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Retro TV W/C 7th 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 30th April to Thursday 6th May 2010.

Highlights of the week

BBC 2 devotes a night of programming to 'wonderful' Radio 1 on Sunday 9th May, with a new documentary When Moyles Met the Radio 1 Breakfast DJs (BBC 2. Sunday 9th, 9pm) heading the evening. DJ Chris Moyles looks at how the Radio 1 Breakfast Show has reflected life in Britain over the past 40 years, as he meets his predecessors in the early morning slot. Former hosts Mike Read, Mike Smith, Simon Mayo, Steve Wright, Zoe Ball, and Sara Cox reveal the highs and lows of their reigns on Breakfast, and Tony Blackburn ,who launched Radio 1 in 1967, explains why the Breakfast Show has always kept its finger on the pulse of the nation.

Also this week, new series I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band! (BBC 2. Saturday 8th, 9.40pm. Repeated Thursday 6th, 11.20pm) continues with a look at the role of the guitarist with a cast of strummers including Slash, Jeff Beck, Johnny Marr, Pete Townshend, Mick Jones and Matt Bellamy giving their opinions.

Friday 7th May

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
A cache of diamonds goes missing.

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

Ashes to Ashes (6/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Series three. New. All hell has broken loose at Fenchurch East prison. The inmates are rioting and DCI Gene Hunt is ready to go in all guns blazing to teach the lags a lesson. However, things don't go to plan; the riot team are hugely outnumbered and in the chaos of the retreat someone is left behind.

Film: Scum (1979) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
Vicious prison drama starring Ray Winstone. Transferred between borstals after assaulting an officer, a violent and troubled youth must fight his way to the top of the hierarchy of inmates if he is to survive.

The Shirley Bassey Show – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.45pm
A music show presented by the singer, first broadcast in 1976. With guests including Bobby Goldsboro, Rod McKeun, the Shirley Bassey Dancers and backing singers, Three's a Crowd.

Peep Show (1&2/6) – Channel 4. 11.05pm – 12.05am

Series six. Double bill. Mark and Jeremy attempt to enjoy their final days of freedom.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.30pm – 12.35am

In an extended edition Joanna Newsom performs in the studio, plus Iggy Pop chats about the reissue of his classic album Raw Power.

Saturday 8th May

TV

Film: The Italian Job (1969) – Film4. 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Comedy caper starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward. When Charlie Croker is released from prison, he soon puts into motion plans for a gold-bullion robbery in Turin.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Regan's holiday is disrupted by the release of a prisoner.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Arthur sees an opportunity to cash in when a footballer goes missing.

The Prisoner (4/6) – ITV 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Darling. Six manages to slot together fragments of memory and concludes that lucy, the woman he spent the night with in New York before he arrived, is the key to his captivity. When he is offered his "love match" in 4-15 he is convinced that they are one and the same person.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
Double bill of the classic comedy. Oz decides to kidnap his own son.

I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band! (2/6) – BBC 2. 9.40pm – 10.40pm
New series. The Guitarist. The series exploring the dynamics of a rock group turns the volume up to 11 for a no-holds-barred look at the talents and foible of the guitarist. Whether they play their axe with their teeth, carry a satchel, paint their face like a clown or are renowned for windmilling, leaping or walking like a duck, a huge cast of strummers including Slash, Jeff Beck, Johnny Marr, Pete Townshend, Mick Jones and Matt Bellamy are on hand to give their opinions.

Guitar Heroes at the BBC – BBC 2. 11.15pm – 12.15am
Archive footage including Carlos Santana, Mark Knopfler and the Edge.

Film: Naked (1993) – Film4. 12.40am – 3.20am

Mike Leigh's coruscating drama about a Mancunian misfit adrift in London. Starring David Thewlis and Lesley Sharp.

Film: Shampoo (1975) – BBC 2. 1.50am – 3.40am

Comedy starring Warren Beatty. California, 1968: George Roundy, a Beverley Hills hairdresser, is devoted to his clients but yearns for a business of his own.

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 9th May

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A consignment of mercury is stolen.

Modern Masters (1/4) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New series. Does the work of artist Henri Matisse merit him being called a modern master? Presenter Alastair Sooke explores the way Matisse cast aside traditional, representational painting to use a new, fresh palette of vivid, bright colour that has had a deep impact on artists and designers who followed him. After the Second World War, illness and a near-fatal operation meant Matisse could barely hold brushes so he pioneered a new technique: the cut out.

