Cool Retro TV W/C 18th August

by Modculture 19 August, 2006

ReadysteadygoBarry 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 18th August to Thursday 24th August.

Highlight of the Week

The Story of Light Entertainment – Saturday 19th August. BBC 2, 9.25pm – 10.55pm
Pop and Easy Listening – The history of music TV programmes, from Six-Five Special and Ready Steady Go! to the Tube and the X Factor. Stephen Fry explores the relationship between music and light entertainment. Before the advent of youth culture, music had always been at the heart of variety, but when pop arrived on the scene television’s reactionary response was to feed viewers a diet of Val Doonican and Engelbert Humperdinck. Even Top of the Pops was predicted to be a flash in the pan, but by the 1970s pop stars such as Cilla Black (The show includes Cilla singing Life’s a Gas with Marc Bolan) and Cliff Richard were hosting their own Saturday night shows. Punk put paid to all that, and it has taken over two decades for music to find it’s way back into the heart of light entertainment. Featuring Cliff Richard, Cilla Black, Nana Mouskouri, Engelbert Humperdinck, Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman, Nigel Lythgoe, Marty Wilde and the Vernons Girls.

Friday 18th August

TV

Saving Jazz – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The story of a terrible year for New Orleans and the city’s struggle to recover from the devastation of last year’s flood as 83 year old jazz photographer Herman Leonard attempts to rebuild his archive and his life.

In Concert: Oscar Peterson – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
The Oscar Peterson Trio, recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s in 1974. They perform I Should Care, This Nearly was Mine, Soulville Samba, On the Trail, Watch What Happens and A Time for Love.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.30pm – 12.35am
Another double bill of the classic series. The first is a terrifying tale  featuring a deadly snake, set amid the steaming heat of Kashmir. In the second, a fast-car enthusiast runs into trouble after picking up a trampish hitch-hiker.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
Dial a Deadly Number – A series of sudden deaths in high finance leads Steed to dabble in shares while Emma investigates the makers of executive paging devices.   

Radio

The Funk Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of the best funk, soul and blues. The permanent radio highlight until further notice. Essential.

Saturday 19th August

TV

Danger Man – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
International intrigue with investigator John Drake. Drake infiltrates the killer’s headquarters by taking the place of a British electronics expert hired by the Sect.

Sounds of the Seventies – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
An eclectic mix of obscure tunes, hits and top album tracks.

The Story of Light Entertainment – BBC 2. 9.25pm – 10.55pm
Pop and Easy Listening – (See Highlight)

GBH – More4. 10.10pm – 12.00am
Alan Bleasdale’s Bafta-nominated epic continues. The city is overrun by rioting as the police issue a warrant for Michael’s arrest. Robert Lindsay and Michael Palin star.

Frenzy (1972) – Film4. 12.40am – 3.00am (Sun AM)
Jon Finch stars in this Alfred Hitchcock thriller as the chief suspect in London’s ‘Necktie Killer’ murders, but have police got the right man? Unsettling, blackly comic thriller.

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew plays two hours of hits, B-sides and album tracks.

Send in the Clones – BBC Radio 4. 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Bon Jovi at Wembley? Or By Jovi at the Swan, Stockwell? Abba or Bjorn Again? From the acts that recreate every nuance of the original artist’s performance to those who struggle by with little more than a pun and a guitar to recommend them, Andrew Collins explores how and why tribute bands have developed into a huge industry and investigates the legal, artistic and cultural ramifications.

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

The Rolling Stones – Still Live BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A rock ‘spectacular’ in which journalist and broadcaster Paul Sexton presents the Rolling Stones in private conversations recorded just prior to the UK leg of their world tour. The band’s members – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood – discuss their super-sized beach gig in Rio, their appearance at the Super Bowl, Watt’s health scare, Wood’s personal troubles and Richards’ curious, much-publicised incident.

Sunday 20th August

TV

Murder Ahoy (1964) – Five. 1.35pm – 3.25pm
Offbeat murder mystery comedy starring Margaret Rutherford and Lionel Jeffries. When one of the trustees of a naval charity organisation is found dead, amateur sleuth Miss Marple steps in to solve the mystery. A great Sunday afternoon movie.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.00pm – 12.05am
Another double bill of the classic series. The first is a terrifying tale  featuring a deadly snake, set amid the steaming heat of Kashmir. In the second, a fast-car enthusiast runs into trouble after picking up a trampish hitch-hiker.

V Festival: Live Highlights – Channel 4. 11.35pm – 1.10am
A Round-up of today’s performances at the Chelmsford Music Festival featuring Paul Weller, the Charlatans, Hard-Fi and Morrissey.

Radio

The Art of Pop –  Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
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 – a process that began with the jazz revivalists of the early 1950s.

Monday 21st August

TV

The Strange Report – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Detective series set in London following the exploits of detective Adam Strange. Strange and Ham are lured to a Soviet bloc country under false pretences to investigate the shooting of a political activist by a sniper.

The Persuaders – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Another case for the playboy detectives. Danny and Brett get involved with the American Mob at the Cannes Film Festival, where the gangsters plan to silence a witness.

Swimming with Sharks (1994) – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 1.05am
Kevin Spacey excels as the boss from hell in George Huang’s savage Hollywood satire.

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.

Tuesday 22nd August

TV

Comedy Connections: The Goodies – BBC 1. 1035pm – 11.05pm
The madcap show’s protagonists recall how the TV satire boom of the 1960’s and work with a collection of prospective comedy greats led to the eventual emergence of the hit series starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie in the 1970s.

Radio

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.

Wednesday 23rd August
 
TV

Bless This House (1972) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
Big-screen version of the TV comedy starring Sid James and featuring top 70s dolly bird Sally Geeson.

Radio

The Funk Factory – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Norman Jay spins a collection of classic, forgotten and modern funk. In this weeks programme he anticipates the weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival with funk carnival classics. 

Thursday 24th August

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. In this episode, a mind-control conspiracy is uncovered.
Radio

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