Cool Retro TV W/C 4th August

by Modculture 5 August, 2006

Gimmeshelter
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 4th August to Thursday 10th August.

Highlight of The Week


Maysles Week – BBC 4. Sunday 6th August – Wednesday 9th August

BBC 4 celebrates the work of brothers Albert and David Maysles, two pioneers of documentary filmmaking, with a season of their films. On Sunday, Luke Holland interviews surviving brother Albert, before a rare screening of Meet Marlon Brando, a 25 minute short in which Brando really is Charisma personified. Monday sees the Rolling Stones nightmare concert at Altamont re-lived, Tuesday, the touching study of eccentrics Big and Little Edie in Grey Gardens and Wednesday night ends the week with Salesman, a study of four Bible salesmen touting the good book around Boston and Miami.

Friday 4th August

TV

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 10.50pm – 11.35pm

Another double bill of the classic series.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am

The Murder Market: A marriage bureau offers a deadly service to its wealthier clients, so Steed & Mrs Peel get on its books to investigate.

Radio

The Funk Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
The Funk Show with Eddie Piller – 3 hours of the best funk, soul and blues. The perfect accompaniment to warm weekend evenings.

Saturday 5th August

TV


The Great British Black Invasion: – Channel 4. 7.25pm – 9.25pm

The programme takes a nostalgic look back at the real story of Britain’s black population from the 1950’s to the present day. Starting with the first generation, the programme explores the reasons why people from the Caribbean and Africa came to Britain, the difficulties faced, and how they have influenced culture here.

The Story of Light Entertainment – BBC 2. 9.25pm – 10.55pm
Stephen Fry looks at the impact that radio stars have had on both their own medium and television. The show examines how rock’n’roll and pirate radio led to the birth of Radio 1, the celebrity DJ and egomania. Featuring Dave Lee Travis, Ed Stewart, Mike Smith, Tony Blackburn, Simon Mayo, Jimmy Saville, Simon Dee, Ann Nightingale, David Jensen, Emperor Rosko and Mark Radcliffe.

Laughter in the House: The Story of the British Sitcom – BBC 2. 10.55pm

Julie Waters narrates an Omnibus special telling the story of one of TV’s most popular genres. How has it reflected a changing Britain?   

GBH – More4. 10.10pm – 12.00am

Alan Bleasdale’s Bafta-nominated epic continues. The Nelsons arrive in Wales thinking that they’ve escaped their tormentors, but trouble isn’t far behind. Robert Lindsay and Michael Palin star.

Radio


Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am

Brian Matthew plays two hours of hits, B-sides and album tracks.

The Pickwick Poppers – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
If you grew up in the 1970s, then you probably remember the cheap and cheerful Top of the Pops albums – the ones with the scantily clad women on the front. Produced by the Hallmark label, the albums offered many chart hits for little more than the price of a single. However, these ‘hits’ were actually cover versions. Stuart Maconie talks to the session musicians behind them.

The Funk Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm

3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Sunday 6th August

TV

To Sir, With Love (1967) – Five. 3.10pm – 5.10pm

Classic 60s drama starring Sidney Poitier. Mark Thackeray, an engineer from Guyana, takes a job as a teacher in London’s East End where the pupils are rough and unruly. He attempts to win their respect by practising unconventional teaching methods. A great cast includes Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall, Lulu and the Mindbenders.

Albert Maylses – The Poetic Eye – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm

Storyville celebrates the work of documentary pioneers Albert and David Maysles. Filmmaker Luke Holland visits Albert, the surviving brother, to try and understand the siblings’ work. (See highlight)

Meet Marlon Brando (1965) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.25pm
Captured in action by the Maysles Brothers on a press junket for some forgotten film in 1965, Brando refuses to play the publicity game, turning the fawning questions on their head, and instead, charms everybody present. (See highlight)

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.00pm – 12.05am

Double bill of eerie tales.

Monday 7th August

TV

The Strange Report – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Detective series set in London following the exploits of detective Adam Strange. A singer asks Adam to help.

The Persuaders – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Danny unwittingly becomes a communist paymaster.

Gimme Shelter (1969) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 12.00am
Landmark documentary that captures the tragic events surrounding the infamous Rolling Stones Altamount concert, captured by David Maylses.
With support from Jefferson Airplane and the Flying Burrito Brothers. (See highlight)

Radio

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative Sixties – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Mark showcases obscure 1960s records that have eluded the general public from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage.

BBC 6 Music plays it again: Stubborn Kind of Fella: BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Smokey Robinson presents a series in which he plays tribute to his fellow Motown colleague, soul legend Marvin Gaye.

Tuesday 8th August

TV

UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm

A new space probe project is launched.

The Champions – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

The agents investigate gun – running.

Grey Gardens (1976) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 12.00am
Maysles Brothers film focusing on the reclusive aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Onassis, who talk to each other in a private language and shun the rest of the world, living in squalor with an army of cats. One of the Maysles’ most celebrated films. (See highlight)

Radio


The Art of Pop – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12.00pm

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker – one of many pop musicians to have had an art-school training – explores the connections between British art schools and pop. Today he visits several of today’s biggest British art schools and talks to some of the current crop of students.

Don’t Start Me Talking – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

The story of pop and rock as recalled by the listeners and consumers who fed the careers of everyone from Cliff Richard to the Sex Pistols. Expect to hear reminiscences and anecdotes from fans of all ages.

BBC 6 Music plays it again: Stubborn Kind of Fella: BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Smokey Robinson presents a series in which he plays tribute to his fellow Motown colleague, soul legend Marvin Gaye.

Wednesday 9th August

TV

Salesman (1968) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 12.00am
Four cynical salesmen travel door to door from Snowbound Massachusetts to sunny Florida attempting to sell bibles, in Albert and David Maysles’s classic documentary. (See highlight)

Radio

The Funk Factory – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New series. Norman Jay returns with more classic, forgotten and modern funk.

BBC 6 Music plays it again: Stubborn Kind of Fella: BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

BBC 6 Music plays it again: Stubborn Kind of Fella: Smokey Robinson presents a series in which he plays tribute to his fellow Motown colleague, soul legend Marvin Gaye. 

Thursday 3rd August

TV

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm

The Equals, Amen Corner and Alan Price feature.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm

The Hour That Never Was – At Steed’s RAF reunion he and Mrs Peel stumble on a mystery – then she vanishes.

Radio


Still Angry After all these Years? – BBC Radio 4. 9.30am – 9.45am

This Sporting Life – David Storey’s 1957 novel focused on rising rugby league star Arthur Machin and his antics on and off the field. Writer and TV presenter Ian Clayton, standing in for Storey, talks to members of Featherstone Rovers rugby league club about how the game has changed.

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues. Tonights guest is Michael Meser.

BBC 6 Music plays it again: Stubborn Kind of Fella: BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Smokey Robinson presents a series in which he plays tribute to his fellow Motown colleague, soul legend Marvin Gaye.