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Retro TV W/C 9th 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 Saturday 9th December to Thursday 14th January 2010.

Highlights of the week

The television highlight this week has to be the new documentary The Man Who Shot the 60s (BBC 4. Wednesday 13th, 9pm and 12.45am. Repeated Thursday 14th, 11pm). 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.

On the radio this week Phil Daniels presents a look back at the Mod movement in Mods! (BBC Radio 4. Saturday 9th,8p), exploring its beginnings in the Soho underground of the late 1950s through to the seafront clashes with the Rockers in the 1960s, and examining the Mods' influence on music, film, fashion and popular culture.

Also repeated this week is the first part of four part radio documentary A Man Like Curtis (Radio 2. Monday 11th, 11.30pm), in which Lenny Kravitz celebrates "Chicago soul" giant Curtis Mayfield (1942 – 99). The first episode, People Get Ready, concentrates on Curtis' early musical influences from 50s to 65: gospel beginnings, writing songs for Jerry Butler, and early Impressions' hits.

Finally, Pam Grier, star of Coffy and Foxy Brown, takes us back to the era of the "Blaxploitation" film genre of the 1970s in Super Bad, Super Cool (BBC Radio 2. Saturday 9th, 10.pm). Contributors include Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L Jackson and Dennis Coffey.

Saturday 9th January

TV

Film: Lost Horizon (1973) – Five. 11.10am – 1.50pm
Bizarre early 70s musical remake starring Peter Finch with a score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. A plane carrying a group of evacuees from a revolution in Southern Asia crash-lands in the Himalayas. Voted one of the top fifty worst films of all time.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur is conned.

… Sings Elvis – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
BBC archive performances of artists covering songs by the king of rock 'n' roll, including Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney and John Cale.

Mad Men (7/13) – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 12.40am
Series two. Don buys a car befitting his status on Madison Avenue. Bertram spends a fortune on a piece of art.

Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.40am
Colourful 1973 concert performance by the king which was broadcast live via satellite around the world.

Film: La Vie En Rose (2007) – BBC 4. 12.40am – 2.55am
Biography of Edith Piaf, starring Marion Cotillard. In French with English subtitles.

Film: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969) – Film4. 1.20am – 3.10am

The first sequel to Planet of the Apes starring James Franciscus and Charlton Heston. Deep underground in the forbidden zone, a community of mutant, telepathic humans worship a bomb.

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.

Mods! – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Phil Daniels presents a look back at the Mod movement, exploring its beginnings in the Soho underground of the late 1950s through to the seafront clashes with the Rockers in the 1960s, and examining the Mods' influence on music, film, fashion and popular culture.

Super Bad, Super Cool – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Pam Grier, star of Coffy and Foxy Brown, takes us back to the cinema of the 1970s, when a type of film emerged  – the so called "blaxploitation" movie – that featured all-black casts, great soul, R'n'B and jazzy soundtracks; and characters sporting big afros, and even bigger platform shoes, shooting their way across our screens. Contributors include Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L Jackson, Joel Freeman, Jorge Hinosa, Ashley Walters, Gloria Hendry, Dennis Coffey, Scott Bomar, Lalah Hathaway, Mathieu Bitton, Mary Ramos, Lawrence Bender, and James Hyman.

Sunday 10th January

TV

Film: The Quiller Memorandum (1966) – Film4. 11.00am – 1.00pm
Thriller starring George Segal and Alec Guinness. A secret agent investigates an upsurge of neo-Nazi activity in 1960s Berlin.

Film: The Mouse That Roared (1959) – Five. 1.40pm – 3.20pm
Wry comedy starring Peter Sellers and Jean Seberg. A tiny country faces bankruptcy.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 6.25pm – 6.55pm
Rigsby lets a room to a young couple he believes have just got married.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A routine surveillance assignment leads Regan and Carter to a massive car-parking fraud.

John Lydon: a Culture Show Special – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm

Andrew Graham-Dixon interviews former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon, discussing his youth, his love of Shakespeare and Mozart.

Mad Men (8/13) – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 12.45am
Series two. Betty hosts a dinner party for the directors and their wives.

Monday 11th January

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A routine surveillance assignment leads Regan and Carter to a massive car-parking fraud.

Mad Men (9/13) – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.45am

Series two. The ever eager Pete seizes a chance to exploit an opportunity at the office and Sara Beth proves to be a useful ally for Betty.

Radio

A Man Like Curtis (1/4) – 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 first episode, People Get Ready, concentrates on Curtis' early musical influences from 50s to 65: gospel beginnings, writing songs for Jerry Butler, and early Impressions' hits. The subjects of his songs ranged from simple, tender love songs to broadsides demanding social and political equality.

Tuesday 12th January

TV

Film: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939) – Film4. 11.00am – 12.45pm
Sports murder mystery starring Leslie Banks. When a footballer is murdered, his former mistress and team mates are questioned. Arsene Wenger apparently didn't see the incident.

Minder – ITV 4. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
Arthur and Ray prepare to pay their respects to the late Charlie Johnson.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.35pm
Double bill of the classic comedy. The lads move into a hut on the Chocanaw reservation.

Radio

The Inventor of Rock and Roll: The Alan Freed Story – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Mark Lamarr tells the fascinating story of one of the most influential DJs in pop history, Alan Freed. The programme features contributions from people that were close to Alan including his son Lance. It also includes fascinating archive clips of Freed's original shows including an interview with Buddy Holly.

Wednesday 13th January

TV

The Man Who Shot the 60s – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 12.45am)
New. 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.

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.

Mad Men (11/13) – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1245pm
Series two. Don's work ethic is tested when he arrives in California.

Thursday 14th January

TV

Film: The Gauntlet (1977) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.15am
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.

The Man Who Shot the 60s – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight

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.

Film: Don't Look Now (1973) – ITV 3. 11.05pm – 1.15am
Atmospheric supernatural thriller starring Donald Sutherland. Following the drowning of their daughter, John and Laura Baxter go to Venice where they meet a woman who claims to be able to communicate with the dead child, and are soon drawn towards a mysterious and forbidding fate.

Mad Men (12/13) – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.45am

Series two. Joan introduces her fiance to the office staff.

Film: Sweeney! (1977) – ITV 4. 12.15am – 2.10am
Big screen adaptation of the hit TV show starring John Thaw.