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Retro TV W/C 14th May 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 14th May to Thursday 20th May 2010.

Highlights of the week

BBC 2's 80s season continues this week, with a new drama Worried about the Boy (BBC 2. Sunday 16th, 9pm) chronicling the early years of Boy George. The one-of drama focuses on the years before his Top of the Pops debut in 1982, when he was living in a squat, attending the Blitz Club and falling in and out of love up to the bleak period in 1986 when he was outed by the tabloids as a junkie. Newcomer Douglas Booth plays the often controversial star with Gavin and Stacey's Mathew Horne as Jon Moss, George's band-mate and lover.

On the radio this week, to coincide with its reissue, Paul Sexton tells the story of the Rolling Stones' 1972 opus Exile on Main Street album in Exile of the Stones (BBC Radio 2. Wednesday 19th,10pm). Recorded in the basement of guitarist Keith Richards's French villa and mixed in Los Angele, the Jimmy Miller-produced double album took many months to complete, partly the result of drug-fuelled madness and technical problems. A bleak, rock-heavy and dirty work, the UK/US number one yielded just two singles (Tumbling Dice and the US-only release Happy) plus LP favourites such as Rocks Off, Shine a Light and Torn and Frayed. The programme feats recently discovered outtakes and newly completed tracks, ten of which appear on the 2010 re-release.

Friday 14th May

TV

Ashes to Ashes (7/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Series three. New. DCI Jim Keats is pushing DI Alex Drake to find out what telly happened to Sam Tyler. When reports come in of a disturbance at an ANC illegal drinking den Gene heads in all guns blazing. But blood spots on the floor and the discovery of a body lead Gene into a murder investigation.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 1.00am

New. Feature-length profile of one of America's best-known rock 'n' roll bands, directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The documentary includes extended interviews with the musicians and their friends, including Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Rick Rubin, to chart the performers' independent-minded approach to their music and careers through more than 30 years on the road.  

Heroes of Comedy – More4. 10.50pm – 11.55pm
Celebration of the comedy partnership of the Goons, whose wacky radio show changed the course of British comedy.

Stevie Wonder: Live at Last – BBC 4. 1.00am – 1.55am
The Motown superstar in concert at London's O2 arena.

Radio

The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll – BBC Radio 4. 11.00am – 11.30am
Howard Sounes uncovers the story behind Bob Dylan's The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, a song about the killing of a black hotel worker by a white man in a seemingly unprovoked attack that has haunted the families of both the killer and the victim for the pat 50 years. It plays a part in the history of folk music and the Civil Rights struggle.

Saturday 15th May

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
A Scottish detective on the trail of a gang requests help, and the squad resolves to catch the men.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur agrees to mind a corpse newly arrived at Heathrow.

The Prisoner (5/6) – ITV 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Schizoid. Six finds that he has a doppelganger called 2 x 6 who is fuelled by rage and determined to kill Two. Two, meanwhile, decides to relinquish his king-like power to live among his people. 313 realises that she is afraid of the person she might be in the real world.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
Double bill of the classic comedy. The lads cause chaos in Spain.

I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band! (3/6) – BBC 2. 9.45pm – 10.45pm
New series. The Drummer. The series analysing the chemistry of a rock group attempts to find out what makes a drummer tick. They are the person in shadow at the back and frequently the butt of jokes, but they're also the crucial engine of the band, and often the most likely to go off the rails! Contributions are from Queen's Roger Taylor, Stewart Copeland of the Police and Red Hot Chilli Pepper Chad Smith. Narrated by Mark Radcliffe.

More Guitar Heroes at the BBC – BBC 2. 11.15pm – 12.15am
A celebration of 1970s guitar gods including Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Peter Green and Ry Cooder.

Film: Saturday Night Fever (1977) – Channel 4. 11.35pm – 1.50am
Seminal 1970s musical drama string John Travolta. Tony Manero works in a dull job, but on Saturday nights he becomes the disco king, much to the disapproval of his family.

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.

Sunday 16th May

TV

Film: Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – BBC 2. 12.25pm – 2.30pm
Classic drama starring James Dean and Natalie Wood. Jim is a new kid in town with a lot to prove.

Film: Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) – ITV 4. 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Elwood looks for new band members after the loss of his brother Jake. Apparently conceived more as 'tribute' to the original rather than a sequel, once you can get past the absence of the late John Belushi, lack of plot and that 'bloody' kid, the music soundtrack at least has some redeeming features. Featuring a huge supporting cast of r 'n' b legends including James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, BB King, Eddie Floyd and Sam Moore.

1968 Olympics: Black Power Salute – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Recalling American athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith's gestures in support of the Black Panther movement at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

Modern Masters (3/4) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The life of Pablo Picasso is an intoxicating story of rebellion, riches, women and great art. Alastair Sooke journeys through Spain, France and the US, learning how the artist's influence, particularly that of his cubist work, continues to pervade modern life today.

Worried about the Boy – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
Boy George has made more than a few headlines during his career, but the years before his Top of the Pops debut in 1982 are less well-known, when he was living in a squat, attending the Blitz Club and falling in and out of love. The one-off drama in BBC 2's Eighties Season paints a portrait of a unique, influential and sometimes controversial character.

Film: Ray (2004) – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 12Midnight
Oscar-winning drama about musical legend Ray Charles, starring Jamie Foxx. A poor black boy overcomes racial prejudice and drug addiction to become one of America's most revered and adored 20th-century singer-songwriters.

