short 1968 black and white film has a doom laden atmosphere that slowly builds into a genuinely creepy and unsettling conclusion, and was voted among Channel 4's 100 most scary moments.


Friday 27th November



TV



The Champions – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 6.55pm
The team escorts a north African ruler.



Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New. The first programme of Johnny Cash Night examines the musician's controversial concert in 1968 at Folsom Prison, California. Featuring images by Jim Marshall and contributions by Cash's daughter Rosanne and country star Merle Haggard.



Later with Jools… Johnny Cash – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm


Jools performs with the Man in Black, along with June Carter Cash, Pops Staples and Carlene Anderson.



The Best of the Johnny Cash Show 1969-71 – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm

New. Rock 'n' Roll. A compilation of Cash's TV series, featuring Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Ray Charles and other celebrity guests.



Johnny Cash: The Last Great American – BBC 4. 12.30am – 1.30am


A look back at the life and times of the influential singer/songwriter who left a legacy of more than 1,500 songs, including Folsom Prison Blues and I Walk the Line, and was discovered by a new, youthful audience in the 1990s.
 
The Best of the Johnny Cash Show 1969-71 – BBC 4. 1.30am – 2.30am
New. Country Gold. Guests include Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Bill Monroe and Loretta Lynn.



Film: Duel (1971) – ITV 1. 1.50am – 3.05am


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.



Saturday 28th November



TV

The Thick of it (6/8) – BBC 2. 10.10pm – 10.40pm

New. Series Three. Malcolm Tucker is minding the shop while the Prime Minster's away at a summit in Spain. Unfortunately, just as Nichola is about to unveil her Forth Sector Initiative, the media starts looking for someone to launch another leadership contest. Does the Secretary of State have what it takes?



Dirty Dali: a Private View – More4. 11.25pm – 12.30am

Art critic Brian Sewell presents an intimate portrait of Salvador Dali, the most popular of all surrealist painters, but also a deeply troubled man torn by ambiguous sexuality and Freudian confusion.



Film: Beyond the Sea (2004) – Channel 4. 1.00am – 3.15am

Musical biographical drama that charts the life of singer Bobby Darin, directed and starring Kevin Spacey. After surviving a life-threatening childhood illness, a young man sets out to become a star.  



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 Songs the Beatles Gave Away – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm


Bob Harris showcases Beatles songs made popular (or not) by others singers or pop acts. Recipients of the Beatles' midas touch include Billy J Kramer, Mary Hopkin, the Fourmost, Jackie Lomax, Doris Troy and others. Plus, the theme tune for the 1968 TV series Thingumybob starring Stanley Holloway and music from Ray Boulting's 1966 film The Family Way. The programme features newly recorded recollections and anecdotes by producer George Martin, Cilla Black, Billy J Kramer, Mary Hopkin, Johnny Gentle – whom the Beatles backed on his 1960 tour – and the Fourmost's Billy Hatton. Plus archive input from George Harrison.



Sunday 29th November



TV



Film: Rising Damp (1980) – BBC 1. 11.25pm – 1.05am

Seedy comedy based on the successful TV series, starring Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour and Don Warrington.



Film: A Man Called Horse (1970) – BBC 2. 12.00am – 1.50am


Brutal western starring Richard Harris. Captured by a tribe of Sioux, English aristocrat Lord John Morgan integrates himself with the tribe.



Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.20am


Examining the musician's controversial concert in 1968 at Folsom Prison, California. Featuring images by Jim Marshall and contributions by Cash's daughter Rosanne and country star Merle Haggard.



Radio



Desert Island Discs – BBC Radio 4. 11.15am – 12.04pm

Singer/songwriter Morrissey is Kirsty Young's castaway this week.

Monday 30th November



TV



On The Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm

Vintage 1970s comedy starring Reg Varney and Stephen Lewis.  



Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm

Pilot episode of the comedy starring Leonard Rossiter. Rigsby discovers he has a tender spot for Ruth.



