Retro TV W/C 22nd May 2009

by Modculture 21 May, 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 22nd May to Thursday 28th May 2009.
 
Highlight of the week 

April 5th 1968, the morning after one of the most catastrophic moments in American history – the assassination of Martin Luther King. America's inner cities had begun to implode and in Boston there is a fragile peace. The mayor of Boston is about to cancel a long-scheduled James Brown concert to avoid confrontation – a potentially incendiary move – but after warnings he has a change of heart and asks if there is 'something James Brown can do to help', by accident realising that by televising the concert they could keep people indoors that night and prevent widespread rioting.

The Night James Brown Saved Boston (BBC 4. Friday 22nd, 9.15pm. Repeated 1.15am & Saturday 23rd, 12.45am) tells the story of that amazing night and features rarely-seen footage of the Godfather of Soul's concert plus the personal recollections of James Browns band members, friends like activist Reverend Al Sharpton, personal manager Charles Bobbitt, Princeton University Professor Dr. Cornel West, Boston citizens, those who attended the concert, politicians (such as former Boston Mayor Kevin White) and Newsweek's David Gates. The Night James Brown Saved Boston tells the compelling story of an artist at the absolute peak of his powers using his artistry for the greater good.

Friday 22nd May

TV

The Night James Brown Saved Boston – BBC 4. 9.15pm – 10.30pm (Repeated 1.15am)
New. The night after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, with America's inner cities bursting into flames, James Brown was scheduled to perform at the Boston Gardens. What happened there changed him forever. This documentary is an amazing look back at one heroic moment in James Brown's life as a performer, public figure and a man.

BBC Four Sessions – James Brown – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Exclusive concert recorded for BBC Four in November 2003 featuring the late, great James Brown, full backing band, his wife and some very enthusiastic dancing girls.

Flight of the Conchords: On Air – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 11.55pm
How Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement took their cult show worldwide.

Flight of the Conchords (2/10) – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 12.20am
Series two. A New Cup. The purchase of a new cup leads to the duo's fortunes unravelling. Jemaine takes desperate measures to supplement their income, while their only fan tries to take advantage of the situation.

Film: The Greatest (1977) – ITV 4. 12Midnight – 2.00am
Biographical drama starring Muhammad Ali and Ernest Borgnine.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.15am
The Avengers may have discovered a clue to the identity of the USSR's most effective spy.

Saturday 23rd May

TV

Film: Carry On Jack (1963) – ITV 1. 1.15pm – 3.00pm
Ribald comedy on the high seas, aboard the good ship Venus.

Film: The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) – More4. 2.35pm – 4.40pm
Stylish romantic crime caper starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. Millionaire Thomas Crown plans an ingenious bank robbery and finds himself drawn into a battle of wits with top insurance investigator Vicky Anderson.

Film: Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) – ITV 1. 3.00pm – 5.20pm
Elwood looks for new band members after the loss of his brother Jake. Apparently conceived more as 'tribute' to the original rather than a sequel, once you can get past the absence of the late John Belushi, lack of plot and that 'bloody' kid, the music soundtrack at least has some redeeming features. Featuring a huge supporting cast of r 'n' b legends including James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, BB King, Eddie Floyd and Sam Moore.

Film: 4 for Texas (1963) – BBC 2. 3.35pm – 5.30pm
Rat pack comedy western starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

True Stories: Thriller in Manila – More4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
In 1975, in the Philippine capital Manila, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought their third and final match. Although they were previously friends, Ali's involvement in the Black Nation of Islam caused a rift.

Film: The Greatest (1977) – ITV 4. 10.30pm – 12.35am
Biographical drama starring Muhammad Ali and Ernest Borgnine.

Film: Bullitt (1968) – Channel 4. 10.50pm – 1.00am
Iconic crime thriller starring Steve McQueen , Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bissett. A San Francisco police lieutenant is forced to employ unorthodox methods when an assignment to protect a government witness goes awry.

Film: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) – Film4. 12.30am – 2.45am
Russ Meyer's wildly camp satire of the music industry. Female rock band the Carrie Nation try for success in Hollywood and become drawn into the hedonistic lifestyle.

The Night James Brown Saved Boston – BBC 4. 12.45am – 2.00am

The night after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, with America's inner cities bursting into flames, James Brown was scheduled to perform at the Boston Gardens. What happened there changed him forever. This documentary is an amazing look back at one heroic moment in James Brown's life as a performer, public figure and a man.

BBC Four Sessions – James Brown – BBC 4. 2.00am – 3.00am
Exclusive concert recorded for BBC Four in November 2003 featuring the late, great James Brown, full backing band, his wife and some very enthusiastic dancing girls.

Radio

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

Island 50 (1/2) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Don Letts celebrates 50 years of indie label Island Records in the first of this new two-part series.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T: the Art of Backing Vocals – BBC Radio 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Nick Barraclough considers how backing vocals can transform a song, from the "doo be doos" of the 1950s to the innovations of The Beatles and the multitracked world of Joni Mitchell and The Carpenters.

