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Retro TV W/C 4th April 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 4th April to Thursday 10th April.

Highlights of the week

In Radio 4’s This Are 2 Tone (Saturday 5th, 10.30am) Phill Jupitus celebrates the phenomenon that was 2-Tone music. Thirty years ago bands such as the Specials, the Beat, Madness and the Selecter created a new sound born from a blend of punk, reggae and ska.

Meanwhile on TV, BBC 4 conclude their Curse of Comedy season with Frankie Howerd: Rather You than Me (Wednesday 9th, 9pm). David Walliams stars as one of his own comedy favourites in this moving, humorous and poignant story of Howerd’s fight with his inner demons, following by an Arena documentary, Oooh er Missus! The Frankie Howerd Story, about the great man himself. 

Friday 4th April

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff traces a missing woman who had been attending seances.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A mentally unbalanced man takes revenge on doctors.

Hughie Green, Most Sincerely – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.20pm
Riveting drama revealing the tumultuous personal life of Hughie Green, a prominent TV personality from the 1950s to the 1970s. Starring Trevor Eve, Mark Benton and Emma Stansfield.

TV Believe it or Not – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 1.20am
Double bill of a collection of some of the most bizarre moments on television. Presented by Sean Lock.

Saturday 5th April

TOTP2 – Dave. 8.00am – 11.00am
More classic pop clips.

Film: The Girl Can’t Help it (1956) – Film4. 1.00pm – 2.50pm
Classic rock ‘n’ roll comedy starring Jane Mansfield and Tom Ewell and featuring Little Richard, Fats Domino and the Platters.

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Focus on protest singers.

The Naked Civil Servant – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.30pm
Emmy award-winning dramatisation of writer Quentin Crisp’s autobiography starring John Hurt. The first programme in a tribute evening to TV and film producer Verity Lambert, who died last November.

Doctor Who – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.50pm
The first 3 episodes of a classic 1963 William Hartnell story, featuring his nemesis the Daleks.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.15pm – 10.15pm
A dangerous gang of bank robbers starts taking hostages.

Verity Lambert: Drama Queen – BBC 4. 9.50pm – 10.50pm
Tribute to the prolific television and film producer, who was involved in making such shows as the original Doctor Who, Jonathan Creek, Minder and Eldorado.

Minder – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.45pm
Terry takes to the canals with a recently widowed friend of Arthur.

Mark Lawson Talks to George Cole – BBC 4. 12.35am – 1.35am
Interview with the veteran actor, showing as part of the Curse of Comedy season.

Mad Men (5/13) – BBC 2. 2.50am – 3.40am
Five G. Don’s hidden past is brought into question after his photograph is published in an issue of Advertising Today, and Peter makes an unorthodox request of his wife Trudy.

Radio

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

This Are 2 Tone – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
Thirty years ago a blend of ska and punk flowered briefly on the British music scene, led by a group of bands including the Specials, the Selecter, Madness and the Beat, who were all launched on Jerry Dammers’s Coventry-based 2 Tone label. Phil Jupitus talks to some of the label’s key players.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Radio 2 Music Club Introduces… Duffy – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Another chance to hear Simon Mayo’s showcase of Welsh soul-pop singer Duffy.       

Sunday 6th April

TV

Film: Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) – Five. 5.10pm – 6.45pm
Sci-fi fantasy starring Roddy McDowall. Following a nuclear holocaust, attempts by the surviving apes to live peacefully are threatened a tribe of mutant humans and a power-hungry gorilla general.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Regan, Carter and the team investigate a multi-million-pound scam.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle are incredulous when their boss steals nerve gas.

Dempsey and Makepeace – ITV 3. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A New York cop and a British detective join forces to fight crime. Starring Glynis Barber and Michael Brandon.

He Kills Coppers (3/3) – ITV 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Thriller based on Jake Arnott’s novel, starring Mel Raido, Liam Garrigan and Rafe Spall. Nearly 20 years after the killings, the trail on Billy Porter has gone cold. But, for Frank Taylor and Tony Meehan their determination to find him is undimmed – but for very different reasons.

Washes Whiter – BBC 4. 9.10pm – 10.00pm
Series looking at the history of British TV commercials. This instalment examines the way that cleaning, shopping and cooking products have been promoted in the past.

