Retro TV W/C 16th January 2009

by Modculture 15 January, 2009

Rigg


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 16th January to Thursday 22nd January 2009.

Highlights of the week

Not much new to write about telly-wise this week. BBC 4's Style on Trial season continues its series of programmes putting  British style and fashion from the 1940s to the 1990s into the dock. This week John Bates, the man who created Diana Rigg's catsuits for The Avengers, top 1960s model Jill Kennington and veteran fashion journalist Eve Pollard join Stuart Maconie and Lauren Laverne to discuss the 1960s on Style on Trial: the 1960s (BBC 4. Sat 17th, 12Midnight), while British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, Terry de Havilland and Wayne Hemingway put the 1970s on trial on Style on Trail: the 1970s (BBC 4. Wednesday 21st, 10pm).
Now, if you haven't seen Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe before but always meant to, the second series is currently being repeated on BBC 2, Monday nights and this weeks edition is pure TV gold. Its a satirical swipe at "mission" documentaries, TV events that aim to improve the nation's well-being. Charlie attempts a mission of his own, which culminates in a communal outpouring on a hill top. One of the funniest pieces of television for a long time. Not to be missed.

BBC Radio 2's excellent strand celebrating Motown's 50th year continues with The Sound of Young America (Sat. 17th, 7pm), in which Pete Mitchell discovers the record label's huge pull with an eclectic pool of interviewees such as Siouxsie Sioux, Nile Rodgers, Sparks, Suggs, Paul Weller, Martin Fry and Billy Bragg, while this weeks edition of Hitsville USA: 50 Years of Heart and Soul (Mon 19th, 11.30pm) focuses on the distinctive artistry of the label's innovative in-house studio session musicians The Funk Brothers.

Friday 16th January

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Cowley and the team are confused by a chain of events.

Film: Duel (1971) – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.35pm
Steven Spielberg's menacing thriller starring Dennis Weaver. Travelling salesman David Mann is used to driving long distances, but on an isolated stretch of road he encounters a smoke-spewing ten-ton tanker truck whose sole purpose seems to be to crush him and his car.

Flight of the Conchords Special: One Night Stand – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Performance by the folk-singing duo, who present several of their popular musical parodies.

Film: Rosemary's Baby (1968) – Film4. 11.05pm – 1.45am
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.

The New Avengers -  BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.55am
The team are too late to save Bert Brandon, a recently released convict who claims to have evidence naming a master spy. However, the chase for the missing evidence resumes when two foreign henchmen reveal that they are still searching, despite having murdered Brandon. 

All the Young Dudes: Pop and Fashion – BBC 4. 12.55am – 1.55am

Writer Paul Morley embarks on a fashion journey, seeking out the pop stars who influenced his style, including Slade, Joy Division and Tricky.

Saturday 17th January

TV

Film: Duel (1971) – ITV 4. 4.40pm – 6.10pm
Steven Spielberg's menacing thriller starring Dennis Weaver. Travelling salesman David Mann is used to driving long distances, but on an isolated stretch of road he encounters a smoke-spewing ten-ton tanker truck whose sole purpose seems to be to crush him and his car.

Seven Photographs That Changed Fashion – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
In the first of an evening of fashion-related programmes, photographer Rankin recreates seven of his favourite fashion images to show how they communicate a vision of reality.

All the Young Dudes: Pop and Fashion – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Writer Paul Morley embarks on a fashion journey, seeking out the pop stars who influenced his style, including Slade, Joy Division and Tricky.

Film: Escape from New York (1981) – ITV 4. 10.40pm – 12.40am
Violent futuristic action thriller from John Carpenter, starring Kurt Russell. The year is 1997 (!) and Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. When the president's plane crashes into this lawless hell, new convict Snake Plisskin is called in to help.

Style on Trial: the 1950s – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Stuart Maconie and Lauren Laverne put British style and fashion between the 1940s and the 1990s into the dock. To discuss the 1950s they are joined in the studio by Kerry Taylor, the woman who has auctioned the clothes of the rich and famous, including Edward and Mrs Simpson. Fashion designer to royalty David Sassoon and hip boutique-owner and former pop star Brix Smith-Start also help decide whether the legacy of 50s style is society glamour or the innovation of teenage rebellion.

Style on Trial: the 1960s – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.00am
Stuart Maconie and Lauren Laverne put British style and fashion between the 1940s and the 1990s into the dock. To discuss the 1960s they are joined in the studio by designer John Bates, the man who created Diana Rigg's catsuits for The Avengers, top 1960s model Jill Kennington and veteran fashion journalist Eve Pollard. 

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 Sound of Young America – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Continuing Radio 2's 50th anniversary Motown celebrations, Pete Mitchell discovers the record label's huge pull with an eclectic pool of interviewees such as Siouxsie Sioux, Nile Rodgers, Sparks, Suggs, Paul Weller, Martin Fry, Billy Bragg, Diane Reeves and Alexander O'Neal.

Sunday 18th January

TV

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A diamond trail leads Templar to mannequins and a murder.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate the murder of a prostitute.

Minder – ITV4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Terry watches over the house of a penniless rock star – who mysteriously vanishes.

