Retro TV W/C 14th August 2009

by Modculture 13 August, 2009

Woodstock

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 14th August to Thursday 20th August 2009.
 
Highlight of the week 

Monterey Pop had the better line-up and Wattstax the cooler audience, but Woodstock is considered by many to be the classic American music festival. To celebrate its 40th Anniversary BBC 4 screens Woodstock, 3 Days of Peace & Music: Director's Cut (Saturday 15th, 9pm). This extended version of the Oscar-winning documentary about the legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, held in fields outside Bethel, New York, features footage of some bands not included in the original film. The 1969 festival was attended by 500,000 people who witnessed an impressive array of rock and folk singers. The film captures performances from Joan Baez, Country Joe and the Fish, Richie Havens, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Sly and the Family Stone, Ten Years After, Santana, The Who and Jimi Hendrix. 

Friday 14th August

TV

Film: Passport to Pimlico (1949) – Dave. 2.00pm – 3.40pm
Classic Ealing comedy starring Margaret Rutherford as a local historian who discovers that Pimlico belongs to the Duchy of Beurgundy.

They Came from Manchester: the Story of Mancunian Pop – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Kicking off Manchester night with a compilation of BBC studio performances by some of the city's most popular bands, ranging from the 1960s to the present day. Featuring Freddie and the Dreamers, The Hollies, 10cc, Buzzcocks, Joy Division, The Fall, James, M-People and Oasis.

Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to the Happy Mondays – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.30am

The story of Factory, the Manchester based record company co-foundered by Tony Wilson, which was home to such influential bands as Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays.

The Stone Roses Live – BBC 4. 12.30am – 1.15am
New. A legendary concert by the Manchester group, recorded in August 1989 at Blackpool's Empress Ballroom.

Radio

The Film Programme – BBC Radio 4. 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Mark Gatiss presents part four of his alternative history of British cinema.

Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 12Midnight – 3.00am
With Texas bluesman Black Joe Lewis.

Saturday 15th August 

TV

Film: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) – Five. 1.05pm – 3.00pm
Thriller starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. Four men hijack a New York subway car and hold its passengers to ransom.

Film: North by Northwest (1959) – Five. 3.00pm – 5.40pm
The classic Hitchcock thriller starring Cary Grant and Eve Marie Saint. Advertising executive Roger Thornhill finds his life in deadly peril.

In Concert: Crosby and Nash – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm (Repeated 2.35am)

A 1970 concert by California – Lancashire combination David Crosby and Graham Nash, who sing some of their best – known tracks, including Marrakesh Express and Guinnevere. The first programme in an evening celebrating the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.

Woodstock, 3 Days of Peace & Music: Director's Cut (2009) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 12.35am
This extended version of the Oscar-winning documentary about the legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, held in fields outside Bethel, New York, features footage of some bands not included in the original film. The 1969 festival was attended by 500,000 people who witnessed an impressive array of rock and folk singers. The film captures performances from Joan Baez, Country Joe and the Fish, Richie Havens, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Sly and the Family Stone, Ten Years After, Santana, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.

Film: Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) – BBC 3. 9.10pm – 10.40pm

Very silly period comedy starring Will Ferrell. Ron Burgundy is the top newsreader at a San Diego TV station in the 1970s. But when his position comes under threat from reporter Veronica Corningstone, the male chauvinist is torn between defending his job and his attraction to the newcomer.

Sight and Sound in Concert: Santana – BBC 4. 12.35am – 1.05am

Carnival, Let the Children Play and Jugando are among the hits at this 1976 Hammersmith Odeon gig. Presuming Radio 1 isn't running the simultaneous sound bit though.

Hotel California: LA from The Byrds……to The Eagles – BBC 4. 1.05am – 2.35am

Mark Strong narrates a documentary charting the development of the LA music scene in the 1960s and 70s.

Film: Rosemary's Baby (1968) – Film4. 1.15am – 4.00am
Mia Farrow stars in Roman Polanski's horror as the wife of John Cassavetes who becomes pregnant but discovers that the true father may be not of this 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.

The 40th Anniversary of Woodstock – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Ex-Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian recalls the most famous of all festivals.

Sunday 16th August 

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
An Israeli minister is abducted, and the ensuing siege triggers an airborne pursuit.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A reporter has inside information about a robbery.

Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to the Happy Mondays – BBC 4. 12.15am – 1.45am
The story of Factory, the Manchester based record company co-foundered by Tony Wilson, which was home to such influential bands as Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays.

Film: Countess Dracula (1970) – BBC 2. 1.00am – 2.30am

Horror starring Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green and Sandor Eles. An ageing noblewoman finds she can recapture her lost youth by bathing in the blood of virgins.

They Came from Manchester: the Story of Mancunian Pop – BBC 4. 1.45am – 2.45am
Compilation of BBC studio performances by some of the city's most popular bands, ranging from the 1960s to the present day. Featuring Freddie and the Dreamers, The Hollies, 10cc, Buzzcocks, Joy Division, The Fall, James, M-People and Oasis.

Monday 17th August 

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.05pm – 7.05pm
A reporter reveals inside information on a robbery.

Tuesday 18th August 

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A ghost hunt at a castle.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur excludes Terry from his latest venture.

Film: Tu£sday (2007) -ITV 4. 10.00pm Р11.45pm
 Another Brit-flick crime thriller, this one stars Life on Mars actors Phil Glenister and John Simm, so it maybe worth a watch. Three independent parties attempt to rob a bank at the same time on the same day.

Radio

The Secret Kind of Blue – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Trumpeter Guy Barker celebrates the best-selling jazz album of all time.

Wednesday 19th August 

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
Terry searches for alternative employment.

Film: Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) – BBC 3. 9.00pm – 10.35pm

Very silly period comedy starring Will Ferrell. Ron Burgundy is the top newsreader at a San Diego TV station in the 1970s. But when his position comes under threat from reporter Veronica Corningstone, the male chauvinist is torn between defending his job and his attraction to the newcomer.

Film: The Anderson Tapes (1971) – BBC 1. 12.15am – 1.55am

Crime drama starring Sean Connery. On his release from jail, Duke immediately begins plotting a robbery.

Thursday 20th August 

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie's girlfriend is injured in a bomb blast.