When Moyles Met the Radio 1 Breakfast DJs – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
In the first of a night of programmes about Radio 1, DJ Chris Moyles looks at how the station's Breakfast Show has reflected life in the UK over the past 40 years, as he meets his predecessors in the early morning slot. Mike Read, Mike Smith, Simon Mayo, Steve Wright, Zoe Ball and Sara Cox reveal the highs and lows of their reigns, while Tony Blackburn, who launched Radio 1 in 1967, explains why the show has always kept its finger on the pulse of the nation.

Blood on the Carpet: Walking with Disc Jockeys – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.40pm

Recalling the shake-up of Radio 1 during the 1990s that saw the departure of long-standing DJs such as Dave Lee Travis, Simon Bates and Gary Davies, triggered by the decision to court a younger audience and the appointment of channel controller Matthew Bannister.

Smashie and Nicey: the End of an Era – BBC 2. 10.40pm – 11.25pm

Spoof documentary looking back at the careers of FAB FM's top DJs as they move on to pastures new. Starring Paul Whitehouse and Harry Enfield, with cameos from John Peel and Alan Freeman.

Wogan: Radio 1 20th Anniversary Special – BBC 2. 11.25pm – 12Midnight
In a 1987 edition of the chat show, Terry Wogan talks to DJs including John Peel, Tony Blackburn, Ed Stewart, Janice Long, Mike Smith, Bruno Brookes and Pete Murray.

The Radio 1 Story – BBC 2. 12Midnight – 12.55am

Documentary tracing the history of the pop music station. David Essex narrates.

Monday 10th May

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
A consignment of mercury is stolen.

TOTP 2: 80s Special – BBC 2. 7.30pm – 9.00pm

A look back at some of the most memorable 1980s performances on music show Top of the Pops, including clips of Adam and the Ants, Culture Club, Yazz, Wham! and Duran Duran. Presented by Mark Radcliffe.

The Prisoner (4/6) – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Darling. Six manages to slot together fragments of memory and concludes that lucy, the woman he spent the night with in New York before he arrived, is the key to his captivity. When he is offered his "love match" in 4-15 he is convinced that they are one and the same person.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
A smooth-talking tenant tries to con Rigsby out of his savings.

Film: Dirty Harry (1971) – ITV 1. 10.35pm – 12.30am

Crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood. Cop "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned case of a sniper who has murdered a girl and threatened further killings if his ransom demand is not met. Dismayed to be partnered with a raw recruit, Callahan is soon at odds with his bosses over whether to pay off t
he killer.

Tuesday 11th May

TV

Film: The Italian Job (1969) – Film4. 7.05pm – 9.00pm
Comedy caper starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward. When Charlie Croker is released from prison, he soon puts into motion plans for a gold-bullion robbery in Turin.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Terry and Arthur are hired to transport a bull.

Flight of the Conchords – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Series two. Murray decides to move Bret and Jermaine up to the next level of friends, but when they meet his best pal Jim they accidentally insult him.

Radio

Last Orders at the Spinning Disc (1/2) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Record industry mogul and studio producer Pete Waterman explores the evolution of the independent record shops.

Wednesday 12th May

TV

Film: The Exorcist (1973) – ITV 4. 10.50pm – 1.15am
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.

Flight of the Conchords – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm

Series two. Despite all his Kiwi instincts, Jermaine falls for an Australian girl.

Radio

The Shuttleworths (1/6) – Radio 4. 11.00pm – 11.15pm
New series. Tale of a Toaster. John's wife Mary bids for a fancy toaster on the internet, complete with a crumb tray, but John becomes obsessed that she'll be outbid. Written and performed by Graham Fellows.

Thursday 13th May

TV

Comedy Classics – ITV 3. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Writer Eric Chappell discusses his 1970s comedy Rising Damp.

I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band! (2/6) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.20am
New series. The Guitarist. The series exploring the dynamics of a rock group turns the volume up to 11 for a no-holds-barred look at the talents and foible of the guitarist. Whether they play their axe with their teeth, carry a satchel, paint their face like a clown or are renowned for windmilling, leaping or walking like a duck, a huge cast of strummers including Slash, Jeff Beck, Johnny Marr, Pete Townshend, Mick Jones and Matt Bellamy are on hand to give their opinions.

Stevie Wonder: Live at Last – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.25am
The R&B superstar in concert at London's O2 arena.