Play for Today: Rumpole of the Bailey – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.05pm
As part of John Mortimer Night, this drama first shown in 1975 features the first appearance of the barrister, played by Leo McKern.

Monday 19th January

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate an armed robbery and a kidnapping.

Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
A satirical swipe at "mission" documentaries, TV events that aim to improve the nation's wellbeing. Charlie attempts a mission of his own, which culminates in a communal outpouring on a hill top. One of the funniest pieces of television for a long time. Not to be missed.

Radio

Viva Latino! (3/3) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Latin specialist John Armstrong, showcases the genre's range of sounds.

Hitsville USA: 50 Years of Heart and Soul (3/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
New. As part of Radio 2's season celebrating 50 years of Motown, Pete Mitchell explores the label's myths and legacy. Tonight's edition celebrates the distinctive artistry of the label's innovative in-house studio session musicians The Funk Brothers, who performed on countless recordings between 1959 and 1972 and who were the subject of Paul Justman's 2002 documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. With input from Funk Brothers guitarist Dennis Coffey and drummer Uriel Jones among others.

Tuesday 20th January

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur's niece ties the knot, but adult magazines get mixed up with the proceedings.

True Stories: a President to Remember – More4. 10.00pm – 11.55pm

New. Documentary providing an insight into US president John F Kennedy's personal responses to international events that occurred during his administration.

Mad Men (11/13) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.15pm
Don grabs an opportunity that arises out of Roger's problems.

Beau Brummell: This Charming Man – BBC 4. 11.15pm – 12.35am

Period drama starring James Purefoy, the original Regency dandy.

Radio

The Motown Invasion (2/2) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Tamla-Motown specialist Adam White rewinds to the spring of 1965 to recall the Detroit labels star-studded 21-day UK tour, which coincided with its official British launch despite having already conquered the charts here in 1964 with smash hits by The Supremes and Mary Wells on its Stateside label. This edition recalls the Ready, Steady, Go! TV special hosted by Motown crusader Dusty Springfield, and features recollections of the tour by Mary Wilson (ex-Supremes), Otis Williams (The Temptations), Pete Moore (ex-Miracles). 

In Search of Sid – BBC Radio 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
A raw and sometimes disturbing portrait of Sid Vicious by some of the people who knew him or wo

rked with him. Fellow musician Jah Wobble, Sid's friend from the squats, discovers the Pistols' bassist had many different sides, even before he was grabbed by fame.

Stubborn Kind of Fella: Remembering Marvin Gaye (3/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear Smokey Robinson in a tribute to soul legend Marvin Gaye, who died by his father's hand in 1984. This edition recalls Gaye's spiritual side and his landmark 1971 album What's Going On – an issue-led recording inspired by Gaye's strict upbringing and his brother's war experiences in Vietnam. With Jack Ashford, Lamont Dozier and Johnny Bristol.

 Wednesday 21st January

TV

Ready To Wear – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
People of Britain used to dress in their best clothes at the weekend, but now prefer more comfortable garb.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur looks forward to a big pay out when an ex-con needs his help to recover the loot from a robbery.

Savile Row (2/3) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Documentary series, filmed over 12 months, following the fortunes of bespoke tailors on the famous Mayfair street. The tailors begin a promotional tour with an exhibition in Florence, and with new rules about who qualifies as a tailor, trouble comes to Mayfair.

Style on Trail: the 1970s (4/6) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Stuart Maconie and Lauren Laverne put British style and fashion between the 1940s and the 1990s into the dock. To discuss the 1970s they are joined in the studio by British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, the maker of three-tier wedge sandals for the 70s rock aristocracy Terry de Havilland, and Wayne Hemingway, a teenager of the decade who went on to create his own fashion label.

Thursday 22nd January

TV

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
Steed investigates a cunning plot to replace prominent figures with brainwashed kidnap victims.

Fashion Verses the BBC – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. A group of fashion writers and commentators examines how the BBC has portrayed British style over the past 50 years.

Style on Trial: the 1980s (5/6) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Stuart Maconie and Lauren Laverne are joined by Caryn Franklin and John Taylor to examine the fashions of the 80s.

Film: Escape from New York (1981) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.05am
Violent futuristic action thriller from John Carpenter, starring Kurt Russell. The year is 1997 (!) and Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. When the president's plane crashes into this lawless hell, new convict Snake Plisskin is called in to help.

Men, Women and Clothes (3/4) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.15pm

Doris Langley Moore looks at the development of informal clothes, and examines the Dior suit.

Film: The Parallax View (1974) – ITV 3. 11.00pm – 1.10am

Conspiracy thriller starring Warren Beatty and Paula Prentiss. A journalist discovers that a sinister organisation is behind a series of assassinations.

The Legend of Leigh Bowery – BBC 4. 12.05am – 1.20am
Damien Hirst and Boy George are among the contributors to this exploration of the life of outrageous Australian fashion designer Leigh Bowery, from the early 80s to his untimely demise in 1994.

Radio

Mark Lamarr's Alternative Sixties – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Hard-core music enthusiast Mark Lamarr showcases obscure 1960s recordings, from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul and R&B.