Retro TV W/C 25th July 2008

by Modculture 24 July, 2008

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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 25th July to Thursday 31st July.

Highlights of the week

The undoubted television highlight this week, perhaps this month, is BBC 4’s Stax Records night. Respect Yourself – the Stax Records Story (Friday 25th, 9pm – repeated Sunday 27th, 11.55pm) charts the history of soul music’s most influential record label alongside the tumultuous events of the Civil Rights movement in America. Featuring comprehensive interviews with all of the label’s major players including Stax founder Jim Stewart, Isaac Hayes, Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, David Porter, Duck Dunn, Sam Moore and Al Bell, this excellent documentary also includes lost performances and footage from the legendary 1967 European Stax/Volt revue, as well as the landmark 1972 Wattstax concert.

And if that wasn’t enough, one of the most thrilling concerts ever caught on film is shown straight after in Stax Volt Tour of Norway, 1967 (Friday 25th, 10.55pm – repeated Sunday 27th, 1.10am). Filmed on April 7th,1967, near the end of the legendary three week European tour when all the artists were at their very peak, this is an hour of absolute dynamite. Featuring Booker T & the MGs, Sam & Dave and Otis Redding. Unmissable.

Elsewhere, Tony Palmer’s mammoth music documentary series All You Need is Love continues on More4 (Friday 25th, 12.50am). This second programme looks at the origins of American popular music, bought by the enslaved people from Africa and developed into jazz and the blues.

On the radio this week, former Monkee Micky Dolenz looks at the making of classic road movie Easy Rider in Movie Outcasts: The Making of Easy Rider (Tuesday 29th. BBC Radio 4. 11.30am), while Steve Lamacq looks at the legacy of Liverpool’s late-70s music revival in Eric’s – the Story of a Liverpool Club (Mon 28th/Tues 29th. BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight).

Friday 25th July

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
CI5 encounter the KGB.

Respect Yourself – the Stax Records Story – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.55pm
Documentary charting the story of the influential record label, which signed iconic acts such as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Booker T & the MGs.

Stax Volt Tour of Norway, 1967 – BBC 4. 10.55pm – 11.55pm
Thrilling live concert filmed in Norway on April 7th,1967 and featuring live performances from Booker T & the MGs, Sam & Dave and Otis Redding. 

Originals: Dinah Washington – Evil Gal Blues – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
Profile of the Chigaco-born jazz singer, who began recording in the 1940s and went on to enjoy success for another two decades, before she met her untimely death at the age of 39.

The Avengers – Mission… Highly Improbable – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 12.45am
Steed discovers size does matter when tackling a scientist’s devious deputy.

The Avengers – Forget-Me-Not – BBC 4. 12.45am – 1.35am
An amnesiac agent leads to Emma’s disappearance and Steed’s reliance on an enthusiastic new recruit, Tara King. The swansong episode for Emma Peel.

All You Need is Love (2/17) – More4. 12.50am – 1.55am
Tony Palmer’s mammoth documentary series on the birth of pop gets a rare re-run after it’s recent release on DVD. This second programme looks at the origins of American popular music, bought by the enslaved people from Africa and developed into jazz and the blues.

Film: Terror (1979) – BBC 2. 2.05am – 3.25am
British "horror" film starring John Nolan. An ancient witch’s curse is reactivated when surviving members of a hexed family use the story for a horror film.

Radio

Zine Scene (2/2) – BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Jarvis Cocker concludes his history of fanzines.

Saturday 26th July

Film: Thunderbirds Are Go! (1966) – Film4. 1.00pm – 2.45pm
Feature-length spin-off from the TV series. Following the sabotage of the Zero X space craft, International Rescue is called in to oversee the relaunch of a manned mission to Mars.

The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) – Film4. 2.45pm – 4.35pm
Classic rock’n’roll comedy. In Frank Tashlin’s clever satire on the music industry, Tom Ewell plays the theatrical agent trying to turn the fabulous Jayne Mansfield into a star. With a terrific supporting cast of musical acts including Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent and Julie London. A real treat.

The Flipside of Dominick Hyde (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Sci-fi drama starring Peter Firth as a time-traveller from the future who journeys back to the 20th century in search of his ancestors.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.55pm – 9.55pm
A business tycoon is blackmailed.

Arena: Cab Driver – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Documentary about five London taxi drivers. Recalling their experiences going back 70 years, the men describe the city and the people who rely on them.

