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 26th May to Thursday 1st June.
Highlight of The Week: The Summer of Love – Saturday 27th BBC 2 9.10pm – 10.10pm
During the summer of 1967, the youthquake, which had been shaking 60s Britain, reached its climax. Young people turned their backs on their parents values, cast off the cloaks of convention and threw themselves into social, sexual and pharmacological revolution. British hippies rallied to anti-Vietnam war demos and partied to the sounds of pirate radio, which was banned in August by an outraged establishment. Love was in the air in 67. The Beatles All You Need is Love became the anthem of the summer and free love was enabled by the pill, which was declared safe for use in May. The summer of love also witnessed the widespread use of LSD and the rise of psychedelia. Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones were convicted of drug possession, as the campaign to legalise pot raged on throughout the summer. This really was a summer which changed Britain forever. Features exclusive colour home movie footage of Twiggy’s 67 tour of the US.
Narrated by Bill Nighy and featuring interviews with:
Donovan. 1967: Folk musician and flower child
Bill Wyman 1967: Bass player, The Rolling Stones
Micky Dolenz 1967: The Monkees
Barbara Hulanicki. 1967: Running Biba
Vidal Sassoon 1967: Perfecting his bob cut
Mary Quant 1967: Cutting her skirts extra short
Johnnie Walker. 1967: DJ, Radio Caroline
John Birt. 1967: Television Producer, Jagger on World in Action
Tony Benn. 1967: Post-Master General banning the radio pirates
David Steel. 1967: Youngest MP in Parliament
Friday 25th May
Maureen Lipman In Search of Style – Revolution – SKY 3. (Freeview Channel 11) 1.55am – 2.25am
London was at the very centre of the swinging 60s. Twiggy, Sir David Frost and Joanna Lumley offer their personal memories of the raciest decade of the 20th century.
Girls and Boys – Sex and British Pop 3/4. BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Tainted Love – The 1980s: Continuing the history of sex and pop.The new romantics set the tone and disco hit the mainstream, but a new disease changed all the rules.
Originals: The Fall. The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E Smith – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm (Repeated 2.00am & 12.00pm Sat 27th)
The story of the most chaotic garage band of the last 30 years, with contributions from band members and lead singer Smith.
The Craig Charles Funk Show – BBC Radio 6. 8.00pm – 11.00pm
The usual mix of funk, blues & soul. Plus this week a giveaway from Salsoul records.
Saturday 27th May
Another Flip For Dominick – BBC 4. 7.50pm – 9.15pm
The 1982 sequel to 1980’s popular Play for Today about a time-travelling historical investigator. Dominick is on a mission to rescue one of his students who has disappeared into 1982.
The Summer of Love – BBC 2. 21.10pm – 22.10pm
During the summer of 1967 the youthquake which had been shaking 60s Britain reached its climax. Bill Nighy recounts the sexual and pharmalogical revolution that was in full swing (See highlights).
Sounds of the 60s – 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 28th May
The Way We Were 5/6 Love and Marriage – ITV 1. 6.00pm – 6.25pm
Archive home movies show capturing memories of love, romance and marriage through the decades, including a 1960s bride.
Monday 29th May
Man in a Suitcase – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A veteran actor gets carried away by his strange new role.
The Persuaders – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The question for Danny and Brett is whether there’s glitter beneath the bronze of replica Napoleonic coins.
Russ Meyer: King of Sexploitation – Channel 5. 12.00am – 1.00am
Documentary about the cult adult film-maker.
Lulu – BBC Radio 2. 2.00pm – 5.00pm
3 Hour Motown marathon.
Tuesday 30th May
Please Sir! (1971) – Channel 4. 1.00pm – 2.55pm
Spin-off from the TV sitcom. When the pupils from Fenn Street School get the chance to go on a trip to the countryside, Bernard Hedges (John Alderton) makes sure his class is included despite his colleagues’ disapproval. Classic British romp featuring Duffy, Frankie Abbott, Maureen & the gang. With a groovy theme song from Cilla.
Imagine…. The Artist Formerly known as Cat Stevens – BBC 1. 10.45pm – 11.35pm
A portrait of the former pop star who converted to the Muslim faith. He talks to Alan Yentob about how his hits of the 60s & 70s were written and about his return to music after 23 years.
Wednesday 31st May
The Counterfeit Killer (1968) – Channel 5. 3.35pm – 5.30pm
An agent must go undercover to infiltrate a crime ring. Crime thriller starring Hawaii Five-0’s Jack Lord.
Jason King – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jason gives a lift to a pretty hitchhiker and in the process finds the plot for his next Mark Caine novel.
How England Won the World Cup: Revealed – Channel 5. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Yet another documentary about Sir Alf Ramseys’ victorious ’66 world cup squad, looking at the introduction of the 4-3-3 formation. With contributions from Sir Geoff Hurst and Sir Bobby Charlton.
Thursday 1st June
The Persuaders – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
No summary available.
Paul Jones – Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues. Plus a live session from Mo’ Indigo.