Girls and Boys – BBC 2. 10.30pm – 12.30am
Sex and British Pop 3/4. Tainted Love – The 1980s: The new romantics set the tone and disco hit the mainstream, but a new disease changed all the rules.

Heaven 17: Live in Concert – BBC 2. 11.30pm – 12.30am
The electro-pop band perform their 1980 album Penthouse and Pavement in full for the first time, at Sheffield's Magna Arena in March 2010.

Young Guns Go for it: Soft Cell – BBC 2. 12.30am – 1.10am

The story of 1980s pop duo Dave Ball and Marc Almond.

Monday 17th May

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Regan and Carter trail stolen goods.

The Prisoner (5/6) – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Schizoid. Six finds that he has a doppelganger called 2 x 6 who is fuelled by rage and determined to kill Two. Two, meanwhile, decides to relinquish his king-like power to live among his people. 313 realises that she is afraid of the person she might be in the real world.

Film: The Exorcist (1973) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.30am

Controversial Oscar-winning horror film starring Linda Blair. Chris MacNeil and her 12-year-old daughter Regan live comfortably in Washington. When Regan suddenly
begins to exhibit symptoms for which medical science can offer no explanation, her distraught mother is forced to consider that the girl may be possessed by the devil.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Rigsby manages to frighten Alan by kidding him the house is haunted by a spectral "grey lady" – but ends up getting a taste of his own medicine.

Heaven 17: the Story of Penthouse and Pavement – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.20am
The Eighties season continues with a look at how art students Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh, originally in the Human League, formed pop band Heaven 17 with their friend Glenn Gregory, releasing their first, landmark album Penthouse and Pavement in 1980. 

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream – BBC 4. 12.40am – 4.40am
New. Feature-length profile of one of America's best-known rock 'n' roll bands, directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The documentary includes extended interviews with the musicians and their friends, including Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Rick Rubin, to chart the performers' independent-minded approach to their music and careers through more than 30 years on the road.  

Radio

Jools Holland – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Paul Weller joins Jools and the band.

When Real Women Wore Minis and Real Men Drove Them – BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Francesco da Mosta "blows the bloody doors off" The Italian Job, to mark the 40th anniversary of the film's release in 1969. He tracks down some of the stars of this last hurrah of the Swinging Sixties and discovers some interesting secrets, such as why scriptwriter Troy Kennedy Martin chose Turin for the main location.

Tuesday 18th May

TV

Flight of the Conchords – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Series two. After a night out with Dave, Jermaine accidentally goes home with an Australian girl – much to the annoyance of fellow Kiwis Bret and Murray.

I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band! (3/6) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.20am

The Drummer. The series analysing the chemistry of a rock group attempts to find out what makes a drummer tick. They are the person in shadow at the back and frequently the butt of jokes, but they're also the crucial engine of the band, and often the most likely to go off the rails! Contributions are from Queen's Roger Taylor, Stewart Copeland of the Police and Red Hot Chilli Pepper Chad Smith. Narrated by Mark Radcliffe.

Radio

Young, Gifted and Black – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Noon
On the 80th anniversary of Lorraine Hansberry's birth, Adjoa Andoh celebrates the brief but highly influential career of the African-American playwright and social activist, for whom Nina Simone wrote her famous anthem.

Last Orders at the Spinning Disc (2/2) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Record industry mogul and studio producer Pete Waterman explores the evolution of the independent record shops, visiting Spillers Records in Cardiff and Rough trade East in London's Brick Lane.

Wednesday 19th May

TV

Film: The League of Gentlemen (1960) – Film4. 12.45pm – 3.00pm
Crime comedy starring Jack Hawkins. Infuriated by his enforced retirement from the army, an ex-officer plans a military experience and a group of old colleagues.

Film: A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) – Film4. 3.00pm – 4.45pm
An imaginative young boy growing up in London's impoverished East End in the 1950s, absorbs a tale about the magical power of captured unicorns from the kindly tailor Kandinsky and goes in search of the mythic beast.

Flight of the Conchords – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Series two. Bret and Jermaine fall in love with the same girl and begin a competition to see who will secure her affections.

Radio

Exile of the Stones – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Paul Sexton tells the story of the Rolling Stones' 1972 opus Exile on Main Street album to coincide with its reissue. Recorded in the basement of guitarist Keith Richards's French villa and mixed in Los Angele, the Jimmy Miller-produced double album took many months to complete, partly the result of drug-fuelled madness and technical problems. A bleak, rock-heavy and dirty work, the UK/US number one yielded just two singles (Tumbling Dice and the US-only release Happy) plus LP favourites such as Rocks Off, Shine a Light and Torn and Frayed. The programme feats recently discovered outtakes and newly completed tracks, ten of which appear on the 2010 re-release.

The Shuttleworths (2/6) – BBC Radio 4. 11.00pm – 11.15pm
Smells like White Spirit – Ken needs John to write a catchy pop song at short notice but his DIY duties are an obstacle. Written and performed by Graham Fellows.

Thursday 20th May

TV

Film: The Fly (1958) – Film4. 5.10pm – 7.00pm
Cult 1950s sci-fi horror in which a scientist ends up half human/half fly.

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

At the annual Brighton Festival, artistic director Brian Eno talks about his eclectic line-up.