Retro TV W/C 12th September 2008

by Modculture 11 September, 2008

Bedazzled
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 12th September to Thursday 18th September.

Highlights of the week

This weeks highlights are a couple of cult movies set in the Swinging London of the 1960s. Bedazzled (1967) (BBC 1. Tuesday 16th, 12.05am) is a stylish and comic updating of the Faust legend starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Stanley Moon (Moore) is a pathetic, miserable and shy short order cook in love with waitress Margaret (Eleanor Bron). Unfortunately, as Margaret barely acknowledges Stanley’s existence, he decides life isn’t worth living and attempts suicide. Miserably failing to kill himself, Stanley makes the acquaintance of the suave, polite and incredibly sarcastic George Spiggot (Cook) AKA the Prince of Darkness who makes a deal with Stanley, whereby Stanley gets seven wishes and the love of Margaret all in exchange for his soul.
Kaleidoscope (1966) (ITV 1. Friday 12th, 1.40am) is a romantic comedy which stars Warren Beatty and Susannah York as a pair of amorous adventurers in the gambling places of London and the Riviera. A colourful period piece, full of split-screens and trick effects, this is also worth setting the recorder for.
Elsewhere this week, BBC 4 celebrates of the life and career of Humphrey Lyttleton with a weekend of programming devoted to the British jazz trumpeter feted by Louis Armstrong as Britain’s best. Finally, Motown legend Stevie Wonder guests on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (Friday 12th, 10.35pm) playing a classic from his back catalogue and an exclusive track from his new album. 

Friday 12th September

TV

Humphrey Lyttleton: the Jazz Musician’s Jazz Musician – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. A celebration of the life and career of Humphrey Lyttleton who established himself as a band leader and was feted by Louis Armstrong as Britain’s best trumpeter. Friends pay tribute to the entertainer who died this year.

Humph’s Last Stand – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm

A 2007 performance from the Brecon Jazz Festival, which was sadly to be Humphrey Lyttleton’s last ever recording for television.

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Filling the studio with soul is Motown’s main man Stevie Wonder, who’ll be playing a classic from his back catalogue and an exclusive track from his new album. 

Life on Mars – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.50pm
(6/8) Series One. Sam is convinced that doctors in 2006 are preparing to switch off his life support system. Starring John Simm.

The Avengers –  BBC 4. 11.50pm – 12.40am
The duo investigate the disappearance of several leading botanists. Starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg.

Film: Kaleidoscope (1966) – ITV 1. 1.40am – 3.20am
Crime comedy drama set in Swinging London and Europe. Starring Warren Beatty as a card-sharp who works for the government to stay out of jail, with Susannah York as Beatty’s chic companion, a Carnaby Street shopowner, and Clive Revill as her Scotland Yard inspector/father. A real slice of swinging ’60s nostalgia.

All You Need is Love – More4. 1.50am – 2.55am
Tony Palmer’s mammoth documentary series on the birth of pop gets a rare re-run after it’s recent release on DVD. Tonight’s film looks at swing.

Radio

For One Night Only – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Elvis Comes Back. Paul Gambaccini revisits Elvis Presley’s December 1968 NBC TV comeback special and hears from those who were there how the King regained his crown after a six-year period without a chart-topping hit. This electric performance convinced the nation that he was back – and bigger and better than ever before.

Saturday 13th September

I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Humphrey Lyttleton night begins with a touring version of the popular Radio 4 panel game, filmed in Salford just three weeks before the veteran host’s death.

Legends: Humphrey Lyttleton – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
A celebration of the life and career of Humphrey Lyttleton who, in a career spanning more than 60 years, established himself as a successful band leader and was feted by Louis Armstrong as Britain’s best trumpeter.

Humph’s Last Stand – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.50am

New. A 2007 performance from the Brecon Jazz Festival, which was sadly to be Humphrey Lyttleton’s last ever recording for television.

Gagging For it: TV’s Hunger for Radio Comedy – BBC 4. 12.50am – 1.50am

A pocket history, from Hancock’s Half Hour to Little Britain, of comedy hits that transferred successfully from radio to TV, plus a look at some of those that failed.

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 6 Music. 6.00pm – 9.00pm

3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 14th September

TV

Celebrating – The South Bank Show – ITV 3. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Charting the history of ITV’s flagship arts series, created in 1978 by Melvyn Bragg.