Mad Men (6/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.45pm
Babylon. After making several valuable contributions to a brainstorming session, Peggy finds brand new opportunities opening up for her at the company. Don seeks advice from Rachel on a tricky commission.

Hughie Green, Most Sincerely – BBC 4. 10.45pm – 12.05am
Riveting drama revealing the tumultuous personal life of Hughie Green, a prominent TV personality from the 1950s to the 1970s. Starring Trevor Eve, Mark Benton and Emma Stansfield.

Marty Feldman – Six Degrees of Separation – BBC 4. 12.05am – 1.05am
The Curse of Comedy strand continues with a tribute to the talented comedian. John Cleese, Michael Palin and David Frost are among those who contribute.

Monday 7th April

TV

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music by Alan Price.

Doctor Who – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Tardis lands on Skaro. First shown in 1963.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
When the police pick up Arthur for shady car dealings, Terry goes in search of those responsible.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
An exchanged British spy returns suffering an identity crisis.

Verity Lambert: Drama Queen – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Tribute to the prolific television and film producer, who was involved in making such shows as the original Doctor Who, Jonathan Creek, Minder and Eldorado.

The Cult of Adam Adamant Lives! – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 11.50pm
The story of the cult 1960s drama.

Adam Adamant Lives! – 11.50pm – 12.35am
An episode of the drama starring Gerald Harper as an Edwardian adventurer resurrected in 1960s London.

Radio

Jac Holzman’s Elektra Story (1/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
New series charting the history of American label Elektra Records.

Tuesday 8th April

TV

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

Doctor Who – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Doctor (William Hartnell) is forced to return to the Dalek city to hunt for a missing component from the Tardis. First shown in 1963.

Film: Dirty Harry (1971) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.05am
Cult crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood.

Mad Men (6/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.05am
Babylon. After making several valuable contributions to a brainstorming session, Peggy finds brand new opportunities opening up for her at the company. Don seeks advice from Rachel on a tricky commission.

Radio

The Pain of Laughter: the Last Days of Kenneth Williams (1/2) – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Rob Brydon reveals that behind the gifted, articulate performer, Kenneth Williams was a complex man at odds with his public persona. William’s inner circle of friends give an insight into his private world.

Let Freedom Ring – Music, Race and the Soul of America (2/2) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Forty years after the tumultuous 1960s, Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman explores the evolution of Afro-American music following on from that era’s black empowerment and the civil rights movements, whose two most dramatic exponents, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King were gunned down. Contributors include Stevie Wonder, Grandmaster Flash, Chuck D, Gil Scott Heron and others. 

Wednesday 9th April

Film: The Saint: Vendetta for the Saint (1969) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Mystery adventure starring Roger Moore as the suave anti-hero.

Doctor Who – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.20pm
Double bill of episodes from 1963.

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Number Six stands for election as the new Number Two – and discovers the true nature of democracy.

Live on the Night – BBC 4. 8.20pm – 9.00pm
Timewatch examines the early days of TV drama, when the programmes had to be broadcast live.

Frankie Howerd: Rather You than Me – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Compelling drama in which David Walliams portrays Frankie Howerd, a successful comedian and actor who suffers from depression and inner conflict about his sexuality.

Arena: Oooh er Missus! The Frankie Howerd Story – BBC4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
A profile of the comedian.

Up Pompeii – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Bawdy comedy starring Frankie Howerd.

Mark Lawson Talks to David Renwick – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.30am
Interview with the creator of One Foot in the Grave.

Thursday 10th April

TV

He Kills Coppers (3/3) – ITV 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Thriller based on Jake Arnott’s novel, starring Mel Raido, Liam Garrigan and Rafe Spall. Nearly 20 years after the killings, the trail on Billy Porter has gone cold. But, for Frank Taylor and Tony Meehan their determination to find him is undimmed – but for very different reasons.

Film: The Blob (1958) – Five US. 10.50pm – 12.30am
Steve McQueen confronts the ooze from outer space in this quintessential 1950s sci-fi drama.

Mad Men (6/13) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.45pm
Babylon. After making several valuable contributions to a brainstorming session, Peggy finds brand new opportunities opening up for her at the company. Don seeks advice from Rachel on a tricky commission.

Radio

1968: It’s Not Just about the Music – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – Midday
Joe Queenan looks at the 40-year history of the American rock magazine Rolling Stone.

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