Retro TV W/C 20th June 2008

by Modculture 20 June, 2008

Psychomania
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 20th June to Thursday 26th June.

Highlights of the week

BBC 4 kicks off its British B-Movies season this weekend with a specially made documentary British B Movies – Truly, Madly, Cheaply (Sat 21st, 9.05pm, repeated Sun 22nd 10.05pm and Mon 23rd 11.05pm). In it Matthew Sweet takes a look at British B Movies, from Sir John Mills on the wrong end of a good whipping in The Lash through to the giant gorilla Konga running amok in Croydon, and argues that the low budgets of these films, unlike the A film, ensured they often portrayed Britain as it really was. Among the films being shown to accompany the season is the 1972 cult horror Psychomania (Sat 21st, 10.35pm). The only son of a wealthy old English family of frog-worshippers heads a bike gang called the Living Dead who discover how to come back from the Great Beyond.

As part of the Windrush 60th Anniversary season BBC 4 repeat the excellent four part 1998 series Windrush on consecutive nights starting Monday 23rd, 8pm. Tracing the arrival of the first West Indian immigrants to Britain, the programmes document their experiences of British life. Highly recommended. Music highlights on TV this week consist of the recent Paul Weller: Live at indigO2 concert (ITV 2. Sat 21st, 3pm and Tues 24th, 11.10pm). And for those who missed the first part last week, BBC 4 show both parts of Quincy Jones: the Many Lives of Q consecutively on Thursday 26th, 9pm.

On the radio this week, BBC Radio 2 boasts The Definitive History of UK Dance Music (Sat 21st, 7pm). Zoe Ball presents the story of UK dance music and its development, as told by some of the biggest names on the scene. The first programme, From casinos to warehouses – 1970-1987, starts with the seventies and US Billboard magazine naming the Wigan Casino Best Disco in the World, ahead of New York’s infamous Studio 54, before moving on to the eighties and its emerging soul scene.

Friday 20th June

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The duo infiltrate an organisation who hire out killers.

Quincy Jones: the Many Lives of Q – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 1.20am)
(2/2). Charting the American jazz musician’s life and career from 1975 onwards, including his recovery from ill-health and successful career as a record producer.

Film: Cactus Flower (1969) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.40pm
Oscar winning comedy starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and the gorgeous Goldie Hawn, with a soundtrack by Quincy Jones. To avoid marriage, a middle-aged dentist convinces his young girlfriend that he already has a wife. When Toni insists on meeting her, Julien calls upon his receptionist for help.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.40am – 12.30am
The Joker: Lured to a menacing mansion, Emma must cope without Steed. Starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.30am – 1.20am
Who’s Who??? Steed and Emma suffer an out-of-body experience. Starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg.

Radio

Don’t Start Me Talking about… the Beatles – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Radio 2’s Liverpool season turns its attention to the city’s top 20th-century export, the Beatles, exploring the 1960s pop-rock band’s impact on the public’s attitudes towards style, sex, drugs and worldly matters. With recollections and thoughts from the everyday fans and fanatics for whom the Beatles played a significant role in their formative, adolescent years. 

Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 12Midnight – 3.00am
Featuring Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

Saturday 21st June

Paul Weller: Live at indigO2 – ITV 2. 3.00pm – 3.30pm
Performance at the London Venue, featuring classic tracks and material from recent album 22 Dreams.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A Scottish detective on the trail of a gang requests help.

Film: This is England (2006) – Film4. 9.00pm – 11.00pm
Powerful drama from Director Shane Meadows about a young boy who is adopted by a gang of skinheads.

British B Movies – BBC 4. 9.05pm – 10.35pm
Truly, Madly, Cheaply – Film historian Matthew Sweet tells the entertaining story of our low-budget films.

Film: Scum (1979) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
Vicious prison drama starring Ray Winstone. Transferred between borstals after assaulting an officer, a violent and troubled youth must fight his way to the top of the hierarchy of inmates if he is to survive.

Film: Psychomania (1972) – BBC 4. 10.35pm – 12.05am
Cult comic horror starring Nicky Henson. A motorcycle-gang leader embarks on a reign of terror after learning the secret of everlasting life.

Quincy Jones: the Many Lives of Q – BBC 4. 12.05am – 1.05am
(2/2). Charting the American jazz musician’s life and career from 1975 onwards, including his recovery from ill-health and successful career as a record producer.

Radio

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

Jonathan Ross – BBC Radio 2. 10.00am – 1.00pm
Guests today include New York’s legendary Lou Reed.

