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Retro TV W/C 25th May 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 25th May to Thursday 31st May.

Highlight of the week: Seven Ages of Rock – Saturday 26th May, BBC 2. 9.10pm (Repeated Sun 27th BBC 1, 11pm)

White Light, White Heat: Art Rock – In the late 1960s and early 1970s, rock music enters its second age – an era of experimentation, surrealism and psychedelia. In New York, modern artist Andy Warhol establishes rock band the Velvet Underground to provide the soundtrack for his avant garde "happenings". Meanwhile, in London, the visionary guitarist Syd Barrett is leading his group Pink Floyd on a cosmic musical Journey. 

Followed by Film: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) and Cracked Actor: David Bowie on BBC 4.

Friday 25th May


Planet of the Apes – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
No synopsis available.

Film: Carry On Abroad (1972) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
One of the best of the Carry On series. Kenneth Williams: My name is Stuart Farquhar, the representative of Wundatours. Peter Butterworth: Stupid what?

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

The IMF team tries to rescue the exiled leader of the Baltic state of Veyska, after he is kidnapped.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
CI5 go on trial.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.10pm – 12.00am

Emma is enticed to a mysterious mansion.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.45pm – 12.55am

Double bill of the classic series.

Film: The Ghoul (1972) – BBC 1. 1.10am – 2.35am (Sat am)
Horror starring Peter Cushing and John Hurt. In the 1920s, two couples challenge each other to a motor race to Land’s End. When the fog closes in, they take refuge at a lonely mansion with a gruesome secret.

Film: Carnival of Souls (1962) – Film4. 1.35am – 4.00am
A church organist finds herself haunted by spectral ghouls in this compelling cult shocker.

Saturday 26th May


Film: Porridge (1979) – Channel 4. 7.20pm – 9.05pm
Comedy based on the popular BBC sitcom, starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale. 

Film: The Wild One (1953) – Five US. 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Classic biker drama starring Marlon Brando.

Seven Ages of Rock (2/7) – BBC 2. 9.10pm – 10.10pm

White Light, White Heat: Art Rock – (See highlight).

Film: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) – BBC 4. 10.05pm – 11.35pm
DA Pennebakers classic film of the Spiders final concert at Hammersmith Odeon.

Cracked Actor: David Bowie – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.30am
Omnibus documentary following the rock star on his Diamond Dogs tour of America in 1974.

Film: The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) – BBC 1. 1.40am – 3.10am (Sun am)

Hammer’s final Dracula outing starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.


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.

Sunday 27th May


In Concert: the Eagles – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.35pm
Performance by the band from 1973.

Mission: Impossible – Five US. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The team try to rescue the exiled leader of the Baltic state of Veyska.

Children’s TV on Trial (1/5) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

1950s. An insight into the development of Children’s programming, beginning with its origins in the 1950s.

Hotel California: from the Byrds to the Eagles – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.30pm

The music and mythology of 1960s and 1970s California, as it grew into the artistic and industrial hub of the American music industry.

Seven Ages of Rock (2/7) – BBC 1. 11.00pm – 12.00am

(See highlight)

California Comes to the Whistle Test – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.30am

Performances by artists who lived and worked in the US state in the 1970s. Featuring Jackson Browne, Little Feat, Ry Cooder and Bonnie Raitt.

Film: The Hustler (1961) – Film4. 1.10am – 4.00am (Mon am)
Oscar-winning drama in which Paul Newman gives one of his finest performances as genius of the pool table "Fast" Eddie Felson.

Film: Psychomania (1972) – BBC 2. 1.30am – 3.00am (Mon am)
Cult British comic horror starring Nicky Henson. A gang leader embarks on a reign of terror after learning the secret of everlasting life from his medium mother.

Bank Holiday Monday 28th May


Film: The Thomas Crown Affair (1698) – Film4. 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Stylish crime drama starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
First Night – An Israeli minister is abducted, and the ensuing siege triggers an airborne pursuit.

Children’s TV on Trial (2/5) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

1960s. Oliver Postgate, Peter Firmin and Gordon Murray discuss the evolution of children’s TV in the 1960s.

Ivor the Engine and the Story of Smallfilms – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.25pm

A profile of the creator of Ivor the Engine, the Clangers and Bagpuss.

Tuesday 29th May


The Persuaders – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
An heiress’s long-lost brother reappears to snatch her inheritance.

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain (2/5) BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

The Land of the Lost Content – Andrew Marr’s epic account of the events that have shaped the nation since the end of the Second World War continues with a study of the 1950s.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Bodies’s girlfriend is seriously injured during an explosion.

Children’s TV on Trial (3/5) 1970s – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

How children’s programming developed during the 1970s, when ITV redefined the meaning of a drama series for young people, and the BBC was at the forefront of animation.

The Old Grey Whistle Test Story – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.00am

An insight into the history of the popular music show.

Wednesday 30th May

The Saint – The Gadget Lovers – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar poses as a Russian secret police chief in an attempt to solve the assassination of 13 Soviet agents.

Children’s TV on Trial (4/5) 1980s – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The transformation of children’s television in the 1980s, when programmes aimed to present a realistic view of Britain.

Film: Coogan’s Bluff (1968) – ITV 4. 10.30pm – 12.25am
Crime drama starring Clint Eastwood and Lee J Cobb.


6 Music Plays it Again – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
First in a two-part documentary on the summer of 1967 (aka "the summer of love").

Thursday 31st May


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Operation Deep Freeze- An atom bomb must be deactivated before it devastates Australia.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.20pm

Freddie Jones and Patricia Haines guest-star as enemy agents who use a fiendish device to transfer their minds into those of Steed and Mrs Peel.

From Grange Hill to Albert Square – and Beyond – BBC 4. 8.20pm – 9.00pm

Anniversary tribute to Grange Hill, with contributions from Todd Carty and Susan Tully who reveal the backstage dramas behind the series.

Children’s TV on Trial (5/5) 1990s – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

A look at the growing range of shows aimed at children after 1990 as Byker Grove and the Demon Headmaster debuted.

Film: Coogan’s Bluff (1968) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.55pm

Crime drama starring Clint Eastwood and Lee J Cobb.


6 Music Plays it Again – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Second part of a two-part documentary on the summer of 1967 (aka "the summer of love").