Retro TV W/C 12th December 2008

by Modculture 11 December, 2008

Louis
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 December to Thursday 18th December 2008.

Highlight of the week

BBC 4 kick off their Swing strand
with a night of programmes profiling jazz legend Louis Armstrong on Thursday 18th December. As well as the documentary Omnibus: The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong (9pm) the evening also features footage of the All-Stars British visit of 1968 in Show of the Week (10.10pm) and Armstrong’s last know filmed performance from the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival in Good Evening Ev’rybody (11pm).

Friday 12th December

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Terry minds a boozy writer of romantic fiction.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Bodie and Doyle become bodyguards to a Middle Eastern leader.

Legends: Roy Orbison – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New. Marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Roy Orbison, this programme celebrates the musician’s life and career. Featuring interviews with his widow and manager Barbara Orbison and stars such as Bill Wyman, Bernie Taupin, Robin Gibb and, predictably, rent-a-gobshites Elvis Costello and Bono.

Roy Sings Orbison – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The singer performs some of his greatest hits, includes Only the Lonely, Crying, Penny Arcade, Blue Bayou and It’s Over.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe (4/6) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
The critic casts an eye over the "mission" documentary genre. One of the funniest pieces of television this year – not to be missed.

The New Avengers -BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.50am

Cat Amongst the Pigeons. The team try to save an ecologist they have been warned is going to be killed at midday. 

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.50am – 1.40am
Honey for the Prince. Steed and Mrs Peel follow the trail to a company who bring people’s fantasies to life.

Radio

Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 12Midnight – 3.00am
Featuring Madrid’s funk-soul quintet the Sweet Vandals.

Saturday 13th December

TV

A Life on the Box: Arthur Lowe – BBC 2. 7.10pm – 7.55pm
In the first programme of a Dad’s Army-themed evening, Sir Terry Wogan introduces a collection of clips featuring one of the show’s brightest stars, and one of this country’s best-loved actors, Arthur Lowe, with tributes from fellow actors and fans.

Missing Presumed Wiped – BBC 2. 7.55pm – 8.25pm
Examining how an appeal to treasure hunters turned up some priceless episodes of Dad’s Army thought to have been lost for ever.

Dad’s Army in Colour – BBC 2. 8.25pm – 9.00pm

Room at the Bottom. Ian Lavender presents a remastered version of a classic episode of the long-running sitcom that has not been seen in colour for almost 40 years, in which Captain Mainwaring is mortified to discover that he may not actually be a commissioned officer.

Comedy Connections – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A look at the complex web of tunnels and trenches that crawled out from one of the best loved shows of all time, Dad’s Army. Jimmy Perry and David Croft may have created the Walmington-on-sea Home Guard platoon but surprisingly they didn’t give the show its name.

The Peter Serafinowicz Show… Best of – BBC 2. 10.50pm – 11.35pm

Compilation of highlights from the first series of the off-the-wall comedy sketch show.

Blondie: One Way or Another – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.50am
A profile of the band from their beginnings in New York in the 1970s, to their inauguration into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Film: The Greatest (1977) –  ITV 4. 11.40pm – 1.50am
A lamentable attempt to chronicle the tumultuous life and career of self-proclaimed ‘Greatest boxer of all-time’, Muhammad Ali, between a 14 year period from his 1960 Olympic success to regaining the world title against George Foreman in 1974. Starring Muhammad Ali as himself.

Mad Men (8/13) – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 12.45am

Series one. The Hobo Code. Peggy and Pete get intimate in the office.

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 EMI Story – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am

EMI is a music industry icon, but in a dramatic takeover, the loss-making record company was bought by private equity firm Terra Firma in a multibillion-pound deal. Head of business at The Daily Telegraph Damian Reece investigates this controversial move. Terra Firma boss Guy Hands answers criticisms that the deal has seen swingeing job losses, massive cost cutting and harsh comments from some artists’ managers. Can Hands make his investment pay and what chance has EMI got of reinventing itself to compete in the online age?

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 December

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie and Doyle’s country holiday spirals into chaos when the inhabitants of a farmhouse are held hostages.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Regan gets personally involved when his daughter is kidnapped.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

A bargain wine deal goes sour when a contact disappears.

Film: Green Street (2004) – ITV 4. 10.35pm – 12.45am
Football hooligan drama starring Elijah Wood as a student who trades life at Harvard for violence on London’s football terraces.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe (4/6) – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.30am

The critic casts an eye over the "mission" documentary genre. One of the funniest pieces of television this year – not to be missed.

