Retro TV W/C 23rd January 2009

by Modculture 22 January, 2009

Roof
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 23rd January to Thursday 29th January 2009.

Highlights of the week

BBC 4 begins its Folk America season this week with the start of a three-part documentary series on American folk music (Friday 23rd, 9pm), tracing its history from the recording boom of the 1920s to the folk revival of the 1960s.
The opening part looks at how, in the 1920s, record companies scoured the American south for talent to sell. This was a golden age of American music, as the likes of the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charlie Poole, Dock Boggs and Mississippi John Hurt burst onto record, eager to have a share in the new industry and the money it made, only to lapse into obscurity when the depression hit at the start of the 30s.

Contributors include Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Tom Paxton and Pete Seeger, surviving relations of 1920s greats such as Mississippi John Hurt, the Carter Family and Uncle Dave Macon, plus three actual survivors of the era – guitarist Slim Bryant, banjoist Wade Mainer and Delta bluesman 'Honeyboy' Edwards.

Radio 2 celebrates the 40th-anniversary of The Beatles final public appearance which took place on 30th January 1969 on the roof of the band's Apple Corps London headquarters in Mayfair's Savile Row in I Hope We Passed the Audition (Tuesday 27th, 10.30pm). The title of the programme quotes John Lennon at the event which followed tense rehearsals, with George Harrison allegedly feeling unappreciated and Yoko Ono speaking on a disgruntled Lennon's behalf. The band nearly broke up, but months later recorded Abbey Road, and performances from the rooftop concert ended up on the Let It Be LP. Featuring input from Yoko Ono, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, photographer Ethan Russell, engineer Alan Parsons, technician Dave Harries, and the policeman who followed orders to shut down the session.

Friday 23rd January

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Rumours of a deadly weapon reach Bodie and Doyle.

Folk America (1/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New. Birth of a Nation. Exploring the revival of American folk music, beginning with the recording boom of the 1920s.

Film: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) – ITV 4. 10.30pm – 12.45am

The Python team examines the trials and tribulations of human life in their usual irreverent comic style.

Desperate Man Blues – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.55pm

New. A profile of Joe Bussard, an avid champion of US roots music.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 12.50am
Prominent figures are being replaced with brainwashed victims.  

Saturday 24th January

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.15pm – 9.20pm
Regan oversees a secret government deal to transport gold.

Fashion Verses the BBC – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A group of fashion writers and commentators examines how the BBC has portrayed British style over the past 50 years.

Style on Trail: the 1970s (4/6) – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.45am

Stuart Maconie and Lauren Laverne put British style and fashion between the 1940s and the 1990s into the dock. To discuss the 1970s they are joined in the studio by British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, the maker of three-tier wedge sandals for the 70s rock aristocracy Terry de Havilland, and Wayne Hemingway, a teenager of the decade who went on to create his own fashion label.

Style on Trial: the 1980s (5/6) – BBC 4. 12.45am – 1.45am
Stuart Maconie and Lauren Laverne are joined by Caryn Franklin and John Taylor to examine the fashions of the 80s.

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 25th January

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Regan oversees a secret government deal to transport gold.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Bodie and Doyle are assigned protection duties.

Minder – ITV4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Terry is called upon to protect a crooked tycoon's son.

Folk America (1/3) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Birth of a Nation. Exploring the revival of American folk music, beginning with the recording boom of the 1920s.

Film: The Blues Brothers (1980) – ITV 4. 10.35pm – 1.10am

Cult musical comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as brothers Jake and Elwood Blues, who reform their band to raise money for their old orphanage, which is threatened with closure. Featuring a cast of r 'n' b heroes including Cab Calloway, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn.

Film: The Parallax View (1974) – ITV 3. 12.25am – 2.10am

Conspiracy thriller starring Warren Beatty and Paula Prentiss. A journalist discovers that a sinister organisation is behind a series of assassinations.

