Retro TV W/C 11th January 2008

by Modculture 10 January, 2008

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Barry Murphy
returns once more trawl 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 11th January to Thursday 17th January.

Highlights of the week

On TV this week BBC 4 continues its Pop on Trial season with the second part of the Pop Britannia series (Friday 11th, 10pm) concentrating on the rise of the new star-makers of 1960s popular music, including Brian Epstein, Andrew Loog Oldham and Chris Stamp. Cult films Beat Girl and Slade in Flame get rare screenings this week as well as archive editions of Top of the Pops from boxing day 1967 and Christmas 1978. Finally Stuart Maconie presents The 1960s: Pop on Trial (Wednesday 16th, 10pm) where he is joined by Tony Blackburn and Neil Innes and our very own Eddie Piller.

The radio highlight this week is undoubtedly I’m on My Way – the Dean Parrish Story (Radio 2, Saturday 12th), in which Northern soul enthusiast Pete Mitchell travels to New York to meet the legendary soul singer.

Friday 11th January

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
An eccentric bird-lover’s strange will leads to murder.

Space 1999 – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Clifford, Koenig and Carter attempt to free Helena from the control of a computerised device programmed to destroy the human race.

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.40pm
Music from the decade.

Film: Beat Girl (1960) – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 9.10pm
Drama starring David Farrar. Paul Linden, a successful architect, arrives home with his attractive new French bride Nichole. His only daughter, 15-year old Jennifer, appears shy and withdrawn, but leads a double life hanging out with beatniks in Soho coffee bars and strip joints.

Pop Britannia (2/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm (Repeated 1.25am)
The rise of the new star-makers of 1960s popular music, including Brian Epstein, Andrew Loog Oldham and Chris Stamp.

Real Crime: Starring John Bindon – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Archive news footage, film clips and celebrity testimony chronicle the relationship between Bindon, the Krays and his friends in high places.

Film: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.30am
DA Pennebaker’s rock documentary of David Bowie’s famous final concert under the Ziggy persona at the Hammersmith Odeon .

Film: If… (1968) – Film4. 11.25pm – 1.30am
Allegorical drama from British Director Lindsay Anderson starring Malcolm McDowell. Rising discontent at a boy’s public school escalates into open rebellion and violence.

Cracked Actor – BBC 4. 12.30am – 1.25am
Alan Yentob’s 1975 BBC documentary of the Diamond Dogs tour.

Film: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) – Film4. 1.30am – 3.45am
Camp, cult melodrama from Russ Meyer about the rise to fame of an all-girl rock band.

Saturday 12th January

TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00am – 8.00am
More classic pop clips.

Film: The Square Peg (1965) – BBC 2. 2.55pm – 4.30pm
Comedy starring Norman Wisdom. Norman Pitkin, the only delivery man in Mr Grimsdale’s small dairy, causes havoc while waging a war against the massed milk floats of Consolidated Dairies.

Film: To Sir, with Love (1967) – Five. 4.10pm – 6.05pm
Drama starring Sidney Poitier. Mark Thackeray, an engineer from Guyana, takes a job as a schoolteacher in London where the pupils are rough and unruly. He attempts to win their respect and interest by practising unconventional methods.

Film: Fantastic Voyage (1966) – Film4. 7.05pm – 9.00pm
Magical sci-fi adventure starring Raquel Welch. When a top Czech scientist suffers a brain injury, a submarine and medical crew are miniaturised and injected into his bloodstream to save his life.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.05pm – 10.05pm
Regan gets personally involved when his daughter is kidnapped.

Film: Goldfinger (1964) – ITV 4. 10.35pm – 12.45am
Lavish spy adventure starring Sean Connery. James Bond investigates ruthless criminal Auric Goldfinger, a man with an insatiable appetite for gold and a desire to become the most powerful man on Earth.

Jool’s Annual Hootenanny 2007 – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.50am
Repeat of the recent new years show, featuring Eddie Floyd and Madness.

Pop Britannia (2/3) – BBC 4. 12.10am – 1.10am
The rise of the new star-makers of 1960s popular music, including Brian Epstein, Andrew Loog Oldham and Chris Stamp.

Radio

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

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

I’m on My Way – the Dean Parrish Story – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Northern soul enthusiast Pete Mitchell travels to New York to meet soul singer Dean Parrish, whose single I’m on My Way was the final track played at the last of the 1970s Northern-soul "all nighters" at the famed Wigan Casino in Manchester. Parrish (born Philip Anastasia) stopped singing in the 1960s to play guitar with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, unaware of his cult following in the UK and Europe, where unknowingly he sold around a million records, but with minimal dividends. Since being tracked down, Parrish has gone back to the studio (with a song provided by Paul Weller) and sees a compilation of his 60s hits released this year. Discussing the Parrish phenomenon are Wigan Casino DJ Russ Winstanley and New York singer Maxine Brown.

