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 12th May to Thursday 18th May.
Highlight(s) of The Week Girls and Boys – Sex and British Pop(1/4) Love Me Do – The 1960s BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm Friday 12th May.
First in a series of programmes about the pop music revolution of the last 40 years and the very British fascination with sex and gender that helped to drive it.
The 1960s was the decade of short skirts, long-haired men in kaftans, the pill, and legalised gay sex. It saw the rise of beat groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the new pop girls like Cilla, Marianne and Sandie, and a more assertive generation of screaming fans. It was also the start of our fascination with camp – step forward Brian Jones and Mick Jagger.
Featuring period archive footage and contributions from Cilla Black, Dave Davies, Marianne Faithfull, Eric Burdon, Sandie Shaw, Robin Gibb, Yoko Ono and Cynthia Lennon.
Followed later the same night by…
Originals: Ronnie Lane. The Passing Show – The Life and Music of Ronnie Lane: BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm Friday 12th May.
Friends and colleagues recall the life and career of the maverick and critically acclaimed musician who died in 1997.
Friday 12th May
Jason King – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A film script strangely comes to life and Jason finds himself at the centre of it.
Girls and Boys – Sex and British Pop (1/4) BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A look at pop’s evolving relationship with sex and gender, beginning in the 60s (See highlights).
In Concert: Melanie – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The US singer/songwriter, live in 1972.
The Passing Show: the Life and Music of Ronnie Lane – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Eric Clapton, Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones and Pete Townshend discuss the man who founded the Small Faces (See highlights).
The Craig Charles Funk Show – BBC Radio 6. 8.00pm – 11.00pm
The usual mix of funk, blues & soul.
Saturday 13th May
A for Andromeda: The Face of the Tiger – BBC 4. 10.40pm – 11.20pm
The only complete episode known to exist of the original sci-fi serial starring Julie Christie and written by the astronomer and novelist Fred Hoyle. Screened for the first time since 1961.
Sounds of the 60’s – Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew plays two hours of hits, B – sides and album tracks.
The Craig Charles Funk Show – Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
More soul, funk, r&b, jazz and blues.
Sunday 14th May
The Way We Were – Growing Up (3/6) ITV 1. 6.00pm – 6.25pm
Recollections of teenage years from scouting in the 50s to punk rock in the 70s with archive home movie footage.
Price of Beauty (2000 TVM) – BBC 1. 11.45pm – 01.15am
Film drama set in Chicago in the early 1960s. Two small-town friends take work in one of Hugh Hefner’s first Playboy Clubs. Retro eye candy for insomniacs?
Monday 15th May
Man in a Suitcase – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Web with Four Spiders. A noted lawyer is forced to choose between his ideals and his reputation.
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The Smiles Behind the Veil. Marty becomes suspicious after detecting a smile underneath a funeral mourner’s veil.
Tuesday 16th May
Zoo Gang (5/6) – The iTV 4. 6.00pm -7.00pm
The Lion Hunt.The French arrest Latin American revolutionary El Leon when he tries to sneak into the country. This causes them embarrassment when the media, who see El Leon as a hero, demand his release. However, to release him would result in a major international incident. Georges decides that the only way to solve the situation is to have El Leon removed from custody surreptitiously. Georges calls in his mother and the rest of The Zoo Gang to kidnap El Leon…
The Champions – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The team come to the aid of a world-famous doctor placed under house arrest. Fantasy drama, starring William Gaunt, Alexandra Bastedo and Stuart Damon as the crusading heroes
Boom Bang a Bang: 50 Years of Eurovision – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Terry Wogan takes a nostalgic trip through five decades of light-hearted pop and high camp.
Wednesday 17th May
Jason King – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The writer sets out to advertise a series of Mark Caine novels for television and gets more than he bargained for.
The Saint – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The Saint attempts to rescue a Russian spy arrested by the British. Yeah, I know it’s the same plot as last week.
Thursday 18th May
The Persuaders – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Danny & Brett get embroiled in a gold smuggling operation while rescuing a beautiful princess. Probably.
Anglia 66 – ITV 1. (Anglia region only) 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Exploring the regional archives of 1966. (Anybody in the Anglia region reading this who can be arsed to tape it, please get in touch).
Paul Jones – Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.