Retro TV W/C 25th January 2008

by Modculture 24 January, 2008

Korner
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 25th January to Thursday 31st January.

Highlight of the week

Radio 2 pays tribute to blues musician and broadcaster Alexis Korner (1928 – 84) on Thursday 31st January 11.00pm, with Alexis Korner: Rhythm and Blues Champion. Korner is generally seen as the catalyst for the 1960s British blues explosion that greatly influenced the Rolling Stones, the Animals, Led Zeppelin and many others. The series starts with a look at Korner’s troubled early life, his role in the 1950s blues and skiffle scenes in London’s Soho, and his championing of American blues masters. Expect to hear a tape of him performing in his front room with Muddy Waters and Otis Spann. Contributors include Charlie Watts, guitarists Andy Frazer, Danny Thompson and Big Jim Sullivan, trombonist Chris Barber, musician Zoot Money, and, in a new interview recalling his early days at Korner’s Ealing Club, Mick Jagger, whose musician brother Chris Jagger presents this show.

Friday 25th January

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff investigates claims made by Marty that his grave is being desecrated – and stumbles across a plot to kidnap the heir to a fortune.

Space 1999 – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Alien devices land on a lunar surface and emit oxygen, turning the moon into an atmosphere-rich world with blue skies and a warm sun.

Pop on Trial: the Final – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.30pm
The Pop, What is it Good For? strand continues as BBC 4 and BBC Radio 2 put British pop music in the dock with guest panellists, including Paul Morley and Noddy Holder, discussing the merits of each era. Stuart Maconie hosts.

Film: Grace in my Heart (1996) – ITV 3. 11.10pm – 1.25am
Musical drama, loosely based on Carole King and the 1960s Brill building music scene and boasting an exclusive soundtrack by Burt Bacharach, Lesley Gore and Elvis Costello. Winning a recording contract in a talent contest seems like a dream come true for Enda Buxton. But the male dominated record industry in New York greets the idea of another female vocalist with lukewarm enthusiasm.

Film: A Hard Day’s Night (1964) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.55am
Musical comedy starring the Beatles in their movie debut. John, Paul, George and Ringo set off to London, where they are due to take part in a live TV show. But the antics of Paul’s grandfather throw the performance into jeopardy.

Hotel California: LA from The Byrds……to The Eagles – BBC 4. 12.25am – 2.25am
Mark Strong narrates a documentary charting the development of the LA music scene in the 1960s and 70s. 

Saturday 26th January

TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00am – 8.00am
More classic pop clips.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.05pm – 10.05pm
The flying squad foil the hijacking of a security truck.

Film: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) – ITV 4. 10.35pm – 1.05am
Slick spy adventure starring Roger Moore and Christopher Lee. James Bond undertakes a perilous mission to find sharp-shooting assassin Francisco Scaramanga.

Pop on Trial: the Final – BBC 4. 11.25pm – 12.55am
The Pop, What is it Good For? strand continues as BBC 4 and BBC Radio 2 put British pop music in the dock with guest panellists, including Paul Morley and Noddy Holder, discussing the merits of each era. Stuart Maconie hosts.

Radio

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

Soul Music – Tainted Love – BBC Radio 4. 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Originally written by Ed Cobb and recorded by Gloria Jones, Tainted Love became famous on the Northern Soul scene in the 70s. It was heard by Marc Almond and Dave Bell of Soft Cell, who recorded a version that went to number one in 17 countries.

Dermot O’Leary – BBC Radio 2. 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Including a set from Welsh singer/songwriter Duffy.

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

Sunday 27th January

TV

TOTP2 – Dave. 7.00am – 8.00am
More classic pop clips.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Straker and Foster are drawn into a bizarre underwater realm.

Film: Carry On Abroad (1972) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Bawdy comedy starring Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. The Holiday-makers heading for Elsbels have high hopes of sun, sand, sea and sex. However, in a half-built hotel, the guests may not get quite what they planned for.

Jonestown: the World’s Biggest Mass Suicide – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 11.25pm
In this remarkable Storyville documentary, Stanley Nelson, Marcia Smith and Noland Walker present a candid look at the story behind the mass suicide of the population of the Jonestown commune in 1978. According to news reports, US citizens were being held against their will in an isolated rainforest in Guyana. Within 48 hours the community’s leader, Jim Jones, and more than 900 others were dead.

Amy Winehouse: Live at Shepherds Bush Empire – Channel 4. 12.25am – 1.25am
The singer performs tracks from her album Back to Black.

Monday 28th January

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A criminal escapes from Chelmsford prison with the hope of getting media help to secure a release date.

Real Crime: I Was a Great Train Robber – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The story behind one of Britain’s most infamous crimes, as told by the men who took part in it and those closest to them.

Tuesday 29th January

TV

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Marty tries to rescue Jean, who has been kidnapped to prevent her giving evidence in a murder case.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm

Music by the Tremeloes.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

The Bookworm gases Robin. Concludes tomorrow at 7.35pm.

Wednesday 30th January

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A former monarch attempts to win back his fortune by playing cards.

Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm

Music by the Moody Blues.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

The dynamic duo are trapped inside a giant cook book.

Film: Coogan’s Bluff (1968) – ITV 4. 10.30pm – 12.30am

Crime drama starring Clint Eastwood and Lee J Cobb. Walt Coogan, a no-nonsense deputy sheriff from Arizona, arrives in New York to collect an escaped killer being held in custody. But he soon runs up against red tape, and when his prisoner escapes, he is determined to get his man.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again (1/2) – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Mavericks – Pioneers of R&B – Mark Radcliffe celebrates early R&B giants such as Charles Brown, Johnny Otis, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Ruth Brown.

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (5/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Showcasing obscure 1960s records from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage. 

Thursday 31st January

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The trio pose as domestic staff to protect the life of a former dictator.

UFO – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Freeman finds it tough when he takes over from the Commander, while Straker learns the danger comes in many different guises.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie is captured and held hostage in a vicarage by a gang of German terrorists and finds himself forced to make a deal with the bad guys before anyone gets hurt.

Film: Dirty Harry (1971) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.05am

Violent crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood. Police officer Harry Callahan, nicknamed "Dirty Harry" due to his uncompromising methods, is assigned to trap a rooftop sniper who has killed a young girl and threatened further killings if his $100,000 ransom demand is not met. Partnered with a recruit, Callahan finds himself at odds with his bosses.

Film: Inside Deep Throat (2005) – Channel 4. 1.25am – 3.10am

Anecdotal documentary from directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, that delivers everything you ever wanted to know about the "porno-chic" 1970s classic Deep Throat and its socio-political legacy.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again (2/2) – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Mavericks – Pioneers of R&B – Mark Radcliffe clebrates early R&B giants such as Charles Brown, Johnny Otis, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Ruth Brown.

Alexis Korner: Rhythm and Blues Champion (1/3) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
See Highlight.