Sunday 13th January

TV

Film: How to Steal a Million (1966) – BBC 2. 11.30am – 1.30pm
Manic crime comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. A wealthy forger gives an imitation work of art to a Paris museum for exhibition. But his daughter is concerned that it will be quickly recognised as a fake. 

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Paul Foster is accused of espionleaving the fate of Earth’s defences hanging in the balance.

Film: Carry on Dick (1974) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Saucy comedy starring Sid James. In Georgian England all travellers are fair game to highwayman Dick Turpin. The Bow Street runners are at their wits end: little do they know that Dick has the most ingenious of disguises.

Once upon a Time in New York – BBC 2. 11.30pm – 12.30am
Documentary revealing how the deprived streets of 1970s New York heralded a musical revolution – the birth of hip hop, disco and punk – inspired by the likes of the Velvet Underground and Grandmaster Flash.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 11.35pm – 12.45am

A convict is released from jail,only to find himself imprisoned once again, this time in far more terrifying circumstances.

Film: The Wicker Man (1973) – ITV 1. 1.05am – 2.40am
Classic horror starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland.

Monday 14th January

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur agrees to mind a corpse newly arrived at Heathrow – and ends up stashing it in Terry’s bedroom.

Tuesday 15th January

Radio

Zine Scene (1/2) – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Jarvis Cocker uncovers the history of the fanzine. With the help of fanzine makers, collectors and experts, including Roger Sabin, Teal Triggs, Jon Savage and John Robb, Cocker discovers the origin of fanzines in science fiction long before the explosion of home-made magazines during the punk rock days of the 70s.

Louie and the G – Men -BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 1130pm
Steve Van Zandt celebrates the 50th anniversary of the classic rock standard Louie Louie. The programme features archive input and recordings from Richard Berry and members of the Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Wailers and other acts indebted to the song.

Wednesday 16th January

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.40pm
Music from the decade.

Top of the Pops – 1967 – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.25pm
An archive edition of the show from Boxing Day 1967.

Film: Help! (1965) – BBC 4. 8.25pm – 10.00pm
Comedy starring the Beatles. The Fab Four are pursued by a priest who is determined to get hold of a sacrificial ring that is stuck on Ringo’s finger.

The 1960s: Pop on Trial – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Tony Blackburn, Neil Innes and Eddie Piller discuss the merits of music from the 1960s with the aid of extensive archive footage. Stuart Maconie presents.

Chuck Berry in Concert – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.00am
A chance to see a great performance from Rock ‘n’ Roll icon Chuck Berry. The concert was shown as Sounds for Saturday in 1972, but this new extended cut includes more songs, more chat and more innuendo. For the first time there’s also a chance to see an epic performance of My Ding-a-ling which was to become one of Berry’s biggest hits.

4 Music: Duffy: Video Exclusive – Channel 4. 12.45am – 12.50am
The video of the singer’s new single Mercy.

Film: Gimme Shelter (1969) – BBC 4. 1.00am – 2.35am
Landmark documentary that captures the tragic events surrounding the infamous Rolling Stones Altamount concert, captured by David Maylses. With support from Jefferson Airplane and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

Film: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) – Film4. 1.10am – 3.30am
Camp, cult melodrama from Russ Meyer about the rise to fame of an all-girl rock band.

Radio

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (3/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Showcasing obscure 1960s records from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage. 

Thursday 17th January

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The crusading heroes investigate a murder, which leads them to uncover a group of ageing Nazis.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

An astronaut’s death while intercepting an alien ship has consequences for those left behind.

Film: Fantastic Voyage (1966) – Film4. 7.05pm – 9.00pm
Magical sci-fi adventure starring Raquel Welch. When a top Czech scientist suffers a brain injury, a submarine and medical crew are miniaturised and injected into his bloodstream to save his life.

Top of the Pops Christmas 1978 – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Noel Edmonds introduces Darts, Abba, Boney M, Brotherhood of Man and Pan’s People.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle are assigned protection duties, but their task soon gets out of hand.

Film: Slade in Flame (1974) – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 10.00pm

Drama starring Slade as fictional rockers Flame, a group whose rise to fame is disrupted by internal conflicts and the manipulations of their manager.

The 1970s: Pop on Trial – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Stuart Maconie, Pete Shelley, David Quantick and Gaz Coombes debate the best and worst music of the 1970s.

Film: The Song Remains the Same (1976) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.35am
Documentary going behind the scenes of a Led Zeppelin concert in New York in 1973.

Rod the Mod – BBC 4. 12.35am – 1.35am

An intimate journey with Rod Stewart in 1976. BBC cameras followed Rod Stewart, at his rock superstar peak, during a visit to Europe with girlfriend Britt Ekland and while rehearsing with his new band in LA before recording A Night on the Town.