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Retro TV W/C 9th 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 9th March to Thursday 15th March.

Highlight of the week: BBC One Sessions: Amy Winehouse. Friday 9th March. BBC 1, 11.05pm. 
Hot from her triumph at this year’s Brits, where she won Best Female in a tough field, Britain’s bestselling albums artist of 2007, Amy Winehouse sashays into West London’s Porchester Hall for a one-off concert. Featuring songs from her current hit album Back to Black, including singles Rehab and You Know I’m No Good.

Friday 9th March


Film: Carry On Doctor (1968) – More4. 4.05pm – 5.55pm
One of the truly classic entries in the series, starring Frankie Howard, Sid James, Kenneth Williams etc, as well as the rather foxy Anita Harris.

Film: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) – Film4. 5.00pm – 6.50pm
Classic satire on the 1950s juke box industry starring Jane Mansfield with performances from Little Richard, Fats Domino and Julie London.

Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

An enemy agent kidnaps two scientists and their spouses.

Old Grey Whistle Test: Blondie – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm

Blondie’s performance live at Glasgow’s Apollo Theatre in 1979.

New York at the BBC – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (repeated 12.20am)
Celebrating the cream of the New York rock scene with classic archive performances by the New York Dolls, the Ramones and Blondie. Shown as part of New York week.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.05pm

Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a competition attracts attention. In the second, a man has a shock.

Once Upon a Time in New York: the Birth of Hip Hop, Disco and Punk – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Documentary revealing how the deprived streets of 1970’s New York heralded a musical revolution.

BBC One Sessions: Amy Winehouse – BBC 1. 11.05pm – 12.00am

(See highlight).

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am

Steed follows a trail of bird seed.

Saturday 10th March


TOTP2 – BBC 2. 5.10pm – 5.35pm
Archive performances including Oasis.

Film: Face (1997) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 12.10am
Predictable British crime thriller starring Richard Carlyle and Ray Winstone.

Film: A Study in Terror (1965) – BBC 1. 1.05am – 2.40am (Sun am)

Sherlock Holmes verses Jack the Ripper in this mid-sixties British horror. One of the only things worth mentioning on a rather dull Saturday night.


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

The Who – BBC Electric Proms – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Repeat of last years gig at the London Roundhouse showcasing live material from the Endless Wire album.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm

3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Sunday 11th March


Film: The Quiller Memorandum (1966) – More4. 2.35pm – 4.30pm
Cold war spy thriller starring George Segal.

Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

The team tries to recover some stolen Incan artefacts in an attempt to expose Colonel Cardoza.

Monday 12th March


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 3. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Hopkirk’s widow gets a shock.


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 13th March


The Persuaders – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A former spy publishes his memoirs.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate a prostitute’s murder.

Life on Mars (4/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Gene fears a serial killer he thought he’d sent down in the 1960s is still at large when a woman’s body is found on some wasteland.

Life on Mars (3/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
After a bomb warning is received, Sam fights to discredit Gene’s theory that the IRA have bought their mainland campaign to Manchester.

The Car’s the Star – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.40pm

The stories of the Hillman Imp and the Ford Capri.


Front Row – BBC Radio 4. 7.15pm – 7.45pm
Includes a review of the Edie Sedgewick biopic Factory Girl.

Wednesday 14th March


Film: Carry On Doctor (1968) – More4. 4.05pm – 5.55pm
One of the truly classic entries in the series, starring Frankie Howard, Sid James, Kenneth Williams etc, as well as the rather foxy Anita Harris.

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm

No synopsis available.

Death By Excess – Sky Three. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
The deaths of rock musicians.


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

Thursday 15th March


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

Film: Goodfellas (1990) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 12.40pm

Ok, you’re all seen this a million times, but frankly if you’ve read all the way down to this point in the listing you’ll know that there’s sod all on this week.


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