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Retro TV W/C 14th November 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 14th November to Thursday 20th November 2008.

Highlight of the week

This week BBC 4 devote an evening to the bard of Woking, Paul Weller. Documentary Into Tomorrow (BBC 4. Friday 14th, 9pm)  looks at his 30-year career using unseen photos and archive footage. It covers his upbringing in Woking, his years with The Jam and The Style Council, his insecurity after being dropped by a record company, his unexpected return to popularity in the 1990s and his view on where he finds himself now. Contributors include his parents, Bruce Foxton, Boy George and Noel Gallagher.

This is followed by BBC Sessions: Paul Weller (Friday 14th.10.30pm – repeated 1.10am) a newly filmed concert in which Weller performs songs from his widely acclaimed recent album 22 Dreams, as well as classics from both his solo career and his time with The Jam.

Friday 14th November

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Terry’s idea of minding doesn’t extend to public telephone boxes – until Arthur starts a race tipping scheme.

Paul Weller: Into Tomorrow – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
New. Intimate biography, told by Weller and those who know him, featuring rare and previously unseen photos and archive footage. It charts his upbringing in Woking, his early years with The Jam, the creation of The Style Council, his return to popularity in the early 1990s and his view on where he finds himself now.

BBC Sessions: Paul Weller – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm (Repeated 1.10am)
New. Paul Weller performs songs from his widely acclaimed recent album 22 Dreams, as well as classics from both his solo career and his time with The Jam.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
Steed, Purdey and Gambit investigate the death of a colleague on a Scottish island.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.40pm – 12.40am
Includes Eli Paperboy Reed & the True Loves.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.10am

What the Butler Saw. Steed becomes a gentleman’s gentleman, while Mrs Peel faces a fate worse than death.

Planet Rock Profiles – ITV1. 1.40am – 2.05am
Interviews and archive footage of soul singer Al Green.

Film: The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) – BBC 2. 2.15am – 3.35am

Roger Corman directed horror starring Vincent Price. The second wife of Verden Fell is disturbed when she discovers how far her husband will go to keep the memory of his first wife alive.

Radio

Friday Night with Glen Campbell – BBC Radio 2. 7.30pm – 9.15pm
A special concert by country-pop giant Glen Campbell. Accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, Campbell performs songs from Meet Glen Campbell – his recent album of covers – as well as his now-classic 1960s hits By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Witchita Linesman and Galveston, plus Rhinestone Cowboy.

Saturday 15th November

TV

Film: The Ladykillers (1955) – ITV 1. 2.10pm – 3.50pm
Classic Ealing black comedy starring Alec Guinness. A gang finds its plans for an audacious robbery hindered by an elderly landlady.

Film: The Quiller Memorandum (1966) – Film4. 4.45pm – 6.50pm

Thriller starring George Segal and Alec Guinness. A secret agent investigates an upsurge of neo-Nazi activity in 1960s Berlin.

Mad Men (4/13) – BBC 4. 10.05pm – 10.45pm

Series one. New Amsterdam. Pete is forced to ask for financial aid from his father.

Film: Fiend Without a Face (1957) – BBC 2. 3.35am – 4.45am
Sci-fi horror starring Marshall Thompson. The citizens of a small Canadian town are shocked by a series of deaths, and are convinced something on a nearby US Air Force base is to blame.

Radio

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

50 Years of Little Richard – BBC Radio 4. 3.30pm – 4.00pm

One of the key innovators of rock ‘n’ roll, Little Richard talks to Sarfraz Manzoor about his half-century as an extravagant and wild performer. Looking back on his life, the writer of some of the most hallowed songs in the rock cannon, such as Good Golly, Miss Molly and Tutti Frutti, talks to Manzoor about a life filled by race, religion and music.

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

Sunday 16th November

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Bodie and Doyle are assigned to investigate when a shipment of gold bullion goes missing.

Mark Lawson Talks to Quentin Blake – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
New. The journalist interviews British cartoonist, illustrator and children’s book author Quentin Blake, most famous for his work on Roald Dahl’s stories.

Film: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2003) – BBC 1. 11.20pm – 1.20am

Biographical drama starring Geoffrey Rush. Following the success in The Goon Show, Peter Sellers sets his sights on Hollywood superstardom, but the cost of his ruthless ambition is a deep insecurity and a loss of identity.

Jackanory – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
As part of Quentin Blake night, a classic piece of children’s telly: Bernard Cribbins reads Joan Aiken’s Mortimer’s Portrait on Glass, a tale from the Arabel and Mortimer series.

BBC Sessions: Paul Weller – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.00am
New. Paul Weller performs songs from his widely acclaimed recent album 22 Dreams, as well as classics from both his solo career and his time with The Jam.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 12.15am – 1.20am
Children of the Full Moon. A man finds himself caught up in a terrifying series of events after being involved in a car crash. Eerie tale, starring Christopher Cazenove and Diana Dors

Monday 17th November

TV

The Hard Sell – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
TV commercials selling food and drink over the past 50 years.

The Department Store (1/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Documentary about the independent shops fighting back against the big brands. In this edition, Richard Macer spends six months at Milners, a family-run store in the Yorkshire Dales.

Tuesday 18th November

TV

Film: The Quiller Memorandum (1966) – Film4. 6.55pm – 9.00pm
Thriller starring George Segal and Alec Guinness. A secret agent investigates an upsurge of neo-Nazi activity in 1960s Berlin.

Flight of the Conchords (11/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Jermaine and Bret try to cheer up Murray after a gig by hiring an actor to place a nice rejection call.

True Stories: Kurt Cobain – About a Son – More4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
Documentary using extracts from more than 25 hours of previously interviews to highlight the troubled Nirvana frontman’s struggle to cope with his fame.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe (1/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
New series. The acid-tongued critic examines the TV industry, including reviews of the week’s viewing highlights.

Film: Jackie Brown (1997) – Film4. 11.00pm – 2.00am
Quentin Tarantino’s crime thriller starring Pam Grier. An air hostess is coerced into bringing down an arms dealer.

Radio

Long Players (1/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
New series. David Quantick presents a relatively poignant ode to the vinyl record album (aka LP). With contributions from Bob Harris, Jimmy Pursey and Bob Stanley among others.

Wednesday 19th November

TV

A Study in Sherlock – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.10pm
Time Shift film examining the various portrayals of Sherlock Holmes over the years, and what they reveal about the generations that created them.

Film: The Football Factory (2004) – Film4. 11.10pm – 12.55am
Unflinchingly violent, decently acted but morally ambiguous drama that examines soccer hooliganism through the lives of a firm of thugs who "support" Chelsea.

Film: Human Traffic (1999) – Film4. 12.55am – 3.00am

Spirited if chaotic comedy drama about a lost weekend spent on the Cardiff rave scene.

Thursday 20th November

TV

Film: Evel (2004) – Five. 3.10pm – 5.00pm
Biopic of the motorcycling daredevil starring George Eads. By the end of the 1960s, "Evel" Knievel was the world’s most famous stunt driver. But that wasn’t enough.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm

Members of the public are hypnotised into becoming assassins.

The Department Store (1/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

New series. Documentary about the independent shops fighting back against the big brands. In this edition, Richard Macer spends six months at Milners, a family-run store in the Yorkshire Dales.

Radio

Mark Lamarr: Shake, Rattle and Roll – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and blues enthusiast Mark Lamarr returns with more lesser-known vintage recordings from his vast collection.