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Retro TV W/C 8th February 2008

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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 8th February to Thursday 14th February.

Highlights of the week

BBC Radio 4 provides the real highlight this week with Mods! (Saturday 9th), documenting the history of the mods from the modern jazz-loving Soho underground of the late 50s to the seafront clashes with rockers in the early 60s. 1960s news reports are spliced around archive interviews with original mods and a soundtrack provided by the Who, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames and Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.

Meanwhile back on the telly, the recent Scott Walker documentary: 30th Century Man gets another airing on BBC 4 (Friday 8th, 9pm), and the second episode of Saville Row continues on the same channel Monday 11th at 9pm. Preceding it at 8.30pm is Ready To Wear, which disappointed last week with a sketchy overview of the history of the suit. Hopefully this weeks programme will be better,  focusing on the 50s phenomenon of being a teenager and charting the rise of Teddy Boys, mods, rockers and hippies. 

Friday 8th February

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Marty relates the details of a case he handled while he was alive.

Space 1999 – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

The crew encounter an apparition with a difference.

Legends: the Dankworths – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.30pm

The career of jazz duo Cleo Lane and Johnny Dankworth, featuring rare archive footage.

Scott Walker: 30th Century Man – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 12.55am)
Documentary examining the story behind one of the music industry’s most enigmatic characters, whose haunting and experimental work influenced artists as diverse as David Bowie, Lulu and Radiohead. Featuring rare footage of Walker at work on his latest album and contributions from, among others, Brian Eno, Johnny Marr and Jarvis Cocker.

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Includes guests Philip Glenister and Duffy.

Film: The Birds (1963) – ITV 3. 11.15pm – 1.30am
Classic Hitchcock chiller starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor and Jessica Tandy. A seemingly innocuous act unleashes the forces of nature in a terrifying way as Bodega Bay becomes prey to "the birds".

Batman – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am
Double bill, featuring the Riddler.

Saturday 9th February

TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00am – 8.00am
More classic pop clips.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.50pm – 9.50pm
Two criminals execute a wages snatch, stealing a briefcase chained to the victim’s wrist.

Saville Row (1/3) – BBC 4. 9.15pm – 10.15pm
Filmed over a year, a look the tailoring houses of Saville Row, synonymous with bespoke tailoring for two centuries. The tailors view a jeanswear company’s arrival with trepidation.

If It Ain’t Stiff… – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 1.05am

The inspiring story of the mid-1970s independent record label Stiff, which took music from out of the boardroom and gave it back to the fans. The film includes interviews with Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, plus label founders Jake Riviera and Dave Robinson.

Film: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Film4. 12.45am – 2.15am
The original and best, Tobe Hooper’s seminal horror classic still disturbs 30 years on. 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross – BBC 1. 1.15am – 2.20am

Includes guests Philip Glenister and Duffy.

Scott Walker: 30th Century Man – BBC 4. 2.00am – 3.00am

Documentary examining the story behind one of the music industry’s most enigmatic characters, whose haunting and experimental work influenced artists as diverse as David Bowie, Lulu and Radiohead. Featuring rare footage of Walker at work on his latest album and contributions from, among others, Brian Eno, Johnny Marr and Jarvis Cocker.

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks.

And the Academy Award goes to… – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Paul Gambaccini tells the story behind the first post-war film to win all five of the main Oscars. Director Milos Forman reveals how the film came to influence mental health care in America, and leading actress, Louise Fletcher remembers working alongside the mixed cast of amateurs and professionals, including Jack Nicholson.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm

3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

The Archive Hour: Mods! – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

The history of the mods from the modern jazz-loving Soho underground of the late 50s to the seafront clashes with rockers in the early 60s. Mods meant stylish tailoring, Italian motor scooters and American R&B. By 1966, bands such as the Who and designers such as Mary Quant had bought mod chic to the world. But disgusted by its commercialisation, the original movement drifted away.

