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Retro TV W/C 9th January 2009

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 9th January to Thursday 15th January 2009.

Highlight of the week

On TV this week, there’s an extended repeat of Martin Freeman’s Motown special in The Culture Show (BBC 2. Friday 9th,11.35pm). BBC 4 continues with its Style on Trial strand this week including All the Young Dudes: Pop and Fashion (Thursday 15th, 9pm), in which writer Paul Morley embarks on a fashion journey, seeking out the pop stars who influenced his style, followed by Style on Trial: the 1960s (Thursday 15th, 10pm) examining the defining fashions of the swinging decade.

On radio this week, the rise of the hemline and birth of the mini-skirt is discussed in The Shock of the Knee (BBC Radio 4. Saturday 10th, 10.30am), while BBC Radio 2’s excellent season celebrating Motown’s 50th anniversary continues with documentaries exploring the many artists left behind when Motown left Detroit in 1972 in Motown Season: Motorcity Blues (Saturday 10th, 7pm) and the Detroit labels star-studded 21-day UK tour of 1965 in the first part of The Motown Invasion (Tuesday 13th, 10.30pm). Also continuing this week are the second episodes of Hitsville USA: 50 Years of Heart and Soul (Monday 12th, 11.30pm) and Smokey Robinson’s tribute to soul legend Marvin Gaye, Stubborn Kind of Fella (Tuesday 13th, 11.30pm).

Friday 9th January


Film: Carry On Cleo (1964) – ITV 3. 3.30pm – 5.20pm
Comedy starring Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Amanda Barrie. Mark Anthony falls for Cleopatra’s charms and together they plot against Julius Caesar.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Hopkirk is certain he has witnessed a murder, even though the victim turns out to be still alive.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Cowley works for the police, and Henry Loughlin’s identity is questioned.

Guitar Heroes at the BBC – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Compilation of performances from a host of TV programmes from 1969 to 1981.

Les Paul Chasing Sound – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.55pm
The American jazz guitarist and father of the solid-body electric guitar narrates his own life story, to a soundtrack of his greatest hits.

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.20am
This extended edition of last Tuesdays show, marking the 50th anniversary of Motown Records, sees actor and Motown devotee Martin Freeman making the trip of a lifetime to Detroit, and then Los Angeles, to meet some of the label’s biggest stars – among them, Duke Fakir of the Four Tops, Otis Williams, Martha Reeves and Mary Wilson, as well as Marlon, Tito and Jackie from the Jackson Five.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – BBC 2. 11.55pm – 12.25am
Review of the Year – Charlie reviews the very best and worst of 2008 and reflects on all the big issues, the trends the emerged and what can we expect next year.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 12.25am – 1.20am
To Catch a Rat. A man pushed from a trapeze and an old radio message lead the team back into the Cold War.

Guitar Heroes on Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 4. 1.20am – 2.20am
Performances by guitar players in the Later studio, including Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.

Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott’s – BBC 4. 2.20am – 3.20am
A unique concert from the legendary Ronnie Scott’s club filmed over five nights. Beck performs with Joss Stone, Imogen Heap and Eric Clapton.

Saturday 10th January


Film: The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) – Five. 11.30am – 1.15pm
Surreal children’s fantasy starring Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy. A young boy dreams he is chased into a weird piano teacher’s lair. Co-written by Dr Seuss.

Film: Brannigan (1975) – Five. 6.15pm – 8.10pm
Crime drama starring John Wayne, Richard Attenborough and Judy Geeson. A tough Chicago cop goes to London to apprehend a criminal trying to avoid extradition.

Ozwald Boateng: Why Style Matters – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The Savile Row menswear designer examines his relationship with style. Part of the Style on Trial strand.

Style on Trial (1/6) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Examining the defining fashions of different decades, beginning with the 1940s.

Film: Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Film4. 10.45pm – 1.25am
Mia Farrow stars in Roman Polanski’s horror as the wife of John Cassavetes who becomes pregnant but discovers that the true father may be not of this world.

Legends: Roy Orbison – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Roy Orbison, this programme celebrates the musician’s life and career. Featuring interviews with his widow and manager Barbara Orbison and stars such as Bill Wyman, Bernie Taupin, Robin Gibb and, predictably, rent-a-gobshites Elvis Costello and Bono.


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

The Shock of the Knee – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
In 1959, Yves Saint Laurent’s Dior collection rocked the fashion scene when it exposed the knee in its evening-wear range. Britain was watching hemlines rise to the point where the mini-skirt was born. Recalling this time of innovation, fashion writer Colin McDowell talks to Mary Quant among others, and wonders if women’s clothes will ever be as shocking again.

