Retro TV W/C 16th October 2009

by Modculture 15 October, 2009

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Barry Murphy returns once more to trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don't have to), finding anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 16th October to Thursday 22nd October 2009.
 
Highlight of the week 

In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Voltaire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard and dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain.

BBC 4's new documentary Synth Britannia (Friday 16th, 9pm, repeated 12.20am and Sunday 18th, 11.40pm) follows a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage.

The crossover moment came in 1979 when Gary Numan's appearance on Top of the Pops with Tubeway Army's Are Friends Electric heralded the arrival of synthpop. Four lads from Basildon known as Depeche Mode would come to own the new sound whilst post-punk bands like Ultravox, Soft Cell, OMD and Yazoo took the synth out of the pages of the NME and onto the front page of Smash Hits.

By 1983, acts like Pet Shop Boys and New Order were showing that the future of electronic music would lie in dance music. Contributors include Philip Oakey, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Bernard Sumner, Gary Numan and Neil Tennant.

Friday 16th October

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
Arthur takes charge of the club in Dave's absence.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Regan assists a youth implicated in a brutal assault.

Synth Britannia – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.30pm (Repeated 12.20am)
New. An examination of the musical backdrop of the 1980s when synthpop was all the rage, having been introduced on Top of the Pops in 1979 and popularised by bands including Depeche Mode, Ultravox and Soft Cell. The documentary studies how this genre influenced electronic music and groups such as Pet Shop Boys and New Order. Featuring interviews with Bernard Sumner and Gary Numan.

Peep Show (5/6) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm

Series six. New. Mark and Jez decide to throw a party as a final hurrah before the baby arrives. Mark sees the occasion as the last-chance saloon with Dobby, while Jez attempt to make the sultry Elena jealous. What could possibly go wrong?

Synth at the BBC – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
New. Performances of synthpop classics from the BBC's musical archives, featuring hits by Roxy Music and New Order and many others. 

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.40am

An extended version of Tuesday's edition featuring Jimmy Ruffin.

Film: The Damned (1961) – BBC 2. 2.05am – 3.40am
British sci-fi thriller starring Oliver Reed. While seeking refuge from a violent biker gang at a nearby base, an American tourist finds a group of mysterious children with a deadly secret.

Film: Sweeney! (1976) – ITV 4. 12.15am – 2.05am
Crime drama based on the TV series starring John Thaw.

Saturday 17th October

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan gets embroiled in gangland relations.

Film: Sweeney! (1976) -ITV 4. 11.15pm – 1.15am
Crime drama based on the TV series starring John Thaw.

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks. 

Twice Ken is Plenty: the Lost Script of Kenneth Williams – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am

A recently unearthed script written for Kenneth Horne and Kenneth Williams in 1966 is given its first radio performance before an audience by Robin Sebastian as Williams and Jonathan Rigby as Horne, with Charles Armstrong as the Announcer. Introduced by the script's finder Wes Butters.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC 6 Music. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 18th October

TV

Film: Live and Let Die (1973) – ITV 1. 3.40pm – 6.00pm
Action-packed adventure that marks Roger Moore's debut as James Bond. 007 uncovers a plan by a drugs kingpin to get the world hooked on heroin.

Film: Carry on Up the Khyber (1968) – Film4. 5.25pm – 7.10pm

Saucy comedy starring Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. India 1895: in the North-West Frontier province, the villainous Khasi of Kalaber plans a rebellion against the governor, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

A mentally unbalanced man attacks a hospital.

Synth Britannia – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 1.10am
An examination of the musical backdrop of the 1980s when synthpop was all the rage, having been introduced on Top of the Pops in 1979 and popularised by bands including Depeche Mode, Ultravox and Soft Cell. The documentary studies how this genre influenced electronic music and groups such as Pet Shop Boys and New Order. Featuring interviews with Bernard Sumner and Gary Numan.

Synth at the BBC – BBC 4. 1.10am – 2.10am
Performances of synthpop classics from the BBC's musical archives, featuring hits by Roxy Music and New Order and many others. 

Monday 19th October

TV

Film: The Destructors (1968) – Channel 4. 1.35pm – 3.25pm
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 Sweeney – ITV 4. 5.45pm – 6.50pm

Regan's set up by an ex-con.

Glamour's Golden Age (1/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. Exploring the decades between the First and Second World Wars, when a cultural revolution in music, fashion and the arts occurred. Narrated by Hermione Norris.

The Thick of It: the Rise of the Nutters (1/2) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Fearsome spin doctor Malcolm Tucker attempts to keep control as the Government and the Opposition both make bids for power.

Tuesday 20th October

TV

Film: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939) – Film4. 2.50pm – 4.35pm
Sports murder mystery starring Leslie Banks. When a footballer is murdered, his former mistress and team mates are questioned.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Arthur employs a truck-load of ex-cons as cheap labour.

The Real Cabaret – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 12.30am)

New. Actor Alan Cumming meets Liza Minnelli, German singer Ute Lemper and musician Coco Schumann to discover the origins of author Christopher Isherwood's short stories Goodbye to Berlin. Part of the Age of Glamour strand.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
Double bill. Oz falls for a German girl, and nuptials are in the air. 

Film: Cabaret (1972) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 12.30am

Part of the Age of Glamour strand. Oscar-winning musical drama starring Liza Minnelli. A love affair develops between a cabaret singer and a naive young Englishman in the decadent Berlin cafe society of the 1930s.

Wednesday 21st October

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Arthur digs himself a hole.

Legends: Josephine Baker – The First Black Superstar – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Documentary about the iconic black entertainer who was a pioneer in every sense of the word and whose impact on the cultural history of the twentieth century was profound.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A villain turns up dead.

Art Deco Icons (1/4) – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
New series. Architectural historian David Heathcote explores four of the best examples of the Art Deco design movement in Britain, beginning with Claridge's Hotel in London. Part of the Age of Glamour strand.

Flight of the Conchords (2/12) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Series one. The duo are forced to look for employment.

Thursday 22nd October

TV

Film: Carry on Up the Khyber (1968) – Film4. 3.05pm – 4.50pm
Saucy comedy starring Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. India 1895: in the North-West Frontier province, the villainous Khasi of Kalaber pla

ns a rebellion against the governor, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond.

Art Deco Icons (1/4) – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm

Architectural historian David Heathcote explores four of the best examples of the Art Deco design movement in Britain, beginning with Claridge's Hotel in London. Part of the Age of Glamour strand.

Glamour's Golden Age (1/3) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Exploring the decades between the First and Second World Wars, when a cultural revolution in music, fashion and the arts occurred. Narrated by Hermione Norris.

Peep Show (5/6) – E4. 11.35pm – 12.05am
Series six. Mark and Jez decide to throw a party as a final hurrah before the baby arrives. Mark sees the occasion as the last-chance saloon with Dobby, while Jez attempt to make the sultry Elena jealous. What could possibly go wrong?