Bring Back… Star Wars -Channel 4. 9.00pm – 10.40pm

His quest is to track down and reunite the cast of one of the most celebrated film franchises in history. To do so Justin Lee Collins has to travel across the UK, and on to New York and LA, to track down the biggest names from the original Star Wars trilogy – including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher – for a reunion. But there are rumours of acrimony among the cast.

Film: That’s Your Funeral (1972) – BBC 2. 1.00am – 2.20am
Dire British TV comedy spin-off starring Bill Frazer and Raymond Huntley about the dealings of two rival funeral parlours.

Radio

For One Night Only – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Elvis Comes Back. Paul Gambaccini revisits Elvis Presley’s December 1968 NBC TV comeback special and hears from those who were there how the King regained his crown after a six-year period without a chart-topping hit. This electric performance convinced the nation that he was back – and bigger and better than ever before.

And the Academy Award Goes to… – BBC Radio 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Paul Gambaccini tells the story behind the first postwar film to win all five of the main Oscars.

Monday 15th September

Film: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) – Film4. 5.05pm – 7.00pm
Classic rock’n’roll comedy. In Frank Tashlin’s clever satire on the music industry, Tom Ewell plays the theatrical agent trying to turn the fabulous Jayne Mansfield into a star. With a terrific supporting cast of musical acts including Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent and Julie London. A real treat.

I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. New – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Humphrey Lyttleton night begins with a touring version of the popular Radio 4 panel game, filmed in Salford just three weeks before the veteran host’s death.

Film: Prick Up Your Ears (1987) – Film4. 1.35am – 3.50am

Biographical drama of gay playwright Joe Orton, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.

Radio

Higher and Higher – the Life and Soul of Jackie Wilson (2/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear a profile of R&B/soul/pop sensation Jackie Wilson. This edition recalls his recovery from a shooting incident in 1961, his complicated love life, the start of his financial troubles and his experiences of racial discrimination. With contributions from Johnny Otis, Otis Williams of the Temptations, soul historian Robert Pruter and others. Plus an interview with Jackie Wilson, recorded in 1975.

The Stevie Wonder Story (7/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am

Stuart Grundy profiles the Motown giant, originally broadcast in 1977.

Tuesday 16th September

TV

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Procul Harum’s 1967 Top of the Pops performance.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

Mr Freeze kidnaps a scientist.

Flight of the Conchords (2/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Repeat of the first series of this comedy about a New Zealand folk duo in New York.

Film: Mean Streets (1973) – Five. 12Midnight – 2.05am
Martin Scorsese’s drama starring Harvey Keitel. Four young hustler friends while away their time by indulging in petty crime and drinking. But Johnny Boy’s behaviour and refusal to pay back his debts causes increasing tension among the group.

Film: Bedazzled (1967) – BBC 1. 12.05am – 1.50am
Irreverent comedy starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. When Stanley Moon decides to commit suicide, a mysterious stranger offers Stanley seven wishes in exchange for his soul.

Radio

Street Corner Soul (4/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear Ronettes star Ronnie Spector’s look at the legacy of doo-wop – the close-harmony rhythm and blues style of singing that emerged in the 1950s on the streets of New York City and Philadelphia. The story concludes with the winding down of doo-wop.

The Stevie Wonder Story (8/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am

Stuart Grundy profiles the Motown giant, originally broadcast in 1977.

Wednesday 17th September

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
CI5 investigate a series of murders, and find a connection with a deadly terrorist gang.

Pop Go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from Sandie Shaw.

Batman – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The dynamic duo confront Mr Freeze in his iceberg hideout.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A tape incriminating two policemen is delivered to Daley Videos.

Celebrating – The South Bank Show – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Charting the history of ITV’s flagship arts series, created in 1978 by Melvyn Bragg. Here he looks at the period from 1987 to 1992.

Thursday 18th September

TV

Film: A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) – Film4. 1.00pm – 2.50pm
An imaginative young boy growing up in London’s impoverished East End in the 1950s, absorbs a tale about the magical power of captured unicorns from the kindly tailor Kandinsky and goes in search of the mythic beast. 

BBC Four Sessions – PJ Harvey – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
A concert by the British rock star at LSO St Lukes in London.

Soundtrack to My Life – ITV 1 (London region). 11.10pm – 11.40pm
Eric Burdon of the Animals discusses the music that has inspired him.

Radio

Mark Lamarr: The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Radio 2’s hard-core music enthusiast returns with another run of programmes showcasing choice reggae tunes.