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Retro TV W/C 16th April 2010

Drake

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 16th April to Thursday 22nd April 2010.

Highlights of the week

During his lifetime Nick Drake found little mainstream success, but since his death at the untimely age of 26 in 1974 he has been revered as one of the most influential and important English songwriters of his era. Filmed at the Barbican in January 2010 and curated by Joe Boyd, The Songs of Nick Drake: Way to Blue (BBC 4. Friday 16th, 9pm. Repeated 12.20am and Sunday 18th, 11.30pm) is a celebration of his songs. The concert features the original orchestrations of Nick's friend, the late Robert Kirby and includes a house band anchored by Danny Thompson, the legendary bassist who played on Drake's first two albums. Presenting their own interpretations of Drake's songs are Vashti Bunyan, Green Gartside, Lisa Hannigan, Scott Matthews, Teddy Thompson, Krystle Warren, Robyn Hitchcock, Kirsty Almeida and Harper Simon. Followed by a repeat of the documentary Nick Drake: a Skin Too Few (BBC 4. Friday 16th, 10.30pm).

Long awaited by absolutely nobody, the remake of The Prisoner finally makes it to UK screens (ITV 1. Saturday 17th, 9.30pm. Repeated ITV 4. Monday 19th, 9pm). It was always going to be controversial to try to remake such a iconic cult series but perhaps the casting of Sir Ian McKellen as Number Two may be the series saving grace.

Friday 16th April

TV

Mastermind – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Specialist subjects include British hit singles of the 1960s.

Ashes to Ashes (3/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Series three. New. It's the run-up to the 1983 general election and pressure is mounting on DCI Gene Hunt and his team when they investigate a series of politically motivated arson attacks.

The Songs of Nick Drake: Way to Blue – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.30pm (Repeated 12.20am)

New. Highlights of a concert celebrating the singer/songwriter's music at the Barbican Centre in London, curated by legendary producer Joe Boyd. Leading artists present their interpretations of his tracks, including Vashti Bunyan, Green Gartside, Lisa Hannigan, Scott Matthews, Teddy Thompson and Krystle Warren.

Nick Drake: a Skin Too Few – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.20pm (Repeated 1.50am)

Profile of the cult singer/songwriter, whose career was cut short by his death at the age of 26.

Film: Not Quite Hollywood (2008) – Film4. 11.10pm – 1.15am
Eye opening documentary about the low-budget "Ozploitation" movies made in Australia in the 1970s.

Guitar Heroes at the BBC (6/6) – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 12.20am
Archive footage including Pete Townshend of the Who, the Faces and Chris Spedding.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.45pm – 12.50am
In an extended edition of Tuesday's live show, Paul Weller performs tracks from his tenth solo album Wake Up the Nation.

Saturday 17th April

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Terry arrives home to find a nine-year-old boy on his doorstep claiming to be his son.

The Prisoner (1/6) – ITV 1. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
New series. Arrival. A re-invention of the iconic 1960s cult drama, starring Jim Canviezel and Ian McKellen. A disorientated New Yorker finds himself in a strange community surrounded by nothing but desert. His efforts to get home are thwarted when residents deny the existence of anywhere outside of the village.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
Double bill of the classic comedy. The motley crew pulls together as Barry's renovation begins to take shape.

Film: The Black Windmill (1974) – BBC 2. 2.55am – 4.15am
Spy thriller starring Michael Caine. While on a secret mission, agent John Tarrant learns that his son has been kidnapped but is then suspected of treachery when the ransom is received.

Film: The Gorgon (1964) – BBC 2. 2.55am – 4.15am
Horror starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. A professor visits a German village to investigate a spate of murders.

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew this week pays a special tribute to Eddie Cochan, who died in a car accident 50 years ago today.

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

Sunday 18th April

TV

Film: Tu£sday (2007) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.45pm
Another Brit-flick crime thriller, this one stars Life on Mars actors Phil Glenister and John Simm, so it maybe worth a watch. Three independent parties attempt to rob a bank at the same time on the same day.

Mad Men (13/13) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.45pm
Series three. Shut the Door: Have a Seat. Betty finalises her plans for divorce, while an inadvertent tip-off from Conrad Hilton has Don, Roger and Bert racking their brains for a way to save Sterling Cooper.

Film: Happy Go Lucky (2007) – Film4. 11.25pm – 1.40am

Drama directed by Mike Leigh, starring Sally Hawkins. Chirpy and irrepressible London primary school teacher Poppy decides to take driving lessons when her bike is stolen. This brings her into contact with instructor Scott, whose stressed and bigoted outlook on life couldn't be more different to her own.

The Songs of Nick Drake: Way to Blue – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 1.15am
Highlights of a concert celebrating the singer/songwriter's music at the Barbican Centre in London, curated by legendary producer Joe Boyd. Leading artists present their interpretations of his tracks, including Vashti Bunyan, Green Gartside, Lisa Hannigan, Scott Matthews, Teddy Thompson and Krystle Warren.

Monday 19th April

TV

The Prisoner (1/6) – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Arrival. A re-invention of the iconic 1960s cult drama, starring Jim Canviezel and Ian McKellen. A disorientated New Yorker finds himself in a strange community surrounded by nothing but desert. His efforts to get home are thwarted when residents deny the existence of anywhere outside of the village.

Art School – BBC 4. 9.50pm – 10.30pm
Time Shift examines how British art schools in the 1960s offered a means of expression and escape to students, and produced some of pop culture's leading figures.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Rigsby is goaded into fasting for three days and resorts to stealing Vienna's cat food to starve off pangs of hunger.

The Man Who Shot the 60s – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Brian Duffy was one of the greatest photographers of his generation. Along with David Bailey and Terence Donovan he defined the image of the 1960s and was as famous as the stars he photographed. Then suddenly in the 1970s he disappeared from view and burned all his negatives. With the first ever exhibition of his work due, Duffy has agreed to be filmed to talk about his life, his work and why he made it all go up in flames.

Tuesday 20th April

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
An old army friend goes missing after a night out with Arthur and Terry.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Jerry Dammers and his Spatial AKA Orchestra pay musical tribute to the interstellar jazz of Sun Ra.

Mad Men (12/13) – BBC 2. 11.25pm – 12.15am
Series three. The Grown-Ups. After learning about Don's past, Betty try to figure out how she feels about her husband.

Wednesday 21st April

TV

Flight of the Conchords (2/12) – BBC 4. 11.15pm – 11.40pm
Series two. Jermaine tries to supplement his income.

Thursday 22nd April

TV

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Miss Jones falls for a playwright.

Film: Tu£sday (2007) – ITV 4. 11.15pm – 12.55am
Another Brit-flick crime thriller, this one stars Life on Mars actors Phil Glenister and John Simm, so it maybe worth a watch. Three independent parties attempt to rob a bank at the same time on the same day.

Radio

Tarantino's Jukebox (1/2) – BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
In conversation with Robert Ziegler, director Quentin Tarantino reveals his musical obsessions, influences and inspiration for the soundtrack for his movies. Featuring Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Vicki Wickham (Dusty Springfield's manager), Paul Gambaccini and others.