Catch-up: W/C 8th March 2010

by Modculture 8 March, 2010

Madmen

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

Mad Men (7/13) – Series three. Seven Twenty Three. Don secures the Hilton deal, but is unsettled when Connie insists that he sign a contract. Betty's neighbours coax her into meeting with Henry Francis once more. (Available until:10:49pm Wednesday 10th March 2010)

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Bellamy's People (7/8) – 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 11th March 2010)

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Film: The Lives of Others (2006) – Drama starring Ulrich Muhe, Sebastian Koch and Martina Gedeck. In 1980s East Berlin, a devoted Stasi agent is ordered to bug the apartment of a socialist playwright who is suspected of disloyalty to the state. In German with subtitles. (Available until: 5:29am Thursday 11th March 2010)

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Paws, Claws and Videotape – Hugh Dennis meets the human co-stars of the animal kingdom's most popular entertainers, discovering what it was like to work with the likes of Flipper, Skippy, Lassie and Clarence the Cross-eyed Lion. (Available until: 2:54am Friday 12th March 2010)

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Heavy Metal Britannia – Tracing the genre's emergence in the 1960s, pioneered by groups including Black Sabbath, through to the new wave of bands that reinvigorated metal in the late 1970s. (Available until:10:29pm Friday 12th March 2010)

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Heavy Metal Britannia at the BBC – A compilation of some memorable performances from BBC shows, including heavy metal bands Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Motorhead. (Available until:10:59pm Friday 12th March 2010)

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Bruce in Vegas – Britain's top song-and-dance man Bruce Forsyth goes in search of the Rat Pack, Elvis and Liberace. (Available until:6:59pm Saturday 13th March 2010)

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A Kick in the Head – the Lure of Las Vegas – Both the city of dreams and the last chance saloon, the gambling capital has enough neon-lit oddities to make it a piece of pop art. Alan Yentob takes a tour and hears from the old stagers who recall the Rat Pack days of Frank and Dino, as he ponders what our tough times may hold for the sin City of the desert. Film director Mike Figgis and Killers frontman Brandon Flowers are among the interviewees. (Available until:9:14pm Saturday 13th March 2010)

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Legends: Dennis Wilson – the Real Beach Boy – Documentary exploring the career of the former drummer, who enjoyed success in the 1960s with the Beach Boys and released solo album Pacific Ocean Blue – before his life was cut short when he drowned in 1983 at the age of 39. The programme features archive footage and interviews with fellow band members Al Jardine and David Marks, and Foo Fighters star Taylor Hawkins. (Available until:11:29pm Saturday 13th March 2010)

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Film: In the Loop (2009)
– Political comedy based on the BBC TV sitcom The Thick of It. With war in the Middle East seemingly on the cards, naive junior minister Simon Foster incurs the wrath of the prime minister's cynical director of communications. (Available until:11:44pm Sunday 14th March 2010)

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Rise Up: Reggae Star – Documentary following three aspiring reggae musicians in Jamaica as they fight to rise up out of obscurity, attempting to forge a successful career for themselves in a society abundantly rich in talent but poor in opportunity. (Available until:10:29pm Tuesday 30th March 2010)

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Radio

6 Music Plays It Again – Tighten Up – The Story of Trojan Records – Don Letts presents a four part series celebrating the influential UK-based record label that helped Jamaican music reach a wider audience. Trojan Records is known as reggae's Motown and had a huge hand in introducing Jamaican music to the British public. In it's hey-day of the late 60's to the mid 70's, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series, and launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marica, and Dave and Ansel Collins. The huge volume of records they released in this period made the name Trojan synonymous with classic rocksteady and reggae cuts. In 1970 alone, Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records.
This series tells not just the story of Trojan Records, but also reveals how Jamaican music arrived in the UK. Discover how it all began with Duke Reid's Trojan sound system in Jamaica, and how the influx of young Jamaicans into post-war Britain kickstarted a reggae scene in the UK. Find out how the British skinheads then made ska and reggae popular in the British charts (when the BBC wasn't listening!) and how the music adapted to UK tastes to become number one sellers. We reveal why the whole empire inexplicably came crashing down too, only for punk and Two-Tone to give it a resurgence, helping confirm Trojan as one of the coolest and most important labels for reggae music.

With contributions from Ken Boothe, Bunny Lee, BB Seaton, Derrick Harriot, Dandy Livingstone, John Holt, Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Bob Andy, Derrick Morgan and many more.

Part one. (Available until: 12:32am Tuesday 9th March 2010)
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Part two. (Available until: 12:32am Wednesday 10th March 2010)
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Part three. (Available until: 12:32am Thursday 11th March 2010)
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Part four. (Available until: 12:32am Friday 12th March 2010)
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Book of the Week: Just Kids
– Patti Smith reads from her new memoir about life in New York in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Part one. (Available until: 12:50am Tuesday 9th March 2010)
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Part two. (Available until: 12:50am Wednesday 10th March 2010)
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Part three. (Available until: 12:50am Thursday 11th March 2010)
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Part four. (Available until: 12:50am Friday 12th March 2010)
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five. (Available until: 12:50am Saturday 13th March 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 13th March 2010)
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The Saturday Play: Vincent Price and the Horror of the English Bloodbeast
– In 1967, Vincent Price came to the UK to make the horror movie Witchfinder General. It was the best performance of his career, but the worst few months of his life as the young director, Michael Reeves, took an instant dislike to him. Matthew Broughton's play is a lively look behind the scenes of this classic British movie. (Available until: 3:32pm Saturday 13th March 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 13th March 2010)

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Archive on 4: Hate against Hope -  London's East End was a focus of racial tension in the 1930s when Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts paraded through the largely Jewish streets around Brick Lane. Trouble flared again in the 70s and 80s, this time when Bangladeshi immigrants faced opposition from the National Front. Alan Dein traces the street violence of this period and efforts of the local community to forge links with anti-fascist activists that culminated in large-scale movements such as Rock against Racism. (Available until: 9:02pm Saturday 13th March 2010)

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Portraying the Poor – in Film and TV (2/2)
– From Saturday Night and Sunday Morning to Big Brother, Paul Mason investigates how working-class life has been portrayed in cinema and on the small screen. With contributions by Ken Loach, Donna Franceschild, Anthony Wonke and John Jewell. (Available until: 2:02pm Sunday 14th March 2010)

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