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Retro TV W/C 16th November 2007

Barry Murphy
returns once more trawl 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 16th November to Thursday 22nd November.

Highlight of the week

Kenny Everett: Licence to Laugh.  ITV 1. Sunday 18th,10.00pm.
His was a unique talent, even though "Cuddly Ken" occasionally got sacked for pushing the boundaries. It’s been nearly 30 years since he burst onto ITV with his groundbreaking Video Show, but he already had legions of fans thanks to his radio work. Some of the biggest names in comedy, music, television and radio pay warm tribute in this definitive portrait of a comedy genius who died 12 years ago, and whose work continues to inspire entertainers today.

Friday 16th November


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A nun enlists the duo’s help to investigate a corrupt accountant, but the plot turns foul when the police try to arrest Jeff for robbery.

Space 1999 – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The Alphans are drawn toward a deadly black sun, prompting Koenig to launch a desperate escape bid.

Legends – Ella Fitzgerald – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

A celebration of the life and 50-year career of the iconic jazz singer, mixing rarely-seen archive footage with contributions from friends and collaborators.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.35pm

A tongue-in-cheek take on the TV industry, including reviews of that week’s viewing highlights.

Batman – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am
Double bill of the Dynamic duo, who this week try to retrieve a priceless crown.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 4. 11.50pm – 1.00am

Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a young man takes unorthodox action to chase off his rival in love. In the second, a competition attracts high levels of attention.

Film: Quatermass II (1957) – BBC 2. 1.15am – 2.35am

Science-fiction thriller starring Brian Donlevy and John Longden. Dr Quatermass hears that a shower of meteorites has landed in a local community.

Saturday 17th November


TOTP2 – Dave. 10.00am – 12Noon
Triple bill of classic pop clips.

Film: Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – ITV 1. 1.00pm – 3.15pm

Classic spy adventure starring Sean Connery and Jill St. John. When it’s discovered that large amounts of diamonds are being smuggled out of South Africa, James Bond is sent out to investigate and comes up against an old enemy.

Film: Porridge (1979) – Film4. 6.55pm – 8.40pm

Small-scale comedy based on the popular BBC comedy starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale.

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.05pm

With Tony Bennett.

Film: That’s Carry On (1977) – BBC 1. 12.20am – 1.55am

Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor introduce a compilation of clips from the series.


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.

Days in the Life: Pink Floyd at 40 (1/2) – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Forty years after their auspicious debuts with the singles Arnold Layne and See Emily Play and the LP The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Radio 2 honours British rock giants Pink Floyd. This two-parter recalls their early incarnations, the replacement of Syd Barrett with David Gilmour in 1968, the experimental aspects of the band and their internal conflicts. With new input from David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Rick Wright.

Between the Ears: Rock’s DNA – Portrait of a Guitar Chord – BBC Radio 3. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Embedded in the riffs to Purple Haze and Foxey Lady there’s a full six-string guitar chord that’s saturated in the blues, but also jazz-inflected and inclined to funk. The "Jimi chord", a conflicted major/minor chord with a flattened seventh, unlocks the window into the soul of rock music and much more besides.

Sunday 18th November


TOTP2 – Dave. (Freeview Ch. 19). 7.00am – 9.00am
More classic performances from the archives.

Film: How to Murder Your Wife (1965) – BBC 2. 11.30am – 1.30pm

Colourful comedy starring Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi and Terry-Thomas. Stanley Ford, creator of successful cartoon-strip character Bash Brannigan Secret Agent, lives an idyllic life in a luxurious home. smoothly run by his manservant Charles. But one morning he wakes up to find he is married.

Kenny Everett: Licence to Laugh – ITV 1. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

(See Highlight).

The Mighty Boosh – (1/6) – BBC 3. 10.30pm – 11.00pm

Now working in Nabootique, Naboo’s second-hand shop in Dalston, Vince and Howard are left in charge when Naboo and Bollo go on the chief Shaman’s stag do. Everything is fine until the evil Cockney Hitcher pays a visit, summoning Elsie Queen of Eels and demanding protection money.

Monday 19th November


Film: Prick Up Your Ears (1987) – ITV 4. 1.35am – 3.50am
Biographical drama of gay playwright Joe Orton, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.

Tuesday 20th November


Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
A mindbendingly colourful nugget of pop mined from the archive. Featuring the Scaffold. 

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

The caped crusader is lured into Catwoman’s lair.

Legends – Ella Fitzgerald – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A celebration of the life and 50-year career of the iconic jazz singer, mixing rarely-seen archive footage with contributions from friends and collaborators.

Flight of the Conchords (9/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Murray organises for the band to go on tour.

Peepshow (1/6) – E4. 11.00pm – 11.35pm
Series four. Mark has doubts over his marriage.


The Funk Factory – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12.30am
Influential soul/funk DJ Norman Jay returns with more classic, forgotten and modern funk recordings from 1960s onwards.

Wednesday 21st November

Pop Goes the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
A mindbendingly colourful nugget of pop mined from the archive.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

The caped crusaders encounter a tiger, plus Robin has his hands full with Catwoman.

Film: The Long Good Friday (1979) – Film4. 11.20pm – 1.30am

Classic British crime drama starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.


Hep to the Jive – the Cab Calloway Story (2/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
A chance to hear the 2006 series in which Clarke Peters pays tribute to charismatic showman, jazz band leader, singer and stage star Cab Calloway, who would have been 100 on Christmas Day. This edition recalls Calloway’s legendary residence at New York City’s Cotton Club.

Thursday 15th November


The Mighty Boosh (2/6) – BBC 3. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Series three. In a bid to impress his new punk mates, Vince rebelliously bites Howard’s rare jazz record.


Kraftwerk: We Are the Robots – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
It’s 1975. Glam rock is on the wane and Abba and disco chic are on the rise. Filtering through from under the Iron Curtain comes a minimalistic, dour, futuristic sound that owed more to the experimental music of Karlheinz Stockhausen than the Anglo-American pop tradition. Marc Riley traces the bizarre origins and changing fortunes of the reclusive German band Kraftwerk, whose 22-minute song Autobahn exemplified their aim to define a German pop identity.

The Flight of the Conchords (6/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight

Rob Brydon narrates an improvised comedy starring Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.