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Retro TV W/C 29th June 2007

Stones 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 29th June to Thursday 5th July.

Highlights of the week


Seven Ages of Rock – What the World is Waiting For: Indie Rock.Saturday 30th June. BBC 2. 9.00pm (Repeated Sunday 1st July BBC 1. 11.05pm)
Julian Rhind-Tutt explores the world of British indie music. The documentary focuses on the Smiths, the influences of "Madchester", iconoclastic artists like Suede, and the media’s fascination with the rivalry between Britpop figureheads Blur and Oasis.


Who Breaks a Butterfly on a Wheel. Tuesday 3rd July. BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm.
As part of Radio 2’s season of programmes recalling the 1960s, Bob Harris explores the aftermath of a February 1967 drugs bust at the home of Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards. Responding to custodial sentences given to both Richards and Mick Jagger in late June, the traditionally Conservative The Times editor William Rees-Mogg criticised the penalty in an editorial titled Who Breaks a Butterfly on a Wheel?. The Rock stars were released promptly from prison, signalling an era of increasingly liberal attitudes to previously taboo, scorned and relatively unrepressed lifestyles. Contributors include Lord Rees-Mogg and one-time Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

Friday 29th June


Planet of the Apes – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Virdon wins a horse race.

The Best of Glastonbury 2007 – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Mark Radcliffe highlights some of the best performances on the Jazz World stage at last weekend’s festival including Amy Winehouse and Corrine Bailey Rae.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie and Doyle find themselves pitted against a band of KGB assassins after a CI5 agent is seemingly raised from the dead.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 12.10am
A ventriloquist is found dead with gems in his stomach.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV3. 11.25pm – 12.25am
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a butler plots vengeance on his master’s bed-hopping mistress. In the second, a housewife befriends a stray cat and suddenly finds her life begin to change.

Seven Ages of Rock – BBC 1. 11.35pm – 12.35am
Comparing the contrasting fates of two of America’s biggest bands Nirvana and REM.


Book of the Week: Teenage: the Creation of Youth 1875-1945 – (5/5). BBC Radio 4. 9.45am – 10.00am
By 1945 the increasing economic power of young people, particularly women, had led to a consumer culture that was shaping the future on both sides of the Atlantic. By Jon Savage.

Angry, Sexy and Working Class (2/4) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Christopher Eccleston explores the bleak and often angry British films of the late 50s and early 60s that took inspiration from John Osbourne’s 1956 "kitchen sink" stage hit Look Back in Anger. Contributors include Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Albert Finney, Shirley Ann Field and Ken Loach.

Saturday 30th June


Film: Mutiny on the Buses (1972) – ITV3. 5.45pm – 7.25pm
Crude comedy sequel starring Reg Varney.

Children’s TV on Trial – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Oliver Postgate, Peter Firmin and Gordon Murray discuss the evolution of children’s television in the 1960s.

The Cult of … Blake’s 7 – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
An intriguing behind-the-scenes look at the history of the cult British science-fiction series.   

Seven Ages of Rock (7/7) – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
What the World is Waiting For: Indie Rock – (See highlights).

Britpop Now – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.15pm
Damon Albarn presents a montage of performances from 1995, featuring Blur, Pulp and PJ Harvey.

Later… Presents Brit Beat – BBC 4. 11.15pm – 12.15am
Jools Holland introduces a compilation of performances by British guitar-pop bands, including Oasis, Blur, Pulp and Ash.

Film: The Devils (1971) – More4. 11.05pm – 1.15am
Starting a season of his films, this is Ken Russell’s controversial study of 17th-century France starring Oliver Reed. Father Grandier Illicitly marries Madeleine, much fury of Sister Jeanne, who, seeking revenge, accuses Grandier of sorcery.

Lou Reed: a Culture Show Special – BBC 2. 11.30pm – 12.00am
As the singer/songwriter prepares to tour Britain, he talks to presenter Lauren Laverne about Andy Warhol, performing with the Velvet Underground and why he decided to recreate his 1973 cult album, Berlin.         

Pulp Goes Public: No Sleep til Sheffield – BBC 4. 12.15am – 12.55am (Sun am)
Following Jarvis Cocker on tour in 1995, which included Sheffield City Hall.


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. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform and chat to Craig Charles.

Sunday 1st July


The Unforgettable … Joan Sims – ITV 1. 5.30pm – 6.00pm
Profile of the comedy actress who appeared in a score of Carry On films.

The Cult of … Survivors – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Insight into the sci-fi drama.

Seven Ages of Rock (7/7) – BBC 1. 11.05pm – 12.35am
What the World is Waiting For: Indie Rock – (See highlights).

Film: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969) – Film4. 11.15pm – 1.00am
The first sequel to Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston, James Franciscus and Linda Harrison. Deep in the Forbidden Zone a race of telepathic mutant humans worship an atomic bomb.

Film: Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971) – BBC 1. 12.55am – 2.35am (Mon am)
Hammer Horror written by Brian (The Avengers) Clemens. A reworking of the classic 19th-century tale, starring Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick and Gerald Sim.

Film: A Clockwork Orange (1971) – Film4. 1.00am – 3.30am (Mon am)
Cult futurist drama starring Malcolm McDowell and Patrick Magee.

Monday 2nd July


Life on Mars – (2/8) series one. BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Sam decides to release a notorious armed robber.

End of the Century: the Story of the Ramones (2003) – More4. 10.30pm – 12.45am
Documentary. The story of the godfathers of punk, from their formation in the mid-70s New York to their disbanding in 1996.

Tuesday 3rd July


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A nun enlists the duo to investigate a corrupt accountant.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
An exchanged British spy returns, questioning his loyalties and suffering an identity crisis.


Well Met in Woolton – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12.00pm
Saturday 6th July 1957 – a day that sparked a huge shift in 20th-Century popular culture – the day when John met Paul. This is a recreation of that event, when a mutual friend introduced a 16-year-old John Lennon to 15-year-old Paul McCartney at St Peter’s Church fete.

Front Row – BBC Radio 4. 7.15pm – 7.45pm
John Squire, guitarist with the Stone Roses, who is about to exhibit his paintings, talks to John Wilson.

Who Breaks a Butterfly on a Wheel – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
(See highlights).

All Singing, All Dancing, All Night – (3/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12.30am
Northern Soul series in which Stuart Maconie spins classic recordings of the genre and the latest recordings. His guest tonight is Gavin Claxton, who wrote and directed the recently released film The All Together, which features a soundtrack of rare recordings.

Wednesday 4th July

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar discovers a man believed dead may actually be alive and kicking.

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

Thursday 5th July


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The team are enlisted to track down a mystery plane.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 8.10pm – 9.00pm
Steed and Emma embark on a hunt for a dying agent’s dispatch box containing secret information.

Children’s TV on Trial – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.00am
Oliver Postgate, Peter Firmin and Gordon Murray discuss the evolution of children’s television in the 1960s.