Monday 15th December

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Arthur’s bargain wine deal goes sour when his contact disappears.

Top of the Pops – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm

Vintage edition from 1968, featuring The Foundations, Herman’s Hermits and Status Quo. Presented by Jimmy Saville and Dave Cash.

The Hard Sell – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
How advertisers have used TV commercials to sell children’s toys in Britain over the past 40 years.

Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: the 60s Revealed (3/3) – Five. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Stars of the era, including Vanessa Redgrave and Lulu, look back on the age of sexual promiscuity, racial tension and street violence. Plus footage of Sammy Davis Jr, who talks about race relations, and Enoch Powell, shortly after his "Rivers of Blood" speech.

Legends: Roy Orbison – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.35am

New. Marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Roy Orbison, this programme celebrates the musician’s life and career. Featuring interviews with his widow and manager Barbara Orbison and stars such as Bill Wyman, Bernie Taupin, Robin Gibb and, predictably, rent-a-gobshites Elvis Costello and Bono.

Radio

Jools Holland – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Tonights guests are Archie Brown and Mick Talbot of re-united band The Bureau, who are joined by Jools and the band for a version of their 1981 song Only for Sheep.

In Dreams: the Roy Orbision Story (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Mark Lamarr continues a tribute to Roy Orbison (1936 – 88).

Tuesday 16th December

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie’s mental state is questioned when he becomes preoccupied with a gang of Hell’s Angels.

Legends: Humphrey Lyttleton – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
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.

I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm
A touring version of the popular Radio 4 panel game, filmed in Salford just three weeks before the veteran host’s death.

The Cult of… Survivors – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Insight into 1970s sci-fi drama Survivors, showing how its self-sufficiency storyline was inspired by political problems during the decade.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe (5/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm

New series. The critic presents a history of children’s television.

Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.20am
Michael Sheen gives a fine performance as the camp actor and comedian in this compelling dramatisation of his candid and breathtakingly caustic diaries.

Radio

The Album as Art – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Radio 2’s season celebrating the record album continues with a look at the LP’s progression beyond its remit as a collection of singles and filler tracks. Spearheaded by the drugs-inspired Beatles output of the Mid-60s (Rubber Soul, Revolver etc), the format changed both in musical and visual content, with ever more elaborate and psychedelic album covers registering as iconic counterparts to the increasingly ambitious music. CDs changed everything in the mid-1980s. With input from Pete Townshend, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Tony Visconti, David Gilmour, Noel Gallagher, Donovan, Peter Saville and many others.

Wednesday 17th December

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A meeting at a high-security helicopter base is under threat.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Arthur is desperate to get into the property market.

Film: Junior Bonner (1972) – BBC 1. 11.30pm – 1.15am
Earthy drama starring Steve McQueen as a rodeo star who returns to his home town in Arizona to enter an annual contest and is shocked to find land developers on the site where his home once stood.

Jazz Britannia (1/3) – BBC 4. 12.30am – 1.30am
Terence Stamp narrates a series on the assimilation and development of jazz in Britain over the past 60 years. Two distinct scenes emerged in the late 1940s – trad jazz and modern jazz. Postwar Britain saw issues of class, race and the first stirrings of youth rebellion collide in the underground jazz clubs of Soho. Key players included Ronnie Scott, Humphrey Lyttelton, Acker Bilk, Tubby Hayes, Joe Harriott, Chris Barber and Stan Tracey.

Radio

Roger Daltrey – My Top Ten (1/2) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1985 broadcast in which The Who frontman talks to Andy Peebles.

Thursday 18th December

TV

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
The crime-busting trio investigate a series of mysterious deaths involving fellow secret agents.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00am

CI5 investigates the shooting of a South American president’s son.

Omnibus: The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.10pm
Intimate profile of the jazz legend, showing as part of BBC 4’s Swing strand.

Show of the Week: Louis Armstrong – BBC 4. 10.10pm – 11.00pm

The jazz trumpeter and singer performs alongside the All-Stars during their British visit of 1968.

Louis Armstrong – Good Evening Ev’rybody – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Concert footage from the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival, believed to be the last filmed performance of the legendary trumpeter and singer.

Radio

Mark Lamarr: Shake, Rattle and Roll – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and blues enthusiast Mark Lamarr returns with more lesser-known vintage recordings from his vast collection.

Roger Daltrey – My Top Ten (2/2) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1985 broadcast in which The Who frontman talks to Andy Peebles.