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Retro TV W/C 2nd March 2007

Barry Murphy
once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 2nd March to Thursday 9th March.

Highlights of the week

TV: BBC 4 New York Week. Friday 2nd through to Thursday 9th March.
BBC 4 excel themselves with a week long series of documentaries and films,  focusing on the 1970s New York music scene. Featured are Arthur Kane of the New York Dolls, John Cale, Lou Reed and Blondie as well as documentaries on the Chelsea Hotel, the city blackouts of 1977 and the Birth of Hip Hop, Disco and Punk. Check the listings for full details. 

Radio: Motown on the Mersey. BBC Radio 2. Tuesday 6th March 8.30pm.
Craig Charles celebrates the heyday of Liverpool’s Mardi Gras club, which in the 1960s played host to high-calibre black performers such as Ben E King, Al Green, Arthur Conley, Clyde McPhatter.

Friday 2nd March


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The IMF must expose the dealings of a drug-smuggling duo Alex Cresnic and Mark Walters.

Rock Goes to College: Average White Band – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
A 1979 concert featuring the Scottish R’n’B band, recorded at the university of Surrey.

New York Doll – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.15pm
The rise and fall of punk star Arthur Kane, his battle against alcoholism and Morrissey’s efforts to reunite the band the New York Dolls in 2004.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.10pm
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, an ambitious politician turns vigilante in an effort to crack down on violence. In the second, a man takes unorthodox action to chase off his rival in love.

BBC 4 Sessions – BBC 4. 10.15pm – 11.15pm
John Cale performs at London’s LSO St Luke’s, offering a set combining material from his days with the Velvet Underground and songs from HoboSapiens.       

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.10am (Sat am)
An invisibility formula goes astray.

Saturday 3rd March


Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Villainous duo Alex Cresnic and Mark Walters attempt to smuggle heroin into Marseille.

Film: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) -Film4. 4.45pm – 6.35pm
Classic satire on the 1950s juke box industry starring Jane Mansfield with performances from Little Richard, Fats Domino and Julie London.

TOTP2 – BBC 2. 6.00pm – 6.35pm
Archive performances including Sandie Shaw singing Morrissey and a new performance from Madness.

BBC 4. 10.25pm – 11.20pm
Arena: Chelsea Hotel – Profile of New York’s legendary hotel, which has been a haven and an inspiration for artists and writers.

Arena: Tales of Rock ‘n’ Roll – a Walk on the Wild Side – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 12.05am
The story behind Lou Reed’s famous 1972 rock song Walk on the Wild Side, which offers a thinly-veiled biography of regulars at Andy Warhol’s studio.

Film: That’s Your Funeral (1972) – BBC 2. 2.10am – 3.30am (Sun am)
A comedy from the Hammer stable starring Bill Frazer and Raymond Huntley. The death of Mr Grimthorpe is viewed with relief by his rival, Mr Holroyd. But the rejoicing is short lived, as new management turn Grimthorpe’s funeral parlour into a hi-tech "Haven of Rest".


Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks.

Britain in a Box – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
Paul Jackson concludes his exploration of the social and cultural context of cult TV programmes that have caught the mood of the nation with a look at the sitcom Rising Damp.

Ronnie’s Last Show – BBC Radio 4. 3.30pm – 4.00pm
At 15 he smuggled moonshine, at 18 he had a nightclub, and at 21, he advised Elvis to change his name. His backing band became the Band and he went to China as a peace emissary for John and Yoko. Gerry Anderson visits the Ronnie Hawkins in his Canadian hideaway.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Sunday 4th March


Film: Logan’s Run (1976) – Channel 5. 3.45pm – 5.55pm
Classic 70s sci-fi thriller starring Michael York and Jenny Agutter. In the 23rd century, people live under vast domes in a world with no disease, hunger or greed. But nobody is allowed to live past 30 without going through a ritual called "renewal", where only a few survive.

Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Villainous duo Alex Cresnic and Mark Walters buy out an entire nation’s heroin crop.

Film: Carry On Dick (1974) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Smutty, funny romp about notorious highwayman Dick Turpin starring Sid James, Barbara Windsor etc.

Film: Hands of the Ripper (1971) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.45pm (Repeated 12.50am)
Hammer horror starring Eric Porter and Angharad Rees. The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father. Fifteen years later she is a troubled young woman who is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her father.

Film: Patrick (1978) – BBC 2. 1.15am – 3.05am (Mon am)
Australian thriller starring Robert Thompson as the comatose Patrick who develops a passion for nurse Susan Penhaligon which leads to a series of increasingly malevolent telekinetic happenings.

Monday 5th March


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 3. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A bird-lover leaves a strange will.

Once Upon a Time in New York: the Birth of Hip Hop, Disco and Punk – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Documentary revealing how the deprived streets of 1970’s New York heralded a musical revolution.

Soul Survivor: the James Brown Story – More4. 10.30pm – 12.05pm
The musical icon reveals his life story. This is an excellent documentary.

Film: The Rat Pack (1998) – ITV 4. 10.30pm – 1.00pm
Very good TV movie biopic exploring the interconnected lives of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr etc. Starring Ray Liotta.

Bob Dylan: Video Exclusive – Channel 4. 12.10am – 12.15am (Repeated 2.05am)
Bob’s latest video.


Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s –  BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Radio 2’s resident rock ‘n’ roll enthusiast Mark Lamarr plays more psychedelia, soul, R&B and garage.

Tuesday 6th March


Life on Mars (3/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
After a bomb warning is received, Sam fights to discredit Gene’s theory that the IRA have bought their mainland campaign to Manchester.

Life on Mars (2/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
The team is viciously attacked by a dangerous gang while escorting notorious safe-cracker Dickie Fingers to the station from his prison cell.

Queens of Disco – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.00pm
Graham Norton celebrates the careers of some of the greatest names in disco music, including Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, Grace Jones and Chaka Khan.

Film: Still Crazy (1998) – BBC 1. 11.20pm – 12.55am
So-so comedy about disbanded 1970s rockers Strange Fruit, who get the opportunity to reform for a nostalgia tour. However when old rivalries emerge, the tour looks doomed before it can begin. Starring Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail and Bill Nighy.


Motown on the Mersey – BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Craig Charles celebrates the heyday of Liverpool’s Mardi Gras club, which in the 1960s played host to high-calibre black performers such as Ben E King, Al Green, Arthur Conley, Clyde McPhatter, and aspiring locals such as the Vocal Perfection (later the Real Thing). The club became the music mecca for a postwar generation of white and black lovers of the Stax sound. Recalling the glory days are Geno Washington, Eddie and Charles Amoo and Tamla Nights comperes Billy Butler and Chris Wharton. 

Wednesday 7th March


The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Simon pursues a bogus nun.

Death by Excess – Sky 3. (Freeview ch.11) 10.00pm – 11.00pm
The lives and deaths of some of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading ladies.

Film: 54 (1998) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
A young man from New Jersey gains a surrogate family when he is employed as a bartender at the notorious Studio 54 nightclub. Starring Ryan Phillippe, Neve Campbell and Mike Myers.

Blondie: One Way or Another – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.15am
Profile of the group, featuring interviews with former members.


The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
With Mark Lamarr.

Thursday 8th March


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Fantasy drama.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
More hits from the decade.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Emma unravels a secret that has everyone in a flap.

Film: Carry On Dick (1974) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Smutty, funny romp about notorious highwayman Dick Turpin starring Sid James, Barbara Windsor etc.

Nightmare in the City That Never Sleeps – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The New York City blackouts of 1977, which led to looting and riots in the street. Rupert Murdoch and former mayor Ed Koch recall their experiences of the night.


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