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Cool retro TV W/C 14th April

After being warmly received last week, Barry Murphy once more trawls the TV and radio guides to find anything worth tuning into this week, in particular over the Easter weekend.

All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 14th April to Thursday 20th April.

Highlight of the week: Balderdash & Piffle: The Results Show. Sunday 16th April 9pm  – 10pm

Victoria Coren returns for an Easter special to present the results of the wordhunt featured in the series earlier this year. Sounds dull, but this one features top mod DJ and all-round good egg Dave Edwards, who’ll be talking about the origins of the word ska whilst dancing on the spot. Set the video.

Good Friday 14th April


The 1970s: That Was the Decade That Was (4/5) – FIVE. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Channel Fives epic documentary series trundles on – this week focusing on the rise of 70s entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson and Anita Roddick.

What’s going On: the Life and Death of Marvin Gaye – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Excellent profile of the troubled Motown star told through Marvin’s own words and intimate memories gathered from rare film and recordings.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.30am
You Have Just Been Murdered (21/24): Millionaires in fear of their lives are unwilling to seek Steed’s help.

Easter Saturday 15th April


Sounds of the 60’s – Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew plays two hours of hits, B – sides and rarities.

The Craig Charles Funk Show – Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9pm
More soul, funk, r&b, jazz and blues.

Easter Day Sunday 16th April


Balderdash & Piffle: The Results Show – BBC 2. 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dancin’ Dave Edwards talks about ska. See highlight of the week.


Man in a Suitcase – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Somebody Loses, Somebody Wins.(19/30) While on a mysterious assignment in East Germany, McGill gets the opportunity to rekindle his romance with an old flame.

Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) It’s Supposed to be Thicker Than.(22/26) – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A family reunion turns into a very grim affair, while Randall delivers an envelope to an escaped convict.

Tuesday 18th April


Zoo Gang – ITV 4. 6.00pm -7.00pm
Revenge: Post Dated (1/6) Only 6 episodes of this 1974 ITC series were ever made so you would be forgiven for never of having heard of it. The series featured a reformed group of World War Two resistance fighters who solve crimes along the French Riveria and raise money to build a childrens hospital in memory of their fallen comrade The Wolf.  Stars John Mills, Brian Keith, Lilli Palmer & Barry Morse with theme music by Paul & Linda McCartney.

The Champions – The Interrogation.(19/30) – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
While on assignment in Hong Kong, Craig is captured and accused of being a double agent. Fantasy drama, starring William Gaunt, Alexandra Bastedo and Stuart Damon


Ken Clarke’s Jazz Greats – (4/4) Horace Silver. -Radio4. 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Half hour profile of the funky, blues pianist.

Wednesday 19th April


Department S – The Ghost of Mary Burnham (26/28) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
John Burnham’s wife was murdered in the parking garage as they were leaving for the evening. However, John continues to see Mary and receive phone calls from her. Cue Jason King & the Department S team. 

The Saint – The Gadget Lovers (94/118) – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Simon joins up with Russian agent in finding agent killer.

Thursday 20th April


The Avengers – The Positive Negative Man (22/24)  – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
The Avengers investigate the shocking murder of an electronics wiz.

The Persuaders – Element of Risk (14/24)  – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm


Paul Jones – Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.

Shake, Rattle and Roll – Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Mark Lamarr spins more vintage vinyl from his vast collection.