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Retro TV W/C 27th April 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 27th April to Thursday 3rd May.

Highlight of the week: The South Bank Show. Sunday 29th April. ITV 1. 11.00pm
Leading independent film director Shane Meadows talks to Melvyn Bragg on the set of the skinhead saga This Is England, a rites of passage story based on an 11-year old boy growing up in Uttoxeter in the North of England, in the early 80s and joining a gang of skinheads who all become involved in the rise of the National Front.

Friday 27th April


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The IMF team attempts recover a priceless national treasure.

In Concert: Joni Mitchell – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm

A performance by the singer/songwriter recorded in 1970, including a rendition of Chelsea Morning.

Originals: Robyn Hitchcock – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 12.20 am)
Profile of the singer/songwriter who recorded new material last summer with REM’s lead guitarist Peter Buck, songwriter Nick Lowe and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones.

Tales of the Unexpected -ITV 3. 10.55pm – 11.55am
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a doctor’s wife disappears. In the second, an author is threatened

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
A psychotic film producer recruits an unwitting Emma to star in his latest epic.

Saturday 28th April


Film: Don’t Look Now (1973) – ITV 4. 11.30pm – 1.40am
Nicolas Roeg’s classic supernatural thriller starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.

Film: Carnival of Souls (1962) – Film4. 12.55am – 2.35am (Sun am)
After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. A classic, low-budget chiller.


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 Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm

3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

The Appalling Mr Dali – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
To coincide with major exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Modern, Malcolm McLaren salutes the outrageous, egocentric populariser of surrealism, Salvador Dali.

Salford Lad – (2/2) – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Stuart Maconie concludes the story of Manchester-raised singer and lyricist Steven Patrick Morrissey. Contributors include Smiths producer Stephen Street, Smiths bass guitarist Andy Rourke, Suggs and producer Tony Visconti among others.

Sunday 29th April


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The IMF team needs to recover a priceless national treasure in order to protect international relations.

BBC 1 Sessions: Yusuf Islam – BBC 1. 10.15pm – 11.05pm

The artist formerly known as Cat Stevens performs classic tracks alongside material from his album An Other Cup.

The South Bank Show – ITV 1. 11.00pm – 12.05am

(See highlight).

TBA: Amy Winehouse – Channel 4. 11.50pm – 1.30am

Extended coverage of the Brit Award winner’s performance at a mystery location in Bristol, plus a city tour during which Alex Zane chats to the supremely successful singer.

Film: Don’t Look Now (1973) – ITV 4. 11.00pm – 1.10am
Nicolas Roeg’s classic supernatural thriller starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.

Monday 30th April


Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
No synopsis available.

Film: Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) – Film4. 11.15pm – 12.55am

Shane Meadows’ powerful chiller.


Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Classic R&B and new blues releases.

Tuesday 1st May


The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A mentally unbalanced man attacks a hospital.

This World: The Fight for Cuba’s Music – BBC 2. 9.50pm – 10.30pm
The success of the film Buena Vista Social Club inspired many Cuban musicians to set about re-releasing their old songs. But American publishing company Peer Music quickly took them to court, claiming their founder bought ownership to the songs in the 1930s. This documentary follows the legal battle between the company and the surviving composers, who argue that the tunes are part of Cuba’s musical heritage.


Lost Albums – Elton John – the Thom Bell Sessions – BBC Radio 2. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Music producer Thom Bell (the Stylistics and Detroit Spinners) gives a rare interview to Pete Paphides recalling the soul sessions he recorded with Elton John in the late 1970s that were never released until Are You Ready for Love became a hit years later.

Wednesday 2nd May


The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A film star vanishes, the apparent victim of an abduction.


The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
With Mark Lamarr.

Thursday 3rd May


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The trio investigate irregularities in the international money market and uncover a mind-control conspiracy.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.50pm
Steed attends a fancy-dress party.

The Last Detective – ITV 1. 9.00pm – 10.30pm

Guest-starring Roger Daltrey of the Who.

Legends – ITV 1(London region only) 11.30pm – 12Midnight

The career of film star Diana Dors, hailed as Britain’s answer to Marilyn Monroe.

Film: How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989) – Channel 4. 1.50am – 3.30am (Fri am)
Satirical comedy starring Richard E Grant as an advertising executive with creative block who develops a second head.