Retro TV W/C 17th April 2009

by Modculture 16 April, 2009

Ashes

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 17th April to Thursday 23rd April 2009.
 
Highlights of the week

The Quattro's fired up and fashion sense has been thrown out of the window as the second series of hit BBC One drama Ashes To Ashes returns (BBC 1. Mon 20th, 9pm). Series two kicks off in 1982 where leg warmers are cool, fluorescent is the colour of choice, Thatcher is in her element and bullish DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) is back, policing the streets in his politically incorrect and loud-mouthed style. Sassy Alex Drake, with whom Hunt shares a fiery working relationship, is by his side, desperately trying to keep him in line.  Though no nearer to getting back to her daughter, Alex believes she is suspended in time and finally understands how the world around her works. But when she starts hearing news from the future, she realises nothing is as it seems.

Elsewhere, BBC 4's excellent Jazz season continues with a new documentary about British heiress Pannonica Rothschild The Jazz Baroness (Fri17th, 9pm & 1.20am. Sat 18th, 11pm), while documentaries and performances by Thelonious Monk (Fri 17th, 7.30pm), Charlie Parker (Sat 18th, 8pm), John Coltrane (Sat 18th, 12.25am) and Bruce Weber's Oscar nominated documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker Let's Get Lost (1988) (Sat 18th, 9pm) litter the weekend schedule.

Finally, one to set the recorder for is a rare screening of Pop Go the Sixties (Yesterday. Friday 17th. 7am & 12 Mid-day). One of the Beeb's earliest surviving pop shows left in the archives, Jimmy Saville introduces the hit bands of the year from New Years Eve 1969, including the Who, the Rolling Stones and Sandie Shaw.

On the radio this week, Music journalist David Hepworth looks at the history of the bootleg in Archive on 4: For One Night Illegally: the History of the Bootleg (BBC Radio 4. Saturday 18th, 8pm. Repeated Monday 20th, 3pm), Pete Townshend discusses the new stage adaption of his 1973 rock-opera Quadrophenia on Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie (BBC Radio 2, Wednesday 22nd, 8pm), and BBC 6 Music repeat Higher and Higher – the Life and Soul of Jackie Wilson in four parts (Weeknights starting Monday 20th, 12Midnight).

Friday 17th April

TV

Pop Go the Sixties – Yesterday. 7.00am – 8.00am (Repeated 12 Mid-day)
Jimmy Saville introduces the hit bands of the year from New Years Eve 1969, including the Who, the Rolling Stones and Sandie Shaw.

Film: The Destructors (1968) – Film4. 1.00pm – 2.55pm
Sci-fi adventure starring Richard Egan. A government agent is called in when the rubies needed to power a top-secret laser gun are stolen by Communist spies.

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Simon Templar looks into the exploits of a jewel thief.

Jazz 625 – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.05pm
Humphrey Lyttelton presents a performance by Thelonious Monk and his quartet.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate the death of a burglar.

The Jazz Baroness – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.25pm (Repeated 1.20am)
New. Documentary about British heiress Pannonica Rothschild, who defied her family to start a new life in New York after hearing one particular jazz track. Her great niece, Hannah Rothschild, explores how she became a legend in the jazz world and why her relatives are still reluctant to tell her story. Featuring unseen archive footage, contributions from friends and relatives, and the voice of Helen Mirren.

Jazz 625 – BBC 4. 10.25pm – 11.05pm
A performance by the bebop drummer Art Blakey from 1965.

Jazz 625 – BBC 4. 11.05pm – 11.40pm
Thelonious Monk and his quartet in performance during the 1960s.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.40am
Includes a performance from Marianne Faithfull.

Mad Men (10/13) – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.25am
Series Two. Betty calls Don for support when her father has a stroke and they visit him together. Pete's mother threatens to disinherit him if he and Trudy adopt a child. Jon Hamm stars.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 12.25am – 1.20am
One of Purdey's old flames reappears.

Film: The Beast in the Cellar (1970) – BBC 2. 2.05am – 3.30am
Horror starring Beryl Reid and Flora Robson. In the dark cellar of their house, two spinster sisters conceal a terrible family secret.

