Catch-up: W/C 22nd February 2010

by Modculture 22 February, 2010

Catchup

Barry Murphy picks out the best of the week's TV and radio on the various catch-up services in the UK. All programmes are listed in date order and please note: Only available to UK residents.

TV

Oliver Postgate – a Life in Small Films – The life and work of Bagpuss and Clangers creator Oliver Postgate, with contributions from the animator's family and his colleague Peter Firmin. (Available until: 8:59pm Tuesday 23rd February 2010)

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Mad Men (5/13) – Series three. The Fog. Betty goes to the hospital to give birth, but experiences strange dreams when she is placed under anaesthetic. Duck tries to lure Pete and Peggy to his new firm. (Available until: 10:44pm Wednesday 24th February 2010)

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Bellamy's People (5/8) – 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.  (Available until: 10:29pm Thursday 25th February 2010)

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Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (5/6) – The acid-tongued TV critic takes a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media. (Available until: 1:24am Friday 26th February 2010)

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Latin Music USA (4/4) – Documentary exploring how Cuban immigrants in Miami popularised the genre, creating a crossover pop sound that launched it into the mainstream. Featuring a look at how Latin songs began cropping up in everything from TV show Miami Vice to the film Scarface.  (Available until: 9:59pm Friday 26th February 2010)

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Skippy: Australia's First Superstar – After its initial domestic airing in the late 1960s, 128 countries bought the rights to air Australian children's TV series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. This documentary discovers the tremendous impact the programme had on its young viewers, while surviving cast members discuss their experience of working with the show's stars. (Available until: 11:29pm Friday 26th February 2010)

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Film: The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) – Screen version of Private Eye's comic strip, starring Barry Croker and Barry Humphries and featuring Spike Milligan and Peter Cook. On his first visit to England, crass Australian stand-up comic Barry McKenzie encounters a string of bizarre characters. (Available until: 1:14am Saturday 27th February 2010)

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Storyville: The Most Dangerous Man in America – Documentary about leading Vietnam War strategist Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 concluded the war was based on decades of lies, and leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to the New York Times. (Available until: 9:29pm Thursday 18th March 2010)

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Radio

Smokey at 70 – To mark Smokey Robinson's 70th birthday this coming Friday, Johnnie Walker talks to the Motown legend about his life and his career as singer, songwriter and producer. (Available until: 11:32pm Monday 22nd February 2010)

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6 Music Plays It Again – Bigger than Jesus – On 4 March 1966 the Evening Standard published an interview between Maureen Cleave and John Lennon entitled How Does A Beatle Live? In the course of a description of the Beatle's everyday life in Weybridge, Cleave quoted Lennon as saying: "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that. I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now. I don't know which will go first – rock 'n' roll or Christianity." The interview caused little controversy on publication in England, where it was regarded as just another example of the waning relevance of the church for the younger generation. But when it was reprinted in an American magazine four months later, on the eve of a Beatles tour of the States, it caused outrage and the Beatles' American tour of 1966 took place against a background of death threats and fear.

Paul McGann tells the story of this extraordinary event and its aftermath. It's a story of fame, the mass media, pop music and religion, of two cultures clashing. Illustrated with contemporary sound archive, listeners will hear from those who were in the Beatles' inner circle at the time and from those who protested against them. Contributors include Maureen Cleave who conducted the original interview with Lennon; the Alabama DJs who burned Beatle records in protest; Cynthia Lennon, who helped Lennon sort the sacks of mail that arrived at their Weybridge home; press officers Tony Bramwell and Tony Barrow; Barry Tashian, whose group The Remains were the support act on the Beatles' stormy tour of North America; Lennon biographer Ray Connolly; and legendary rock 'n' roll PR (and former Lennon publicist) BP Fallon.

Part one. (Available until: 12:32am Thursday 25th February 2010)

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Part two. (Available until: 12:32am Friday 26th February 2010)

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Sounds of the 60s – Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks. (Available until: 10:02am Saturday 27th February 2010)

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And the Academy Award Goes to… (1/3) – The Deer Hunter. Paul Gambaccini tells how the film The Deer Hunter, starring Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken, came to win the Oscar for best picture of 1978 at the Academy Awards. (Available until: 11:02am Saturday 27th February 2010)

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The Funk and Soul Show – 3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles. (Available until: 10:02pm Saturday 27th February 2010)

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