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

Sunday 24th May

TV

Holiday on the Buses (1973) – ITV 1. 11.40am – 1.25pm
The third and last in the series of successful big screen spin offs from the popular 70s sitcom. Stan, Jack and Inspector Blake are fired from the bus depot. Finding work at a holiday camp, Stan and Jack are horrified to discover that their arch enemy Blakey, has also got a job there as head of security.

Film: Bless This House (1972) – Film4. 2.45pm – 4.30pm
Comedy based on the 1970s TV series starring Sid James.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A diplomatic meeting is under threat.

Beyond a Joke – ITV 3. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
How British sitcoms have reflected changing attitudes to political correctness.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Convicts commit a robbery, but one of their number slips off the roof and dies.

Monday 25th May

TV

On The Buses (1971) – ITV 3. 3.50pm – 5.30pm
Film version of the popular TV comedy series of the early 70s, starring Reg Varney. Stan Butler and the rest of the team at the bus depot feel threatened when women are brought in by the management.

Film: Mutiny on the Buses (1972) – ITV 3. 5.30pm – 7.20pm
Film comedy sequel based on the hit TV show. Stan's getting married, and the family are not happy.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Convicts commit a robbery, but one of their men dies.

Only Yesterday – the Carpenters Story – BBC 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Documentary about the lives of the 1970s pop duo, whose wholesome brother-and-sister image hid a destructive secret. Includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with friends and family. Top 70's MOR for the Bank Holiday.

Film: Holiday on the Buses (1973) – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
The third and last in the series of successful big screen spin offs from the popular 70s sitcom. Stan, Jack and Inspector Blake are fired from the bus depot. Finding work at a holiday camp, Stan and Jack are horrified to discover that their arch enemy Blakey, has also got a job there as head of security.

Beyond a Joke – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
(4/5) Series looking at how British sitcoms have reflected what was happening in the UK during the 20th century.

Ashes to Ashes (6/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Series Two. Gene's determination to bring down ruthless loan shark Trevor Riley leads him towards dangerous ground after the corpse of Colin Mitchell is found floating in a canal. Mitchell, who worked for Riley, was reported missing by his wife and Alex

can't shake the feeling she is hiding something.

Film: Death Wish II (1981) – Five. 11.25pm – 1.05am

Squalid crime thriller starring Charles Bronson. Vigilante Paul Kersey has moved to Los Angeles to rebuild his life after the murder of his wife and the rape of his daughter. But his nightmare seems set to continue.

Film: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969) – Film4. 12.50am – 2.45am
The first sequel to Planet of the Apes starring James Franciscus and Charlton Heston. Deep underground in the forbidden zone, a community of mutant, telepathic humans worship a bomb.

Tuesday 26th May

TV

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm
The bus crews go on strike, causing discord at work.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 8.00pm
Pilot episode of the comedy series, starring Leonard Rossiter.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
CI5 investigate the fatal shooting of a South African President's son.

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

Joe Saugus throws the lads a monetary lifeline.

Flight of the Conchords (3/10) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 10.55pm
New. Series two. Bret forms a gang to protect himself from a group of rappers he insulted in a song, Murray is bullied by staff at the Australian consulate , and Mel paints a portrait of Jermaine.

Make 'Em Laugh (2/6) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.25am
New. Andy Sedaris examines how American comedies reflect the complex political manoeuvrings of the home and the workplace.

Radio

The Deighton File – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Author Len Deighton, now aged 80, talks to Patrick Humphries, about his life and work, including his Harry Palmer spy stories, his accounts of Second World War combats and his experience in the kitchen with the Action Cook Book.

The Harlem Timeline (1/4) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
New. Soweto Kinch explores the musical heritage of the northern Manhattan district known as Harlem. The story continues with a look at the community's rich gospel tradition, and the successive thriving swing, bebop and R&B scenes.

Wednesday 27th May

TV

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 7.25pm
Stan falls for a new clippie.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 8.00pm
Rigsby decides he needs help to improve his ailing love life.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Terry leaves his fingerprints on a stolen lorry while doing a job for Arthur.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The lads move into a hut on the Chocanaw reservation.

Radio

The Stax Story (1/2) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Profile of the influential Memphis record label.

Thursday 28th May

TV

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar poses as a Russian secret-police chief.

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm

Stan is shocked to learn that Olive has applied for a job as a conductor.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 8.00pm
Rigsby wines and dines Miss Jones in a suit surreptitiously "borrowed" from stroppy wrestler Spooner.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
The trio find themselves facing a team of skilled fighters when a KGB agent threatens Canada's security system.

Tourettes: I Swear I Can't Help It – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
In 1989 John Davidson featured in the QED documentary John's Not Mad, which famously raised awareness about the neurological condition Tourette syndrome. In 2002, John took part in a follow-up film alongside fellow sufferer Greg Storey. Now, seven years on, John and Greg are revisited to see how their worlds have changed.

Beyond a Joke – ITV 3. 11.05pm – 12.05am
Series looking at how British sitcoms have reflected what was happening in the UK during the 20th century.

Radio

The Stax Story (2/2) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Profile of the influential Memphis record label.