Retro TV W/C 18th January 2008

by Modculture 17 January, 2008

Madness
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 18th January to Thursday 24th January.

Highlights of the week

BBC 4 continues it’s Pop, What is it Good For? season, this week focusing on the 1980s and 90s. The 3 part Pop Britannia series is repeated in full on Monday 21st, with episodes of the excellent Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop showing on Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th. Record labels Factory and Stiff are both profiled this week, with the story of Madness told in Young Guns Go for It on Monday 21st.
Radio wise, the highlight this week is Radio 4’s examination of the song Tainted Love on Soul Music, broadcasting Tuesday 22nd at 1.30pm.

Friday 18th January

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Hopkirk’s widow meets a man claiming to be a reincarnation of her late husband.

Space 1999 – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Koenig is critically injured on the lunar surface and goes into a coma.

Marc Bolan: the Final Word – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Thirty years after his death, the elfin Marc Bolan’s rise to fame with T Rex is retold with a mixture of rare concert footage, home movies, and contributions from friends and contemporaries.       

Pop Britannia (3/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm (Repeated 12.45am)

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.

Film: Tommy (1975) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.45am

Ken Russell’s satirical adaption of the rock opera written by Pete Townshend and the Who, starring Roger Daltrey, Oliver Reed and Ann-Margret. A few months after her husband goes missing during the Second World War, Nora Walker gives birth to a son whom she names Tommy. Later, the boy is rendered deaf, dumb and blind, but his life is transformed when he discovers pinball.       

Film: Kaleidoscope (1966) – ITV 1. 12.45am – 4.10am

1960s crime comedy drama based on Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale novel, starring Warren Beatty, Susannah York, Eric Porter and Clive Revill.

Radio

Burdon’s Journey – BBC Radio 4. 11.00am – 11.30am
Eric Burdon, former lead singer with the Animals, discovers the history of The House of the Rising Sun, the song the group recorded that reached number one in both the UK and the USA in 1964. It’s a journey that takes him from his father’s mining pit in Newcastle to the streets of New Orleans.

Saturday 19th January

TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00am – 8.00am
More classic pop clips.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

A criminal steals a beer lorry and speeds through the streets of Hartlepool.

Film: You Only Live Twice (1967) – ITV 4. 10.30pm – 12.50am

Vintage spy adventure starring Sean Connery and Donald Pleasance. When Spectre captures an American spaceship, hoping to start the Third World War, James Bond is dispatched to Japan to face arch villain Blofield.

Film: Carry on Camping (1969) – BBC 1. 11.40pm – 1.10am
Classic bawdy comedy starring Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. When Sid Bogle and Bernie Lugg decide to take their girlfriends on a holiday to Paradise Camp, they think they’re off to a nudist colony – but they couldn’t be more wrong.

Pop Britannia (3/3) – BBC 4. 12.35am – 1.35am
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.

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 Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm

3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 20th January

TV

TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00am – 8.00am
More classic pop clips.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Straker recalls how his marriage became strained as he devoted all his time to the creation of Shado.

Film: Carry on Up the Khyber (1968) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm

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.

How Pop Songs Work – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight

Charles Hazlewood explores what makes a good pop song.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 11.05pm – 12.15am

A devoted family man makes the mistake of picking up a hitch-hiker who proves to be an evil double intent on replacing him.

Monday 21st January

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Terry takes a job at a strip club and Arthur comes up with a plan to make money out of art forgeries.

Pop Britannia (1/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

BBC 4 repeat the whole of their recent Pop Britannia series this evening, starting with the first episode exploring the history of British pop music from the aftermath of the Second World War to the present day, investigating the influence of big business and the power of counterculture.

Pop Britannia (2/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

The rise of the star-makers of 1960s popular music, including Brian Epstein, Andrew Loog Oldham and Chris Stamp, who defined the rock revolution of that decade and beyond.

Pop Britannia (3/3) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
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.

Young Guns Go for it – 12Midnight – 12.40am
The story of popular 1980s band Madness, as members reminisce about their hits.

If It Ain’t Stiff – BBC 4. 12.40am – 2.10am

The story of Stiff Records.

Stiff at the BBC – BBC 4. 2.10am – 3.40am

Collection of Stiff related clips from the Beeb’s archive.

Tuesday 22nd January

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A big-time crook gives Jeff 24 hours to come up with £125,000-worth of bonds – or face death.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm

Music from the decade.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

Attempts to trap King Tut backfire. Concludes tomorrow, 7.35pm.

Rock Family Trees – BBC 4. 1.20am – 2.10am

The history of Birmingham bands featuring the Move, ELO and Wizzard.

Radio

Zine Scene (2/2) – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Jarvis Cocker concludes his history of the fanzine with insights into the worlds of DIY publications with the help of fanzine makers, collectors and experts, including Dave Haslam, Liz Naylor, Roger Sabin and Teal Triggs.

Soul Music – Tainted Love – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm

Originally written by Ed Cobb and recorded by Gloria Jones, Tainted Love became famous on the Northern Soul scene in the 70s. It was heard by Marc Almond and Dave Bell of Soft Cell, who recorded a version that went to number one in 17 countries.

Wednesday 23rd January

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar investigates the abduction of a rich film producer’s daughter.

Film: Carry On Abroad (1972) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm

Bawdy comedy starring Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. The Holiday-makers heading for Elsbels have high hopes of sun, sand, sea and sex. However, in a half-built hotel, the guests may not get quite what they planned for.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm

Music from the decade.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

King Tut kidnaps Batman.

Top of the Pops – Christmas – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

The Pop, What Is It Good For? strand continues with a compilation of festive editions from the 1980s.

Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

The musical preferences of the 1980s.

The 1980s: Pop on Trial – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Miranda Sawyer, Martin Fry and Jazzie B of Soul II Soul join Stuart Maconie to discuss the highs and lows of music in the relationship between the era’s pop and politics.

Everyone Stares: the Police Inside Out – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.45am
The Police drummer Stewart Copeland uses more than 50 hours of concert footage to chronicle the band’s rise to stardom.

Once upon a Time in New York – BBC 4. 12.45am – 1.45am

Documentary revealing how the deprived streets of 1970s New York heralded a musical revolution – the birth of hip hop, disco and punk – inspired by the likes of the Velvet Underground and Grandmaster Flash.

New York Rock at the BBC – BBC 4. 1.45am – 2.45am

Compilation of NY rock from the Beeb’s vaults.

Radio

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (4/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Showcasing obscure 1960s records from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage. 

Thursday 24th January

TV

Film: The Ambushers (1967) – Five. 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Energetic spy spoof starring Dean Martin. Agent Matt Helm investigates when a new type of spacecraft goes missing in the Mexican jungle.

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm

The team are called in to help Scotland Yard track a source of contaminated drugs which have been found in discos all around London.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

A rural family are disturbed by an intruder on their land – who might possibly be an alien.

Top of the Pops Christmas 1994 – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

A festive edition of the music show from 1994.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Cowley and the team present a line of defence against groups of mercenaries and guerrillas who are waging war on the streets of Britain.

Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Recounting the changing attitudes of the 1990s, when Manchester became the centre of the music universe and young people began shedding their inhibitions.       

The 1990s: Pop on Trial – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Stuart Maconie, Goldie, Caitlin Moran and Paolo Hewitt (*yawn*) discuss the merits of the 1990s music scene.

Young Guns Go For It – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 12.30am
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Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays – BBC 4. 12.30am – 2.00am

A profile of the legendary Manchester record label.