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Retro TV W/C 23rd April 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 23rd April to Thursday 29th April 2010.

Highlights of the week


Director Julien Temple's recent film Oil City Confidential (BBC 4. Friday 23rd, 9pm & 1.20am and Sunday 25th, 11.20pm) celebrates Canvey Island's Dr Feelgood, the Essex R 'n' B band that exploded out of the UK in the prog era of the early Seventies, delivering shows and albums that helped pave the way for pub rock and punk. Temple examines Canvey Island culture as a 'Thames delta' for British rhythm and blues, with a central performance from the Feelgood's guitarist and songwriter Wilko Johnson.

A British original, his dynamic stage presence and relationship with lead singer Lee Brilleaux drove the band through their early performances, characterising their three albums between 1975 and 1976, Down by the Jetty, Malpractice and the number one live album, Stupidity. Wilko left the band in 1977, bassist John B Sparks and drummer The Big Figure both left in 1982, and Lee Brilleaux died in 1994. This is an imaginative, filmic and moving study of the place, times and characters that created the heyday of a seminal British band, and the personal forces that pulled them apart.

Punk fashion and the Sex Pistols, and musical collaborations that fused the likes of hip-hop, world music and opera with pop, made Malcolm McLaren arguably one of the most influential figures of late-20th-century popular culture. Malcolm McLaren: Artful Dodger (BBC 2. Saturday 24th, 8.15pm) pays tribute to the music impresario who died earlier this month and features unseen interviews with McLaren and contributions from members of the Sex Pistols, Adam Ant, the New York Dolls, Jonathan Ross and McLaren's son Joe Corre, among many others.

Finally, tucked away this week (Channel 4. Wednesday 28th, 2.05am) is Paul Weller: Find the Torch, in which the musician talks about his life, career and influences.

Onto this week's radio and the highlight has to be Charles Hawtrey, That Funny Fella with the Glasses (BBC Radio 4. Tuesday 27th,11.30am), in which the decline of the British comedy icon and his life before the Carry On series is revealed by Wes Butters. In their first ever interviews Charles Hawtrey's inner-circle share anecdotes and memories of the Carry On star, presenting an insight into one of Britain's most recognisable comedy actors.

Friday 23rd April

TV

The Professionals - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Bodie is suspended from duty.

Ashes to Ashes (4/8) - BBC 1. 9.00pm - 10.00pm

Series three. New. DCI Gene Hunt and his team are pursuing a van they believe contains heroin. When the team are faced with a woman brandishing a sawn-off shotgun, the bullish Gene heads over to take her on. But then he appears to let her escape.

Film: Oil City Confidential (2009) - BBC 4. 9.00pm - 10.50pm (Repeated 1.20am)

Energetic music documentary directed by Julien Temple, charting the history of R&B band Dr Feelgood. Starting out as a pub-rock act, the band's no-nonsense attitude and distinctive sound broke them into the charts in the mid-1970s, and their influence reached out to youngsters who would soon push rock 'n' roll into the punk revolution. Featuring band members Lee Brilleaux, Wilko Johnson, John Martin and John B Sparkes, and manager Christopher Fenwick.

Sight and Sound in Concert: Dr Feelgood and Ian Dury - BBC 4. 10.50pm - 11.50pm
Pete Drummond introduces a 1977 concert at Queen Mary College, London, featuring performances by Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Chaz Jankel and Dr Feelgood.

Film: The Graduate (1967) - ITV 3. 11.20pm - 1.25am
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.

Later… with Jools Holland - BBC 2. 11.50pm - 12.55am
In an extended edition of Tuesday's live show, Jerry Dammers and his Spatial AKA Orchestra pay musical tribute to the interstellar jazz of Sun Ra.

If It Ain't Stiff - BBC 4. 11.50pm - 1.20am
Adrian Edmondson narrates a documentary chronicling the story of Stiff Records, a tiny independent that took music out of the boardroom and gave it back to the fans. Stiff's successes included Nick Lowe, the Damned, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Madness, Tracey Ullman and the Pogues. Contributors include Captain Sensible, Jonathan Ross, Suggs, Shane MacGowan and label founders Jake Riviera and Dave Robinson.

Radio

Tarantino's Jukebox (2/2) - BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm - 12Midnight

Quentin Tarantino talks to composer Robert Ziegler about what inspired him to produce popular soundtracks to his films.

Mark Lamarr - BBC Radio 2. 12Midnight - 3.00am

Includes a session from Chris Farlowe.

Saturday 24th April

TV


Minder - ITV 4. 8.00pm - 9.00pm

A bargain wine deal goes sour when a contact disappears and Arthur finds himself in trouble.

Malcolm McLaren: Artful Dodger - BBC 2. 8.15pm - 9.00pm

Punk fashion and the Sex Pistols, and musical collaborations that fused the likes of hip-hop, world music and opera with pop, made Malcolm McLaren arguably one of the most influential figures of late-20th-century popular culture. This tribute to the music impresario who died earlier this month features unseen interviews with McLaren and contributions from members of the Sex Pistols, Adam Ant, the New York Dolls, Jonathan Ross and McLaren's son Joe Corre, among many others.