Radio

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's Men of Fashion (10/15) – BBC Radio 4. 3.45pm – 4.00pm
Sporting Gents – the Prince of Wales Plays Golf. The interior designer examines how sportswear has been the single biggest influence on men's fashion since the French Revolution. British royalty set trends both on and off the golf course, and men have powered towards increasing formality ever since.

The Film Programme – BBC Radio 4. 4.30pm – 5.00pm
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the French New Wave, Francine Stock presents a special edition in which British directors, including Stephen Frears, discuss the influence of Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut on thier work.

Saturday 18th April

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A missing small-time crook turns up dead, leading to a murder investigation.

Legends: The Charlie Parker Story – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm (Repeated 3.35am)
Profile of saxophonist Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, who gained recognition for his innovative improvisations and is regarded as one of the most influential musicians in the history of jazz. Relatives and leading musicians provide an insight into the life of Parker, who died at the age of 34.

Film: Let's Get Lost (1988) -BBC 4. 9.00pm – 11.00pm
In this documentary, fashion photographer Bruce Weber combines interviews, recording sessions, archive footage and home movies to present a portrait of the troubled but gifted jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Filmed a year before Baker's death, the soundtrack features the likes of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and, of course, Baker himself.

Film: Honeydripper (2007) – BBC 2. 10.55pm – 12.55am
Drama set in 1950s Alabama, starring Danny Glover. The Honeydripper Lounge faces ruin in its make-or-break weekend when star attraction Guitar Sam fails to arrive from New Orleans. In desperation, proprietor Tyrone Purvis turns to a kid with a new-fangled electric guitar to save the day.

The Jazz Baroness – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.25am

Documentary about British heiress Pannonica Rothschild, who defied her family to start a new life in New York after hearing one particular jazz track. Her great niece, Hannah Rothschild, explores how she became a legend in the jazz world and why her relatives are still reluctant to tell her story. Featuring unseen archive footage, contributions from friends and relatives, and the voice of Helen Mirren.

Imagine… Saint John Coltrane – BBC 4. 12.25am – 1.10am
On the 40th anniversary of his most famous record, A Love Supreme, Alan Yentob examines the legend of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane whose obsession with music is matched by an equally obsessive following all over the world.

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.

Archive on 4: For One Night Illegally: the History of the Bootleg – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Music journalist David Hepworth looks at the history of the bootleg – the unofficial issue of a live recording, studio out-take or demo tape. Always a contentious issue, artists hated bootleggers for putting out poor quality products and reports and record companies bemoaned the loss of revenues. The fans, on the other hand, lapped them up. Hepworth follows the fortunes of the rock bootleg from Bob Dylan's Great White Wonder in 1969 through to the file-sharing internet sites of the 21st century.

Sunday 19th April

TV

Nuts in May – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.20pm
Comedy beginning a night of Mike Leigh-related programmes, starring Roger Stoman and Alison Steadman. A middle-class couple head to Dorset for a camping holiday, but their idyll is shattered by the arrival of noisy neighbours. Will their re

lationship cope with the stain?       

Mark Lawson Talks to Mike Leigh – BBC 4. 10.20pm – 11.20pm
New. The British director discusses his life and career, from his first venture into acting with the local Jewish youth group in his home town of Salford, to becoming an acclaimed scriptwriter for stage and screen.

Film: Fist of Fury (1972) – Five. 10.55pm – 1.00am
Visceral martial arts drama starring Bruce Lee. Karate pupil Chen returns to Shanghai for the funeral of his former teacher. When he discovers that his mentor was in fact murdered, Chen sets out to avenge his death.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (4/6) – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 11.50pm
Looking at how graphics have changed in style over the years. There is also a review of the recent G20 summit.

All about Abigail's Party – BBC 4. 11.50pm – 12.50am
An exploration into the enduring appeal of Mike Leigh's 1977 play, featuring contributions from the original cast and crew.

Monday 20th April

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff losses his powers.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
CI5 is faced with a campaign of assassinations.

Ashes to Ashes (1/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Series Two. Gene and Alex are ordered to keep the case of a dead police officer under wraps after he is found dead in a Soho strip club.

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (6/6) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The straight-talking comic explores the difficulties of making jokes about religion.

