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Retro TV W/C 29th January 2010

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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 29th January to Thursday 4th February 2010.

Highlight of the week

The first of a four-part series Latin Music USA starts on BBC 4 this week (Friday 29th, 9pm. Repeated Sunday 31st, 10pm), revealing the deep musical and social impact of Latin music in the USA. The massive success of Santana's innovative Latin-blues at the Woodstock Festival leads back in time to the first Cuban immigrants arriving, with their Afro-Cuban music, into the States. Using feature film clips, rare archive and location filming, the programme reveals how Afro-Cuban music has impacted – since early last century – on jazz, pop rhythms and dance styles.

From Cuban rumba to New York mambo, Latin music enthralled 1950s America, challenging racial attitudes and changing the stereotypes projected in movies like West Side Story. It influenced Hollywood, TV sitcoms and 60s rock 'n' roll, as the Beatles and many American R&B bands absorbed Latin rhythms into the wider worlds of rock music, fashion and culture. Featuring Carlos Santana, Cachao, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie and the greatest names in Afro-Cuban music.

Friday 29th January

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
Bodie refuses to believe a former SAS friend has joined an Italian terrorist group.

Latin Music USA (1/4) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Exploring the genre's influence on America's social and musical landscapes, and its effects on the immigrants working in the country. The programme begins by examining the impact made by Carlos Santana at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, which helped take the Latin sound to a mainstream audience.

Film: If… (1968) – Film4. 1.05am – 3.15am
Lindsay Anderson's striking allegorical drama about a rebellion in a stuffy public school. Starring Malcolm McDowell and David Wood.

Film: Repulsion (1965) – BBC 2. 1.40am – 3.25am
Director Roman Polanski's psychological thriller starring Catherine Deneuve. A  young Belgian woman, living in Kensington, London, becomes dangerously unbalanced.

Radio

Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 12Midnight – 3.00am
Veteran R&B singer Geno Washington performs a live session.

Saturday 30th January

TV

Film: Brighton Rock (1949) – Dave. 10.00am – 12Noon
Classic British thriller from the Boulting brothers starring Richard Attenborough as Pinkie Brown, a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course.

Film: Doctor in Clover (1965) – Film4. 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Comedy starring Leslie Phillips. Dr Gaston Grimsdyke's keen interest in nurses soon puts him in the bad books of bombastic surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt.
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. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 31st January

TV

Duets: The Andy Williams Show -  BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A selection of the veteran performer's duets recorded during his decade-long run as host of a weekly variety show on the American network NBC. Featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Judy Garland and Ray Charles.

Latin Music USA (1/4) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm (Repeated 2.25am)
Exploring the genre's influence on America's social and musical landscapes, and its effects on the immigrants working in the country. The programme begins by examining the impact made by Carlos Santana at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, which helped take the Latin sound to a mainstream audience.

Mad Men (1/13) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.45pm
New series. Out of Town: Sal and Don take a trip to Baltimore, and Lane Pryce, the financial officer, hits upon a novel way to assess the merits of Pete and ken.

Mad Men (2/13) – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.35am
New series. Love Among the Ruins: Don's father-in-law pays a visit to see his daughter's family.

Monday 1st February

Radio

A Man Like Curtis (4/4) – 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. He concludes with a look at the dreadful accident that left him paralysed and considers Mayfield's legacy.

Tuesday 2nd February

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur dabbles in the world of nouvelle cuisine.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.40pm
Double bill of the classic comedy. Dennis's first task as gaffer is to pick up a valuable bath.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (3/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
New series. The acid-tongued TV critic takes a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media.

Mad Men (1/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
New series. Out of Town: Sal and Don take a trip to Baltimore, and Lane Pryce, the financial officer, hits upon a novel way to assess the merits of Pete and ken.

Mad Men (2/13) – BBC 2. 12.10am – 12.55am
New series. Love Among the Ruins: Don's father-in-law pays a visit to see his daughter's family.

Wednesday 3rd February

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
Arthur dabbles in the world of nouvelle cuisine.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A pair of criminals execute a wages snatch.

Mad Men (3/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.35pm
New series. My Old Kentucky Home. Roger throws a Kentucky Derby party at his country club, but Don is left cold by the occasion. Joan discovers secrets about her husband from the wives of his colleagues, and an old friend embarrasses Paul.

Film: If… (1968) – Film4. 12.40am – 2.55am
Lindsay Anderson's striking allegorical drama about a rebellion in a stuffy public school. Starring Malcolm McDowell and David Wood.

Thursday 4th February

TV

Bellamy's People (3/8) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
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 leaves his studio to meet some of his callers. Featuring Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Felix Dexter, Lucy Montgomery and Simon Day.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (3/6) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
New series. The acid-tongued TV critic takes a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media.