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

Motown Season: Motorcity Blues – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Continuing Radio 2’s 50th anniversary Motown celebrations, Pete Mitchell travels to Detroit, where throughout the 1960s America’s greatest automobile and soul-pop industries flourished side by side until 1972, when Berry Gordy took his hits machine out of the Motor City and went west to Los Angeles . Mitchell tracks down the many artists left behind when Motown left Detroit in 1972, and talks to Mary Wilson, The Marvelettes, The Velvelettes, The Contours, Kim Weston, Dennis Coffey and Uriel Jones (of session band The Funk Brothers), Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Otis Williams and others.

Sunday 11th January


Film: Blazing Saddles (1974) – Five. 10.45pm – 12.35am
Classic spoof western starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder. Sheriff Bart fights prejudice and corruption to save the little town of Rock Ridge from wicked speculator Hedley Lamarr.

Monday 12th January


The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A former agent sets out to murder his ex-chiefs, leaving Bodie and Doyle to try to protect them.       

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The start of terrestrial repeats of Brooker’s latest series. In this – the first programme, he takes a well-aimed hatchet to the world of advertising, providing a potted history and insight into the changing psychological approach to shifting products. 


Viva Latino! (2/3) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
New series presented by Latin specialist John Armstrong, showcasing the genre’s range of sounds.

Hitsville USA: 50 Years of Heart and Soul (2/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
New. As part of Radio 2’s season celebrating 50 years of Motown, Pete Mitchell explores the label’s myths and legacy. In this edition legendary writer/producers Brian Holland and Eddie Holland talk through how to write a hit record. With further input by Smokey Robinson, The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves, Abdul "Duke" Fakir and others. Featuring early versions of Motown gems, B-sides and other rarities.

Tuesday 13th January


The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
CI5 investigates a series of murders and find a connection with a deadly terrorist group.

Ready To Wear – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Examining the suit and its role in the notion of masculinity.

Mad Men (10/13) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.15pm
The agency loses a lucrative contract.

Judy, Frank & Dean – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 12.10am
A rare chance to enjoy Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in an unforgettable performance.

Film: If… (1968) – Film4. 12.55am – 3.10am
Lindsay Anderson’s striking allegorical drama about a rebellion in a stuffy public school. Starring Malcolm McDowell and David Wood.


The Motown Invasion (1/2) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Tamla-Motown specialist Adam White rewinds to the spring of 1965 to recall the Detroit labels star-studded 21-day UK tour, which coincided with its official British launch despite having already conquered the charts here in 1964 with smash hits by The Supremes and Mary Wells on its Stateside label. With input from industry veteran Vicki Wickham, former record executives Tony Hall and John Schroeder, and, from the archives Smokey Robinson and John Lennon. Plus early Motown hits and tasty rarities.

Stubborn Kind of Fella: Remembering Marvin Gaye (2/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear Smokey Robinson in a tribute to soul legend Marvin Gaye, who died by his father’s hand in 1984. This edition explores Gaye’s personal and professional dealings with women, the latter resulting in some of pop’s greatest-ever duets, from Kim Weston to Tammi Terrell.

Wednesday 14th January


Ready To Wear – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
The history of teenage fashion, with a look at the style of teddy boys, mods, rockers and hippies.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A criminal escapes from Chelmsford prison with the hope of getting media help to secure a release date.

Savile Row (1/3) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Documentary series, filmed over 12 months, following the fortunes of bespoke tailors on the famous Mayfair street. This first episode charts the incumbents’ reaction to the arrival on the street of off-the-peg upstart Abercrombie & Fitch.

Seven Photographs That Changed Fashion – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (repeated 12.50am)
New. Photographer Rankin recreates seven of his favourite fashion images to show how they communicate a vision of reality.

Style on Trial: the 1950s (2/6) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Examining the defining fashions of the decade. Episode three is tomorrow at 10pm.

Film: Blowup (1966) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.50am
Michelangelo Antonioni’s swinging sixties thriller starring David Hemmings. A man finds his world shattered when he apparently witnesses – and photographs – a murder.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 11.35pm – 12.45am
A woman carrying on an illicit affair learns that she has been targeted by a 300-year-old witch.

Thursday 15th January


The New Avengers –  BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
A criminal is followed upon his release from prison.

All the Young Dudes: Pop and Fashion – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. Writer Paul Morley embarks on a fashion journey, seeking out the pop stars who influenced his style, including Slade, Joy Division and Tricky.

Style on Trial: the 1960s (3/6) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
New. Examining the defining fashions of  the 1960s.

Men, Women and Clothes (2/4) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.15pm
Exploring the purpose of outfits for formal occasions, and how they can signify the emotions, as well as the social standing, of the wearer.

The Look (2/6) – BBC 4. 11.15pm – 12.05am
Scenting Money. Continuing the exploration of the fashion industry, looking at the importance of marketing, franchising and licensing.


Mark Lamarr’s Alternative Sixties – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Hard-core music enthusiast Mark Lamarr showcases obscure 1960s recordings, from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul and R&B.

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