Radio

Archive on 4: For One Night Illegally: the History of the Bootleg – BBC Radio 4. 3.00pm – 3.45pm
Music journalist David Hepworth looks at the history of the bootleg – the unofficial issue of a live recording, studio out-take or demo tape. Always a contentious issue, artists hated bootleggers for putting out poor quality products and reports and record companies bemoaned the loss of revenues. The fans, on the other hand, lapped them up. Hepworth follows the fortunes of the rock bootleg from Bob Dylan's Great White Wonder in 1969 through to the file-sharing internet sites of the 21st century.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's Men of Fashion (11/15) – BBC Radio 4. 3.45pm – 4.00pm

Cary Grant – the Influence of Hollywood. In a small screening theatre, Laurence and fashion journalist Bronwyn Cosgrave celebrate the stars, films and television that have redefined men's fashion from Clark Gable to Mad Men.

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Includes an interview with veteran R&B keyboardist Booker T Jones.

Higher and Higher – the Life and Soul of Jackie Wilson (1/4) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Biography of the soul legend.

Tuesday 21st April

TV

Film: The Destructors (1968) – Film4. 4.15pm – 6.20pm
Sci-fi adventure starring Richard Egan. A government agent is called in when the rubies needed to power a top-secret laser gun are stolen by Communist spies.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle are pitted against KGB assassins.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Oz decides to kidnap his son, determined to prevent him from being taken overseas.

Later Live… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Thirty years after their first hit, Madness are in the studio to showcase their new album.

Mad Men (11/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.45pm
Series Two. The Jet Set. Don's work ethic is put to the test when he arrives in Southern California a day before the aeronautics convention and ends up driving a beautiful new friend to Palm Springs.

The Thick of It: the Rise of the Nutters (1/2) – BBC 4. 10.45pm – 11.45pm
Fearsome spin doctor Malcolm Tucker attempts to keep control as the Government and the Opposition both make bids for power.

Radio

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's Men of Fashion (12/15) – BBC Radio 4. 3.45pm – 4.00pm
Teddy Boys – Fashion for the Youthquake. In the 1950s, working-class men set the fashion agenda when Teddy Boys imitated – and subverted – the styles of their social superiors of the Edwardian era.

Higher and Higher – the Life and Soul of Jackie Wilson (2/4) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Biography of the soul legend.

Wednesday 22nd April

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
CI5 confronts a killer.       

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A strike causes problems.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Tempers fray as the boy's flight to Spain is postponed.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (5/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
The comedian presents an irreverent look at how the news is covered by the media.

Pop Britannia (3/3) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.30am
How the post-punk movement of the early 1980s put British music back in the world spotlight, but also ushered in a new era of manufactured, production-line pop.

Mad Men (11/13) – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am
Series Two. The Jet Set. Don's work ethic is put to the test when he arrives in Southern California a day before the aeronautics convention and ends up driving a beautiful new friend to Palm Springs.

Radio

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's Men of Fashion (13/15) – BBC Radio 4. 3.45pm – 4.00pm
The King's Road – Granny Takes a Trip – into Punk. Malcolm McClaren joins Laurence to talk about the insoluble partnership between pop music and fashion – from Elvis Presley to the hippies and then the punks.

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Special guest Pete Townshend discusses the new stage adaption of his 1973 rock-opera Quadrophenia.

Higher and Higher – the Life and Soul of Jackie Wilson (3/4) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Biography of the soul legend.

Thursday 23rd April

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A strike causes trouble.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
The team flees Chinese gangsters after foiling a big delivery of drugs.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (5/6) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
The comedian presents an irreverent look at how the news is covered by the media.

Film: Don't Look Now (1973) – ITV 1. 12.05am – 1.55am
Atmospheric supernatural thriller starring Donald Sutherland. Following the drowning of their daughter, John and Laura Baxter go to Venice where they meet a woman who claims to be able to communicate with the dead child, and are soon drawn towards a mysterious and forbidding fate.

Radio

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's Men of Fashion (14/15) – BBC Radio 4. 3.45pm – 4.00pm
The New Man? – Fashion in the 80s. The greedy consumerism of the 1980s ushered in big hair, big shoulders, big salaries and big hangovers. Laurence finds out how fashion reflected the times, and what happened when the bubble finally burst.

Higher and Higher – the Life and Soul of Jackie Wilson (4/4) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Biography of the soul legend.