I Want You Back: the Story of the Jackson Five – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Trevor Nelson blames it on the boogie in this tribute to Indiana-born chart-busting all-smiling singing-and-dancing family the Jackson 5, whose soul-pop Motown sound produced four US number ones in 1970 alone. With input from ex-Supreme Mary Wilson and Philly soul producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.

Sunday 10th February

TV

Film: Madigan (1968) – ITV 3. 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Don Siegal directs this cult crime drama starring Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

A test pilot is shot down by a UFO, and risks his life by attempting to investigate further.

On The Buses – ITV 3. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

This is more like it! ITV 3 repeats the classic 70s sit-com, starting with a double bill. In the first, the lads cause chaos at the depot when they call an unofficial strike. In the second, Stan falls for an attractive new conductor, but when he brings her home mum is not so taken with her.

The Brothers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm

An episode from the hit drama first shown in 1972, following the Hammond family as they struggle to keep running their family haulage firm.

The Cult of Sunday Night (2/8) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm

Investigating the appeal of 1970s drama The Brothers, a seemingly unglamourous tale that became a surprise success.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 11.30pm – 12.35am

A journalist visits a sinister health farm on the pretext of losing weight.

Monday 11th February

TV

The Cult of Sunday Night (2/8) – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Investigating the appeal of 1970s drama The Brothers, a seemingly unglamourous tale that became a surprise success.

Brits Can’t Dance – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm

Clips from UK dance shows, including routines from Step This Way and Come Dancing, which proved memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur’s niece ties the knot, but a consignment of pornographic magazines gets mixed up  with the proceedings.

Ready To Wear – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm

You’re Not Going Out Like That: Looking at social change through the clothes we wear. This programme focuses on the 50s phenomenon of being a teenager and charts the rise of Teddy Boys, mods, rockers and hippies.

Saville Row (2/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

The fortunes of bespoke tailors in London’s Mayfair. The clothiers try to go global, with trips to Florence and Beijing.

Tuesday 12th February

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jean experiences strange happenings in her flat.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the archives.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

The Penguin brainwashes Alfred. Concludes tomorrow at 7.35pm.

Radio

The Strange Parallel World of Christian Pop – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Mid-day
Paul Bayley explores 1960s faith-based music, uncovering several groups and performers from the period who proved pop was not confined to the hedonistic hordes.

Late Junction – BBC Radio 3. 11.15pm – 1.00am

Fiona Talkington marks 50 years of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Featuring the Doctor Who theme, and Frederick Bradnum’s 1957 radiophonic poem Private Dreams, Public Nightmares.

Wednesday 13th February

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Simon Templar investigates a twisted tale of rock ‘n’ roll and murder.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm

Music from the BBC archives.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

The caped crusader lures the Penguin into a cunning trap.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm

The music of 1985 and a look back at the major events in the news.

Radio

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (7/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Showcasing obscure 1960s records from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage. 

Thursday 14th February

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Craig, Richard and Sharron investigate the disappearance of three Nemesis agents on a tropical island.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A Siamese cat brings sinister drama to the life of a Shado agent.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A stakeout in a bowling alley escalates into a full-scale alert.

Ashes to Ashes (2/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

At the royal wedding of Lady Di and Prince Charles approaches, Hunt is determined to keep a protest about the Docklands redevelopment under control. Meanwhile, a DeLorean-driving playboy attracts Alex’s attention and Danny comes up with the goods on a New Romantic night out.

Ashes to Ashes (1/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Philip Glenister returns as DCI Alex Hunt in this spin-off from Life on Mars. When DI Alex Drake seemingly wakes up in 1981, she needs Hunt’s help to go after Layton, the man who shot her in 2008.

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

With his team’s unprofessionalism threatening another murder inquiry, Sam begins to question the CID. Another chance to see the last ever episode of the series.

Pop Britannia (1/3) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
The history of British pop music from the aftermath of the Second World War to present.

Radio

Alexis Korner: Rhythm and Blues Champion (3/3) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Chris Jagger concludes a tribute to Blues musician and broadcaster Alexis Korner with a look at his influence on the careers of Robert Plant and the band Free.