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 30th June to Thursday 6th July.
Highlights of The Week
Soul Deep – the Story of Black Popular Music BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm Friday 30th June
The story of the Stax label, and how Otis Redding emerged from the divided Deep South. Watch out for the super rare clip of James Carr, culled from forgotten out-takes from The!!!Beat!!! show.
The Who double bill – The Kids are Alright (1979) followed by The Who – Live in Boston (2002) ITV 4. 9.00pm – 2.05am. Monday 3rd July
The classic rockumentary TKAA succeeds where most other band documentaries fail – in that it was made by a genuine fan and that the band are presented warts’n’all, rather than being a homogenised record company promotional piece. Followed by a 2002 American concert, their first after Entwistle’s untimely death.
Friday 30th June
Casino Royale (1967) – ITV 1. 3.30pm – 6.00pm (In the event that ITV don’t show this afternoon’s World Cup match)
Classic James Bond spy spoof, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers and Ursula Andress. Secret agent 007 is called out of retirement to halt the threat of the cash-strapped Smersh organisation.
Soul Deep – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The Story of Black Popular Music 4/6. (see highlights)
Kes (1969) – More4. 10.00pm – 12.05am
Ken Loach’s debut feature stars David Bradley as a young boy who escapes his dead-end life by raising and training a kestrel.
In Concert: Bill Withers – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Including Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean on Me and Grandma’s Hands.
Gil Scott-Heron: the Revolution Will Not Be Televised – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Mos Def, Chuck D and Richie Havens contribute to a profile of the rap icon.
Twins of Evil (1971) – BBC 1. 12.30am – 1.55am (Sat AM)
Slick Hammer Horror starring Peter Cushing and Mary and Madelaine Collinson, Playboy’s first twin centrefolds. Two identical twins live with their uncle in the shadows of Karnstien Castle, where, legend has it, Vampires dwell. One is destined to fall under the castle’s spell – but which one?
Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 12.05am – 1.05am (Sat AM)
Double bill of repeats from the classic 1979 series, introduced by the man himself.
Jazz Legends: Toots Thielmans – BBC Radio 3. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Profile of the Belgian harmonica player whose work has graced, among others, the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy and the theme tune to Sesame Street. Now that’scool.
Radio 2 Funk Factory – BBC Radio 2. 2.00am – 3.00am (Sat AM)
Norman Jay presents a selection of classic, forgotten and modern funk.
Saturday 1st July
Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew plays two hours of hits, B-sides and album tracks.
Tighten Up: the Story of Trojan Records (2/2) – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Film maker, actor, musician and reggae aficionado Don Letts pays tribute to Trojan Records, which since the late 1960s has been hugely instrumental in introducing Jamaican rocksteady and reggae music to the British public. The label’s roster has included Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marcia, and Dave and Ansel Collins. This two-parter explores the UK’s history and experience of reggae.
Sunday 2nd July
Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.40pm – 12.50am
Double bill of eerie tales.
Monday 3rd July
Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 1. 6.00pm – 6.25pm
The Unforgettable Les Dawson – Starting a week of tea-time shows on classic British comedy legends.
Man in a Suitcase – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
When a CIA agent is wrongly accused for crimes against the state, he becomes a private detective. McGill must act with discretion to recover a brooch.
The Kids are Alright (1979) – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
The Who – Live in Boston – ITV 4. 11.10pm – 2.05am
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 4th July
Mark Lamarr’s Alternative Sixties – ITV 1. 6.00pm – 6.25pm
The Unforgettable Arthur Lowe – Recalling the life of the workaholic actor best known for playing Captain Mainwaring.
UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Secret military organisation SHADO works to fight the alien invaders. A widower develops strange telepathic powers, which could place Straker and Freeman in danger.
Wednesday 5th July
The Unforgettable John Le Mesurier – ITV 1. 6.00pm – 6.25pm
An intimate portrait of the actor best known for his role as Sergeant Wilson.
Jason King – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
When Jason helps a sick man at an airport, he steps into the shoes of a killer.
Zardoz (1974) – ITV 4. 11.00pm – 1.05am
Visually arresting but rather confusing sci-fi set in 2293, when the earth’s population has been divided into two unequal camps as a result of technology. Starring Sean Connery and a giant floating head.
4 Play: Jim Noir – Channel 4. 12.40am – 12.55am (Thurs AM)
Profile and performance with the hot new singer/songwriter.
The Reggae Show with Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Tonight’s guest is reggae star Little Roy (aka Earl Lowe).
This Guy’s in Love With You – The Herb Albert Story – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Richard Carpenter explores the hugely prolific career of trumpeter, composer and producer Herb Albert. This week the story moves to mid-1968, when Alpert’s solo vocal recording of Bacharach and David’s This Guy’s in Love with You became a smash hit.
Thursday 6th July
The Unforgettable Kenneth Williams – ITV 1. 6.00pm – 6.25pm
Portrait of the outrageously camp, maniacal comedy legend.
Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Raves from the grave.
Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
The Avengers – Diana Rigg makes her debut as Emma Peel.
The Avengers: Revisited – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
Patrick MacNee, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson and Gareth Hunt reflect on the cult show.
Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.