Monday 26th January

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A crooked tycoon goes back on his word and Terry has to protect his son.

Film: Carry On Behind (1975) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm

Bawdy comedy starring Elke Sommer, Kenneth Williams etc. Russian archaeologist Anna Vrooshka joins Roland Crump to investigate the remains of a Roman encampment.

Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm

The acerbic host once again casts his cynical eye over the world of television.

Movie Connections – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.15pm

Memories of Danny Boyle's Trainspotting, the controversial 1990s drugs drama. Director Boyle is joined by actors Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Peter Mullin, Johnny Lee Miller and author Irvine Welsh as they share their thoughts on the movie that fed into the Britpop euphoria.

Film: Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) – ITV 4. 11.10pm – 1.45am

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: Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 1.00pm

Beguiling period drama starring Klaus Kinski as 16th-century conquistador Don Lope de Aguirre. 1596: a troop of Spanish explorers cross the Andres in search of the legendary riches of El Dorado. In German with English subtitles.

Imagine… Werner Herzog – BBC 4. 1.00am – 2.00am
Alan Yentob interviews Werner Herzog, the visionary director of more than 40 documentary and feature films including Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man, Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre, the Wrath of God.

Radio

Viva Latino! (4/13) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Latin specialist John Armstrong, showcases the genre's range of sounds.

Hitsville USA: 50 Years of Heart and Soul (4/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
As part of Radio 2's season celebrating 50 years of Motown, Pete Mitchell explores the label's myths and legacy. Tonight's edition celebrates the ladies of Motown with special attention to the most successful US chart act of the 1960s The Supremes, whose non-stop run of pop gems owed much to the formidable songwriting/producing trio Brain Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. Expect to hear Martha Reeves, The Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Kim Weston, Gloria Jones and original Supreme Mary Wilson.

Tuesday 27th January

TV

Film: Bless This House (1972) – Film4. 4.50pm – 6.35pm
Comedy based on the 1970s TV series starring Sid James.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Cowley and the team present a line of defence against groups of mercenaries and guerrillas.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Terry has to mind a dodgy bookie, putting in damper on his blossoming romance with Dolly.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.10pm
The group arrives in Germany with hopes of high wages and bierkellers full of frauleins.

Film: The Blues Brothers (1980) – ITV 4. 10.10pm – 12.45am

Cult musical comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as brothers Jake and Elwood Blues, who reform their band to raise money for their old orphanage, which is threatened with closure. Featuring a ca

st of r 'n' b heroes including Cab Calloway, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn.

Mad Men (12/13) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.15pm
On election night, the Sterling Cooper team gathers for a rowdy all-night party.

The Final 24: Sid Vicious – Sky 3. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Documentary looking at the last 24 hours in the life of punk icon Sid Vicious.

In Concert: Richie Havens – BBC 4. 11.15pm – 11.55pm
The American Folk season continues with a performance from the Brooklyn-based singer and guitarist.

In Concert: Tom Paxton – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 12.25am
American folk singer/songwriter Tom Paxton in a concert from 1970.

In Concert: Judy Collins -  BBC 4. 12.25am – 1.00am

Folk singer Judy Collins performs to a BBC studio audience in 1974.

In Concert: Joan Baez – BBC 4. 1.00am – 1.40am

Legendary folk singer Joan Baez in concert from her 1962 British tour.

In Concert: Crosby and Nash – BBC 4. 1.40am – 2.10am

Featuring CSNY and solo songs such as Marrakesh Express and Guinnevere.

Radio

I Hope We Passed the Audition – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
A 40th-anniversary music treat as Radio 2 rewinds to The Beatles final public appearance which took place on 30th January 1969 on the roof of the band's Apple Corps London headquarters in Mayfair's Savile Row. The title of the programme quotes John Lennon at the event which followed tense rehearsals, with George Harrison allegedly feeling unappreciated and Yoko Ono speaking on a disgruntled Lennon's behalf. The band nearly broke up, but months later recorded Abbey         Road, and performances from the rooftop concert ended up on the Let It Be LP. Featuring input from Yoko Ono, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, photographer Ethan Russell, engineer Alan Parsons, technician Dave Harries, and the policeman who followed orders to shut down the session.

