Retro TV W/C 20th February 2009

by Modculture 20 February, 2009

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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 20th February to Thursday 26th February 2009.

Highlights of the week

BBC 4 celebrates the magic of Motown this weekend with two nights of shows to mark the 50th anniversary of Berry Gordy's iconic record label. Motown at the BBC (Fri 20th. 8pm, repeated 2.25am & Sat 21st. 1am) is a new compilation of some of the iconic record label's greatest names filmed live in the BBC studios including Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and the Jackson 5. Legends: Motown Invasion (Fri 20th. 9pm, repeated 1.25am & Sat 21st. 10pm) is a new documentary revealing what made Motown special though the lens of two decisive moments in 1965 – the Motown Revue UK tour and the Sounds of Motown Ready Steady Go! TV Special. Arriving in London in March 1965, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder were bussed across Britain on a tough but crucial tour. The TV special, recorded during the tour, kicked open the door, thrusting Motown's slick routines and magical music into front rooms across the nation.

Paul Justman's excellent film Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Fri 20th. 10pm & Sat 21st. 2am) documents the story of Motown session musicians the Funk Brothers, reuniting the surviving members for the first time in thirty years.

There are also repeats of two excellent recent documentaries. Motor City's Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges (Sat 21st. 11pm) explores the city's influence on music in the 1960s, from the success of Motown to the garage rock scene, while What's Going On? The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye (Sat 21st. 12Midnight) tells the story of Gaye's tortured soul.

Friday 20th February

TV

Motown at the BBC – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm (Repeated 2.25am)
New. To mark the 50 year anniversary of Motown, a compilation of some of the iconic record label's greatest names filmed live in the BBC studios. Visitors from Hitsville USA over the years have included Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and the Jackson 5.

Legends: Motown Invasion – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 1.25am)

New. Documentary revealing what made Motown special though the lens of two decisive moments in 1965 – the Motown Revue UK tour and the Sounds of Motown Ready Steady Go! TV Special. Arriving in London in March 1965, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder were bussed across Britain on a tough but crucial tour. The TV special, recorded during the tour, kicked open the door, thrusting Motown's slick routines and magical music into front rooms across the nation.

Film: Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.45pm

Documentary that tells the story of the Funk Brothers, the Motown session musicians who were behind more number one hits that the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined. Drawn together from Detroit's jazz and blues scene, the film recounts their evolution of the Motown sound from its origins to its demise in LA during the 1970s, and reunites the surviving Funk Brothers for the first time in thirty years.

Mad Men (2/13) – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.35am
After an American Airlines air crash, Duck wants to go after their account, but he comes into conflict with Don. Pete hears some shocking news. Peggy is left holding the baby.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 12.35am – 1.25am
Gnaws. When a careless scientist spills some radioactive isotope and washes it down the sink, there are reports of something nasty in the sewers. Steed, Purdey and Gambit investigate after a team of maintenance men disappear while checking the underground pipes.

Radio

Still Walkin' – the Fats Domino Story (2/3) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Bruce Hornsby profiles the New Orleans-born R & B songwriter and pianist.

Saturday 21st February

TV

Minder – Five. 6.50pm – 7.50pm
The Art of the Matter. Archie smells the chance to make a mint after finding a Banksy painting in the home of an unsuspecting housewife.

Film: This is England (2006) – Film4. 9.00pm – 11.00pm

Shane Meadows' drama set during the early 1980s. After losing his father in the Falklands war, Shaun finds friendship with a gang of skinheads. But, when a new face appears on the scene, the group's loyalties become divided.

Legends: Motown Invasion – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Documentary revealing what made Motown special though the lens of two decisive moments in 1965 – the Motown Revue UK tour and the Sounds of Motown Ready Steady Go! TV Special. Arriving in London in March 1965, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder were bussed across Britain on a tough but crucial tour. The TV special, recorded during the tour, kicked open the door, thrusting Motown's slick routines and magical music into front rooms across the nation.