Comics Britannia (2/3) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Armando Iannucci presents a guide to cartoon-strip heroes and heroines from the 1950s to the 1970s, examining the appeal of classic characters such as Dan Dare, Roy of the Rovers, Captain Hurricane, the Four Marys and the Belle of the Ballet. Frank Skinner, Max Hastings and Jacqueline Wilson are among those who reminisce about their favourite comic-book creations.

The Unseen Spike Milligan – More4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
An insight into the life of the troubled comedy hero, featuring contributions by family and friends.

The Knowledge – BBC 4. 10.15pm – 11.50pm
Jack Rosenthal’s amusing play following the fortunes of three would-be taxi drivers as they attempt to learn their routes. Starring Maureen Lipman and Michael Elphick.

Film: Experiment in Terror (1962) -Five US. 11.10pm – 1.25am
Creepy film noir thriller starring Glenn Ford and Lee Remick. When bank worker Kelly Sherwood and her sister Toby are threatened with death unless Kelly steals $100,000 from her employers, FBI agent John Ripley sets out to trap the extortionist.

Jonathan Ross in Search of Steve Ditko – BBC 4. 12.40am – 1.40am
The TV presenter visits Los Angeles and Northampton to find out why Steve Ditko, the reclusive co-creator of Spiderman, left Marvel comics.

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. Tonight’s guest is Stephanie MacKay.

The Archive Hour: Carry On Britain – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Carolyn Quinn celebrates the 50th birthday of the first of the Carry On films – Carry On Sergeant- with a look at what the long-running series of comedies tells us about British society from the late 1950s to the late 70s.

Sunday 27th July

TV

Thunderbird 6 (1968) – Film4. 1.00pm – 2.45pm
Diverting second big-screen outing for the International Rescue crew.

Those Were the Days – ITV 3. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Memories of the day that England won the World Cup in 1966, some unconnected to the football match at Wembley.

Respect Yourself – the Stax Records Story – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 1.10am
Documentary charting the story of the influential record label, which signed iconic acts such as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Booker T & the MGs.

Stax Volt Tour of Norway, 1967 – BBC 4. 1.10am – 2.10am
Thrilling live concert filmed in Norway on April 7th,1967 and featuring live sets from Booker T & the MGs, the Mar-Keys, Arthur Conley, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave and Otis Redding. 

Monday 28th July

Radio

The Pain of Laughter: the Last Days of Kenneth Williams (1/2) – BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Kenneth William’s inner circle of friends give their insights into the comic’s passions and private world in the period leading up to his death. Presented by Rob Brydon.

Eric’s – the Story of a Liverpool Club (1/2) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Fifteen years after Liverpool’s heyday of the Beatles, the Searchers and Gerry and the Pacemakers, bands such as Echo and the Bunnymen and the Teardrop Explodes spearheaded a new Merseyside wave, with Liverpudlian club Eric’s serving as the 1978 equivalent of the Cavern. Steve Lamacq looks at the legacy of the city’s late-70s music revival.

Tuesday 29th July

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
CI5 investigate a Euro consortium which is building a fighter plane.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Dusty Springfield performs.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Gotham City Bank starts issuing counterfeit money. Concludes tomorrow.

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Lauren Laverne quizzes Paul Weller about his new album and turning 50.

Jonathan Ross in Search of Steve Ditko – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.20am
The TV presenter visits Los Angeles and Northampton to find out why Steve Ditko, the reclusive co-creator of Spiderman, left Marvel comics.

Radio

Movie Outcasts: The Making of Easy Rider – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Former Monkee Micky Dolenz looks at the making of classic road movie Easy Rider, which was produced by Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson, the same pair who oversaw the production of the Monkees’ TV show. Featuring interviews with Peter Trok, Henry Jaglom, Karen Black and Jim Frawley.

The Pain of Laughter: the Last Days of Kenneth Williams (2/2) – BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Rob Brydon explores William’s final days, with candid insights from the people who knew him best, including all four beneficiaries of his will.

Eric’s – the Story of a Liverpool Club (2/2) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Steve Lamacq concludes the story of Liverpool venue Eric’s, which from 1976 to 1980 hosted international and national bands such as the Ramones, Blondie, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Sex Pistols, Ultravox and New Order.

Wednesday 30th July

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Counterfeiters lead Simon Templar on a merry dance from London to Switzerland, via Paris.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Archive clips.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Joker blackmails Bruce Wayne in an attempt to trap Batman.

Thursday 31st July

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A safe-breaker gains access to a foreign embassy in London.

BBC Four Sessions – Nick Lowe – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
An acoustic set at LSO St Luke’s in London, accompanied by a specially assembled band. Songs include Cruel to Be Kind and Beast in Me.

Radio

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.