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Retro TV W/C 15th January 2010

Bellamy

Barry Murphy returns once more to trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don't have to), finding anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 15th January to Thursday 21st January 2010.

Highlights of the week

Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson reunite for their first television collaboration in 10 years with Bellamy's People (BBC 2. Thursday 21st, 10pm), taking the massively successful BBC Radio 4 show Down The Line to the small screen. Hapless radio talk show host Gary Bellamy jumps into his Triumph Stag 'personality vehicle' and travels the length and breadth of the land meeting the people of Britain and trying to find out what makes them tick. Paul and Charlie are joined by a talented ensemble of players, including Rhys Thomas, Lucy Montgomery, Simon Day and Felix Dexter, to take on a gamut of quintessentially British characters, including a 23-stone man who rarely leaves his bed; a pair of aristocratic sisters with an unhealthy love of totalitarian regimes; a barely reformed celebrity criminal; Christians, Muslims; and a host of other characters that make up modern Britain.

Also this week Charlie Brooker returns to wring more laughs from our hilariously troubled world in a second series of Newswipe (BBC 4. Tuesday 19th, 10.30pm. Repeated Thursday 21st, 10pm). In the first show he looks at some of the scariest news stories ever and how the media have reported them.

Friday 15th January

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A South American president's son is shot.

Neil Sedaka: That's When the Music Takes Me – BBC 4. 9.00pm – -10.00pm
New. Documentary exploring the life and career of the musician who had a string of hits during the 1960s including Calendar Girl and Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – and when his popularity waned he then turned to writing songs for other artists. Featuring contributions by Connie Francis, Graham Gouldman, Jay Siegel and Don Kirshner.

Jazz 625-Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – BBC 4. 10.45pm – 11.25pm
A performance by the bebop drummer Art Blakey and his group from 1965.

…Sings The Beatles – BBC 2. 11.05pm – 12.05am

A look back through the BBC's archives at memorable covers of classic Beatles songs. Included are a performance of Day Tripper by Sandie Shaw, The Carpenters' rendition of Help!, the reinvention of I Am the Walrus by Oasis and Joe Cocker's chart-topping interpretation of With a Little Help From my Friends. Plus Paul McCartney's solo performance of Lady Madonna.

Jazz 625-Modern Jazz Quartet – BBC 4. 11.25pm – 12Midnight
A performance by the group with guest Laurindo Almeida.

Mad Men (13/13) – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.45am
Series two. Betty finds out that she is pregnant.

Film: Fahrenheit 451 (1966) – ITV 1. 2.05am – 3.55am

Sci-fi drama directed by Francois Truffaut, starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner. In an unspecified country, in an indeterminate future, readers are persecuted and the function of firemen is to burn books.

Saturday 16th January

TV

Film: Brannigan (1975) – Five. 5.45pm – 7.50pm
Crime drama set in London, starring John Wayne and Judy Geeson. When tough Chicago cop Jim Brannigan crosses the Atlantic in search of a notorious crook he finds the British police resent his unconventional methods.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Arthur loses his grip on reality.

Film: The Entertainer (1960) – BBC 2. 1.20am – 3.00am
Tony Richardson directs the film version of the John Osborne play starring Laurence Olivier. Vaudeville actor Archie Rice exploits his family to sustain a solid belief in his own success.

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.

Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 2.00am

Includes a set by Black Joe Lewis.

Sunday 17th January

TV

Film: Up Pompeii (1971) – ITV 3. 9.40am – 11.25am
Comedy starring Frankie Howerd. Lurcio, slave to the Senator Ludicrus Sextus, unwittingly intercepts a scroll containing details of a plot against Emperor Nero.

Film: Gambit (1966) – ITV 1.11.40am – 1.45pm
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: Carry On Screaming (1966) – ITV 3. 3.15pm – 5.15pm
Comedy starring Kenneth Williams and Harry H Corbett. DS Bung investigates a doctor who is carrying out sinister experiments.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 6.25pm – 6.55pm

Rigsby decides to repent for his sins at the urging of his latest lodger.

Film: McQ (1974) – Five. 6.45pm – 9.00pm
Thriller starring John Wayne. A maverick cop swears to bring his partner's killers to justice. However, he hasn't counted on a deadly conspiracy involving drugs and corruption within the police force.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan gets involved when his daughter is kidnapped.

Film: The Gauntlet (1977) – ITV 4. 9.05pm – 11.25pm
Action crime drama directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Alcoholic policeman Ben Stockley is sent from Phoenix to Las Vegas with orders to bring back a prisoner who is to testify against senior police officers in court.

Monday 18th January

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Regan gets involved when his daughter is kidnapped.

Neil Sedaka: That's When the Music Takes Me – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Documentary exploring the life and career of the musician who had a string of hits during the 1960s including Calendar Girl and Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – and when his popularity waned he then turned to writing songs for other artists. Featuring contributions by Connie Francis, Graham Gouldman, Jay Siegel and Don Kirshner.

Radio

A Man Like Curtis (2/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Lenny Kravitz celebrates "Chicago soul" giant Curtis Mayfield (1942 – 99), whose falsetto delivery defined the sound of R&B hitmakers The Impressions and whose 1970s solo career include Move On Up, Freddie's Dead and Superfly.The second episode, Move On Up, looks at Curtis' protest songs, chart success and his "blaxploitation" theme Superfly.

Tuesday 19th January

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Ray guards a valuable racing pigeon.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.35pm

Double bill of the classic comedy. A vengeful Grainger gets his comeuppance.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (1/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
New series. The acid-tongued TV critic returns with a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media, beginning with a peek at some of the scariest stories ever covered.

The Man Who Shot the 60s – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.00pm

Brian Duffy was one of the greatest photographers of his generation. Along with David Bailey and Terence Donovan he defined the image of the 1960s and was as famous as the stars he photographed. Then suddenly in the 1970s he disappeared from view and burned all his negatives. With the first ever exhibition of his work due, Duffy has agreed to be filmed to talk about his life, his work and why he made it all go up in flames.

Wednesday 20th January

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Ray guards a valuable racing pigeon.

Flight of The Conchords – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Series one. murray hires a bongo player to join the duo – which does not go down well with Jemaine and Bret.

Film: Easy Rider (1969) – Five USA – 11.10pm – 1.00am

Cult road movie starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson.

Thursday 21st January

TV

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
New series. Verity Sharp is at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, which is playing tribute to the influential songwriter Nick Drake who died in 1974 aged 26.

Bellamy's People (1/8) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
New series. The satirical Radio 4 comedy series Down the Line, in which Rhys Thomas plays phone-show host DJ Gary Bellamy, transfers to the small screen as he
leaches his studio to meet some of his callers. Featuring Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Felix Dexter, Lucy Montgomery and Simon Day.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (1/6) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
New series. The acid-tongued TV critic returns with a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media, beginning with a peek at some of the scariest stories ever covered.