Marc Bolan: 20th Century Boy – ITV 4. 10.20pm – 10.50pm

Documentary profiling one of glam rock's brightest stars.

Motor City's Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
The city's influence on music in the 1960s, from the success of Motown to the garage rock scene, which paved the way for punk. Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Martha Reeves contribute.

What's Going On? The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.00am

Marvin Gaye made ground-breaking albums which revolutionised American Soul. Yet his personal life was marred by failed relationships, drug addiction and an abusive father. Featuring interviews with him and those who knew him.

Mad Men (2/13) – BBC 2. 12.15am – 1.05am
After an American Airlines air crash, Duck wants to go after their account, but he comes into conflict with Don. Pete hears some shocking news. Peggy is left holding the baby.

Motown at the BBC – BBC 4. 1.00am – 2.00am

To mark the 50 year anniversary of Motown, a compilation of some of the iconic record label's greatest names filmed live in the BBC studios. Visitors from Hitsville USA over the years have included Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and the Jackson 5.

Film: Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) – BBC 4. 2.00am – 3.45am

Documentary that tells the story of the Funk Brothers, the Motown session musicians who were behind more number one hits that the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined. Drawn together from Detroit's jazz and blues scene, the film recounts their evolution of the Motown sound from its origins to its demise in LA during the 1970s, and reunites the surviving Funk Brothers for the first time in thirty years.

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 22nd February

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur acquires the unreleased recordings of a pop star's final song.

Minder – Fiver. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New series. The Art of the Matter. Archie smells the chance to make a mint after finding a Banksy painting in the home of an unsuspecting housewife.  

Film: Ray (2004) – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 11.55pm

Oscar-winning drama about musical legend Ray Charles, starring Jamie Foxx. A poor black boy overcomes racial prejudice and drug addiction to become one of America's most revered and adored 20th-century singer songwriters.

Monday 23rd February

TV

Film: The Destructors (1968) – Film4. 2.45pm – 4.40pm
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.

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Arthur decides to launch himself as a music-biz entrepreneur.

The Real Casino Royale – Channel 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

During the 1960s, the world-famous Mayfair casino of multimillionaire John Aspinall became a glamorous playground for film stars, aristocrats and politicians. But, as this documentary in the Toffs and Crims season suggests, was Aspinall in fact robbing them blind at the card tables?

Radio

Viva Latino! (8/13) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Latin specialist John Armstrong, showcases the genre's range of sounds.

Wish
You Were There? – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight

Radio 2 gives four modern artists the chance to fantasise about attending a seminal music event, continuing with a 1964 gig by harmonica player Little Walter at the Sheffield Esquire, which singer/songwriter Richard Hawley would like to have experienced.

Tuesday 24th February

TV

Mad Men (3/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.45pm
Series two. New. Don tries to get a comedian to apologise when a joke goes down badly at a promotional shoot.

Film: Ray (2004) – ITV 3. 10.30pm – 1.25am
Oscar-winning drama about musical legend Ray Charles, starring Jamie Foxx. A poor black boy overcomes racial prejudice and drug addiction to become one of America's most revered and adored 20th-century singersongwriters.

Wednesday 25th February

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur's prestige is boosted by an invitation to address a meeting of his local Rotary Club.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

The lads are forced to take a well-known British troublemaker under their collective wing.

Minder – Five. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

(4/6). New Series.  Matter of Life and Debt. Archie gets Jamie to look after the young widow of Harry Grant, his former business associate, suspecting that she is hiding information concerning some valuable stolen property. Shane Richie stars.

Thursday 26th February

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
Arthur gets a chance to gain some much-needed respectability.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
Purdey receives a threat.

Film: Peeping Tom (1960) – ITV 1. 12.05am – 1.50am
Michael Powell's controversial British thriller starring Carl Bohm. Disturbed Mark Lewis becomes obsessed by his desire to murder and the need to film his evil deeds.

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.