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Retro TV W/C 5th March 2010

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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 5th March to Thursday 11th March 2010.

Highlight of the week

In the Loop, Armando Iannucci's film spinoff from the BBC Television series The Thick of it premieres on BBC 2 Sunday 7th March, 10pm. This darkly hilarious, foul-mouthed comedy satirises Anglo-American politics in the 21st century.

When British Secretary of State for International Development Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington DC. If Simon and his entourage of one can get in with the right DC people, and if they can stop the PM's chief spin doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) rigging the vote at the UN, then maybe they can halt the war.

Friday 5th March

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
An armed robbery.

Heavy Metal Britannia – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.30pm (Repeated 12.50am)
New. Tracing the genre's emergence in the 1960s, pioneered by groups including Black Sabbath, through to the new wave of bands that reinvigorated metal in the late 1970s.

Heavy Metal Britannia at the BBC – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm (Repeated 2.20am)
A compilation of some memorable performances from BBC shows, including heavy metal bands Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Motorhead.

Rock Family Trees – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.50am
The history of Black Sabbath, featuring interviews with members of the group, which helped establish heavy metal as a mainstream genre.

Saturday 6th March

TV

Bruce in Vegas – BBC 2. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Kicking off an evening of programmes dedicated to the mecca of gambling in the Nevada desert, Britain's top song-and-dance man Bruce Forsyth goes in search of the Rat Pack, Elvis and Liberace.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Regan's informer Popeye is abducted.

A Kick in the Head – the Lure of Las Vegas – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Both the city of dreams and the last chance saloon, the gambling capital has enough neon-lit oddities to make it a piece of pop art. Alan Yentob takes a tour and hears from the old stagers who recall the Rat Pack days of Frank and Dino, as he ponders what our tough times may hold for the sin City of the desert. Film director Mike Figgis and Killers frontman Brandon Flowers are among the interviewees.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The duo come to the aid of a swindled widower.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.20pm
Double bill of the classic comedy. Oz finds himself back in England.

Legends: Dennis Wilson – the Real Beach Boy – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Documentary exploring the career of the former drummer, who enjoyed success in the 1960s with the Beach Boys and released solo album Pacific Ocean Blue – before his life was cut short when he drowned in 1983 at the age of 39. The programme features archive footage and interviews with fellow band members Al Jardine and David Marks, and Foo Fighters star Taylor Hawkins.

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 Saturday Play: Vincent Price and the Horror of the English Bloodbeast – BBC Radio 4. 2.30pm – 3.30pm
In 1967, Vincent Price came to the UK to make the horror movie Witchfinder General. It was the best performance of his career, but the worst few months of his life as the young director, Michael Reeves, took an instant dislike to him. Matthew Broughton's play is a lively look behind the scenes of this classic British movie.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC 6 Music. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Archive on 4: Hate against Hope -  BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
London's East End was a focus of racial tension in the 1930s when Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts paraded through the largely Jewish streets around Brick Lane. Trouble flared again in the 70s and 80s, this time when Bangladeshi immigrants faced opposition from the National Front. Alan Dein traces the street violence of this period and efforts of the local community to forge links with anti-fascist activists that culminated in large-scale movements such as Rock against Racism.

Sunday 7th March

TV

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.15pm
Music from the BBC archives with Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

Heavy Metal Britannia – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
Tracing the genre's emergence in the 1960s, pioneered by groups including Black Sabbath, through to the new wave of bands that reinvigorated metal in the late 1970s.

Film: In the Loop (2009) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 11.45pm

Political comedy based on the BBC TV sitcom The Thick of It. With war in the Middle East seemingly on the cards, naive junior minister Simon Foster incurs the wrath of the prime minister's cynical director of communications.

Heavy Metal Britannia at the BBC – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
A compilation of some memorable performances from BBC shows, including heavy metal bands Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Motorhead.

Mad Men (7/13) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.50pm

Series three. Seven Twenty Three. Don secures the Hilton deal, but is unsettled when Connie insists he sign a contract. Elsewhere, Betty's neighbours coax her into meeting Henry Francis once more.

Rock Family Trees – BBC 4. 11.50pm – 12.40am
In the first of a double bill, the history of Deep Purple, with former and current members talking about the highs and lows of 30-plus years in the music industry.

Rock Family Trees – BBC 4. 12.40am – 1.30am
The history of Black Sabbath, featuring interviews with members of the group, which helped establish heavy metal as a mainstream genre.

Radio

Portraying the Poor – in Film and TV (2/2) – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
From Saturday Night and Sunday Morning to Big Brother, Paul Mason investigates how working-class life has been portrayed in cinema and on the small screen. With contributions by Ken Loach, Donna Franceschild, Anthony Wonke and John Jewell.

Monday 8th March

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Regan and Carter investigate a series of burglaries.

Women (1/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. Vanessa Engle charts the rise of feminism and examines its effect on modern life, beginning with the ideology of women's liberation in the 1970s. Systematic oppression both in society and the eyes of the law is explored, and feminist thinkers discuss how and why they became involved in the movement to end it.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 11.50pm
Terrestrial repeat of the most recent series. The acid-tongued TV critic takes a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media.

Tuesday 9th March

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A gambler is robbed of his winnings.

Sidekick Stories – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. A tribute to the hidden talents of television's longest-suffering assistants. Includes contributions by Andrew Sachs, Tony Robinson, Matthew Corbett and Debbie McGee.

Mad Men (6/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
Series three. Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency – Sterling Cooper's British owners unveil their plans to restructure the company and the arrival of young executive Guy MacKendrick causes a commotion among the staff.

Wednesday 10th March

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A gambler is robbed of his winnings.

Mad Men (7/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.45pm
Series three. Seven Twenty Three. Don secures the Hilton deal, but is unsettled when Connie insists he sign a contract. Elsewhere, Betty's neighbours coax her into meeting Henry Francis once more.

Women (1/3) – BBC 4. 10 .45pm – 11.45pm
Vanessa Engle charts the rise of feminism and examines its effect on modern life, beginning with the ideology of women's liberation in the 1970s. Systematic oppression both in society and the eyes of the law is explored
, and feminist thinkers discuss how and why they became involved in the movement to end it.

Thursday 11th March

TV

Bellamy's People (8/8) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Presenter Gary Bellamy revisits some of the colourful characters he has encountered on his tour and reflects on what he has learnt about modern Britain. Spoof documentary starring Rhys Thomas, Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Felix Dexter, Lucy Montgomery and Simon Day.

Film: The Graduate (1967) – ITV 3. 10.55pm – 1.05am
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.

Women (1/3) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.20am
Vanessa Engle charts the rise of feminism and examines its effect on modern life, beginning with the ideology of women's liberation in the 1970s. Systematic oppression both in society and the eyes of the law is explored, and feminist thinkers discuss how and why they became involved in the movement to end it.

Storyville: The Jazz Baroness – BBC 4. 12.40 am – 2.05am
Documentary about British heiress Pannonica Rothschild, who defied her family to start a new life in New York after hearing one particular jazz track. Her great niece, Hannah Rothschild, explores how she became a legend in the jazz world and why her relatives are still reluctant to tell her story. Featuring unseen archive footage, contributions from friends and relatives, and the voice of Helen Mirren.