Retro TV W/C 18th July 2008

by Modculture 17 July, 2008

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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 July to Thursday 24th July.

Highlights of the week

Tony Palmer’s mammoth documentary series on the birth of pop All You Need is Love gets a rare re-run (More4. Friday 18th,12.55am) after its recent release on DVD. Originally broadcast in 1977, this 17 part series aimed to explain definitively how pop became such a global cultural force. Definitely one to set the recorder for. Also on Friday 18th is Steve McQueen: the Essence of Cool ( ITV 4. 8pm) an excellent TV documentary from director Mimi Freedman examining the movie icon, featuring interviews with his first wife Neile Adams, son Chad McQueen, Martin Landau, Robert Vaughn, Eli Wallach and Richard Attenborough.

On the radio this week, BBC 6 Music runs The Chess Records Story, a 4 part series airing from Monday 21st through to Thursday 24th at 12 Midnight. Marshall Chess presents the documentary chronicling the Chicago-based label that nurtured the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Also worth a listen this week is Dread, Beat an Blood: the Dub Poetry of Linton Kwesi Johnson (BBC Radio 4.Tuesday 22nd, 11.30am). Benjamin Zephaniah re-examines Linton Kwesi Johnson’s album, interviewing him about the issues he tackled on it and whether much has changed since its first release. Contributors include Marcus Howe, Jerry Dammers, Robert Elms and Dennis Bovell.

Friday 18th July

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
An old enemy of Doyle’s stirs up trouble as a cover for his revenge attack on the CI5 operative.

Steve McQueen: the Essence of Cool – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Excellent TV documentary from director Mimi Freedman examining the movie icon. Featuring interviews with his first wife Neile Adams, son Chad McQueen, Martin Landau, Robert Vaughn, Eli Wallach and Richard Attenborough.

Film: The Sand Pebbles (1966) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 1.30am
War drama starring Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough. In 1926, with China riven by civil war, engineer Jake Holman is assigned to the USS San Pablo, a gunboat patrolling the increasingly dangerous Yangtze River.

Comedy Connections – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.20pm
New series mapping the stories behind some of comedy’s most enduring shows, beginning with Til Death Us Do Part. Bursting onto screens on 6 June 1966, it became one of the most controversial sitcoms of all time. At the heart of the show was writer Johnny Speight’s masterpiece – the foul-mouthed bigot Alf Garnett, marvellously portrayed by Warren Mitchell. The actor talks about the show here, along with Anthony Booth and Una Stubbs

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 12.45am
The Positive Negative Man: Steed and Emma are called in when an electronics expert from the Ministry of Science is murdered.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.45am – 1.35am
Murdersville: Suave detective John Steed marries the delectable Emma Peel, and becomes a father into the bargain.

All You Need is Love (1/17) – More4. 12.55am – 2.00am
Tony Palmer’s mammoth documentary series on the birth of pop gets a rare re-run after it’s recent release on DVD. Originally broadcast in 1977, this 17 part series aimed to explain definitively how pop became such a global cultural force. Definitely one to set the recorder for.

Radio

Hey! Bo Diddley – (3/3) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Another chance to hear a tribute series to legendary singer/guitarist Bo Diddley, who died on 2nd June, aged 79. Presented by Roger Daltrey with input from Dave Davies, Tom McGuiness, Wilko Johnson and Marshall Chess. In tonight’s concluding edition, Diddley talks about the gig at the Apollo when Elvis watched him strut his stuff. 

Saturday 19th July

Sykes – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.25pm
Eric and Hattie try to run a bus like an airline in their attempt to revolutionise London Transport. Beginning BBC 4’s Bus Night.

Sinatra Under Siege – ITV 4. 8.10pm – 9.10pm
Documentary about Frank Sinatra’s ill-fated tour of Australia in 1974.

Perpetual Motion – BBC 4. 8.25pm – 9.00pm
London’s famous Routemaster buses, which were designed in the 1950s with an anticipated lifespan of just 17 years.

Arena: Little Platform, Big Stage – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.55pm
Looking back over five decades of London bus conductors and the changes seen among the iconic characters of the capital.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.10pm – 10.15pm
An accident victim turns out to be a gang member.

Comics Britannia (1/3) – BBC 2. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
The Fun Factory. Exploring the golden age of children’s humour when copies of The Beano and The Dandy sold in their millions, with iconic characters such as Desperate Dan, Dennis the Menace and the Bash Street Kids getting up to all sorts. Contributions from Nick Park, Steve Bell, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson.

To the World’s End: Scenes and Characters on a London Bus Route – BBC 4. 9.55pm – 10.45pm
The route taken by a London Bus from Camden Town to World’s End in Chelsea.

A Day off the Buses – BBC 4. 10.45pm – 11.20pm
London Transport workers at Putney bus garage describe their jobs and lives. Bus Night concludes.