The Prisoner (2/6) - ITV 1. 9.30pm - 10.30pm
New series. Harmony. Six is introduced to his brother, Number 16. Convinced this is yet another ploy by Number Two to break down his resistance, he determines to escape the Village, taking his so-called brother with him. But Number Two has another darker card to play that devastates Six.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - ITV 4. 9.00pm - 11.10pm
Double bill of the classic comedy. Work on the Manor is halted, then the lads camp out in Thornley Manor.

The Guinea Pig Club - BBC 4. 11.50pm - 12.50am
The stories of Second World War pilots who set up an exclusive drinking club in which members had to have cheated death and carry a permanent disfigurement to be accepted.

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. 7.00pm - 10.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Archive on 4: The Split-Up (and the Almost Inevitable Reunion) - BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm - 9.00pm
To mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Beatles, the Rev Richard Coles examines how rock groups have decided to call it a day. From the Beatles through to the Verve, Richards trawls the BBC archives to find examples of rock split-ups and asks whether there can ever be a dignified parting of the ways. And then there are always the controversial and fraught reunions! With contributions from Jazz Summers, Tony Wadsworth and journalists Stuart Maconie and Laura Lee Davies.

Sunday 25th April

TV

Film: Oil City Confidential (2009) - BBC 4. 11.20pm - 1.10am

Energetic music documentary directed by Julien Temple, charting the history of R&B band Dr Feelgood. Starting out as a pub-rock act, the band's no-nonsense attitude and distinctive sound broke them into the charts in the mid-1970s, and their influence reached out to youngsters who would soon push rock 'n' roll into the punk revolution. Featuring band members Lee Brilleaux, Wilko Johnson, John Martin and John B Sparkes, and manager Christopher Fenwick.

Monday 26th April

TV

The Sweeney - ITV 4. 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Regan gets involved in gangland relations when members of a deceased villain's family squabble over their inheritance.

The Prisoner (2/6) - ITV 4. 9.00pm - 10.05pm

New series. Harmony. Six is introduced to his brother, Number 16. Convinced this is yet another ploy by Number Two to break down his resistance, he determines to escape the Village, taking his so-called brother with him. But Number Two has another darker card to play that devastates Six.

Rising Damp - ITV 3. 10.30pm - 11.00pm

Rigsby challenges Philip to a boxing match, convinced Miss Jones will throw herself at his feet if he wins.

Tuesday 27th April

TV

Minder - ITV 4. 8.00pm - 9.00pm

Arthur tries to sell Terry's flat without telling him.

Flight of the Conchords (2/10) - BBC 4. 10.30pm - 11.00pm
Series two. Jemaine takes desperate measures to supplement the folk duo's income, while their only fan tries to take advantage of their poverty.

Mad Men (13/13) - BBC 2. 11.25pm - 12.15am
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.

Radio

Charles Hawtrey, That Funny Fella with the Glasses - BBC Radio 4. 11.30am - 12Mid-day

In their first ever interviews Charles Hawtrey's inner-circle share anecdotes and memories of the Carry On star, presenting an insight into one of Britain's most recognisable comedy actors. His decline and his life before the Carry On series is revealed by Wes Butters.

Wednesday 28th April

TV

Film: Batman (1966) - Film4. 6.50pm - 8.55pm

Movie spin-off from the hit 1960s TV series starring Adam West as the Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as Robin.

Flight of the Conchords (3/12) - BBC 4. 11.15pm - 11.40pm

Series two. Bret hides from a group of rappers he insulted in a song.

Paul Weller: Find the Torch - Channel 4. 12.05am - 1.10am
The musician talks about his life, career and influences.

Thursday 29th April

TV

Rising Damp - ITV 3. 9.30pm - 10.00pm

Rigsby buys a sports car in the hope of impressing Miss Jones.

Film: Outlaw (2006) - Five. 10.15pm - 12.15am
Raw and provocative vigilante action drama from the director of The Football Factory, starring Sean Bean, Danny Dyer and Bob Hoskins. When British ex-paratrooper Danny Bryant returns home after a tour of duty in Iraq, he finds an undisciplined country he barely recognises.

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: The Human Jungle (1954) - Channel 4. 3.45am - 5.05am
Police drama starring Gary Merrill. A police captain attempts to stamp out gangs of petty hoodlums.

Radio

The Art of Remastering - BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm - 12Mid-day

Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores digital remastering and asks if it is the art of restoring music to its original glory, or just another way of selling us music we already own.

Stash: the Dandy Aesthete of Swinging London - BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm - 12Midnight

Music journalist Mark Paytress tracks down Prince Stash (or Prince Stanislaus Klossowski de Rola Baron de Watteville), a hip dandy at the centre of the London counter-culture scene - busted for drugs along with The Stones, friend of Pink Floyd and lover of Marianne Faithful and Nico. But what happened to him after the 60s? Mark spends a week with the playboy, dandy, aristocrat, alchemist, scholar, vampire, feudal lord, musician and predator to unmask the real Stash.

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