Cool Retro TV W/C 6th October

by Modculture 6 October, 2006

Solomonburkepic Barry Murphy once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 6th October to Thursday 12th October.

Highlights of the Week:

Terrestrial: Solomon Burke (pictured): Everybody Needs Somebody. Friday 6th October. BBC 2. 11.35pm 

Freeview: The Soul of Stax. Sunday 8th October. Community Channel (Freeview 087). 6.30am

Radio: Blues to the Bone: the Life of Etta James. Friday 6th October. BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm

Friday 6th October

TV

Jake Thackray: on the Box – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The singer/songwriter’s TV career, which saw him perform on The Frost Report and That’s Life!

Jake Thackray: His Songs – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
A profile of the Leeds troubadour who wrote and recorded several albums of songs, poetry and stories.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
It’s horticultural hell for Steed and Mrs Peel.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.30pm – 12.40am
Another double bill of the classic series. In the first, A man seeks advice from his sponging friend on how to woo his boss’s daughter. In the second, a doctor is suspected of murder.

Solomon Burke: Everybody Needs Somebody – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
The eventful rollercoaster life of the soul star from Philadelphia. Bill Wyman, Tom Jones and Jools Holland contribute.

Jonathan Ross’s Japanorama (5/6) – BBC 3. 11.35pm – 12.05am
How the Samurai spirit has influenced sumo beetles and high-kicking schoolgirls.

Radio

Blues to the Bone: the Life of Etta James (1/3) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Candi Staton presents a profile of R & B, blues and jazz singer Etta James, whose turbulent life has found soulful expression in over 50 years of recordings. With input from Etta James, Johnny Otis and others.

The Funk & Soul Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of the best funk, soul and blues. Essential.

Alfie (2/7) – BBC Radio 2. 9.15pm – 9.30pm
Nick Moran reads a version of Bill Naughton’s 1962 play. Alfie and Gilda respond to the unplanned birth of their son.

Saturday 7th October

TV

Film: Blindfold (1966) – Five. 2.40pm – 4.35pm
Offbeat comedy mystery starring Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale. When a fashionable New York psychiatrist is approached on a matter of national security, is he being told the truth or having the wool pulled over his eyes? And what part does the glamorous dancer Vicky play in anyone’s plans?

The Culture Show (2/12) – BBC 2. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
Kicking off BBC 2’s Monty Python night, Michael Palin discusses the publication of his diaries and his part in one of the most influential comedy troupes. Eddie Izzard, Vic Reeves, the creators of South Park, and Chris Addison pay tribute.

TOTP2 – (2/12) BBC 2. 9.00pm – 9.30pm
More archive sounds from the TOTP vaults.

It’s… the Monty Python Story – BBC 2. 9.30pm – 10.20pm
In the first of a Python double bill, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam discuss the roots of their bizarre humour. Devotees Robin Williams, Kevin Kline and Frank Skinner are among those paying tribute. Eddie Izzard hosts.

Film: Funeral in Berlin (1966) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.00am
Spy drama starring Michael Caine as agent Harry Palmer.

Omnibus: Life of Python – BBC 2. 10.20pm – 11.15pm
The story of Python, from early TV performances, through the creative battles of the series to its eventual break-up. John Lloyd presents.

Jake Thackray: on the Box – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.35am (Repeat)
The singer/songwriter’s TV career, which saw him perform on The Frost Report and That’s Life!

Film: Brazil (1985) – BBC 2. 11.45pm – 2.00am
Concluding Python night, Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi fantasy. Sam Lowry’s flights of fantasy lift him from the drab reality of his job at the Ministry of Information. Then a mistake in the system plummets Sam into a nightmare world of renegade heating engineers, storm troupers, terrorists and torturers.

Film: Who? (1974) – ITV 4. 12.00am – 1.50am (Sun am)
Sci-fi thriller starring Elliott Gould and Trevor Howard.

Jake Thackray: His Songs – BBC 4. 12.35am – 1.05am (Repeat)
A profile of the Leeds troubadour who wrote and recorded several albums of songs, poetry and stories.

Radio

Sounds of the 60’s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Johnnie Walker stands in for Brian Matthew. Two hours of hits, B-sides and album tracks.

Freak Out! The Frank Zappa Story – BBC Radio 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
To mark the 40th anniversary of his first album, Freak Out, Germaine Greer tells Zappa’s story. Contributors include Gail Zappa, son Dweezil, ace guitarist Steve Vai, family friend and author Peter Occhiogrosso, and chief executive of the Britten Sinfonia, David Butcher.

The Funk & Soul Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Sunday 8th October

TV

The Soul of Stax – Community Channel (Freeview Ch. 087) 6.30am – 7.45am
One to set the video/DVD for, I can’t find much info about this apart from the channels own listing: The pure, emotional sound of soul music is one of the most enduring manifestations of Black American politics in the sixties and early seventies. Memphis, Macon & Muscle Shoals on the USA Stax label. Repeated Tuesday 7.15am.

Film: Funeral in Berlin (1966) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Spy drama starring Michael Caine as agent Harry Palmer.

Jonathan Ross’s Japanorama (5/6) – BBC 3. 11.55pm – 12.25am
High kicking action with Kill Bill star Chiaki Kuriyama.

Monday 9th October

Nothing

Tuesday 10th October

TV

The Soul of Stax – Community Channel (Freeview Ch. 087) 7.15am – 8.30am
One to set the video/DVD for, I can’t find much info about this apart from the channels own listing: The pure, emotional sound of soul music is one of the most enduring manifestations of Black American politics in the sixties and early seventies. Memphis, Macon & Muscle Shoals on the USA Stax label.   

UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Straker arrives at SHADO HQ to find a traitor has caused time to stand still.

Film: Get Carter (1971) – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
The classic British crime thriller starring Michael Caine as the tough London gangster who goes North to investigate the mysterious death of his brother.

BBC 1 Sessions: Corrine Bailey Rae – BBC 1. 11.05pm – 11.45pm
In an intimate performance at LSO St Luke’s in London, the mellifluous Mobo Award-winner sings tracks from her highly successful debut album alongside tracks by Led Zeppelin and Aretha Franklin.

Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace – Channel 4. 12.05am – 1.10am (Weds am)
Welcome double bill repeat showing of the tongue-in-cheek supernatural medical drama. (3/6) Something long dead is reborn on B wing. (4/6) A terrible sickness spreads from ward to ward as humans regress to a primal state.

Wednesday 11th October

Radio

Supreme Girl Power (3/3) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Angie Stone celebrates the Supremes, the Motown hits trio that dominated the American pop charts like no other native act during the 1960s. The story concludes with a look at the privileged status they enjoyed at Motown, and the search, in late 1969, for a singer who could replace retiring Supreme and upcoming solo star Diana Ross. With input from Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong. 

Thursday 12th October

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Three agents of Nemesis are granted miraculous powers by a mysterious stranger after they crash-land in Tibet.

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Fab sounds from the archives.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Steed’s number appears to be up.

Jonathan Ross’s Japanorama (6/6) – BBC 3. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Jonathan travels to Hello Kitty land as he explores the concept of "kawaii" or cuteness.

Radio

Paul Jones –  BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.   

  • eileen

    Have you any videos of Jake Thackray in his Thats Life days, would love to see them