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 28th April to Thursday 4th May.
Highlight of the week: Gambit (1966), Channel 4, Wednesday 3rd May, 3.25pm – 5.30pm
No, not the old 70s TV show with Fred Dineage, but the rarely seen (and not available on DVD) sixties crime caper starring Michael Caine as a cockney crook and Shirley MacLaine as his Eurasian showgirl accomplice.
Friday 28th April
Solomon Burke: Everybody Needs Somebody – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm (repeated Sat 29th 02.20am -03.20am)
Welcome repeat of the beebs recent documentary of Philadelphia living legend Solomon Burke, tracing his career from child prodigy to his Grammy award winning comeback. The archive footage is slim but the performance of Don’t Give up on Me from Later which concludes the show is phenomenal.
The Avengers – Murdersville (23/24) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.30am
The sleepy hamlet of Little Storping In-The-Swuff has its calm disrupted by a man coming out of the pub and gunning another man down. The villagers, however, carry on regardless.
The Craig Charles Funk Show – BBC Radio 6. 8.00pm – 11.00pm
The usual mix of funk, blues & soul. Craig is joined by Nassar Bouzida aka The Bongolian to talk about his recent album Blueprint.
Saturday 29th April
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 – 9pm
More soul, funk, r&b, jazz and blues.
Sunday 30th April
Worldwide with Gilles Peterson – BBC Radio 1. 11.00pm – 01.00am
Featuring a live set from Nichole Willis.
Monday 1st May
Man in a Suitcase – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
No Friend of Mine (21/30) McGill is hired by a mining company executive to investigate acts of sabotage. Cult Sixties adventure, starring Richard Bradford
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Vendetta for a Dead Man (24/26) A vengeance-seeking prisoner decides Hopkirk’s widow must suffer. Drama, starring Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre
Comedy Connections – That Was The Week That Was. – BBC 1. 10.30pm – 11.10pm
Until the arrival of TW3 in 1962, televison had never dared to satirize politics, sex or religion. It bought to the end reverential treatment of public figures and ushered in a satire boom that still resonates today. Contributors include Ned Sherrin and David Frost.
The record Producers: Arif Mardin – BBC Radio 2. 07.00pm – 08.00pm
Profile of the Turkish-American arranger/producer, best known for his work with Jerry Wexler and Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Records during its 60s heyday.
Tuesday 2nd May
And the Beat Goes On (1999) – BBC 2. 01.45pm – 03.15pm
TV Biopic based on Sonny Bonos autobiography starring Jay Underwood and Renee Faia as pop duo Sonny & Cher. Camp afternoon fun for students, skivers and the unemployed.
Zoo Gang African – ITV 4. 6.00pm -7.00pm
Misfire (3/6) Four World War Two veterans reunite after 30 years to recover a deposed African president’s stolen art collection. Drama, with John Mills, Lilli Palmer, Brian Keith and Barry Morse
The Champions – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The Silent Enemy (20/30) The team investigate the mysterious deaths of an entire nuclear submarine crew. Fantasy drama, starring William Gaunt, Alexandra Bastedo and Stuart Damon as the crusading heroes with superhuman powers
Wednesday 3rd May
Gambit (1966) – Channel 4. 03.25pm – 05.30pm
See TV highlight.
Department S – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The Soup of the Day (28/28) Department S is called upon to investigate a most unusual burglary: four men break into a warehouse and break through a stone wall, all to steal one crate of Portugese fish soup. The crime becomes more confusing when the stolen soup cans are found discarded less than a day after they are stolen.
The Saint – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The Power Artists (96/118) Simon gets framed for murder after a visit to an artist’s studio.
Thursday 4th May
The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Mission… Highly Improbable (24/24) When Sir Gerald Bancroft and his Rolls-Royce vanish whilst being escorted at a military base, Steed is called upon to solve the puzzle. But before he can he experiences that old shrinking feeling.
The Persuaders – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A Death in the Family (21/24) Brett’s relatives are being killed off one by one, so Brett and Danny decide to find the killer before he gets to Brett.
Paul Jones – Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.