Film: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) – Five. 10.45pm – 12.55am

Irreverent crime drama starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges. A crook teams up with a drifter in a desperate bid to outrun his former partners-in-crime, who believe that he knows the location of the loot from their last robbery together.



Tuesday 1st December



TV



Film: Carry On Doctor (1968) – Channel 4. 1.35pm – 3.25pm

Comedy starring Frankie Howerd, Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. Francis Bigger is a notorious charlatan who tours the country lecturing on the subject of mind over matter. During one of his performances he falls off the platform and is taken to the chaotic local hospital.



Film: Please Sir! (1971) – Film4. 3.05pm – 5.05pm

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.



On The Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm

Vintage 1970s comedy starring Reg Varney and Stephen Lewis.  



Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm

Rigsby decides he needs help to improve his ailing love life and turns to tenant Philip for advice.



Auf Wiedershen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm


Double bill of the classic comedy drama. Work at Thornley Manor is over and the lads take a break.



Ghosts in the Machine – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm

A look at the history of supernatural programmes on
British television, examining such classic ghost stories as Whistle and I'll Come to You. With contributions by Bill Paterson, Sarah Greene and Yvette Fielding.



Film: The Blues Brothers (1980) – ITV 4. 11.10pm – 1.50am
Cult musical comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as brothers Jake and Elwood Blues, who reform their band to raise money for their old orphanage, which is threatened with closure. Featuring a cast of r 'n' b heroes including Cab Calloway, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn.



Whistle and I'll Come to You – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.15am


Jonathan Miller's masterful and truly unsettling adaption of the ghost story by MR James.



The Best of the Johnny Cash Show 1969-71 – BBC 4. 12.15am – 1.15am


Rock 'n' Roll. A compilation of Cash's TV series, featuring Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Ray Charles and other celebrity guests.



The Best of the Johnny Cash Show 1969-71 – BBC 4. 1.15am – 2.15am

Country Gold. Guests include Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Bill Monroe and Loretta Lynn.



Radio



He's Not the Messiah, He's a Very Naughty Boy – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm

Sanjeev Bhaskar celebrates Monty Python's Life of Brian, which was released in Britain 30 years ago last month and regularly scores high among the best of all comedy films. Armed with anecdotes and fantastic recollections are surviving Monty Python members Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, with further input by producer John Goldstone, and Carol Cleveland, who discusses acting with Spike Milligan in his cameo role.



Wednesday 2nd December



TV

On The Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm

Vintage 1970s comedy starring Reg Varney and Stephen Lewis.  



Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm

Rigsby wines and dines Miss Jones in a suit surreptitiously "borrowed" from stroppy wrestler Spooner.



The Man Behind the Masquerade – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New. The Modern Beauty season continues with the remarkable story of artist Kit Williams, who became famous for the illustrated book Masquerade, which gave clues to a hidden treasure, but lost his artistic credibility in the process.



Flight of the Conchords (8/12) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm

Series one. Bret and Jermaine pick up women at a croissant shop.



Film: Prick Up Your Ears (1987) – Film4. 1.30am – 3.40am

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



Thursday 3rd December



TV


On The Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm

Vintage 1970s comedy starring Reg Varney and Stephen Lewis.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Bodie becomes a walking time-bomb.



The Culture Show – BBC 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm


Includes an interview with John Lydon, who performs with the recently reformed Public Image Ltd.



Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 7.55pm


Rigsby asks Philip for advice on seduction, but his dreams go up in smoke.



The Thick of it (6/8) – BBC 4. 11.25pm – 11.55pm

Series Three. Malcolm Tucker is minding the shop while the Prime Minster's away at a summit in Spain. Unfortunately, just as Nichola is about to unveil her Forth Sector Initiative, the media starts looking for someone to launch another leadership contest. Does the Secretary of State have what it takes?



Radio

The House That Jazz Built – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12mid-day

Celebrating 50 years of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Paul Merton explores the origins of the famous venue and examines its impact on the world of music. Recorded on location at the club, the programme features interviews with leading jazz artists Salena Jones, Ian Shaw, Jay Phelps and James Pearson and features music and archive from personalities associated with the venue.