Stubborn Kind of Fella: Remembering Marvin Gaye (4/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight

Another chance to hear Smokey Robinson in a tribute to soul legend Marvin Gaye, who died by his father's hand in 1984. This edition explores Gaye's repertoire of sex-driven, soulful love songs – a specialisation that found its most charged expression on the 1973 LP and single Let's Get It On.

 Wednesday 28th January

TV

Ready To Wear – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
The "make-do-and-mend" years of the Second World War when clothes rationing tested ingenuity.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur takes up darts when he spots a way to make some fast cash.

Savile Row (3/3) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The tailors face possibly their greatest challenge – recruiting young apprentices to win over a new generation of rich clients.

Tonight in Person: Peter, Paul and Mary (1/2) – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm

The folk trio perform their hits in a programme from 1965. Part of the American Folk season. Concludes tomorrow at 8.30pm.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.10pm

Neville is suspended for lying about being a joiner, but manages to redeem himself by averting a disaster on the site.
       
Style on Trail: the 1990s – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Stuart Maconie and Lauren Laverne put British style and fashion between the 1940s and the 1990s into the dock. They are joined in the studio by design specialist Ben de Lisi, singer and fashion broadcaster Mica Paris and musician, model and designer Pearl Lowe to discuss whether the 90s will be remembered as the golden age of celebrity, glamour and the triumph of the high street or as a bland, joyless decade in which the globalisation led to homogeneity of style.  

Film: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) – ITV 4. 10.10pm – 12.20am
The Python team examines the trials and tribulations of human life in their usual irreverent comic style.

Film: Fitzcarraldo (1982) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 1.30am
Visually stunning period drama based on a true story, starring Klaus Kinski and directed by Werner Herzog. Peru in 1900: opera-crazy Brian Fitzgerald is known as Fitzcarraldo. After travelling 1,200 miles to see Caruso, he resolves to realise his dream of bringing grand opera to the jungle. In German with English subtitles.

Film: The Rat Pack (1998) – ITV 1. 11.50pm – 2.05am
Very good TV movie biopic exploring the interconnected lives of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr etc. Starring Ray Liotta.

Thursday 29th January

TV

Film: A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) – Channel 4. 1.40pm – 3.25pm
An imaginative young boy growing up in London's impoverished East End in the 1950s, absorbs a tale about the magical power of captured unicorns from the kindly tailor Kandinsky and goes in search of the mythic beast.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Arthur takes up darts when he spots a way to make some fast cash.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm

An unknown enemy unleashes a sleeping gas in London.

Tonight in Person: Peter, Paul and Mary (2/2) – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm

The folk trio perform their hits in a programme from 1965.

Reputations – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.45pm

The life of Gabrielle Coco Chanel, charting her rise from nightclub singer to phenomenally successful fashion designer.

Men, Women and Clothes – BBC 4. 9.45pm – 10.00pm
Landmark series from 1957 looking at the various fashions of the previous 200 years, with Doris Langley Moore.

Style on Trial: Finale – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.30pm
Stuart Maconie and Lauren Laverne's quest to identify Britain's most stylish decade ends with advocates putting the case for their favourite fashion era to an expert judging panel. Doing the honours are Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen for the 40s, Brix Smith-Start for the 50s, Jill Kennington for the 60s, Wayne Hemingway for the 70s, Caryn Franklin for the 80s and Ben de Lisi for the 90s.  

Film: Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.35am

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.

The Look – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am

Fashion industry series looks at how identity can be bought off the peg, from the Ralph Lauren preppy look to Chanel's interlocking C's for the shiny set.

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.