Comedy Connections – BBC 2. 12Midnight – 12.40am
New series mapping the stories behind some of comedy’s most enduring shows, beginning with Til Death Us Do Part. Bursting onto screens on 6 June 1966, it became one of the most controversial sitcoms of all time. At the heart of the show was writer Johnny Speight’s masterpiece – the foul-mouthed bigot Alf Garnett, marvellously portrayed by Warren Mitchell. The actor talks about the show here, along with Anthony Booth and Una Stubbs.

Film: Quatermass and the Pit (1967) – ITV 1. 2.25am – 4.05am
Science fiction thriller starring Andrew Keir and Barbara Shelley. During work on the London Underground system, a strange object is found.

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.

Sunday 20th July

TV

Film: Dr No (1962) – ITV 1. 3.00pm – 5.00pm
The first 007 adventure starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress. James Bond is sent to Jamaica to find out more about the killing of an agent. With the help of CIA agent Felix Leiter, he discovers the evil Dr No’s plan to hold the United States to ransom by threatening its space programme.

Film: The Great Escape (1963) – BBC 2. 5.15pm – 8.00pm
Yeah, you’ve seen it a thousand times, but I haven’t got a huge amount to write about this week. Classic Second World War adventure based on a true story, starring Steve McQueen, in which Allied prisoners held in a maximum-security detention camp plan an ingenious mass breakout.

Monday 21st July

Radio

The Chess Records Story (1/4) – BBC 6 Music – 12Midnight – 12.30am
Marshall Chess presents the documentary chronicling the Chicago-based label that nurtured the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.

Tuesday 22nd July

TV

The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) – Film4. 4.55pm – 6.55pm
Classic rock’n’roll comedy. In Frank Tashlin’s clever satire on the music industry, Tom Ewell plays the theatrical agent trying to turn the fabulous Jayne Mansfield into a star. With a terrific supporting cast of musical acts including Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent and Julie London. A real treat.

iTunes Festival – ITV 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Including a performance by Paul Weller.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the archives.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The heroes get an emergency call. Concludes tomorrow.

Charles Wheeler – JFK: Legend and Leader – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm
The impact of John F Kennedy’s death. Showing as tribute to journalist Charles Wheeler who died earlier this month.

Film: Don’t Look Back (1967) – More4. 10.00pm – 12.05am
DA Pennebaker’s classic documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of Britain. It’s an intimate portrait of the artist that includes concert footage and features other celebrities of the era, such as Joan Baez, Donovan and Alan Price. Songs include The Times There are A-Changin’ and Subterranean Homesick Blues.

Film: The Wicker Man (1973) – ITV 4. 11.00pm – 12.50am
Classic horror starring Edward Woodward. When a policeman receives an anonymous letter suggesting that a girl has mysteriously disappeared from a small island community, he sets out to investigate.

Radio

Dread, Beat an Blood: the Dub Poetry of Linton Kwesi Johnson – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Dread Beat an Blood expressed the black British experience as it had never been heard before. Benjamin Zephaniah re-examines Linton Kwesi Johnson’s album, interviewing him about the issues he tackled on it and whether much has changed since its first release. Contributors include Marcus Howe, Jerry Dammers, Robert Elms and Dennis Bovell.

The Chess Records Story (2/4) – BBC 6 Music – 12Midnight – 12.30am
Tonights episode focuses on the mighty Howlin’ Wolf, and on the Rolling Stones visit to the Chess studios.

Wednesday 23rd July

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
In this, the very last episode, Number Six comes close to freedom.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Archive clips.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Riddler spins a tricky web for the perplexed crime-fighters.

Who Killed Marilyn Monroe? – Five. 10.00pm – 11.05pm
Documentary examining the mystery surrounding Marilyn Monroe’s death, using reconstructions and transcripts of recordings made by her psychiatrist just days before she died.

Film: The Wicker Man (1973) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.50pm
Classic horror starring Edward Woodward. When a policeman receives an anonymous letter suggesting that a girl has mysteriously disappeared from a small island community, he sets out to investigate.

Radio

The Chess Records Story (3/4) – BBC 6 Music – 12Midnight – 12.30am
Marshall Chess presents a history of the label, focusing in this episode on the careers of Chuck Berry and Willie Dixon.

Thursday 24th July

TV

Film: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939) – Channel 4. 4.00am – 5.25am
Sports murder mystery starring Leslie Banks. When a footballer is murdered, his former mistress and team mates are questioned.

Radio

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative Sixties – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Hard-core music enthusiast Mark Lamarr returns with another series showcasing obscure 1960s recordings that have eluded the general public, from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage. 

Zine Scene (1/2) – BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Jarvis Cocker uncovers the history of the fanzine. With the help of fanzine makers, collectors and experts, including Jon Savage and John Robb, Cocker discovers the origin of fanzines in science fiction long before the explosion of home-made magazines during the punk-rock days of the 70s. Concludes tomorrow.

The Chess Records Story (4/4) – BBC 6 Music – 12Midnight – 12.30am
Marshall Chess assesses the record company’s contribution to the development of rock ‘n’ roll, focusing tonight on Little Walter, Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley and the label’s move towards soul music.