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Retro TV W/C 10th August 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 10th August to Thursday 16th August.

Highlight of the week


British Film Forever (3/7) – Saturday 11th August. BBC 2. 9.05pm.
Hardluck, Humour and Heroes – An examination of one of the few golden ages for UK film, from the late 1950s and the advent of the social realism genre. It was a movement that propelled the realities of working-class experience onto the big screen and made stars of the likes of Albert Finney, Tom Courtand Rita Tushingham in their roles in classics such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Billy Liar and A Taste of Honey. Discussing their involvement in the films that define the genre are stars such as Malcolm McDowell, Ewan McGregor, Jamie Bell and Phil Daniels, and directors Danny Boyle, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh.

Friday 10th August


Soul Deep: the story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 7.00am – 8.00am
Ain’t it Funky – Documentary series which tells the story of the rise of black popular music. The world of soul was turned upside down in 1965 when James Brown introduced funk. 

Film: Carry On Regardless (1960) – Channel 4. 1.50pm – 3.30pm

Early Carry On caper starring Sid James and Kenneth Connor. The "Helping Hands" employment agency creates chaos when it sends its latest recruits out on various strange assignments. 

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Sharon is despatched to Haiti with orders to investigate the mysterious death of a scientist.

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain (4/5) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The journalist assesses the legacy of Britain’s first woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie’s girlfriend seeks CI5’s assistance to quash a drug smuggling ring after learning a former pupil is involved – and the body count soon increases.

Hawkwind – Do Not Panic – BBC 4. 9.50pm – 10.50pm

The story behind one of Britain’s wildest acid rock bands, who emerged from the Ladbroke Grove underground in the late 1960s and have been a direct influence on punk, heavy metal, dance and rave.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 10.25pm – 11.35pm

Double bill of the series. In the first, a couple rely on home-made medicine to treat their sickly child. In the second, a deadly snake strikes in the heat of Kashmir.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.40am

Emma disappears leaving Steed to cope with a new recruit.


The Film Programme – BBC Radio 4. 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Paul Schrader, writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, talks about his new film The Walker. And Matthew Sweet looks back on Diana Dors’s career as a new boxed set of her movies is released on DVD. 

Saturday 11th August


Elvis by the Presleys – ITV 1. 3.15pm – 4.15pm
A tribute to the King that includes an intimate glimpse of his family life as former wife Priscilla and their daughter Lisa Marie reveal what it was like to share a home with the rock’n’roll legend. Includes rare home-movie and performance footage.

Film: Carry On Up the Khyber (1968) – Channel 4. 4.55pm – 6.35pm

Saucy comedy starring Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Joan Sims. India, 1895: in the North-West frontier province, the Khasi of Kalabar plans a rebellion against governor, Sid Sidney Ruff-Diamond. Only the presence of the Third Foot and Mouth regiment can foil the Khasi’s dastardly plot.

British Film Forever (3/7) – BBC 2. 9.05pm – 10.45pm
(See Highlight of the week).

The Most Annoying Pop Moments – We Love to Hate – BBC 3. 9.55pm – 12.25am

The ego-massaged world of pop stardom produces daily embarrassment. Here is a countdown of regrettable yet amusing moments, including Bryan Ferry praising Nazi architecture and Brian May spraying guitar solos from the roof of Buckingham Palace.

Film: All or Nothing (2002) – BBC 2. 10.40pm – 12.45am

Bleak drama from Mike Leigh starring Timothy Spall. During a long weekend on a run-down south London housing estate, world-weary mini-cab driver Phil contemplates why the joy has gone out of his relationship.


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 12th August


Quatermass – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
John Mills stars as the retired professor who battles sinister forces threatening Earth. The professor takes Annie and Isabel to London, leaving Kapp to face the Planet People’s reprisals.

Film: Vanishing Point (1971) – ITV 1. 1.05am – 2.45am (Mon am)
Cult road movie starring Barry Newman. A former racing driver and ex-cop bets that he can deliver a car from Denver to San Francisco in 15 hours.


Johnnie Walker – BBC Radio 2. 4.30pm – 6.30pm
A pirate radio spectacular in which the former offshore DJ commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act, which resulted in the sinking of pirate radio. Johnnie talks to DJs of the era, and plays a pick of period oldies.