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

The Definitive History of UK Dance Music (1/3) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Zoe Ball tackles the evolution of UK dance music, with late 80s acid house serving as the pivot around which other genres spin. The story starts with 1970s northern soul – with Wigan Casino its mecca – and swiftly proceeds to the 1980s with the emerging national soul scene, spearheaded by DJ/promoter/club owner Nicky Holloway. Includes contributions from Russ Winstanley, Norman Jay and Jazzie B.

Sunday 22nd June

TV

Film: From Russia with Love (1963) – ITV 1. 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Atmospheric spy adventure starring Sean Connery. James Bond helps a beautiful Russian defect to the West with a cipher machine.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 5.50pm – 6.55pm
Cowley is asked to find out whether a woman is crying wolf.

Minder – ITV 4. 6.55pm – 8.00pm
Arthur gets political when his car lot is threatened with closure.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan and Carter track down those responsible for stealing a trailer filled with brandy.

Film: The Black Rider (1954) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The British B-movies strand continues with this crime caper starring Jimmy Hanley. In the resort of Swanhaven, a villager thinks he has sighted the ghost that haunts the local castle.

Film: Cover Girl Killer (1959) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.05pm
Crime drama starring Harry H Corbett. A serial killer targets models as his victims. In a desperate attempt to save his pin-up girls, a publisher helps set up a trap to capture the murderer.

British B Movies – Truly, Madly, Cheaply – BBC 4. 10.05pm – 11.35pm
Film historian Matthew Sweet tells the entertaining story of our low-budget films.

Monday 23rd June

TV

The Isle of Wight Festival: Highlights – ITV 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Includes headliners the Police and the Sex Pistols.

Windrush (1/4) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arrival. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the arrival of the first West Indian immigrants, this series, which first aired in 1998, documents their experiences of British life.

The 60s: the Beatles Decade – UK TV history. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
How the Fab Four personified cultural change in Swinging Britain.

Film: Marilyn (1953) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.05pm
B-movie crime drama starring Sandra Dorne. When an unhappy wife of a middle-aged garage owner meets a young mechanic, it’s not long before a murder plan is hatched. The final film in the British B-movie strand.

British B Movies – Truly, Madly, Cheaply – BBC 4. 11.05pm – 12.35am
Film historian Matthew Sweet tells the entertaining story of our low-budget films.

Tuesday 24th June

TV

Film: Please Sir! (1971) – Film4. 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Spin-off from the TV sitcom. When the pupils from Fenn Street School get the chance to go on a trip to the countryside, Bernard Hedges (John Alderton) makes sure his class is included despite his colleagues’ disapproval. Classic British romp featuring Duffy, Frankie Abbott, Maureen & the gang. With a groovy theme song from Cilla.

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Terry encounters the seedier side of the entertainment industry during a night’s work in a disco.

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

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Mad Hatter attempts the theft of a priceless ruby. Concludes tomorrow.

Windrush (2/4) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Intolerance. How black immigrants developed communities in Britain.

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Peep Show writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong discuss their influences and music comes from Brazilian disco-funk outfit CSS.

Paul Weller: Live at indigO2 – ITV 2. 11.10pm – 11.40pm
Performance at the London Venue, featuring classic tracks and material from recent album 22 Dreams.

Wednesday 25th June

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

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Mad Hatter plans to steal a ruby from Gotham City Art Centre.

Windrush (3/4) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A New Generation. The race riots of the 1970s.

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Number Six wakes to find himself back in London – in another man’s body.

Minder – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Arthur is conned into buying a dodgy greyhound and lumbered with a pile of knocked-off videos.

The Isle of Wight Festival 2008: Highlights – ITV 2. 11.45pm – 12.45am
Outstanding performances.

Thursday 26th June

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A group of scientists are forced to create a nuclear gun.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A former agent sets out to murder his ex-chiefs, leaving Bodie and Doyle to try to protect them.

Windrush (4/4) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A British Story. Leading lights of Britain’s black culture analyse how the country’s mood toward the immigrant population has changed over the past 50 years from hostility to acceptance.

Quincy Jones: the Many Lives of Q – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 11.00pm
Back to back repeat of both parts of this documentary celebrating the life and career of the jazz musician, composer and record producer.

Suggs’s Survivors – ITV 1(Anglia). 10.40pm – 11.10pm
Suggs rides on Europe’s oldest roller coaster in Great Yarmouth.

Suggs in the City – ITV 1(London). 11.10pm – 11.40pm
New series. Chat show with celebrities and live performances.

Radio

Pop in Translation – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
From She Loves You in German to Space Oddity in Italian, it wasn’t unusual in the 1960s to find pop artists attempting to boost their sales with foreign-language versions of their hits. Presented by Mark Radcliffe with contributions from many of those who took part in the recordings, this programme looks at one of pop’s more quirky episodes.

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.