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Retro TV W/C 11th April 2008

Sharon
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 11th April to Thursday 17th April.

Highlights of the week

Blimey, you know it’s a poor week for retro TV when even the ever reliable BBC 4 has nothing in its listings to write about. New and worth mentioning this week is Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings appearance on Later Live… with Jools Holland (BBC 2. Tuesday 15th, 10pm). And, if you haven’t caught it before, Michael Sheen’s award winning portrayal of the tortured funny man in Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (BBC 4, Wednesday 16th, 10pm) is as brilliant as you’d expect from possibly the greatest British actor of his generation.

Friday 11th April

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
An eccentric bird-lover’s strange will leads to murder.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The unit is hit by assassinations as part of a vendetta campaign.

Who Killed Kirsty MacColl? – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Following the campaign by the singer/songwriter”s mother to discover the truth behind the boating accident that killed her daughter in 2000.

Frankie Howerd: Rather You than Me – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Compelling drama in which David Walliams portrays Frankie Howerd, a successful comedian and actor who suffers from depression and inner conflict about his sexuality.

Film: Up the Front (1972) – BBC 1. 12.55am – 2.25am
Largely joke free comedy set during the First World War, starring Frankie Howerd.

Saturday 12th April

TOTP2 – Dave. 9.00am – 11.00am
More classic pop clips.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Regan makes an arrest after a robbery in which a policeman was shot.

Mad Men – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 1.55am
Another chance to catch up with episodes 4-6 of this drama set in the advertising industry.

The Rolling Stones: Shine a Light Movie Special – ITV 1. 12.05am – 12.35am
Premiere highlights.

Mad Men (6/13) – BBC 2. 2.05am – 3.30am
Babylon. Peggy discovers new opportunities opening up for her at the company.

Radio

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 presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 13th April

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Regan oversees a secret government deal to transport gold but comes to suspect there is something more sinister among the cargo.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 7.50pm – 8.55pm
The duo are faced with a conspiracy involving a ruthless gang of criminals and an antique necklace.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle are pitted against KGB assassins when a CI5 agent is apparently raised from the dead.

Washes Whiter – BBC 4. 9.10pm – 10.00pm
Series looking at the history of British TV commercials.

Mad Men (7/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.45pm
Red in the Face. Roger and Don hit the town together but the former’s behaviour soon causes problems.

Frankie Howerd: Rather You than Me – BBC 4. 10.45pm – 11.45pm
Compelling drama in which David Walliams portrays Frankie Howerd, a successful comedian and actor who suffers from depression and inner conflict about his sexuality.

Who Killed Kirsty MacColl? – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.45am
Following the campaign by the singer/songwriter”s mother to discover the truth behind the boating accident that killed her daughter in 2000.

Monday 14th April

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Terry protects a widowed garage owner from her grasping family.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A summit meeting is in jeopardy when a ministerial secretary leaks security information to her lover.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again: The Thing about Syd (1/2) – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Mark Radcliffe plays tribute to experimental, influential and troubled singer/songwriter Syd Barrett.         

Jac Holzman’s Elektra Story (2/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
New series charting the history of American label Elektra Records. The story shifts to the first half of the 1960s, when the label built its reputation on a roster of folk acts.

Tuesday 15th April

TV

UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A woman is driven to murder, but her victim is not what she thought.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Archive music from the Kinks.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Aunt Harriet gains an admirer in the form of world-famous pianist Chandell. Guest starring Liberace. Concludes tomorrow.

Later Live… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Guests include Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

Mad Men (7/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
Red in the Face. Roger and Don hit the town together but the former’s behaviour soon causes problems.

Radio

The Pain of Laughter: the Last Days of Kenneth Williams (2/2) – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
For the first time all four key beneficiaries of his will speak candidly about the man they loved. With Rob Brydon.

6 Music Plays it Again: The Thing about Syd (2/2) – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Mark Radcliffe plays tribute to experimental, influential and troubled singer/songwriter Syd Barrett.         

Wednesday 16th April

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar is asked to take on a diamond to Amsterdam for recutting.

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Including Nana Mouskouri. Whoopi-doo.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The dynamic duo manage to sing their way out of Chandell’s trap.

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Number Six’s sense of identity comes under attack.

Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.20pm
Michael Sheen plays the comedian in this compelling dramatisation of his candid and breathtakingly caustic diaries.

Kenneth Williams in his Own Words – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 11.50pm
Compilation of archive interviews with the comic actor in which he discusses his upbringing and rise to fame.

Thursday 17th April

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm- 7.00pm
Sharon is despatched to Haiti with orders to investigate the mysterious death of a scientist.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Straker seeks permission to launch a space probe fitted with an electronic telescope, hoping to track a UFO to its home planet.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
An old enemy of Doyle’s stirs up trouble as a cover for his revenge attack on the CI5 operative.

Film: Naked (1993) – Film4. 11.00pm – 1.30am
Bleak Mike Leigh drama starring David Thewlis. Unemployed Johnny rapes a woman before driving to see ex-girlfriend Louise. After he is let in by one of her flatmates, Johnny’s disaffection with life begins to show.

Suggs in Soho – ITV 1( London region) 11.35pm – 12.05am
The Madness frontman presents a two-part insider’s guide to the area.

The Rolling Stones: Shine a Light Movie Special – ITV 1. 12.05am – 12.30am
Premiere highlights.

Radio

The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Mark Lamarr’s excellent hour of Jamaican music.