Monday 13th August


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A ghost is out for revenge.

Sounds of the Seventies – BBC 4. 9.40pm – 10.00pm

Top tunes from the decade.

Life on Mars – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

(4/8) series two. Gene fears a serial killer he thought he’d sent down in the 1960s is still at large.

Film: Play Misty for Me (1971) – TV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
Chilling thriller starring Clint Eastwood. Dave Garver, a California DJ, gains a persistent fan who calls him up to play the song Misty. After they spend the night together, she begins to behave more and more strangely.

Tuesday 14th August


Film: The Satan Bug (1965) – Channel . 1.25pm – 3.30pm
Science-fiction thriller starring George Maharis. A scientist develops a lethal virus at a laboratory in the American desert. When he is murdered and the flasks containing the virus disappears, ex-government agent Lee Barrett is called in to investigate.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm

The partnership is threatened by a clairvoyant who tries to exorcise Marty.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Bodie and Doyle are assigned to investigate when a shipment of gold bullion goes missing.

Life on Mars – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

(5/8) series two. A businessman learns his wife and daughter have been kidnapped.

Cape Wrath (6 & 7/7) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 12.10am
Double bill conclusion to this intriguing drama starring David Morrissey and Ralph Brown. In the first episode, Evelyn catches up with Dr York and confronts him about his angry outburst. In the last episode, Danny’s plans to leave step up a gear, and Samantha assigns Wintersgill to keep an eye on him.

Film: This Sporting Life (1963) – BBC 2. 12Midnight – 2.10am

Classic British drama starring Richard Harris. After a coal miner becomes a professional rugby player he soon becomes disillusioned with fame, fortune and his new lifestyle. Directed by Lindsay Anderson.


Elvis: the 68 Comeback Special – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Continuing Radio 2’s commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, Kate Thornton explores the impact of the singer’s stylish US television special. Recorded in an intimate setting in June 1968 and aired in December, the rock milestone featured a leather-encased Presley in peak form, performing on stage before a live audience for the first time in more than seven years.

Wednesday 15th August

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Simon Templar investigates when a diplomat friend goes missing.

Film: Ratcatcher (1999) – BBC 2. 11.50pm – 1.20am

Drama set in Glasgow in the 1970s starring William Eadie. In an effort to overcome the burden of killing his friend, James dreams of a new life. But as pressures mount, his dream is less attainable.

Film: The Wicker Man (1973) – ITV 4. 11.50pm – 1.35am
Classic horror starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee. When a policeman receives a letter suggesting that a girl has mysteriously disappeared from a small island community, he sets out to investigate.


Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (7/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Mark Lamarr continues his new series showcasing obscure 1960s recordings from rock, pop, and psych to folk, soul, R&B and garage.

Thursday 16th August


Film: Viva Las Vegas (1964) – BBC 2. 1.20pm – 2.45pm
Glossy musical starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. One of the King’s better films, screened to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death.

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm

The super-powered trio are sent to Italy to investigate a baffling spate of suicides among Interpol agents.

UFO – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

A Siamese cat brings sinister drama to the life of a Shado pilot.

Young Elvis in Colour – ITV 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Documentary exploring the King’s musical roots and pre-Vegas career, featuring never-before-seen colour footage of his early rehearsals, performances and personal appearances. With contributions from Ike Turner, Cliff Richard, members of the "Memphis Mafia", and Elvis’s first steady girlfriend, Dixie Locke.

Film: The Wicker Man (1973) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.45pm

Classic horror starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee. When a policeman receives a letter suggesting that a girl has mysteriously disappeared from a small island community, he sets out to investigate.

Elvis by the Presleys – TV 3. 10.00pm – 12 Midnight
A tribute to the King that includes an intimate glimpse of his family life as former wife Priscilla and their daughter Lisa Marie reveal what it was like to share a home with the rock’n’roll legend. Includes rare home-movie and performance footage.

Amy Winehouse: Summer Series – ITV 1. 11.00pm – 11.35pm
Kelly Osbourne has unprecedented backstage access as the lauded, best-selling soul singer performs at London’s Somerset House.