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Retro TV W/C 28th 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 28th November to Thursday 4th December 2008.

Highlight of the week

The TV highlight this week is the first of a new three-part documentary series Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: the 60s Revealed (Five. Monday 1st December, 9pm) which features never-before-seen footage of iconic figures from the 1960s. Forty years ago, TV personality Bernard Braden conducted interviews with some of the biggest names in British popular culture for a proposed series called Now and Then. In all over 300 interviews were conducted, resulting in over 109 hours of footage but the project was never finished. Some of those celebrities now look back at these interviews and reflect on their experience of the 60s. The first episode features stars of music and fashion, including Tom Jones, Cilla Black, Lulu, Simon Dee and Ossie Clark.

Friday 28th November

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Arthur dabbles in the glamorous world of fashion, only to find himself relegated to minding the frocks.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Need to Know. CI5 enters a deadly race with the KGB.

The Clash: Westway to the World – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Don Letts’s Grammy award-winning portrait of the punk band in which all four members talk about their rise to fame, and why they never reformed after their split.

The Clash Live – Revolution Rock – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm (Repeated 1.15am)
Documentary about the influential, political punk band, including studio clips from 1979 and footage of their 1978 concerts at the Music Machine and the Lyceum in London.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe (2/6) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
New series. The acid-tongued critic looks at how portrayals of men and women in commercials have changed over the years to reflect who really has control of the purse strings.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
A former double agent seeks bitter revenge on Steed.

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.20am

Extended version of last Tuesdays show which features Martin Freeman meeting Motown session band the Funk Brothers.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.15am

An economist is murdered.

Oasis: Standing on the Edge of the Noise – Channel 4. 12.20am – 1.55am

An intimate live show.

Radio

Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 12Midnight – 3.00am
Special guests this week are Australian funk/soul band The Bamboos.

Saturday 29th November

TV

Film: Gambit (1966) – ITV 1. 2.00pm – 4.05pm
Crime comedy starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Harry Deane, a cockney master crook, plans the crime of the century. He enlists the help of Nichole, a beautiful Eurasian nightclub entertainer, in a sophisticated plot to steal a priceless work of art.

Film: The Odessa File (1974) – Five. 4.50pm – 7.05pm
Tense thriller. An elderly Jew commits suicide, leaving a diary detailing the locations of former Nazis.

Hotel California: LA from The Byrds……to The Eagles – BBC 2. 10.15pm – 11.45pm

Mark Strong narrates a documentary charting the development of the LA music scene in the 1960s and 70s.

Mad Men (6/13) – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.25am

Series one. Babylon. Peggy finds new opportunities.

Guitar Heroes at the BBC – BBC 2. 11.45pm – 12.45am
Compilation of performances from a host of TV programmes from 1969 to 1981.

Oasis: Lord Don’t Slow me Down – Channel 4. 12.05am – 1.15am
The Burnage bad boys filmed during their recent – and mammoth – Don’t Believe the Truth world tour.

Oasis: Live in Manchester – Channel 4. 1.15am – 2.50am

The group belt out the hits at the home of Manchester City FC.

Film: Quatermass and the Pit (1967) – ITV 1. 2.15am – 3.55am
Science fiction thriller starring Andrew Keir and Barbara Shelley. During work on the London Underground system, a strange object is found.

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 6 Music. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 30th November

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Terry is drafted in to protect a champion boxer making a comeback after two years away from the ring.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe (2/6) – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.10am

New series. The acid-tongued critic looks at how portrayals of men and women in commercials have changed over the years to reflect who really has control of the purse strings.

Film: The Ipcress File (1965) – BBC 1. 11.50pm – 1.35am
Spy thriller starring Michael Caine. Intelligence agent Harry Palmer is plunged into the world of counter espionage as he uncovers a bizarre "brain drain" among scientists.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 12.10am – 1.15am
The House That Bled to Death. A family moves into a house which has been left derelict since a macabre murder took place there. Chiller, starring Nicholas Ball, Rachel Davies, Emma Ridley and Brian Croucher

Monday 1st December

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Terry protects a boxing champ.

Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: the 60s Revealed (1/3) – Five. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New series. In the 1960s Bernard Braden interviewed some of the biggest stars of the day. Forty years on, some of those celebrities, including Cilla Black, Lulu and Tom Jones, look back at their young selves and the decade that changed the world.

The Department Store (3/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Richard Macer spends six months at Wales’s oldest department store, JT Morgan in Swansea, as it faces a struggle for survival. It needs a good Christmas to secure the jobs of nearly 80 people.

Oasis: Standing on the Edge of the Noise – Channel 4. 12.10am – 1.15am
An intimate live show.

Radio

In Dreams: the Roy Orbison Story (1/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
New series. Mark Lamarr pays tribute to terrifically popular singer Roy Orbison (1936 – 1988). This first edition looks at the early days and his signing to Sun Records in Memphis. 

Tuesday 2nd December

TV

Survivors (3/6) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Abby stumbles across a community that could hold the key to everybody’s future. Greg and Tom find a family seemingly unaffected by the virus.

Flight of the Conchords Special: One Night Stand – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Performance by the folk-singing duo, who present several of their popular musical parodies.

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Actor Michael Sheen discusses his role in Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon while singer Tom Jones takes the show’s busking challenge.

Comedy Classics: The New Statesman – ITV 1. 10.40pm – 11.40pm

Assessing the controversial political satire, which appeared in 1987 and starred Rik Mayall as the Right Honourable Alan Beresford B’Stard – the most right-wing MP in the House of Lords. Followed by a classic episode, Piers of the Realm.

Film: Bullitt (1968) – Film4. 10.50pm – 1.05am

Iconic crime thriller starring Steve McQueen , Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bissett. A San Francisco police lieutenant is forced to employ unorthodox methods when an assignment to protect a government witness goes awry.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe (3/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
New series. The critic is joined by writers from such popular shows as Doctor Who, Father Ted and Peep Show to discuss the TV industry.

Rather You than Me – BBC 4. 11.20 – 12.20am

Docu-drama in which Little Britain star David Walliams portrays Frankie Howerd. Also starring Rafe Spall.

Radio

Long Players (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
New series. David Quantick presents a relatively poignant ode to the vinyl record album (aka LP). Tonight he looks at the myriad imaginative things musicians have done with the form.

Wednesday 3rd December

TV

Film: Please Sir! (1971) – Channel 4. 1.30pm – 3.25pm
Spin-off from the TV sitcom. When the pupils from Fenn Street School get the chance to go on a trip to the countryside, Bernard Hedges (John Alderton) makes sure his class is included despite his colleagues’ disapproval. Classic British romp featuring Duffy, Frankie Abbott, Maureen & the gang. With a groovy theme song from Cilla.

Thursday 4th December

TV

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
The agents come up against Professor Turner and his sidekick Midas – who carries some of the most deadly diseases known to man.

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

New series. Richard Macer spends six months at Wales’s oldest department store, JT Morgan in Swansea, as it faces a struggle for survival. It needs a good Christmas to secure the jobs of nearly 80 people.

Radio

The Three Stooges: Movie Maniacs – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Comedy writer and historian Glenn Mitchell profiles The Three Stooges, one of the most energetic and durable acts in show business. He documents the career as Stooges for comedian Ted Healy in the 1920s, through to the early work at MGM, the Columbia shorts, and their feature films and TV appearances.

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.